Summer Stage Ruše
Villages in the municipality of Ruše have an extremely rich cultural, historical and political heritage, including decades of cultural tradition on the site of the stone amphitheatre in Ruše. Ruše's cultural tradition on this venue is long and presents the base of the Summer Stage Festival Ruše.
Ruše's natural theatre Pod goroj was built below the foothills of Pohorje in 1932. The first performance – Franc Saleški Finžgar's Wild Hunter – was staged in that year, followed by one performance each year which attracted thousands of visitors in this idyllic natural environment. The reputation of these theatre performances reached the entire Slovene territory.
The stone amphitheatre has always been a symbol of local connectedness. It was built with the idea of providing Slovenes with infrastructural support for their cultural and national awakening mission, which was threatened because of the then strong germanization. "Here a handful of strong individuals gathered – the theatrical Franjo Sornik, poet Janko Glazer, opera singer Vekoslav Janko – who needed a space for creation. One of the local landowner left them the place, and the townspeople themselves built the stage", describes the creation of the venue Tomi Prosnik, the director of Cezam.
Events in this boutique natural theatre - its capacity is for 1500 to 1700 visitors, with 700 seating and 800 standing – still provide the most unique experience of nature combined with urban culture.
The Summer Stage Festival Ruše offers a wide range of cultural events on this theatrical stage, from concerts and other musical performances, workshops, theatre performances, for example street theatre, stand-up evenings or puppet shows, fine arts activities and exhibitions, social events, culinary offerings, dancing and more.