For quite some time now, we have not been perceiving art as a reflection of reality. Thus, when it comes to showing art to today’s youth, we strive to introduce it as a mechanism for exploring unknown arenas, which may speak to youngsters and perhaps even provoke them into taking action. The idea is, therefore, to present art not as a consumable good, but as a landscape of creative interaction.
Drugajanje’s second decade of existence will therefore mark a programme that stretches between the engaged on the one hand, and the optimistic on the other. But most importantly, this year’s programme does not shy away from being polemical – not when it comes to tackling the holy grail of the modern era, personal happiness, or screening the notorious film about names.
This year, Drugajanje will form part of a wider project entitled Global City – Local City, where local and foreign artists try to identify the neuralgic points of the city and react to them through various artistic creations, presented in future editions of Drugajanje. There is absolutely no need, therefore, to worry about the future of Drugajanje, since we will see it come to life already this year. And as long as we’ve got young audiences, visiting festivals of this sort, we can also put our mind to rest when it comes to present-day generations and their future.
The Drugajanje Festival is entering its second decade here at II. gimnazija Maribor. The festival has brought numerous performances of high artistic standards to the school stage, which have introduced a different world of – sometimes wrongfully neglected – physical and dance theatre.
This year’s Drugajanje is keeping up with the tradition of the first ten years. The selection of performances, based on high quality standards, will again reveal a world of abstract language and movement On the wings of this year’s Drugajanje, II. gimnazija Maribor continues to implement an important component of education, namely the search for, and interaction with, a different artistic world, which often falls into a subordinate position in today’s consumerist vision of art.
more about drugajanje
Since 2001 Bunker is organizing Drugajanje festival in Maribor. It started on the initiative of the headmaster of a high school II. gimnazija Maribor Ivan Lorenčič and it grew into a permanent and fruitful partnership between Bunker and the school and also built a very successful bridge between Ljubljana, the capitol of Slovenia and Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia.
Drugajanje is a concentrated short contemporary arts festival organized in collaboration with secondary school in Maribor at their theatre and at other venues in Maribor. The focus is on performing arts, especially contemporary theatre and dance. The festival was founded with the purpose of bringing the young generation and the whole city some fresh and vibrant performance art. At the same time it enables Slovene performances to spread out from Ljubljana, where most of the national contemporary scene is being produced.
Contrary to the belief that special performances for the youth should be produced for the youth, Drugajanje has always had a strong artistic contemporary profile and the program through the years always consisted of state-of-the-art contemporary theater and dance.
In the last years the festival has developed from a Slovene focused to internationally focused festival in terms of geographical distribution and has also had a shift in the format: from merely presenting finished works of art to youth and other inhabitants of Maribor we have started developing more process oriented festivals that strongly takes into consideration the festival’s home: Maribor.