Maribor is a theatre town: besides many evidence for it, we add another one: it hosts Drugajanje festival, which, for the seventeenth year in a row, targets everyone, but above all – the young! This year Drugajanje is abandoning the “home stage” – Amfiteater and crossing the river and coming to town, to the centre, also to the streets.

This year, the festival is marked by the strong interconnectedness of the network it belongs to, the Festivals in Transition Network (which applies to Drugajanje almost by definition, as it seeks to spin the logic of the theatre festival to suit the young), and by the central theme of urbanity, or the connection between cities and art.

This year’s programme seeks intimacy at the intersection of the local and the global – from the great universal stories such as Antigoneby Matija Ferlin to the lost story of a certain Margarete, which Janek Turkowski found at a flea market and invited us to immerse ourselves in it. From the performance by Siniša Labrović at the busiest town square to the occupation of the Salon of Applied Arts with Gregor Strniša.

We invite you to join us at this intersection of the local and the global in Maribor – we invite you to a meeting with 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.