MLADI LEVI 2022
August 19 – 27, 2022
Old Power Station & other locations in Ljubljana
This year will be the 25th Mladi Levi festival, with a new programme team and following two corona editions. Last year’s “crisis” edition of the festival celebrated life, art, possibilities and potentials; we tried to defy the spirit of the times, the losses, and simply – go on with life, continue the festival, keep the community together. This year, when we are announcing the festival at a time when the imminent threat of the restrictions and the political situation has – at least temporarily or maybe only seemingly – eased, and when we have found a rhythm again as a team, paradoxically – or perhaps precisely because of this – the festival programme deals with transience, the end, emptiness, fears … As if only when we take a break and breathe again, when we dare to start fearing and are no longer afraid of fear itself, with a new impetus – do we dare to look again into the eyes of impossibility, transience , fragility, and end.
Despite the pessimism of the future and the present, looking to the future, which is also directly addressed by this year’s discursive programme, is an act of courage (or optimism of will) that does not paralyze us, but connects us as a community in activity, in action, in cooperation. We used to say that the festival is a temporary community that – in a short, intense period of time – unites people in commitment to art, joint action, and the creation of new, and at the same time – like any community – finds a temporary ideal modus operandi. Now it seems more and more that the festival can come to life and live out its intensity only because we have nurtured all the festival ties for years, developed them and lived our lives in many smaller communities, and because we build this community all year round – in the office, at the Old Power Station, in all locations, in all the bubbles of international projects and ties, and through the ultimate act of care – maintaining and nurturing relationships; between us and with everyone.
On anniversaries, we like to ask ourselves: Why? Why again? Have we changed the world, improved living conditions in the last quarter of a century? Was every festival the best possible? Repetitions, as we will be able to see in some festival performances, are rituals. Repetition is only a framework that allows us to seek the truth, the transcendent, and the new. It is precisely through the repetition of the same ritual of opening, performances, conversations, socializing and closing that we build the momentum that is necessary to break through the circle of the eternally same into the new; beyond.
On the 25th anniversary, we are asked if the Young Lions (Mladi Levi) will ever grow old – they may become lionesses, but let them stay young – after all, the future belongs to the young. Festival for everyone, for the Young, for the Lions!
The Mladi Levi festival team
Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the box office of the event venue, which opens an hour before the beginning.
8 pm / SMEEL
This Song My Father Used To Sing (Three Days in May)
Wichaya Artamat / For What Theatre
8 pm / Oder pod zvezdami, LGL
Dag Taeldeman, Andrew Van Ostade
9.30 pm / ŠD Tabor
NO SHOWS TODAY
10.30 am / SMEEL
SOCIAL IMPACT IN ART AND CULTURE: THE DIVERSE LIVES OF A CONCEPT
book presentation and a roundtable discussion
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL MLADI LEVI
International festival Mladi Levi is one of the more prominent annual events of the Bunker Institute, bringing the most current stage performers from all over the world to Ljubljana every end of the summer, since 1998. It bears a mark of a demanding artistic profile, placed within the arena of contemporary progressive theatre and takes pride in its reputation for discovering young talents. The Festival has a distinctive atmosphere, marked with creativity and vibrant spirit, curious audience and social nature.
Festival Mladi Levi inhabits a place of encounters and surprises, continuously opening up to foreign artists and guests, who take pleasure in art and spread contemporary artistic or social topics in front of one another. It is a place of exchange as well as a cradle of new ideas, friendships and co-operations, which frequently extend beyond the local concepts or borders in the process of their growth.