FESTIVAL MLADI LEVI
Mladi levi 2021
How do we introduce a festival, more than a year in the making, which this year alone suffered the loss of its founder; which was created during a seven-month closure of national stages; which was almost completely severed from international stages? And yet, the upcoming festival Mladi Levi fills us with cautious joy and hope. It was envisioned on a grand scale, hoping to prove that the stage remains a relevant public space and that festivals endure as segments of time which create communities, provide space for international and local exchange, communicate with audiences—and give space, time, and attention to art.
It was also created as homage to Nevenka Koprivšek, the founder of the festival: Mladi Levi is her legacy, bequeathed to us all, including, we hope, our descendants. This years’ festival is a testament to importance of maintaining relationships, both in our small, local communities as well as on an international scale. Our inability to travel connected us in a way which demonstrated that, despite not being able to experience art together, we could still talk about it—beyond borders, lockdowns and isolation.
Nevertheless, our joy remains cautious. Ideas never translate directly into reality, but today planning seems to be the domain of the naive. This year’s festival is the Corona edition, of course. But just as women authors at Mladi Levi do not merely produce female performances and writers do not merely write refugee novels, we are trying to steer clear of a single label. Even though our outlook, experience and creativity are inevitably marked by the spirit of the times, it would be too limiting to label an entire festival with a designation that only applies to a crisis of the last year and a half. How do we consider all the crises of today? Where do we find our intellectual bearings, signposts around which to organise our questions and answers: alternatives, utopias, revolutions, or a simple hanging on to things which are good, worthy of keeping alive, of maintaining, of caring for?
Art is often given the mandate to think about the future, to intuit and feel it. So what is the future augured by this year’s festival, what are our prospects? All our festival events and performances are markedly dialectical, a step away from being categorical and didactical; a departure from dry dialogue into multilayered spaces and experiences, where we have to think while transiting several orbits at the same time. Where we need to consider and experience matters with empathy.
And so, spurred by the referendum victory, which was won by the young and by inter-generational solidarity, hopeful because we were still able to organise an international festival, and encouraged by our joyful anticipation of the future, whose occasional glimpses are green and a promise of solidarity, safety, and plurality—we invite you to the 24th festival Mladi Levi!
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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.
Tickets can be picked up and paid for at the box office of the event venue, which opens an hour before the beginning.