MLADI LEVI 2007
LEVI ARE 10 YEARS OLD BUT STILL YOUNG
When Irena ©taudohar and I started to create the international festival of contemporary theatre and dance ten years ago everybody seemed sceptical: “Not another festival! And not at the end of August! Who will come?…” But as it turned out within the first year, late summer was the right time, when people come back from holidays a bit softer, happier, and more vulnerable but at the same time with more selfesteem, full of fresh energy and new expectations, open for different dialogue and new encounters. And Mladi levi are like that. We surprised ourselves within the first year and filled the halls. Festive and creative atmosphere has formed permanent links among the audi-ence, artists and professionals. From its inception a loyal fan base grew and grew and working in this sphere is both a pleasure and a challenge.
Mladi levi succeeded not only to fulfil the late summer gap in cultural events but also to create a space where young artists have the opportunity to break into the international arena of new trends with the opportunity to affirm but at the same time a tolerance to make mistakes. They walk the thin line of exploring the unknown and create something that is or can become mainstream tomorrow. Mladi levi festival does not impose certain themes or frameworks but raises new questions through the personal stories of the art-ists, who try to find new paths, spaces and distance from ever present themes. They do not assume the position of the one who knows but of the one who is in searching.
To still be present in this turbulent cultural space, which was never very fond of changesand contemporaneity, after 10 years of existence is already a success. Even a greater chal-lenge is to stay fresh at the same time and believe that all the best still lies ahead of us.
Dear audience, dear artists and companions, all of you who create, support, enrich, accompany and give a meaning to the international Mladi levi festival, all of you who walked with us from the beginning or at any other stage, without you this festival would not be what it is: lionhearted. To all of you, but especially to my dearest Mojca, Tanja, Tamara, Igor, Alma, Andrej, Katka, Maja and Maja, Brina, Duško, Tomaž, and also Irena, Ira and Tomaž, I wish:
TO MANY MORE YEARS!
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.