15 years of Mladi levi:
making rOOm fOr changes

Unfortunately, there are very few reasons for feeling excessively joyful, for it seems that the crisis we’ve succumbed to has only just begun. Nation states are becoming increasingly locked within their national contexts. Funding for culture, education, science and social justice is being severely diminished while the violation of basic human rights and dignity is becoming a rapidly growing social phenomenon. It seems that those of us working in the arena of culture also find it difficult to face the current crisis, whereas positive ideas for so-called “creative sustainable reform” have not been entirely successful in breaking through.

This year’s programme is in tune with the times we live in, as it demonstrates a profound engagement and strong political agenda through the expressive manners of the artists who delve into the issues of blind consumerism, who speak up about energy consumption and chaos and, finally, who don’t shy away from staging direct democracy.

Despite the increasingly rising levels of discontent and fear, we have no intention to give in to lethargic indifference. On the contrary: art and culture, and festivals such as the Mladi levi, should strive to gain even greater influence in the future. Thus, the Mladi levi festival is determined to courageously provide space for the confrontation of ideas and formation of new connections. This year, therefore, we will open our door even more widely than ever before, as we search for collective answers, compassion, empathy and also humour. Most importantly, we will search for responsibility in conceiving a world where quality of life and solidarity are embedded with purpose and meaning.

Nevenka Koprivšek

After 15 years of persistently searching for new mental and physical spaces, asserting new trends in theatre, inventing innovative approaches for the formation and inclusion of audiences and new professionals, raising awareness and transforming the context we live in, one can claim without any false modesty that the Mladi levi has become a point of reference when it comes to contemporary performing arts festivals, popular with both artists and audiences.

And since the festival is basically none other than us, the people behind it, and since we like being personal, we’d like to sincerely congratulate ourselves!

Festivl program


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.


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