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The Vibrant World of Slovenian Theatre

Celebrating World Theatre Day on March 27th, Slovenia proudly reflects on its thriving theatre scene. In 2022 alone, cultural institutions across the country staged an impressive 7,638 theatrical performances, drawing in over a million spectators, with an average of 137 attendees per show.

The roots of Slovenian theatre run deep, with the first recorded performances dating back to the 16th century. Notably, the Škofja Loka Passion stands as a testament to this rich history, showcasing Baroque theatre at its finest. Fast forward to 1789, and Anton Tomaž Linhart's "Županova Micka" marked the birth of Slovenian theatre as we know it today.

Nowadays, Slovenia boasts thirty-four professional theatres, two opera and ballet houses, and two puppet theatres, each contributing to the country's vibrant cultural landscape. The esteemed SNG Drama Ljubljana, established before World War I, continues to serve as a bastion for Slovenian theatrical talent.

Beyond traditional theatre, Slovenia embraces experimental theatre companies, pushing the boundaries of the performing arts. This dedication to innovation has garnered international acclaim, solidifying Slovenia's position on the global stage.

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In 2022, theatrical performances encompassed a diverse array of genres, from drama and puppet shows to ballet and opera. Notably, over half of all attendees gravitated towards dramatic works, highlighting their enduring popularity.

Premieres played a significant role in the theatrical calendar, with an average of five new productions debuting each day. These premieres showcased the breadth of Slovenian creativity, with 57% of performances featuring works by Slovenian authors.

Behind the scenes, theatre creators worked tirelessly to bring productions to life. With 1,340 employees and 3,036 external collaborators, the Slovenian theatre community thrived. Notably, 14% of full-time employees were under 35, ensuring a vibrant future for Slovenian theatre.

As we celebrate World Theatre Day, let us applaud Slovenia's rich theatrical heritage and vibrant contemporary scene, ensuring that the magic of the stage continues to captivate audiences for generations to come.

Author: Polona Prešeren

Date: 27. March 2024

Time to read: 3 min