Maribor has today wrapped up the 54th Maribor Theatre Festival (Borštnikovo srečanje) which started on the 14th of October. For fourteen days, the second largest Slovenian city, was hosting the central Slovene theatre festival, the most prestigious theatre event that provides the largest annual review of Slovene theatre production. The Festival has been 1966 enriching the the Slovene theatre and cultural space.
Every year, the internationally renowned festival takes place in the beautiful halls of the Slovenian National Theatre Maribor. The festival awards the Borštnik Ring, the highest accolade for theatre actors in Slovenia, while the equally acclaimed Borštnik Awards are intended to best achievements in directing, acting, and other categories.
Each year, the programme is comprised of ten new performances in the selected competition programme, while the accompanying non-competitive programme consists of interesting performances of the previous season. There are also performances showcasing mostly established theatre makes and companies, as well as the section that presented international performances, and other events.
This year there was more than 40 theatre performances from Slovenia and abroad presented, what made for one of the largest festival programmes so far. Accompanying the theatre part, there were also numerous conferences and discussions held where more than 100 foreign guests, mostly literary critics, journalists, theatre expxerts, theatre selectors and art directors gathered.
Diversity of the events that took place during the 14 day long festival in the capital of Slovenian Styria was also this year enabled due to the diversity of the venue. Namely, the venue of National Theatre Maribor, which is also the organizer of the festival, is praised for its architecture and location in the city centre. Kazinska Dvorana Hall, Stara Dvorana Hall, and Velika Dvorana Hall with their main stages are all renowned for their unique beauty and magical atmosphere, while the smaller halls with stages are appreciated for their intimacy.