The Ana Desetnica festival of street theatre will take place from 23 June to 3 July in 13 Slovenian cities. Most events will be held in Ljubljana, including the opening spectacle and the birthday party.
Having first started in Ljubljana 25 years ago, the festival will bring performances to 12 other towns this year, including Maribor, Ptuj, Kamnik, Logatec and Nova Gorica.
Almost 100 artists from 10 countries will travel between the cities for 11 days to perform 37 shows and urban interventions, according to the producer Polona Prosen.
Nearly half of the events will take place in Ljubljana. The Ana Monro Theatre will perform the show River of Seven Names to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the renowned architect Jože Plečnik.
The festival will host street groups from countries including Italy, France, Czech Republic and Argentina performing dance, circus and similar performances, including an aerial spectacle and a “skiing odyssey”. The audience will even be able to watch one of the performances on bikes.
The festival was born out of the desire to spread performance art to urban spaces and it then led to the development of local street theatre, according to Goro Osojnik, director of the Ana Monro Theatre.
Over the years the festival has hosted over 5000 street performers from over 40 countries and their shows were viewed by nearly a million visitors.