The MINI SUMMER Festival organized by MINI TEATER is an international summer festival of puppets and theatre. It has been taking place since 1999 at the Ljubljana Castle and other locations in Ljubljana every Sunday from the beginning until the end of summer. It's aim is to animate the city's streets, squares, atriums and castle with high-quality puppet performances and children's workshops.
Due to the great response, it has gradually grown into one of the biggest festivals for children in Slovenia. Children's theatre performances from many different international theatres or groups are presented each year and occasionally, the programme is spiced up with an exceptional puppet performance for adults, such as The Vampire, performed by Stuffed Puppet Theatre from The Netherlands in 2007.
Longside the performances, Mini Summer also includes various creative workshops for children (visual arts, multimedia, puppetry and chivalry skills), the Pageants School for young pages and dames, and an exhibition of puppets.
Over the years, the festival has gained a great international reputation, receiving positive reviews from the professional public, and an extraordinary high number of spectators of all ages. Different languages, different puppet techniques and different approaches to puppetry art have placed the international festival Mini Summer among events contributing to a richer and more vibrant cultural landscape of Ljubljana and Slovenia.