Mini Summer – International Festival for Children
Mini poletje – Mednarodni festival za otroke
Office address: Mini teater, Štihova 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Telephone: 386 (0) 1 430 3143, 386 (0) 41 314414
Fax: 386 (0) 1 434 3620
Festival Director, Artistic Director and Programme Selector: Robert Waltl
Festival Organizer: Dejan Tesovic, Borut Odlazek
Dates and duration: Annual, early July - early September, two months
The MINI SUMMER Festival organized by MINI TEATER, is an international summer festival of puppets and theatre. It has been taking place in Ljubljana Castle or in other locations in Ljubljana every summer Sunday since 1999. Its aim is to animate the streets, squares, atriums and the castle with high-quality puppet performances and workshops for children. Due to great response, it has gradually turned into one of the greatest festivals for children in Slovenia. Different performances for children from different international theatres or groups are presented each year. Occasionally, some exceptional puppet performances for adults are presented (like The Vampire – performed by Stuffed Puppet Theatre from The Netherlands in 2007). Beside performances, the Festival includes also 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.
The festival has gained a great international reputation, good critics of 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 precious cultural image of Ljubljana and Slovenia.