DECENTRALIZING ART: TRIGGER conference in cooperation of Glej Theatre with Centre for Creativity and Crossings Festival 2021
Conference is also a part of Stages without borders programme

As it is becoming clear that festival/meeting/conference/performance hopping is neither sustainable nor possible, we look towards new forms of long term collaboration on both national and international levels. Leaning on the (post)Yugoslavian tradition of widespread cultural centres in local communities we are bringing together local and international representatives of non-urban festivals, residency centres and cultural centres. We wish to ask ourselves how to create a decentralized and sustainable art community, programming policies reflecting the reality of many centres and exchange views and experiences of working outside political, financial and hyper-producing realities, searching for genuine and longstanding relationships with different communities and audiences.

Discursive programme is in English with an option of Slovenian translation. Performances are either in English or subtitled in English.

10:00-10:45 LET’S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER: Registration

10:45-11:00 Lyrical minutes in the city (location: Mariborska tržnica) // flash mob opera // duration: 7 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana, co-production: Ensemble Leporello

11:00-11:30 GET INTO THE GROOVE: Opening statement by TRIGGER team: Barbara Poček, Glej Theatre; Nika Bezeljak, Crossings festival; Marko Podjavoršek, Centre for Creativity

11:30-12:00 GET INSPIRED: The Common in Community: Seventy Years of Cooperative Centres as a Social Infrastructure (Asta Vrečko, Rastko Pečar, Blaž Babnik Romaniuk, Martina Malešič)
Project is presented at Pavilion of Slovenia at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

12:00-13:30 CONNECTING THE CENTRES: examples of good practices
We are bringing together exciting producers from Slovenia and abroad, who work in areas outside big centres of power. Who are these festivals, residencies and cultural centres and what lessons can we learn from their work and perseverance?

Kryštof Koláček: founder and Manager of Performing Arts Festival Kutná Hora, CZ
Pierre Caussin: Director, Forum Jacques Prévert, Carros, FR
Pau Estrem: Artistic director, Danseu Festival, ES
Lorenzo Facchinelli: Centrale Fies, IT
Stane Tomazin: Artistic director, FKK festival kulture Kostanjevica, SI
Matjaž Farič: Artistic director, Flota Festival, SI
Anja Bajda: Manager, Cultural center Cerknica, SI
Moderated by: Tjaša Pureber, Glej Theatre and Nika Bezeljak, Moment

13:30-14:00 BREAK

14:00-16:00 RE-CENTERING THE ART: panel discussion
Discussion on challenges of working, thinking, programing and connecting art outside the urban centres. We will focus on community and audience building and explore working/operational models outside centres of power.
Moderated by: Tjaša Pureber, Glej Theatre and Nika Bezeljak, Moment

17:00-18:30 Uroš Kaurin, Vito Weis: Hero 2.0 – The Show of All Shows // devised performance // duration: 90 minutes // production: Moment, co-production: EN-KNAP Productions Ljubljana
It might sound as if you don’t need to see anything else after this, but these two exciting performers, reaching beyond the limits of their (and your) abilities will make you want more (of them).

19:00-19:15 Lyrical minutes in the city (location: GT22) // flash mob opera // duration: 7 minutes // production: Bunker Ljubljana, co-production: Ensemble Leporello

19:30-20:00 Crossings Festival opening night (location: GT22) // mural exhibition opening // production: Moment


Participating producers:
Co-producer: Centre for Creativity

Strategic development: Glej Theatre, MomentBunker LjubljanaPekinpahCity of WomenMladinsko Theatre and Maska Ljubljana (The New Post Office programme)

TRIGGER 2021 is a part of a partnership network Platform Center for Creativity. Platform Center for Creativity is co-financed by European Union from European Regional Development Fund and by the Republic of Slovenia.

TRIGGER platform is also supported by the Ministry of Public Administration, Ministry of Culture and Municipality of Ljubljana.


City: Maribor
Duration: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
On the programme:
29 May 2021 at 10:00 am
Lutkovno gledališče Maribor