The International Festival of Independent Performing Arts Crossings is an eight-day social and learning event. The festival is designed as a platform for presenting domestic and foreign independent performing production in Maribor.

Contemporary independent theatre, as presented in this year’s edition, is open, creative, inclusive and uncompromising, with a special emphasis on the socio-political context in which it has been created or which is addressed by its content. The performances could be described as amusing, political or aesthetic, but in fact they are much more. The programme, consisting of performances from Palestine, the Czech Republic, Israel, Portugal and Slovenia, will encourage the spectators towards new reflections, considerations and views. Our mission – developing independent theatre – stems from our desire to promote an open and inclusive solidarity-based society, a society without prejudice and fear. This independence is understood as widely and inspiringly as possible – liberated of the control and power of the other, of trends and established frames. This independence is not arbitrary and self-contained, instead it offers the freedom of thinking, experiencing, and understanding the conditions of work and creation.

We believe that our programme is working to improve the quality of life in the town, country, region and more widely. Innovation and development (as well as greater equality) are the result of the desire for the new and unknown. We are expecting the audience and guests from abroad and Slovenia with open arms and hearts.