Ljubljana Mini Teater provided with a home of its own
Thanks to a €600, 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, the highly successful non-profit Mini Teater in Ljubljana finally enjoys a tailor-made venue of its own.
The Mini Teater is a non-profit institution founded in Ljubljana in 1999, staging high-quality conventional theatre and puppet theatre performances for a variety of audiences and age groups, in addition to summer festivals and medieval festivals. Each year, the theatre stages more than 500 performances and is visited by more than 60,000 spectators. The theatre is also involved in a wide range of artistic exchanges with artists and directors from abroad.
Until now, however, the Mini Teater has not enjoyed a proper venue of its own. Performances have taken place at leased premises in the Ljubljana Castle, far from ideal for the theatre's steadily increasing number of spectators and performances. The leased venue had only 100 seats, the stage was too small and there was no changing room for the actors. Moreover, the old venue did not allow for evening performances, as opening hours were linked to the opening hours of the castle.
New tailor-made premises
Recognising these challenges and Mini Teater's contribution to the cultural scene of the city, the Municipality of Ljubljana provided the theatre with a perpetual free lease of a listed building in its picturesque old town. With support from the EEA and Norway Grants, the building's interior has been reconstructed to meet the theatre's demands and needs.
The Mini Teater now enjoys its own venue with a new stage to supplement the leased stage in the Ljubljana Castle. The stages of the Mini Teater now have altogether 200 seats. The new building has been fitted with offices, changing and sewing rooms, storage rooms, a foyer and congress hall, as well as 2 residences for visiting artists and directors. The new premises will enable an increased number of international exchanges and enhance the theatre's overall artistic repertoire.
The new building is already in full use. On 23 October, it was opened in a festive ceremony attended by Interior Minister Katarina Kresal, Minister of Culture Majda Širca and Ljubljana Mayor Zoran Janković.
Photo credit: Nejc Saje.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE THEATRE AND RESIDENCE CENTRE MINI TEATER IN LJUBLJANA
Conservation of European cultural heritage
Type & project assistance:
Mini teater - non-profit institution
Type of institution:
Privately owned non-profit institution
EEA and Norway Grants
Grant agreement date:
05 June 2008
The purpose of the Project is to establish a new theatre and artist residence centre "Mini Teater" by reconstruction of a historical building in Ljubljana, with the overall objective of urban renewal and sustainable conservation of European cultural heritage. Reference is made to the application, dated 5 May 2006, and additional information from the Focal Point dated 12 March, 11 April, 23 April, 7 May and 11 July 2007.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- demolition of the old building at 1 Križevniška Alley, preserving the front façade;
- construction of a new building in its place, enlarged by one floor, with a performance hall, two residence apartments, business space, changing room, sewing room, laundry, multipurpose room, foyer, storage room, bathroom and a small kitchen;
- complete mechanical and electrical installations;
- complete stage technology;
- Project publicity.
The Project Promoter is the Mini Teater, Ljubljana.