EU Permanent Theatres Association Spreads East Across Slovenia

The Ljubljana-based Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Drama is the first theatre outside the European Union and Switzerland to be admitted to the European Theatre Convention (ETC) which brings new obligations as well as numerous potentials for cooperation with theatres of similar status from the current twelve and future 17 European states. Together with SNG Drama, the ETC General Assembly, which took place late last week in Bologna, Italy, granted against the current regulation that only one theatre from each country may be admitted at a time, granted the status of observer (i.e. associated member) to the Slovene Youth Theatre (SMG). Theatres from Austria, Belgium, Switzerland and Greece were also granted membership. Admission of SNG Drama to ETC was officially proposed by superintendent of the Bonn-seated Schauspiel Bonn theatre, with which Drama had already establish fruitful cooperation, and is also scheduled to appear at the local festival in June 1996, this time with a performance entitled Grmače by a renowned Slovene dramatist Dane Zajc, SNG Drama director Janez Pipan told a news conference Wednesday.

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