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First Transborders festival hits Slovenia-Austria border towns

Gornja Radgona, 29 August - Transborders will hit several Slovenian and Austrian towns on the border between the two countries, bringing 72 hours of installations, interventions and performances from Thursday to Sunday.

Gornja Radgona
The river Mura, which flows from Austria to Slovenia, between the Austrian town of Bad Radkersburg and Slovenia's Gornja Radgona.
Photo: Nebojša Tejić/STA
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The festival will feature artists, performers and musicians 100 years after the demarcation stemming from the Treaty of Saint Germain, exploring its impact on people.

Under the slogan Flux on the River, it will focus on the current situation, history and myths along the border in the area of the region Styria, or Štajerska in Slovenian.

The festival will feature installations which transcend borders, a performance about Wittgenstein and the power of language, as well as bilingual workshops.

It will also bring "arrows stuck in the land to claim it, the art floating on the border, and short films", said the organiser, the Institute for Art in Public Space.

A documentary on the multi-layered history of the region will also be made as part of the festival.

Its music part, co-produced by Slovenia's MENT Ljubljana centre of urban culture, will draw strongly on language.

"It is music where, due to mutual influences between people and musical inspiration from around the world, a trans-cultural impact is constantly present," the institute, which is part of Graz's Joanneum museum, said.

Apače, Cankova, Gornja Radgona and Šentilj are the Slovenian municipalities taking part in the festival, which will feature Slovenian artists Nataša Berk, Maja Smrekar, Mark Požlep and acclaimed art collective IRWIN.

Festival goers will be able to travel from one site to another by hopping on and off the Transporter bus free of charge.

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