Centenary of the Šentjakob Theatre in Ljubljana
We are celebrating a hundred years of uninterrupted activity by the Šentjakob Theatre, one of the oldest amateur repertory theatres not only in Slovenia but in the European Union. In creating cultural life – as a continuous renewal and rebirth in the spheres of amateur culture – the theatre follows the trends of contemporary theatre and its spiritual values.
The Šentjakob Theatre was founded in 1920 as the drama section of the Economic Progressive Society for the Šentjakob District and soon became one of the most influential theatres in the Slovene theatrical landscape.
There is no other theatre like it in Europe: an amateur theatre that provides a programme of repertory theatre every season, which means at least six premieres every year. Today the theatre has the status of a cultural society operating in the public interest. It numbers more than 130 members – amateur actors and actresses – who year after year donate more than 15,000 hours of their free time to the theatre. Every year it stages more than 150 theatrical performances for adults, children and young people, including more than 40 touring productions, which are seen by an average audience of more than 20,000. Over the course of the last 100 years, the theatre has staged around 600 premieres and more than 12,000 repeat performances. These include almost 100 first performances of works and more than 170 works by Slovene playwrights. Given that more than two million people have seen the theatre’s performances, they like to boast that they are known to “every single Slovene”. Neither should we forget that numerous generations of acclaimed theatrical artists have emerged from the ranks of the Šentjakob Theatre, including 12 winners of a Sever Award for achievements in acting.
To mark the centenary of the theatre’s founding, Slovenia’s Ministry of Culture has entered the Šentjakob Theatre in the Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Over the years, the theatre and its members have been the recipients of numerous awards and accolades for their achievements and work.
An unlimited love of the stage, patience, responsibility, sacrifice, passion and commitment to the theatrical family are qualities that the Šentjakob Theatre continues to radiate today, so it is well worth supporting them by visiting the theatre and applauding their performances.
Šentjakob Theatre Marketing Team