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Borštnik's Birth House Opening Doors to Visitors


The house, which is still being refurbished and is planned to eventually become a museum, will be open for the public at the weekend.

The ceremony in the house in Cerklje na Gorenjskem will feature Borštnik's family and the organisers of the Borštnik Meeting theatre festival, the Borštnik Ring laureates for lifetime achievements, and other actors.

Last year's Borštnik Ring winner Vlado Novak will speak at what is the first in a series of public events planned to take place in Borštnik's birth house, which his family wants to eventually turn into a theatre museum.

Visitors will be able to see the house over the weekend, after which it will be closed to the public for the refurbishing works to be completed. It is planned to host various cultural events in the future.

The opening of the house coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Borštnik Meeting, the country's pre-eminent theatre festival, the 25th anniversary of the European Heritage Days, and the 96th anniversary of Borštnik's death.

In 1999, the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem erected a bust of Borštnik to mark the 80th anniversary of his death and a venue for cultural events bearing his name was opened near the birth house eight years later.

Born in 1858, Borštnik joined the Ljubljana Drama Society in 1882 but was immediately sent to a drama school in Vienna. He returned to Ljubljana in 1886, where he managed a drama school and staged numerous plays.

He later left for Zagreb, where he worked for 25 years. Borštnik returned to Ljubljana shortly before his death in 1919 to mentor young actors. He is considered the founder of modern theatre in Slovenia, having played in or directed more than 400 productions.


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