The 2023/24 season will be the last that the Ljubljana Drama ensemble will play in the historic Drama building before it closes its doors for renovation. That is why archaeological research will begin already in the summer.
As the Minister of Culture emphasized at the presentation of the season Asta Vrečkothe renovation of the Drama is one of the most important investment projects of the current government.
Ministry: the project “with a long beard” will be carried out in the intended formAccording to the minister, the renovation project of SNG Drama Ljubljana is proceeding as planned. As it is one of the most important investment projects of this government, it is being given special attention. They meet weekly with the management of Drama to ensure that everything runs smoothly. As she added, the Drama renovation project solves thirty-year-old problems and the theater’s space constraints.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture Matevž Čelik Vidmar emphasized that the 58.5 million Drama renovation project is the largest and most demanding investment of the Ministry of Culture. He reminded that the project already has a very long beard and added that they are working to implement it in the form that was accepted as the winning solution in the architectural competition years ago.
In 2026 in a new buildingThe project is currently in the process of obtaining a building permit, archaeological excavations will begin in the summer in the Drama construction area. At the beginning of next year, the project will be completed and a contractor will be selected in the spring. Construction work is scheduled to begin in mid-2024, and the end of the project is planned for the end of 2026.
According to the headmaster of Drama Vesne Jurca Tadel they will be aware for the whole season that it is the last one that they plan and play in the historic building before the renovation. In order to keep the public as up-to-date as possible with the progress of the project, they decided to provide up-to-date information on the current state of the renovation on the Drama website, as well as the current stage of the individual sections.
The project of the complete renovation of the Drama was included in the government projects as part of the 2023 budget rebalancing, so that adequate funds are provided for it in the 2023 and 2024 budget.
The first phase of the comprehensive renovation of SNG Drama Ljubljana began in 2019, after long efforts, when a contract for design and preparation of documentation was signed with the office of Bevk Perović architects, which won a public competition in 2017.