Ex Ponto festival: from Ljubljana to the world

Article published on Oct. 30, 2012
Article published on Oct. 30, 2012

Launched in the Slovenian capital in 1993, the Ex Ponto Festival brings together artists from the former Yugoslavia, as well as from the EU and the rest of the world. The festival's name is symbolic of the creativity of the Roman poet Ovid (Epistolae ex Ponto, Letters from the Black Sea) in exile and a reminder of the homonymous work of the Yugoslav nobel laureate Ivo Andric (Ex Ponto, 1918). According to their manifesto, the Cultural Society B-51 which organises the annual festival 'bets on theatricality, luddism, merry catastrophism, and the production of positive chaos'. Brazilian video maker Pedro Simao followed the multicultural chaos for the tenth and final edition in cafebabel.com’s 2012 feature focus series on 'MultiKulti' aka ‘multiculturalism in Europe’