City Theatre




25th Anniversary of the City Theatre – Divadlo z Pasáže
Or our journey from Popolvár to The Norm…

It started with a fairy tale- a story about how a few people with disabilities got a chance to show who they really are. The first performance of the Theatre Divadlo z Pasáže “About Popolvár as you don´t know him“.
Since then, the theatre has presented 30 performances for all age groups, participated in many theatre festivals at home and abroad, and much more.
In 2010, the city of Banská Bystrica decided to establish the theatre as the City Theatre – Divadlo z Pasáže and it continues to support it significantly in their activities.
It was an adventurous journey from Popolvár to the Norm, which is not only the name of their latest performance but also an expression of their goals. Every person should be given the opportunity to express themselves, to use their talents or handicap in order to gradually make the world a better place. And after “They lived happily ever after” the fairy tale might turn into reality… the society where chances for people with disabilities are the everyday norm!
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the theatre Divadlo z Pasáže, we have prepared an exhibition of large-scale photographs, which are installed in the SNP Square in Banská Bystrica throughout September 2020.

Theatre Divadlo z Pasáže is the first professional community theatre, which, as the first of its kind in Slovakia, started to work with intellectually disabled people. Moreover, at present, it is the first and only municipal theatre working with intellectually disabled actors in the Central and Eastern Europe. Through its activity, it interconnects the cultural, artistic and social field. During its existence, the theatre has won several awards, e.g. the European Citizen 2009 prize (as the first non-profit organization from Slovakia) awarded by the President of European Parliament, Hans Gert Pὄttering. The theatre was founded in Banská Bystrica in 1995 and in 2020, it will celebrate its 25th anniversary.

A spectator who is remembering with love ...

I must not be afraid, for I don’t believe in dragons.
I must not be afraid, yet still have the wings sprinkled with down… (Viera Dubačová – About Popolvár as you may not know him)
The theatre, Divadlo z Pasáže, an idea clothed in reality, walks up their hill and down dale. At its beginning, there was Popolvár, ready to fearlessly search for good and evil in people. His path was tiled with all the world’s stage, with the people creating this world and the dreams which were fulfilling him. Today, Popolvár is as grey as the feathers that sprinkle Mojmo’s wings and I have become a spectator who is remembering with love and hugging her actors in her mind.

Viera Dubačová – founder of the theatre

The Theatre with soul...

Art, culture, sports, nature… These are all small but essential fragments that make Banská Bystrica a whole. However, the most important are the people living in the town. Combining the right personalities can create something unique.
For example, the theatre Divadlo z Pasáže. It is an institution with heart and joy. Full of positive energy which does not remain only inside the theatre. It passes on to the audience and tries to find its own way. It spreads across the town and I am proud that it is particularly our town. If you have already been to the theatre, come again. If not, it is worth changing it.

Ján Nosko – mayor of Banská Bystrica