Introduction to the front theatres

The significance of the first Partisan theatrical performances was largely as socialising events. Slovene songs sung to the accompaniment of an accordion would resound on marches or by camp fires. Especially after Italy’s capitulation in 1943, these rather impromptu meetings turned into more organized events, enabled also by a greater influx of cultural workers amidst the Partizans. The propaganda wing of the headquarters was responsible for directing — ideologically, thematically and organizationally — the culturo-educational and propaganda activities in its various divisions. The purpose of these meetings was to publicize the national liberation struggle, to raise the partisans’ morale, and with political speeches, recitations, songs and sketches augment the national consciousness of the military as well as civilian society. These meetings eventually led to the organization of singing choirs, bands and finally a real theatrical group.