Videofestival Natures

3. 01. - 3. 01. 2021



Videofestival Narave

Dunajska 31 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The Videofestival Natures has been organised by Bežigrajska galerija since 2002. Its programme is based on an open international call while featuring also oeuvre of important Slovene video artists. The festival’s broad scope is dedicated to video works that include images of nature or derive from things found in nature, and address the nature of human existence and cohabitation in time. The screened videos have been included in the gallery’s collection that by today comprises over 700 works. The 2020 editions was screened online.

Highlights of previous editions

The 6th edition in 2009 presented 14 mostly young video artists. In 2008, the festival featured among others also the video A Listening Human by Miha Vipotnik, one of the three Slovene video art pioneers. In 2018 the whole festival was dedicated to Vipotnik’s oeuvre and a year before, Davorin Marc’s work was in focus. The 2005 edition featured video works of Slovene established sculptors of different generations (Mirsad Begić, Jakov Brdar, Mojca Smerdu, Damijan Kracina, Primož Pugelj, and Urša Toman – Drinovec).

Biennial of Slovene Book Illustration

1. 01. - 28. 02. 2022



Slovenski bienale ilustracije (SBI)

Prešernova 10 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The Biennial of Slovene Book Illustration has been organised since 1993 by Cankarjev dom Gallery in cooperation with the Illustration Section of the Slovenian Association of Fine Arts Societies (ZDSLU) with the aim of promoting book illustration as a fine arts discipline.

Among the selected exhibited works, the best ones are bestowed with the Hinko Smrekar Award and associated accolades.

Slovene book illustration

The long and rich history and tradition of Slovene book illustration started with Protestant books and continued with the work of Slovene modernists who reached another summit at the end of the 19th century. Slovene book illustration production remained rich and strong even during World War II. Afterwards, with the development of vivid publishing activities, Slovene book illustration become internationally recognised. The Biennial of Slovene Book Illustration provides a glimpse of these endeavours by giving an overview of the latest book illustration achievements in Slovenia.

Exhibitions goal is to reveal the excellence of Slovenian illustration with a variety of authorial poetics. At the same time representing new artistic solutions, as artists are constantly updating painting techniques, introducing elements of film, comics, animated film, electronic media and other modern technologies.

The exhibitions

The core of the biennial is the exhibition of original works of Slovene book illustrators as well as books of recent dates in the Cankarjev dom Gallery.

Alongside the older generation, the biennial increasingly presents the work of young illustrators, such as Kristina Krhin, Suzana Bricelj, Arjan Pregl, Daša Simčič, Ana Šalamun, Petra Preželj, Dalibor Zupančič, Matija Medved, Ana Baraga, etc.

The biennial also includes a special exhibition dedicated to the pioneers of Slovene illustration. The 5th biennial was dedicated to the late Marija Lucija Stupica, one of the greatest representatives of Slovene children’s book illustration, also one of the stronger initiators of the biennial. In 2004, an exhibition at the National Gallery of Slovenia presented the beginnings of Slovene illustration (the authors Hinko Smrekar, Gvidon Birolla, Ivan Vavpotič and Maksim Gaspari were presented). In 2008, the exhibition in the [[Moderna galerija (MG)] was dedicated to Marij Pregelj, one of the foremost Slovene fine artists of the 20th century who was engaged also in illustration (Iliad and Odyssey, French Fairytales, Tristan and Isolde, Peter Pan). As part of the 13th edition, the Biennial of Slovene Book Illustration presented a digital overview of works by Allstars authors. The Allstars collection of digitised visual works presents a selection of the Independent Biennial, done by authors of the mostly younger generation who participated in the Biennale of Independents between 2007 and 2017.

BUMfest International Percussion Festival

24. 01. - 26. 01. 2020



BUMfest mednarodni festival tolkalnih skupin

Aškerčeva 9a SI-3310, Žalec

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As the name implies, the BUMfest International Percussion Festival is a rather specialised music festival. Taking place in Žalec and established in 2007, its quite successful and regularly sold out musical programme presents all sorts of percussion and drumming projects that often feature elements of theatre, dance, humour and sound experimentation. Beside evening concerts, the festival also comprises music workshops and matinee performances for schoolchildren,

Led by Dejan Tamše, of the SToP Slovene Percussion Project, the festival takes place at the Dom II. slovenskega tabora Žalec. An additional venue is the Savinov likovni salon, where post-festival exhibitions sometimes take place.


The festival has hosted artists from Taiwan, Brazil, the United States, Mexico and numerous European countries. Some of the guests in recent years have been Funky Currywurst Brothers (AT, DK), Percussive (BE), Odaiko (ES), Groovetrotters (DE, AT), Quatuor Beat (FR), Sudar Percussion (HR), Percossa (NL) and The Strokes (HU).

Furthermore, the festival is sometimes amongst the initiators for projects like “Faces and Places”, which featured the SToP Slovene Percussion Project, the Studio Percussion Graz (AT) and guest musicians who had come to Europe as refugees or migrants.