Theatres

Maribor Theatre Festival

30. 05. - 12. 06. 2022

Maribor

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Festival Borštnikovo srečanje

Slovenska 27 SI-2000, Maribor

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Every autumn since 1966, various Slovene theatres have met in Maribor at the Maribor Theatre Festival (its Slovene name being Borštnikovo srečanje), organised by and held at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. This most prestigious theatre event is the largest annual review of Slovene theatre production. The festival awards the Borštnik Ring, the highest accolade for theatre actors in Slovenia, further Borštnik Awards are bestowed for best achievements in directing, acting, and other categories.

To honour individual Borštnik Ring recipients, the festival launched a book series devoted to the work and lives of laureates in 2017.

History

The festival took place for the first time in 1966 under the name Slovene Drama Week and was re-named the Borštnik Meeting in 1972 (today its Slovene name is still Festival Borštnikovo srečanje, but it has come to be known as the Maribor Theatre Festival in English). Prior to 1990, the festival was also held in other Slovene towns; in the 1990s there were several unsuccessful attempts to move the festival from Maribor to Ljubljana. Until 1992, all professional Slovene theatres presented at least one production at the festival’s competition programme, with independent productions appearing only in the off-programme. Subsequently, the selection became more rigorous, including only the most representative theatre productions. The 1990s saw the protest of numerous independent theatre producers and makers, arguing that with the festival’s existing conceptually-closed orientation, it did not present the actual theatre production nor acknowledge the variety of aesthetics, poetics, approaches, and procedures.

On its 45th anniversary, the festival was reorganised and internationalised. In addition to the selected Slovene performances by repertory theatres from Maribor, Ljubljana, Nova Gorica, Celje, Kranj, Ptuj, Koper, and Trieste, as well as by a few independent theatre producers, the festival’s programme featured international performances. A special showcase selection addressed international professionals who also participated in debates and symposia.

Since 1994, the selector of the festival has a two-year mandate. The jury usually comprises four to five persons (critics, directors, writers, theorists, artists, etc.). The Borštnik Ring Award recipient is selected by a different jury.

The festival is named after Ignacij Borštnik (1858–1919), director, actor, playwright, translator and the founder of the Slovene artistic theatre. He was the first Slovene theatre director in the modern sense of the word and a master craftsman of the most demanding roles, especially from turn-of-the-century modernist realism.

Programme

Each year, around 10 new performances are presented in the selected competition programme of the Maribor Theatre Festival. These stagings compete for the following Borštnik Awards: best performance (Borštnik Grand Prix), best director, best actor, best young actor, other achievements (set design, costume design, lighting design, musical score, and other artistic categories), plus a special jury award. The award of the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia for the best performance in the previous season is also presented.

The accompanying non-competitive programme consists of interesting performances of the previous season, often created by a younger generation of authors, whose innovative approaches to creating performances challenge the established concepts and boundaries of theatre, as well as performances by as international artists and theatre houses.

The Maribor Theatre Festival also presents the annual production of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) and has recently started running an international student programme.

International symposia and conferences

Each year the festival cooperates closely with the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia in the organisation of conferences, symposia, round tables, workshops, seminars and talks, dedicated to relevant topics, such as festival production, criticism, dramaturgy, archiving, intercultural exchange, etc. The festival has also hosted several international symposia and conferences, which were prepared with international partners, such as the International Theatre Institute (ITI) or the international network of theatre critics AICT/IATC.

E-xhibitions

Digital collections (photo galleries) presenting outstanding authors (e.g., actors who won the Borštnik Ring Award) were compiled by the Slovenian Theatre Institute in collaboration with the institute Novi zato., Prodok teater TV, Slovene theatre houses and regional archives. Further digital galleries present some of the recent Grand Prix performances, referential documentary photos, video and audio excerpts which are accessible to the wider public on the Sigledal.org – Slovene theatre portal.

Contemporary European Drama book collection

To bridge the gap to the international space and open communication with it, the festival has devoted special attention to the playwriting and theatre of a selected country. To this purpose, the Contemporary European Drama book collection was launched in 2011, which brought translations of contemporary plays written by authors coming from Finland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Holland, Spain and Slovakia.

Other

Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF)

14. 06. - 15. 06. 2022

Ljubljana

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Slovenski oglaševalski festival (SOF)

Letališka cesta 35 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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The Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF) is the central annual event of the advertising industry in Slovenia, organised by the Slovenian Advertising Chamber since the beginning of the 90s. Since its 25th edition in 2016, the festival was held at Hotel Kempinski in Portorož, but will take place at Monfort Exhibition Space in 2020. The programme focuses on the current issues of the profession, thereby enabling an exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and views for the further development of the field.

About

SOF has its roots in the Yugoslav propaganda film festival in Portorož. As a Slovenian festival, it was established in 1991 under the auspices of the Golden Drum Advertising Festival of New Europe, which developed into an international festival of creativity, while SOF became an independent central event of the advertising profession in Slovenia.

SOF marked its 25th anniversary in 2016, featuring more than 300 ads in the competition programme. “Only good stories survive” was the festival’s slogan that year, and the organisers used the opportunity to say that the festival offers “exceptional stories which have and will continue to survive”.

SOF’s comprehensively designed congress program opens a discussion on topical professional issues and enables the exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and views on the further development of the profession. SOF therefore rewards and promotes creativity and entrepreneurship and brings new knowledge. With its professional programme and competition, it significantly influences the development of the Slovenian advertising field and examines its role in the wider society.

The competition and awards

SOF Advertising Awards are an important aspect of the festival, though its general significance has a much broader scope. The festival’s extensive overview and appraisal of current advertising practice allow it to spread awareness and raise the bar on the standards of advertising in Slovenia. With its rich congress programme, SOF also represents an important forum and meeting point for new ideas, knowledge and professional education within the entire field of marketing communications. SOF is visited by an average of 900 participants of various profiles, among them, agency representatives, media professionals and advertisers, as well as participants from supporting industries and students.

The SOF Jury assesses the entries to the festival competition programme and announces its winners, the prime examples of Slovenian advertising. Awards are announced at the Awards & Closing Gala Ceremony.

In 2019, SOF significantly restructured the competition programme, which remained relatively consistent for the 2020 edition.

The 2020 (29th) edition of SOF seeks reliable, meaningful and meaningful communication methods and approaches that enhance brand recognition and the role of brands and add value to them. It aims to look for ways to create a communication ecosystem that is acceptable and targeted to all stakeholders (advertisers, agencies, media and also consumer). In 2020, SOF was moved from its springtime edition to September, because of the novel coronavirus disease epidemic.

SOF Awards are bestowed upon the participants in 15 general categories:
K1 Film
K2 Press & publications
K3 Ambient communications
K4 Sound
K5 Web & mobile communications
K6 Integrated communications
K7 Design
K8 Craft excellence
Z1 Activation
Z2 Brand management
Z3 Reach
Z4 Innovation
Z5 Branded content
Z6 Social good
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Entries are judged by an expert jury, made up of top experts in their fields.

Literature

Lirikonfest

7. 06. - 9. 06. 2022

Velenje

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Lirikonfest

Kopališka 3 SI-3320, Velenje

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Lirikonfest Velenje is an annual international poetry festival organised by Velenje Literary Foundation and literary association Velenika. It takes place in spring or early summer; its programme, however, is broadened by poetry readings, Lirikon(fest) Tastings (Lirikon(fest)ove degustacije), which last all year round. Lirikonfest promotes and presents 21st-century literature, its authors, translators and editors. The festival programme comprises approximately 21 literary events accompanied by music, theatre, film, art and dance. Every year, a different theme is put into focus. In the heart of the festival activities are literary readings, editorial and critical interpretations and presentations of Slovene and foreign literary translators.

Programme

The traditional Herberstein Literary Meeting of Slovene Writers, launched in 2002, has been a part of Lirikonfest since 2008. It features various symposia on 21st-century literature and current topics. Each year, 21 Slovene and 21 foreign authors, translators, editors and publishers take part in the festival. The magazine Rp. Lirikon21 is dedicated to the festival programme and comprises contributions from the participating authors.

The festival also includes projects for developing and promoting reading among adults and young people “Opening a Book” (Odpiram knjigo) and children “A Chocolate with a Book” (Čokolada s knjigo).

Awards

Within the framework of the festival, two biennial accolades are awarded: Lirikonov zlát for outstanding journal translations of 21st-century Slovene poetry into foreign languages and translations of contemporary poetry into Slovenian, and Herbersteinski-lirikonfestov zlát for the best literature essay on the current festival theme.

The international Pretnar Award is presented annually to acknowledge the work of ambassadors of Slovene literature and language abroad. At the ceremony Academy Poetic Slovenia, the Cup of Immortality (Čaša nesmrtnosti) is awarded to honour outstanding oeuvres of poetry or poetic drama for youth by Slovene authors. The awarded authors and translators can participate in international literary residencies in Velenje, Šaleška and Zgornja Savinjska valleys.

Concert Halls

MENT Ljubljana

8. 06. - 10. 06. 2022

Ljubljana

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MENT Ljubljana

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MENT Ljubljana is a music discovery festival. At its latest pre-COVID edition, 80 acts from 26 countries performed at various venues over three days. The international conference focuses on the music industry and creativity. In 2021 MENT moved to June and performed 9 consecutive concert evenings with an international program. In 2022, the festival returns to a three-day format with an international conference.

Reviews by influential music media with an international readership write of a more than successful edition, of MENT as an influential festival that surpasses expectations and shifts the focus – discovering different sounds and opening up unfamiliar music scenes through its programme. Of MENT as an extremely well organised, atypical showcase festival with a heart.

“MENT is an energetic, idiosyncratic, and incredibly illuminating experience…” wrote Clash Magazine, while Under the Radar Magazine described MENT as borderless, free and endlessly innovative. At the same time, the author was surprised to realise how isolated and self-sufficient the British music scene is, and how much it can learn from the Ljubljana festival.

Outdoor Venues

Lighting Guerrilla Festival

23. 05. - 18. 06. 2022

Ljubljana

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Svetlobna gverila

Trg francoske revolucije 7, Ljubljana

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First held in 2008, the Lighting Guerrilla is a quite special festival that explores, elaborates and sheds light on the myriad relations between light, the public space and the ‘confines’ of the gallery walls. Initiated a year earlier as a workshop at the festival “Lighting Detectives” (Detektivi svetlobe), it is founded and run by Strip Core, otherwise predominately active as the comic art section of Forum Ljubljana.

The festival is well known for its luminous, site-specific ‘exhibition objects’ presented at several public locations, mainly in Ljubljana; its streets and gardens, the Ljubljanica bridges and quays, the French Revolution Square, the Tivoli Park, etc. By way of exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances, each year’s programme is dedicated to a certain topic – among them the concept of shimmering, the functioning of darkness, and the role of light in shaping the urban experience.

Venues, locations and collaborations

Being a festival that explicitly uses and transforms the ‘matter’ of public space, it is spatially very dispersed and as such collaborates with a number of venues like the Vžigalica Gallery, the Tovarna Rog, the SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts, Kino Šiška, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, RogLab, Španski borci Culture Centre, Cirkulacija 2, the Slovene Academy of Science and Arts, the International Centre of Graphic Arts, etc.

It is also sometimes venturing outside of Ljubljana, having its pre- and post-festival stops at the Simulaker Gallery in Novo Mesto, the Centralna postaja in Maribor, the [[Hrastnik Cultural Centre] and some other places.

The festival has closely collaborated with institutions and festivals like the Spring Festival, the Strictly Analog Festival, the Exodos International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, the Faculty of Architecture, the Museum of Architecture and Design, etc. It is part of the international project Spectrum 14|15.

The invited artists

Both the local as well as international artists and producers are invited, in fact rather many of them. Some of them were Tim Etchells (UK), Max Sudhues (DE), Mirko Malle and AAI (AT/SI/world), Artificiel (CA), Maro Avrabou, Matthieu Tercieux, Dimitri Xenakis, Bernard Murigneux, Benedetto Bufalino (FR), Laurenz Theinert (DE) and Sophie Guyot (CZ), NatanEsku, Tilen Sepič, Aleksandra Stratimirović, Marko A. Kovačič and the KUD Ljud collective.

Theatres

Spider Festival

15. 06. - 16. 06. 2022

Ljubljana

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Festival Spider

SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Defying categorical delineation, the Spider project is at once an “itinerant” contemporary dance and performing arts festival, a transnational artistic network, a platform for modular and transferable artistic projects and a potential for mobility and residencies. While its main production vehicle is the Ljubljana-based Pekinpah Association, the actual nodal points until now have been the specific artistic communities based in Athens, Berlin, Brussels, Ljubljana, Lyon, and Zagreb.

Though Spider operates through various activities, its primary output are events and festivals, the first one of them organised in Greece in 2010. A year after, the annual festival manifestations of Spider started in Slovenia as well, taking place at Španski borci Culture Centre. Other editions of this festival also happened in the aforementioned cities, sometimes alongside local festivals (as for example in Athens, with Arc of Dance & Modul dance festival 2014), but usually standing on their own. Between 2012 and 2014, about 40 international co-organisers were involved in making the events happen.


Background
Spider Ljubljana
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Background

Spider was initiated by three dancers and choreographers: Matej Kejžar (Slovenia), Michaël Pomero (France), and Antigone Gyra (Greece) as an international interdisciplinary structure that could transcend the established national borders, festival formats and artistic practices. They engaged various artists from different cultures and from various artistic fields and milieus (dancers, choreographers, musicians, writers, sculptors, visual artists), soon temporarily enlarging the urban triangle of Athens-Lyon-Ljubljana with events in Zagreb, Salzburg, and Maribor (the latter in the context of Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 programme).

Numerous events and festivals held under the brand of Spider and its various editions – SPIDER RES (performance residencies and research), SPIDER EVENT/GATHERINGS (performance gatherings of international artists, workshops, showings of residency results), SPIDER TALKS (a public debate and project meetings) and SPIDER EXPAND! (a festival format of Spider, called An Itinerant Artistic Manifestation and repeated in Berlin, Brussels, Athens, Lyon, Zagreb and Ljubljana).

Spider Ljubljana

The first Spider Ljubljana was held in 2011 in Španski borci Culture Centre. It lasted three days and in partnership with En-Knap Productions and ŠKUC Association hosted dance performances, workshops (on dance, visual creation and writing), discussions and parties. A year later, the same place hosted the international dance project Spider: At Once, and in 2013 – under the name Spider Expand! – a festival was once again organised, hosting artists from Slovenia, Croatia, France, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, Brazil and the United Kingdom. The festival then moved to Stara Elektrarna – Old Power Station and called itself Spider White in 2014 and Spider Slang in 2015, still bringing an exciting and non-genre bound programme, from body art to contemporary dance, from exhibitions to concerts.

Some of the foreign artists who have performed or otherwise participated in the Ljubljana-based Spider events include Cécile Laloy (FR), Gabriel Smeets (NL), Pavlos Kountouriotis (GR/UK), Fernando Belfiore (BR/NL), Benjamin Sebastian (UK), Julien Monty & Michaël Pomero (FR) of Loge 22, Sigrid Stigsdatter Mathiassen (DK), Alexandros Psychoulis & Yannis Arvanitis (GR), Saša Božić (HR), Petra Hrašćanec (HR); of the local artists, we’ve seen Matej Kejžar, Leja Jurišić, Teja Reba, Urša Vidic, Andreja Kopač, Ana Romih, Rosana Hribar, Uroš Kaurin, Tomaž Grom, etc.

Due to the collaborative nature of Spider, it means that these artists were hosted in other city nodes of the network as well.

Music

Ljubljana Jazz Festival

15. 06. - 18. 06. 2022

Ljubljana

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Jazz Festival Ljubljana

Prešernova 10 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Established in 1960, Ljubljana Jazz Festival is the oldest continuously running jazz festival in Europe, and takes place annually over three or four days at the end of June. Over the decades it has managed to attract an impressive array of world-class performers and improvisers from all over the globe, with a programme that continues to evolve and to take in the latest forms of jazz and improvised music. In 2018, under the stewardship of festival director Bogdan Benigar and co-curator Pedro Costa, it won the Europe Jazz Network’s prestigious Award for Adventurous Programming.

Programme

In keeping with the contemporary adage that jazz is about how you play rather than what you play, the festival’s programme ranges widely across all forms of jazz expression, from hard, exploratory improvisation, through the recent adoption of found sounds and electronics, to funkier and more soulful styles. The international dimensions of the festival are well-established, with perhaps a slightly greater emphasis on European artists than on those from across the Atlantic in recent years.

The festival also features an accompanying programme. Including residency programmes, film screenings, round tables, lectures, poster and jazz photography exhibitions, and multimedia installations. Although the festival is centred on events in late June, Cankarjev dom also stages a year-round programme of events under the festival name, as well as the Tuesday Clubbing (Cankarjevi torki) series, which attempts to keep the festival spirit alive from September to April with an adventurous programme spanning jazz and roots.

Venues

Since 1982 the festival has been held in the concert halls of Cankarjev dom (CD), Slovenia’s national cultural centre, with the revitalised CD Club being brought into the fold in 2008 and the CD park (officially the Council of Europe Park) becoming the main venue in the late 2010s. Križanke no longer stages festival events.

Prehistory and early years

The seeds of the festival that formally emerged in 1960 as the Yugoslavian Jazz Festival were sown in the years following the end of World War II and the formation of the RTV Slovenia Big Band. Jazz was incorporated into the band’s programme for a few years before being declared politically undesirable, but managed to resurface in the second half of the 1950s. In the meantime, the various Yugoslavian pop festivals had helped create a lively, interconnected music scene that meant that the first edition of the jazz festival edition had an extensive, ready-made line-up featuring musicians from all parts of the federal republic. Correspondingly, the Slovenian pop music festival Slovenska popevka, established in 1962, shared most of the Slovenian musicians who appeared at the jazz festival.

For the first six years, the festival took place in Bled, before moving to Ljubljana in 1967. Three years later, it installed itself in what would become its home for many years: the Križanke complex in the city centre. For the first two decades or so, the festival was organised by Jazz Society Ljubljana, and its close ties with the RTV Slovenia Big Band, then a bastion of Slovenian jazz traditionalism, meant that the programming remained broadly conventional and, to some extent, conservative. The festival featured more or less exclusively Yugoslav musicians and Yugoslav radio big band ensembles, although there were notable exceptions, such as the Albert Mangelsdorff Quintet (1962), the Modern Jazz Quartet (1964), the Krzysztof Komeda Quintet (1965), Jean-Luc Ponty (1967) and Memphis Slim (1968).

1970s

The 1970s brought a loosening of the unspoken strictures that had applied in the festival’s first decade, with free jazz, fusion and “ECM jazz” gaining admittance (if not full acceptance). The international dimensions of the festival also expanded, with some of the biggest names of the decade appearing in Ljubljana: Bobby Hutcherson and Harold Land in 1971, the Bill Evans Trio and Ram Chandra Mistry in 1972, the Archie Shepp Quintet in 1973, the Jazz Messengers, the Stan Getz Quartet and Odetta in 1974, the Elvin Jones Quartet in 1975, the Cecil Taylor Quintet in 1976, Paul Bley in 1979 and the Pharoah Sanders Quartet in 1981.

1980s

In 1982, organisation of the Ljubljana Jazz Festival passed from Jazz Society Ljubljana to the newly opened Cankarjev dom national cultural centre. This heralded the establishment of a new curatorial model, with the enlarged programming panel seeking to open the festival up more fully towards new jazz and new improvised forms. While this met with some resistance and a fair amount of public polemic, it was well received by a younger audience keen to move on from the older sounds. The first signs that things were changing came with the appearance of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1982, followed by other figures from the left field of jazz: Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron, Irene Schweizer, the Lester Bowie Ensemble, and the Keith Tippett-Peter Brötzmann Quartet.

Internal squabbles continued, which led to that portion of the programme panel agitating for further reform, and for the inclusion of other (experimental) genres of music, establishing the Druga Godba Festival in 1985. The festival nevertheless managed to maintain a strong programme through the 1980s, with appearance from the likes of the Vienna Art Orchestra, Anthony Braxton Quartet, the Trevor Watts Trio, the Julius Hemphill Jah Band, Dudu Pukwana and Zila, the McCoy Tyner Trio, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Max Roach, Roscoe Mitchell and Gilberto Gil.

1990s and the 21st century

By now a well-established stop for some of the world’s top jazz musicians, the festival played host in the 1990s and early 2000s to artists such as Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Miles Davis, the Don Byron Klezmer Orchestra, the Bill Frisell Group, Defunkt, Marc Ribot, the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti and the Positive Force, the Jan Garbarek Group, the Ornette Coleman Quartet, Abdullah Ibrahim, the Wayne Shorter Quartet, Reggie Workman, Charlie Haden Quartet West and Kenny Garrett.

After celebrating its 50th birthday in 2009, the festival continued to present strong programmes comprised of established artists, emerging talents and special projects: Han Bennink, Avishai Cohen, Hamilton de Holanda, Richard Galliano, John Zorn (with various projects), Peter Brötzmann (who was the subject of a four-concert special focus in 2013), Maria João, John Scofield, Neneh Cherry (with The Thing), David Murray, Macy Gray, Sly and Robbie with Nils Petter Molvær, Mercedes Sosa, Gregory Porter, the Vijay Iyer Trio, Peter Evans, Nate Wooley, Dans Dans and Fire! Orchestra.

2016 onwards

Starting in 2016, the festival took another of its frequent left turns, moving part of the programme into the CD park for a series of free daytime and early evening concerts. The park programme has since been extended in volume and scope to become an established part of the festival, in keeping with the stated aim of creating a “jazz community” and of attracting new audiences perhaps less inclined to take a punt on performances in the more formal indoor settings of the cultural centre. The move paid off handsomely in 2020, when the relaxed outdoor character of the festival, a mixture of live performances and big-screen streaming, made it one of the most joyous events to take place in the capital during the brief Covid-19 summer hiatus.

The renewed emphasis on providing a platform for Slovenian acts, in place from 2017 or so, is a further element of the festival’s attempt to build a jazz community, as well as to capitalise on what is something of a homegrown “golden generation”: Jure Pukl, Marko Črnčec, Igor Lumpert, Žiga Murko and Žan Tetičkovič in New York, Dré Hočevar and Kaja Draksler in Amsterdam, and Jani Moder, Kristijan Kranjčan, Cene Resnik, Igor Matković, Samo Šalamon and Boštjan Simon in Ljubljana. All have played the festival, solo or in various formations, since 2015. The 2019 and 2020 editions featured the Alphabet and Young Explorers series of concerts, which was curated by Dré Hočevar and showcased some of the young musicians clustered around the .abeceda Institute.

However, as the festival’s seventh decade gathers pace, the space remains very much open to new (and older) international avant-garde sounds in jazz and beyond: James Blood Ulmer, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, the Yussef Dayes Trio, Archie Shepp, Emilia Martensson, Shabaka Hutchings, Nasheet Waits, Hamid Drake, Paal Nilssen-Love and Moor Mother, to name only a few. While the new outdoor focus of the festival has led to a more intimate atmosphere, use continues to be made of CD’s indoor venues for marquee events: Gallus Hall in Cankarjev dom for the mammoth John Zorn Bagatelles Marathon in 2019, for example. In that same year, Križanke was also used for the first time since 2013 for a performance by US multi-genre ensemble Snarky Puppy.

Directors and curators

Bogdan Benigar became the festival director in 1999, working under artistic directors Oliver Belopeta (Skopje Jazz Festival, 2000–2004) and David Braun (2005–2008) before taking sole custody of the programme for two editions. He was then joined as co-curator by Pedro Costa (2011–2017) and Edin Zubčević (Jazz Fest Sarajevo 2018–).

Costa’s involvement also resulted in the ongoing Ljubljana Jazz Series of live recordings, released by Clean Feed Records of Lisbon, one of Europe’s most daring improvised music labels, and home to quite a number of Slovenia’s younger jazz generation. Eleven records have been released so far, with more expected. This follows on from a well-established festival tradition of live recording that stretches back 50 years and includes Cecil Taylor’s legendary Dark to Themselves album.

Slovene Choirs Meeting in Šentvid, Stična

15. 06. - 16. 06. 2019

Ivančna Gorica

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Tabor slovenskih pevskih zborov v Šentvidu pri Stični

Šentvid pri Stični 46 SI-1295 , Ivančna Gorica

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The traditional annual June meeting of Slovene choirs from Slovenia as well as from neighbouring countries – also known as the Šentviški pevski tabor – is one of the largest singing events in Europe, involving the participation of up to 250 choirs and around 5,000 vocalists. The choir meetings have been organised by local organisations in collaboration with the local branch of the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia since 1971.

The desire of the organisers is to prepare a pleasant meeting not only for Slovene singers but also for ones coming from places like Zagreb, Rijeka, and Pula in Croatia, Gornji Senik in Hungary, and Belgrade in Serbia, who also sing songs in Slovenian language. Such choirs play an important role in maintaining Slovene traditions and culture as well as Slovenian language in communities of Slovene minorities living abroad near the borders of Slovenia.

The common thread of the 43rd meeting in 2012 were songs about flowers presented by more than 110 choirs led by the well-known conductor Igor Švara. The programme usually starts with a concert by a visiting choir on the eve of the main event – a daytime, typically outdoor, concert of combined male, female, and mixed choirs. The main event also draws guest appearances by local or national politicians, ethnologists, Slovene ambassadors stationed abroad and, cultural artists who often present awards to deserving members. The concerts are regularly recorded by the national television RTV Slovenia and broadcast on TV as well as made accessible on RTV’s online archive (see external links below).

Literature

Slovene Book Days

16. 06. - 24. 06. 2021

Ljubljana

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Slovenski dnevi knjige

Tomšičeva ulica 12 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Along with some 30 countries around the globe, Slovenia celebrates World Book Day every year on 23 April, which has been designated by UNESCO as the day of worldwide celebration of books and reading. To observe this occasion, the Slovene Writers’ Association organised the first Slovene Book Day as a one-day event in 1996. Since 1998, the event has grown into a five-day open-air book fair, involving the majority of Slovene publishers. The event takes place in Ljubljana and other Slovene towns.

The book fairs are accompanied by daily literary readings, book launches, concerts, workshops, book presentations, and performances, discussions and a rich cultural entertainment programme.

Objectives

Although the core focus of the one-week festival is Slovene literature, various other artistic genres are included in the events, offering visitors an in-depth and varied perspective into literature. In certain cities, the festival takes place within the context of lively book fairs.

Among the traditional objectives of the festival are raising awareness about the reading culture, facilitating direct contact between the reading public and authors from different generations, and publicising the achievements of Slovene literature. In recent years, the festival has focused on a variety of current themes and has expanded possibilities for people working in the field of culture. It is also useful for drawing attention to problems that are present, though sometimes repressed, in modern society, such as the faster tempo of life, which in turn raises the question of how to attract people to books and present quality content in a contemporary and attractive way.

Venues

Since 1997, Slovene Book Days has taken place not only in Ljubljana but in other Slovene towns around Slovenia, for instance, in Maribor where it is organised jointly with MKC Maribor) in Celje, Novo mesto and Koper.

Awards

At the opening ceremony of Slovene Book Days, the winner of the Best Short Story Award is announced. In Maribor, the finale of the Poetry Tournament organised by Pivec Publishing House also takes place in the time of Slovene Book Days.

Music

SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting

25. 06. - 1. 07. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Mednarodno srečanje saksofonistov

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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Organised every summer since 1997 by Nova Gorica Arts Centre at Nova Gorica Music School, the SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting is the annual gathering point for young saxophone players from Slovenia and abroad. It is in part a festival and partly a series of master classes with eminent mentors. Participants can choose between classical repertoire, jazz or a combination of both. It is led by its Art Director Matjaž Drevenšek and co-organised by the Nova Gorica Music School and the Saksofonija Music Society.

Programme

The programme provides the opportunity to work in saxophone ensembles through individual lessons, rehearsals with the piano, concerts and lessons given by international instructors. It culminates in a festival of final concerts by workshop participants. The schedules are modular and adjusted according to the number and interests of the participants.

Each third year the festival also hosts an important international saxophone competition.