Theatres

Days of Comedy

15. 03. - 26. 03. 2022

Celje

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Dnevi komedije

Gledališki trg 5 SI-3000, Celje

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Days of Comedy was launched by the Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje in 1992. The festival quickly outgrew its local context and during the nearly three decades of its existence became the most prominent event of the comedy genre in Slovenia, presenting top quality productions of both institutional and non-institutional Slovene theatres. The side programme of Days of Comedy includes performances, concerts, and foreign productions. It takes place annually, in March.

Programme and awards

The programme of Days of Comedy is chosen by a selector and includes both a competition and a side programme. Performances in the competition programme compete for Gracious Comedy Awards in four sections, namely, for gracious comedy performance, gracious comedy director, and two gracious actors (male and female), all of which are granted by the expert jury. The festival also awards the Gracious Comedy Feather Award for best original Slovene comedy text. This award is granted biannually and is selected by the jury, appointed by the Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje. The festival also presents the Audience Award for best comedy.

Deuje babe Festival

6. 03. - 20. 03. 2020

Cerkno

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Deuje babe

Bevkova 11 SI-5282, Cerkno

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The Deuje babe Festival was set up by C.M.A.K. Cerkno in 2013 as a way to commemorate the International Women’s Day. As such, the festival runs a programme that aims to highlight the work and position of women in society, presenting their artistic and cultural endeavours and promoting gender equality and feminist standpoints. Of a similar nature is also the Ljubljana-based International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns, which occasionally acts as a co-producer and takes place at roughly the same time.

The name of the festival is derived from a local archaeological site, in which – so goes local folklore – wild hags (deuje babe) used to live. Besides C.M.A.K., the festival sometimes takes place also at the Film Theatre Idrija and some other venues in the region.

Programme

The programme is comprised of painting and photography exhibitions (presenting artists like the photographer Nada Žgank, painter Petra Gorenc and the Vstajniške socialne delavke, i.e., Uprising Social Workers collective), talks with prominent female individuals, storytelling events, film screenings (with works like Bande de filles by Céline Sciamma and Like Rats Leaving a Sinking Ship by Vika Kirchenbauer) and concerts. The music often touches upon the coordinates of punk rock, with some of the invited bands being ?Alos (IT), R.Y.F. (IT), Žen (HR), Tús Nua (HR), Sequenzsiaz (DE), Aivery (AT) and Le Toy (AT). The concert programme used to be carried out in collaboration with the Austrian collective Grrrls Night Out.

Days of Ethnographic Film

3. 03. - 6. 03. 2021

Ljubljana

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Dnevi etnografskega filma

Novi trg 2 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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First introduced in 2007, the international Days of Ethnographic Film (DEF) are organised in a joint venture by the Slovene Ethnological Society and the Scientific Research Centre (ZRC SAZU), Slovene Academy of Science and Arts. The festival aims to bring ethnographic film, with its curious intersection of scientific research and video media, to a wider public of both professionally and casually interested viewers. Up to 2015 the festival ran annualy, now it is a organised as an biennial event. DEF is a member of CAFFE, a network for coordinating anthropological film festivals in Europe.

Venues

The event is currently taking place at Slovenian Cinematheque. The event also used to take place on the premises of the Scientific Research Centre (ZRC SAZU), at the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, Kinodvor Cinema and the City Museum of Ljubljana.

Background

Ethnographic film, with a history dating back about a century, is a very specialised subgenre and is as such a rarely seen and hard to find form of video production. To present its uses, horizons and even existence outside the specialised, mostly scientific community (and the sporadic television broadcasts), the first more ambitious public screenings were organised in 2001, when the first “Ethnovideo Marathon” was set up.

It presented current Slovene ethnographic film productions by institutions such as the Audiovisual Laboratory, Institute of Slovene Ethnology, the Goriška Museum, the Celje Museum of Recent History, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and various amateur associations. A second programme section was also set up which screened only films made by students.

As the marathon evolved and a decent public interest was found, the idea of extending it into an international festival with a much more ambitious scope led to the first edition of the Days of Ethnographic Film in 2007.

For years the festival’s director was Naško Križnar, among other things a professor of visual anthropology and himself an ethnographic film maker for more than four decades.

Programme sections

The festival has a non-competitive programme which tries to present a balanced selection of international and local productions. With a preferred film length of 40 minutes, the organisers strive to give a dynamic and colourful representation of the various technical and strategic methodologies of the ethnographic film genre. The festival divides its screenings into four sections and occasionally also introduces some subsections.

The first section is reserved for student films. Some of them directly originate from the students’ faculty studies, showing their first steps into the medium. Others are already mature works whose focus varies from micro-case studies to the more ambitiously set projects. The Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana functions as the main nest for students to learn and practise this craft.

The Research Footage section (formerly called Visual Footage with Commentary) used to be focused on authors presenting and explaining their work in progress, but has now been renamed and extended under the more encompassing term of Visual Ethnography.

Next comes the special programme section, where focus is given to either extraordinary authors and researchers (for example, the photographer Stojan Kerbler and the visual anthropologist and festival director Eddy Appels), to particular spatial contexts (Barcelona) or to recent films coming from selected countries (Slovakia, Russia, Netherlands). An additional section dedicated to museums was also featured.

The most wide ranging is the main festival programme where about a hundred films from all over the world have been screened till now, presenting an unbound scope of themes such as intangible heritage, social tensions, particular social groupings, political activism and artistic practices. As each year there are more and more applicants sending their films, the diversity and quality of presented ethnographic films is also rising.

The Niko Kuret Award

Niko Kuret (1906–1995) was an ethnologist who, back in 1950s, set the foundations for the scientific use of film in Slovenia. During the festival, the Niko Kuret Award is given by the Slovene Ethnological Society to individuals whose contributions have made a mark in the field of ethnographic film and visual anthropology in general.

Till now, the award was given to Herta Maurer-Lausegger, Boris Kuhar, Andrej O. Župančič (posthumously), Allison Peters Jablonko and Asen Balikci. The festival also featured a selection of film works by these prominent and innovative researchers and pedagogues.