Architecture

Piran Days of Architecture

20. 11. - 20. 11. 2021

Piran-Pirano

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Piranski dnevi arhitekture

Tartinijev trg 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Organised by Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries and, as of recently, also the DESSA Architecture Centre, the international conference Piran Days of Architecture has been going on annually since 1983. Mostly taking place in in the medieval coastal town of Piran, the conference aims to assess current trends in architecture and present the most progressive and innovative ideas of architectural and spatial production. It consists of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and a competitive programme of architectural solutions.

The event is mainly held in the beautiful surroundings of the Tartini Theatre, though other venues such as the Monfort Exhibition Space, the Pečarič Gallery and the Meduza Gallery, Koper are also used for parts of the programme. The distinguished Piranesi Award is granted for best achievements in architecture along with two Piranesi Mentions and a Student Piranesi Award.

Background

The Piran Days of Architecture (also abbreviated as PIDA) were initiated and for a long time led by the renowned Slovene architect Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010).

In 2008, the younger generation of architects took over this event, since then presided by architect Maja Ivanič. PDA conference is an important meeting of architects, students of architecture and of others who share an interest in architecture. It presents a significant contribution in promoting Slovene architecture in the context of a broader European space, meanwhile offering a platform for effective cooperation of architects, economists and politicians, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.

Themes

Recent themes of the seminar have included Between the Rational and the Irrational in Architecture (2003), Architectural Policies (2005), Exhibited Architecture (2006), Architectural Diversity (2008), , and Reanimation of Architecture (2010), Active Architecture (2011), Ethics of Architecture (2013), Invention and Tradition in Architecture (2015).

Lectures

The conference presents one of the few international expert meetings of architects hosted by Slovenia, with renowned architects from Europe and other parts of the world giving lectures: Friedrich Achleitner, Boris Podrecca, Heinz Tesar, Luigi Semerani, Gino Valle, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alvaro Siza Viera, Peter Zumthor, Enric Miralles, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton, David Chipperfield, among others. The lecturers also act as the jury for the Piranesi Award.

For example, lecturers at the 27th international architectural conference were Maruša Zorec – Arrea Architecture, Milton Braga – MVBB, Robert McCarter , Saša Randić – Randić&Turato, Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio, John Wardle – John Wardle Architects, Aaron Tan – RAD, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell – GRAFTON, and Diébédo Francis Kéré – KERE Architecture.

Exhibitions

The PIDA conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural exhibitions. The most important is the International Architectural Exhibition Piranesi, featuring recent works by Central European architects that compete for the distinguished international Piranesi Award. The national selectors select five projects from each of their countries, these being Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The main exhibition usually takes place in the Piran City Gallery or the Monfort Exhibition Space, but occasionally also gets to be shown abroad in places such as FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture and the University of Liechtenstein.

This display is augmented by an international student exhibitions, co-curated by 8 faculties of architecture from the region – and, additionally, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Other accompanying exhibitions have, for example, included a photo exhibition of Iwan Baan Brasili Chandigarh: Living with Modernity, an exhibition of a workshop No-man’s water by Hrvoje Njirić, the exhibition Viktor Sulčič, 1895-1973, architect that was designed by the architect and professor Janez Koželj, the display Houses of the World by Hiše Magazine and the Vertigo Bird Vertigo Light display by Vertigo Bird.

Multidisciplinary

Stična Festival

19. 11. - 4. 12. 2022

Ivančna Gorica

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Festival Stična

Stična 11 SI-1295, Ivančna Gorica

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The Stična Festival was established in 2000 as an annual autumn festival of evening musical, theatre, and visual arts events in Stična. The first idea was to organise events over four evenings but the festival was quickly extended to two weeks, and it currently takes place end of November.

The basic goals of the festival are to raise cultural consciousness, to build connections and cooperation among amateur and professional associations and individuals and also to help to support quality amateur productions.

Programme

Music concerts comprise the bulk of the festival, yet are augmented by a diverse selection of to gallery exhibitions, theatre performances, film screenings, and other cultural events. They concerts range from classical music to rock acts, with some of the Slovene musicians and bands being Vlado Kreslin, Anja Bukovec, Dan D, Elvis Jackson, Terrafolk, Orlek, and Katalena.

The programme mostly features Slovene artists, yet regularly also invites guests from abroad. For a time it ran an explicitly international line-up, annually choosing one country and focusing its programme on it.

Design

Month of Design

12. 10. - 12. 11. 2021

Ljubljana

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Mesec oblikovanja

Dunajska cesta 123 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Organised since 2003 by Zavod Big (a.k.a. BIG SEE), the Month of Design is a collaboration between successful companies and their design strategies, designers and developers with a business vision, and brand experts, who know how to capture market imagination. This internationally acclaimed festival of product design, interior architecture and fashion is held in Ljubljana every autumn from October till November.

About

Dedicated to a specific topic of global relevance each year, the Month of Design offers a platform for creative discourse on design, an indoor and outdoor exhibition space for outstanding images, and a colourful range of events creating an inspiring atmosphere of the city. The best achievements in the region are honoured by the BigSEE Awards followed by the National Design Awards, which focus on Slovenia.

Every year, the festival brings together various partners who organize different events on a diverse palette of various places such as expos, galleries, museums, shops and salons, exhibition places, studios, open markets, pop-up locations and warehouses, thus establishing a creative image and vibrations of a dynamic city.

Programme

Focusing on a variety of topics from year to year, including “Sustaining Design Excellence” (2009), “Experience” (2008) and “Mediterranean Identities” (2007), the Month of Design has formed a frame of a fixed annual programme alongside a variety of accompanying presentations, fashion shows, exhibitions and installations.

Within the event, Zavod Big hosts its annual design conference with eminent guests – internationally active and engaged practitioners – from designers and architects to managers and consultants to planners and strategists; talks are typically shared on their YouTube channel.

In 2019, the Month of Design attracted creators from 19 Southeast European countries by means of its increasingly popular regional awards. The central event was supported by the international BigSEE exhibition displaying awarded projects from all four categories in the national pavilions of the SEE countries. Highlights of the event include the Design Expo, which brings together exhibitors from a wide, interdisciplinary array of design spheres and activities, including companies and institutions, faculties and students; the Big Architecture Festival, with its autumn focus on interiors; and the latest additions: days devoted to Wood Icons and Creative Tourism.

Throughout the entire month, several events and exhibitions took place in the city of Ljubljana under the moniker Design in the City. These events offer an opportunity to showcase design work either through presentations or exhibitions at chosen locations in the city centre. It aims to inhabit public space with products and events, to promote quality design and, thus, to contribute to the creative appearance of the city.

Awards

The BigSEE Awards are presented to creators from 19 countries in the SEE region in the categories: Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion Design, Tourism Design and Wood Design. The BigSEE Visionary Award commemorates the careers and bodies of work of the biggest creative names in the region.

Besides these awards, the National Design Awards are still presented for outstanding achievements in Slovenian design in four categories: Design of the Year, Interior of the Year, Timeless Design and Perspectives.

Publication

The Month of Design’s official publication, the BigSEE Report, provides key information on domestic and international trends in product, interior and fashion design as represented by the winners of the BigSEE Awards. It features award winners, innovative designers, architects, fashion designers, and Slovene and foreign brands presented at the design conference. It includes a “creative barometer” of the countries involved in the SEE region and aims to measure creativity.

A database of designers and companies involved in creative industries is also available online.

Film

Animateka International Animated Film Festival

28. 11. - 4. 12. 2022

Ljubljana

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Animateka - mednarodni festival animiranega filma

Tugomerjeva 8 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The Animateka International Animated Film Festival is a specialised competitive festival which focuses on Central and East European animated film production. It takes place annually since 2004 at the Kinodvor Cinema and at the Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana during the second week of December. Animateka is organised by the 2 Reels – Association for Reanimation of Storytelling.
The festival includes several sections, depending on each year’s edition, and also a rich programme of retrospectives, additional screenings, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and other events. The call for eligible animated films is usually open from May till September.

BACKGROUND

Animateka’s roots go back to the 1990s when the Slovenian Cinematheque introduced a special monthly programme (curated by Igor Prassel, who later became the director and the main selector of the Animateka festival) focusing on animated film.

SECTIONS

Among the sections, 3 are competitive: the Competition Programme; Elephant in Competition; and European Young Talents Competition. The Competition Programme’s focus on contemporary animated film production from Central and Eastern European countries garners Animateka a great deal of attention in the larger international context. The Elephant in Competition programme focuses on animated film production meant for young audiences and attracts huge international attention.

FESTIVAL AWARDS

Each year, an international 5-member-jury, composed of artists, festival curators and/or scholars confers the main festival award and five special mentions (one from each member). The main festival award, the Animateka Grand Prix, goes to one or two selected works from the Competition Programme, whilst each member of the jury is able to confer a Special Mention to another film of his or her choice from the Competition Programme.

The jury composed of selected representatives from the audience bestows the Slovenian Animated Film Association Audience Award (to any film from the entire festival programme), while the children’s jury grants the Elephant Award for the selected work from the Elephant in Competition Children’s programme. A Special Mention is also given by a student jury.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMME

As its first guest, the Animateka residency programme hosted and presented Danijel Žeželj (Croatia/USA) in 2004. During the years that followed artists in resident included: Lars Fiske (Norway); M. S. Bastian (Switzerland); Koji Yamamura (Japan); Georges Schwizgebel (Switzerland); Matti Hagelberg (Finland); Priit Pärn (Estonia); Max Andersson (Sweden), a filmmaker and comics author (contributing to Stripburger magazine since 1999); Julie Doucet (Canada); Theodore Ushev (Bulgaria/Canada); Akinori Oishi (Japan); Rosto (The Netherlands); Joni Männistö (Finland); Caroline Sury (France) and Edmunds Jansons (Latvia). The graphic design for festival editions has been usually created by the artists-in-residence.

ACCOMPANYING PROGRAMME

Animateka also brings an abundant accompanying programme. It includes the AnimatekaPRO conference for professionals from the field, puppet performances, VR animations, concerts, workshops of animation, exhibitions of animation related drawings (at the premises of Kinodvor, sometimes also in cooperation and on the premises of the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana). As Animateka hosts many authors of the films in competition as well as other guests, public talks, working breakfasts or midnight gatherings are organised mainly at Kinodvor Café.

SUMMER PROGRAMME

Since 2015, Animateka has run also the so-called Poletna Animateka, a summer programme of animated film screenings at the Metelkova museums platform or on Gornji trg, and a series of workshops of flip-book creation and pixelation technique events around town.

INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES

In 2010, the Animateka festival initiated the Cartoon East project which connects six regional festivals: Animafest Zagreb (Croatia), Animateka Ljubljana (Slovenia), anim’est Bucarest (Romania), Balkanima Belgrade (Serbia), Banja Luka International Animation Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and FestAnča Žilina (Slovakia). The East European Animation Award is bestowed to one of the short films, nominated by each participating country. The first award went to Croatian artists Veljko Popović and Svjetlan Junaković for the film My Way.

Literature

Young Rhymes

17. 11. - 17. 11. 2021

Ljubljana

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Mlade rime

Masarykova 24 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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Young Rhymes (Mlade rime) is a monthly series of poetry readings that have been happening at the Menza pri koritu since 2005. The series presents the voices of young, fresh or upcoming poets who are given the opportunity to either read their pieces to an informed and interested audience or be a part of this (predominantly young) audience. As such, Young Rhymes facilitates an open community of those interested in poetry and has probably become one of the cornerstones of the Slovenian poetry scene-in-the-making.

A regular evening usually consists of about 5 or 6 (sometimes more) poets, who are accompanied by a recital from a more established poet. Very often, the evening culminates in a music concert and occasionally the readings themselves are a concert. Sometimes, the organisers invite foreign guests and from time to time, they hold some sort of special edition evenings. With what they call a rock’n’roll approach, Young Rhymes is an organic and organisation-wise frequently improvised series of events that aims to free poetry from the many pre-established notions and connotations it may have. A distinctive quality that sets Young Rhymes apart from other similar events is the series’ explicit openness, which means that all applicants get to present their poems on these evenings, regardless of their quality.

Since 2014, Young Rhymes are presented regularly in the Pekarna Cultural Centre.

Background

With the help of DRPPD – Association for Development of Preventative and Volunteer Work and KUD Mreža Arts and Culture Association, the series itself was started in 2005 by two Spanish volunteers and exchange students Carmen Perez and Jacob Amo. Coincidently, a pair of poets – Dejan Koban and Veronika Dintjana – at that same time established KUD Kentaver with the aim to set up a similar enterprise, and in 2006, the series was passed into the care of Koban and Dintjana.

Not long after, the organisers decided to set up a sum-up of the season and invited all the participants of the previous year to attend a rather prolonged evening event. They did the same thing in the years that followed and in 2008, the Young Rhymes Festival officially came to be.

Young Rhymes Festival

While the festival unofficially started as one very long evening, it soon grew to be a two-week-long affair with a huge number of participants and a very strong musical line-up. Although this arrangement worked quite decently, the festival has now been condensed into about a week and Dejan Koban and Veronika Dintjana curate the poets. The festival is structured similarly to the regular Young Rhymes evenings but has a somewhat richer additional programme that features cabaret, improvised music interventions, concerts (sometimes more of them in one evening), video performances and so on.

As Young Rhymes has an explicit DIY and guerilla mentality, the organisers often invite the visitors to help with the preparations and setting up of the festival.

Collaborations

The Young Rhymes crew actively associate themselves with various other nodal actors in the field of poetry. They have collaborated with LUD Literatura and Pranger Festival and have been hosted by the Sanje (‘Dreams’) Festival, KUD Flokart’s Noster nostri Festival in Kostanjevici na Krki and the 3-P – Festival of Future Poetry (Pesniška prihodnost) at KID PINA. Young Rhymes evenings have been held at a number of other venues in Slovenia (Koper, Nova Gorica, Ribnica, Tržiča) as well as in Austria (Klagenfurt) and Italy (Trieste). The organisers also collaborate with Župančičeva frulica, a project that stages a number of young poets and readers of poetry from primary and high schools from all over Slovenia.

The Maribor edition of the series is co-produced with MKC Črka and Liter Jezika.

Naming just a few of the either young or established poets who have performed at a Young Rhymes event would be pointless, as most of them have stood on its stage. In terms of the foreign guests, they have come from Great Britain, Australia, USA, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, etc. Young Rhymes has hosted many musicians as well, from the noise duet Onttervjabbit to the legendary jazz collective Lolita and from the sludge rock trio Grrizli Madams to the curious vocalist and performer Irena Tomažin.

Theatres

Vzkrik Festival

21. 11. - 21. 11. 2020

Ljubljana

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Vzkrik, festival dramskega pisanja

Trnovska ulica 10 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Vzkrik Festival is a festival of drama writing, which has been taking place since 2017. Every year, the festival in the form of reading performances presents seven new full-length Slovene drama texts, created as part of a cycle of playwriting workshops under the mentorship of various mentors.

The festival is produced by the KUD Krik Association, Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia and Mladinsko Theatre, with the help of project partners Trubar Literature House, Maska Institute, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, Week of Slovenian Drama and Integrali Cultural Association.

Mission

The platform for drama writing Vzkrik was created well before 2017, in the form of playwriting workshops and out of the need to provide young and non-established playwrights with a platform where they can develop their works. In 2017, the organizers then created the Vzkrik festival, where they staged all the texts created in the workshops in the form of reading performances. With reading performances on stage, the new authors were given the opportunity to present themselves to the general public.

Festival editions

The first Vzkrik Festival – festival of drama writing in 2017 presented seven drama texts, created as part of playwriting workshops, that year under the mentorship of the multiple Grum Award-winner Simona Semenič. The writers applied with an authorial idea, which they then developed into a full-length drama in the workshops. At the festival, young theatre directors and actors – in cooperation with established ones – presented reading performances of the resulting texts, followed by various discussions with authors and creators, and a round table entitled Contemporary Drama, moderated by Varja Hrvatin.

The next editions of Vzkrik Festival – four so far – followed the initial mission of creating space for newly created drama texts. The festival was established as a rotating festival, which, as an independent and autonomous festival, is hosted in institutional theatres throughout Slovenia. Other mentors, renowned and established theatre artists, in addition to Simona Semenič also Mare Bulc or Ana Duša, take part in the creation of new dramas at the playwriting workshops held at the Trubar Literature House. However, working with theatre actors and directors in staging of texts is the first and therefore all the more valuable experience for many writers. Every year, the festival is accompanied by a rich theoretical reflection, round tables and discussions with the participation of renowned Slovene theatre theorists, such as Alja Lobnik, Aldo Milohnić, Zala Dobovšek, Petra Pogorevc, Tomaž Toporišič, and others.

Authors

Many playwrights and directors have participated in various editions of Vzkrik Festival, such as Varja Hrvatin, who received the Young Playwright Award from the Prešeren Theatre Kranj for her play from Vzkrik 2019, “It all started with the Bunny Rabbit Goulash” directed by Eva Kokalj. Other creators are Brina Klampfer, also the president of KUD Krik and the head of Vzkrik Festival, Kaja Blazinšek, Mitja Lovše, Nina Ramšak, Živa Bizovičar, Jernej Potočan, Jaka Smerkolj, Suzana Tratnik, Aljoša Živadinov Zupančič and many others.

Music

International Biennial of Contemporary Music Koper

30. 11. - 4. 12. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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Mednarodni bienale sodobne glasbe Koper

Gallusova 2 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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Programme

In six editions of the International Biennial of Contemporary Music Koper, a considerable number of foreign and domestic musicians or ensembles were presented; to name only a few Slovene ones, who today represent the artistic highlights of contemporary music: Nina Prešiček, Irena Tomažin, Larisa Vrhunc, Uroš Rojko, Matej Bonin, Slovene Chamber Choir, Dissonance String Quartet, and many others.

Every year, Biennial opens with a different theme. At the sixth edition of the Biennial, in December 2018, the theme was a human being and five senses, the discovery of new languages with a use of all the senses, for they are a pathway leading to a more tangible perception of music and art, and thereby of life itself. Each concert had a task of analyzing one of five senses, presenting a reflection on it, for example, in the first concert the group of percussionists SToP Slovene Percussion Project described the touch through musical instruments made of stone. The sense of smell was entrusted to exceptional musicians such as Francesco Dillon, Emanuele Torquati and Helena Winkelman. The theme of taste was featured by one of the most brilliant bassoonist on the international scene, Élise Jacoberger, flanked by Luka Batista on guitar. The Biennial 2018 ended with a concert of high intellectual and music profile: the Ensemble Neofonia, conducted by Steven Loy and accompanied by the soloist Carl Rosman. In five days, the Biennial 2018 offered concert performances of almost 50 contemporary compositions: 12 of them were performed in Slovenia for the first time, and 5 passed the world premiere. In total, 61 musicians from six countries participated.

Exhibitions, lectures and workshops, related to the theme, are also held at Biennial. Its venues are Koper Regional Museum, Koper Music School Hall, and Concert Hall of St. Francis Church.

Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival

9. 11. - 13. 11. 2021

Maribor

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Enimation, mednarodni festival otroškega in mladinskega filma

Glavni trg 22 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival is a specialised competitive festival established in 2011, focusing on films made by children and youth. It takes place annually at the Maribor Puppet Theatre, Vetrinjski dvor and GT22 in Maribor during the last week of November. The applications for eligible films are usually from May till September.

The festival is part of an international platform in the field of education through animated film. Enimation’s four modules – Enimation School, Enimation Little Elephant, Enimation Seminar and Enimation expert – unite children, youth, parents, mentors, teachers and other animated film enthusiasts.

Background

The festival derives from the Animateka International Animated Film Festival Maribor edition. Since 2011, the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor focused only on children and youth films and thus created its own festival platform, which is growing every year. In 2019, at the 9th edition, it had more than 400 applications from all over the world. Co-organised by Zavod MARS Maribor, an association for cultural and art education, its main purpose is to promote film production by children and youth, film education in schools and the development of film production skills and a critical understanding of film.

Sections and awards

Among the festival sections, 3 are competitive: the “MINI” section for films made by children till the age of 10, the “MIDI” section for films made by children from the ages of 11 till 14 and the “MAXI” section for films made by youth till the age of 19. In each section, the Little Elephant Award is given by an international jury of 3 members, which can also give Special Mentions to films in each section. The winner of all three sections combined is awarded the Little Elephant Grand Prix and a scholarship for the next film project, sponsored by the Foundation Sonda.

Accompanying programme

The competition programme is accompanied by a rich programme of internationally mentored workshops, additional screenings of films for children and youth, talks with authors, dance and musical performances.

International activities

The festival is part of the international Youth Cinema Network, which combines several festivals with a similar focus. It also hosts screenings, experts and cooperation projects from partner festivals in the region, such as Star Film Fest from Osijek or Dubrovnik Film Festival.

Drugajanje Festival

22. 11. - 25. 11. 2021

Maribor

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Festival Drugajanje

Trg Miloša Zidanška 1 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Drugajanje Festival is an annual festival initiated in 2002, co-organised by the Bunker Institute at the Second Grammar School in Maribor, which hosts the festival. The festival was conceived as a response to the gap in the supply of cultural content for youth in the city of Maribor and aims to affirm contemporary dance and performing arts, especially among teenage audiences, with a programme of performances, workshops and lectures.

The festival regularly features new productions by Bunker Institute and cooperates with the Maribor-based Association Nagib and Moment Arts and Culture Association in its programming.

CoFestival

25. 11. - 2. 12. 2021

Ljubljana

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CoFestival

SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Background

When CoFestival was first held in 2012, it came about as a result of three different dance festivals and initiatives, coming together for various reasons. One of them was an outgrowth of the international Nomad Dance Academy project, called the PLESkavica Festival (produced by Fičo Balet and the Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia); the other one was the European project Modul-dance, led by by Kino Šiška; and the third one was Ukrep – Festival of Dance Perspectives, a still running biennial production done by the Dance Theatre Ljubljana.

The art of co-living

The first edition of the festival took shape largely in the context of cooperation and coworking, and has featured a number of collaborative performances and lecture-performances, improvisations, and open debates, with each day rounded off by a public discussion.

In the years that followed – especially since 2015 onward – CoFestival stands as the biggest international dance festival in Slovenia, incorporating plenty of other forms of artistic and social gatherings, enabling arts professionals to network and also to reflect on their contents, positions, and aesthetic stances.

Programming

The festival’s programme is prepared by the artistic team including dancers, theoreticians, and producers Dragana Alfirević, Goran Bogdanovski, Mitja Bravhar, Dejan Srhoj, Jasmina Založnik, and Rok Vevar.

A few of the highlights from the programme over the years were the first public presentation of Jurij Konjar’s piece Still; the show Au Contraire (based on Jean-Luc Godard) by the prize-winning Geneva-based artist Foofwa d“€™Imobilité; The Seagull, directed by Tomi Janežič and produced by Novi Sad Serbian National Theatre; the performance More Than Naked by Doris Uhlich; the hybrid performance KamPaKam by Vlado Repnik; the show Princess Play, led by the director Michał Borczuch; and a workshop and a solo improvisational performance by the internationally acclaimed Andrew Morrish.

The programme also included some short dance films and a 3D screening of Wim Wender’s Pina; an exhibition about the work and the historical contexts of Ksenija Hribar, the initiator of the Dance Theatre Ljubljana; and a discussion with Guy Cools, who presented his book Imaginative Bodies.