Rad bi bil normalen Festival

18. 10. - 20. 10. 2019



Rad bi bil normalen festival

Ravne pri Cerknem 8 SI-5282, Cerkno

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The Rad bi bil normalen Festival is a small and unpretentious festival for alternative culture that takes place in Ravne pri Cerknem, a village in the hilly and rural region of Cerkljansko. Held since 1999, the festival has a diverse and unpretentious programme that (at least in recent years) runs for two consecutive autumn weekends. The festival started as a more or less a private thing (hence the funky name, which translates as “I Want to be Normal Festival”), but has soon turned into an annual event that caters to a very heterogeneous local crowd and presents punk bands on the same day as it stages plays by the local amateur theatre group.

The festival regularly features travel lectures, theatre plays, street theatre acts, photography and painting exhibitions, and movie screenings. These usually take place in the first part of the programme, with its second part being comprised of mainly punk and rock (and sometimes folk or choir) concerts. These traditionally feature a few brand new bands on the scene, who are chosen through an open call and then able to play alongside established bands from Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Germany, and elsewhere, such as Punčke (HR), Bouncin B.C. (DE), Mantan (AU), Nežni Dalibor (RS), Fakofbolan (HR), Debeli Precjednik (HR), Bernays Propaganda (MK), Janez Škof (of Čompe) The Canyon Observer, Real life Version, Kombinat Choir, Indust-Bag, Kar Češ Brass Band, Carnaval, and Manul.


Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art

27. 09. - 2. 10. 2021



Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art

Rožna dolina cesta II/36 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Sonica is a festival of (electronic) music as well as sound and experimental art. In a way, it is conceived as a showcase of the annual programme produced by the hyperactive MoTA Museum of Transitory Art. Its experimental nature questions exhibition and staging formats, crossing borders between art and theory, object and performance. Sonica was launched in the year 2009.

In the past, Sonica has presented artists like Tim Hecker, Rashad Becker, Emptyset, Marina Rosenfeld, Herman Kolgen, Ryoichi Kurokawa and Random Logic.

Festival format, venues and residents

Sonica is an attempt to transform a classical exhibition space into a field of events, performances, workshops, and lectures. It is a temporary laboratory established on the crossing of visual art, media and sound art and research, consisting of production and research residencies, exhibitions, performances, and public interventions, with a special focus on public presentations and talks.

The festival traditionally utilises different Ljubljana venues like for example Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, the Museum of Modern Art, Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, the MoTA Point/LAB, the Slovenian Cinematheque, Tovarna Rog, and Klub K4.


Tinta Festival

6. 10. - 10. 10. 2021



TINTA, Festival stripa Ljubljana

SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Established in 2013, this festival was initially named Stripolisfest. At first it was held in June, actually as the closing event of the project Stripolis, organised at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, where every month there is a meeting of comics lovers: lectures or live talks with authors of comic books and graphic novels (also over Skype). In its fifth year, the festival was renamed as Tinta Festival.

Now the Tinta Festival has spread from Kino Šiška throughout Ljubljana, connecting not only the Stripolis collective, but also Stripburger and Stripartnica Buch as well as other galleries, libraries or other cultural spaces. Many Slovene and foreign guests come every year to exhibit their work or lecture about their comics or speak as guests on panels. Young authors also compete to be featured in an exhibition. Alongside the exhibitions and talks, audiences can also participate in a comic auction.

The 2017 edition of Tinta Festival hosted Aleksandar Zograf (RS), Boulet (FR), Kate Evans (GB), Ukmukfukk Zine collective (HU), the experimental collective Chalky (NL), Izar Lunaček (SI), Iztok Sitar (SI), etc.

Traditionally, the festival closes with a big fair in Kino Šiška, workshops for adults and children, signings and talks with the main guests.


Month of Design

12. 10. - 12. 11. 2021



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Tribute to a Vision Film Festival

18. 10. - 22. 10. 2021



Filmski festival Poklon viziji

Piazza della Vittoria/Travnik 41 34170, Gorizia-Gorica

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Since 1999, Kinoatelje, Gorica/Gorizia, in coproduction with the Kinoatelje Institute, Nova Gorica, has organised the annual cross-border film festival, taking place in the inter-regional space between Slovenia and Italy, thus connecting audiences and film institutions in 7 different cities (Gorizia, Nova Gorica, Trieste, Izola, San Pietro al Natisone, Udine and Ljubljana). The physical distances might not be great, but the colourful cultural variety imparts a unique enrichment in a shared cross-border space.


The centrepiece of the festival is the Darko Bratina Award along with a complete presentation of the winning author’s filmography. Previous recipients of the award include Srdan Golubović, Kim Longinotto, Peter Mettler, Mario Brenta, Dalibor Matanić (Croatia), Villi Hermann (CH), Ruth Beckermann (Austria), Laila Pakalnina (Latvia), Karpo Godina, Franco Giraldi, Želimir Žilnik (Serbia), Miroslav Janek (CZ), Harutyun Khachatryan (Armenia), Petra Seliškar, Demetrio Volcic (Italy), Aljoša Žerjal (Italy), Maja Weiss, Jan Cvitković, and Srdjan Vuletić (BiH).

First Crossings

The festival is home to the ever-growing film platform First Crossings, developed as an inherent part of the festival and dedicated to the research of new film languages, focusing particularly on younger authors and audiences.

Flores Musicae Festival

30. 09. - 3. 10. 2021

Nova Gorica


Festival Flores Musicae

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000 , Nova Gorica

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As a continuation of the Days of Early Music Festival which took place between Nova Gorica and Goriška Brda and was organised by Nova Gorica Arts Centre since 2012, the Flores Musicae Festival, a renewed medieval and renaissance music festival, takes place every autumn since 2017. The mission of Flores Musicae Festival is to revive medieval and Renaissance music. Its art director is a Slovene guitarist and lutenist Bor Zuljan, MA in guitar, lute, medieval music and music pedagogy at the Haute école de musique de Genève.


Among the performers at the 2017 festival, there were the vocal French-Swiss ensemble Le Chant sur le Livre with a presentation of improvised vocal polyphony from the Renaissance times; Rolf Lislevand and Bor Zuljan; guitarist Dušan Bogdanović; and ensemble Musica Cubicularis.

There were also many accompanying events: among others a master-class for lute, guitar, harp and harpsichord. Namely, the improvisation was a widespread practice among Renaissance musicians: as the singers improvised contrapunctus songs, musicians on polyphonic musical instruments, such as lutes, harps and keyboard instruments, developed techniques that allowed improvisation in the musical forms. The participants of the festival’s master-class had the opportunity to experiment with these musical forms under the mentorship of specialized experts in this field (Rolf Lislevand, Dušan Bogdanović, Jean-Yves Haymoz, Bor Zuljan). In the end, the participants presented themselves at the concert.

In 2018, the opening concert featured Slovene group Makalonca performing the oldest songs of the Slovene music tradition. The German ensemble Per-Sonat, which consists of a singer Sabine Lutzenberger and traverso player Norbert Rodenkirchen, presented revived medieval mystical songs of maestro Frauenlob. The last two concerts were dedicated to Italian music from 1500: La Lyra ensemble presented a repertoire of North Italian popular songs, called frottola, whereas the ensemble Ricercare Antico performed their liturgical versions, called laude. As part of the festival, a lecture was held on the Slovene music tradition and instruments that have been used in the past centuries.


The festival takes place in the Goriška region: at the Kromberk Castle, Kostanjevica Monastery, Church of the Holy Cross in Kojsko, Dobrovo Castle, Villa Vipolže, and Nova Gorica Music School.

Etnika International World Music Festival

15. 10. - 23. 10. 2021



Etnika - mednarodni glasbeni festival

Dravska 8 SI-2000, Maribor

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Etnika embarked on its mission of bringing fresh music from around the world to the city of Maribor in 2005. Since then, the festival has been presenting a continuously broad and inquisitive array of musical expression, featuring not only artists from the so-called world music circuit but also musicians who play jazz, rock and hip hop.

The festival is produced by the Etnika Institute and it annually takes place at various Maribor venues, chief among them the Gustaf Hall and the Club KGB Maribor. Some other venues used in the past are Narodni dom Maribor and the Satchmo Jazz Club.


Etnika has hosted a number of different groups, many of whom performed in Slovenia for the first time: Olcay Bayir (TR, Krar Collective (ET), Vaudou Game (FR, TG), Ana Carla Maza (CU), Nils Petter Molvær (NO), Titi Robin Taziri Trio (FR, MA), Mohammad Reza Mortazavi (IR), Arasinda (HU), Banjara – The Gypsies of Radjastan (IN), Eszter Biro (HU), Karandila Gypsy Brass Orchestra (BG), Huong Thanh (VN), Zohreh Jooya (IR), Mahamad Hadi, a.k.a. Mad Sheer Khan (DZ), etc.


Club Marathon

3. 07. - 28. 08. 2021



Klubski maraton Radia Študent

Cesta 27. aprila 31 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Radio Študent (RŠ) started its project Klubski maraton, or Club Marathon in 2001. Since then, the Club Marathon has worked to support and promote the domestic musical scene, opening itself to a wide range of genres and creating opportunities for the entire range of independent, alternative musical production.


An essential part of the basic orientation of Radio Študent (RŠ) is to discover and encourage young and relatively unknown Slovene musical artists and bands that show originality, creativity, and the potential to evolve into respected Slovene innovators. This attitude is clearly demonstrated in its project Klubski maraton started in 2001. The programme has its roots in the legendary Novi Rock [New rock] festival that took place from 1980–2000.

Since 2001 the six-week tour of the Slovene youth and alternative club circuit offers young musicians the experience of touring, performing and making public appearances. Conversely, Radio Študent “gives” the concerts (and critically-selected musical artists) to Slovene clubs, supporting and connecting with the Slovene musical and club scene.

After live concerts in the Radio Študent studios and the Slovenia tour, at the Finale at Klub Menza pri koritu all bands/artists perform, demonstrating what they have achieved during the tour.

Radio Študent also releases a CD compilation of the event every year.


Club Marathon begins in September with live concerts in the Radio Študent studios, followed by the tour of Slovenia, which ends with a special Finale in the beginning of November at Klub Menza pri koritu.

Selected bands have presented their music to the public around Slovenia at venues such as MC Podlaga (Sežana), Bela krajina Youth Cultural Club (MKK Črnomelj), Kotlovnica Youth Centre (Kamnik), MIKK Youth Information Cultural Club (Murska Sobota), Pivka House of Culture, Pri rdeči ostrigi Club (Škofja Loka), Trainstation Squat (Kranj), Gustaf Hall, Pekarna (Maribor), C.M.A.K. Cerkno, Kompleks Youth Culture Centre (Ravne na Koroškem), Nada Žagar Youth Club (MKNŽ) (Ilirska Bistrica), Art kino Metropol Celje, eMCe plac Velenje, Klub Zakon (Vrhnika), Klub Metulj (Bistrica ob Sotli), MMC Mink Multimedia Centre (Tolmin), Klub Swenak (Idrija), MKC Koper Youth and Culture Centre (Koper-Capodistria), Unterhund (Ormož), Postojna Youth Centre, Ambasada ŠKM Beltinci, Baza 13 (Kočevje), LokalPatriot Institute (Novo mesto), and Klub Menza pri koritu.