The Lendava-Lendva Cultural Centre, an impressive 2,400 square-metre building was conceived by architect Imre Makovecz in 1995, as a multipurpose space for concerts, drama, opera and conferences.
It was a major new cross-border collaborative building project of the 1990s, funded by the Slovene Ministry of Culture, Municipality of Lendava-Lendva, the Hungarian government, and the Hungarian National Self-Governing Community of Pomurje Region Lendava-Lendva.
First the institution was called the Lendava-Lendva Institute for Culture and Promotion (ZKPL-MPIL), then, in 2016, it was reorganised as the Library – Cultural Centre Lendava-Lendva Institute – Lendvai Könyvtár és Kulturális Központ, uniting the Cultural Centre and the Lendava-Lendva Library.
Venue and programme
Lendava-Lendva Cultural Centre has a 1,400 square-metre (45m x 33m) theatre/concert hall with 444 seats, plus various other spaces. It organises annual music and theatre subscription series involving both Slovene and Hungarian artists and also hosts frequent performances by Slovene theatre houses (Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL)), as well as their counterparts in Hungary. During the summer the venue serves as an open air cinema showing the recent cinema hits.
A puppetry performances are held during summer months. Besides the performing arts the venue also hosts the summer school of animated film for youngsters and regular exhibitions of visual arts, including annual presentations of works from the Lendava-Lendva International Fine Arts Colony.