Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery

Celje

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Galerija Plevnik-Kronkowska

Razlagova 9 SI-3000, Celje

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Under the initiative of Matija Plevnik, art historian and enthusiastic promoter of contemporary art, the not-for-profit Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery was established in 2008 by Plevnik and a group of young local artists. The gallery is situated in the private premises (former shop) on the outskirts of the Celje centre and represents a unique exhibition, production and project space with a versatile international programme. Although primarily dedicated to showcasing younger generations of Slovenian and international visual artists, the gallery collaborates also with other organisations which range from the mainstream public institutions such as the Celeia Celje Institute – Centre for Contemporary Arts to the regional Savinjska division of FAO (Federation for Anarchistic Organisation).

Currently, the gallery does not have a permanent exhibition space and exhibits occasionally in the heart of the old city at various locations.

Programme

Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery prepares some 5 to 6 exhibitions annually and since the beginning has offered the floor to the younger generation of Celje-based artists such as Mark Požlep, Iva Tratnik, Jure Cvitan, Manja Vadla and others but is open also to established artists, such as Miha Vipotnik, a pioneer of Slovene video art, who in 2010 prepared a special exhibition Slide-ing Fields / Sticking Dust.

An important and surprisingly non-eclectic part of the gallery’s programme is that of the exhibitions of international artists such as Mircea Nicolae (Romania), Tarek Chemaly (Lebanon), Kyle Milne (USA), Massimo Permuda (Italy), etc.

Likovni salon Celje

Celje

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Likovni salon Celje

Trg celjskih knezov 9 SI-3000, Celje

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The Likovni salon Celje (Likovni salon Gallery) is a referential contemporary arts space where exhibitions of Slovene and international artists are featured. Many exhibitions extend to other venues managed by the institute. The gallery opened in 1963 as a modernist white cube space in the ground floor of the Narodni dom cultural house and was initially managed by the local Association of Fine Artists, since 2005 it is managed by the Celeia Celje Institute – Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Programme

The Likovni salon Celje presents approximately 10 exhibitions and numerous interdisciplinary events each year. The organisers encourage cooperation with freelanced curators from Slovenia and abroad. Special attention goes to curators and artists of the Celeia Celje Institute – Centre for Contemporary Arts’ artist-in-residence programme AiR Celeia Celje. Likovni salon Gallery often hosts also other galleries or organisations that present their projects in the city of Celje (Ganes Pratt Gallery in 2008 or the Celje Association of Fine Artists, on a regular basis).

Multidisciplinary

Celje Youth Centre

Celje

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Celjski mladinski center (Zavod CMLC)

Mariborska 2 SI-3000, Celje

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Celje Youth Centre is at once a venue and an organisation dealing with youth culture, education, information dissemination and sports. Alongside setting up cultural events and activities (concerts, exhibitions, creative workshops, etc), it also organizes student exchanges, internships, community oriented projects and runs an adjacent Youth Hostel and a café.

Since 2009, the Celje Youth Centre is a member of the M3C Multimedia Centres Network of Slovenia.

Activities

At its premises, the centre regularly hosts various events like travelogue lectures, table tennis competitions, dance classes and occasional affairs produced by outside parties. It is very active in running various workshops and seminars, which deal with topics such as employment opportunities, start-up funding and also different skills of arts and crafts.

It has been involved in substantial projects in its urban surroundings, and has among other things designed and established a cafeteria by the local lake, organized the so called Street Olympics events and founded an initiative for raising the ecological awareness among the residents of Celje.

Cultural programme

The musical programme at the Celje Youth Centre presents a varied set of musicians going from hip hop poets to metal bands and chamber music ensembles. Some of them were Let 3 (HR), Foltin (MK), Katalena, Hamo & Tribute 2 love, Jadranka Juras, LeeLooJamais, Čompe and a number of tribute bands. Along their side, young groups of a more local character regularly take the stage, as do the yearly participants of the Club Marathon .

The centre also runs the Etno Urban festival, the Mediafest, Festival of Contemporary Music and Digital Art, the Tribute to Festival and the Stopin’ce Youth Literature Festival. It has participated in setting up the Džjezz Festival and the IRIU Festival.

Visual arts exhibitions happen on a regular basis and have featured drawings by the French artists Anouck Faure, works by the Chinese painters Li Ming, Wan Liya in Guan Fei (presenting their takes on the city of Celje), photographies created at the Celje FOKUS Festival and different works from many artists of the region. Other events include theatre plays (like Goran Vojnovič’s Čefurji Raus), stand up comedy, film screenings, etc.

International activities

Heavily involved in EU projects, the centre sets up exchanges of European volunteers (the EVS programme), leads the local Eurodesk office and the regional information centre Europe Direct Savinjska and takes care of the informational portal Infopentlja (offering, among other things, comprehensive info and up-to-date news on different international prospects for young people).

Some of the international projects the centre is (or was) involved in are Cl@ss, Go&LearNET and Active for future, all of which are initiatives focusing on education, non formal training and the transmission of knowledge.

Awards

Celje Youth Centre received national award for the Youth Exchange project “E-ville Communities in the Fight against Hate Speech and Radicalization of Young People”, which was prepared in response to the increasing online hate speech and the high incidence of youth radicalization in Europe.

New media art

Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art

Celje

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Galerija sodobne umetnosti Celje

Trg celjskih knezov 8 SI-3000, Celje

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Established in 1993, the Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art is situated on the outskirts of the old town centre and is part of the architectural complex of buildings that once formed the foothill castle of the Counts of Celje. Since 2005 it is managed by the Celeia Celje Institute – Centre for Contemporary Arts as its principal exhibition space. Annually the venue hosts up to 10 exhibitions addressing specific themes or offering a thorough monographic presentation of individual artistic positions. The exhibitions are usually prepared by the house curators although the Centre for Contemporary Arts also collaborates with foreign experts and offers a working platform for guest curators through its artist-in-residence programme AiR Celeia Celje.

The adjacent small Hodnik (Corridor) Gallery features a lively programme of short-termed (even less than a week) presentations by emerging artists from the region.

Exhibitions

Many exhibitions in the Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art extend to other venues managed by the Celeia Celje Institute – Centre for Contemporary Arts. The thematic group exhibitions often tackle controversial issues and include international artists. In 2001 Irena Čerčnik and Nevenka Šivavec curated the exhibition Male [Moški], featuring works of 17 artists including Vlasta Delimar, Kutluğ Ataman, Marija Mojca Pungerčar, Eclipse, and Zoran Naskovski. The provocative concept derived from the gap between internationally acclaimed post-feminist theories and the lack of gender-related or feminist art in the local context.

The exhibition Forbidden Death [Prepovedana smrt] addressed the phenomenon of the ubiquitous presence of mediated death in relation to the avoidance of contact with the dying in contemporary society. It was curated by Irena Čerčnik in 2009 and presented the works of 12 artists of different generations including Jože Barši, Nika Autor, Goran Bertok, Teresa Margolles, Eleonore Phillips, Kate Pollard, etc.

Complex art historical surveys represent another type of exhibition presented at the gallery. The exhibitions Image of the Space (Podoba prostora) (2008) and Sculpture Today (Kiparstvo danes) (2010) were dedicated to contemporary art in the regional context. On a smaller scale, study exhibitions bring forth previously unexplored juxtapositions such as the exhibition War-time Reminiscence with paintings by Gabrijel Stupica and Zoran Mušič.

In addition, the gallery hosts so-called “student premières” where students and graduates of fine arts academies get a chance to present their work to the public for the first time, gain their first experience in the public sphere and establish their first references.

Solo shows are usually dedicated to artists connected with the town. In recent years the gallery has presented works of Slovene artists of all generations such as Stane Jagodič, Marjan Krošl, Borut Holland, Željko Opačak, and Marijan Tršar.

The Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art also gave the floor to the private art collection owned by the Celje-based company Okolje Consulting, presenting it to the public for the first time in 2010.

Collection

The Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art also collects works of contemporary Slovene visual arts. The collection has been growing gradually; at first, it was contributed to by important Slovene artists, of late it has been regularly expanded with work by artists who either live in the Celje region, are natives of the city, or are otherwise connected with the town. The gallery currently possesses over 200 works, which are occasionally presented to the public within the thematic group exhibitions.

Dance

Celje Dance Forum

Celje

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Plesni forum Celje

Trubarjeva 1a SI-3000, Celje

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Established in 1976 by one of the pioneers of Slovene dance theatre, the choreographer Damir Zlatar Frey, the Celje Dance Forum has since then run a quality dance education programme, especially intended for children and youth, as well as produced several acclaimed evening-length dance performances, which have been presented at home and abroad. In addition, the Celje Dance Forum also organises other cultural events, such as music concerts and guest performances.

Background

Established as the dance ensemble of Damir Zlatar Frey, the group, which later evolved into the Celje Dance Forum, created numerous projects in the 1970s which were fundamental for the development of Slovene dance theatre (including Metastases [Metastaze] (1977), Triptych [Triptih] (1978), etc.) and received great acclaim.

Since 1980, the Celje Dance Forum has been led by the choreographer, pedagogue, and the 1984 Golden Bird Award recipient Goga Stefanovič-Erjavec and has since developed into an important educational centre for contemporary dance, offering classes in contemporary and modern techniques, ballet, yoga, and oriental dances, as well as movement workshops for children, the youth, and adults.

Education

Many young dancers begin their education here and then continue their studies at academies abroad, in New York, Salzburg, Brussels, Amsterdam, London, and Vienna. The forum’s dancers regularly present their work at the young dancers competition “OPUS 1”, organised by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia, and are often awarded.

Production

The productions of Celje Dance Forum are widely presented in the region and have been presented at Slovene festivals of youth dance creativity (at the Transgenerations Festival of Youth Creativity, Lent Festival, Kunigunda Festival of Young Cultures, etc.) as well as at international ones (in Ireland, India, China, at the Festival de l’Europe in France, etc.).

Programme

Besides its own productions, the Celje Dance Forum presents performances of other Slovene and international producers (such as, Plesna izba – Maribor Dance Room, Dance Studio Intakt, Dance Theatre Ljubljana, etc.).

Celje Dance Forum also organises a series of events called Evenings With…, which hosts artists from the world of theatre, music, dance, literature, and multimedia (such as, Vita Mavrič, Laibach, Terrafolk, etc.).

Film

Art kino Metropol Celje

Celje

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Mestni kino Metropol

Stanetova 15 SI-3000 , Celje

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Metropol Cinema (Mestni kino Metropol) was the first cinema in Slovenia to introduce arthouse film programming. That happened in 2002, one year before Kinodvor Cinema was reopened in Ljubljana as an arthouse cinema. What may appear surprising at first (knowing the situation in Slovenia) becomes clearer if we know that in the past the city of Celje was also one of the first Slovene cities to host screenings of touring films. Nowadays it is managed by Filter Society (DZU Filter) and hosts also concerts, readings and exhibitions.

A short trip to the past

The first recorded screening in Celje took place in November 1896 in the garden salon of the White Ox Hotel [Pri belem volu]. Then in 1930 the first sound film screening was organised at the Dom Cinema. The Kino Metropol itself was established in 1936 in a building conceived by the architect Jože Plečnik. From 1973 to 1989 the Kino Metropol hosted – together with the Union Cinema and the Dom Cinema – the National Film Week (Teden domačega filma, TDF), an eminent meeting of all filmmakers in the former Yugoslavia. In 2003 Kino Metropol hosted the 6th edition of the Festival of Slovenian Film, and, as an integral part of it, a retrospective of all the award-winning films of the TDF as well as those of the Festival of Slovenian Film.

In 1997 the Kino Metropol was renovated to accommodate 288 seats and modern screening equipment. After the opening of the first Celje multiplex cinema called Planet Tuš, the Metropol was converted into an arthouse cinema. It was initially managed by Planet Tuš, then closed for some months. In July 2004 it was taken over by Filter Society (DZU Filter), the NGO that runs the nearby Stane Internet cafe. In September 2004 the foyer and the coffee house were also renovated.

Programme

Today the Kino Metropol programme features auteur films as well as commercial movies. Alongside its regular programme it has a special programme for films made by young filmmakers who utilise new digital technology. It also hosts other events, including concerts, book presentations, and exhibitions.

In 2007 DZU Filter launched a small specialised competitive video film festival called Electric Rats Dream Video Dreams. In July 2009 the third edition of the festival took place but without the international competition programme.

The cinema is a member of the Art kino mreža (Art Cinema Network), which distributes selected high-quality films around Slovenia. It is also a member of the Europa Cinemas Network and has received the award for the Cinema of the Month in 2015.

Art kino Metropol also serves as one of the dislocated units for the International Film Festival Rotterdam: during IFFR Live a few films premiere simultaneously in over 45 cinemas throughout 17 countries.

Visual arts

AQ Gallery

Celje

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AQ Galerija

Na okopih 2c SI-3000, Celje

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AQ Gallery (Art Quarter Gallery), established in 2013 by Cultural-Artistic Society AQ Gallery, is a contemporary art gallery in Celje, oriented mostly to the urban or alternative cultures and scenes. It is the youngest art gallery in Celje, formed on the initiative of photographer Robert Hutinski, who is also the head of the AQ Gallery. It presents a project of artists working in the Celje’s Artistic Quarter, part of the city, where art studios are intertwined with the historical city.

Background

AQ Gallery is part of Celje’s cultural complex, called Artistic Quarter. It is located at the start of the Gosposka and Na okopih Street along the Savinja embankment; its studios are used by a variety of artists who also run the AQ Gallery. The Artistic Quarter sprang up in 2004 when the Municipality of Celje invited the local artists to move into defunct and abandoned boutiques and handicraft workshops flanking a tiny square. It is one of the few creative areas of this type is Slovenia – it is a kind of Celje’s version of Ljubljana’s Metelkova – and it represents a notable part of the Celje’s cultural and arts scene.

In the Artistic Quarter there are ten art studios inhabited by ten artists (painters, a sculptor, photographers, a performer and a musician) who run AQ Gallery by themselves. They work as an independent, autonomous community, but they collaborate with other artists and cultural workers too and organize events in cooperation with public and other institutions. Although it is possible to purchase their works of art in their art studios, their mode of working is strictly and declarative non-commercial.

Programme

AQ Gallery, in fact the entire Artistic Quarter, is the only venue for alternative cultures and alternative scenes in town, therefore it has a strong cultural as well as a social aspect. For the citizens and visitors, it offers creative contents, a varied art programme and a place where it is pleasant to socialize and connect creative ideas: in the first five years of its activity, AQ Gallery carried out around 90 projects.

The gallery has hosted the finest domestic and international artists engaging in a variety of artistic practices, including painters, sculptors and photographers, for example Ana Kučan, Sandra Požun, Jošt Franko and Dušan Letnar. Occasionally, next to exhibitions, it is also a venue for musical concerts, for example of songwriters like Marko Brecelj or Damir Avdić, and literary projects, presentations of books and lectures, and also a place for workshops for adults and children. The openings are always attended by a large audience enjoying a relaxed vibe. During the summer it is part of the annual festival Summer in Celje.

Cultural heritage

Alma Karlin Memorial House

Celje

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Spominska soba Alme Karlin

Glavni trg 17 SI-3000, Celje

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In Pečovnik, on the outskirts of the city of Celje and on the left bank of the Savinja River, sits the house in which Alma Maximiliana Karlin (1889–1950), a world traveller with a transnational identity, a polyglot, a theosophist and a writer, spent her last years. The house is an extraordinary historical monument which was renovated and opened for the public in 2014 as the Alma Karlin Memorial House. It is also the home of the exhibition Alma M. Karlin’s Lonely Journey, prepared by Barbara Trnovec, the curator at the Celje Regional Museum, which takes visitors through the different life periods of the house’s famous cosmopolitan resident.

History

Alma Maximiliana Karlin was born in Celje into a bourgeois family: her father was a major in the Austrian army, her mother, a teacher. In 1908, she left for London where she found a job in a translation office and studied languages. In 1914, she graduated from the Royal Society of Arts in 8 languages. In 1919, she embarked upon her famed travels around the world, which last continuously for 8 years. For a woman travelling alone, travelling at that time was something exceptional, even outrageous. She returned to Celje in 1927.

Upon her return, she taught, still travelled a lot, gave many lectures at home and abroad, wrote for various magazines, even her own literature. From 1921 and 1937 alone, she published 22 books in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Finland. Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf (1858–1940), the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909, even proposed her for a Nobel Prize. On one of her lectures in Stockholm in the early 1930s, Alma met the painter Thea Schreibner Gammelin (1906–1988) with whom she was bound by a lasting friendship, probably also by a lesbian relationship. In 1934, Thea, her “soul sister”, came to live permanently in Celje and they remained inseparable until Alma’s death. After World War II, they moved together into a small house in Pečovnik, today’s Memorial House.

Collections

The house was probably built in the 19th century as a rock vineyard cottage. Today, there are some valuable interior paintings above the windows and in the hall made by Thea Gammelin in the 1960s. The paintings represent St. Francis in flowers, St. Daniel among the lions and presumably Richard I of England in jail.

In the early 1990s, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Celje Regional Office gave an initiative for the reconstruction of the house. In the coming years, the Municipality of Celje proclaimed the house a cultural monument and began to renovate it. The Ministry of Culture, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design and the Celje Secondary School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Protection all participated in the reconstruction, as well as numerous construction companies. Today, the house is managed by the Celeia Celje Institute. It hosts many cultural events, also the festival Summer in Celje.

One can visit also The Alma M. Karlin »Journeys« Exhibition at the Celje Regional Museum.

Visual arts

Celje FOKUS Festival

28. 06. - 30. 06. 2019

Celje

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Celje FOKUS festival avtorske fotografije

Mariborska cesta 2 SI-3000 , Celje

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Celje FOKUS Festival – a festival of authorial photography – was first held in 2015 and is currently one of the few or even the only one of its kind in Slovenia. It has grown out of an annual workshop called Celje FOKUS, held in Celje since 2008. Aimed mostly at amateur photographers, the 6-day workshops have given them not only a set of technical know-how but also introduced them to some of the relevant questions arising from the subject of contemporary photography. For this, outside guests have sometimes also been invited.
While the workshop still remains and has become the central part of the festival, it is now accompanied by a programme that also features a number of photography exhibitions, movie screenings and round table discussions. The 2015 exhibitions featured the photographers Donald Weber, Tadej Vaukman, Jaka Gasar, Tomaž Černej and also a presentation of anonymous, lost and found photo images. The topics of discussions touched upon the questions of documentary photography, the analogue/digital divide, the production of photobooks and so on.
The festival takes place all over the city, with the workshop being partly focused on the urban landscape of Celje from the start. The venues where the rest of the festival is held are the Plevnik-Kronkowska Gallery, Celje Museum of Recent History, Celje Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje Youth Centre, the Art kino Metropol Celje, and the Josip Pelikan Photographic Studio.

Libraries

Celje Central Library

Celje

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Osrednja knjižnica Celje

Muzejski trg 1a 3000, Celje

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Celje Central Library is the regional library for the Savinja region and operates branches in Dobrna, Šmartno, Vojnik, and Štore. It is also the seat of the Library Association of Celje. It comprises five departments, which feature fiction for children and adults, non-fiction, music and film material. The library’s local history collection department holds a wealth of information on the Municipality of Celje region in the form of books, newspapers, photographs, postcards, manuscripts, etc.

An education and cultural centre (in 2009 reconstructed following the design by STVAR Architects), the library also hosts story-telling hours, creative workshops, theatre and puppet plays, dance shows, exhibitions, author and book presentations, and book clubs. In addition, librarians pay visits and read to children in the local hospital. The University of the Third Age takes place within the library, offering educational courses in foreign languages, culture, art, history, and creativity. The library’s website is designed in such a way as to cater to different groups of users, and provides a bevy of information and interactive applications.

The library holds an important collection of Alma Karlin’s legacy and maintains the Alma M. Karlin Virtual Home. The Celje Central Library also took over the coordination of the Kamra.si regional libraries’ portal, dedicated to the narration of local histories.