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Jazz Cerkno Festival

19. 05. - 21. 05. 2022

Cerkno

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Jazz Cerkno

Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, SI-5282, Cerkno

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Launched in 1996 Jazz Cerkno Festival is an annual international music festival organised by Jazz Cerkno Institute. Festival events take place every May in the “old square” next to Pr Gabrijelu (“At Gabriels”) bar, which also functions as the local social and musical epicentre.

Jazz Cerkno presents various international high-quality music groups and musicians from a wide variety of music genres: contemporary and avant-garde jazz can be heard alongside freely improvised music, imaginative folk music, post-rock and rock-in-opposition – mixing acoustic, electric and electro-acoustic sounds. There are concerts, jam sessions, regular workshops, various exhibitions, among them a regular exhibition of music photography.

Background

In 1996 a group of local music enthusiasts launched the festival which has gradually transformed itself into one of the most important jazz festivals held in Slovenia, next to the jazz festivals in Ljubljana and Maribor. Boštjan Cvek (1964–2015) should be mentioned as a co-founder and spiritus movens of the Jazz Cerkno and Keltika festival, respectively.

Jazz Cerkno Festival started as a domestic music event squeezed into a small but vivid room in the bar. At the beginning, the programme primarily centred around Slovene groups and performers. The big break-through in every way possible – organisational, musical and social – came in 2000 when the event moved outdoors, out of town, and under a tent. For the first time the programme gained a real international character, marked particularly by a free energetic concert by the trio Brotzmann/Ludi/Hano. In many ways the impact of the powerful trio paved the way for further considerations about the programme, the nature of the event, and its location.

Finally, in 2003 the festival moved back to the town of Cerkno and for the first time took place in the “old square”. The 3-day event is well-known for its relaxed atmosphere, intimacy, good and knowledgeable crowd of 300–400 people and some local particularities.

Programme

Artists appearing at Jazz Cerkno Festival since 1996 include Peter Brötzmann, Ken Vandermark, Mats Gustafsson, Steven Bernstein and SEX MOB, Fred Frith, Francesco Cusa, Myra Melford, Aki Takase, Paul Lovens, Eugene Chadbourne, Rudi Mahall, Larry Ochs, Mia Masaoka, Werner Ludi, Antonio Marangolo, Ares Tavolazzi, Bobby Previte, Bojan Zulfirkarpašić, Elliott Sharp, Marc Ducret, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Han Bennink, Marco Cappelli, Joëlle Léandre, Sebi Tramontana, Zlatko Kaučič, Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, Bratko Bibič, Damir Imamović, The Electrics, Cyro Baptista, Žoambo Žoet Workestrao, Atomic and Milko Lazar, as well as the photographer Žiga Koritnik, known for his music photography.

Projects

Jazz Cerkno Institute also organises a series of regular concerts under the umbrella of the Keltika International Festival, held in Cerkno throughout the whole year. It is a “never-ending” festival of various music, ranging from new jazz to alternative rock, especially younger Slovene non-orthodox and non-established rock bands.

Multidisciplinary

Rad bi bil normalen Festival

18. 10. - 20. 10. 2019

Cerkno

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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.

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.

Cmakajne Festival of Young Creativity

17. 09. - 18. 09. 2021

Cerkno

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Festival ustvarjalnosti Cmakajne

Bevkova 11 SI-5282, Cerkno

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Cmakajne is a multi-day festival of young creativity that takes place in Cerkno every September. The contents of the festival are intended for individuals who are young at heart and interested in discovering new forms of art and multimedia. Since 1999 it has been organised by the alternative youth centre C.M.A.K. Cerkno, whose young organisational team provides festival events that range from art exhibitions, theatre performance, poetry recitals, lectures, concerts, sport activities, and various workshops of photography, animation or audio engineering, just to name a few of the topics. The admission to all events is free of charge.