Film

Mountain Film Festival

14. 02. - 19. 02. 2022

Domžale

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Festival gorniškega filma

Kamniška 13 SI-1230, Domžale

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Dedicated to exploring and presenting various facets of mountain culture, the Mountain Film Festival got established in 2007. Since than it has been running a strong international programme that encompasses various films about mountain sports (mountaineering, mountain running, B.A.S.E jumping, etc), different types of climbing (from bouldering to ice climbing), mountain wildlife, the life of indigenous mountain dwellers, and so on. Since the beginning the festival has been led by its founder, the legendary mountaineer Silvo Karo.

With years the festival has grown to the point where it’s now comparable to the biggest and most important mountain film festivals worldwide. In 2010 the International Festival of Mountain Film became a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film.

Venues

The festival is produced by Društvo za gorsko kulturo (Society for Mountain Culture) and co-produced by Cankarjev dom, where most of the festival’s events occur. However, screenings tend to take place all over Slovenia, with some of the venues being the Franc Bernik Culture House, Domžale, the Nova Gorica Arts Centre, the Art kino Metropol Celje and the Slovenian Alpine Museum.

Sections and awards

The festival’s film programme has 5 main categories: Mountaineering; Climbing; Mountains, sports and adventure; Mountain nature and culture; and (sometimes) Retrospective. In each of these categories (excluding retrospective) the best film is chosen and awarded by the international jury, which also awards the best short film prize. There are also awards given by the Mountaineering Association of Slovenia and RTV Slovenia), as well as the “Viewer’s Choice” award, selected by the audience.

Accompanying Programme

The festival does not limit itself to films only, but also hosts lectures (featuring prominent guests from the international climbing community like Dean Potter, Adam Ondra, Lynn Hill, Chris Bonington, Kurt Diemberger and many others), exhibitions, round tables, book presentations and a children’s programme. As such it is striving to enrich the way mountaineering culture is perceived and represented.

EtnoRock Festival

27. 08. - 28. 08. 2021

Domžale

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EtnoRock festival

SI-1230, Domžale

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The EtnoRock Festival has been going on in Domžale since 1996, when it was established by Béla Szomi Kralj, a musician from the folk band Kontrabant. The aim of the festival was to present artists that do contemporary takes on various folk music traditions, which at that time was still a rather peripheral endeavour. Some of the bands who have helped with setting up the festival and appeared on it many times throughout the years are Orlek, Ana Pupedan, and MI2. As these and many other similar bands operate within a rock idiom, the festival was called Ethno-Rock Festival (in 2014 the name was changed into the Festival of Ethno and Rock).

Though the festival has an international line-up, its main focus has always been set on quality world and rock bands from Slovenia, many of them regularly returning to its stage. The festival is also a part of an informal network of different festivals and artists, and has already enabled quite a few excursions abroad to the musicians involved.

Festival programme

The main part of the programme usually starts early, sometime during the afternoon, and presents around 6 or 7 bands, half of them (if possible) being lesser-known newcomers and ones from abroad. The rest are the well-established bands like StrojMachine, Same babe, Vlado Kreslin in Beltinška banda, Tolovaj Mataj, Terrafolk, Brencl Banda, Orlek, Slon in sadež, Bossa de Novo, Marko Hatlak, Čompe, Fake Orchestra, Katalena and – each year – Kontrabant. The foreign guests include the Filth (USA), Zuf de Žur (IT), Etnoploč (IT), Hetret (HU), Strune (MK), Belfast Food (HR), and Banda Berimbau (IT).

Since 2011, the Festival of Ethno and Rock also has a second day, which is called Jari ERF (Young Ethno-Rock Festival) and which engages with kids, mainly those between 4 and 12 years of age. The stage is reserved for young musicians of about that age, the invited audience is their contemporaries, and a music workshop takes place led by an established folk band. All of this furthers the main ambition of the festival – to facilitate Slovene folk music in its contemporary life and to pass it on to the next generation.