Multidisciplinary

Sajeta Creative Camp

5. 07. - 10. 07. 2022

Tolmin

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Kreativni tabor Sajeta

Gregorčičeva 2 SI-5220, Tolmin

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Launched in 1998 and held on the peninsula between the mountain rivers Soča and Tolminka, Sajeta Creative Camp is a very special kind of a summer festival. Routinely transgressing the boundaries of the term, its musical programme forms only a part of the festival’s content. It also features a wide variety of workshops, ranging from literature, music and film production to wood carving and Linux programming. An important aspect of the Sajeta Creative Camp (called Sajeta in short) is its distinctively diverse and knowledgeable crowd and the laid back, even intimate, atmosphere. Regularly, a part of Sajeta’s programme is set in the nearby city centre of Tolmin, thus subverting the spatial festival convention as well.

The staged musical performances are never genre bound; folk, free improvisation, avant rock, electro-acoustics and dub techno can all be heard on the same stage in the same evening. The peripheral status of the presented sonic acts is more or less the only conceptual link between them.

Background

Created by a group of young enthusiasts from Tolmin, the creative camp was at first a weekend-long event based on artist workshops. A number of artists and performers gathered there in 1998 and 1999, but then for the next two years Sajeta (which is otherwise a mythical creature from those parts and also means a storm) was held on standby. In 2002, the Tolmin Union of Youth Associations relaunched the festival and expanded it with a musical and multimedia programme.

After that, Sajeta gradually became a renowned, about a week-long festival with a (more or less) ambitious musical programme, film screenings, drama performances and literary readings, generating a creative atmosphere unlike any other summer festival and strongly differentiating from the other, more commercially successful and genre-profiled events that also take place on the idyllic Sotočje peninsula, which in itself has in the last decade become the prime spot for summer music festivals.

Somewhat miraculously the festival persists in continuously bringing challenging and curious festival experiences.

Musical and other festival programme

The musicians and groups presented till now are innumerable. A few of the big names are the underground diva Lydia Lunch, the Vienna electronics scene prime protagonists Fennesz, Radian and Thilges 3, electronics pioneers such as Dieter Moebius, Richard Pinhas and Roedelius, folk virtuosos Alexander Balanescua and Lajko Felix. A very exceptional resident of Sajeta is probably the most prolific Slovene jazz musician Zlatko Kaučič, who performed concerts with jazz legends Trevor Watts, Akosh Szeleveny, Louis Sclavis and Peter Brötzmann. But still, the programme is not built on head liners – conversely, it seeks to escape such a paradigm.

Presenting many emerging and established musicians and bands from Slovenia, (the somewhat neglected) Eastern Europe and from elsewhere, the festival has hosted (to randomly select a few) Vasko Atanasovski Trio, Broken Heart Collector, Alzheimer Trio, Bratko Bibič, Orton, Ago Tela, Ivan Volarič – Feo, Psycho-Path, Cirkulacija 2, Random Logic, Borghesia, Vladimir Vaclavek, Uzgun Uver, Korai Orom, Zakarya and Manufacture, The Magic Carpathians Project, East Rodeo, 7 That Spells, Damir Avdić, Rambo Amadeus, Sejiro Murayama, Metalycee, Francesco Cusa, Haradhan Das Baul, and so on.

The almost never-absent rain and storms which happen during the festival are also thought by some to be part of the festival’s programme. Any weather goes well along with accompanying programmes: a very strong programme for children, more than a dozen workshops and also lectures, photography exhibitions and video screenings.

International collaborations

At least some of the workshops are always led by foreign artists, pedagogues and collectives; of them, two regulars are the Serbian film makers Kino klub Novi Sad and the Sicilian percussionist Francesco Cusa. Besides that, in 2009 Sajeta started a two-way collaboration with the famous German label Staubgold, whose musicians have had numerous appearances on the Sajeta stage till then. There was also the project Fair Music, within which Sajeta works with MICA (Music Information Center Austria) and International Music Council from UNESCO and which aims to build on the idea of fairness within musical publishing.

There is also the project Sotočja (Confluences) within which they have organised a series of concerts with musicians from different countries that collaborate especially for the festival. One such international project worth mentioning is the the Luminous Synergy Project in which the international crew of the Human Synergy Project and the mostly-Slovene Lighting Guerrilla team used different technologies to create a light and sound installation in the city centre.

Music

SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting

25. 06. - 1. 07. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Mednarodno srečanje saksofonistov

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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Organised every summer since 1997 by Nova Gorica Arts Centre at Nova Gorica Music School, the SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting is the annual gathering point for young saxophone players from Slovenia and abroad. It is in part a festival and partly a series of master classes with eminent mentors. Participants can choose between classical repertoire, jazz or a combination of both. It is led by its Art Director Matjaž Drevenšek and co-organised by the Nova Gorica Music School and the Saksofonija Music Society.

Programme

The programme provides the opportunity to work in saxophone ensembles through individual lessons, rehearsals with the piano, concerts and lessons given by international instructors. It culminates in a festival of final concerts by workshop participants. The schedules are modular and adjusted according to the number and interests of the participants.

Each third year the festival also hosts an important international saxophone competition.

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.

Music

MetalDays

24. 07. - 30. 07. 2022

Tolmin

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MetalDays

Dijaška ulica 18 SI-5220, Tolmin

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Though the first edition of the international metal music festival MetalDays was held in 2013, the festival actually goes back to 2004, as it is in all but name a continuation of the legendary Metalcamp. As such, for some time now, it is one of the central metal events in this part of Europe, attracting a massive international audience of thousands of fans from Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, the Mediterranean countries, and Slovenia. This is, among other things, due to the carefully crafted conjunction of a musical experience with a tourist one.

The festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of the Alps and is held at the Sotočje peninsula at Tolmin. Its programme represents a wide variety of genres and sub-genres of metal with the addition of hardcore influenced styles in the 7-day gathering of bands performing on a couple of stages.

Background

Metalcamp, with its programme and especially its fantastic location, fast made a name for itself amongst the metal crowds from the whole of Europe. In its 10 years, its line-up featured a very decent part of the prolific metal bands touring around Europe and hosted Danzig, Apocalyptica, Hypocrisy, Blind Guardian, Ancient, Satyricon, Lamb of God, Primal Fear, Slayer, Anthrax, Obituary, Soulfly, Dimmu Borgir, Arch Enemy, Motörhead, Cradle of Filth, Sepultura, Kreator, Immortal, Korpiklaani, Pain, The Exploited, Ministry, In Flames, Morbid Angels, Nightwish, Napalm Death, Down, Cannibal Corpse, Over Kill, Behemoth, Sabaton and the local powerhouse Noctiferia. The festival also had a second stage for newcomers.

MetalDays programme

Programme-wise, the MetalDays has kept the festival’s original direction and has hosted artists such as Annihilator, Iced Earth, In Flames, King Diamond, Mayhem, Sonata Arctica and Wintersun, Children of Bodom , Amorphis, Opeth, Megadeth, Korn, Sepultura, Dream Theater, Fear factory, etc. Nevertheless, MetalDays has enriched its roster by having the second stage booked by Dirty Skunks, a promoter that also has a year-long concert programme, staging various alternative music genres like metal, hardcore, punk and the many things in-between. To their stage in Sotočje they’ve brought bands like Rotting Christ, Beheaded, Immolation, Aborted, Nocturnal Depression, The Canyon Observer, Benediction and Vicious Rumors. There are also concert slots for newcomers, who are still strongly featured at this festival.

Besides music there is naturally some additional programme, the most curious one probably being man-in-thongs-volleyball (its corresponding sports happening being topless badminton). There are also occasional striptease shows and a karaoke stand.

MetalHoliday

As the audience is mostly international, MetalDays is logistically supported by MetalHoliday, an organisation that plans and organises coach trips to the festivals MetalDays (and Punk Rock Holiday – another summer festival held at that same location) from about 10 European countries and around 50 cities. MetalDays also makes available for rent all the stuff one needs for festival camping.

Music

Overjam Reggae Festival

15. 08. - 20. 08. 2022

Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival

Dijaška ulica 18 5220 , Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival is summer music festival that has been delivering reggae, dub, and dancehall music since 2012. The 4-day event takes place at Sotočje, a peninsula at the confluence of two mountain rivers in Tolmin, where its predecessor Soča Reggae Riversplash was previously held annually since 2000. As such, reggae has a long tradition at that location, where it now once again hosts a varied mix of regional and international artists and audiences.

The festival has an international organising consortium, with the Slovenian part of it being Kurz Rock Vibe.

The venue and its history

Sotočje, with its mountainous backdrop, has since the turn of the millennium fast become the number one location for Slovene summer festivals. This makes sense, as Sotočje is set in an alpine region with a somewhat Mediterranean climate, having the gorgeous and swimming-friendly Soča River at its disposal. It can equally adequately accommodate both boutique festivals for 200 and massive events for 12,000 visitors, with the organisers also profiting from the relative proximity of Italian and Austrian audiences.

Alongside the pioneering and still active Sajeta Creative Camp, Soča Reggae Riversplash did the most to popularise the venue, where now the massively popular MetalDays (held since 2004), the yet-young Punk Rock Holiday (held since 2012) and some more sporadic events now take place each summer. Before it saw its last edition in 2009, Riversplash had brought many renowned artists such as Macka B, Gentleman, and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru to Slovenia.

Overjam musical and other programme

Filling a two-year vacuum in the Slovenian reggae scene, Overjam was first held in the village of Vrtojba, near the Italian border. The temporary location was chosen because of the festival’s Italian co-organisers. In 2013, the festival (re-)emerged in Sotočje and since then its line-up has hosted Zion Train, Dub Inc, Macka B, Groundation, Barrington Levy, Channel One soundsystem, Anthony B, Skarra Mucci, Hollie Cook, Ricky Trooper, Luciano, Max Romeo, Fatman Hifi,…

One can also attend lectures at the so-called Overjam University, join the workshops on drumming, yoga, juggling, slacklining, clay making and similar, or just come a bit earlier and chill at the pre-party event. Kids are even welcome at the festival and can spend some quality time at Overjam 4 Kidz. Last but not least, there is the river to swim in and the surrounding Soča Valley boasting a plethora of other outdoor and cultural activities.

Music

Music of the World Festival, Kromberk

28. 07. - 6. 08. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Festival Glasbe sveta na vrtu na gradu Kromberk

Grajska cesta 1 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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The Ethno and Jazz Festival Music of the World, which aims to draw attention to the significance of transferring tradition to modernity, especially in music, has been held every Tuesday in August since 2012 at the Castle Kromberk near Nova Gorica. It is organised by Goriška Museum and KUD Morgan.

The festival presents established Slovenian and foreign ethno, folk, jazz and world music performers, and organises a series of music lectures called Vinyl Evenings, accompanied by a vinyl records fair. Another accompanying event is the Market of Delicacies, where organic farmers and craftsmen present their products.

Mission

The organisers believe that a unique part of each community is its culture, which develops over time and under the influence of the environment in different customs and expressions. Music is one of the key elements in expressing community life; that is why the festival presents musicians who rely on the folk music from their home environs as well as add modern music trends.

Programme

“Diversity, but in a specific genre. World music, but with an emphasis on tradition. Jazz and song-writing, but with an ethnic touch,” is how Aleks Vičič, one of the coordinators, describes the character of the festival.

Since 2012, the festival’s guests have been Svetlana Makarovič & Mar Django Quartet, Brina, Tamara Obrovac & jazz band Transhistria Ensamble, Sardinian jazz trumpeter Paolo Freso and Daniele di Bonaventura, the trio Dovč, Gombač and Krmac with Slovenian folk music, accordionist Marko Hatlak, Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, Mali’s musician Habib Koite, Šukar with the Roma music of east and south-eastern Europe, Vruja with Istrian music, Mostar Sevdah Reunion, Bossa de Novo, vocal quintet Tminski madrigalisti, Bratko Bibič with Dedley Woodleybears, Neca Falk, Tomaž Pengov, Robert Jukič, Uršula Ramoveš and Fantje z Jazbecove grape, Albanian singer Elina Duni, Paul McCandless, Katja Šulc, Vinko Globokar, Ralph Towner, Boštjan Gombač, Bojana Šaljić Podešva, trio Etnoploč, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, the female singing group Kvali, the brass band club Nabrežina, the Trieste Partisan Choir Pinko Tomažič and the Mladinsko Theatre.

Vinyl Evenings and Vinyl Fair

In July, before the festival itself and for already ten years, the cycle of music lectures called Vinyl Evenings are also held. So far, music experts Luka Zagoričnik, Brane Rončel, Igor Vidmar, Dragan Bulič, Jure Longyka, Jure Potokar, Jizah, Borka, Igor Bašin and many others have lectured and DJed music from vinyl records or other analogue sound carriers. In addition to the lectures, there is also a trade fair of used and new vinyl records and rarities.

Market of Delicacies

Since one of the festival’s messages is “Finding a world without cans, instant coffee and powdered soup, without the ripening of tomatoes in supermarkets and without supermarkets, finding true, genuine things with a tradition that do not require flavour enhancers and do not have thousands of duplicates”, the festival has been accompanied by a Market of Delicacies which offers ecologically produced delicacies from the local and wider area.

Project Spaces

Carinarnica

Nova Gorica

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Carinarnica

Erjavčeva ulica 51 5250, Nova Gorica

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Carinarnica (in English, “Customs House”) is a cultural centre, established in 2016 in Nova Gorica, a city on the western border of Slovenia. It is a cultural, inter-city juncture for the development of non-governmental and urban culture, located in the building of the former border-crossing between the two cities, between Italian Gorizia and Slovenian Nova Gorica. It is a meeting point for open-minded people who care for the urban culture of both cities.

History

The building at the border, where customs between Italy and Slovenia once operated, has acquired a different meaning: a centre for urban culture connects Nova Gorica and Gorizia into a unified cultural space for various events. The building itself has a high symbolic value since it is positioned directly on the border, which on the one hand is a symbol of division, but also a symbol of connectivity. It is also close to the Europe Square and rounds off this border area.

Programme

The content Carinarnica provides is a mix of various cultural and artistic presentations, social events, literary and multimedia evenings, art installations, performances, film and theatre events and photography exhibitions. Each of the founding organisations prepares its own activities, but often they are also interconnected, while at the same time ensuring the connection of different artists from both sides of the border and beyond.

Various cultural events are taking place at Carinarnica: from literary evenings, musical performances, debates, lectures, exhibitions, workshops, coworking for individuals and NGOs is offered. Each year, it hosts the Club Marathon, a concert cycle organised by Radio Študent.

In 2019, Carinarnica organised the Improbiro Festival, the first congress of free, improvised music in the Nova Gorica region, a meeting of musicians, organizers, publishers, theorists and music lovers who are particularly attracted to free, marginal forms of music.

Libraries

Idrija City Library and Reading Room

Idrija

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Mestna knjižnica in čitalnica Idrija

Ulica sv. Barbare 4-5 5280, Idrija

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Established in 1946 with a collection of 2,816 books, the library in Idrija had already acquired its current name, the Idrija City Library and Reading Room, in 1922 as the history of organised reading goes back to the mid-19th century. Since 1971 it has been located in a 1,080 square metre building on St Ahac Square, where it offers 120,000 items to around 5,500 registered readers. It has 13 employees and 3 branches, in Cerkno, Spodnja Idrija and Črni vrh respectively.

Since 2015 the library manages also the Film Theatre Idrija (Filmsko gledališče Idrija), the oldest theatre building in Slovenia (cf. link below), organising film screenings and theatre productions and concerts of a smaller scale.

In 2007 the library received a donation of 225 books of British literature by the British Council Slovenia following the active participation of secondary school children from Idrija in the Reading is Cool project promoting reading culture.

In order to promote cultural life in the Idrija region, the library regularly organises exhibitions of paintings or photographs, and serves as a venue for art and reading events for children and adults.

Libraries

Ciril Kosmač Public Library, Tolmin

Tolmin

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Knjižnica Cirila Kosmača Tolmin

Tumov drevored 6 5220, Tolmin

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Ciril Kosmač Public Library in Tolmin was founded in 1955, although its origins may be traced back to the former People’s Library of Tolmin, established in 1908. It was named after the Slovene novelist Ciril Kosmač (1910–1980). With its branches in Bovec (opened in 2000) and Kobarid (opened in 2002) and a mobile library service that visits rural villages once a month, it covers a region which has 20,000 inhabitants.

In 2006 the library had 87,200 visitors who borrowed 181,400 units. The library’s registered membership includes 25 per cent of this population. All branches have an automatic lending system which is made possible through COBISS – Slovene Virtual Library searches, enabling books to rotate through the branches. Housed in a building of 1,170 square metres, it incorporates a reading room with 83 seats for readers and access to 40 online computers, making it one of the best-equipped public libraries in Slovenia. A project called My Library attracted 80 per cent of the region’s elementary school children, while another project targeted the elderly and retired. The library organises regular summer internet workshops, as well as many other events (lectures, exhibitions, puppet shows for children …).

Archives

Regional Archives Nova Gorica

Nova Gorica

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Pokrajinski arhiv v Novi Gorici (PANG)

Trg Edvarda Kardelja 3 5000, Nova Gorica

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The Regional Archives Nova Gorica, founded in 1972, collects and keeps records and archives of organisations and institutions of local and regional interest. The Regional Archives Nova Gorica incorporates a library with a collection of around 5,100 titles. Exhibition space is also available in the 116 square-metre cellar gallery. The archives recently joined the digital archival information system SIRA.net.

History

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica is the youngest of the six Regional Archives of Slovenia. From 1952 to 1966 it was located within Goriška Museum, and from 1966 to 1972 it was managed by the Municipality of Nova Gorica. In 1987 it moved into new premises, bringing about a considerable improvement in professional standards and facilitating the introduction of a computer programme devised specifically to manage the register and deal with records quickly and easily.

Programme

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica performs the following tasks: evaluating documentary material; training staff; working with documentary material; collecting and expert processing public and private archives; manufacturing devices for use of archival documents; making inventories of public and private archives; recording archival material in archives and other institutions at home and abroad; providing technical advice to owners and holders of archives and professional supervised; placing the materials in use; performing research tasks in the field of archival science, history and related sciences, publishing activities.

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica joined the updated archival information system SIRA.net, which interconnects the databases of four Regional archives of Slovenia and the Historical Archives Ljubljana.

Archival records

The remit of the Regional Archives Nova Gorica includes the following state administrative units (territorial divisions other than municipalities used in state governance): Ajdovščina, Nova Gorica, and Tolmin.

The archives house 917 records and collections, corresponding to approximately 2,300 linear metres of material. For each record and collection a guidebook supplies the current number of the record/collection, the name of the record and collection, the date of validity of the material, the quantity of assisting devices for the usage of the material, data related to the institute or office where the material originated, a short survey of the contents of the material and (unless it is exclusively Slovene) the language of the records/collection.

Records are displayed in the following main categories: Public Administration up to 1945 (1947), Public Administration after 1945 (1943), Justice, Economy and Banking, Education and Schooling, Culture and Science, Health and Social Security, Political Parties and Socio-political Organisations, Associations, Land Properties, Personal and Family Records, and Archival Collections.

In order to permit a better orientation through the material, a guidebook (available at the official site of the Archives) contains a table of contents indexing all the records and collections. Each single group of records and collections is accompanied by photographs of the most prominent recorded documents. Photographs of the Regional Archives Nova Gorica building, its premises and staff represent an integral part of the guidebook. Slovene archive-related researches are undertaken in Gorizia, Trieste, Čedad/Cividale, and Rome.

Publications

Besides publishing the Guidebook through Archive Collections the Nova Gorica Archives are involved in rich publication activity, which includes monographies, articles, catalogues, and miscellanies.