Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste



Slovensko stalno gledališče v Trstu

Petronio 4 34141, Trieste-Trst

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Established in 1945 as a professional and permanent theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste is one of the eight theatres in Italy with the status of teatro stabile. With an ensemble of seven actors, the theatre produces five premières per year, often staging works that intertwine the cultural specificities of the Slovene and Italian community, thus strengthening the theatre’s role as a cultural mediator between the two cultures.


Formally organised already in 1902 as a Dramatic Society, in its initial period of continual activity (until 1920) the theatre staged 245 dramatic works, including world classics and original Slovene works, and 19 performances in the opera and ballet programme. In 1920 the theatre’s building was burnt down by the fascists, which interrupted the theatre’s activity for the following 25 years. In 1945 the theatre was re-founded as professional institution and has since then staged over 450 dramatic, opera, and ballet works. In 1964 the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste finally got its own space in Kulturni dom (Cultural Centre) in Trieste (architect Edo Mihevc) and in the same year was also officially acknowledged by the Italian state, becoming one of its permanent theatres.


To meet the demands of a very heterogeneous audience in the Trieste area, the theatre’s programme covers a wide range of theatre genres, from light comedies and parodies to more demanding dramatic works, and guest appearances of Slovene theatres. Recently, the theatre aims to attract also the Italian speaking community and has consequently strengthened its connections with Italian theatres and offered a season ticket programme with Italian subtitling.

The theatre collaborates with many established theatre directors, such as Vinko Möderndorfer, Diego de Brea, Janusz Kica, Vito Taufer, Eduard Miler, Sebastijan Horvat, Ivica Buljan, Samo M. Strelec, Neda R. Bric, Matjaž Latin, Nejc Gazvoda etc., and also collaborates in co-production with different Slovene theatres as well as some Italian theatres from the region, e.g. the Verdi Theatre in Gorizia/Gorica.

A children’s and youth programme is offered, including own productions and guest performances.

In 2009 the Slovene Permanent Theatre launched the educational programme Studio Art/Scuola Teatrale Studio Art which collaborates also with the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT).


Števerjan Festival

3. 07. - 5. 07. 2020



Festival Števerjan

Trg Svobode, 6 34070 , Števerjan

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The Števerjan Festival of folk-pop music was launched back in 1971 in Števerjan, an idyllic border village set on the Italian side of the wine-growing Brda region and mostly populated by a Slovene speaking community. With only Ptuj Festival being its elder, this festival is one of the pioneering ones in presenting a competing line-up of ensembles who play polka and waltz tunes, performing new pieces as well as already existing ones from the genre’s standards.

After the first two days of the three-day festival, which feature all the musicians, an international jury chooses the best ones who then play on the final evening. The festival altogether presents about two dozen ensembles onstage and in the end bestows a number of awards (for best melody, lyrics, début and so on) upon the most remarkable ones. A few of the ensembles are also chosen to venture to the Alpen Grand Prix festival in Merano, Italy.

The festival is recorded by Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia) and is also streamed live on the festival’s website.


Slovene National and Study Library in Trieste



Narodna in študijska knjižnica Trst

Via San Francesco D'Assisi 20 34133, Trieste-Trst

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Officially established in 1947, the Slovene National and Study Library in Trieste (NŠK) is the main public library of the Slovene community in Italy. It offers a rich collection of books and periodicals in Slovenian language, fosters reading culture, and works on the preservation of the cultural and scientific heritage of Slovenians in Italy.

Today, the institution comprises three additional departments: the Young Readers Department and the History and Ethnography Department, both based in Trieste, and the Damir Feigel Slovene Library (established in 1989, based in nearby Gorizia).


The vibrant history of Slovene and Slavic cultural activity in Trieste dates back to the pre-war period of the 19th Century. The first Slavic National Reading Room in Trieste was established in 1861, other cultural institutions and societies in the city and its surrounding areas followed soon after: the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste was established in 1902, for example. The development of libraries and workers’ organisations was hindered by World War I. Sociocultural life in Trieste was again devastated in 1920, when Fascist commandos burnt down the National House, the community hall of the Slovenes living in the city.

In 1973, the Socialist Republic of Slovenia conferred on the library the right to receive a deposit copy of every publication printed in Slovenia. Between 1991 and 2000 the institution was funded by Italian State subsidies. Since 2001, however, it has been financed by the Slovene community in Italy.

Collection and premises

The library’s collection consists of more than 145.000 book and non-book items and over 500 titles of Slovene periodicals. The purchase priority is books in the field of Slovene literature and humanities, also literature on law and economics. Since 1998, the library has been part of the COBISS – Slovene Virtual Library database.

The premises house two reading rooms: one named after Slovene writer Fran Levstik, providing ready reference literature, the latest in Slovene and Italian periodical press, and also featuring a children’s corner as well as computers for visitors; the other reading room bears the name of Primož Trubar, and is equipped with 24 units for individual study.

Occasionally, the library serves as an exhibition venue for art and literature presentations.


Tribute to a Vision Film Festival

18. 10. - 22. 10. 2021



Filmski festival Poklon viziji

Piazza della Vittoria/Travnik 41 34170, Gorizia-Gorica

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Since 1999, Kinoatelje, Gorica/Gorizia, in coproduction with the Kinoatelje Institute, Nova Gorica, has organised the annual cross-border film festival, taking place in the inter-regional space between Slovenia and Italy, thus connecting audiences and film institutions in 7 different cities (Gorizia, Nova Gorica, Trieste, Izola, San Pietro al Natisone, Udine and Ljubljana). The physical distances might not be great, but the colourful cultural variety imparts a unique enrichment in a shared cross-border space.


The centrepiece of the festival is the Darko Bratina Award along with a complete presentation of the winning author’s filmography. Previous recipients of the award include Srdan Golubović, Kim Longinotto, Peter Mettler, Mario Brenta, Dalibor Matanić (Croatia), Villi Hermann (CH), Ruth Beckermann (Austria), Laila Pakalnina (Latvia), Karpo Godina, Franco Giraldi, Želimir Žilnik (Serbia), Miroslav Janek (CZ), Harutyun Khachatryan (Armenia), Petra Seliškar, Demetrio Volcic (Italy), Aljoša Žerjal (Italy), Maja Weiss, Jan Cvitković, and Srdjan Vuletić (BiH).

First Crossings

The festival is home to the ever-growing film platform First Crossings, developed as an inherent part of the festival and dedicated to the research of new film languages, focusing particularly on younger authors and audiences.