Priden Možic Street Theatre

Kamnik

CONTACTS


Kulturno društvo Priden Možic

Podlimbarskega pot 4 SI-1240, Kamnik

Visit website

Priden Možic Cultural Association was established in 1996 by a group of former students of the theatre and puppetry school Gilš-Kodum from Ljubljana and Kamnik. Nowadays it has more than 50 members who are active in different areas: street performances, performances for children, music, and improvisation theatre. Since 2002, Priden Možic (in English: Good Little Man) produces the local festival Kamfest and was successfully running the Kamnik Culture House from 2002 to 2017.

Priden Možic is most known for its street performances (The Lake [Jezero], The Taxi [Taksi], The Bureaucrat ltd. [Birokrat d.o.o.]), performances for children, and improvisation theatre (Piloti group). It is also active in music productions and poetry recitals. Its productions have appeared at festivals across Slovenia, such as Summer Puppet Pier Festival, Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival, etc., and internationally – in Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, and Slovakia.

Kamnik Culture House

Kamnik

CONTACTS


Dom kulture Kamnik

Fužine 10 SI-1240, Kamnik

Visit website

The Kamnik Culture House was built in 1953, primarily as a cinema hall yet also serving as a kitchen and canteen for nearby factory workers. After being renovated in 2002, the centre – located on the outskirts of Kamnik – became the seat of the Priden Možic Cultural Association, which was running its programme until 2017. Since then, it is managed by Kamnik Tourism, Sports and Culture Agency.

Part of the same venue is also Kotlovnica Youth Centre, which is located in the basement of the Kamnik Culture House building. Although it is not part of the same institute, the youth centre’s activities have been deeply intertwined. Also, not that far away, in the defunct gun powder facility, there is also Cultural Garden Katzenberg, which is now run by Priden Možic Cultural Association.

Programme

In total, the Kamnik Culture House hosts more than 100 events each year, including drama, puppetry and comedy, as well as music and dance performances, lectures, screenings and exhibitions. However, its main focus is in presenting and staging works for youth. The culture centre also serves as an important local node and shelter for many smaller non-formal and non-professional artist groups and associations.

The Kamnik Culture House has hosted guest performances from Ptuj City Theatre, Slovene National Theatre Maribor, Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, Mladinsko Theatre, Glej Theatre, Špas Theatre and Theatre 55. It also produces in-house stage performances with local theatre, dance and choir groups.

Traditionally, it has also served as an important hub and supporting venue for various Kamfest festival activities and performances.

International projects

In 2004, one notable project was the coordination of The Ghost Town, a youth performing arts workshop exchange project supported by EU funding, which resulted in a multimedia interactive performance created by young performers from Poland, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. As the theme was cultural heritage, it was performed at Mali grad, Zaprice Castle and some other historical venues.

Venue

Kamnik Culture centre has one larger and two smaller multipurpose halls which can be used for stage performances, concerts, seminars, lectures, screenings, public events and also a visual arts space.

The larger hall has 243 seats total, plus 50 seats for performers/orchestra and it is 20 x 14m in size while the performance stage measures 12 x 8m.

The smaller hall can take up to 90 guests and it has dimensions of 15 x 6.5m with the performance stage of 3 x 4m which can be expanded on demand.

The technical rider of the venue can be found at the external link below.

France Balantič Public Library Kamnik

Kamnik

CONTACTS


Knjižnica Franceta Balantiča Kamnik

Ljubljanska 1 SI-1240, Kamnik

Visit website

Established in 1949 following the merger of two libraries, the Kamnik Public Library, covers the municipalities of Kamnik and Komenda. It runs branches in Komenda and Šmarca, a bookmobile, and mobile library material collections at nursing homes. In 2015 the library was renamed as France Balantič Public Library Kamnik.

The library offers access to a wide spectrum of literature, and houses a reading room, where members can make use of dictionaries, encyclopaedias, handbooks, newspapers, and magazines, as well as access the Internet. The premises also house a local collection department, a mountaineering department, a collection of Bavarian literature, donated by the Slovenian-Bavarian Society, a lifelong learning point, and a safe point, where children in distress can find support or shelter. Discussions, creative workshops, lectures, and exhibitions are all part of the adult programme held at the library, while children can take part in storytelling hours and various workshops. Home delivery service exists for those who are unable to access the library. To help other special needs users, books for the visually impaired, audiobooks, reading spectacles, and electronic magnifying lenses are made available, as well as a special corner designed to foster reading in children with learning disorders.

In 2012 Niko Sadnikar, head of the Josip Nikolaj Sadnikar Collection, Kamnik, donated over 200 antique books to the France Balantič Public Library.

Cultural heritage

Birthplace of Rudolf Maister

Kamnik

CONTACTS


Rojstna hiša Rudolfa Maistra

Šutna 23 SI-1241, Kamnik

Visit website

In 2013, the Birthplace of Rudolf Maister was opened in a renovated 19th-century house in Kamnik as a branch of the Kamnik Intermunicipal Museum.

The Slovene general, patriot, poet and bibliophile Rudolf Maister (1874–1934) was born in Kamnik. He played a crucial role in Styria and Carinthia after World War I: in November 1918, Maister organised local volunteers to liberate the city of Maribor in time when the northern border of the newly established State of Slovenes, Croats and Serbs was outlined.

The exhibition features photographs from family albums, military portraits and personal documents, honorary awards, diplomas and medals as well as screenings of numerous documentaries and art films related to the general. A special section presents Maister’s personal library and his literary creativity.

Museums

Kamnik Intermunicipal Museum

Kamnik

CONTACTS


Medobčinski muzej Kamnik

Muzejska pot 3 1241, Kamnik

Visit website

The Kamnik Intermunicipal Museum, founded in 1961 within Zaprice Castle, a 2-storey Baroque-style fortress with a triangular courtyard. Today the castle houses the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions including displays of Thonet bentwood furniture, of the middle classes of Kamnik in the 19th century, of the pastoral heritage from Velika planina, and the lapidary. An open-air museum of granaries from Tuhinj Valley is located in the castle forecourt. The museum manages also the Miha Maleš Gallery, the Birthplace of Rudolf Maister in Kamnik, and the Jefačnik’s Homestead in Trzin.

History

The region was under the administration of Kamnik town, whose influence reached up to Tuhinj Valley. Kamnik, first mentioned in 1061, has a long collecting tradition for first (private) collections were grounded already in 1893 by Josip Nikolaj Sadnikar (1863–1952). In 1964 the museum purchased part of this private collection, comprising antiques, religious art, paintings by Slovene artists who studied in Vienna in the late 19th century, and Chinese and Japanese art. In the same year the Municipality of Domžale joined as a founder. Until 1991 the museum was administratively merged with Kamnik Principal Library as Kamnik Cultural Centre.

Mission

The museum carries out a public service in the area from the Kamnik Alps to the Zasavje region for Kamnik, Domžale, Mengeš, Trzin, Lukovica, Komenda, and Moravče municipalities. The museum preserves, maintains and presents movable cultural heritage and collects archaeological, historical, ethnological, and art historical heritage in the region. Collections and exhibitions are prepared in cooperation with local communities, associations and individuals. It maintains extensive documentation and library, organises lectures, workshops, guided tours, and publishes different monographies and exhibition catalogues.

Permanent exhibitions in the castle

The internationally renowned Thonet bentwood furniture exhibition displays many objects from the former chair factory in Duplica near Kamnik, the only manufacturer of this furniture in Slovenia that operated since 1907. The chair factory endured till the end of the 1990s with Niko Kralj (1920–2013) and Branko Uršič (b. 1936) as its innovative designers.

The Life in the Kamnik Mountains exhibition presents the pastoral heritage from the nearby Velika planina and is dedicated to Vlasto Kopač (1913–2006), the architect of the ecological cottage settlement on the mountain pasture, and the ethnologist Tone Cevc (1932–2007) who in the 1990s conducted archaeological research of the area.

Apart from the exhibition on the town’s history Reflections of Kamnik’s Millennia (which includes the story on the nearby excavation of the famous mammoth skeleton in 1938 that has been displayed in the Slovenian Museum of Natural History) there is also a display on the everyday life of the Kamnik bourgeoisie in the 19th century with portraits of the bourgeois family life and of the town during that period. In addition, the museum houses a castle salon, renovated in 1997, containing several Baroque and historical paintings from the end of 19th century. It is used as multipurpose room for meetings, press conferences and lectures.

In the early 1980s a lapidary collection was arranged in the arcades of the castle’s side wing, including selected stones from the archaeological and art history heritage of the region, i.e., tombstone of nobleman Wiederkehr. Lapidarium was renovated in 2003.

During the 1970s an open-air museum was arranged in the castle forecourt, presenting the architectural heritage of the area which has now become nearly extinct. Four characteristic granaries from the Tuhinj Valley have been set up here, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. The oldest one from 1793 also exhibits its entire former inventory.

Jefačnik’s Homestead

The homestead is located in the old part of the small town of Trzin where Ivan Hribar (1851–1941), the mayor of Ljubljana who left a lasting impression on the city, was born. A small documentary exhibition is dedicated to him. The Municipality of Trzin completely renovated the edifice and opened it in 2013 as a local multi-purpose cultural centre.