Theatres

Primorska Summer Festival

24. 06. - 31. 08. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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Primorski poletni festival

Kampel 1k SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Primorska Summer Festival is an international theatre festival that takes place throughout the coastal region of Slovenia and occasionally also in Italy and Croatia. Launched in 1993, the festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association. Since 2003, the festival has been managed by the Koper Theatre.

Primorska Summer Festival takes place both indoors, in various performance venues (Arrigoni Izola, Georgius Centre in Piran) as well as outdoors (Valdoltra Beach in Ankaran), utilising the town squares and other ambient-rich locations of the region.

In 2020, the international “PPF Youth” festival section is launched with six international theatre academies invited to present their creations.

Background

During its first decade – when the Koper Theatre was yet non-existent – the Primorska Summer Festival was the only platform for presenting recent productions by Slovenian repertory theatres to the audiences of the Slovenian coastal region. As such, the festival is in a way the theatre’s predecessor.

The festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association in partnership with Koper Theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst. Today, partners include Teatro Verdi, Muggia Teatro, Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival, Tartini Festival and the Italian Community in Koper-Capodistria.

Since its inception, the festival has hosted a huge number of theatre performances, many of them its own productions, an enterprise that has been the festival’s staple since its beginning. Alongside the theatre shows, the festival presents concerts, musicals and even operas.

Programme

The festival cooperates with various theatres from the littoral region, some of them coming from neighbouring towns in Italy and Croatia. These collaborations range from staging invited performances to producing entirely new works, many even multilingual as befits the character of the region. The festival has also incubated various NGO endeavours, like those of Lutkarnica – Koper Puppetry Studio.

Sometimes, the programme is conceived somewhat thematically; in one of the years, for instance, the festival was dedicated to Molière. Various takes on Molière’s plays were staged throughout the festival, also taking place at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. In 2017, the festival co-hosted a show with the Maribor-based Lent Festival.

Besides presenting its own works and those of Slovenian repertory theatres, one of the festival’s prime focuses is that of showcasing new works produced in the Balkan region.

More and more, the festival is reaching into other artistic fields, also inviting musicians and screening films.

PPF Youth

In 2020, a new section of the festival is launched: six theatre academies of the ex-Yugoslav region, Great Britain and the Czech Republic present their productions during four days in July. The academy performances presented at the Koper Theatre are accompanied by panel discussions with the aim of sharing knowledge, getting to know new theatre practices and poetics emerging in the region.

Theatres

PUF Festival

22. 06. - 2. 09. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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PUF festival

Mladinska 6 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Primorska Street Festival PUF (Primorsko ulično gledališče) is an annual international street theatre and puppet festival which takes place on the Slovene coast. It is organised by Lutkarnica – Koper Puppetry Studio since 2003. The PUF actually had started off some years before, as a part of the Primorska Summer Festival organised annually in the Coastal Region. For some years, while it was presented jointly with the Alpe-Adria Working Community, its title was Alpe Adria PUF Festival. The festival presents street musicians, pantomime, clowns, acrobats, and jugglers, with a special focus on puppetry.

Overview

Taking place throughout the summer, the festival includes premières of new Slovene puppetry productions and presentations of prize-winning performances. Each year, the festival also produces an international festival production in collaboration with the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) from Prague. Past festivals have featured performances by visiting artists and arts groups from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Spain, and Italy, as well as groups from Slovenia.

Venues

In recent years the PUF Festival has expanded its programme from its original base at Ankaran to nearby towns, including Izola-Isola, Piran, Ankaran, Hrvatini, Moretini, Dekani, and Škofije. Some of the festival performances are staged again in early September for schoolchildren. In 2006 the festival also took place in Bovec and Kobarid in the Goriška Region. In 2009 the PUF Koper-Capodistria in partnership with the Burattini senza confini, FVG Videm, organised over 110 smaller or bigger performances and concerts during the period from June through November.

International cooperation

The PUF Festival involves participation by various local cultural institutions, including Koper Theatre and PINA Primorje Information Atelier. It has regularly collaborated with festivals in Italy (Mittelfest-Valli di Natisone, Cividale del Friuli; ENTE Teatrale and Burattini senza confini, FVG Udine; Alpe Adria Puppet Festival, Gorica), Austria (Cikl Cakl Šmihel) and Croatia (International Puppet Festival – PIF, Zagreb) as well as Slovenia (Trnfest, “Emona Promenade”, and Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival from Ljubljana; Summer Puppet Pier Festival, Maribor; Lutke brez meja, Nova Gorica; and Ulični Festival, Izola-Isola). PUF Festival also cooperates with Teatro matita and various other European puppetry schools.

Archives

Regional Archives Koper

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Pokrajinski arhiv Koper

Kapodistriasov Trg 1 6000, Koper

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The Regional Archives Koper, established in 1956, collect and keep the records of the Primorska (Littoral) region’s organisations and institutions. In 2009 the Archives arranged the exhibition Documents on Slovenes in the Adriatic from 1797 to 2009.

History

The emergence of the Koper archives as a specific cultural institution is associated with the former city library. Its beginnings date back to 1868. When the library won space in the city hall in 1900, the archives gradually increased. In 1925 the city library and its archives moved into the early-17th-century Belgramoni-Tacco Palace, which already housed the former City Museum for History and Art.

During the war in 1944 the Commission for the Protection of Cultural and Artistic Monuments sent away almost the entire collection of materials from the archives of the old municipality of Koper (dating from 1800) and general records from 1800 to 1840. The materials were taken to Trieste and then to Venice, where they are still located today.

In 1953 at the initiative of the Historical Society of Koper, the archives were separated from the city library. The City Archives Koper were founded three years later. In 1967 they were renamed as the Regional Archives Koper and became an autonomous administrative unit, one of the six regional archives, which are state institutions. Its Piran Unit was established in 1974.

Since 1991 the Regional Archives Koper is accommodated in an old monastery building of Saint Clara. The building with an atrium and a park, which originates from 14th-17th Century, was successfully adapted to the new function: the creation of a storage facility by installing a new steel structure within the existing walls of the monastery’s old church preserves the artistic and historical qualities of the space. Gratis tours are offered by appointment.

Archival records

The remit of the Regional Archives Koper includes the following state administrative units (territorial divisions other than municipalities used in state governance): Ilirska Bistrica, Izola, Koper, Piran, Postojna and Sežana.

The Archives preserve around 5,000 linear metres of archival records, ranging from the oldest documents, which come from the Municipality of Piran-Pirano and date from the Venetian Republic period of the mid-12th century, to the period of the Republic of Slovenia from 1991 onwards. Some records which should be kept at the Regional Archives Koper are in fact located in Ljubljana, Trieste, Venice, Udine, Rome, Rijeka, Pazin and Belgrade. The digitisation of records has been an ongoing process since 1994.

The library of the Regional Archives contains around 4,600 books, and the entrance area offers space for small exhibitions.

Piran archives

The Municipal Archives Piran became the Piran Branch of the Regional Archives Koper in 1974. Precious archival documents – among them some chapter charters from the mid 13th century onwards – are kept on the premises in Piran.

International cooperation

The Regional Archives Koper has co-operated with the archives of the Republic of Croatia and the National Archives of Italy on various international projects relating to culture and digitisation, which have been funded by the EU and the Republic of Slovenia.

An exhibitions devoted to the Jewish culture and religion was set up at the Koper Regional Archives within the European Day of Jewish Culture in September 2009.

Museums

Koper Regional Museum

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Pokrajinski muzej Koper

Kidričeva ulica 19 6000, Koper

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Originating in 1911 as the Municipal Museum of History and Art (Museo Civico di Storia e d’Arte), the Koper Regional Museum is housed in the spacious early 17th-century Belgramoni Tacco Palace in the Koper city centre and covers the cultural heritage in the Primorska region. The museum manages also the Museum Gallery, set just beside the palace, the Carpaccio House and the Ethnological Collection, located in the nearby Venetian-Gothic building, as well as the Prem Castle above the Reka Valley.

History

The first initiatives to establish a museum in Koper-Capodistria took place as early as the late-18th century, but the main push for its foundation was provided by the first exhibition of the Istrian Region in Koper (Prima Esposizione Provinciale Istriana) in 1910. One year later, the then Municipality of Koper-Capodistria established the Municipal Museum of History and Art (Museo Civico di Storia e d’Arte), and after World War I, the spacious early 17th-century Belgramoni Tacco Palace building was set aside for use as a museum.

During World War II, the permanent collection was seriously impaired when many precious works of art were evacuated to Friuli (Villa Manin in Passariano). When “Zone B” was incorporated into Slovenia in 1954, the museum was renamed the District Museum; in 1967, its name was changed to the Koper Regional Museum (Museo Regionale di Capodistria). From 1981 to 1985, the museum’s central building was completely renovated, bringing an expansion of the museum’s activities and a new arrangement of its collections. The museum was thoroughly renovated once again in 2015.

Mission

In addition to the art and cultural history of the Primorska region, the museum covers the archaeological, historical, ethnological and cultural heritage of the coastal and karst areas. Considerable attention is paid to diverse participation in cultural, scientific and educational establishments and projects.

Today, the parent museum building presents an archaeological collection and collections covering the culture, art and history of Istra from its very beginning to the end of the 19th century. The conservation-restoration workshop preserves the museum material and organises technical days and workshops at the temporary exhibitions in the context of educational activities.

Venues

The Koper Regional Museum manages several satellites; in 1983 the Ethnological Collection of Koper Regional Museum was established as an independent branch. A permanent collection was opened in Prem Castle in 2008, presenting castles and building sites in the Reka river basin. There is also the Museum Gallery, located next to the Palace Belgramoni Tacco and used to present temporary exhibitions. Recently, the museum has also opened an interactive digital exhibition on Vittore Carpaccio in the Carpaccio House, the 14th-century Venetian-Gothic residential building owned and inhabited by the famous painter’s descendants.

Collections

The permanent exhibition Between the Serenissima, Napoleon and the Habsburgs covers the period from the 16th to the 19th century. It holds numerous artefacts from the daily life of the nobility and presents some of the most prominent residents of the area. There is also an exhibition of weapons from the same era, in which, for example, one can trace the fast development of rifles in the 19th century.

Very important are also the Art History Collections, which display and reflect on the great wealth of the Istrian artistic heritage, from the second half of the 15th century onward. This collection is complemented by collections of arts and crafts from the Renaissance and the Gothic periods. Among other permanent collections, one on musical life in the present-day coastal towns of Slovenia from the Middle Ages to the end of the 20th century is especially notable.

The Archaeological Collection covers all archaeological periods from prehistory (from the Palaeolithic to the Iron Age) throughout Roman times to the Middle Ages in the Primorska region. One of the many significant archaeological finds is also the late Roman coin hoard, which derives from the late Roman army camp on the site Čentur.

In the pavilion along the museum’s lapidary, the collection of the 20th century From Austria-Hungary to Yugoslavia is presented. It covers the life of the Slovenians in the Southern Primorska region that belonged to Italy after the World War I and their resistance to fascism, portrayed also on the famous Rapallo painting by Tone Kralj. The display also covers the regional post-war development in Socialist Yugoslavia and ends with the establishment of the new border in 1954.

The lapidary collection and the open-air collection in the palace garden present the oldest material culture of the coastal and karst areas. The culture and art history collection consists of sculptures, paintings and arts and crafts products, arranged chronologically and thematically, from early medieval sculptures with guilloche ornamentation (9th–11th centuries) to a fresco copy of the well-known The Dance of Death from Hrastovlje and inscriptions in the Glagolitic alphabet, the oldest-known Slavic script.

Virtual museum tour

As of 2016, the museum itself (at least its main premises, the Belgramoni Tacco Palace) has been thoroughly digitised, as one can now embark on a virtual 3D tour of the museum. One cannot only take a walk around the palace and the museum artefacts, but specific information on particular pieces is also available, along with a specially prepared audio guide.

Music

International Biennial of Contemporary Music Koper

30. 11. - 4. 12. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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Mednarodni bienale sodobne glasbe Koper

Gallusova 2 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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Programme

In six editions of the International Biennial of Contemporary Music Koper, a considerable number of foreign and domestic musicians or ensembles were presented; to name only a few Slovene ones, who today represent the artistic highlights of contemporary music: Nina Prešiček, Irena Tomažin, Larisa Vrhunc, Uroš Rojko, Matej Bonin, Slovene Chamber Choir, Dissonance String Quartet, and many others.

Every year, Biennial opens with a different theme. At the sixth edition of the Biennial, in December 2018, the theme was a human being and five senses, the discovery of new languages with a use of all the senses, for they are a pathway leading to a more tangible perception of music and art, and thereby of life itself. Each concert had a task of analyzing one of five senses, presenting a reflection on it, for example, in the first concert the group of percussionists SToP Slovene Percussion Project described the touch through musical instruments made of stone. The sense of smell was entrusted to exceptional musicians such as Francesco Dillon, Emanuele Torquati and Helena Winkelman. The theme of taste was featured by one of the most brilliant bassoonist on the international scene, Élise Jacoberger, flanked by Luka Batista on guitar. The Biennial 2018 ended with a concert of high intellectual and music profile: the Ensemble Neofonia, conducted by Steven Loy and accompanied by the soloist Carl Rosman. In five days, the Biennial 2018 offered concert performances of almost 50 contemporary compositions: 12 of them were performed in Slovenia for the first time, and 5 passed the world premiere. In total, 61 musicians from six countries participated.

Exhibitions, lectures and workshops, related to the theme, are also held at Biennial. Its venues are Koper Regional Museum, Koper Music School Hall, and Concert Hall of St. Francis Church.

Folkest Festival

5. 08. - 23. 08. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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Festival Folkest

Župančičeva 39 SI-6000 , Koper-Capodistria

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Folkest Festival is a world music festival held in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto (Italy), Carinthia (Austria), and Istria (Slovenia and Croatia) under the sponsorship of UNESCO. It was launched in 1979 at San Daniele del Friuli by a group of young cultural entrepreneurs, journalists, and musicians, initially to provide a meeting point for avant-garde folk music movements, but it later developed new formulas and experiments (stages, seminars, screenings, new itineraries) and new names.

In Slovenia the festival takes place in the city of Koper-Capodistria and at Hrvatini-Crevatini and in total with the other events held in Fruili and Carinthia attracts 50,000 visitors and numerous foreign journalists every year.

Programme

Musical proposals from throughout the world have been presented beside artists of the region. Always open to quality proposals, the Folkest Festival offers a programme that presents established artists as well as new talents from various cultures. Presenting ethno music from various countries has always been the festival’s priority. Almost a thousand musical groups have already performed at the festival, with more than 100 Friulian, Slovene, Carinthian and Istrian localities hosting itinerant performances.

Performers

Since 1992 TV Koper-Capodistria has officially covered the entire festival. During the second half of the 1990s Folkest began promoting large exclusive productions, including performances by Angelo Branduardi, the Chieftains, David Shea, the Inti Illimani and Carlos Nuñez, together with Friulian artists such as La Sedon Salvadie and Daniele D’Agaro.

Since 2001 Folkest hosted among others the musicians Vlado Kreslin (Slovenia), Dario Marušič (Istria), Allan Taylor (UK), Goran Bregović (Serbia), John Trudell, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker (USA), Richard Dobson (USA-Switzerland), the European Youth Folk Orchestra and the groups Los De Abajo (Mexico), Variano (Brazil), Taraf da Metropulitana (Romania), Contempo Trio (France), Boban Marković Orkestar (Serbia), Vruja (Istria), Sara Tavares (Cape Verde), Radio Mundial (Portorico-USA), Ginger Leigh Band & Carolyn Wonderland (USA), Noa and Esta (Israel), Achanak (India-UK), Te Vaka (Polynesia-New Zealand), Farafina (Burkina Faso), Ska Cubano (Cuba) Baba Zula (Turkey), Pitura Freska, Mau Mau (Italy), Vizonto (Hungary), Fanfara Tirana (Albania), The Grande Mother Re:Invented (USA), Systema Solar (Columbia), along with several Dutch, Austrian, Spanish, German, Scottish, Irish, Swedish and Slovene folk musicians. The programme in 2011 presented the Roma singer Esma Redžepova (Macedonija) and the group At First Light (Irland). The concerts have been covered also by Italian RAI and the Swiss TV.

Venues

The events in Koper-Capodistria usually take place at the Titov trg Square, the Carpacciov trg Square, in the lapidarium of the Koper Regional Museum and at the Summer Gardens of the Italian Community in Koper-Capodistria and Hrvatini. The programme is co-organised by the AIAS, Associazione Italiana Arte e Spettacolo, the Coastal Italian Self-Governing National Community Koper-Capodistria and the Municipality of Koper-Capodistria.