Mini Theatre

Ljubljana

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Mini Teater

Križevniška ul. 1 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Founded in 1999 by the actor and puppeteer Robert Waltl and director Ivica Buljan, Mini Theatre is an award-winning repertory theatre engaged in post-dramatic theatre and theatre for the young. The company runs a theatre hall at Križevniška ulica 1 in the old city centre of Ljubljana, which opened in 2009.

Mini Theatre annually organises the Mini Summer – International Festival for Children and since 2005 the Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music.

Programme

Mini Theatre’s basic orientation is the production of high-quality puppet and theatre performances that are attractive to wider audiences but at the same time break with the traditional boundaries of theatre. In creating its programme, the theatre engages in fruitful collaborations with artists from different artistic environments as well as with domestic and international co-producers and strives towards a theatre of experimentation to develop more demanding theatrical formats.

Mini Theatre has co-produced performances with Slovenian institutes, such as the Prešeren Theatre Kranj, the Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Cankarjev dom, Ptuj City Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, etc., and participated in international partnerships with Zagreb New Theatre, Art Workshop Lazareti Dubrovnik, Zagreb Youth Theatre, Zadar Snova Festival, Teatar ITD, Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc Rijeka, Theaterhaus Berlin. It regularly performs in major Slovene theatre festivals and has received several awards at the Borštnik Theatre Festival and the Slovene Puppetry Biennial as well as from the Slovenian Association of Dramatic Artists.

Mini Theatre is a partner in the Transferzala project, a combined season ticket for six independent Ljubljana theatres: besides Mini Theatre, also Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Španski borci Culture Centre, Stara Elektrarna – Old Power Station, Glej Theatre and Vodnik Homestead.

Mini Theatre’s venue at Križevniška ulica 1 also hosts performances of other producers, concerts and exhibitions. Its adaptation was supported by a grant from Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism and the Norway Financial Mechanism. Since 2013, the programme of the Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana takes place at the Križevniška 1.

Puppetry

Mini Theatre offers a wide programme of puppet performances, ranging from adaptations of original texts to hybrid performances intertwining traditional puppetry with visual arts, story-telling, dance, etc. Aiming to bring modern visuality and contents to the sphere of puppetry, Mini Theatre collaborates with acclaimed as well as emerging theatre directors, such as Alexander Anurov, Aleksei Leliavski, Pavel Polak, Marek Becka, etc. The programme for the young dedicates special attention to innovative educational projects. The co-production Thumbelina, created by the theatre’s art director Robert Waltl in collaboration with Tadej Fius and Darij Kreuh, is the first virtual puppet performance in the world, a combination of computer animation and puppet performance presented in the virtual computer environment. The theatre’s puppet programme has a strong local and international presence.

Between 2009 and 2015, Mini Theatre was a part of the international Puppet Nomad Academy, a Creative Europe-funded project aimed at connecting the great masters of puppetry with young aspiring puppeteers to foster innovation and creativity in the area of puppetry and promote intercultural dialogue. The initiative connected puppeteers from Armenia, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Belgium.

Post-dramatic theatre

The theatre is also actively engaged in promoting contemporary drama texts for adults through the production of contemporary post-dramatic performances for adults and youth, working with Slovene and international stage directors and actors, such as Robert Waltl, Ivica Buljan, Philippe Calvario, Jaka Ivanc, Primož Ekart, etc. Next to establishing new approaches in directing and always in search of the subversive potentials of art, Mini Theatre explores new forms of theatre, monodrama, performance art, physical theatre, live readings of texts, political and theoretical discourse, contextualising these new forms through the lens of post-dramatic theatre.

Festivals

Mini Theatre organises the Mini Summer – International Festival for Children and the annual Festival of Medieval and Renaissance Music, in co-operation with the Festival Ljubljana, which takes place at Ljubljana Castle and other open-air locations across Ljubljana.

Since 2015, Mini Theatre co-organises together with the Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana and the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival Association the House of Tolerance Festival, intended to spread the idea and awareness of the importance of tolerance and offering an international film programme, exhibitions and so-called educational mornings with lectures, talks and discussions.

Zala Gallery

Ljubljana

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Galerija Zala

Gosposka 7 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Established in 1991 and located in the Ljubljana old town, Zala Gallery is a commercial gallery which sells works by Slovene painters, ranging from Impressionists (Rihard Jakopič, Matija Jama, Ivan Grohar, and Matej Sternen) through modernists (Gabrijel Stupica, Avgust Černigoj, Lojze Spacal, Zoran Mušič) to the representatives of the young generation. Zala Gallery combines its commercial activities with research, focused on the artistic heritage that is privately owned, often hidden from the public and undocumented in public institutions. The gallery also offers expert evaluation and counselling on purchasing the artworks.

Programme

Zala Gallery runs a regular exhibition programme striving to present the rarely seen artworks of the most important Slovene painters from private collections. In summer 2010 it presented the painting of the month: Girl with the Bouquet III [Deklica s šopkom III] of Gabrijel Stupica (1913–1990) that after years of being in some collections in the USA returned to Slovenia.

The gallery prepares also exhibitions that tour internationally and has recently presented the Zoran Mušič’s works from the private collections in Belgrade, London and Vienna.

Every year the gallery organises a charity auction at the Rotary Club dance and issues a calendar with reproductions of art works.

The New Post Office

Ljubljana

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Nova pošta

Robbova ulica 15 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The New Post Office is the name of both a venue and a project conceived and operated jointly by the Maska Institute and Mladinsko Theatre. Located since 2017 in the premises of a former post office a short step away from the main Mladinsko building, it provides space for smaller-scale theatre performances, talks, workshops and festivals devised by the two organisations separately or in collaboration, with the express aim of exploring contemporary political and social themes through performance, dialogue and confrontation.

Background

Emerging from an idea, advanced by directors Sebastijan Horvat and Žiga Divjak, for a new use for the site, The New Post Office began (and has continued) as a nimbler way of working, as the fairly rigid frameworks (premieres, specific rehearsal periods and the like) that govern most theatres and theatre companies could largely be dispensed with.

Work

Despite the setback to the project caused by Maska’s temporary loss of state programme funding, the two organisations managed to stage a total of 38 events in the first year. Highlights after the first season include performances of 6, which also enjoyed subsequent festival appearances in Hungary and Croatia and won the Borštnik Grand Prix the Maribor Theatre Festival in 2018. It is a hard-hitting play about asylum seekers in Slovenia, a theme followed up in 2020’s Gejm (The Game), whose text is based on testimonies from the Border Violence Monitoring Network database. Other highlights include a short cycle of films by controversial German director Christoph Schlingensief, a short season of plays in 2018 by rising star Simona Semenič, with two performances in English at Stara Elektrarna, and the Performance Festival and Sex and Theatre Festival in 2019.

Tanja Pak Glass Design

Ljubljana

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Galerija Glesia

Prečna ulica 6 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Established in 2005, the Tanja Pak Glass Design gallery and studio space was originally named as Glesia Gallery. It is devoted to promoting glass as a medium of expression and raising awareness of its aesthetic value.

It permanently features the works of its owner Tanja Pak, renowned Slovenian high-end glass designer and artist who has, among others, received the international Red Dot Honorable Mention Design Award (2008 and 2009), the National Design Award (2011) and the Arte Laguna Prize (2019).

During its first years the Glesia Gallery occasionally hosted also other established sculptors who work in other materials and exhibits their glass art.

Stripartnica Buch

Ljubljana

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Stripartnica Buch

Cesta v Mestni log 55 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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Opened in February 2004 at Murgle Shopping Centre, Ljubljana’s first store for comic books focuses on comics from the former Yugoslavia by publishers such as Marketprint, Bookglobe, Strip Agent, Systemcomics and Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana. Stripartnica Buch purchases around 800 titles annually, the new monthly incoming titles are regularly published on the website. The bookstore also carries a subscription to the Serbian magazine Stripoteka, along with products from publishing houses across Europe and the United States. Second hand comics are also sold here.

Publishing

Occasionally Stripartnica also publishes special editions such as the Slovene version of Tomaž Lavrič’s Le Serment from the Decalogue series, originally published in French by Glénat éditions. Buch has also re-released the legendary comic book collection by well known Slovene author Miki Muster. Buch also published specialized integral version of famous Slovene comic book Hardfuckers by Zoran Smiljanić.

Steklenik Gallery

Ljubljana

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Galerija Steklenik

Cesta 27. aprila 2 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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In 2018 the Cona Institute started a guest programme at the Steklenik Gallery, a gallery for sound, bioacoustics and art that hosts up to 7 exhibitions a year. It is located at the Tivoli Greenhouse and developed in partnership with the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana.

Steklenik Gallery is the gallery for sound bioacoustics and art. It represents art works that link artistic and scientific practices through sound exploration of nature and the environment. Works of art include bioacoustics, sound ecology, sound landscape, sound art, etc. They are intended for curious audiences who are interested in combining botany sightseeing in a Greenhouse with listening to current artwork from the Greenhouse programme.

Gallery addresses audiences who are interested in how space, the environment, nature and its entities coexist in integrated ecosystems. Curators explore the perception and understanding of these phenomena and how they are formed through sound and listening. Listening to this kind of artwork in a space dedicated to the study of plants enriches the experience and enables the connection between nature and art.

Slovanska Library

Ljubljana

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Slovanska knjižnica

Einspielerjeva 1 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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Slovanska Library specialises in the humanities (literary science, linguistics, history, philosophy, art history, ethnology, theology and sociology). It offers a broad range of literature in Slovene and other Slavic languages as well as periodic publications (145,000 items, 3,500 freely accessible). The library supports research and study activities and fosters bibliographical and documentary work as well as development in the information and communication field. It is one of the most popular libraries in Slovenia which specialises in humanities, culture and local studies.

Established in 1946 as the Ljubljana Study Library, the Slovanska Library was initially funded by and accommodated within the City Library (1901) at Turjak Mansion in central Ljubljana. In 2000 the Library was relocated to brand new premises comprising a large reading room, a newspaper reading room, a computer reading room, a department for local documentation and bibliography (housing precious old material about the city of Ljubljana) and a multi-purpose hall. Since 2008 the Slovanska Library comprises one of the branches of the Ljubljana City Library.

The library engages in the exchange of publications with libraries of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Russia, Bulgaria, and some other Slav countries, as well as with Austria and the United Kingdom.

Slovanska Library organises monthly thematic exhibitions, weekly presentations of new publications, book readings and other events (for example Continuous Reading of Cervantes’s Don Quixote, which was organised in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy). Since 2005 it has also organised the debate evening Philologos with the Logos Cultural Society (KUD Logos).

Sanje Bookshop

Ljubljana

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Knjigarna Sanje

Trubarjeva 29 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Sanje Publishing House runs three bookshops, the largest of which is the House of Dreaming Books, located on Trubarjeva Ulica in Ljubljana city centre. Two more outlets are also located in Ljubljana: one at the publishing house headquarters and the other in the building of the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre.

The House of Dreaming Books offers a wide selection of literature published by Sanje Publishing House, audio CDs, literature for children, young adults and adults, travel guides, DVD films as well as books published by foreign publishers. Books available at their bookshops can also be purchased online at their website. The bookshops are also used as a venue for various literary and cultural events.

The Sanje Bookshop Zvezdica Zaspanka (Little Sleepy Star), which was founded together with the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, specialises in children’s literature and regularly hosts fairy tale hours.

Ravnikar Gallery Space

Ljubljana

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Galerijski prostor RAVNIKAR

Levstikova ulica 3 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Ravnikar Gallery Space or R-Space is a contemporary art gallery located in the very centre of Ljubljana. The R – Space was founded in 2017 by Piera Ravnikar who actively contributed to the contemporary and urban culture for the past 15 years, engaged in the vigorous initial team of Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture and its DobraVaga Gallery.

From the very beginning, R-Space has focused on contemporary, current art production of authors of the (youngest and middle) generation, creating and encouraging the development of active presentation, promotion and distribution of contemporary fine arts, both at home and in the wider international environment.

Activities

R-Space offers free mentorships organised jointly with the Centre for Creativity and free artistic residencies under the Rijeka European Capital of Culture 2020 programme. It is also building an online archive of the mapping of young Slovenian art production.

On the basis of this archive, the gallery published the publication Personal Outsides. It is a powerful portrait of the contemporary art scene in Ljubljana, featuring interviews with 18 of Slovenia’s brightest emerging visual artists. Curated by Ravnikar Gallery Space, this book is a celebration of the thriving community built on two things: creativity and the city.

Ravnikar Gallery Space has also created the E61 platform, which connects Slovenian and Croatian art production with European creative centres, in order to strengthen mutual cooperation within the region.

Osmo/za

Ljubljana

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osmo/za

Slovenska 54 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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Osmo/za is a collaborative space on the 8th floor of the 1960s’ Avtotehna skyscraper at Slovenska 54 in the very centre of Ljubljana. It was set up in 2017 by a consortium of three NGO art/cultural producers with a rich and varied history: Ljudmila, which engages in the development and popularisation of open culture, free licences and software, and in new ways of data distribution; Delak Institute, a production house exploring post-gravity art and outlining a path for space culturalisation; and Projekt Atol Institute, whose activities range from art production to scientific research and technological prototype development and production.