Theatres

Maribor Theatre Festival

30. 05. - 12. 06. 2022

Maribor

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Festival Borštnikovo srečanje

Slovenska 27 SI-2000, Maribor

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Every autumn since 1966, various Slovene theatres have met in Maribor at the Maribor Theatre Festival (its Slovene name being Borštnikovo srečanje), organised by and held at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. This most prestigious theatre event is the largest annual review of Slovene theatre production. The festival awards the Borštnik Ring, the highest accolade for theatre actors in Slovenia, further Borštnik Awards are bestowed for best achievements in directing, acting, and other categories.

To honour individual Borštnik Ring recipients, the festival launched a book series devoted to the work and lives of laureates in 2017.

History

The festival took place for the first time in 1966 under the name Slovene Drama Week and was re-named the Borštnik Meeting in 1972 (today its Slovene name is still Festival Borštnikovo srečanje, but it has come to be known as the Maribor Theatre Festival in English). Prior to 1990, the festival was also held in other Slovene towns; in the 1990s there were several unsuccessful attempts to move the festival from Maribor to Ljubljana. Until 1992, all professional Slovene theatres presented at least one production at the festival’s competition programme, with independent productions appearing only in the off-programme. Subsequently, the selection became more rigorous, including only the most representative theatre productions. The 1990s saw the protest of numerous independent theatre producers and makers, arguing that with the festival’s existing conceptually-closed orientation, it did not present the actual theatre production nor acknowledge the variety of aesthetics, poetics, approaches, and procedures.

On its 45th anniversary, the festival was reorganised and internationalised. In addition to the selected Slovene performances by repertory theatres from Maribor, Ljubljana, Nova Gorica, Celje, Kranj, Ptuj, Koper, and Trieste, as well as by a few independent theatre producers, the festival’s programme featured international performances. A special showcase selection addressed international professionals who also participated in debates and symposia.

Since 1994, the selector of the festival has a two-year mandate. The jury usually comprises four to five persons (critics, directors, writers, theorists, artists, etc.). The Borštnik Ring Award recipient is selected by a different jury.

The festival is named after Ignacij Borštnik (1858–1919), director, actor, playwright, translator and the founder of the Slovene artistic theatre. He was the first Slovene theatre director in the modern sense of the word and a master craftsman of the most demanding roles, especially from turn-of-the-century modernist realism.

Programme

Each year, around 10 new performances are presented in the selected competition programme of the Maribor Theatre Festival. These stagings compete for the following Borštnik Awards: best performance (Borštnik Grand Prix), best director, best actor, best young actor, other achievements (set design, costume design, lighting design, musical score, and other artistic categories), plus a special jury award. The award of the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia for the best performance in the previous season is also presented.

The accompanying non-competitive programme consists of interesting performances of the previous season, often created by a younger generation of authors, whose innovative approaches to creating performances challenge the established concepts and boundaries of theatre, as well as performances by as international artists and theatre houses.

The Maribor Theatre Festival also presents the annual production of the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) and has recently started running an international student programme.

International symposia and conferences

Each year the festival cooperates closely with the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia in the organisation of conferences, symposia, round tables, workshops, seminars and talks, dedicated to relevant topics, such as festival production, criticism, dramaturgy, archiving, intercultural exchange, etc. The festival has also hosted several international symposia and conferences, which were prepared with international partners, such as the International Theatre Institute (ITI) or the international network of theatre critics AICT/IATC.

E-xhibitions

Digital collections (photo galleries) presenting outstanding authors (e.g., actors who won the Borštnik Ring Award) were compiled by the Slovenian Theatre Institute in collaboration with the institute Novi zato., Prodok teater TV, Slovene theatre houses and regional archives. Further digital galleries present some of the recent Grand Prix performances, referential documentary photos, video and audio excerpts which are accessible to the wider public on the Sigledal.org – Slovene theatre portal.

Contemporary European Drama book collection

To bridge the gap to the international space and open communication with it, the festival has devoted special attention to the playwriting and theatre of a selected country. To this purpose, the Contemporary European Drama book collection was launched in 2011, which brought translations of contemporary plays written by authors coming from Finland, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Holland, Spain and Slovakia.

Literature

Translation Pranger Festival

5. 07. - 9. 07. 2022

Maribor

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Prevodni Pranger

Ulica heroja Tomšiča 9 A SI-2000, Maribor

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The first edition of the Translation Pranger Festival, the festival of world literature translations and humanities took place in Maribor in 2019. KUD Pranger Cultural Association established Translation Pranger Festival in accordance with the already established Pranger format.

Festival consists of analysis and evaluation public talks on translations of novels, short stories, children’s and youth literature, essays, dramatics, theory and poetry, which is complemented by the sale of interesting books and the recording and transcription of talks. Conversations is followed by relaxed socializing and discussion among participants.

Talks are held at the Maribor Puppet Theater. The first edition of the festival was prepared on the day of the death of St. Hieronymus, the translator best known for the Latin translation of the Bible.

Programme

Face to face (Iz oči v oči)

The management of the festival chooses one foreign language and a selector who will conduct the interview concerning two books or a magazine / radio publication of the translator in the focus of the evening. The choice of the selector is on its own discretion, but must take into account the manageability of the material in scope (especially for the audience who desires to read the material before the event). The choice and argumentation of translation solutions is commented upon by the invited discussant. The selector and discussant explain “face-to-face” their opinions to the translator of the translation, who has the opportunity to explain and reveal at his translation workshop less known facts or textual solutions that the discussant and selector may have interpreted in their own way.

Theatres

Minoriti Open Air Cinema

10. 07. - 23. 08. 2021

Maribor

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Letni kino Minoriti

Vojašniški trg 2A SI-2000 , Maribor

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The Minoriti Open Air Cinema is an annual summer film event, established in 2017, focusing on the best films of the year in the field of art cinema, documentaries, Slovenian film, film premieres and short films. It takes place at the open air auditorium of the Maribor Puppet Theatre in Maribor during July and August, usually every Saturday and Wednesday evening. The event instantly became popular and is attracting around 4,000 visitors every year. Half of the programme is usually screened with English subtitles or in English language.

Background

The Minoriti Open Air Cinema is a successor of the Udarnik na prostem open air cinema, which was organised between 2010 and 2014 at Vetrinjski dvor by the team that ran Kino Udarnik at the time.

After Kino Udarnik, the last old city cinema in the centre of Maribor, had to close because of the lack of financial support, the team around the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor continued the initiative in order to show the best films of the year to the inhabitants and visitors of Maribor at least during summer. It joined forces with the public institution Maribor Puppet Theatre, which provides the wonderful venue of the Minoriti auditorium, and the private company Projektor, d.o.o., which provides the screening and ticketing technology, to organise a two-month film event. The trio was joined by a local gastronomy provider and music events organiser Kooperativa Peron to care for the bar and additional events.

Programme

From the beginning of July till the end of August, the best films of the year are screened each Saturday and Wednesday evening. The programme includes international festival award winners, the best Slovenian films of the year, the most notable documentaries and animation features and premieres of the most expected films of the summer.

Accompanying programme

The long feature film programme is accompanied by short films provided by international film festivals in the region, such as Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival, Enimation, International Children and Youth Film Festival, Stoptrik International Film Festival and FeKK Ljubljana Short Film Festival. The screenings of Slovenian films are usually visited by authors, with talks and discussions organised after the films. The film programme is also accompanied by music events and exhibitions at a nearby Minorite Church venue.

Theatres

Summer Puppet Pier Festival

1. 08. - 31. 08. 2021

Maribor

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Poletni lutkovni pristan - mednarodni lutkovni festival, Maribor

Vojašniški trg 2 SI-2000, Maribor

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Launched in 1990, the annual Summer Puppet Pier – International Puppetry Festival, Maribor offers a review of recent Slovene puppet creativity activity alongside many foreign performances for both children and adults. The Summer Pier Festival collaborates with several other Slovene puppetry producers and promoters.

The festival has invited performers from Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Israel, and even as far away as Iran, Taiwan, China, Brazil, and Japan.

Since 2019 the best performance selected by the children’s jury receives the Golden Giraffe Award.

Venues

The festival used to take place first at Lent, in the Atrium of Maribor Castle or Astoria garden and at the Rotovški Square, however in 2010 it has moved with the Maribor Puppet Theatre into a renovated Minorite building at Lent.

Performances had often toured also to Ptuj, Lenart, Celje, Medvode, Nova Gorica, Ljubljana, Lendava and to the Coast; Slovene productions have also toured to Austria (Carinthia and Styria).

Literature

Stories Today Festival

19. 03. - 25. 03. 2022

Maribor

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Pripovedovalski festival Pravljice danes

SI-2000, Maribor

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The successor of the Fairy Tale Marathon, which was conceived by writer and storyteller Anja Štefan and held for the first time in 1998, the Stories Today Festival hosts a wide array of Slovene and foreign storytellers who deliver tales hailing from the folklore of various peoples and regions. In doing so, they forefront the ancestral oral tradition and foster the art of narration.

It encompasses storytelling performances for children, storytelling evenings for adults, an open stage which provides an exciting opportunity to anyone wanting to try themselves at storytelling, and accompanying events.

At first the storytelling festival was organised by Cankarjev dom, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and the Association of Slovene Museums, later on it grew into a partnership of various cultural organisations such as Vodnik Homestead, Kinodvor Cinema, Slovenian Cinematheque, Pripovedovalski variete Cultural Association, the National and University Library, and the Global Institute Slovenia – an institute for global learning and development projects. Recently some festival events have been hosted also by Maribor Puppet Theatre, Maribor Public Library and Vetrinjski dvor in Maribor.

Multidisciplinary

Lent Festival

24. 06. - 2. 07. 2022

Maribor

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Festival Lent

Kneza Koclja 9 Si-2000, Maribor

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Established in 1993, the international Lent Festival is among the largest open-air festivals in Europe and the most massive festival of its kind in Slovenia. Each year it presents around 300 diverse cultural performances and events on different stages, including various styles of popular music, opera, rock, ballet, jazz, classical music, street theatre, chanson, folklore and revivalist folk, theatre, busking music, events for children, dance performances and musicals, workshops for children and also sport events. The festival is a cacophony of sounds and quantity, easy going festivities and smoky barbecues, but also an occasion for quality performances at more hidden intimate venues.

Lent Festival regularly attracts around 500,000 spectators, dispersed during the 3-week-long event at over 23 venues, improvised stages and re-purposed old spaces along the banks of the Drava River. The Festival is a member of the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) and the Association of Slovene Festivals (SloFA).

Programme

Among the internationally acclaimed musicians and domestic music groups which have performed at Lent are: Ray Charles, James Brown, B.B. King, Cesaria Evora, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Living Colour, Maceo Parker, the Alfredo Rodriguez Group (featuring Tata Guines), Brad Mehldau, Jesus Alemany, Sierra Maestra, Solomon Burke, Zlatko Kaučič Kombo, Bratko Bibič & The Madleys, Paquito D’Rivera, David Sanchez, and more.

The festival also includes the Maribor component of the Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival and stand-up comedy performances by Slovene and Croatian comedians, a section entitled Jazzlent and the vivid Folkart International Folklore Festival, Maribor from which Lent Festival itself actually evolved.

During recent years the Jazzlent stage has gained more attentive and consistent programming with attractive international and domestic musicians. The Jazzlent line-up for 2010 featured such highlights as Yuri Honing Wired Paradise (NL) and Abdourahmane Diop and the Griot Music Company (SN).

Picked from the list of hundreds of musicians, music groups, and bands the 2010 festival included Kaja Draksler Acropolis Quartet, Samo Šalamon Trio featuring Michel Godard, Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, Steve Swallow, James Blood Ulmer Trio Odyssey, Gangbé Brass Band, Fred Wesley & The New JB’s, Mahala Raï Banda, and Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra.

In 2010 a special exhibition entitled Re-start featuring photography by Borut Krajnc celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Slovene cult punk band Pankrti.

Venues

The majority of Lent Festival events are presented in the riverside area of old Maribor known as Lent, where the Main Stage (a floating stage on the water of the Drava river in the bay next to the Water Tower), others are staged at the ‘Večer’ Stage (sponsored by Večer Newspaper) in Lent, the Jazzlent Stage, the Jurček Stage (at Usnjarska ulica in Lent) and the Rotovž Stage, a tented venue located at Rotovž Square next to the Maribor Town Hall.

Main Stage

Seating: bleacher seating for c 2,200 spectators; performing area: 20m W x 20m D built on pontoons at the height of 3m on the Drava River, with optional extra stage 10m W x 6m D for orchestra or special guests; lighting and sound equipment: supplied according to needs; stage equipment: adaptable roof with installed sound and lighting system available for technically complex projects, space for mixing tables and operators; backstage: dressing rooms available on request

Večer Stage

Seating: 400 seats; performing area: 9m W x 8m D x 1.25m H with semi-elliptical canopy; lighting and sound equipment: supplied according to needs; backstage: dressing rooms available on request

Jazzlent Stage

Seating: 200 seats, 150 on bleacher rake; seating: 200 seats (150 in bleacher rake); performing area: 9m W x 10m D with semi-elliptical canopy; lighting and sound equipment: supplied according to needs; backstage: dressing rooms available.

Jurček Stage

Seating: 400 seats; performing area: 3m W x 3m D with canopy; lighting and sound equipment: supplied according to needs; backstage: dressing rooms available

Rotovž Stage

Seating: 660 seats, including 300 removable and 360 on bleacher rake; performing area: 15m x 15m x 6m H; lighting and sound equipment: supplied according to needs; backstage: dressing rooms available.

Film

DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival

15. 09. - 18. 09. 2022

Maribor

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DOKUDOC mednarodni festival dokumentarnega filma

Gregorčičeva 26 SI-2000 , Maribor

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DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival is a mostly Slovenian documentary focused festival, established in 2012. The main venue is the so called Judgement Tower, an old tower from 14th century, located in the city centre, just along the Drava river. Other occasional venues are the Gustaf Hall, Pekarna, Vetrinjski dvor, and (the now defunct) Kino Udarnik Maribor. The call for eligible films is usually open from May till August.

Background

The DOKUDOC festival was initially set up as a showcase of contemporary Slovene documentary film, first organised in 2012 under the auspices of the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 programme. In 2014 it changed name and broadened its focus, becoming the DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival. The festival is organised by Mitra, an assocation for development of audiovisual culture and intercultural dialogue.

Programme

It still primarily focuses on fresh Slovene documentary production, yet also screens various international productions. It features workshops and live discussions with film makers, and bestows lifetime achievement awards to documentary authors.

International activities

It has collaborated with several international documentary festivals from the region, such as the International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava (CZ), MakeDox (MK) and Beldocs (SRB).

Cultural Centres

GT22

Maribor

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GT22

Glavni trg 22 2000, Maribor

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GT22 was established in 2012 as a research, education and production platform that connects creativity, arts and sports. The seat of the “Transnational Guerilla Art School”, this so-called inter(trans)disciplinary laboratory hosts a variety of creative spaces, from a hack-lab and a gallery to a skatepark, theatre stage, darkroom and cinema. It operates as an open community, inviting a wide circle of users to participate and integrating its activities within the capacities and needs of its urban environment.

The venue, led by the Institute Foundation Sonda, operates in collaboration with a number of various Maribor-based cultural producers and is under the patronage of the Oset-Puppis family.

Background

GT22 is spaced throughout an early 20th-century house located in the city centre of Maribor. While its first owner, a wealthy merchant Mihael Oset, charged his heirs to foster arts and culture in it, the house has a slightly more varied history. It has been a night club, a museum, and – back in the 1980s – a theatre space used by Tomaž Pandur. It has also functioned as a factory, a clothing store and a warehouse.

In 2012, after some time of non-use, the owners of the house offered it for the purposes of the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 (ECoC) programme. At that time, it was also noticed by Miha Horvat of the Son:DA art tandem, who proposed to the people at ECoC to use this house as an exhibition venue for a collaboration between the Transnational Guerilla Art School and the Graz gallery < rotor >.

After 2012, the house was offered free of charge to the Institute Foundation Sonda, who now runs it in collaboration with several arts and culture organisations, collectives and individuals under the name GT22 (the name comes from its address, Glavni trg 22).

Capacity and activities

Having some more than a 1,000 square meters at its disposal, GT22 integrates a wide variety of activities. Currently, its spaces are occupied by a net radio in the becoming (YoureUp radio); a skatepark, an experimental theatre group at the Intimate Stage, GT22; a photography museum (exhibiting a part of the legacy of the local photographer Dragiša Modrinjak, which consists of more than 10,000 exhibit pieces); a hack-lab (Post-Art-Lab-Maribor); four galleries (BlackBox, Street Gallery Židovska, Avla.GT22 and Studio 12:22); the CGU Printmaking Art Centre; a theatre group of people with disabilities; a photography darkroom, called Mišnica; the Intimate Cinema, GT22, operated by a crew that works on developing the regional movie culture and some more groups and individuals.

The basement of the building, an ex-nightclub, was transformed into the Intimate Stage, a small theatre space featuring the programme of the Moment Arts and Culture Association. At least 3 times a month it also transforms into the Intimate Cinema, GT22 to host film screenings and talks. Some of the institutions or organisations collaborating in the aforementioned projects are also the Association for Film Culture Development, Maribor, CGU Printmaking Art Centre, Kombajn, Maribor Is The Future podcast and several others. GT22 also actively connects with other institutions and initiatives from outside Maribor and researches the setting up of new frames for education and production of arts and culture.

Among the particular projects that have taken place at GT22, notable is the collaboration with the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art. Called MADE IN GT22, it is a group photo exhibition consisting of different photographers who have exhibited in the GT22. Amongst the earlier projects, were also workshops on various aspects of street art, on clothing design, and on the various tactics of contemporary art.

As of 2015, various parts of GT22 are used as venues of the Lent Festival programme. The Festival Performa & Platforma is partly stationed here.

Libraries

Maribor Public Library

Maribor

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Mariborska knjižnica

Rotovški trg 2 2000, Maribor

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Established in 1949, the Maribor Public Library functions as the regional library for the Podravje Region. Its main founder was the Municipality of Maribor while other municipalities were co-founders (Duplek, Hoče-Slivnica, Miklavž na Dravskem polju, Rače-Fram, Starše) or partners (Kungota, Lovrenc na Pohorju, Pesnica, Ruše, Selnica ob Dravi, Šentilj).

The Maribor Public Library manages a network of 18 branches and a mobile library service. The library is committed to offering its users access to information, education and culture in the broadest possible sense. Comprising the main unit and its branches are several departments and collections, for example, a toy collection, a sheet music collection, music and video collections, as well as audio book and large print book collections. In an effort to reach all its members, the library provides home and hospital library services to individuals unable to visit the library in person.

The plans for the Maribor Public Library renovation have been withheld for a long period of time, and several public demands were addressed to its proprietor, the Municipality of Maribor.

Events programme

Library-goers of all ages can take part in a number of events and activities organised by the library, such as literary evenings, book clubs, exhibitions, lectures, and story-telling hours. Elderly users can choose among educational courses and monthly meetings with lectures, while a lifelong learning point is also located in two of the library’s units.

For a number of years now, Maribor Public Library organises an annual festival of fairy-tales and story-telling, which offers a variety of activities and performances, including an educational course in the art of story-telling. The library is open to the development of new activities and welcomes cooperation with similar institutions in Slovenia as well as abroad.

A Child and a Book publication

The library publishes Otrok in knjiga [A Child and a Book], an internationally-acclaimed journal dedicated exclusively to youth literature.

Archives

Regional Archives Maribor

Maribor

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Pokrajinski arhiv Maribor

Glavni trg 7 2000, Maribor

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Founded in 1933, the Regional Archives Maribor collect and keep the archives of organisations and institutions in the Maribor region. Building special databases, exchanging experience in archival preservation and developing e-archives are major areas of interest. Since 2002 the institution has organised a traditional international conference Technical and Field related Problems of Classical and Electronic Archiving.

History

The public archives in Maribor were first formally established in 1933, when the Regulation on County Archives Maribor was adopted and the archives were established as a public institution. The region of former Slovenian Styria and parts of Koroška and Prekmurje were covered. Between 1941 and 1951 the archives ceased to operate and were incorporated into the museum of Maribor. They were established again in 1952 with the official name State Archives of the People’s Republic of Slovenia – branch office Maribor, which was renamed in 1963 to its current name.

Archival records

The Regional Archives Maribor house documents dating from 1246 to 1865, including 43 charters related to the Jews and various thematic collections. Among the records are those of manors and estates (Fala, Bistrica Castle, Konjice-Oplotnica-Žiče) since the 15th century; records of monastic orders (Studenice, the Carthusian monastery in Žiče) since the 17th century; continuous records of the towns of Maribor and Slovenj Gradec and the market of Ljutomer since the 19th century (some parts even older); and the records of state administrative offices, courts, companies, banks, economic associations and institutions since the middle of the 19th century.

Holdings from the 20th century include a collection of records on the revolutionary events in Slovene Styria in 1918-1919; records of municipalities, mostly since 1918; Evangelical Seniority and Evangelical Parish Records of Maribor; records of governmental, county, district, town and municipal people’s committees and other political organisations from the period since World War II.

Private records of Slovene-Styrian historians (F. Baš, F. Kovačič, M. Slekovec, J. Mravljak, E. Pertl, F. Mlinarik), scientists (K. Štrukelj), politicians (M. Ploj, F. Rosina, J. Černec, J. Vošnjak), writers (D. Trstenjak), composers (Hugo Wolf) and others are also included.

The Library of the Regional Archives Maribor has over 15,000 volumes in the field of national, regional and local history, archival science and other historical complementary sciences.

The Regional Archives’s remit includes the following state administrative units (territorial divisions other than municipalities used in state governance): Dravograd, Gornja Radgona, Lenart, Lendava, Ljutomer, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Pesnica, Radlje ob Dravi, Ravne na Koroškem, Ruše, Slovenj Gradec and Slovenska Bistrica. The Regional Archives Maribor have two dislocated units, one in Ravne na Koroškem (Carinthia region) and the other in Murska Sobota (Prekmurje region).

Ravne na Koroškem Unit

It was first incorporated in the former Study Library in Ravne na Koroškem. The Regional Archives Maribor reopened its own unit in 2004 in the renovated basement of the town administrative center Čečovje in which a storehouse, a reading room, an office and an exhibition space are situated.

In the sheds of the Carinthian unit is enough room for several hundred metres of archival material. Priority is given to documents from the economic, social and cultural life of the twelve municipalities of Carinthia. Among other collections there are funds from Ravne Ironwork’s factory, Fecra Slovenj Gradec, the Economic Chamber of Carinthia from Dravograd, the municipalities of Ravne, etc.

Programme

Besides safeguarding the archival fund, professional archival activities include the arrangement, description, and protection of the its contents. Areas of research include archival science, historiography, information science, and other related human sciences.

The Regional Archives Maribor organise international research camps on the Slovene-Hungarian border and exhibit selected archival records. An international professional meeting is organised annually at Radenci.

There are various education activities organised throughout the year. Special emphasis is given to professional training of the broader public in the field of archival protection and preservation. Training and lectures are provided for scholars, students, and other users.

Exhibitions

Each year, several thematic exhibitions are held in the exhibition spaces of the archive. For example, Hidromontaža Maribor over time: Archival Material of the Maribor Economy in the Regional Archives Maribor (2009); Female Dominican Monastery in Studenice through History from 1245-1782 (2006); 30 Volumes of Documents on the History of Maribor (2005).

Publishing

The Regional Archives Maribor carries out a rich assortment of publishing activities. Three scientific publications Inventarji [Inventories]; Studia archivistica et informatica; Viri [Sources].

Conference proceedings from the meeting on Tehnični in vsebinski problemi klasičnega in elektronskega arhiviranja [Technical and Contextual Problems of Classical and Electronic Archiving ] are published in the original language of the author (for example, Bosnian, Croatian, German, Italian, Serbian, or Slovenian) with abstracts and summaries usually available in English and/or Slovenian. Papers from the conferences from 2005 to 2008 are available online in pdf format.

The archives also publish catalogues of their exhibitions and other publications on the topics of archiving, cultural heritage, preservation and history.

International cooperation

The Regional Archives organise an annual international meeting for archivists in Radenci, dedicated to the topic Technical and Field Related Problems of Classical and Electronic Archiving: Supplementary Education in the Fields of Archivistics, Documentalistics and Informatics. In March 2009, the 3-day programme was divided into four working sessions, which were devoted respectively to: archival theory, archival practice, conservation of archives, and information technology. Papers of speakers from Slovenia, as well as from Central and Eastern Europe: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Kosovo, Romania, and Serbia, are published in the conference proceedings.

In addition, two employees of the Archives are members of the ICA Committee on Archival Buildings and Equipment and one is a member of the ICA Committee on Electronic and other Current Records.

The Regional Archives Maribor also take part in the European project EuropeanaLocal.

Venues

The library serves professionals of the archives sector as well as visitors to the reading room. The library catalogue is also available through the Slovene Virtual Library, COBISS.

There are also two exhibition spaces: Archivum is 66 square metres with 30 linear metres of wall space, while Hades is 42 square metres with 18 linear metres of wall space.