Theatres

Minoriti Open Air Cinema

9. 07. - 20. 08. 2022

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.

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.

Minorite Church, Maribor

Maribor

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Minoritska cerkev

Vojašniški trg 2 SI-2000 , Maribor

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The Minorite Church, Maribor is a recently established performing arts venue that opened its doors in 2015. Set on the banks of the Drava River in Maribor, in the city’s medieval quarter called Lent, the former church was given a thorough renovation between the years 2013 and 2015. Since then it is used for a variety of cultural events, from classical music and contemporary choir concerts to puppet theatre plays, dance performances, lectures and various exhibitions.

The venue is managed by the Maribor Puppet Theatre, which is since 2010 located in the adjacent former Minorite Convent (also recently reconstructed). Allowing for an audience of approximately 300, the refurbishment of the church as well as the convent has been designed by ATELIERarhitekti.

History

During the reconstruction, the archaeologists discovered that the church was actually quite a bit older (ca. 300 hundred years) than previously presumed. It is now dated to be built sometime in the 12th century on the site that furthermore boasts a far longer history. Some of its Romanesque era foundations (from the time when it was the biggest church in the region) can still be seen, as can its later Gothic permutation that featured the oldest known Gothic portal in Slovenia.

Since then, the church has gone through a series of further changes and “baroquitizations” up until 1784, when it was – under the Josephine reforms – claimed by the army as its barracks and warehouse space. In the 20th century, the building got nationalised and used for storage until left unoccupied in 1990. It remained empty right until its remodelling into an art venue.

The KleT exhibition grounds

As the renovation unearthed a number of artefacts and old tombs beneath the church grounds were discovered, an additional basement floor was added. One can enter it through the convent and there witness the three main layers of the church’s architectural history – its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque features. The crypts and some other remains are also exhibited.

Performing arts venue

Even before 2015, the place served as an occasional venue for alternative scene stage performances during the period when the SNG Maribor was led by Tomaž Pandur, e.g., a vanguard interpretation of the Wedekind’s Lulu directed by Eduard Miler in 1990. Additionally, it was occasionally used for various other occasions such as the Lent Festival, which immediately started to use it again.

The grand opening of the Minorite Church was organised under the auspices of the Festival Maribor in September 2015, with the Egyptian oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros giving the new venue’s baptismal performance. The festival is still running a part of its programme here, with the cellist Nicolas Altstaedt hosted in 2016. The church is also used by the contemporary choral music festival Janus Festival, the Contemporary dance Platform festival, the Maribor Music and Ballet Secondary Conservatory, the famed choir Carmina Slovenica and naturally also the Maribor Puppet Theatre. The latter, for example, utilised it for its site-specific puppet show Pirat in luna, a shadow puppet play by Tin Grabnar. Nevertheless, the core of events shall remain of a more musical nature.

Stolp Photogallery

Maribor

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Fotogalerija Stolp

Židovska 6 SI-2000 , Maribor

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Housed in a 16th-century Jewish Tower in the city of Maribor, Stolp Photogallery was established by Photoclub Maribor as its club exhibition space in 1989.

It annually hosts up to 12 exhibitions of acclaimed or upcoming young Slovene and foreign photographers. Its programme contains mostly solo exhibitions of Slovene artists such as Andrej Furlan, Marko Lipuš, Borut Peterlin, Tomaž Lunder, Matjaž Wenzel, Matjaž Krivic, Branimir Ritonja, Bogo Čerin, Tanja Verlak, Tomaž Gregorič, Matej Sitar, Stojan Kerbler, Bojan Radovič, Andrej Lamut and Sandra Použun as well as artists from abroad: Roberto Kusterle (IT), Orna Lutski (IL), Imre Szabo (RS), Osman Demiri (AL), Christop Grill (AT), Sergiy Lebedynskyy (UA), and many others. A part of the presented artists in chosen by way of an open call, published on the galleries website.

Once a year the group exhibition of the Photoclub members is featured. Further group exhibitions are usually dedicated to artists of other Slovene regions or other countries. It is also one of the venues for the Festival of Photography Maribor.

Collection

The gallery houses a changing permanent collection of photographic works by many great names of Slovene photography, including the unique exhibition Photographs by the Maribor Circle from the early 1970s, which was a milestone in Slovene photography.

Media Nox Gallery

Maribor

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Galerija Media Nox

Židovska 12 SI-2000 , Maribor

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Media Nox Gallery originated as Galerija 88, the first alternative gallery and civil society movement venue in Maribor. Established in 1988 at Orožnova Street, Galerija 88 later became part of the MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre and was renamed Media Nox in 1998. In 2000 it moved with MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre to new facilities at Židovska ulica 12.

Media Nox Gallery seeks to showcase the development of new artistic scenes. It presents work of various media, including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and design, mostly through group exhibitions by young emerging artists, theme-related exhibitions, and exchange exhibitions (such as the Maribor/Graz exchange with Austria). It also serves as a venue for lectures, literary events, concerts, and screenings organised by MKC Maribor in cooperation with various cultural organisations.

In the previous years the programme has included an installation by Tacita Dean, sculpture by Franc Purg, jewellery by Lara Bohinc 107, photography by Luciano Kleva, and recent work by Belgrade cartoonists. Recently the gallery has focused on presenting emerging artists including the students of the Faculty of Education, University of Maribor and curated by Mario Berdič.

They also run an Online Shop selling art works from young artist in order to financially help them.

Background

At the end of 2020, it will celebrate its 30th anniversary. Its programmatic and spatial predecessor was Gallery 88. Media Nox, which means midnight in Latin, was the name Nadja Čobal came up with. She was the original creator of the new program design of the Media Nox Gallery. In the first year of its operation, a series of exhibitions were organized by students of the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts and Design, especially postgraduate students, members of the generation that will create the Slovenian art scene in the future (S. Grajfoner, D. Golija, etc.). The initiator’s primary focus was to present as many talented young artists as possible from different backgrounds but also to expose o the public young Maribor artists.

In 1996, together with MKC Maribor Youth Culture Centre, the gallery had to move out of Orožnova Street, and by 2000 it had existed as an online gallery. Since November 2000 has a new gallery space in the Jewish Street. The first exhibition to open new premises was the exhibition of the Maribor Faculty of Pedagogy Department of Pedagogy of Art. The gallery also followed its original goal at the new location, presenting quality local and foreign young artists. In terms of content, it also focused on intermedia exhibitions, digital projects and performances.

Maribox

Maribor

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Maribox

Loška cesta 13 SI-2000, Maribor

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Maribox film screening centre opened in 2017 in former Kolosej Maribor multi-cinema building on the left bank of the Drava River in Maribor. It has 10 cinema halls, 3 of them being 3D screenings halls and offers 10–15 film titles a day.

Background

In 2004 Kolosej Cinemas opened Kolosej Maribor in a new multiplex building in Maribor with ten cinema halls. Since 2006 Kolosej Maribor screened films at a 3D-hall. The building was taken over by Projektor d.d. and changed its name to Maribox in 2017.

Maribor Puppet Theatre

Maribor

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Lutkovno gledališče Maribor

Vojašniški trg 2 SI-2000, Maribor

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Established in 1974, the 22-member Maribor Puppet Theatre is a repertory theatre, staging mainly new works from contemporary Slovene children’s and youth literature. The company performs at its own venue, gives performances around Slovenia and tours abroad.

Since 1990, the theatre organises the Summer Puppet Pier Festival in Maribor and has also hosted several editions of the Slovene Puppetry Biennial. It is engaged in extensive collaboration with festival partners all over Slovenia as well as in Austria and Italy.

Venues

In late 2010, the theatre moved into the reconstructed former Minorite convent on the bank of the Drava River. With 2500 m2 and two stages (320 seats), it became the largest puppet theatre in Slovenia. The reconstruction was designed by ATELIERarhitekti and received the Plečnik Award. Later on, the same studio refurbished the adjacent former Minorite Church into a hall that holds around 300 spectators. The new venue has been managed by the Maribor Puppet Theatre since 2015.

The theatre also organises its own visual arts exhibitions, or hosts those by other partner organisations, in the basement of the Minorite Church and in the lobby of the theatre.

Programme

The theatre produces six premières annually, combined to form a conceptual unity. The repertoire constantly examines and explores the art of puppetry and fuses classical puppet technology with modern approaches. It includes interpretations of domestic and international classical texts but focuses on adaptations of Slovene children’s literature. Although the bulk of the programme is aimed at children, the theatre also produces performances that address young people and adults. The theatre frequently collaborates with acclaimed theatre directors. Apart from regular productions, it also offers a wide variety of additional art education activities and carries out innovative projects in cooperation with various institutions, independent organisations and individuals.

The theatre is often awarded at festivals, such as the Summer Puppet Pier Festival, Mini Summer – International Festival for Children, the Slovene Puppetry Biennial, and appears at international festivals, such as the Austrian Puppet Festival ANIMA, the Festival of Puppet Theatres in Rijeka (HR), etc.

Maribor National Liberation Museum

Maribor

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Muzej narodne osvoboditve Maribor

Ulica heroja Tomšiča 5 SI-2000, Maribor

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Established on 1 May 1958, the Maribor National Liberation Museum is housed in a burgher villa, commissioned in the mid 1890s by the Maribor entrepreneur Gustav Scherbaum. The museum’s collections are dedicated to the 20th and 21st century history of the North-East region of Slovenia with a particular emphasis on Maribor. It plays an active role in the local community and offers an extensive and engaging educational programme, often dealing with current issues. The museum manages also the Museum of Photography and Trafika, Museum for One in Maribor.

Collections and exhibitions

The current permanent displays deal with the local recent history ranging from the period between the wars (Maribor is ours!), the World War II (Sssh! Maribor 1941–1945) to economy and industrial heritage (A Monument to Maribor’s Industry – Industrial Maribor in 20th Century). The temporary exhibitions are often developed in co-operation with similar Slovenian and international institutions.

Trafika, Museum for One

The smallest museum in the country is, in fact, a defunct kiosk built in the 1920s. Situated on a busy square by the bridge on the right bank of the Drava river the kiosk became one of the city’s iconic landmarks and was repurposed as a museum in 2019, based on a civil society’s initiative. The museum displays some typical items once sold in a kiosk (from the Maribor National Liberation Museum’s collection), it’s primary purpose, however, is to serve as a local memories collection hub and an attractive info point for tourists.

Kino Udarnik

Maribor

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Zavod Udarnik

Grajski trg 1 SI-2000, Maribor

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Kino Udarnik is an old cinema hall built in 1935. In 2010 the Udarnik was re-opened after a few years hiatus, by the team of Zavod Udarnik, however, not coping with the costly rent and the meagre funding by the Municipality of Maribor the programme was cancelled in 2016

In 2018 the Kino Udarnik has been rented by another NGO, the team of SAK (Društvo za spoznavanje alternativne kulture) that had organised in Maribor a few editions of the Festival of Alternative Culture (FAK). The venue is open only at the time of events, for the beginning those will be mostly the concerts. In April Udarnik hosted Laibach, in May the Gipsy Balcan Orchestra.

Background

Kino Udarnik was built in 1935 on the accord of a wealthy local family Guštin and was planned by the famed architect Vladimir Šubic. It was originally designed as the elite Maribor city cinema hall and was also a popular community centre, hosting even some sort of striptease evenings in the 1950s. In the late ’90s, it started programming art films, became a member of the Art Cinema Network and hosted, for example, the DokMa International Film Festival. In that same time Udarnik started to lose audiences due to the newly opened multiplex on the city outskirts and in 2008, its operations were brought to a halt.

Zavod Udarnik and their programmes 2010-2016

Run by an enthusiastic team of a small NGO, Kino Udarnik in the period 2010–2015 housed a versatile programme of art films and organised a very diverse set of cultural events. After re-opening, Kino Udarnik once again started with a quality, art cinema-oriented programme and was one of the rare venues in Slovenia that regularly presented experimental films and various new works by un-established film makers. Regular screenings were organised in collaboration with the Slovenian Cinematheque and were called “The Embassy of Cinematheque” series. These screenings were sometimes followed by a discussion or artist’s talk (for example, a conversation of the computer art pioneer Eduard Zajc with the theorist Melita Zajc) and co-organised with institutions such as SCCA-Ljubljana Centre for Contemporary Arts). Udarnik hosted the Maribor part of the Animateka International Animated Film Festival, the Stoptrik International Film Festival, the international children and youth film festival Little elephant and – together with Vetrinjski dvor – ran a summer open-air cinema series and the children’s festival Vilinsko mesto (“The Elf City”). A rich multidisciplinary programme was set up alongside, with regular music concerts and DJ nights, film education workshops and occasional lectures. Udarnik collaborates with many other NGOs from Maribor, like GT22 and the son:DA Foundation and was featured strongly in the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 programme. It also had a small shop with various artisan products and a bar.

Not coping with the costly rent and the meagre funding by the Municipality of Maribor which eventually cancelled the programme funding in 2016, the team of Zavod Udarnik had to move out. They resumed their activities with Mobile Kino Udarnik programme, first at the nearby Vetrinjski dvor, later on in the Blackbox of the GT22 cultural centre, also located in the Maribor City Centre.