KGB Club

Maribor

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Klub KGB, Kulturno glasbeni brlog, Maribor

Vojašniški trg 5 SI-2000 , Maribor

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KGB Club (abbreviation for the Kulturno-glasbeni brlog, translated as Culture Music Lair) is a cultural institution in the old city centre of Maribor, founded in 1998, which combines the atmosphere of a nightclub, theatre for performance arts and other cultural, especially musical events. It is located in the more than 100 years old vine cellar beneath the ground, which adds to the recognisability of the club, its cosiness, almost iconicity. It is extremely popular among the local public. From the very beginning, the KGB Club organisers wanted to establish “the venue that has a soul, and not just another tavern furnished with marble and oak, ‘big bubbies’ staff and commercial music hits”. That is why they are offering a melting pot of culture, music and comedy, organizing more than 15 performances and concerts each month.

Programme

In the boutique club ambience, the programme of the Culture Music Lair consists mostly of music concerts, especially pop rock music, as well as more specialized genres, such as ethno-jazz, blues or folk; it ranges from the concerts of groups such as No More Faith, the Faith No More tribute-band, or the popular Slovene pop rock groups, such as Tabu or Orlek, to the concerts of more experimental musicians, such as singers Aphra Tesla or Klarisa Jovanović, and accordionist Marko Hatlak.

The KGB Club often performs stand-up comedies or monodramas and mono-comedies by renowned Slovene authors, such as Martina Ipša, Uroš Kuzman, Perica Jerković, Tadej Toš, Matjaž Javšnik, and others. It also organises special stand-up Open Microphone and impro theatre evenings.

Judgement Tower Maribor

Maribor

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Sodni stolp Maribor

Pristan 8 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Judgement Tower is a medieval defence tower, characterized by a cylindrical shape, located on the bank of the river Drava, on the so-called Lent, in the very centre of Maribor. It is the oldest part of Maribor’s city walls, which once protected the city.

Today, the Judgement Tower is considered a cultural and historical monument, where, in the framework of the public institution Narodni dom Maribor, the cultural events are taking place, including the Lent Festival or the DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival.

History

The Judgement Tower was built in 1310. Its purpose was to fortify and protect the south-western part of the city from unwanted intruders. In the following centuries it was rebuilt several times: its look changed for the first time in 1540, when it was rebuilt into a fortress form. In the 17th century it was reshaped in Renaissance style. The present look originates from 19th century, from 1830. In 1937, the tower was partially burnt down, but in the 1950’s it was restored and given its present appearance.

Due to its shape, the Judgement Tower is also known as the Round Tower, and due to the vicinity of the Minorite Monastery also as the Monastic Tower. In the future, the revitalization of the whole old city centre is planned: the Judgment Tower is to become an international centre for the cultural and creative industries, while also serving as scenery for performing medieval stories and legends, such as a medieval marketplace or medieval trials.

Namely, the Judgement Tower was named after the judgments that were passed there. It is also connected with the times of witchcraft processes, with judgments against women who were convicted as witches. However, the death penalties were never executed there.

Programme

Today, the Judgement Tower, its cozy cafe, is a venue of cultural and social events, concerts of various genres from chansons to ethno and chamber music, multimedia performances, exhibitions, seminars. Its surface covers 132 m², the number of seats is 150.

It is one of the most beautiful, but also the most intimate cultural venue of the Summer Lent Festival, its concerts, conceptually varied, but mostly jazz, which do not address the wider public, but the music connoisseurs. It is also the main venue of the DOKUDOC International Documentary Film Festival.

In 2012, when the city of Maribor was titled the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012, Ulay – a German conceptual artist, now living in Slovenia, one of the key figures of European art performance, together with the French art collective Société Réaliste, exhibited in the Judgement Tower the installation entitled “Whose water is it”, which dealt with the dualism of European culture, that separates matter from the soul and good from the evil and, more specifically, addressed the issues of accessibility of natural resources, especially water.

Intimate Stage, GT22

Maribor

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Intimni oder, GT22

Glavni trg 22 SI-2000 , Maribor

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In 2012, the Moment Arts and Culture Association (KUD Moment) found its domicile at the GT22 collaborative cultural centre in the Maribor city centre, at Glavni trg 22. Its founders transformed an ex-nightclub into the Intimate Stage, a theatre space for around 50 spectators.

The programme at Intimate Stage aims to bring together artists and audiences. It focuses on research-based theatre productions by KUD Moment and regularly hosts visiting performances. A regular film programme features art films, documentaries and short films. Art events are usually complemented by lectures and discussions on contemporary performing arts, new media and film. KUD Moment also runs different educational programmes.

House of Architecture Maribor

Maribor

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Hiša arhitekture Maribor (HAM)

Krekova 2 SI-2000, Maribor

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The House of Architecture Maribor is dedicated to the promotion of contemporary Slovene and international architecture and contemporary trends in this area. It started as one of the projects of the University of Maribor’s Research and Arts Zone (RAZ:UM) for the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 (ECoC). The heads of the project were architects and professors Dean Korošak and Uroš Lobnik.

In cooperation with other architects’ associations in Slovenia and the wider region, the House of Architecture in Maribor takes care for the presentation and promotion of contemporary architecture and offers to Maribor a space for exhibitions, conferences and presentations of contents related to contemporary architecture and space. “With the development of the study programme of architecture we found that we needed to anchor architecture even more strongly into the public environment”, said Uroš Lobnik. Throughout the years, both student projects and works of non-established and already established architects, landscape architects and spatial planners have been presented at the main exhibition place and at other locations.

History

The House of Architecture Maribor opened its doors with the first exhibition on the day of the opening of the ECoC in 2012 and immediately gained a large public response: only in the first year, about 30 events were visited by about 5,000 people.

In October 2016, with the renovation of the building at Krekova 2 in Maribor, where the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Architecture, University of Maribor is located, the House of Architecture Maribor gained its permanent space.

Programme

The House of Architecture Maribor hosts a rich programme: architectural exhibitions on Slovene and international architecture, for example, Neighborhood Novo Pobrežje in Maribor which exhibited 9 project elaborates; Constructive Alps 2017 on the International Prize for Sustainable Building Renewal and Construction in the Alps; the international exhibition MoMoWo: 100 Works in 100 Years: European Women in Architecture and Design; an exhibition of the production of the Association of Architects Maribor in the period 2010–2017; etc. It organises lectures and round tables, for example, the Austrian architects who participated at the Yostar (Young Styrian Architecture) Exhibition, or various architectural bureaus or projects, such as the Piranesi Award, have been presented.

The House of Architecture also attends to professional education, for example, it organises screenings of Austrian architectural films, film portraits of various Slovene architects, such as Edvard Ravnikar (1907–1993) or Jože Plečnik (1872–1957), organises architectural excursions, various workshops, publishes various publications. Special attention is paid to the creation by students of architecture.

Gallery K18

Maribor

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Galerija K18

Koroška cesta 18 SI-2000 , Maribor

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The Gallery K18 was opened in Maribor in 2011, taking its name after its location at Koroška Street 18. Based in the city centre, Gallery K18 is an exhibition space of Pekarna Magdalena Network. It was established as a gallery space back in 2011 under the name Pekmez with a diverse programme, but nowadays it hosts a more continuous stream of exhibitions.

Programme

As the Pekarna Magdalena Network produces GuestRoomMaribor, a programme offering artist residencies, the gallery hosts the curated presentation of projects by artists-in-residence, created during their residency, Meet the residents events, lectures, debates, etc. as well as a parallel series of exhibitions primarily focused on presentations of younger artists and curators, experiments with the boundaries of the exhibition medium and the conception and practice of the classical gallery space.

Cooperation

A vital player on the cultural scene in Maribor, the gallery collaborates with different cultural producers in Maribor, opens its doors for hosting exhibitions during festivals such as Festival of Photography Maribor, International Festival of Computer Arts (IFCA), Lent Festival, etc.

First Stage

Maribor

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Prvi oder

Krekova 1 SI-2000 , Maribor

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The multifunctional space First Stage, or Prvi oder, hosts theatre, music and literary creativity by students of the First Grammar School of Maribor (Prva gimnazija) and by visiting artists. The space has been recently renamed Prvi oder – prvi kino (First Stage – First Cinema) and converted into one of the finest old spaces for film screenings in the city.

First Stage is one of the venues for the DokMa International Film Festival.

First Stage is the rehearsal space and venue for the productions of the school’s theatre group. Students involved in the group’s activities get to work with external expert tutors, usually theatre directors and actors, and thus gain knowledge of different theatrical expressions and other elements of theatre production (set, light and costume design, etc.). The group regularly attends international festivals and workshops (recently in Great Britain, Spain, USA, India) and is also awarded for ensemble or individual excellence.

The group regularly appears at major Slovenian amateur theatre festivals, such as Transgenerations Festival of Youth Creativity, Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups.

Visual arts

CGU Printmaking Art Centre

Maribor

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CGU - Center grafičnih umetnosti

Glavni trg 22 SI-2000 , Maribor

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House! Society for People and Spaces established in 2014 its Printmaking Art Centre (CGU – Center grafičnih umetnosti), an on-going international workshop for printmaking art. It is currently located at GT22 in the Maribor old town centre.

Graphic Spring

In 2014 the the first Graphic Spring, an international student art prints exhibition took place at the CGU, featuring also the best student works of the fine arts academies in Zagreb, Belgrade and Sarajevo. At the second edition of Graphic Spring participated the art academies of Vienna and Wroclaw, too. The works selected by international jury were exhibited in December 2015 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.

Cultural heritage

Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor

Maribor

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Center judovske kulturne dediščine Sinagoga Maribor

Židovska 4 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Maribor Synagogue is one of the oldest synagogues preserved in situ in Europe and a Slovene monument of the highest rank. In the 14th and 15th centuries it was a religious, spiritual and cultural centre of the medieval Jewish community in Maribor. In 2001 the beautifully simple straight-lined building was restored and reconstructed thoroughly, and since that time the Sinagoga Maribor has been considered not only one of the most important venues for concerts and exhibitions in the old quarter of Maribor, but also a popular tourist attraction.

History

The synagogue is situated in the heart of the former Jewish quarter near the south-east corner of the medieval town walls above the Drava River. The synagogue’s earliest appearance and date are unknown; it originates most likely from the end of the 13th century, but it was only first mentioned in 1429. It was remodelled several times before 1450, once probably in 1348, following an earthquake. After the expulsion of the Jews from Styria and Maribor at the end of the 15th Century the synagogue was converted into a Church of All Saints in 1501. The building functioned as a church until the late 18th century. In the early 19th century it was sold and turned into a storehouse. The building was then divided horizontally into two parts. Eventually, the upper part was used as a dwelling. During the early 1980s the lower floor was used for exhibitions.

The renovation interventions started in the 1990s. It was not easy to decide which of the last 3 initial phases to reconstruct. Most material finds (besides key-stones also parts of ribs, consoles and portals) date from the last synagogue phase (the mid-15th century). A reconstruction of the late Gothic two-bay sanctuary was therefore made, following the indications of the assembled material. It was opened to the public in 2001.
The Maribor Synagogue was run by the Maribor Regional Museum till 2011, when an independent body, the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor, was established as its legal operating base.

Mission

One of the most important duties or paramount tasks of the Maribor Synagogue is to present the interesting and rich Jewish cultural tradition to the public, and in that way stimulate the perception and knowledge of different cultures and the aspiration for a more tolerant society. The long-term goal is to establish a Slovene Jewish Heritage Centre at the site.

Education

The Maribor Synagogue organises different expert meetings and events dedicated to Jewish topics and creating a more tolerant society. The S0ynagogue participates in the project “European Day of Jewish Culture” and in the “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” with the project “Šoa – Let Us Remember”.

Exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions of heritage as well as contemporary arts are organised in the synagogue, for instance, an artistic exhibition Misli v podobah [Mind Images] by Barbara Hammer, Christine Kertz, and Krista Titz Tornquist and the documentary exhibitions The Jewish Wedding produced by the Jewish Museum Vienna, and Tracing Jewish Heritage in Slovenia produced by the Research and Documentation Center JAS in 2009.

International projects

In 2011 the Stone Tears international project was launched with an aim of encouraging educational and cultural programmes around the three remembrance days honouring the victims of the Holocaust and Porrajmos (Genocide of the Roma), in Slovenia and in neighbouring countries. The project conceived by the Center of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor has been organised with the project partners Terne Roma – Young Roma Society, Frekvenca NGO, Dr. ŠŠtiftar Foundation, Artikel-VII-Kulturverein für Steiermark Pavelhaus, and the Institute for Jewish History Austria.

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Art club & cafe Wetrinsky

Maribor

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Art club & cafe Wetrinsky

Vetrinjska ulica 30 SI-2000, Maribor

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Opening its doors at the end of 2016, the Art club & cafe Wetrinsky is possibly the only club of its sort currently operating in Maribor. Stationed in the premises of the Vetrinjski dvor mansion and previously only sporadically used, the place became a fully-fledged bar and club under the auspices of the social enterprise called the PERON cooperative. This crew was also responsible for the Salon of Applied Arts.

Programme

Open from Monday to Sunday, Wetrinsky runs a very varied programme of music (from alter rock to club electronica), talks, slam poetry and dancing.

To give a glimpse of the musical directions Wetrinsky pursues, one can name the beats producer & trombonist Žiga Murko, the pianist Bowrain, the rock titans Demolition Group, the hip hop MC N’Toko, the upcoming rockers Persons from Porlock, the experimental guitarist Domen Gnezda and the psychedelic, Belgrade-based art-rock collective Halftones; all of them are but a part of the artists invited during the first two months of the club.

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.