Nova Gorica Arts Centre

Nova Gorica

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Kulturni dom Nova Gorica

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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The Nova Gorica Arts Centre (Kulturni dom Nova Gorica) was opened as a regional cultural and community centre back in 1980. Besides being a prominent concert and film theatre venue, it is nowadays also the most important concert producer for classical and early music in Western Slovenia. Besides using its own two event halls, the Arts Centre often sets up concerts at other venues, most regularly at the Kromberk Castle and the Franciscan Monastery at Kostanjevica, a hill just above Nova Gorica.

Its visual arts branch, the Nova Gorica City Gallery, is located within the Nova Gorica theatre building complex. The Arts Centre organises a range of other programmes, including the Pixxelpoint International Festival of Computer Art, the October Jazz festival, the International Saxophone Meeting and the Flores Musicae Festival of mediaeval and renaissance music. All in all, the Nova Gorica Arts Centre organises more than 500 events with almost 65,000 visitors per year.

Collaborations

The Arts Centre collaborates with numerous producers and associations. Very notable and extensive is the work done with the Slovene branch of Jeunesses Musicales International, dedicated to the promotion of music education in primary and secondary schools in the wider region.

In the field of classical music, the centre regularly cooperates with the Academy of Music, the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Music Production Unit, Glasbena matica Ljubljana, Society of Slovene Composers, the Ljubljana Festival, Imago Sloveniae and others.

Its close regional partners are Prosvetno društvo Soča Kanal (responsible for contemporary music festival Kogoj’s Days), the Union of Primorska Music Schools, the Italy based Cultural Centre Gorizia, the association Controtempo Cormons (IT), also responsible for the Festival of Jazz & Wine of Peace, Ensemble Dramsam. the association Progetto Musica (IT), Centro Giuliano di Musica Antica (IT) and Ensemble Dramsam (IT).

Classical and early music programme

The longest running programme at the centre has been presenting classical music since 1980. Simply called the Concert Season (Glasbeni abonma), it welcomed many internationally acclaimed musicians and featured almost all leading Slovene musicians. Among them were soloists such as Irena Grafenauer, Marjana Lipovšek, Tatjana Blome (DE), Natalie Clein (UK) and Grigorij Žislin (RU), orchestras like the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (RU), the Kiev Chamber Orchestra (UA), the Camerata Frankonia Chamber Orchestra (DE), the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra (AT), and various ensembles like the String Quartet Tchaikovsky (RU), The Dominant Quartet (RU), Slowind and Carmina Slovenica.

Of a similar nature but done on a smaller scale is the Castle harmonies (Grajske harmonije) cycle, taking place in the hall of the Kromberk Castle and co-produced with the Goriška Museum. These evenings with smaller chamber ensembles and soloists have been going on since 2012, and are a continuation of the 1990s and early 2000s series Goriška Muses, held at Dobrovo Castle. Some of the guests include Duo Claripiano, Jasna Corrado Merlak, Sebastian Bertoncelj, Ensemble Les Eléments (CH), Nadežda Tokareva (RU), Elena Graf (DE),

Another spatially outsourced cycle called Music from the Gardens of St. Francis is a series of concerts held in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Monastery at Kostanjevica above Nova Gorica, designed primarily for young Slovene musicians.

In 2011 a new festival going by the name Days of Early Music was first set up in Nova Gorica (merging with the preexisting Royal Court Music International Festival). Organised in cooperation with well-established festivals Musica Cortese from Italy and Dvigrad from Croatian Istria, the festival was broad in scope, presenting geographically unbound interpretations of early music. The festival took place at the centre itself, yet also at the Hall of the Franciscan Monastery of Kostanjevica, the Villa Vipolže manor, the Kromberk Castle and some other venues in the region.

Apart from these international festivals, Nova Gorica Arts Centre also co-produced two cross-border music festivals with Italian partners, called Between the Sounds of Places and ECHOS – Cross-border Echoes.

Popular music programme

Since 1996, in collaboration with the Nova Gorica Arts Centre, the Nova Gorica Music School organises the International Saxophone Meeting, a summer school plus an accompanying festival held in and around the city.

Since the early 2000s the centre has also been setting up a festival for jazz, blues, gospel and ethno music. In 2015, this was re-established as the October Jazz festival. Some of the staged artists were Oliver Lake, Evan Parker, Bob Brozman (US), Katie Graham (US), Eric Sardinas & Big Motor (US), The Fonda/Stevens Group (US), Ken Vandermark (US), Zlatko Kaučič, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, Mia Žnidaršič, etc. Alongside all of this, there are many standalone concerts that range from rock and pop to world music, folk, etc

Film, multimedia and other programmes

The Film Theatre programme is more or less focused on art film, and the centre is a part of the Art Cinema Network.

The bar, operated by the centre, is also the place for various lectures, round tables, photographic exhibitions, smaller concerts, etc. A vurious part of the programme is a series of live interviews with remarkable people, from mountaineers to missionaries, from film authors (who accopany their film screenings) to photoraphers.

The Arts Centre is paying much attention to musical education and collaborates with all the elementary and secondary schools in the wider region. Each year, they organise around one hundred and fifty educational or entertainment programmes for the young.

Museum on the Border

Nova Gorica

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Muzej na meji

Kolodvorska pot 8 SI-5000 , Nova Gorica

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The Museum on the Border is situated in four different defunct premises at the border between Slovenia and Italy. This museological presentation of the heritage of everyday life on the border in the times od Socialism, has been conceived and maintained by the Goriška Museum. It includes the Museum Collection Railway Station in Nova Gorica, the Military Watchtower in Vrtojba and the collections in Miren and Pristava.

Permanent exhibitions

In 2012 the permanent exhibition Remember Me on illegal crossings of the border opened to the public at the Miren cemetery. The exhibition is dedicated to people whose lives were affected by the politics and who were looking for a better life on each of the sides of the demarcation line that literally split the Miren cemetery between the two countries after the WW2.

The ingenious ways of petty smuggling and everyday economic migration across the border is presented in the Pristava exhibition Smuggling in the Goriška Region after World War II. The local inhabitants have shared with the museum curators their memories on smuggling practices, the most popular goods such as blue jeans, coffee, washing powder, pornography, music records etc. The display in the former customs-office building includes also the escape room that reveals more details on the act of smuggling.

The Railway Station in Nova Gorica located by the border hosts the State Border in the Goriška Region 1945-2004 exhibition that opened in 2005. The building itself is a fine example of a Secession architecture, designed by a Viennese architect Robert Seelig. It was built in 1906 which makes it the oldest public building in the town of Nova Gorica. After the WW2 it fount itself on the territory of Yugoslavia.

The military watchtower in Vrtojba, however, testifies of the strict border control. It was built in 1948 and has been preserved as the smallest memorial museum in Slovenia. The collage-like exhibition focuses on the life next to the new state border demarcated in 1947, which divided the previously unified cultural, social, economic and political territory of the Goriška region into two parts.

France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica

Nova Gorica

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Goriška knjižnica Franceta Bevka Nova Gorica

Trg Edvarda Kardelja 4 SI-5000 , Nova Gorica

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France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica is named after a writer France Bevk (1890–1970). It is situated in the town of Nova Gorica and performs the tasks of central regional library for the Goriška Region. The library was founded in 1949 in Šempeter pri Gorici, in close vicinity to the Italian border. During the 1990s it became an important information centre, a function which was further enhanced in 2000, when it moved into a new modern building conceived by the architect Vojteh Ravnikar.

The Library has branches in Bilje, Branik, Deskle, Kanal, Prvačina, Renče and Solkan, and since 1971 it also runs a mobile library service, which, in addition to almost 80 locations in the region, also visits two towns in Italy.

The library hosts many events, including exhibitions, literary evenings, storytelling hours, creative workshops, and book clubs. Due to the proximity of the Italian border, it welcomes a growing number of foreign visitors. A local collection is featured and maintained with special care and pride. The library participates in dLib.si and Kamra.si digital collections. It also offers to its members a variety of digital databases, most of them with the possibility of a remote access.

The library is fully automated and RFID is implemented. Self-check stations are available on the premises.

Cross-border cooperation

Cross-border cooperation is stimulated by way of various joint projects; the library, for instance, participates in the project Primorci beremo (“The Primorska Region Reads”), which joins libraries of the Primorska region and some in the Italian border region.

Another project involving libraries in the same region is a website called Primorci.si which brings biographies of personalities important to the region. It is a constantly growing collection of names.

A Collection Day of World War 1. memories for the Europeana website was also organized in 2012 for the library is located in the area where Isonzo Front took place.

Music

SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting

25. 06. - 1. 07. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Mednarodno srečanje saksofonistov

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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Organised every summer since 1997 by Nova Gorica Arts Centre at Nova Gorica Music School, the SAXGO International Saxophone Meeting is the annual gathering point for young saxophone players from Slovenia and abroad. It is in part a festival and partly a series of master classes with eminent mentors. Participants can choose between classical repertoire, jazz or a combination of both. It is led by its Art Director Matjaž Drevenšek and co-organised by the Nova Gorica Music School and the Saksofonija Music Society.

Programme

The programme provides the opportunity to work in saxophone ensembles through individual lessons, rehearsals with the piano, concerts and lessons given by international instructors. It culminates in a festival of final concerts by workshop participants. The schedules are modular and adjusted according to the number and interests of the participants.

Each third year the festival also hosts an important international saxophone competition.

Music

Music of the World Festival, Kromberk

28. 07. - 6. 08. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Festival Glasbe sveta na vrtu na gradu Kromberk

Grajska cesta 1 SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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The Ethno and Jazz Festival Music of the World, which aims to draw attention to the significance of transferring tradition to modernity, especially in music, has been held every Tuesday in August since 2012 at the Castle Kromberk near Nova Gorica. It is organised by Goriška Museum and KUD Morgan.

The festival presents established Slovenian and foreign ethno, folk, jazz and world music performers, and organises a series of music lectures called Vinyl Evenings, accompanied by a vinyl records fair. Another accompanying event is the Market of Delicacies, where organic farmers and craftsmen present their products.

Mission

The organisers believe that a unique part of each community is its culture, which develops over time and under the influence of the environment in different customs and expressions. Music is one of the key elements in expressing community life; that is why the festival presents musicians who rely on the folk music from their home environs as well as add modern music trends.

Programme

“Diversity, but in a specific genre. World music, but with an emphasis on tradition. Jazz and song-writing, but with an ethnic touch,” is how Aleks Vičič, one of the coordinators, describes the character of the festival.

Since 2012, the festival’s guests have been Svetlana Makarovič & Mar Django Quartet, Brina, Tamara Obrovac & jazz band Transhistria Ensamble, Sardinian jazz trumpeter Paolo Freso and Daniele di Bonaventura, the trio Dovč, Gombač and Krmac with Slovenian folk music, accordionist Marko Hatlak, Indian percussionist Trilok Gurtu, Mali’s musician Habib Koite, Šukar with the Roma music of east and south-eastern Europe, Vruja with Istrian music, Mostar Sevdah Reunion, Bossa de Novo, vocal quintet Tminski madrigalisti, Bratko Bibič with Dedley Woodleybears, Neca Falk, Tomaž Pengov, Robert Jukič, Uršula Ramoveš and Fantje z Jazbecove grape, Albanian singer Elina Duni, Paul McCandless, Katja Šulc, Vinko Globokar, Ralph Towner, Boštjan Gombač, Bojana Šaljić Podešva, trio Etnoploč, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, the female singing group Kvali, the brass band club Nabrežina, the Trieste Partisan Choir Pinko Tomažič and the Mladinsko Theatre.

Vinyl Evenings and Vinyl Fair

In July, before the festival itself and for already ten years, the cycle of music lectures called Vinyl Evenings are also held. So far, music experts Luka Zagoričnik, Brane Rončel, Igor Vidmar, Dragan Bulič, Jure Longyka, Jure Potokar, Jizah, Borka, Igor Bašin and many others have lectured and DJed music from vinyl records or other analogue sound carriers. In addition to the lectures, there is also a trade fair of used and new vinyl records and rarities.

Market of Delicacies

Since one of the festival’s messages is “Finding a world without cans, instant coffee and powdered soup, without the ripening of tomatoes in supermarkets and without supermarkets, finding true, genuine things with a tradition that do not require flavour enhancers and do not have thousands of duplicates”, the festival has been accompanied by a Market of Delicacies which offers ecologically produced delicacies from the local and wider area.

Archives

Regional Archives Nova Gorica

Nova Gorica

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Pokrajinski arhiv v Novi Gorici (PANG)

Trg Edvarda Kardelja 3 5000, Nova Gorica

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The Regional Archives Nova Gorica, founded in 1972, collects and keeps records and archives of organisations and institutions of local and regional interest. The Regional Archives Nova Gorica incorporates a library with a collection of around 5,100 titles. Exhibition space is also available in the 116 square-metre cellar gallery. The archives recently joined the digital archival information system SIRA.net.

History

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica is the youngest of the six Regional Archives of Slovenia. From 1952 to 1966 it was located within Goriška Museum, and from 1966 to 1972 it was managed by the Municipality of Nova Gorica. In 1987 it moved into new premises, bringing about a considerable improvement in professional standards and facilitating the introduction of a computer programme devised specifically to manage the register and deal with records quickly and easily.

Programme

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica performs the following tasks: evaluating documentary material; training staff; working with documentary material; collecting and expert processing public and private archives; manufacturing devices for use of archival documents; making inventories of public and private archives; recording archival material in archives and other institutions at home and abroad; providing technical advice to owners and holders of archives and professional supervised; placing the materials in use; performing research tasks in the field of archival science, history and related sciences, publishing activities.

The Regional Archives Nova Gorica joined the updated archival information system SIRA.net, which interconnects the databases of four Regional archives of Slovenia and the Historical Archives Ljubljana.

Archival records

The remit of the Regional Archives Nova Gorica includes the following state administrative units (territorial divisions other than municipalities used in state governance): Ajdovščina, Nova Gorica, and Tolmin.

The archives house 917 records and collections, corresponding to approximately 2,300 linear metres of material. For each record and collection a guidebook supplies the current number of the record/collection, the name of the record and collection, the date of validity of the material, the quantity of assisting devices for the usage of the material, data related to the institute or office where the material originated, a short survey of the contents of the material and (unless it is exclusively Slovene) the language of the records/collection.

Records are displayed in the following main categories: Public Administration up to 1945 (1947), Public Administration after 1945 (1943), Justice, Economy and Banking, Education and Schooling, Culture and Science, Health and Social Security, Political Parties and Socio-political Organisations, Associations, Land Properties, Personal and Family Records, and Archival Collections.

In order to permit a better orientation through the material, a guidebook (available at the official site of the Archives) contains a table of contents indexing all the records and collections. Each single group of records and collections is accompanied by photographs of the most prominent recorded documents. Photographs of the Regional Archives Nova Gorica building, its premises and staff represent an integral part of the guidebook. Slovene archive-related researches are undertaken in Gorizia, Trieste, Čedad/Cividale, and Rome.

Publications

Besides publishing the Guidebook through Archive Collections the Nova Gorica Archives are involved in rich publication activity, which includes monographies, articles, catalogues, and miscellanies.

Flores Musicae Festival

30. 09. - 3. 10. 2022

Nova Gorica

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Festival Flores Musicae

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000 , Nova Gorica

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As a continuation of the Days of Early Music Festival which took place between Nova Gorica and Goriška Brda and was organised by Nova Gorica Arts Centre since 2012, the Flores Musicae Festival, a renewed medieval and renaissance music festival, takes place every autumn since 2017. The mission of Flores Musicae Festival is to revive medieval and Renaissance music. Its art director is a Slovene guitarist and lutenist Bor Zuljan, MA in guitar, lute, medieval music and music pedagogy at the Haute école de musique de Genève.

Programme

Among the performers at the 2017 festival, there were the vocal French-Swiss ensemble Le Chant sur le Livre with a presentation of improvised vocal polyphony from the Renaissance times; Rolf Lislevand and Bor Zuljan; guitarist Dušan Bogdanović; and ensemble Musica Cubicularis.

There were also many accompanying events: among others a master-class for lute, guitar, harp and harpsichord. Namely, the improvisation was a widespread practice among Renaissance musicians: as the singers improvised contrapunctus songs, musicians on polyphonic musical instruments, such as lutes, harps and keyboard instruments, developed techniques that allowed improvisation in the musical forms. The participants of the festival’s master-class had the opportunity to experiment with these musical forms under the mentorship of specialized experts in this field (Rolf Lislevand, Dušan Bogdanović, Jean-Yves Haymoz, Bor Zuljan). In the end, the participants presented themselves at the concert.

In 2018, the opening concert featured Slovene group Makalonca performing the oldest songs of the Slovene music tradition. The German ensemble Per-Sonat, which consists of a singer Sabine Lutzenberger and traverso player Norbert Rodenkirchen, presented revived medieval mystical songs of maestro Frauenlob. The last two concerts were dedicated to Italian music from 1500: La Lyra ensemble presented a repertoire of North Italian popular songs, called frottola, whereas the ensemble Ricercare Antico performed their liturgical versions, called laude. As part of the festival, a lecture was held on the Slovene music tradition and instruments that have been used in the past centuries.

Venues

The festival takes place in the Goriška region: at the Kromberk Castle, Kostanjevica Monastery, Church of the Holy Cross in Kojsko, Dobrovo Castle, Villa Vipolže, and Nova Gorica Music School.

City of Books Festival

11. 06. - 18. 06. 2021

Nova Gorica

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Knjižni festival Mesto knjige

Ulica XXX. divizije 13a SI-5000, Nova Gorica

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City of Books Festival is an urban book festival that has been taking place in the centre of Nova Gorica, a city on the western border of Slovenia, since 2016. It is the largest literary event in the Goriška region, centred mostly in two one-week book fairs, at the end of spring and in December, with about 30 events in a week, and is intended for all book lovers and everyone else who is interested in current topics and would like to discuss them. Those who are looking for relaxation at quality music concerts also find their place. The festival is organized by the Goriška Humanist Association.

Programme

City of Books Festival consists of a book fair, a pop-up bookstore that takes place twice a year: firstly, in May or June, and secondly, in December, as a New Year’s book fair called Books Under the Trees. The pop-up bookstore offers access to quality literature, presents new books in conversation with authors, as well as round tables, discussions, literary events, themed multi-day workshops, film screenings, music events and informal gatherings. In 2020, for example, thirty publishers participated in the pop-up bookstore, which makes the City of Books festival almost the largest book fair in Slovenia.

City of Books differs from other book fairs in that it is thematically rounded. The first City of Books Festival took place on Bevk Square in Nova Gorica in May 2016, and its main theme was dedicated to the issue of the border in the Goriška region. The festival was held in 2017 on the theme of the city, in 2018 on the theme of war and peace, in 2019 on the theme of water, and in 2020 under the title Margin.

Guests

City of Books Festival hosted some of the biggest names in Slovene literature, social sciences and humanities and journalism, including Boris Pahor, Drago Jančar, Renata Salecl, Ervin Hladnik Milharčič, Marko Sosič, Goran Vojnović, Nina Dragičević, Tatjana Jamnik, Iztok Osojnik, Miklavž Komelj, Jasmin B. Frelih, Svetlana Slapšak, Ali Žerdin, Alenka Puhar, Aleš Berger and many others. Many of the most important contemporary European writers also come as guests, such as Olga Tokarczuk, Radka Denemarkova, Miljenko Jergović, Adriano Sofri and others.