Jazzinty

5. 10. 2022

Novo Mesto

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Jazzinty, mednarodne glasbene delavnice in festival

Novi trg 5 SI-8000, Novo Mesto

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Founded in 2000, the Jazzinty International Music Workshop and Festival is a week-long series of workshops, masterclasses and concerts that takes place every August in the town of Novo mesto. Over the years, it has become one of the main international musical events in the Dolenjska region, bringing many major names from the jazz and near-jazz worlds to mentor and perform. The event is organised by the Novo mesto Institute for Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth, with the support of the LokalPatriot Institute and the Municipality of Novo mesto.

Beginnings

The original idea for Jazzinty was developed by violinist Marijan Dović, with Marko Zajc, at that time director of the LokalPatriot cultural centre organising the first workshops. Quite a number of the early participants have gone on to successful domestic and international musical careers, both within and outside jazz, among them Severa Gjurin, Gal Gjurin, Katja Šulc, Lenart Krečič, Dominik Bagola and Kaja Draksler. Starting out with a programme of more conventional jazz styles, both in terms of the workshops and the concerts, Jazzinty has since found room for more avant-garde streams and has also sought to attract young musicians from other musical backgrounds (rock, funk, classical) with a series of introductory jazz workshops under the tutelage of vocalist Ana Čop.

Format

Jazzinty’s educational activities stretch across a fairly intensive timetable: daily pre-workshop “tune-up” meetings, combo rehearsals (each mentor is in charge of an ensemble following a specific programme or style), lectures on different aspects of the creative process in jazz, one-to-one tuition and jam sessions. These activities have, since the start, taken place at the Marjan Kozina Music Conservatory and the LokalPatriot Club in Novo mesto. The workshops have latterly been attended by around 100 musicians every year.

Festival concerts take place at the end of each day, featuring Slovenian and international artists, with the closing concert given over to presentations of the week’s work by the various Jazzinty ensembles. Concert venues have included, over the years, the LokalPatriot Club, the music school, the garden of Dolenjska Museum, the Simulaker Gallery and the Janez Trdina Cultural Centre. All concerts are open to the public.

Mentors

Over 60 mentors had been involved in the teaching programme by 2020, including Slovenian saxophonists Jure Pukl and Igor Lumpert, a native of Novo mesto, double-bassists Reggie Workman (known for his work with John Coltrane) and Linda May Han Oh, guitarists John Abercrombie and Vlatko Stefanovski, saxophonist Bill Evans, singer Becca Stevens and Slovenian percussionist Dré A. Hočevar.

Other activities

At every festival until 2017, the Jazzon Award was given to the best Slovenian jazz composition, which was then performed at a special Jazzon LIVE concert. Jazzinty also ran the Jazzinty Abonma, a series of off-festival concerts, which took place throughout the year.

Visual arts

Fotopub Festival

1. 09. - 30. 09. 2020

Novo mesto

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Festival Fotopub

Dilančeva ulica 1 SI-8000 , Novo mesto

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The international festival of contemporary photography Fotopub Festival was founded in 2000 by LokalPatriot Institute and it is based in Novo Mesto, a city in southeastern Slovenia. The festival was originally named the Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography, but from 2014, its focus has shifted from documentary and reportage photography to encompass a wider and conceptual perspective, and the festival itself became a platform for contemporary, not only photographic, arts. Every year it brings together international artists and curators, whose practices are located in the gaps and overlaps of contemporary visual arts, new media and technology.

Background

Originally conceived as an international summer photography workshop, the Fotopub Festival of Documentary Photography soon developed into an important annual event dedicated entirely to documentary and reportage photography. The festival’s first creative director was the renowned photographer Borut Peterlin.

In 2014, the then-already traditional festival of 14 years was cancelled because of lack of public funding. It soon re-established itself with a new team of young photographers under the guise of the Fotopub Association for Contemporary Culture with a new concept that replaced the emphasis on documentary and reportage photography with a critical questioning of the current contacts of photographic with contemporary arts.

Concept

Today, Fotopub Festival focuses on contemporary art photography and aims at promoting the younger generation of Slovene and foreign photographers and building bridges between professionals and amateur audiences. It continues to extend the artistic, curatorial and geographical dialogues, in particular, the concept of photography. “Fotopub deals with contemporary photo art, not with photography itself,” explained Dušan Josip Smodej, the festival’s managing director for the daily newspaper Delo. “We do not want to separate photo art from fine arts. Photographic practices can be unpredictable, they can act as installations, videos, graphic works or high-tech practices. We refuse demarcations between the media and are open to any experimental practice that approaches the photographic.”

Programme

Each year, Fotopub Festival brings to Novo Mesto around 40 well-known and respected artists, curators, editors, publishers and directors from a dozen countries working in various fields of contemporary art. They are selected for their emphasis on researching and spreading the boundaries of contemporary photography. The festival presents a series of newly-commissioned projects that critically disturb, question and react to the artistic and socio-political rituals, power structures, antagonisms and processes of knowledge production. The festival programme includes a series of formal and informal events, ranging from 8 exhibitions, a few projects and panel talks, a music programme and the Fotopub Portfolio Review. The programme is presented in unconventional and/or abandoned spaces across the city centre, with site-specific installations and performances happening throughout the streets of Novo Mesto.

Museums

Dolenjska Museum Novo mesto

Novo mesto

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Dolenjski muzej Novo mesto

Muzejska ulica 7 8000 , Novo mesto

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The Dolenjska Museum, Novo mesto, set up in 1950, is a regional museum of the Dolenjska region. One of its four permanent exhibitions is dedicated to the region’s rich archaeological history, including the Kapiteljska njiva discoveries from both the Hallstatt and La Tene periods, which contributed immensely to the study of the European prehistory of the two periods. In 2020 the museum celebrated its 70th anniversary with an outdoor exhibition 70 Precious Ones, accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue and a comprehensive documentation publication.

History

The origins of the Dolenjska Museum may be traced back to the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Novo mesto in 1865, when the first collection was established. A museum society was founded here in January 1941 and revived after World War II. The first permanent collections were displayed in 1953.

Programme

The Dolenjska Museum deals with the protection, preservation, research, exhibition and popularisation of moveable cultural heritage in the broader Dolenjska region. The museum represents a bridge between the history found in textbooks and the real remnants of the past.

Encompassing a total of 5 buildings which house 6 departments (archaeological, ethnological, recent history, art history, cultural history and education), the museum also presents changing exhibitions on historical and artistic themes, and undertakes research, publishing and exhibition activities, as well as systematic educational work. Within the archaeological department a conservation restoration workshop maintains archaeological heritage.

Over 22,000 historical objects are kept in its 5 collections, of which 3,000 are displayed in 4 permanent exhibitions.

Collections

The museum maintains 5 collections:

An art history collection of 1,400 different works of art, mostly paintings and graphics, drawings and artistic photographs, fragments of frescoes from Dolenjska castles and churches;
a recent history collection of 1,200 items and 19,000 photographs, numerous documents from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day, and an extensive collection of Partisan and enemy printed material, presented in a permanent exhibition, the curatorship also has its own archive.

A cultural history collection, housed in the Križatija premises. Out of 2,400 items (objects of applied art and pictorial items, furniture and weapons from the 16th to the 20th century), 4,000 original photographs and postcards, 8,500 negatives, 1,500 slides and 8,500 card-index photographs, two areas stand out: the history of Novo mesto and the operation of the ironworks at Dvor, presented through publications, lectures and temporary exhibitions: Seals of Novo mesto; A Hundred Years of Cycling in Novo mesto; Novo mesto in Postcards; Embraced by the Waters of the Krka; The Colours – Town Guard – Music, Play!

An ethnological collection, housed in the Ropas house, of 3,700 objects, 5,000 slides, 12,000 negatives and 11,000 prints mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, presented in permanent and temporary exhibitions and accompanying catalogues and brochures.

An archaeological collection, housed in the Križatija building, of 15,000 complete archaeological objects from the late Stone Age up to the early Middle Ages, 20,000 colour slides, 23,000 black and white negatives, a substantial collection of digital photographs, 700 archaeological posters, presented in permanent and temporary exhibitions (Novo mesto before the Illyrians, The Chapter House Field, The Celts in Novo mesto, Glass and Amber of Novo mesto) and accompanying catalogues and brochures.

Exhibitions

The Dolenjska Museum has 7 permanent exhibitions on display.

An archaeological exhibition The Archaeological Image of Dolenjska – the museum’s first exhibition which was recently updated and reorganised in 2008 and is housed on the ground and first floors of the Križatija building – presents the settlement of the narrower area of Dolenjska, including Novo mesto and one of the largest central European archaeological sites, Kapiteljska njiva, and is among the most important of such collections of movable heritage in Slovenia. The findings are of exceptional importance and rarity in terms of archaeological heritage in Slovenia and abroad. In 2008 Borut Križ, museum curator received the Valvasor Recognition for his work on the updated version of the exhibition. The finds have been restored in collaboration with the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia, Novo mesto Regional Office, as well as the Römisch-Germanisches Zentral Museum in Mainz.

An ethnological exhibition on the annual cycle of peasant work, paintings on glass, wooden folk sculptures and painted furniture and others, first set up in 1986, on the first floor of the Ropas house.

An exhibition of recent history focused on the National Liberation Movement (NOB) in Slovenia. First established in 1981, it presents the time from the first organised appearances of the workers’ movement before World War II up to the liberation of Novo mesto on 8 May 1945.

An exhibition on Leon Štukelj (1898–1999) the legendary athlete and Novo mesto native, who won Yugoslavia numerous Olympic gold medals in men’s gymnastics (1924, 1928 and 1936).

Beside permanent exhibitions there are many temporary ones, mostly organised by the museum’s departments; in 2009 an exhibition on beekeeping in the Gorenjska and Dolenjska region in co-organisation with Museum of Apiculture, Radovljica. In 2020 Novo mesto celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Novomeška pomlad [Novo mesto Spting] that marks the beginning of avant-garde art in Slovenia. The museum prepared an attempt of a reconstruction of the 1st Regional Exhibition from 1920, curated by Jasna Kocuvan Štukelj.

Off-site locations

The museum manages two satellites – the Jakac House, Novo mesto and the Camp Baza 20 Memorial Site, which includes cultural monuments of national importance Baza 20, the Partisan hospitals Zgornji Hrastnik and Jelendol with associated structures and burial places.