Piran Days of Architecture

20. 11. - 20. 11. 2021



Piranski dnevi arhitekture

Tartinijev trg 3 SI-6330 , Piran-Pirano

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Organised by Obalne galerije – Coastal Galleries and, as of recently, also the DESSA Architecture Centre, the international conference Piran Days of Architecture has been going on annually since 1983. Mostly taking place in in the medieval coastal town of Piran, the conference aims to assess current trends in architecture and present the most progressive and innovative ideas of architectural and spatial production. It consists of lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and a competitive programme of architectural solutions.

The event is mainly held in the beautiful surroundings of the Tartini Theatre, though other venues such as the Monfort Exhibition Space, the Pečarič Gallery and the Meduza Gallery, Koper are also used for parts of the programme. The distinguished Piranesi Award is granted for best achievements in architecture along with two Piranesi Mentions and a Student Piranesi Award.


The Piran Days of Architecture (also abbreviated as PIDA) were initiated and for a long time led by the renowned Slovene architect Vojteh Ravnikar (1943–2010).

In 2008, the younger generation of architects took over this event, since then presided by architect Maja Ivanič. PDA conference is an important meeting of architects, students of architecture and of others who share an interest in architecture. It presents a significant contribution in promoting Slovene architecture in the context of a broader European space, meanwhile offering a platform for effective cooperation of architects, economists and politicians, and the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences.


Recent themes of the seminar have included Between the Rational and the Irrational in Architecture (2003), Architectural Policies (2005), Exhibited Architecture (2006), Architectural Diversity (2008), , and Reanimation of Architecture (2010), Active Architecture (2011), Ethics of Architecture (2013), Invention and Tradition in Architecture (2015).


The conference presents one of the few international expert meetings of architects hosted by Slovenia, with renowned architects from Europe and other parts of the world giving lectures: Friedrich Achleitner, Boris Podrecca, Heinz Tesar, Luigi Semerani, Gino Valle, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Alvaro Siza Viera, Peter Zumthor, Enric Miralles, Sverre Fehn, Kenneth Frampton, David Chipperfield, among others. The lecturers also act as the jury for the Piranesi Award.

For example, lecturers at the 27th international architectural conference were Maruša Zorec – Arrea Architecture, Milton Braga – MVBB, Robert McCarter , Saša Randić – Randić&Turato, Wang Shu – Amateur Architecture Studio, John Wardle – John Wardle Architects, Aaron Tan – RAD, Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell – GRAFTON, and Diébédo Francis Kéré – KERE Architecture.


The PIDA conference is traditionally accompanied by several architectural exhibitions. The most important is the International Architectural Exhibition Piranesi, featuring recent works by Central European architects that compete for the distinguished international Piranesi Award. The national selectors select five projects from each of their countries, these being Austria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia. The main exhibition usually takes place in the Piran City Gallery or the Monfort Exhibition Space, but occasionally also gets to be shown abroad in places such as FUGA – Budapest Center of Architecture and the University of Liechtenstein.

This display is augmented by an international student exhibitions, co-curated by 8 faculties of architecture from the region – and, additionally, the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.

Other accompanying exhibitions have, for example, included a photo exhibition of Iwan Baan Brasili Chandigarh: Living with Modernity, an exhibition of a workshop No-man’s water by Hrvoje Njirić, the exhibition Viktor Sulčič, 1895-1973, architect that was designed by the architect and professor Janez Koželj, the display Houses of the World by Hiše Magazine and the Vertigo Bird Vertigo Light display by Vertigo Bird.



8. 07. - 11. 07. 2021




Kosovelova ulica 4a SI-6210 , Sežana

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The local summer festival Mladifest was launched in 1995 and is currently organised by the Student Club Sežana, with its main partners being theKosovel Culture House Sežana and MC Podlaga. It is mostly held at different outside venues around the town of Sežana and has an extensive and very diverse programme that addresses the whole of the local community, though mostly it is aimed at the younger generations.


Mladifest consist of several different programme segments, with the most dense and varied one possibly being the children’s programme which involves workshops, puppet shows, music performances, and the like. There are also sports events and competitions, round tables, lectures, gaming events, movie screenings (including the Animateka after Animateka programme of Animateka International Animated Film Festival), theatre plays and music concerts (presenting both mainstream and more alternative bands and artists like Elvis Jackson, Moveknowledgement, Blaž, Koala Voice, and Vlasta Popić). Artistic installations and fashion exhibitions also sometimes take place, with the latter consisting of works by young and emerging fashion designers.



8. 07. - 9. 07. 2022




SI-6273 , Marezige

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Launched and held from 2004 onwards in the coastal village of Marezige, MareziJazz is the biggest big band festival in Central Europe and the only one of its kind in Slovenia. Established with a simple ambition to present the local ensembles working with this sort of music to a wider audience, it has grown to be rather popular and started hosting more and more bands.

Lasting 2 days, since 2011 the festival also has a 2-day workshop for musicians. Approximately a dozen or more big bands play at each festival, along with the occasional after-party band. The festival hosts more and more foreign bands, which mostly come from the neighbouring Italy, as well as from France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Latvia …

The organisers of the festival, the Marezige Youth Society, have also established the Slovenian Association of Big Bands, which connects the more active Slovenian big bands.

Cultural Centres

Kosovel Culture House Sežana



Kosovelov dom Sežana

Kosovelova ulica 4 a 6210, Sežana

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Kosovelov dom was established in 1991 as a municipal public non-profit institution, a cultural centre for the Kras Region. It is named after Srečko Kosovel (1904–1926), the expressionist poet born in Sežana. The Kosovel Culture House is located in the town centre and is known locally as “the city within the city”, having its own square, street and park as well as many spaces for presenting performing and visual arts and film.

The cinema is a member of the Art Cinema Network, which distributes selected high-quality films around Slovenia.


The venue has a year long programme of new theatre and music performances, and is very keen on film. Besides a strong focus on art films (partly complemented by screenings of mainstream films), there is also a film education programme that features lectures and workshops. The venue hosts several annual cultural events, for instance the Vilenica International Writers’ Gathering and the Mladifest summer festival.

Kosovelov dom also cooperates with several other Slovene institutions, including theatre houses, regional cultural centres and non-governmental organisations. In 2008 it initiated the establishment of the KUDUS, Association of the Regional Culture Houses which strives to resist the commercialisation of its members’ programmes.

Exhibition spaces

The centre incorporates two gallery spaces: the Miro Kranjec Small Gallery (Mala galerija Mira Kranjca) and various lobby spaces for exhibitions; the permanent exhibition of Polde Oblak’s large scale paintings, donated to the Municipality of Sežana, is situated in the ground floor.


The main hall has 437 seats and a large stage with good acoustics fully-equipped for cinema screenings. The middle hall has been designed as a multi-purpose TV studio and can serve as a concert or fashion show venue as well as an exhibition space or a restaurant. The outdoor amphitheatre can accommodate up to 1,000 visitors and twice as much when standing.


The construction of Kosovelov dom started back in 1979, following the plans made by a group of renowned architects Matjaž Garzarolli, Vojteh Ravnikar, Marko Dekleva, Egon Vatovec and Mladen Merčina. However, the place only opened its doors a dozen years later. It was designed to be the cultural centre catering to the whole of Kras and Brkini areas and was as such also meant to establish the town of Sežana as a regional hub.


Piran City Library



Mestna knjižnica Piran/ Biblioteca civica di Pirano

Župančičeva ulica 4 6330, Piran

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Piran City Library was founded in 1956 and now serves 11 towns of the coastal region. Its collection comprises around 60,000 items in a department for adults and a department for young people. Its collection contains also literature and periodicals in Italian language for the Italian community living in Slovenia. Since 2009, it has a branch in Lucija. It regularly organises exhibitions, book presentations, fairy tale hours for children, book quizzes, and other events.