Cultural heritage

Notranjska Museum Postojna



Notranjski muzej Postojna

Kolodvorska cesta 3 SI-6230, Postojna

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The Notranjska Museum Postojna, founded in 1947, covers the area of the Municipality of Postojna, famous around the world as the cradle of karstology. The Notranjska Museum collects and preserves movable cultural heritage and presents documents, photographs, maps and other interpretative materials relating to Postojna Cave and the surrounding Karst landscape. In February 2015, the Karst Museum, a new permanent exhibition and the most comprehensive one on the Karst in Europe, was set up within the Notranjska Museum.


The idea of establishing a museum in the Karst region goes back to before World War I, when speleologist Ivan Andrej Perko proposed opening the Scientific Cave Museum as early as 1912. The concept, however, was realised only after World War II, in 1947, as the Postojna Cave Museum at the initiative of painter Leo Vilhar (1899–1971), who also became its first director.

In 1974, following the merger of its speleological collections with those of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU), the museum became a part of the Karst Research Institute and changed its name to the Karst Museum Collection. Following the failure of efforts to establish a Slovene Museum of Karstology in the 1980s, in 1990, the Municipality of Postojna established an autonomous institution, today’s Notranjska Museum Postojna. In February 2015, the new permanent exhibition, the Karst Museum, a unique presentation of the Karst region, opened.


The Notranjska Museum Postojna comprises: an archaeological department (with a collection of more than 1000 objects from all archaeological periods found in the Notranjska and Karst region); an ethnological department (a collection of material, spiritual and social culture items); a biological department (a collection of zoological, botanical and osteological items and a collection of cave beetles from the Slovene and also Balkan peninsula); a history department (a collection of items from, for example, the National Liberation Struggle, items of relevance to cultural history, items about the history of the Postojna region or Postojna Cave); a conservation-restoration workshop and a Pedagogical-andragogical department.

The Karst Museum, a comprehensive Karst exhibition

The Notranjska Museum Postojna is a central Slovene institution dedicated exclusively to the history and the present of the exceptional world phenomenon, the Karst, and its rich natural and cultural heritage.

The presentation is dynamically conceived as it contains documentary material, interactive displays, for example, those of 11,693 caves located around Slovenia, valuable and rare objects and materials relating to the surrounding Karst landscape. The museum also organises different workshops and expert meetings related to Karst topics.

Multimedia projects

In 2006, the museum cooperated together with the Institute for Conservation and Restoration in the multimedia project All Season Sounds of Planinsko polje, to present the aural environment of Planinsko polje over a year.


The museum administers various satellites, including the iron forge (Fužina) at Grahovo and Kravanjeva House in Cerknica, and it owns some museum items at the Predjama Castle. Fužina is building of about 250 years, protected as a cultural and natural monument and defined as an open-air museum.

The museum also manages a small memorial room dedicated to the local writer Alojz Kraigher (1877–1959) at Postojna Culture House, which can be visited by appointment.


Nada Žagar Youth Club (MKNŽ)

Ilirska Bistrica


Mladinski klub Nade Žagar (MKNŽ Ilirska Bistrica)

Bazoviška 26 SI-6250, Ilirska Bistrica

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Based in the small peripheral town of Ilirska Bistrica in southwestern Slovenia, Nada Žagar Youth Club (known by its Slovene acronym MKNŽ) is a club remarkable for its a very strong musical programme, frequently hosting very renowned bands from abroad. Furthermore, MKNŽ has been running such a programme for close to four decades, since the start of the 1980s. During its more than half a century of history, it has hosted more than 1500 bands.

The venue, accommodating some 200 people, is mostly used for live gigs. This non-profit organisation is run by a community of volunteers which harbours a strong do-it-yourself ethic.


Named after a WWII war hero, Nada Žagar Youth Club was established in 1966 as a youth club. During the first two decades or so, the club was used for various cultural and social activities. However, with time, the club started to incorporate somewhat more left-field cultural currents (from graffiti art to punk music) and up until the 1990s, it was predominantly a venue for hard-core and garage rock’n’roll. It also used to be the place were music zines were created and distributed.

Even though MKNŽ is stationed at the periphery, far from any urban centres, it has nevertheless been able to fill the auditorium. This was not only due to an uncharacteristically big underground music community but also the fact that even the residents of the larger cities of Ljubljana and Koper regularly visit MKNŽ gigs.


Today, MKNŽ caters to a wide range of genres even if hardcore, punk and rock’n’roll remain its forte. Concerts at the MKNŽ have featured the likes of Alboth! (CH), Blood On The Saddle (US), Helios Creed (US), Tromatism (FR), Hellcrusher (UK), The New Bomb Turks (US), Teengenerate (JP), Human Error (US), Anarcrust (Nederland), Cement (US), Hammerhead (US), Mule (US), Today Is The Day (US), Jeff Dahl (US), Dirt (UK), The Harries (NL), God Bullies (US), Cop Shoot Cop (US), Distract Vibes (Netherlands), Verbal Assault (US), DI (US), Inferno (DE), V-PUNK (DE), The Pietasters (US), Vandermark Five (US) as well as many Slovenian and ex-Yugoslav bands.

In recent years, it has hosted D. I., Hard Ons, Oi Polloi, The Lombego Surfers Hiatus, Doom, The Abigails, Burning Heads, Raketkanon and most of the underground Slovenian rock bands. The latter is also due to the fact that MKNŽ is a regular venue for the Club Marathon, organised annually by Radio Študent (RŠ). In recent years, MKNŽ started organising a complementary event to the Garage Explosion Festival, called Garage Explosion Afterparty, hosting some of the bands invited to the festival that otherwise takes place in Maribor.

Occasionally, other events take place at MKNŽ, from film screenings to travelogues, workshops and lectures.

50-year anniversary

In 2016, the club had a 50-year anniversary that was marked by a week-long celebration, featuring concerts, screenings and a photography exhibition. The latter was also presented elsewhere, for example, in Klub Baza Ajdovščina.

Furthermore, ethnographers and film-makers Manca Filak and Žiga Gorišek recorded a documentary about the club, called Mlada Nada! (Young Nada).

Postojna Youth Centre



Mladinski center Postojna (MC Postojna)

Vilharjeva 14a SI-6230, Postojna

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The Postojna Youth Centre (MC Postojna) is a non-profit youth organisation established in 2001. It is a union of three associations which are the Youth Cultural Work Centre (MKDC), the Postojna and Pivka Student Club, and Skytower Club. The centre organises concerts, theatre performances, lectures, exhibitions, video screenings, workshops, and events for children. It also holds the European Voluntary Service accreditation through which they participate in various international cultural exchange programmes and activities.


The MC Postojna is located in the adjacent building of the former maternity hospital. The venue itself was used as a concert space in the late 1980s and played an important role in the early development of Slovenian heavy metal scene. In 1998 they signed a lease agreement with Postojna Center for Social Work and started extensive renovation works which lasted until 2007. The venue itself was expanded and now includes one multipurpose hall, gallery space, rehearsal space for local musicians, computer room, community room and an office space.


The youth centre co-organises the Trnje Festival in partnership with the Pivka House of Culture, and participates as one of the venues of the Club Marathon, organised by Radio Študent (RŠ). In 1997 the Postojna Youth Centre launched the Zmaj ‘ma mlade Festival, a lively late summer youth and cultural festival that takes place at various venues across the town.

Postojna Culture House



Kulturni dom Postojna

Gregorčičev drevored 2 SI-6230, Postojna

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Located in the renovated former municipal office, Postojna Culture House opened its doors in 2001 offering a cultural programme of music and theatre performances by groups from Slovenia and neighbouring countries, including a concert subscription series for local audiences as well as film screenings, workshops and exhibitions.

Since March 2016 the municipal public institution is one of five units of the Zavod Znanje Postojna (Knowledge Postojna Public Institution).

There is also a memorial room dedicated to local writer Alojz Kraigher (1877–1959) which can be visited by appointment with the Notranjska Museum, Postojna.

The main hall with its 100 square-metre stage has 288 seats, while an adjacent room for seminars or parties can host up to 60 people. Both rooms are available for hire.

Makse Samsa Library, Ilirska Bistrica

Ilirska Bistrica


Knjižnica Makse Samsa, Ilirska Bistrica

Trg Maršala Tita 2 SI-6250 , Ilirska Bistrica

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The roots of Maksa Samsa Library in Ilirska Bistrica reach back to the foundation of a national reading room in 1864, but the present-day institution was established in 1960. The library bears the name of teacher and poet Maksa Samsa (1904–1971), who was born near Ilirska Bistrica. In addition to the main unit, the library also manages a movable collection at the local nursing home.

Housed in the premises are a reading room, a children’s corner, music and video departments, a local collection department, and a local information corner. Besides the permanent exhibition on Maksa Samsa, the library hosts a variety of events and activities, for example, story-telling hours, creative workshops, literary evenings, literary quizzes, author meetings, exhibitions, lectures, and also participates in the project Primorci beremo (“The Primorska Region Reads”), which joins all libraries of the Primorska region and certain ones in the Italian border region in one of the largest reading campaigns in Slovenia. Librarians also organise reading hours at the local nursing home and social work centre.

Krpanov dom Pivka



Krpanov dom Pivka

Prečna ulica 1 SI-6257 , Pivka

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Krpanov dom (Krpan’s Home) is a multipurpose centre in the small town of Pivka in southwest Slovenia’s Karst region. Named after the Slovenian folklore hero Martin Krpan, otherwise a fictitious character, it houses a library, gallery, cinema hall and similar cultural venues for public use, thus making it the central municipal and regional cultural and social institution.


Built in 1976, Krpanov dom was initially called the JNA Home (Yugoslav People’s Army Home) and then the Pivka Home. The beginnings of the renovation that changed the purpose of the building date back to 2005. However, the actual renovation took place from 2013 to 2015, when the renovated centre re-opened under the name Krpanov dom. The renovation was led by the Municipality of Pivka.

Spaces & programme

With its library, gallery and cinema, Krpanov dom provides important social and cultural activities for the residents of Pivka.

The Pivka branch of the Beno Zupančič Library Postojna, with some 24,000 units, received a face-lift during the renovations complete with a reading room and a special corner for children.

Part of the building is intended for a gallery, which hosts exhibitions of various works of art. Krpanov dom also houses a multipurpose hall that functions as Kino Pivka (Pivka Cinema), the main regional cinema.

The entrance hall presents a central communication area, which is also intended for socialising and other public events. Krpanov dom also acts as a branch of the Intergenerational Centre for the Littoral-Inner Carniola region, where young people and the elderly can socialise.

Kino Pivka



Kino Pivka

Prečna ulica 1 SI-6257, Pivka

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Kino Pivka (Pivka Cinema) is housed in the Krpanov dom Pivka, a multipurpose centre (renovated in 2015) in the small town of Pivka in the Karst region of southwestern Slovenia. The hall that also functions as a cinema is actually the main regional cinema.


Kino Pivka aims to differentiate itself from commercial cinemas; it runs a cinema programme based on diverse film genres for all generations and also includes quality festival films


Kino Pivka is a member of the Art Cinema Network of Slovenia, and, consequently, is involved in a project of national film education in which all Slovenian schools participate.

The venue

The hall includes a JBL sound system and a projection screen with the dimensions of 9m x 5m, which represents the second-largest foldable projection screen in Slovenia. Projections take place on the BARCO DCP projector with a Dolby 3D projection system; multimedia can also be projected from DVD and Blu-ray.

The venue is also appropriated for theatre performances, music concerts as well as other cultural and educational activities.

The venue accommodates 252 visitors; with more than 3,000 visitors attending the film programme annually.




Kulturno izobraževalno društvo PiNA / Associazione culturale ed educativa Pina

Gortanov trg 15 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Koper-based Association for Culture and Education PiNA (KID PiNA) is certainly one of the most active and diversely oriented Slovenian NGOs. Always simultaneously involved in several artistic, educational and civil society projects, PiNA also manages a multimedia centre and a separate cybercafe/event space. It has produced numerous research documents, booklets, documentaries and video manuals on everything from cultural management to human rights alongside an uncountable number of events.

PiNA’s enterprises are mostly focused on the coastal region, yet also extend across the Slovene borders as many of its activities have a transnational dimension.


Established in 1997 by the Open Society Institute, PiNA’s stated objective fore-fronted strengthening the civil society and the development of public access to the modern tools of ICT. Thus, PiNA opened the first cybercafe in Slovenia (in 1998) and in 2004 joined with Ljudmila and Kibla to form the M3C Multimedia Centres Network of Slovenia, a Slovenian network of multimedia centres.

In the years that followed PiNA still maintained its multimedia and technological creed yet also started to venture more and more into other fields &ndsh; those of arts, cross-cultural dialogue, community-participation, sustainable development, the dissemination of info on the European Union and its projects, and so on.


PiNA manages two locations. One is a fully equipped multimedia centre for audio and video production and post-production. The featured Seed Sound Studio enables music recording and mixing. The centre is freely available for NGOs and individuals needing its services for non-profit intentions.

The second location, called eKavarna (“eCafe”), is fitted not only with computers but also with books and booklets on the topics of the European Union, sustainable development, informal education, and so on. It is used to host exhibitions, literary evenings, concerts, lectures, film screenings and the like – these are mostly produced by PiNA though the venue is open for outside productions as well.


PiNA engages in a broad range of activities. Culture-wise, it sets up exhibitions of comic illustrations, posters, multimedia works and photographs; screens films and documentaries, either as a part of its regular programme or featured as a part of particular projects; runs concerts (a series of them was produced in collaboration with the Cona Institute); and organises workshops on music production, film editing, etc.

These events are joined by more specific projects like photography exhibitions of villages burnt during WWII; an international conference on the historical treatment of woman involved in various sorts of resistance; round tables on the issues of discrimination in the theatre; workshops on oral histories (co-produced with the Science and Research Centre of Koper; and so on.

PiNA also organises training and mentoring for other NGOS, conferences, cultural management workshops, webinars, employment and therapeutic consultations, all manner of civil society development projects (urban gardening being one of the recent ones), and analysis (a resounding one was about the situation of youth in the coastal region, published in 2014). A recent notable project is Iskra, a networking hub and a virtual meeting point for NGOs in the Karst and Istra regions of Slovenia, meant for sharing experience, information and collaborative projects. Iskra means “spark” and is also a combination of Istra and Kras (the Slovenian name for the Karst region).


Between 2009 and 2015, PiNA organised the 3-P Festival – the festival of future poetry. PiNA is involved in the In/visible cities – International Urban Multimedia Festival which takes place in the border cities of Nova Gorica and Gorizia (IT) and the surrounding towns. PiNA was (or is) also a part of various other local festivals and events, among them the Festival Izis in Izola (also dealing in multimedia art). In 2009 and 2011, PiNA was a partner of Memefest – International Festival of Radical Communication.

Additionally, PiNA (which runs the Europe Direct Koper initiative) plays a part in the European Film Week, during which it organises film screenings in the Art kino Odeon Izola.

Videos and booklets

Among the many PiNA-produced materials, one can mention educational videos for youth centres on how to run social networks and how to approach multimedia, a series of video shows on the topic of the information society, a table-game on the structure of the EU, a documentary film about activism and NGOs, a documentary titled The Social impact of Art (2012), and manuals on topics that feature green entrepreneurship (2016), cultural management (2014) and urban gardening (2014).

International activities

PiNA has collaborated with more than a hundred partners from abroad. It is the regional partner for a number of networks and is featured in programmes like Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Creative Europe, European Social Fund, the Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Grundtvig and Leonardo da Vinci programmes, and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

It sends dozens of people abroad each year for various exchanges, training programmes, volunteering projects and the like.

Jože Udovič Public Library, Cerknica



Knjižnica Jožeta Udoviča, Cerknica

Partizanska cesta 22 SI-1380, Cerknica

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Though the roots of librarianship in this region reach as far back as 1869, Jože Udovič Public Library in Cerknica was officially established in 1973. Taking its name after poet, translator and essayist Jože Udovič (1912–1986), the library functions as a central cultural institution in the region. Its operations cover two branches in Nova vas and Stari trg.

Housed in the main premises are a study and a newspaper reading room, which offer members Internet access, and a wide selection of newspaper and magazine titles respectively. Their media department comprises DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks, while the local collection department also maintains a number of rare prints, including E. Brown’s A Brief Account of Some Travels in Divers Parts of Europe from 1685. Jože Udovič memorial room, encompassing over 3000 books, slides and journals he accumulated over the course of his life, may also be found in the library. Library-goers are welcome to take part in a number of events: storytelling hours, puppet shows, musical performances, literary evenings, lectures, exhibitions, and creative workshops.