Izola-Isola Principal Library



Mestna knjižnica Izola

Osvobodilne fronte 15 SI-6310, Izola-Isola

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The Izola Principal Library/Biblioteca civica di Isola is a public institution and the only library in the Municipality of Izola-Isola. It is an information centre which aims to develop reading and writing culture. The library offers its visitors a collection of more than 50,000 books, periodicals, and multimedia items which is increasing all the time through purchases, donations, and book exchanges. Its collection contains also literature and periodicals in Italian language for the Italian community living in Slovenia. The library regularly organises book readings, interviews with interesting local people, fairy tale readings for children, and other events.

Izola Cultural Centre



Kulturni center Izola

Ulica oktobrske revolucije 1 SI-6310, Izola-Isola

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Izola Cultural Centre is a multipurpose venue run by Izola Centre for Culture, Sport and Events. Music and theatre events for children, youth and adults, film screenings, lectures, seminars and workshops, club evenings and amateur events take place in the main hall, which has 230 seats and a stage of 70 square metres. The cultural centre has also a small dance hall and a club.

Izola Cultural Centre is also one of the venues for the annual Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival.


Cerknica Culture House



Kulturni dom Cerknica

Cesta 4. maja 63 SI-1380 , Cerknica

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The Cerknica Culture House [Kulturni dom Cerknica] is the central cultural institution in the town of Cerknica and its surrounding region. The Cultural house was established in 2006 and is now run by the Public Institute of Notranjska Regional Park. It is stationed in the former centre of the gymnastics society Sokol [Falcon], which was renovated and turned into a modern cultural venue.


In order to foster a quality cultural scene it runs a varied and ambitious programme that includes music concerts, theatre and puppetry performances, stand-up shows, film and animation screeenings, and various programmes for children. It plays an important role in facilitating local amateur theatre groups and is also collaborating with other cultural initiatives in the region.

The culture house organises an annual theatre performances subscription series for adults and children, respectively, hosting selected theatre production from theatre houses round Slovenia (eg Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana, Prešeren Theatre Kranj, Slovene National Theatre Nova Gorica, Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste, Slovene People’s Theatre (SLG) Celje, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre), and some local theatre groups performances. They have hosted also a line of contemporary dance and theatre performances by non-governmenatal performing arts producers, for instance by Muzeum Institute, EPI Centre, Federacija Institute, etc.


The culture house has a medium-sized hall for about 200 people and is well equipped with sound and lightning equipment. The hall and other facilities may be rented by outside parties as well. The centre’s patio enables outdoor activities such as concerts and other public gatherings.


Beno Zupančič Library Postojna



Knjižnica Bena Zupančiča Postojna

Trg padlih borcev 5 SI-6230 , Postojna

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Beno Zupančič Library Postojna is one of the Notranjska region’s main cultural, educational and free time activity centres. It has branches in Pivka and Prestranek. Originally established in 1905 as the People’s Library, this institution was known from 1957 as the City Library before it acquired its current name in 1981.

The library has a collection of over 110,000 library items, 40 % of which are aimed at young people. Since 1979 the addition of a mobile library service has expanded access to people living in rural villages. Computerisation and the development of the COBISS – Slovene Virtual Library system has kept the institution ahead since the 1990s, and in 2001 an Internet corner was established. Some 28 % of the municipal population have already enrolled in the library, which organises frequent literary evenings and book events. The library presents around 10 small exhibitions (thematic and fine arts) each year.


Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF)

14. 06. - 15. 06. 2022



Slovenski oglaševalski festival (SOF)

Letališka cesta 35 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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The Slovenian Advertising Festival (SOF) is the central annual event of the advertising industry in Slovenia, organised by the Slovenian Advertising Chamber since the beginning of the 90s. Since its 25th edition in 2016, the festival was held at Hotel Kempinski in Portorož, but will take place at Monfort Exhibition Space in 2020. The programme focuses on the current issues of the profession, thereby enabling an exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and views for the further development of the field.


SOF has its roots in the Yugoslav propaganda film festival in Portorož. As a Slovenian festival, it was established in 1991 under the auspices of the Golden Drum Advertising Festival of New Europe, which developed into an international festival of creativity, while SOF became an independent central event of the advertising profession in Slovenia.

SOF marked its 25th anniversary in 2016, featuring more than 300 ads in the competition programme. “Only good stories survive” was the festival’s slogan that year, and the organisers used the opportunity to say that the festival offers “exceptional stories which have and will continue to survive”.

SOF’s comprehensively designed congress program opens a discussion on topical professional issues and enables the exchange of knowledge, experiences, ideas and views on the further development of the profession. SOF therefore rewards and promotes creativity and entrepreneurship and brings new knowledge. With its professional programme and competition, it significantly influences the development of the Slovenian advertising field and examines its role in the wider society.

The competition and awards

SOF Advertising Awards are an important aspect of the festival, though its general significance has a much broader scope. The festival’s extensive overview and appraisal of current advertising practice allow it to spread awareness and raise the bar on the standards of advertising in Slovenia. With its rich congress programme, SOF also represents an important forum and meeting point for new ideas, knowledge and professional education within the entire field of marketing communications. SOF is visited by an average of 900 participants of various profiles, among them, agency representatives, media professionals and advertisers, as well as participants from supporting industries and students.

The SOF Jury assesses the entries to the festival competition programme and announces its winners, the prime examples of Slovenian advertising. Awards are announced at the Awards & Closing Gala Ceremony.

In 2019, SOF significantly restructured the competition programme, which remained relatively consistent for the 2020 edition.

The 2020 (29th) edition of SOF seeks reliable, meaningful and meaningful communication methods and approaches that enhance brand recognition and the role of brands and add value to them. It aims to look for ways to create a communication ecosystem that is acceptable and targeted to all stakeholders (advertisers, agencies, media and also consumer). In 2020, SOF was moved from its springtime edition to September, because of the novel coronavirus disease epidemic.

SOF Awards are bestowed upon the participants in 15 general categories:
K1 Film
K2 Press & publications
K3 Ambient communications
K4 Sound
K5 Web & mobile communications
K6 Integrated communications
K7 Design
K8 Craft excellence
Z1 Activation
Z2 Brand management
Z3 Reach
Z4 Innovation
Z5 Branded content
Z6 Social good
Entries are judged by an expert jury, made up of top experts in their fields.


Primorska Summer Festival

24. 06. - 31. 08. 2021



Primorski poletni festival

Kampel 1k SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Primorska Summer Festival is an international theatre festival that takes place throughout the coastal region of Slovenia and occasionally also in Italy and Croatia. Launched in 1993, the festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association. Since 2003, the festival has been managed by the Koper Theatre.

Primorska Summer Festival takes place both indoors, in various performance venues (Arrigoni Izola, Georgius Centre in Piran) as well as outdoors (Valdoltra Beach in Ankaran), utilising the town squares and other ambient-rich locations of the region.

In 2020, the international “PPF Youth” festival section is launched with six international theatre academies invited to present their creations.


During its first decade – when the Koper Theatre was yet non-existent – the Primorska Summer Festival was the only platform for presenting recent productions by Slovenian repertory theatres to the audiences of the Slovenian coastal region. As such, the festival is in a way the theatre’s predecessor.

The festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association in partnership with Koper Theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst. Today, partners include Teatro Verdi, Muggia Teatro, Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival, Tartini Festival and the Italian Community in Koper-Capodistria.

Since its inception, the festival has hosted a huge number of theatre performances, many of them its own productions, an enterprise that has been the festival’s staple since its beginning. Alongside the theatre shows, the festival presents concerts, musicals and even operas.


The festival cooperates with various theatres from the littoral region, some of them coming from neighbouring towns in Italy and Croatia. These collaborations range from staging invited performances to producing entirely new works, many even multilingual as befits the character of the region. The festival has also incubated various NGO endeavours, like those of Lutkarnica – Koper Puppetry Studio.

Sometimes, the programme is conceived somewhat thematically; in one of the years, for instance, the festival was dedicated to Molière. Various takes on Molière’s plays were staged throughout the festival, also taking place at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. In 2017, the festival co-hosted a show with the Maribor-based Lent Festival.

Besides presenting its own works and those of Slovenian repertory theatres, one of the festival’s prime focuses is that of showcasing new works produced in the Balkan region.

More and more, the festival is reaching into other artistic fields, also inviting musicians and screening films.

PPF Youth

In 2020, a new section of the festival is launched: six theatre academies of the ex-Yugoslav region, Great Britain and the Czech Republic present their productions during four days in July. The academy performances presented at the Koper Theatre are accompanied by panel discussions with the aim of sharing knowledge, getting to know new theatre practices and poetics emerging in the region.

Cultural heritage

Mardi Gras at Cerknica

11. 02. - 17. 02. 2021



Pust v Cerknici

Tabor 1 SI-1380, Cerknica

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Mardi Gras at Cerknica is one of the most popular and well-known Mardi Gras (Pust) carnivals in Slovenia. It consists of a week-long programme of events that commemorate the upcoming spring and feature various festivities and re-enactments of traditional rituals such as the burning of the Pust figure. The carnival’s main attraction is a procession featuring numerous masked participants and giant papier-mâché sculptures of witches and monsters.

The timing of the carnival moves from year to year. Starting on Thursday, it ends a week later on Ash Wednesday – the day that marks the start of the 40-days of fasting preceding Easter.


The Mardi Gras celebrations have a long history in Slovenia (as they do in most of Europe), with the particular manifestations diverging from region to region. Many of them – such as Kurentovanje in Ptuj and the Cerkljanska Laufarija in Cerkno – have very unique and ancient traditions of costumes and customs.

The Cerknica carnival, as we know it today, only started to develop in the years after WWII, when the local rites of driving away winter were gradually joined by masquerades for children and a tradition of satirically-tinged costumes alludal to political and current events. The official birth of this particular festival is considered to be 1975, the year when the Cerknica Mardi Gras Society (Pustno društvo Cerknica) was established. This society cares for the organisation and is of prime importance especially due to the fact that they create, develop and store the giant figures used in the procession.

The carnival

The festivities start on Thursday, when the traditional rite of “sowing the hag” takes place. This is also the day when the town is supposedly given over to Butalci, comical and outrageously stupid figures taken from a series of famous satirical novels by Fran Milčinski (1867–1932) about the made-up town Butale. Its residents play a strong part in the upcoming days of the festival.

With the main events being the Saturday and Sunday processions (attracting thousand of visitors from around Slovenia), the whole thing finishes on Wednesday, when Pust (an anthropomorphic representation of winter) is ritually burned and thrown into the river.

Carnival procession

The procession features numerous groups of masked people and giant papier-mâché sculptures (of which many were created by the painter and sculptor Milan Rot). These include the witch Uršula (the mascot of the festival who according to folklore resides in a cave on Slivnica, a hill overlooking Cerknica), the devil and his herd of dormice, a dragon, the Water-man, and so on. Many of them allude to well-known figures from the Slovene literary tradition.


Linhart Encounter

22. 09. - 24. 09. 2022



Linhartova srečanja

Gregorčičev drevored 2a SI-6230, Postojna

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Named after the celebrated Slovene dramatist and historian Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756–1795), Linhart Encounter is an annual festival of non-professional Slovene theatre groups, organised by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia since 1962. Held in Postojna since 2004, Linhart Encounter presents an overview of amateur theatre production, with an aim to popularise and award the best production and achievements of the current season (Matiček Award).

In its (competition and side) programme, the festival includes performances of all genres and formats. The performances are selected by a selector who travels to see all the potentially eligible performances and then invites 6 to 8 of them (out of over 120) to the festival along with the best performance of the Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups. Along with Slovene amateur theatre groups, performances by Slovene minorities living in Austria, Croatia, Hungary or elsewhere are eligible for the festival. Participation in the Linhart Encounter enables the groups to raise the quality of their work, network and exchange as well as to develop their ideas further.

In the side programme, the festival offers round tables, discussions and workshops, as well as hosts international amateur theatre groups. The international jury confers the Matiček Awards for the best performance, best actor and best actress in the lead and supporting roles, and may confer up to 3 awards for special achievements. At the festival, the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia also presents the “Linhart Badge” for outstanding achievements in non-professional theatre.


Tartini Festival

18. 08. - 5. 09. 2022



Tartini festival

Levstikova 7 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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Established in 2001 the Tartini Festival is an international music festival dedicated to one of the greatest violinists of the Baroque period, the Piran-born Guiseppe Tartini (1692–1770). The programme directors and founders of the festival, Jasna Nadles and Milan Vrsajkov, strive to bring world renowned performers of Classical and Baroque music to Piran and the Slovene Istria.


The festival focuses on the promotion of the cultural profile of the Istria region and the Slovene musical culture. From the beginning, the festival has presented many accomplished performers, such as cellist Erich Oskar Huetter, pianist Francesco De Zan, the Ensemble 1756, the Choir of Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft and the Vienna Instrumental Soloists (Rudolf Gindlhumer, Konrad Monsberger, Helmut Ascherl, Karl Eichinger).

In 2002, the festival started out with 4 classical music concerts and has been steadily growing each year with well-attended concerts at the main events; the Golden Tartini Festival, and open-air concerts of the Tartini Junior programme. Some of the leading Baroque musicians, such as violinist Giuliano Carmignola, bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, and cellist Christophe Coin, have appeared together for the first time at one of the festival’s main events.

In 2009, the festival’s programme featured 10 concerts within a two-week time frame, thus enhancing the festival atmosphere. 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the festival, featuring 8 main festival events with performances by Slovene and international master musicians, including the festival ensemble Il Terzo Suono, founded in 2005. The ensemble performs its repertoire on Baroque instruments and accompanies famous soloists at the Tartini Festival as well as other venues.

Festival Tartinijevi dnevi Piran Promo / The Days of Tartini Festival Piran Promo Official Video by Zdravko Pleše on YouTube
The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono
The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono

The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

Festival themes and concerts

Each year the Tartini Festival is held in the Primorska region, with most events taking place in Piran. Chamber concerts and solo performances are performed at main events, featuring performances of established musicians from all over the world. The festival’s aim is to promote classical music and Tartini’s works among the local public, especially those who does not usually attend classical concerts. The side event Tartini Junior focuses on the presentation of talented young Slovene musicians, who have received awards at international contests and the main national contest TEMSIG. It highlights the Slovene musical culture with young musicians performing works by Slovene composers. Another side event, Tartini under the Stars, features open-air concerts on Tartini Square by promising young Slovene artists.


PUF Festival

22. 06. - 2. 09. 2021



PUF festival

Mladinska 6 SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Primorska Street Festival PUF (Primorsko ulično gledališče) is an annual international street theatre and puppet festival which takes place on the Slovene coast. It is organised by Lutkarnica – Koper Puppetry Studio since 2003. The PUF actually had started off some years before, as a part of the Primorska Summer Festival organised annually in the Coastal Region. For some years, while it was presented jointly with the Alpe-Adria Working Community, its title was Alpe Adria PUF Festival. The festival presents street musicians, pantomime, clowns, acrobats, and jugglers, with a special focus on puppetry.


Taking place throughout the summer, the festival includes premières of new Slovene puppetry productions and presentations of prize-winning performances. Each year, the festival also produces an international festival production in collaboration with the Academy of Performing Arts (DAMU) from Prague. Past festivals have featured performances by visiting artists and arts groups from Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Spain, and Italy, as well as groups from Slovenia.


In recent years the PUF Festival has expanded its programme from its original base at Ankaran to nearby towns, including Izola-Isola, Piran, Ankaran, Hrvatini, Moretini, Dekani, and Škofije. Some of the festival performances are staged again in early September for schoolchildren. In 2006 the festival also took place in Bovec and Kobarid in the Goriška Region. In 2009 the PUF Koper-Capodistria in partnership with the Burattini senza confini, FVG Videm, organised over 110 smaller or bigger performances and concerts during the period from June through November.

International cooperation

The PUF Festival involves participation by various local cultural institutions, including Koper Theatre and PINA Primorje Information Atelier. It has regularly collaborated with festivals in Italy (Mittelfest-Valli di Natisone, Cividale del Friuli; ENTE Teatrale and Burattini senza confini, FVG Udine; Alpe Adria Puppet Festival, Gorica), Austria (Cikl Cakl Šmihel) and Croatia (International Puppet Festival – PIF, Zagreb) as well as Slovenia (Trnfest, “Emona Promenade”, and Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival from Ljubljana; Summer Puppet Pier Festival, Maribor; Lutke brez meja, Nova Gorica; and Ulični Festival, Izola-Isola). PUF Festival also cooperates with Teatro matita and various other European puppetry schools.