Music

Arsana International Music Festival

1. 07. - 3. 09. 2021

Ptuj

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Mednarodni glasbeni festival Arsana

Jadranska 4 SI-2250 , Ptuj

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Since 2008 the Arsana Music Art Association organises the Arsana International Music Festival, which – together with the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art – represents the music part of the Art Ptuj Festival. Each year the Arsana International Music Festival brings many locally known as well as world renowned musicians of diverse musical backgrounds including folk, jazz and classical, to the many different music venues of Ptuj.

Performers

Among the musicians who have performed at this music festival are: violinist Stefan Milenković, pianist Chris Jarrett, and guitarist Miran Tadić, who, together with actor Rade Šerbedžija, presented songs from their new album Nine New Ones and Barbara [Devet novih in Barbara]. Each year the festival presents popular Slovene musicians and singers such as Mia Žnidarič and Maja Keuc and bands such as Terrafolk and Vox Arsana, as well as musicians from all over the world, giving them the opportunity to collaborate.

Ptuj City Theatre

Ptuj

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Mestno gledališče Ptuj

Slovenski trg 13 SI-2250, Ptuj

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Ptuj City Theatre was reestablished in 1995 on the initiative of Samo Strelec and Theatre Zato. Based in a 230-seat hall within a recently renewed and modernised 19th-century historical building, it launched its first repertory season in Autumn 1995. Since that time the seven-member permanent team and over 200 guest actors produce around 6 performances annually, staging communicative plays of different genres. Ptuj City Theatre organises 2 theatre festivals, namely the biennial Festival of Monodrama, Ptuj and the annual Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP).

Programme and co-productions

The annual programme is based on new or contemporary relevant drama texts, often first stagings of individual drama texts in Slovenia. Past productions include Baltimore Waltz [Baltimorski valček] (2003) by Paula Vogel, George’s Marvellous Medicine [Gregorjevo čudežno zdravilo] by Roald Dahl, Kvetch [Jamr] by Steven Berkoff, Art by Yasmina Reza, Ay, Carmela! by José Sanchis Sinisterra, Neville’s Island [Nevilov otok] by Tim Firth, Norway-Today by Igor Bauersima, Sleuth [Vohljač] by Anthony Shaffer, Grönholm Method [Grönholmova metoda] by Jordi Galcerán, Two Character Play [Igra za dve osebi] by Tennessee Williams, and various domestic authors. Ptuj City Theatre has collaborated with directors, such as Rene Maurin, Tomi Janežič, Ivana Djilas, Nenni Delmestre, Zvone Šedlbauer, Sebastijan Horvat, Matjaž Latin, and others.

The theatre also enters co-productions with other Slovene theatre producers, such as the 2007 Ragged People/Pupils and Teachers [Raztrganci/učenci in učitelji], directed by Sebastijan Horvat, which was co-produced by Cankarjev dom and EPI Centre; and the 2010 production Custom-Made Kitchen [Kuhinja po meri], directed by Igor Samobor and co-produced by Glej Theatre, etc.

Awards

The theatre appears at Slovene theatre festivals, such as Days of Comedy, Slovene Drama Week, Borštnik Theatre Festival, etc., where its productions and actors are also often awarded. For example, Gregor Strniša’s play Frogs [Žabe], directed by Jernej Lorenci, was awarded by the Association of Theatre Critics and Researchers of Slovenia at the 2010 edition of the Borštnik Theatre Festival. rokgre’s text Garbage on the Moon [Smeti na Luni], which received the 2008 Grum Award at the Slovene Drama Week, had its first staging later the same year at Ptuj City Theatre, directed by Nick Upper, while the theatre’s production Grönholm Method [Grönholmova metoda], directed by Nenni Delmestre, received the audience and grand jury award at the 2008 edition of Slovene Festival of Chamber Theatre (SKUP). The theatre’s production Micka was also awarded at the 2007 Days of Satire in Zagreb, Croatia.

Additional programme

In addition to its main subscription repertory series, Ptuj City Theatre also hosts guest performances from all Slovene professional theatre houses and international guests. Puppetry subscription series for children features guest performances by several Slovene puppetry ensembles.

The theatre also organises practical theatre workshops for the youth (“Theatre Studio”), led by the actress Dunja Zupanec and the director and pedagogue Branka Bezeljak.

Ptuj Castle

Ptuj

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Ptujski grad

Na gradu 1 SI-2250, Ptuj

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Ptuj Castle hosts the Ptuj branch of the Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum and is one of the major tourist attractions in Slovenia. The castle houses the collections of the regional museum, including its Musical Instruments Collection, the famous Turqueries, the paintings with Turkish motifs from the 17th century and the Shrovetide carnival masks and folk costumes collection.

History

The site of Ptuj Castle was settled in prehistoric and Roman times and by at least the 9th century, a fortification is known to have been here. Work on the mediaeval fortress began in the first half of the 12th century under Archbishop Konrad of Salzburg, the then-feudal lord of Ptuj, whose imposing residence (today’s Leslies’ wing) still survives today. The Archbishops subsequently rented the castle to the lords of Ptuj, nobles who had won fame fighting the Hungarians. During the 300 years that they lived in Ptuj, the lords also left their mark as founders of Minorite and Dominican monasteries, and as builders of the pilgrimage church at Ptujska Gora. The tombstone of the last lord of Ptuj, Friedrich IX, was built into the castle’s ground floor. Major reconstructions in the Renaissance and Baroque periods left a strong stamp on the castle.

From 1656 to 1802 the castle was inhabited by the Leslies. The last owners, the Counts of Herberstein, occupied the castle from 1873 until 1945; the Herbersteins thoroughly renovated the castle in 1912, supported archaeological excavations in the castle precinct, and maintained their own archaeological collection. Following the nationalisation of the castle in 1945 the building, together with its rich furniture and fittings, was incorporated into the Ptuj Museum.

Collections

On the ground floor visitors can inspect musical instruments used in the past by wealthy Ptuj noblemen and citizens. The instruments reflect various faces of the musical past, and recordings of the music once played on them enliven the exhibit. The most beautiful castle chambers are on the first floor.

Displays of period furniture, tapestries, paintings, and small everyday objects present household furnishings from the second half of the 16th century to the second half of the 19th century. The Festival Hall houses the collection of Turqueries. These are paintings with Turkish motifs all dating back to the 17th century. They depict renowned Turkish and European military commanders and dignitaries, ladies from the Ottoman empire, and inhabitants of distant nations. The collection gives evidence of the growing interest educated Europeans started to show for foreign cultures, and is the biggest such collection in Europe.

The castle art gallery boasts some of the most beautiful examples of Gothic and Baroque art in Slovenia. In 2012 a new permanent collection of Shrovetide carnival masks from the Ptuj region (Ptujsko polje, Dravsko polje, Haloze, and Slovenske Gorice) was set up in the renovated castle horse stables.

Ptuj City Cinema

Ptuj

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Mestni kino Ptuj

Cvetkov trg 1 SI-2250, Ptuj

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The Ptuj City Cinema is a historical venue in which its first film screening took place almost 120 years ago. Even though the cinema is now equipped with a state-of-the-art digital projector, which allows it to screen a diverse and contemporary cinematic programme, it strives to preserve the building’s romantic retro flair.

It is managed by the Ptuj Centre for Cultural Activities (CID Ptuj).

Programme

Besides running a regular programme of quality film as part of the Art Cinema Network, the cinema caters to an audience of all ages. Babies can attend their first screenings with their parents at the Baby to the Cinema (Z dojenčkom v kino) programme (a great way for new parents to by able to keep up with films). The Little Cinema Garden (Kino vrtiček) brings the preschool kids a creative and playful workshop after screenings of selected children’s films, while Cinemascope (Kinoskop) aims to take a deeper look into the world of cinema for children over 8 years.

There is also the Ceiling-less Cinema (Kino brez stropa) film programme during the summer, held at the Ptuj Castle. The screenings of carefully selected films are accompanied by engaging lectures, debates, concerts, presentations and other events. The cinema also organises school screenings and cinema visits, hosts festivals and presents other events.

Ptuj Centre for Cultural Activities (CID Ptuj)

Ptuj

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Center interesnih dejavnosti (CID), Ptuj

Osojnikova cesta 9 SI-2250, Ptuj

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Established in 1994 and relocated to new premises in 2001, Ptuj Centre for Cultural Activities (CID Ptuj) is a public institution which serves as an info point, offers computers with internet access, and organises a range of youth club activities (concerts, lectures, meetings, literary evenings, exhibitions) and other projects.

Acitvities

In addition to actively developing programmes for creative use of free time for children and young people, the centre also provides information and counselling work, arranges youth mobility activities, as well as leads various non-formal and informal education and voluntary programmes throughout the whole Lower Podravje region. It also hosts international volunteers through the European Voluntary Service programme and are also part of Erasmus+ network.

Since 2012 they also run Jazz concert series Jazz v CIDu (Jazz in CID) which offers jazz concerts and music workshops for younger musicians. In cooperation with the Karol Pahor Music School in Ptuj and with support of many local musicians, they have managed to establish a recognizable and vibrant local music scene in recent years.

The centre manages the Ptuj City Cinema which is part of the Slovenian Art Cinema Association and also Europe Cinemas network and is located at a separate location in the city center. CID Ptuj is also participating in Resonance Cinema – Cultural Hub for Curious Mind project which was launched by the European Commission. The aim of the project is creating cultural hubs around four main cinema theatres in Central and Eastern Europe: Cinema House, Sofia/Bulgaria; TISZApART Mozi, Szonok/Hungary; Centre for free time activities Ptuj/Slovenia; Cinema Urania, Osijek/Croatia.

Mihelič Gallery, Ptuj

Ptuj

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Miheličeva galerija, Ptuj

Dravska 4 SI-2250, Ptuj

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Beside the Salon of Art and the exhibition space of the Old Prisons, Ptuj (Stari zapori), the Mihelič Gallery, as one of three spaces of the Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum focused on contemporary art, has the longest tradition. Located in the round tower on the Drava River, it was established already in 1967. In 1992, the gallery was renamed after painter France Mihelič (1907–1998), who produced some of his major works between 1936 and 1941 when he taught at Ptuj Grammar School. An extensive collection of his drawings and prints are kept by Ptuj – Ormož Regional Museum and are exhibited in its graphics collection. The Mihelič Gallery features up to nine exhibitions annually.

Venue

Erected in 1551, the old tower on the Drava River was the largest of six that once formed Ptuj’s Renaissance defence system. Originally it had no roof because it was used as a gun cannon platform. When the tower lost its original function, it was initially converted into apartments, and then in 1938 into an exhibition space. For some years a viticulture collection was displayed here, but since 1967 the space has been used for art exhibitions.

Programme

Beside solo exhibitions of regional authors such as Andrej Božič, based in Ptuj, or Polona Petek, a Maribor-based artist of the younger generation, it features also other Slovene artists like Klementina Golja. It prepares also group exhibitions as the exhibition entitled Masters [Mojstri] that in 2009 featured the work of still-active artists of the first post-war generation of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana: Bogdan Borčić, Jože Ciuha, Albin Lugarič, Vladimir Makuc, and France Slana. Such exhibitions are as a rule on view at all locations of the museum which cover contemporary art production, sometimes also in the exhibition area of the Ivan Potrč Library Ptuj.

Mihelič Gallery is a co-presenter of the Art Stays, International Festival of Contemporary Art that is organised each summer by the Art Stays Cultural Association. Its exhibition is traditionally featured in August and is the most important international event of the Mihelič Gallery. In 2009 the cooperation between both organisers resulted in an exhibition of Italian Graphics, curated by Marika Vicari.

Kolnkišta

Ptuj

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Kolnkišta

Viktorina Ptujskega 4 SI-2250 , Ptuj

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Kolnkišta was founded by Ptuj Student Club in co-operation with Municipality of Ptuj in the cellar of an old building in the city centre. The place was established in 2000, than closed in 2006 and reopened in 2012. In recent years, it has become one of the main venues for alternative culture in Ptuj and the surrounding area. Besides running its own regular programme, Kolnkišta is also involved in the summer festival TerasaFest and has hosted Club Marathon concerts.

Programme

The programme consists of regular film screenings, literary evenings, lectures and talks with writers and occasional exhibitions. Music-wise, the programme is very open and features DJ events, jam sessions, MC battles and metal, jazz, rock, electronica and hip hop concerts. A lot of stress is also put upon presenting young and upcoming bands, who often appear at the Kolnkišta stage.

Dom Kulture muziKafe

Ptuj

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Dom Kulture muziKafe

Vrazov trg 1 SI-2250 , Ptuj

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Dom Kulture muziKafe is an unique, family run mixture of a café, a gallery and an event venue that hosts musical performances, poetry readings, travelogues, literature discussions, theatre and dance shows and some more as well. The place is located in the old city centre of Ptuj and is comprised of an outside courtyard and terrace, the main cafeteria area and a vaulted bare-brick cellar mostly used for live occasions and exhibitions. As of recent years, MuziKafe also offers very special B&B facilities that were arranged and decorated in accord with the pronounced artistic sensibilities of the owners Igor and Stanka Vauda Benčevič.

MuziKafe launched its programme in 2009 and has fast become one of the foremost cultural institution in Ptuj. Besides setting up its own programme of jazz, ethno, pop and singer-songwriter music, discussions with prominent Slovenian literates, wine tastings and so on, this is also one of the main venues for the Days of Poetry and Wine Festival. Other festivals, like the Godibodi Festival and the literary-music festival Spogledi (organised by Litera Publishing House), also tend (or have tended) to stop by here.

Programme

Preprogrammed events usually take place at MuziKafe at least once per week, but sometimes also happen twice or even thrice. Aside from music, literature probably figures as the most consistent programme theme and the place has hosted both the established writers and poets like Feri Lainšček, Vinko Moderndorfer and Boris A. Novak, as well as representatives of the younger generation like Aljoša Harlamov and Goran Vojnovič (his theatre show Čefurji Raus was also staged here). Some of these evenings are organised together with Beletrina Publishing Institute, as for example the wine tasting & arts discussions series Huda pokušnja.

There have been theatre performances by Rozinteater and Branko Završan, lectures by well known travellers like Benka Pulko and Tomo Križnar, photo exhibitions by Jure Eržen and Stojan Kerbler and numerous other events that often gather an audience from other cities in the region.

Music

The long and diverse list of remarkable Slovenian musicians playing on the stags of MuziKafe includes Vasko Atanasovski Trio (Vasko himself is almost a resident artist here), Brina, Silence, Aphra Tesla, Katalena, Godalika, Orkestrada, Uršula Ramoveš in Fantje z Jazbecove grape, Zoc Bilbi, Jure Pukl Quartet and Kaja Draksler Acropolis Quartet.

Of the foreign guests, one can name the (Ljubljana based) Chris Eckman (of The Walkabouts), the Indian tabla player Pandit Suresh Talwalkar, the Italian accordionist Simone Zanchini and the Tibetan singer Soname Yangchen.

Music

Ptuj Festival

19. 08. - 19. 08. 2022

Ptuj

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Festival narodno-zabavne glasbe Ptuj

Osojnikova cesta 3 SI-2250, Ptuj

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Ptuj Festival was established in 1969 and was set up as an embellishment of the 1900th anniversary of the first recorded mention of the city of Ptuj. Organised by Radio Ptuj – who still handles it today – it was the first folk-pop music festival in Slovenia, coming into being merely a decade and a half after the genre itself was “created” by the Avsenik brothers. Their “classic quintet” still resounds in how the competition categories of the festivals are divided, the first for quintet formations with an accordion, trumpet, clarinet, guitar and bass, and the second for all the others.

This competition format, with the winners usually chosen by a combination of an expert jury and public votes, was later adopted by numerous other similar festivals. Nowadays, there are awards for the best songs in each category (including one for the best song according to the audience) and also for the best lyrics and best vocal performance.

The festival has in recent years settled at the yard of the Minorite Monastery in Ptuj. With both audio and video recorded by Radio-Television Slovenia (RTV Slovenia), the competing songs are later released by the Discography Unit, RTV Slovenia. There is also live streaming of the festival by Radio Maribor and Radio Ptuj.

Literature

Days of Poetry and Wine Festival 2022

22. 08. - 27. 08. 2022

Ptuj

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Dnevi poezije in vina

Vrazov trg 1 SI-2250 , Ptuj

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Days of Poetry and Wine, one of the largest and most recognizable international poetry festival in this part of Europe, successfully unites poetry with enology for the past twenty-five years. Every year in the last warm August days festival hosts over twenty poets from all over the world along with selected domestic winemakers. Up to 2009 it took place in Medana (a village in Goriška Brda next to the Italian border) during the last week in August, basically turning the village into the poetry capital of Europe for a week. In 2010 the 14th edition of the festival moves to Ptuj, a historical town of Roman origin in eastern Slovenia, one of regional partner cities of Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012. Since then the festival takes place in Ptuj. It is run by Beletrina Publishing Institute.

The festival, in 2022 curated by poet Kristina Kočan, successfully combines the poetic word with the promotion of the highest quality Slovenian wines.

Background and programme

The festival was initiated in 1995 by the Študentska založba Publishing House, Ljubljana. It has since expanded to offer more than just poetry and wine: it features numerous concerts, a selection of recent Slovene films, contemporary dance performances, street theatre, visual and spatial interventions, a programme for children … Among its goals are to examine intersections between poetry and other art forms and to provide an opportunity for discussions between authors and local and international publishers on different topics.

Guests

The twenty-sixth edition of the festival will take place between 22 and 27 August and will feature 20 poets from 10 countries. The main festival programme will take place in Ptuj, which turns into the capital of poetry during the festival. Festival events will also take place in Ljubljana, Maribor, Murska Sobota, Krško, Vitomarci, Juršinci, Ljutomer, Križevci pri Ljutomeru, Ormož, Ivanjkovci, Belo, Selce, Petanjci, Janški vrh and Laafeld in Austria.

American poet Carolyn Forché and Polish poet Tomasz Różycki will be the guests of honour, and their selected poems will be published in bilingual books before the festival. Open letter to Europe will be written and read publicly for the first time at the festival by the world-renowned Galician poet and activist Chus Pato.

Venues

During the festival, poetry will take over Ptuj, and more than 60 events will take place at numerous venues. In addition to poetry and wine, which are the main focuses of the festival, the organisers are also preparing a varied programme in the fields of music, visual, photography, film and other arts for all ages and different interest groups.

Poetry volumes

This year’s Days of Poetry and Wine will kick off in Pomurje with poetry readings and a literary translation workshop focusing on contemporary Catalan poetry. Guests at the events in Petanjci and Ljutomer, and later in Ormoz, will be Catalan poets Anna Aguilar-Amat, Anna Gual and Jordi Julià, who will take part in a Catalan-Slovenian literary translation workshop in the company of their Slovenian colleagues Ana Svetel, Ivan Dobnik and Milan Jesih, and translator and writer Simona Škrabec.

On the evenings of 25-27 August, the Ptuj City Market will host Grand Evening Readings, where all the guests of the festival will present their poetry, followed by evening concerts of bands Elis Noa, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love, Moveknowledgement and Masayah.

International cooperation

In 2010 the festival moved from Medana to Ptuj, whose location between Graz and Zagreb makes it ideal for international cooperation when it comes to both poetry and wine. The event has had many sponsors in recent years, next to the Ministry of Culture and the EU Culture program, and also cooperate with different European organizations like Allianz Kulturstiftung and EUNIC.