Linhart Hall, Radovljica

Radovljica

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Linhartova dvorana Radovljica

Gorenjska cesta 19a SI-4240 , Radovljica

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Reopened in 1996 after conversion from a cinema into a multipurpose venue, the 280-seat Linhart Hall is named after celebrated Slovene dramatist and historian Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756–1795), who was born in Radovljica.

It offers annual subscription series for theatre, puppetry and film. Each season, six stage performances featuring mainstream and independent Slovene theatre houses are offered on Monday nights. The children’s programme on Fridays is also popular.

The film programme covers all of the significant art and first-run films of the season. The Linhart Hall is a member of the Art Cinema Network, that distributes selected art films around Slovenia.

Exhibitions take place in the entrance lobby. The office of the local tourist organisation is also located in the building.

Linhart Hall issues the newsletter Deželne novice and various other publications.

Literature

Anton Tomaž Linhart Library Radovljica

Radovljica

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Knjižnica Antona Tomaža Linharta, Radovljica

Gorenjska cesta 27 SI-4240, Radovljica

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Anton Tomaž Linhart Library Radovljica is the central library in Radovljica, with branches in Begunje, Kropa, Lesce, Brezje, Bohinjska Bistrica, Gorje, Srednja vas, Stara Fužina, Zasip and Blaž Kumerdej Library, Bled. The oldest book in its collection is Valvasor’s The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola (1877), but it also holds many facsimile versions of other old books. Its oldest periodical is Zvon (“Bell”) from 1870. The library was established in 1946 and is named after Anton Tomaž Linhart (1756–1795), a Slovene playwright and historian, who was from Radovljica.

In April 2018 the library in Radovljica moved to brand new building designed by ATELIERarhitekti. It encompasses 2,520 square metres of space and offers a rich collection of books and multimedia items, a cafe, youth and children’s corners. In 2007 the library’s collection (including its branches) comprised more than 157,000 items. The library organises many regular cultural events for adults and children, including book readings and puppet shows.

International cooperation

Every year the library cooperates with the Bedrich Benes Buchlovan Library in the Czech Republic, which initiated a network of European libraries and schools in the project The Night with Andersen. During the night of 26th of March children and adults spend a night in the library, reading and performing Andersen’s fairy tales, chatting via Internet with their colleagues in Slovakia, Austria, Poland and Czech Republic.

Music

Radovljica Festival

6. 08. - 24. 08. 2022

Radovljica

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Festival Radovljica

Linhartov trg 1 SI-4240, Radovljica

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Launched in 1982, Radovljica Festival is the oldest early music festival in Slovenia. It regularly features internationally-renowned singers and instrumentalists, performing on period instruments and ensembles, such as Sequentia, Gothic Voices, Trio Mediaeval, the Rolf Lislevand Ensemble, Café Zimmermann, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca, London Baroque and Ensemble Zefiro.

The 2011 edition of the festival presented a literary-music evening The Saga of Hallgerd by Svetlana Makarovič and Milko Lazar and international groups Die Singphoniker, Black Narcissus, , Zefiro, Sequentia, Lisa Rydberg and Gunnar Idenstam, James Bowman and Andrew Plant at the Radovljica Manor, while Yves Rechsteiner in Henri-Charles Caget interpreted the Jean-Philippe Rameau’s arias and dance music at the Velesovo Church. A one-day vocal workshop was led by Ian Honeyman, an English tenor (also actor and pianist).

Concerts, new works and education

The Radovljica Festival features a wide scope of music, from reconstructions of performances from before the advent of musical notation through the most recent works of the 21st century.

The 2010 edition of the festival presented Slovene musicians (Barbara Kozelj and Ensemble musica cubicularis with Domen Marinčič and Stefan Temmingh, Trio Quo Vadis) as well as international groups Le Concert Brisé, The Harp Consort (Guernsey), Amphion Wind Octet, John Potter and Ariel Abramovich, La Colombina, Pino De Vittorio Ensemble, and the project Mahler Plays Mahler. The festival closes with Benjamin Bagby’s performance of the the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf.

Radovljica Festival also commissions some new works by Slovene composers. In 2010 the new compositions by Nana Forte and Uroš Rojko were specially commissioned by the Radovljica Festival and premièred by Trio Quo Vadis: Uroš Rojko (clarinet), Klara Tomljanovič (guitar) and Luka Juhart (accordion).

In 2010 the festival hosted John Potter, a singer, author and vocal coach, who held a lecture on “Singing Early Music in the 21st Century” and led a one-day workshop for singers and vocal ensembles.

International networking

The Radovljica Festival is a member of the European Early Music Network (REMA).

Venues

Concerts are held at the Radovljica manor, on Linhart Square, in St Peter’s Church as well as in the Annunciation Church at the nearby village Velesovo, which since 2007 treasures a high-quality organ built by the Močnik organ workshop (modelled on an instrument by Bach’s friend and preferred builder Zacharias Hildebrandt). A free bus is organised for visitors coming from Ljubljana and Kranj.