Koroška Central Library Dr France Sušnik, Ravne na Koroškem

Ravne na Koroškem


Koroška osrednja knjižnica Dr Franca Sušnika, Ravne na Koroškem

Na gradu 1 SI-2390 , Ravne na Koroškem

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Named after Dr Franc Sušnik, who ran the library for the first three decades of its existence, Koroška Central Library performs the tasks of a regional library. In 1949 a study library was established together with Ravne Grammar School in Ravne Castle. Today this library has more than 8,000 registered readers and holds more than 250,000 library items. It heads a network of 9 branch libraries in the Mežiška Valley: Kotlje, Prevalje, Žerjav, Črna na Koroškem, Podpeca, Strojnska reka, Strojna, Leše, and Mežica. The library is the seat of the Library Association of Koroška.

Collection and activities

As a public library it is organised to suit different groups of users, and besides various cultural and literary events, it also hosts diverse thematic exhibitions, workshops for children, and lifelong education courses.

The library puts great focus on collecting old books and materials, having established the local collection department already at the very beginning. The collection comprises around 9,700 units including books, articles, pamphlets, audio-visual materials, periodicals, photographs, postcards, bibliographies, and manuscripts. One of the most valuable books in the collection is Jurij Dalmatin’s translation of the Bible from 1584.

The library also houses the Prežihov Voranc (1893–1950) and Leopold Suhodolčan (1928–1980) memorial rooms dedicated to 2 renowned Slovene authors. International cooperation is established with Slovene institutions in nearby Austria.

Festival of Slovenian Jazz

29. 04. - 30. 04. 2021

Ravne na Koroškem


Festival slovenskega jazza

Na Šancah 13 SI-2390 , Ravne na Koroškem

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The Festival of Slovenian Jazz is an annual presentation of the current creative endeavours among the Slovenian jazz musicians of various musical orientations. Taking place since 2003, it has hosted big bands, contemporary jazz collectives and free jazz practitioners, all of them sometimes playing with an international cast, thus giving the festival – despite its name – a somewhat international character.

Until 2010, the festival was organised by the Jazz Society and held in the auditorium of Hotel Lev, Ljubljana. Then, after a two-year break, it continued in Ravne na Koroškem, produced together with the crew of the Jazz Ravne cycle. The festival now takes place in the Kompleks Youth Culture Centre and partially also in the Cultural centre Ravne.


The history of the Jazz Society goes back quite a long time, as they are the ones who in 1960 brought to life the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, nowadays still existing as the oldest European jazz festival. At that time, it was called Yugoslavia Jazz Festival and was held in Bled, moving to Ljubljana only later in 1967. A dozen years later, at the end of the 1970s, the festival organisation was handed to the then newly established Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre. Consequently, for a few years, the Jazz Society ran its own festival (once again set in Bled), organised regular concert evenings in Ljubljana, and worked on the local jazz culture, managing, for example, to install a jazz course into the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory curriculum.

Music programme

Some of the bands and musicians that have appeared at the festival include RTV Slovenia Big Band, Jure Pukl Quartet, Balžalorsky / Drašler 3o, Lolita, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, Jazoo, Robert Jukič, Jaka Kopač, Zlatko Kaučič, Cene Resnik, Samo Šalamon and Igor Bezget. Playing on the same stages, have been such notable musicians as Giovanni Maier, Clarence Penn, Howard Curtis, and Wayne Darling.