Literature

Lirikonfest

7. 06. - 9. 06. 2022

Velenje

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Lirikonfest

Kopališka 3 SI-3320, Velenje

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Lirikonfest Velenje is an annual international poetry festival organised by Velenje Literary Foundation and literary association Velenika. It takes place in spring or early summer; its programme, however, is broadened by poetry readings, Lirikon(fest) Tastings (Lirikon(fest)ove degustacije), which last all year round. Lirikonfest promotes and presents 21st-century literature, its authors, translators and editors. The festival programme comprises approximately 21 literary events accompanied by music, theatre, film, art and dance. Every year, a different theme is put into focus. In the heart of the festival activities are literary readings, editorial and critical interpretations and presentations of Slovene and foreign literary translators.

Programme

The traditional Herberstein Literary Meeting of Slovene Writers, launched in 2002, has been a part of Lirikonfest since 2008. It features various symposia on 21st-century literature and current topics. Each year, 21 Slovene and 21 foreign authors, translators, editors and publishers take part in the festival. The magazine Rp. Lirikon21 is dedicated to the festival programme and comprises contributions from the participating authors.

The festival also includes projects for developing and promoting reading among adults and young people “Opening a Book” (Odpiram knjigo) and children “A Chocolate with a Book” (Čokolada s knjigo).

Awards

Within the framework of the festival, two biennial accolades are awarded: Lirikonov zlát for outstanding journal translations of 21st-century Slovene poetry into foreign languages and translations of contemporary poetry into Slovenian, and Herbersteinski-lirikonfestov zlát for the best literature essay on the current festival theme.

The international Pretnar Award is presented annually to acknowledge the work of ambassadors of Slovene literature and language abroad. At the ceremony Academy Poetic Slovenia, the Cup of Immortality (Čaša nesmrtnosti) is awarded to honour outstanding oeuvres of poetry or poetic drama for youth by Slovene authors. The awarded authors and translators can participate in international literary residencies in Velenje, Šaleška and Zgornja Savinjska valleys.

Literature

Translation Pranger Festival

5. 07. - 9. 07. 2022

Maribor

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Prevodni Pranger

Ulica heroja Tomšiča 9 A SI-2000, Maribor

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The first edition of the Translation Pranger Festival, the festival of world literature translations and humanities took place in Maribor in 2019. KUD Pranger Cultural Association established Translation Pranger Festival in accordance with the already established Pranger format.

Festival consists of analysis and evaluation public talks on translations of novels, short stories, children’s and youth literature, essays, dramatics, theory and poetry, which is complemented by the sale of interesting books and the recording and transcription of talks. Conversations is followed by relaxed socializing and discussion among participants.

Talks are held at the Maribor Puppet Theater. The first edition of the festival was prepared on the day of the death of St. Hieronymus, the translator best known for the Latin translation of the Bible.

Programme

Face to face (Iz oči v oči)

The management of the festival chooses one foreign language and a selector who will conduct the interview concerning two books or a magazine / radio publication of the translator in the focus of the evening. The choice of the selector is on its own discretion, but must take into account the manageability of the material in scope (especially for the audience who desires to read the material before the event). The choice and argumentation of translation solutions is commented upon by the invited discussant. The selector and discussant explain “face-to-face” their opinions to the translator of the translation, who has the opportunity to explain and reveal at his translation workshop less known facts or textual solutions that the discussant and selector may have interpreted in their own way.

Multidisciplinary

Pika’s Festival

10. 09. - 15. 09. 2021

Velenje

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Pikin festival

Titov trg 4 SI-3320 , Velenje

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Established in 1990, Pika’s Festival is the most popular event in Velenje and the largest children’s festival that attracts its audience from all over Slovenia. Although planned from the outset as an event for children, it is also popular with parents and teachers. Since 2008 it has been organised by the newly established municipal Velenje Festival Institute.

The festival is named after the heroine Pippi Longstocking (Swedish Pippi Langstrump, Slovene Pika Nogavička), a fictional character in a series of children’s books created by author Astrid Lindgren. The spirit of Pippi/Pika as an unconventional and extraordinary strong heroine pervades the festival in Velenje, which aims to develop the imaginations of children as well as adults. Humanity and tolerance towards diversity and otherness is also encouraged. The educational component of the project relates to culture as well as ecology, ethnology, anthropology, new media and technologies.

Pika’s Festival features exhibitions, theatre, dance and puppet performances, concerts and workshops. The festival’s programme is a unique combination of Slovene professional (Mladinsko Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Mini Theatre), amateur (Loški oder Theatre) or local (Celje Dance Forum, Velenje Puppet Theatre) performing groups and artists. It is supported by the Municipality of Velenje but also generates income through donations, sponsorship, grants, and sales.

Multidisciplinary

Summer in Velenje Festival

1. 06. - 12. 08. 2021

Velenje

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Poletje v Velenju

Titov trg 4 SI-3320, Velenje

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The Summer in Velenje Festival was launched in 1984 under the name Summer Cultural Events in Velenje as one of the first multidisciplinary summer city festivals in Slovenia. Organised and coordinated by the Festival Velenje Public Institute since 2008, it runs a very diverse programme featuring music concerts, film screenings, theatre plays, children-oriented programmes and more. It lasts throughout the summer months, from the end of June to August.

While a part of the programme is organised by the institute itself, a significant portion of it is done in cooperation with other producers. Furthermore, a few other Velenje-based festivals like Kunigunda Festival of Young Cultures, MoZZAJik festival and a Zither festival called “Prešmentane citre” are also incorporated into the wider context of the Summer Cultural Events.

Some of the festival venues are the Velenje Castle, the House of Culture Velenje and its yard, the banks of the Velenje and Škale lake and the many streets and parks of the city.

Festival Velenje Public Institute

The Festival Velenje Public Institute was founded in 2008 as a vehicle to organise, coordinate and promote various cultural institutions and events in the Municipality of Velenje. The institute organises year-long music, theatre and children’s cycles, runs the Kino Velenje and the Puppet and Dance theatre Velenje, sets up regional fairs and is responsible for the biggest children’s festival in Slovenia called Pika’s Festival (named after the Slovene name for the children’s character Pippi Longstocking), the Velenje Summer Festival and quite some other events as well.

From 2016, onward the institute also runs the Velenje Gallery.

Programme

Summer Cultural Events are comprised of a vast array of activities, from open-air musical concerts, theatre performances, weekly open-air cinema screenings and puppet plays for children to flea markets and travelogue presentations.

As of the latter, the festival has hosted the likes of the renowned fado singer Lula Pena (PT), the legendary klezmer band The Klezmatics (US), the pop icon Josipa Lisac (HR), the world fusion group The Merry Poppins (AT) as well as a diverse set of Slovene musicians like the singer-songwriter Iztok Mlakar, the popular choir Perpetuum Jazzile, the popular schlager singer Oto Pestner as well as the two local (yet internationally active) jazz musicians, the saxophone player and composer Jure Pukl and the jazz bassist and composer Robert Jukič. Each year it also hosts one of the European youth symphonic orchestras.

A part of the Summer Cultural Events programme is provided by producers from other parts of Slovenia like the Imago Sloveniae and the Seviqc Brežice Festival.