Kosovel Library, Sežana

Sežana

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Kosovelova knjižnica Sežana

Ulica Mirka Pirca 1 SI-6210 , Sežana

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The origins of the Kosovel Library can be traced back to the establishment of the Readers’ Association in 1852, though it was officially founded many years later in 1948. It is named after renowned Slovene poet Srečko Kosovel (1904–1926), who was born in Sežana. Over the years it has developed a network of three branch libraries in Divača, Hrpelje, and Komen.

Today the library offers book and other material, also in foreign languages, digital collections, and access to online resources. It plays a pivotal role in promoting and fostering reading and informational competence, and functions as a cultural centre of the region. Events for children as well as adults, story-telling hours, lectures, exhibitions are all featured on their programme. The library participates in the project Primorci beremo (“The Primorska Region Reads”), which joins all libraries of the Primorska region and certain ones in the Italian border region in one of the largest reading campaigns in Slovenia. Due to the proximity of the border, many of the library’s visitors are Italian.

Visual arts

Avgust Černigoj Gallery, Lipica

Sežana

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Galerija Avgusta Černigoja, Lipica

Lipica 5 SI-6210, Sežana

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Avgust Černigoj Gallery comprises a collection of around 1400 works of Avgust Černigoj (1898–1985), a key figure of Constructivism and the Slovene historic avant-garde artistic scene.

The Gallery is part of the Lipica Stud Farm (the cradle of the Lipizzaner horse) in the village Lipica, where Černigoj spent the last five years of his life. The permanent exhibition installation of around 400 works was set up by Novi kolektivizem (NK). The gallery is run by Goriška Museum.

Avgust Černigoj

Born in Trst/Trieste (1898), Avgust Černigoj graduated in Bologna, Italy, and then went to Germany to study at Munich Academy. Soon he discovered the new experimental art school Bauhaus. The short but intensive Weimar period had a profound influence on Černigoj’s artistic development and gave an indelible and recognisable character to his personality, as well as to most of his works. He became enthusiastic about Abstraction, represented in those times by Kandinsky and Klee at the Bauhaus, and above all about Constructivism. Černigoj remained more or less faithful to Constructivist principles for his entire life. He introduced an important novelty: collage, through which he created not only new artistic values but also changed the way of understanding artistic work.

During his life he participated in numerous exhibitions, both at home and abroad. Although bitterly rejected at the beginning and not widely understood, Černigoj later won some awards for his work, among them the Prešeren Award for lifetime achievement.

Multidisciplinary

Mladifest

8. 07. - 11. 07. 2021

Sežana

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Mladifest

Kosovelova ulica 4a SI-6210 , Sežana

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The local summer festival Mladifest was launched in 1995 and is currently organised by the Student Club Sežana, with its main partners being theKosovel Culture House Sežana and MC Podlaga. It is mostly held at different outside venues around the town of Sežana and has an extensive and very diverse programme that addresses the whole of the local community, though mostly it is aimed at the younger generations.

Programme

Mladifest consist of several different programme segments, with the most dense and varied one possibly being the children’s programme which involves workshops, puppet shows, music performances, and the like. There are also sports events and competitions, round tables, lectures, gaming events, movie screenings (including the Animateka after Animateka programme of Animateka International Animated Film Festival), theatre plays and music concerts (presenting both mainstream and more alternative bands and artists like Elvis Jackson, Moveknowledgement, Blaž, Koala Voice, and Vlasta Popić). Artistic installations and fashion exhibitions also sometimes take place, with the latter consisting of works by young and emerging fashion designers.