Sora Cinema, Škofja Loka

Škofja Loka

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Kino Sora

Mestni trg 16 SI-4220, Škofja Loka

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The Sora Cinema, Škofja Loka was established in 1975. From Thursday to Sunday it screens a programme of quality first-run and art films. The cinema is a member of the Artkino mreža (Art Cinema Network), which distributes mostly selected quality independent and art films around Slovenia.

The venue is situated in the recently renovated Sokolski dom and the Sora Cinema company has been acting as its manager.

MMC Pulsar Multimedia Centre

Škofja Loka

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Multimedijski center Pulsar (MMC Pulsar)

Mestni trg 20 SI-4220 , Škofja Loka

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MMC Pulsar Multimedia Centre offers free Internet access and ICT equipment for educational purposes and non-profit multimeda and design projects. It also offers two computer workstations for more demanding video and music production. It also incorporates a small gallery space where exhibitions of photography and visual arts are organised.

Loka Castle

Škofja Loka

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Loški grad

Grajska pot 13 SI-4220, Škofja Loka

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In the 12th century on the hills above Škofja Loka stood three fortifications: the Upper Tower on Krancelj; the Lower Fort (nider vest); and the Loka Castle, a residence of Freising Bishops, built at the brink of a natural terrace. The castle is first mentioned in 1202 as castrum firmissimum, although today’s building dates from the 16th century. The castle was rebuilt in 1691 after an earthquake and in 1716.

The castle was administered by Loka chiefs, among them Lambergs, Thurms, and Rasps. Since 1890 the castle has been managed by the Ursulines, who pulled down the Romanesque yard tower and transformed it into a school. Since 1959 it has hosted the Loka Museum.

The circular castle dominates above Škofja Loka town and presents the conclusion of the town walls. It can be dated after the earthquake in 1511, although some parts are older, which was confirmed during the renovation works in 2006–2008. The north-eastern tower, the oldest in the structure, is built on an older predecessor from the 10th century. Together with the renovation work the reconstruction of the primary entrance with a wooden drawbridge was also carried out.

Ivan Grohar Gallery, Škofja Loka

Škofja Loka

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Galerija Ivana Groharja, Škofja Loka

Mestni trg 37 SI-4220, Škofja Loka

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Established by Škofja Loka Artists Association in the centre of the old town in 1978, Ivan Grohar Gallery, Škofja Loka is one of the leading fine arts exhibition venues in the Gorenjska region. It has been managed by Loka Museum since 2000.

Programme

The gallery’s programme focuses on linking tradition with recent initiatives in the visual arts, building dialogue between the centuries old Loka art legacy and fresh contemporary art. The programme consists of around 11 exhibitions each year. The intimate interior of the gallery allows presentations of individual authorial projects, the place itself is also suitable for attractive ambient and multi-media installations.

Ivan Grohar Gallery presents work by local artists as well as high-quality Slovene contemporary art; a lot of important and influential names, from old and already established artists such as Lujo Vodopivec or Stojan Kerbler to breakthrough and promising representatives of the youngest generation. It regularly features also the artworks produced at the Ive Šubic Colony.

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Pisana Loka Festival

20. 08. - 29. 08. 2021

Škofja Loka

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Pisana Loka

4220, Škofja Loka

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Pisana Loka is a local summer festival taking place at various locations in Škofja Loka in August. At first a rather modest endeavour, it began in 2008 and has since grown into an annual event of ten packed days, encompassing music, theatre, urban sports, stand-up comedy, a children’s programme, film screenings and more. The name of the festival means “Colourful Loka”, a bit of an archaic way of calling Škofja Loka when alluding to the charms of the town.

The festival locations are numerous, among them Sokolski dom Cultural Centre, Loka Castle, the summer garden of various local bars, some smaller squares and the main square of the old city centre (one of the best-preserved medieval squares in Slovenia).

Background

Launched with urban reinvigoration plans in mind, Pisana Loka used to be just a series of music concerts in the city centre. In 2011 (and later in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), the festival organisation was handed over to Zavod O, a cultural association run by local youth, and its ambitions noticeably rose. The festival started to connect various local institutions, groups, and actors, from local skateboarders to the pensioners society, the Ivan Tavčar Public Library, scouts, student organisations, and various local cultural enthusiasts and associations.

Since 2017 the festival has been coordinated by the Škofja Loka Municipality. The number is events is growing.
Additional festival locations include the Church of the Vision of St Mary in Strunjan, or the Church of St Mary of the Rose in the neighbouring town of Portorož.

Programme

Pisana Loka has hosted bands such as Laibach, Bakalina, Uršula Ramoveš in Fantje z Jazbecove grape, Katarina Juvančič & Dejan Lapanja, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, Dan D, Joe Cocker Tribute, Jan Plestenjak, Hamo & Tribute 2 Love – all in all, a varied line-up that joins alternative musicians with big pop acts.

The festival presents also numerous theatre and street theatre performances, workshops and other events that actively try to engage the local and regional population.

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In Memoriam Prof. Peter Hafner Festival

24. 07. - 1. 08. 2021

Škofja Loka

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Festival In Memoriam prof. Peter Hafner

Mestni trg 20 SI-4220, Škofja Loka

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The In Memoriam Prof. Peter Hafner Festival was first organised under this name in 2009, as a successor of sorts to the “Alter-Fest” that first appeared in 2005 at the Rdeča ostriga Club. In the beginning, Alter-Fest took place for only one evening and its line-up more or less consisted of punk bands. In the years to come, the festival widened its musical scope, forming a more varied and well-recognised programme. This development was partly due to the guidance of and help from Peter Hafner, a local music enthusiast, DJ, cultural activist, and mathematics professor, who unfortunately passed away in 2009. Thus, Alter-Fest got a new name.

After its initial punk orientation featuring bands such as Center za dehumanizacijo (CZD), the festival has gone for a more varied selection of musical orientations, from electronics to hip hop, bringing to stage some of the best alternative Slovenian acts and also a number of popular bands from abroad.

Of the local acts, one can mention Dubzilla, Moveknowledgement, Demolition Group, Koala Voice, We Can’t Sleep at Night, Coma Stereo, Uršula Ramoveš in Fantje z Jazbecove grape, New Wave Syria, Bakalina, N’Toko, Marko Brecelj, and Ewok. Of the more memorable foreign acts, there are Rambo Amadeus, Damir Avdić, Punčke, Repetitor, Bad Copy, Erotic Biljan & His Heretics, and Vlasta Popić.