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British Council v Sloveniji
http://www.britishcouncil.si
Trg republike 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 300 2030
Fax386 (0) 1 300 2044
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Aida Salamanca, Director
aida.salamanca@britishcouncil.si
Phone386 (0) 1 300 2035
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Sandra Hlebš, Partnerships and Resources Manager
sandra.hlebs@britishcouncil.si
Phone386 (0) 1 300 2037
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Tina Skočaj, Exams and Communications Manager
tina.skocaj@britishcouncil.si
Phone386 (0) 1 300 2042
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Silvia Jereb, Exams Officer
silvia.jereb@britishcouncil.si
Phone386 (0) 1 300 2038
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Since 1992 the office of the British Council Slovenia has been engaging widely in one form or another in the Slovene educational, social, and cultural scene through its cooperation with governmental and non-governmental institutions, ministries, and independent programmers.

The programme of the British Council Slovenia has changed significantly. At the very beginning, the original focus was to develop a wider knowledge of the English language, however, quite soon these efforts resulted in high-quality teaching being offered by local schools of English. Gradually an ongoing cooperation with local cultural producers was developed with an aim to present British arts and culture to Slovene audiences.

Today several programmes of the BC Slovenia are dedicated to Creative and Cultural Economy in order to connect people in Slovenia who work in the creative and cultural industries with those in the UK.


Background of cultural cooperation

A multimedia site-specific installation Map to Paradise from Ljubljana by Peter Greenaway was co-produced in cooperation with Muzeum Institute in 2000 and the exhibition From the Cradle To the Grave – Selected Drawings by Damien Hirst was on view at the International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana in 2003. The internationally established festivals in Slovenia Mladi levi Festival, Exodos Festival, Druga Godba Festival, Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) and the City of Women Festival brought numerous British artists to Slovenia with the British Council's support.

British Council Slovenia has also initiated programmes such as Animating Literature that hosted British authors Diran Adebayo, John McRae, and Donald McLaughlin, amongst others, and an anthology of contemporary British short stories, translated into Slovenian through a cooperative project with the Študentska založba Publishing House. From 2002 through 2008 the BC office in Slovenia collaborated with the UK agency Visiting Arts and the Ministry of Culture on the Slovenia Cultural Profile project (website and book).

Creative industries

In 2004 the first workshops relating to new approaches to cultural infrastructure and the creative industries ("Modernising Heritage, City Revitalisation, Fashion, Design") were organised with Slovene partners. Since 2005 Slovenia has participated in the annual Young Creative Entrepreneur (YCE) programme awards competitions, focusing on Design (2005), Publishing (2006), Screen (2007), and Fashion (2012). Slovenes have been nominated as finalists several times, with young entrepreneurs being rewarded with a tour of the relevant UK industry, where they have met with key people from the trade.

In April 2012 the British Council Slovenia with Adria Media co-organised a spring edition of Philips Fashion Week at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. Fashion designer and filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson talked about the topic of fashion films and held a lecture.

Education and research support

On behalf of the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the British Council in the period 2004–2007 managed the annual Chevening and Valvasor-Chevening Scholarships co-funded by the Slovene Ministry of Culture. Scholarships covered 3–12 months of postgraduate study in the UK related to commercial management of culture and cultural heritage, management of cultural tourism, audio-visual and media industry, specialised technical professions, and performing arts and film production. A dozen of today's most successful cultural managers, gallery owners, and producers got their vital education in the UK.

The British Council Slovenia has also run various science-based programmes (including the Network Research Programme) in partnership with the Slovene Research Agency (ARRS).


English language

The British Council in Ljubljana supports English language learning by offering several UK exams – for example, the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) on a regular basis.


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