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Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
http://www.goethe.de/ljubljana
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Bleiweisova cesta 30, SI-1000 Ljubljana
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Uwe Reissig, Director
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Jelena Mikloš, Cultural Programmes Coordinator
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Brane Čop, Head of the German Library
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The Goethe-Institut Ljubljana is the official cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany in Slovenia, a part of the globally operating Goethe-Institut network. Its aim is to encourage international and cultural exchange and understanding as well as to foster German as a foreign language outside Germany. It was established in 2004, expanding the programme activities of the former "German Reading Room", opened in 1995. Today's "German Library", still located at the premises of the Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana, offers a rich variety of contemporary German-language literature for free.

Goethe-Institut Ljubljana is a member of EUNIC Slovenia, a network involving several European cultural institutions promoting intercultural dialogue, mobility, early language learning, and multilingualism.


The programme of the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana consists of exhibitions, readings and talks with German-speaking authors, concerts and workshops with artists from Germany, all with the aim of linking the German and Slovene cultural scenes. The fundamental method of the Goethe-Institut is intercultural dialogue based on partnership.

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Cultural cooperation

In 2010, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the multidisciplinary exhibition Bauhaus twenty-21 (Architecture, Design, Photography) was set up by Foto+Synthesis at the Jakopič Gallery, co-organised by the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana and the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana.

In cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum, Ljubljana and the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana the institute organised the symposium Exophonie – Schreiben in anderen Sprachen, a combination of readings (by Yoko Tawada, Maja Haderlap, and Julya Rabinowich), discussions, and lectures.


German Month in Maribor 2012

The Embassy of the Republic of Germany in Slovenia and the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana has cooperated closely with the Maribor, European Capital of Culture 2012 team preparing the Cultural Embassies programme. The German Month opens in June with a few poster exhibitions: the Ein Fall für Literatur - A case for literature, the Maerchenwelten - Fairy Tale Worlds at the Vetrinj Mansion and the Nothing is done exhibition by Klaus Staeck, one of the most significant German poster artists, at the Salon 2012. The Ruhr 2010 - Local Heroes documentary film is dedicated to the ECoC Ruhr 2010 and the round table Friendship Circle Marburg-Maribor to the twinned cities of the two countries. Frank Bretschneider, Berlin-based musician, composer and video artist, presents his multimedia piece at the Kino Udarnik Maribor.

The As We Speak - Future Languages line of projects curated by Heike Albrecht focuses on the transformative and translational processes of different languages and sounds. It opens mid June with Stefan Rummel's site-specific sound installation in the historical centre of Maribor (produced in cooperation with the uho;oko: Institute for Art and Technology in Maribor) and continues with various exhibitions, installations and concerts, discussions and workshops throughout the year, including the Archeology of an Era – Socialist Modernism exhibition by Roman Bezjak in September.

Fredy Gareis, a freelance journalist and reporter from the Middle East, has been selected as a writer-in-residence, a town chronicler. His observations on the common cultural heritage of Germans and Slovenes will be published in a bilingual blog and other media. The scholarship is awarded by the German Cultural Forum for Eastern Europe, Potsdam.

The film programme features 13 European documentaries and short film productions from the series Climate. Culture. Change. provided by Goethe-Institute Ljubljana. The German Month programme includes also several projects for youth, for instance Goethe & Maribor 2012 and a workshop of experimental turntablism, lead by Ignaz Schick, Martin Tétreault and Joke Lanz.

The international symposium Germany meets Slovenia was set up by the Slovene Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, the German-Slovene Chamber of Commerce, and the partner institution Goethe-Institut Ljubljana. The first seminar was held in Berlin in June 2011, when Slovenia celebrated its 20th anniversary of independence, the second takes place at the Vetrinj Mansion in Maribor.

German language and educational activities

Since 2007 the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana has run exams and issues internationally accepted certificates.


In the field of education the Goethe-Institut Ljubljana cooperates with Slovene ministries and schools, organising advanced training for teachers of German language and many further programmes.

The promotion of German language also includes the excellence initiative PASCH (Schulen: Partner der Zukunft) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The elementary school in Beltinci has become the Slovenian PASCH-SchoolIn 2010 the theatre-project kulturabend.de was carried out, in cooperation with five Slovene Schools and one Hungarian School, giving young people the opportunity to present their German language skills in Beltinci. In another project, the Goethe-Bus “German on Tour” visited teachers and pupils at their schools in the Primorska region of Slovenia and provided them with information about Germany and the German language. Participants were invited to join talks and games and explore a multimedia-based bus.

One of the various advanced trainings offered to German language teachers and lecturers in Slovenia was the workshop Popmusik im Deutschunterricht, followed by a karaoke event.

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German Library

The German Library (Nemška knjižnica), formerly known as the German Reading Room, is an independent unit of the Central Technological Library, University of Ljubljana. The Reading Room was founded under the auspices of the Goethe-Institut and co-funded by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia. Today the collection consists of over 5,000 books including titles dedicated to German architecture, design, literary theory, humanities and social sciences. Moreover, readers can consult over 30 German magazines to which the library subscribes. The unit also organises small-scale cultural and informative events.

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