Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia
|Javni sklad republike Slovenije za kulturne dejavnosti (JSKD)|
|Štefanova 5, SI-1001 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 0500|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 241 0510|
|Founded by||Government of the Republic of Slovenia|
|Marko Repnik, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 241 0506|
The Public Fund for Cultural Activities network was established in Yugoslavia as the Union of the Cultural Organisations (Zveza kulturnih organizacij, ZKO) and is rooted in the 19th century when the local cultural organisations started to unite on the national level. Its legacy has been carried on by Union of Cultural Societies of Slovenia (ZKDS).
Programmes and activities
With its long-term activities and high-quality programmes JSKD has surpassed the notion of "amateurism" and engages in the production, education and facilitation of grass-roots culture and art. It prepares seminars for members of various professional societies as well as for enthusiasts who are interested in art and other creative processes. Festivals, competitions, seminars and workshops in different genres involve the participation of professional pedagogues, mentors and artists.
JSKD programmes in the field of film include film scriptwriting and editing courses and an annual film and video seminar-laboratory. In the field of visual arts, drawing, painting and pottery classes and art, sculpture and photography workshops take place annually. JSKD organises regular literary workshops, a literary summer school and a summer translation school that usually results in small publications. There is a festival of young literature called "Urška" and recently a competition for the best rock lyrics has been launched. In the field of folklore and vocal music inter-regional seminars for folklore tutors are organised along with choral seminars, meetings and workshops. Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring dance schools take place in several cities around Slovenia, the results being presented at the traditional "Živa" and "Opus" (Solo) festivals. In the field of music JSKD focuses on instrumental, choral, and historical music. It organises musical competitions and various educational programmes such as the Winter School for Young Musicians or the Conducting School for Woodwind Orchestras. Regional and inter-regional theatre seminars and an annual Summer theatre school are quite popular and groups compete for awards at the annual Linhart Encounter of amateur and secondary school performing arts groups and (since 2006) at the Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups. Some JSKD programmes are also run in co-production with professional organisations (for example the Visuality Summer School).
The JSKD bestows annual awards to local cultural workers who have contributed to the cultural development. Neja Kos received the 2009 award for her lifetime achievement in the field of contemporary dance. Along with establishing informal dance training, she has greatly supported the development and the professionalisation of the independent contemporary dance scene in Slovenia. Her endeavours were linked to JSKD from 1977 to 2006. Recent lifetime achievement awards were bestowed to composer Jakob Jež (2008), ethno-choreographer Mirko Ramovš (2007), and actor and translator Alenka Bole Vrabec (2006). JSKD also bestows numerous specific awards, among them the Matiček and Vizionar Awards.
In addition to its co-ordination and training activities in the field of culture, the Public Fund for Cultural Activities issues annual public calls for cultural projects in the field of youth and amateur cultural activities. The call is open to cultural societies, unions or groups seeking support for different cultural projects in various fields or disciplines, including film and video, music, dance, theatre and puppets, folklore and ethnic culture, visual arts, literature, and intermedia. Further annual calls are aimed at non-governmental institutions and local cultural agencies who possess or run facilities and need co-financing for urgent building works, venue maintenance and equipment purchases. Funding for these investments comes from the so-called "cultural euro" budget, which was set up by the Ministry of Culture in 1998.
In 2009 modest support was granted to 766 cultural projects (out of 1,314 applications) produced by 423 associations. The JSKD branches in Ljubljana and Maribor issue an additional call for programmes and projects by non-governmental cultural societies active in Ljubljana and Maribor municipalities respectively. Projects and institutions are selected by expert committees.
JSKD publishes some 60 publications (almanacs, books, catalogues) annually. Since 1978 it publishes Mentor Magazine dedicated to the emerging poets, writers and illustrators, stimulating them also via literary competitions. The JSKD's online database Kreart.si of Slovene societies and associations has been facilitating their presence on the Internet since 2005.
The JSKD encourages international cooperation between Slovene artistic societies and associations. It cooperates closely with Slovene organisations, associations and clubs in other countries all over the world, as well as with similar European organisations. It is active in the European Culture Cooperation (EcuCo), the European Network of the Voluntary and Amateur Arts (ENVAA), and the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities (AMATEO).
- The Public Fund for Cultural Activities arts sectors
- Dance Programme, Public Fund for Cultural Activities
- Film Programme, Public Fund for Cultural Activities
- Music Programme, Public Fund for Cultural Activities
- Summer schools
- Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia website
- European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities (AMATEO)
- Amateur arts in Slovenia, article by Vesna Čopič on Compendium of Cultural Policies