Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA)

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Slovenski kulturno-informacijski center v Avstriji (SKICA), Dunaj
http://www.skica.at
office@skica.at
Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna, Kolingasse 12, A-1090 Vienna
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CountryAUSTRIA
Founded byMinistry of Culture
 Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Barbara Koželj Podlogar, Head
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The Slovenian Culture and Information Centre in Austria (SKICA) was established in Vienna in 2011. The centre intends to integrate Slovene creativity in the field of arts and culture as well as science and research into the cultural milieu of the city of Vienna and beyond. SKICA aims to become a model for the future network of Slovene culture and information centres abroad.

The SKICA office is located at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vienna as a joint project of the Slovene Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A network of Slovenian cultural centres is planned in the future: in November 2016 the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin was inaugurated.

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Mission and objectives

The Slovenian Culture and Information Centre in Vienna was established by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture. Its purpose is to create a synergy among Slovene institutions and organisations and Austrian cultural institutions, producers and venues, to foster cooperation efforts, and to facilitate communication. Thus SKICA should become a central forum and a representative of Slovene cultural, education, and scientific activities in Austria as well as a catalyst of new international projects.


Programme

SKICA endeavours to promote its cultural programme while focusing on building a multidisciplinary approach from all study fields and art disciplines. Outlined annually, the SKICA programme consists of a few complex projects that are developed in close cooperation with Slovene cultural organisations and Austrian partners, and a number of projects where SKICA facilitates realisation and broader communication of the event. SKICA also supports the artist-in-residence programme in Vienna organised by the Slovene Ministry of Culture.


During the Vienna Design Week 2012 the exhibition Niko Kralj – The King of Chairs took place at the Architekturzentrum Wien. This retrospective exhibition of one of the pioneers and leading legends of Slovenian industrial design was prepared by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana. At the Buch Wien 2012, Slovene book illustration was presented: an overview of Slovene book illustration (1954–2011) was complemented with an exhibition of the award-winners of the Biennial of Slovene Book Illustration 2012. Slovene writers of the younger generation Goran Vojnovic, Katja Perat, Nejc Gazvoda, Nataša Kramberger, Anja Golob, Jure Jakob, Vesna Lemaić, and Klemen Pisk were presented in spring and autum 2012 to broad audiences at a well-know literary venue Literaturhaus Wien.

In the framework of the designforum Wien 2013 the exhibition Silent Revolutions, presenting Slovene product design of the last two decades, took place at the Museumsquartier, while the Vienna Design Week hosted the workshop Dementia and Arthritis. What can Design do for me? by Petra Černe Oven and Barbara Predan from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana.

In 2013 SKICA supported SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre and Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture to organise the presentation of Slovenia as a guest country at the Waves Vienna Music Festival, where among others the bands Coma Stereo, It's Everyone Else, New Wave Syria, N'toko, Toronto Drug Bust, and Werefox were promoted.

The film festival Let's CEE presented Slovene films (including a Damjan Kozole film retrospective) in 2013, and collaborated in the selection for Slovene Film Days organised by SKICA at the Urania Cinema in April 2014.

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