The festival quest, 2016

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Some days ago, the winter still trembling in its last dying breaths, a Culture.si editor embarked on a daring quest, one that led him to many a desolate corner of the World Wide Web. He went to gather the dates of the internationally-minded festivals due to happen in Slovenia in 2016. All sorts of forgotten Facebook accounts and deserted web pages he met on his way, many of … Continue reading

Come autumn, the festival fever subsides

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According to the interactive infographic on how Slovenian festivals are dispersed throughout the year, we can now make a rather qualified announcement that the festive season is (finally) about to be over. Culture is once again blissfully sliding into the blandness of the everyday, and most of the 217 active festivals in our database have already happened for 2015. Also, the … Continue reading

Some very inconclusive thoughts on the ‘auratic’. Anže Zorman writing as sonicalities

The Cathedral leaves its locale to be received on your screen. Katedrala Hall at Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture. Photo Credit: culture.si free image bank

Of the more profound places of my memory, the spacious concert hall of Cankarjev dom on a certain spring evening in 2004 stands out as a curiously doubled occasion. I still remember the hypnotized wonder with which I gazed down upon the collective of Electric Masada playing their fiery music, which for an hour or so abolished the notions of … Continue reading

Translation issues: communication barriers and strategy in mixed language situations

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  I arrived in Ljubljana in March of this year as a guest of the Eclectic Tech Carnival 2012  which was held in Metelkova, Ljubljana, in the context of the annual International Feminist and Queer Festival Red Dawns. To my great delight, the first evening I was taken to visit Ljudmila, where the Ljubljana Theremidi orchestra was practicing. For someone … Continue reading

Evolution of cultural monuments in Trbovlje: Contemporary currents from the Black and Red, Industrial Legacy.

Publicity photo of Nikola Tesla sitting in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in December 1899. Photo was taken by Dickenson V. Alley, photographer at Century Magazines. Wikimedia commons, public domain.

Featuring Benjamin Kreže, Laibach (obviously), Speculum Artium, and a cameo appearance by Nikola Tesla It seems I haven’t finished thinking about Slovenia’s Black region, I find myself thinking again about the industrial legacy of Trbovlje and some of it’s contemporary cultural forms.   A deep narrow river valley just outside the small industrial town of Trbovlje is dominated by Trboveljski dimnik … Continue reading

Red sky at dawning: winter mornings, passing storms and the ethics of self representation

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    I have just got back from a crazy couple of weeks in Sarajevo at the annual International Festival Sarajevo, Sarajevska Zima  which is in full swing and will run until the end of March. I arrived the day after a snow storm that made international news as the biggest snowfall in a hundred years. There were reports of busloads … Continue reading

Documentary photography is alive and well in Slovenia, and forging active international links

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  Fotopub have already announced the dates for the 2012 Festival of Documentary Photography which will be linked to the European Capital of Culture programme in Maribor. Opening week 23 -28 of July 2012, so mark that in your calendar (or just remember to check your copy of the Culture.si 2012 festival infographic…).   Every year since 2000 Fotopub has run successful … Continue reading

Countdown to next EU funding deadline for literary translation projects

Writers Svetlana Makarovič, Tone Škrjanec, Žana Pekovskaja, Brane Mozetič and Jana Putrle in Moscow, Centre for Slovenian Literature, September 2009

  Yesterday’s Artservis.org newsletter reminded me that the deadline for the next round of EU funding for literary translation projects is 3 February 2012. Just a little over a month away. If you’re a publisher that means it’s time to finalise your next book series of literary translations and consider including the translation of a Slovene author in the midst. … Continue reading