Balassi Institute Ljubljana


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Balassijev inštitut Ljubljana
Barvarska steza 8, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 59 337 900
Managed byEmbassy of the Republic of Hungary in Slovenia
Bíborka Molnár Gábor, Director
Bence Sarossy, Second Secretary (BI - Cultural Affairs)
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Balassi Institute Ljubljana 2017 exterior Photo Norbert Perness.JPG

The Cultural Center of the Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Slovenia, the Balassi Institute Ljubljana, opened its doors in January 2016 in Villa Urbana on Barvarska Street in the Ljubljana centre.

The Balassi Intézet network of Hungarian cultural centers located in 22 countries worldwide is 80 years old. It was named after Bálint Balassi (1554–1594), a Renaissance lyric poet. The Balassi Institute's main aim is to foster strong cultural and diplomatic relations by presenting Hungarian cultural heritage as well as contemporary artistic practice, teach Hungarian language as well as support Hungarian minorities culture. Thus the centre supports cross-border cultural, artistic and scientific projects and organises its own events (round tables, discussions, etc).

The Balassi Institute is a member of EUNIC Slovenia, a network of the EU national institutes of culture located in Slovenia.

Balassi Institute Ljubljana 2017 exhibition space Photo Norbert Perness.JPG


The programme scheme comprises a film club, literary evenings, exhibition, concerts, children's programme, conferences, debates, and courses in Hungarian language. The center promotes also popular touristic topics such as sports and healthy life style.

Every third Tuesday of the month, there are Hungarian movies screenings and discussions with invited film directors, film critics, and actors. Children can participate in the Children's Film Club (every second Saturday of the month). Usually they watch Hungarian cartoons subtitled in Slovenian. They can also participate in stop motion animation workshops hosted by the Slon (Elephant), Educational Animation Film Programme run by Animateka at Kinodvor Cinema.

The institute organises also music workshops for children aged from 3 to 10 with Hungarian music therapists on every third Saturday.

Literary evenings and roundtables have been organised regularily in 2016 by Marjanca Mihelič, a literary translator, and Aleš Šteger, a writer.

Exhibition venue

The centre has a gallery space and hosts various exhibitions. In the past, the Balassi Institute exhibited works of prominent Hungarian artists, e.g. Vasarely, or Király Ferenc.

In March 2017 the exhibition Touching the Nature took place at the Balassi Institute Ljubljana. It presented the works created during the Kaverljag Summer Workshop, and was co-organised by the students of the Academy MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design) in Budapest. The Kaverljag Summer Workshops are dedicated to creating illustrations for the blind and for people with visual impairment.

Balassi Institute Ljubljana 2017 Touching the Nature Kaverljag Photo Norbert Perness.JPG


The Balassi Institute has already cooperated with a number of Slovenian partners, facilitating some national or international projects (PhotoMagic), or festivals, for instance International Music Festival Imago Slovenia, Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe), and Animateka International Animated Film Festival.

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