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SKICA & Slovenian Embassy in Vienna

The Slovenian Culture and Information Centre (SKICA) in Vienna at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia, together with the Slovene Arts & Culture Residency programme by the Ministry of Culture is a backbone of a vivid and intense cultural cooperation between the two neighbour states.

Slovene artists and producers hosted in Austria

Every third day, Slovene artists and producers feature on cultural events in Austria. Check the right-hand column and (the archive or explore the map.) Half of these events take place in Vienna; there is also a strong connection with Carinthia, the region with a culturally prolific Slovenian minority.

At the festivals in Austria

Slovene artists and producers regularly participate at established Austrian festivals: Waves Vienna (MENT Ljubljana, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, SIGIC, Slovene Music Information Centre...), Vienna Design Week (Niko Kralj, Gigodesign, Poligon Creative Centre...), LET'S CEE Film Festival (Staragara, Sever & Sever Production, Petra Pan Film Production...), Festival of Literature and Wine in Krems (Versopolis), and Ars Electronica in Linz (Kapelica Gallery). Two Slovene artists have even won the prestigious Golden Nica Award there: (Marko Peljhan in 2001 and Maja Smrekar in 2017). The P74 Centre and Gallery regularly presents artists at the ViennaFair, while Photon Gallery participates in the ViennaPhotoBook Festival and viennacontemporary. In 2013, Photon opened a new gallery space in Vienna.

Cf. the list of all the festivals in Austria with Slovenian participation in the right-hand column.

Literature connections

In 2018, the Grand Austrian State Prize goes to writer Florjan Lipuš (b. 1937) who has written in Slovene language. In 2011, however, Maja Haderlap (b. 1961), also a Carinthian writer, was bestowed the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, one of the most important in contemporary German literature, for the novel Angel of Oblivion, which was later turned into a play and produced in Slovenia by the Slovenian National Theatre Drama Ljubljana in 2014. Erwin Koestler has translated several prose works by Ivan Cankar and put into German the graphic novel The Mexicans, published by the Austrian Bahoe Books in 2018.


Quite a few partnerships have lasted for years, among them, the collaboration between the temporary radioCona and the Ö1 Kunstradio; the creative collaboration between the accordionists Bratko Bibič and Otto Lehner; Aksioma Institute has collaborated in various projects with the University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM Graz; Flota Institute with the D.ID Dance Identity platform for choreographic research and the practice of contemporary dance and its Tanztage festival held in Oberwart; and the Slovene Ethnographic Museum with Weltmuseum Wien in the SWICH (Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage) project.

See a list of Austria-related articles below.

See also

Events in Austria

  • 23 November to 26 November 2019
    The stage reading of I Saw Her That Night by Drago Jančar and Jurij Hudolin's presentation of his book Der Stiefsohn, supported by the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), at Burgtheater, State library Styria in Graz, Vienna, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 13 November 2019
    A concert by Irena Tomažin and Tomaž Grom (Sploh Institute) at the New Adits Festival of Contemporary Music at Villa For Forest in Klagenfurt/Celovec, Austria
  • 8 November to 10 November 2019
    Presentation of the book "Cloud Arrangers" by photographer Žiga Koritnik at the Music Unlimited at MKC Kino Frosina in Wels, Austria
  • 4 November to 8 November 2019
    Book presentations, readings, and discussions by Mojca Kumerdej, Drago Jančar, Aleš Šteger, and Mirt Komel; the exhibition Slovenian Art of Illustration; the children's workshop with Žiga X Gombač and David Krančan; and the opening literary-music event The World Is Like Ring-a-Ring o'Roses with Anja Štefan, supported by the Slovenian Book Agency and Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), at the Buch Wien Book Fair at B05, Halle D in Vienna, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 1 November to 2 November 2019
    The screenings of Oroslan, directed by Matjaž Ivanišin and produced by Staragara, at the Viennale in Vienna, Austria
    programme organiser
  • 25 October to 4 November 2019
    Screenings of The Valley of Peace (1956) and The Ballad of the Trumpet and the Cloud (1961), directed by France Štiglic (Triglav Film), Farewell until the Next War, directed by Živojin Pavlović (Viba Film Studio), and Moments of Decision, directed by František Čap and produced by Triglav Film, in the frame of the O PARTIGIANO! Pan-European Partisan film retrospective, supported by the Slovenian Film Centre and Slovenian Culture and Information Centre, Vienna (SKICA), at the Viennale at Austrian Film Museum (Albertina) in Vienna, Austria
    programme organiser

Festivals in Austria

  • Ars Electronica Festival Linz
  • Ars Electronica Linz
  • Blessed Be the Rage of Your Flesh
  • Buch Wien Book Fair
  • Classical:NEXT
  • Common Past Common Future Performance Festival Vienna
  • Crossing Europe Festival Linz
  • Curated by
  • European Festival of Poetry Vienna
  • Festival of Alternative Choirs (FAC)
  • Filmestival Neue Heimatfilm
  • Filmfestival Freistadt
  • FM4 Frequency Festival
  • Heart of Noise Festival
  • International Accordion Festival
  • International Animation Film festival Tricky Women
  • International Puppet Festival Wels
  • International Puppet Theater Festival
  • Jazz and the City Festival
  • KuKuK, Regional Theatre Festival For Young Audiences Wildon
  • Labyrinth höfleiner donauweiten poesiefestival
  • LET'S CEE Film Festival
  • Literatur & Wein, Das Kulturenfestival
  • Music Theatre Days Wien
  • Music Unlimited
  • New Adits Festival of Contemporary Music
  • Nextcomic Festival
  • Niños Consentidos Vienna Experimental and Interdisciplinary Art Festival
  • PannOpticum - International Puppet Theatre Festival
  • Parallel Vienna Art Fair
  • Pelzverkehr Festival of Dance and Performance
  • Schamrock, Festival of Female Poets
  • Spectrum Theatre Festival
  • Spleen Festival Graz
  • Steirischer Herbst
  • Tanzhafen Festival
  • Transborders
  • Vienna Contemporary Art Fair
  • Viennacontemporary International Art Fair
  • Vienna Design Week
  • Vienna Festival
  • Vienna International Film Festival
  • Viennale
  • ViennaPhotoBookFestival
  • VIS Vienna Shorts Festival
  • Waves Vienna Club and Showcase Festival
  • Waves Vienna Music Festival & Conference
  • Wels International Puppetry Festival
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