The former cells were renovated into 20 uniquely designed rooms by more than 80 Slovene and foreign artists (among them Anthony Gormley and Giovanni Morbin), invited for this project by the Sestava Society.
Opening its doors in 2003, the hostel had been run by the Šouhostel Institute, a non-profit organisation established by the Student Organisation of the University of Ljubljana up to 2018 when the Municipality of Ljubljana shifted the managament of the hostel to Ljubljanski grad Public Institute. In 2018 the Celica Hostel was also thoroughly renovated.
Besides being located at Metelkova, the centre of Ljubljana's alternative cultural happenings, the hostel itself is also a venue for various cultural programmes: jam sessions by Slovene and foreign musicians take place every Tuesday, and literary events or concerts are held on Fridays. They are organised either indoors or in the summer garden, where each start of June the Godibodi Festival also takes place.
Celica Hostel's small gallery space, the Srečišče ("Meeting Point") Gallery, hosts monthly art exhibitions that feature works by both established as well as emerging artists. Most of Celica's events and exhibitions are organised by KUD Sestava, though other institutions also occasionally set up their events there. Additionally, the hostel regularly hosts workshops, poetry readings, debates and presentations on various themes, from literature, philosophy and music to nature, aesthetics and history, etc.
- Celica Hostel website
- KUD Sestava website (in Slovenian)
- 3D pictures of all the rooms in the Celica Hostel