Centre of Slavic Cultures France Prešeren
The building of KUD France Prešeren, affectionately called KUD, has over an extensive cultural history. It goes back to 1919, when a local cultural and educational society, KUD France Prešeren, was formed. In recent decades, the venue has been recognised primarily as a place of alternative culture events, especially at the annual international Trnfest Festival and Emona Promenade Festival in August.
In autumn 2013, KUD France Prešeren, the previous owner, ceased with its programme and the building was put on sale. In 2017, it was purchased by the Centre of Slavic Cultures France Prešeren which launched a new programme scheme, but it also retained some of the old programme, such as Trnfest.
The premises of the Centre of Slavic Cultures are available for various cultural and creative events: the legendary Improliga regularly organises its improvisational theatre shows there. The Centre regularly organises Stand-Up comedy and Open Mic evenings, concerts of contemporary music genres, from jazz – also with the renowned Jazz Club Gajo as a co-organiser – to trap. Every August the centre hosts the traditional international summer festival Trnfest, a month of concerts and events.
In addition to the multi-purpose exhibition space, which has 60 seats with tables, the facilities include a fully-equipped concert hall with 110 seats or 200 stands, a lounge bar, spaces for various lectures or workshops, and spaces for individual artists. The courtyard with its outdoor stage and bar can host up to 1,500 visitors.