City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts
|Mesto žensk, Mednarodni festival sodobnih umetnosti|
|Kersnikova 4 (Office: Metelkova 6), SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 438 1585|
|Organised by||City of Women Association for Promotion of Women in Culture|
|Festival dates||5.10.2015 - 15.10.2015|
6.10.2016 - 16.10.2016
6.10.2017 - 15.10.2017
4.10.2018 - 8.10.2018
1.10.2019 - 13.10.2019
22.9.2020 - 12.10.2020
|Teja Reba, Artistic Director|
|Phone||386 (0)1 438 15 80, 386 (0) 40 553730|
|Urška Jež, Executive Producer|
|Phone||386 (0)1 438 15 80, 386 (0) 30 302897|
|Tjaša Pureber, Public Relations|
|Phone||386 (0)1 438 15 85, 386 (0)41 358 196|
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The festival was first organised in 1995 in Ljubljana as an initiative of the Governmental Women's Policy Office (later renamed as the Equal Opportunities Office) in order to draw attention to the relative lack of participation and presentation of women in the arts. Since 1996, it has been organised as an annual international festival of contemporary arts by the City of Women Association for Promotion of Women in Culture.
The City of Women celebrates diversity. The festival is a platform for a variety of opinions and perspectives of artists and theorists from all around the world. It aims to articulate the position of women in contemporary society through marginalised perspectives as well as attempts to bring different political and social emphases to the established conceptions of modernity. The festival offers an increasing number of its own productions and co-productions in the fields of performing arts, dance as well as film and music.
Venues and locations
Events are held at various sites around Ljubljana and in recent years also other Slovenian cities, such as Maribor, ranging from established cultural institutions to alternative spaces. Apart from films, performances and exhibitions, the festival features round-table debates, lectures, and workshops, focusing on themes dealing with key problems of modern women and highlighting other marginalised social phenomena.
Furthermore, the City of Woman is also active throughout the year, organising lectures, public discussions, civic initiatives, and so on. Its important programme activities are also international collaborations, networking and the promotion of Slovenian artists abroad within partnerships and/or international co-productions.
- City of Women website
- Humour Works project at Women, Technology, and Networks in Eastern Europe
- International cooperation projects list at City of Women website