City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts


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Mesto žensk, Mednarodni festival sodobnih umetnosti
Kersnikova 4 (Office: Metelkova 6), SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 438 1585
Organised byCity of Women Association for Promotion of Women in Culture
Festival dates5.10.2015 - 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
Teja Reba, Programme Head
Phone386 (0) 40 553730
Urška Jež, Executive Producer
Phone386 (0) 30 302897
Nada Vodušek, Public Relations and Promotion
Phone386 (0) 31 892207
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The City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts presents women artists from Slovenia and abroad working in different disciplines and contexts. Held annually in Ljubljana over a period of 10 days in October, the festival presents some 40 events – including theatre, visual arts, performance art, dance, film, video, literature, and multimedia – which relate or reflect the selected theme of each year’s festival.

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. In 2017 the festival was awarded the EFFE Label 2017-2018, marking it at as one of the ‘remarkable festivals’ in Europe.

Venues and locations

Events are held at various sites around town, ranging from established cultural institutions to alternative spaces. Apart from 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.


The City of Women celebrates diversity. The festival is a platform for a variety of opinions and perspectives of artists and theoreticians from all around the world. The festival 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, mainly from the field of performing arts and dance.

Furthermore, the City of Woman is also present throughout the year, organising lectures, public discussions, civic initiatives, and so on. Its important program activities are also international collaborations, networking and promotion of Slovenian artists abroad within partnerships and/or international co-productions.


For example, the 2008 festival edition, titled Raw Symbiosis, focused on the understanding of culture and the legitimisation of power relations through discourses about nature, to man's relation to animals, and to technology as the new nature of man.

The 17th edition of the festival in October 2011 was called Abrakadabra featuring the secrecy, illusions, rites and pure imagination that actually reflect the social, political and individual transformations. Further editions of the festival were Aging (2012), Let's create a place for ourselves (2013), Survival Tactics (2014), and The Body - My Territory (2015).


In 2005, the festival launched a web platform COWeb - City of Women Goes Web!, intended to be an ad-hoc publication of critical writing in relation to the festival's events and to art in general. Until 2010 each year a number of establishing critics joined the team and covered the events.

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