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GO2025 The City Yet to Become

Miha Kosovel


While winning the bid for the European Capital of Culture speaks of a city's vision for the future, Miha Kosovel of Razpotja magazine introduces the term transfrontal and reminds us of how understanding the history of a region can better prepare us for the mental and physical shifts needed in co-creating a new reality.

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Nova Gorica - the city of roses 2016 France Bevk Public Library Nova Gorica.jpg In this postcard celebrating Nova Gorica in the 1950s, we find many symbols of the city's identity that continue to mark it today.





Festivals in Slovenia


Festivals are up and running!

Our graphic calendar of festivals shows around 80 festivals in 2021, with nearly a dozen taking place in June and many more to follow throughout the summer.

This month you can check out the Lighting Guerrilla installations around Ljubljana, or the International Triennial Ecology and Art at the former textile factory in Maribor, get immersed into the music showcase MENT Ljubljana, or see the finest selection of horror movies at the Kurja polt Genre Film Festival.

Explore all the upcoming festivals at the interactive Festivals in Slovenia infographic.

Festivals in slovenia 2012.jpgThe printed version of the calendar of Festivals in Slovenia in 2012 contains 141 festivals. Later on, in 2019, the festival number rose to 199. Check out the current annual festivalscape.

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Slovene Poetry

Nataša Velikonja


Poet Nataša Velikonja has collected data on Slovene poetry from various sources, from its earliest liturgical and folk beginnings to today’s diverse production.

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Kosovelova knjižnica, Sežana.jpg Kosovel Library, Sežana

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Osmo/za


Osmo/za is a collaborative space on the 8th floor of the 1960s' Avtotehna skyscraper at Slovenska 54 in the very centre of Ljubljana. It was set up in 2017 by a consortium of three NGO art/cultural producers with a rich and varied history: Ljudmila, which engages in the development and popularisation of open culture, free licences and software, and in new ways of data distribution; Delak Institute, a production house exploring post-gravity art and outlining a path for space culturalisation; and Projekt Atol Institute, whose activities range from art production to scientific research and technological prototype development and production.

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Osmoza 2018 Stas Vrenko workshop Photo Katja Goljat.jpg Soda 4060, workshop led by Staš Vrenko at Osmo/za, 2018.

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The Rebirth of Industrial Spaces through the Prism of Culture and Creativity

Tea Pristolič


From London and Paris to Berlin and Amsterdam, if we mention only Europe, some of the best contemporary museums and galleries are set in former industrial buildings, taking advantage of vast spaces, preserving cultural heritage and giving back to people what they had been creating before in a different manner.

Slovenia stepped on this path in the early 2000s and is committed to renovating, rebuilding and breathing new life into such buildings. Through revitalisation, cities, townships and private organisations are transforming these sites and structures into places that offer platforms for creative industries. However, the means towards this goal and the results vary distinctively.

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Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station - 01.JPG Stara mestna elektrarna Elektro Ljubljana (SMEEL), known in English as the Old Power Station, 2006.

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Slovenia on the Global Music Map

Peter Baroš


Slovenian musicians and bands have a colourful history of international success in the music industry. But before such success becomes a topic of nostalgia, SIGIC's Peter Baroš tells of new initiatives helping today's music acts reach for the stars hanging over the global music map.

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Laibach 2009 VOLKSWAGNER 3 Photo Aleksander Remec.jpg VOLKSWAGNER 3, Laibach in collaboration with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and composer Izidor Leitinger, 2009. A sonic suite in three acts making connections between Wagner, modernism and jazz, crossbred with pop art.




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