Depot:Archipelag-Archipelago Festival, Nova Gorica and Gorizia


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Festival Arhipelag-Archipelago, Nova Gorica in Gorizia
Prologo, Via Graziado Isaia, Ascoli, 8/13, I-4170 Gorizia, Italy, [[]]
Phone39 04 813 2436
ProprietorKUD Krea and Prologo
Gorazd Prinčič, Co-Artistic Director
Phone386 (0) 31 283381
Jernej Humar, Co-Artistic Director
Phone386 (0) 40 593568

Organised by KUD Limb from Nova Gorica, Archipelag-Archipelago Festival, Nova Gorica and Gorizia aims to take an active part in the political and artistic discourse by connecting contemporary artists from both Goricas (the Slovene Nova Gorica and the Italian Gorizia) who draw into their company also artists from other countries with the purpose of overcoming the borders in every aspect. For the first time featured in 2005, the Festival has very spontaneous character and it is featured occasionally - further editions were realized in 2006 and 2008. In 2009 the Festival was not performed.


Similar interventions date already back to the 1960s, when the Associazione Provinciale Artisti (Provincial Artists Association) and later Group 2xGO organized cross border exhibitions and thus provided to the dialogue and confrontation in the then culturally and politically divided environment of Italy and Yugoslavia.

The first Festival was organized by the Slovene association KREA and the Italian association PROLOGO. After a year of pause, the Arhipelag was in 2008 organized by the KUD Limb in collaboration with the Association of arts Coronini (Šempeter pri Gorici), Cultural association and fusion point, Equilibri, Arterrate active in Gorizia and Nova Gorica.


The Arhipelag presents performances, visual art works and concerts as well as animation, film and multimedia. It is not limited to any specific theme, it is open to all topics and encourages various forms of artistic expression. Its motto is: " Only the act of creating and the need to express artists ideas without compromise count."

The Festival is welcoming artist per call for entries usually in the middle of the year, out of which the organizer has been in 2006 selected more than 100 artist, what was in 2008 reduced on just 59 artists.

The third edition of the Festival was inaugurated by [[Jurij Krpan], the director of Kapelica Gallery from Ljubljana. The artists from nine countries (Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Turkey, New Zealand, and Austria) were exhibiting their works includning established Slovene artists of yong generation as Anja Medved, BridA (Tom Kerševan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica), Damijan Karcina, Gorazd Krnc, Narvika Bovcon and Aleš Vaupotič, Sebastjan Leban and Staš Kleindienst, and Katarina Toman. The festival was realized on six locations on both sides of the border: in France Bevk Library in Nova Gorica, in the castle of Kromberk, in the castle park of Kromberk, in SNG Nova Gorica, in Villa Bartolomei and in the Salcano Artatelier Bernot in Gorizia.

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