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Organised by the Association of the Friends of Moderate Progress (DPZN) and until 2015 also the MKC Koper Youth and Culture Centre (MKC), the Koperground Festival has been running since 2005. Going on in Koper-Capodistria, it is rather different than the usual summer city festival, as it more or less deals with independent and politically engaged international film, literature, performance, and music.
Up to 2014 it took place at the garden of the Koper Regional Museum and partly at MKC, as well as on other locations around the city. After MKC was taken over by the local authorities and the Koper Regional Museum was not available, the organizers moved the main part of the festival to a tavern in the nearby village of Belvedur.
One of the most distinctive features of Koperground Festival is its emphasis on critical thought, expressed through the choice of film, performances, musicians and invited guests, with whom conversations are held on a daily basis throughout the festival. These guests can be activists, social scientists, artists, producers from the field of culture and so on. The interlocutor is usually Marko Brecelj, head of DPZN and of the festival, as well as an avid political and cultural activist.
The movie section presents a selection of world cinema and screens films by auters like Bela Tarr, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Roy Andersson. Collaborations with various Slovenian film festivals have resulted in the screenings of select films from the Stoptrik International Film Festival, the Animateka International Animated Film Festival and the Festival of Independent Film. Slovenian film makers, especially those from the creative margins (like the hyperactive Diego Menedes), are also invited to screen their works.
The list of hosted musicians includes musicians and groups like Rambo Amadeus (ME), Edo Maajka (BA), Kultur Shock (US), Xiu Xiu (US), Bernays Propaganda (MK), Gori Ussi Winnetou (HR), Nina Bulatovix, Žoambo Žoet Workestrao and Ludovik Material.
There are also performances by different artists and collectives, like the theatre groups Building block (US), Saltshakers (NL), Hleb Teatar (RS) and Kolektiv Narobov, the Cirkulacija 2 sound arts collective and the contemporary dance institute En-Knap Productions. Other performances can be harder to categorise and often tend to be politically charged.
The dense programme is accompanied by workshops that can touch on practical issues like organizing events and exhibitions, stage management, video editing and comic book skills – and also on more unorthodox practices like a workshop on "Soft Terrorism", run by Marko A. Kovačič.