Franc Bernik Culture House, Domžale
|Kulturni dom Franca Bernika Domžale|
|Ljubljanska 61, SI-1230 Domžale|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 722 5050|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 722 5055|
|Founded by||Municipality of Domžale|
|Cvetka Zalokar Oražem, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 41 672 621|
|Jure Matičič, Assistant Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 322 551|
|Simona Urankar, Cultural Programme Co-ordinator|
|Phone||386 (0) 31 554 504|
The theatrical series of Franc Bernik Culture House is divided into two series, the first one focusing on modern theatre plays and hosting performances by various theatre ensembles. The other series is conceptualised as musical-theatre, whereas each of the components is sometimes more or less in the foreground.
The varied children's programme presents not only puppetry performances (the regular weekday programme is joined by Saturday morning matinees), but also animated films and creative workshops. A special part of the programme is also cultural education, featuring a film programme that is differentiated by age groups and offering quality productions for younger audiences.
In the season of 2009/2010 the culture house also revived the cinema tradition of the town and now has over 200 screenings annually. An emphasis on the artistic quality of the selected films is made, a practice rare in peripheral urbanities. Its film screening programme is a part of the Art Cinema Network.
In 2011, they also took a small ethnographic museum under their wing; it is set in an old house called Menačkova domačija (Menaček's Homestead) and displays the cultural heritage of Domžale.
Besides the aforementioned musical-theatre series, there are also two other courses that Franc Bernik Culture House musical programme takes. One is set on presenting classical music and each year, internationally chosen musicians perform it in Domžale.
The second one is called Jazz v Galeriji (Jazz in the Gallery) and is held in the Domžale Gallery. Starting in 2007, this concert cycle mostly presents young but established jazz musicians that are interesting not only for the local public but can attract a wider, regional audience. Program-wise, jazz is based not on its sound but on its working principles, and so a number of genres are featured in the cycle (tango, samba, bossa nova, klezmer, folk, etc.). Even if sometimes foreign artists are invited to the stage, Jazz in the Gallery is based on presenting quality and fresh Slovene music production. The cycle is especially important in view that the region around (and outside) of Ljubljana was until recently very deprived of any similar musical happenings.
From 1999 to 2003 Franc Bernik Culture House took over the production of the Groblje International Festival of Chamber Music, one of the oldest festivals of its kind in Europe. Presently, the festival is awaiting better times and may once continue anew.