House of Children and Arts


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Hiša otrok in umetnosti
Prešernova cesta 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana
House of Children and Arts Theatre Hall
Komenskega 9, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Irena Rajh, President
Phone386 (0) 41 663 904
Anže Virant
Phone386 (0) 40 795 440
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House of Children and Arts is a modern cultural centre for children and youth in Ljubljana, which has been conducting its activities in the field of cultural and art education since its establishment in 2001. It is the first cultural centre in Ljubljana which, in performances and workshops for children and youth, but also in expert training for adults, especially for educators, emphasizes contemporary theatre forms and modern educational approaches, contemporary principles of the theatre pedagogy and elements of experiential pedagogy. The emphasis is given to performance art, especially the modern puppet theatre, while the program also includes music concerts and other culturally coloured social events.


In the House of Children and Arts, children socialise with puppet theatre actors and creators who develop their work in dialogue with them, create mutual forms of communication in the frame of theatre, whereby children develop their creativity and sensitivity. In addition to the already known forms of family theatre and art laboratories, visitors can attend a special form of theatre exhibitions-performances, new forms of experiential theatre that combine an interactive experiential theatre where they become both actors and researchers. It is through these projects that the House of Children and Arts is becoming more and more recognizable both at home and internationally: it was a guest at the PIF International Puppet Festival in Zagreb, but it was also awarded, for example, at the 8th Slovene Puppetry Biennial.

Cultural and educational programme

Cultural and educational program of the House of Children and Arts is stretched in several directions. The first is an Experiential Labyrinth of Art, which is designed as a form of sensory theatre, a polygon of different arts, an interactive installation, a didactic art playground and, at the same time, a classroom with creative tasks that allow visitors to become themselves an active part of the performance, such as the performance An Old House No. 3, an interactive theatre journey through the fairy-tale world of writer Ela Peroci, or the experiential labyrinth of art In the land of finger puppets, or the theatre interactive performance Pearls between the covers, whose theme is the book, or the Emona Ways, which goes back to the Antique past, and many others.

The House Theatre is intended for performances for the youngest, offering them the first contact with the theatre and art. Theatrical performances are interactive, often transformed into creative workshops. Their producer or co-producer is House of Children and Arts, its house theatres Fru Fru Puppet Theatre, Zapik Theatre and AEIOU Theatre for babies and toddlers, but they also host other artists. They offer puppet performances, as well as the so-called Kamishibai Theatre, a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling.

The House of Children and Arts also offers other programs of cultural and artistic education: for example, the AEIOU music picture-book, Dance of Drops and the Flying suitcase. A special attention is given to their youth theatre group Artisans, which began working in 2003. For experts they offer a seminar of kamishibai and puppet theatre. Artistic birthday celebrations for children are also organized.


Festivals are also part of their program: every year in May, within the framework of the Week of Amateur Culture, a festival of the kamishibai theatre Dragon Kamishibai is held. Every Thursday in the summer months, in Ljubljana’s park Tivoli, PikniKoncert, a family gathering, a quality cultural experience with ethno and folk concerts, food and drinks, and coloured with ecological awareness, takes place. The summer cycle is also the Fairy Tales above the city, family wanders around Ljubljana. They also organize the street Emona Promenade Festival.

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