House of Children and Arts


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Komenskega ulica 9, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 41 663 904
Irena Rajh, President
Phone386 (0) 41 663 904
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The House of Children and Arts is a contemporary 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, through performances and workshops for children and youth as well as through expert training for adults, especially for educators, emphasises contemporary theatre forms and modern educational approaches, contemporary principles of theatre pedagogy and elements of experiential pedagogy. The emphasis is given to performance art, especially the contemporary puppet theatre, while the programme 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, thus enabling children to 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 and new forms of experiential theatre that combine interactive experiential theatre in which visitors become both actors and researchers. It is through these projects that the House of Children and Arts is becoming more and more recognisable 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

The cultural and educational programme of the House of Children and Arts reaches across several directions. The first is the 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 allowing visitors to become 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 interactive theatre performance Pearls Between the Covers, whose theme is the book, or 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 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 kamishibai theatre, a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling.

The House of Children and Arts also offers other programmes of cultural and artistic education: for example, the AEIOU music picture-book, Dance of Drops and the Flying Suitcase. 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 organised.


Festivals are also part of their programme: every year in May, within the framework of the Week of Amateur Culture, a festival of 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 also includes Fairy Tales Above the City, family wanderings around Ljubljana. They also organise the street happening Emona Promenade Festival.

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