Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture


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Center urbane kulture Kino Šiška
Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 30 310 100
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Founded byMunicipality of Ljubljana
Simon Kardum, Head
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Rok Avbar, Public Relations
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Matjaž Manček, Music programme
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Piera Ravnikar, Visal and new media art curator, Head of DobraVaga
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Past Events

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Kino Šiška is one of the main cultural centres in Ljubljana. Established in 2009, it is a highly industrious institution in terms of artistic scope, dealing with music, film, visual and new media art, theatre, and contemporary dance as well as with various other cultural endeavours. However, its main trade is that of music concerts, with the acts ranging from indie rock and alternative pop to experimental electronica and old school heavy metal.

Besides its 300 or so events per year, Kino Šiška also runs various programmes for finding and supporting upcoming artists, does international promotion for Slovene artists, runs a visual arts sales gallery DobraVaga, and collaborates with the local community.


Legally Kino Šiška is a public institution. It is an organiser, producer and co-producer of various events, but above all it functions as a programme manager and mediator between numerous concert organisers, booking agents, independent producers, artists – and also the demands and needs of the audiences.

The venue

Kino Šiška has two well equipped and adaptable multi-functional halls: the large Katedrala Hall, which can hold about 900 standing visitors standing for music concerts, and the small Komuna Hall, accommodating up to 200 souls. The lobby in front of the Katedrala Hall serves as a flexible exhibition space and is named Kamera. The café is a popular hangout for the Šiška Cultural Quarter, with the yard in front of it also occasionally serving as a venue.

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The name of the centre means Cinema Šiška, with Šiška being the name of its respective Ljubljana neighbourhood. It is inherited from the building in which it is stationed, a cinema built in 1961 as one of the first Ljubljana buildings characterised by modernist architecture (work of the Slovene architect Božidar Gvardjančič). In 2001 the cinema closed its doors for good and was afterwards but sporadically used for various art projects, dance and theatre performances, workshops, and so on.

However, after many years of public debates, civil initiatives and postponed public construction plans, the building was thoroughly renovated and the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture was finally established by the Municipality of Ljubljana. It represents the biggest municipal financial investment into Ljubljana cultural infrastructure in decades.

Music programme coordinates

Music concerts are the main pursuit of Kino Šiška. The programme is very broad, though it does usually steer clear of the more mainstream productions. Indie, alternative, explorative, progressive and experimental expressions are its trade, even when talking about pop music.

It organises the highly renowned MENT Ljubljana international conference and showcase, sets up a cycle of primary and high school band concerts called Špil Liga, and partly co-produces a number of festivals, among them being the Druga Godba Festival and the Sonica International Festival of Transitory Art. It occasionally also sets up concerts outside its walls, as for example at the summer auditorium Križanke or at festivals across the country. A number of outside producers regularly use the premises of Kino Šiška, among them the national radio Val 202 and the rock promoter Kataman.

With a special policy concerning their guest list (even the accredited pay a symbolic fee nonetheless), KŠ annually finances a project of up-and-coming selected artists via an open call (like the album release by Your Gay Thoughts, an intermedia project of Olja Grubić, anf a contemporary dance performance Chorus).

Hosted artists

Some of the musicians that have graced the stage of Kino Šiška (or been brought to Slovenia by it) are The Swans, Mulatu Astatke, Die Antwoord, Gramatik, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, The Kooks, Editors, Ghostface Killah, Tindersticks, Haloween, Mike Stern, Future Islands, Asaf Avidan, Tricky, Nils Frahm, Alva Noto, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Dirty Three, The Tiger Lillies, Jan Garbarek, John Spencer Blues Explosion, The Necks, GoGo Penguin, The Jesus and Mary Chain, John McLaughlin, Oren Ambarchi, Trentmoller, Anna Calvi, Satyricon, Lamb of God, Laibach, Random Logic, Noctiferia, and so on.

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Art and design programme

Kino Šiška leads the visual arts sales gallery DobraVaga, set in the city centre and especially focused on young artists. It is in a way a continuation of the year long and rather packed Kino Šiška's art programme that forefronts young new media artists, illustrators, designers, comic authors, and others. Comics are in fact wuite a thing here, and for many years the place aserved as a comic book shop. Now it hosts the comics focused Stripolis festival as well as a regular 'comics bazaar'.

Some of the events hosted or co-produced by Šiška (as sometimes called by the locals) are the Independent Biennial, the Blind Date Convention, Festival of the Artist’s Book, and the Design Biotop. Other similar festivals very often also at least partly use the venue's infrastructure.

It should be mentioned that as Šiška for a time co-produced the Slovenia Coworking programme, it is also the predecessor and godfather to the Poligon Creative Centre co-working space.

Theatre, dance, and film programme

Many a new documentary or feature film by Slovene authors gets to have its premiere at this former cinema, and its hall is a regular host for the Ljubljana International Film Festival.

As for theatre, it can be probably said that mostly it is the more experimental and often technologically elaborate productions that are being hosted here. Relatively frequent are, for example, works by Dragan Živadinov, of the Delak Institute. Contemporary dance is also integrated into Kino Šiška's horizon and the annual CoFestival is one of bigger such enterprises in Slovenia.

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International cooperation

Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture is regularly operating in and through various European networks, and platforms, among them European Dancehouse Network, Liveurope, Trans Europe Halles, etc. It participates in various EU funded projects, among them Quantum Music (exploring the connection between music and quantum physics) and [modul-dance] (supporting the development and mobility of dance artists).

A fairly recent (2017) such project is called Innovation Network of European Showcases, realised together with about ten other partners (the leader of the project is GET a GIG GmbH (DE).

As a platform for supporting and promoting Slovenian musicians abroad, MENT Ljubljana accompanies performers to international events such as Tallinn Music Week, INmusic Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Waves Vienna, Budapest Showcase Hub, WestWay Lab, Liverpool Sound City, Taksirat Festival etc.

See also

Kino Šiška productions

Some of the hosted festivals and producers

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