Kunigunda Festival of Young Cultures
|Kunigunda, Festival mladih kultur, Velenje|
|Šaleška cesta 3, SI-3320 Velenje|
|Phone||386 (0) 3 898 1922, 386 (0) 3 898 1920|
|Fax||386 (0) 3 898 1924|
|Organised by||Velenje Youth Centre (MC Velenje)|
|Frequency||annual (2019 not confirmed)|
|Festival dates||21.8.2015 - 29.8.2015|
19.8.2016 - 27.8.2016
25.8.2017 - 2.9.2017
24.8.2018 - 1.9.2018
23.8.2019 - 31.8.2019
|Marko Pritržnik, Director|
|Phone||386 (0) 3 898 19 22|
|Maruša Skornišek, Head of Programme|
|Vid Stropnik, Head of Public relations|
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The programme is conceptually wide and diverse, comprising music, visual arts, contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry, sculptural installations, documentary film and video screenings, literary evenings, new media art events, lectures, and art auctions. The events are spread throughout the city, from its parks and streets (and even its lake) to the main stage in the city centre, the local skate park and the Pekarna exhibitions grounds (a venue created at the site of an abandoned industrial building in the course of a past festival edition).
There are also other, more temporary interventions into urban space like setting up artist residencies at floating dwellings on the local lake and transforming one of the city parks into a creative polygon. The streets also hold theatre shows and arts performances (for example, Pocestnica by KUD Ljud), slack-line and roller-blade gatherings, photography exhibitions, and so on.
The festival also holds lectures on topics like the American poet Walt Whitman, appearances of artists like, workshops on sound sculpting and other arts performances and installations that are rather atypical for this type of a festival.
Music-wise, there is combination of well-known local and foreign musicians like Lombego Surfers (US), Let 3 (HR), Kultur Shock (US), Disciplin A Kitschme (RS), Senser (UK) Bambi Molesters (HR), Damir Avdić (BA), Kiril Džajkovski (MK), Terrafolk, Demolition Group, Srečna mladina and Noctiferia. This relatively rock-oriented programme is accompanied by many upcoming and fresh musicians of diverse musical expressions (jazz, electronica, reggae, etc.), coupled with a very strong hip hop focus with artists like General Woo (HR), Elemental (HR), Kiša metaka (HR), High 5 (HR) and even a national competition in beat boxing.
- Kunigunda Festival website (in Slovenian)