LUPA Slovene Non-Governmental Organisations’ Festival


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LUPA, Slovenski festival nevladnih organizacij
Povšetova 37, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 542 1422
Fax386 (0) 1 542 1424
Organised byCentre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS)
Festival dates24.9.2015
Goran Forbici, Director
Uroš Bonšek, Head organiser

The goal of the LUPA Festival is to raise awareness of NGO issues and activities, to increase cooperation among various groups, and to strengthen dialogue between NGOs and the government, local communities and international organisations. Organised by the Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS), the festival's schedule includes workshops, round-table discussions, and forums, as well as a cultural programme made up of concerts, films, and performances.


The first festival took place in October 2002 in Ljubljana, Maribor, and Nova Gorica. In 2003 the festival was also held in Koper, Kranj, Maribor, Nova Gorica, Murska Sobota, Šempeter pri Gorici, and Novo mesto. In 2015 the festival, actually a fair accompanied by cultural programme, took place at the Prešeren Square in Ljubljana, with 140 participating organisations.

The themes and dilemmas tackled by the festival include the inadequate visibility of NGOs, their fields of work and what they contribute to the Slovene environment, as well as problems associated with the inadequate definition of NGOs provided by existing legislation. Other aims of the festival include formulating a strategic framework for the systematic development of NGOs in Slovenia, promoting partnership and cooperation between NGOs, capacity building of CNVOS partnerships with other pillars of civil society, stimulating NGO development in different regions, promoting NGOs working outside Ljubljana, fund-raising opportunities, and intensifying co-operation with the media.

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