LUPA Slovene Non-Governmental Organisations’ Festival
|LUPA, Slovenski festival nevladnih organizacij|
|Povšetova 37, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 542 1422|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 542 1424|
|Organised by||Centre for Information Service, Co-operation and Development of NGOs (CNVOS)|
|Goran Forbici, Director|
|Uroš Bonšek, Head organiser|
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.