Ministry of Culture


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Ministrstvo za kulturo Republike Slovenije (MK)
Maistrova 10, SI-1000 Ljubljana
Phone386 (0) 1 369 5900
Fax386 (0) 1 369 5901
Zoran Poznič, Minister
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Past Events
  • 28 June to 7 July 2019
    Plečnik e il Sacro / Plečnik and the Sacred exhibition featuring 33 original sacred objects designed by Jože Plečnik and a video recording on Plečnik’s religious architecture, prepared by Tone Stojko. Curated by Peter Krečič and Ana Porok (Plečnik House). Produced by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana (MGML) in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Vatican City, and with the support of the Ministry of Culture, Archdiocese of Ljubljana, and the Vatican Museums. at Pinacoteca Vaticana in Vatican City
  • 26 May to 25 November 2018
    Museum of Architecture and Design presents the project Living with Water by an international team of architects and researchers, curated by Matevž Čelik and supported by the Ministry of Culture, featuring two installations and a publication, edited by Nina Granda, Matevž Granda and team, as the Slovene representative in the Slovenian Pavilion, at the International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
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  • 13 May to 26 November 2017
    Newsreel 63, a project by Nika Autor, curated by Andreja Hribernik, produced by Moderna galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana plus Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, and supported by the Ministry of Culture at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
  • 28 May to 27 November 2016
    Home at Arsenale, a bespoke wooden library by Dekleva Gregorič Arhitekti, co-organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design in Ljubljana, and supported by the Ministry of Culture), as a Slovene representative at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
  • 5 May to 22 November 2015
    UTTER / The violent necessity for the embodied presence of hope, a project by JAŠA produced by Maribor Art Gallery in collaboration with WEARE Production, supported by the Ministry of Culture) at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at Arsenale in Venice, Italy
  • 6 June to 23 November 2014
    The project The Problem of Space Travel - Supre: Architecture by the Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) as the Slovene representative at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia, supported by the Ministry of Culture, at Pavilion at the Arsenale in Venice, Italy
  • 30 May to 24 November 2013
    For our Economy and Culture, a project by Jasmina Cibic at the Slovenian Pavilion (co-organised by the Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana and Škuc Gallery) at the 55th Venice Biennale, supported by the Ministry of Culture at the La Biennale di Venezia International Art Exhibition at A plus A in Venice, Italy
    programme organiser
  • 29 August to 25 November 2012
    The project 100 YC (Maribor - 100 Year City) at the 13th Venice Biennale of Architecture, supported by the Ministry of Culture at A plus A in Venice, Italy
  • 4 June to 30 October 2011
    Heaters for Hot Feelings, Mirko Bratuša's sculpture exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale, organised by Božidar Jakac Gallery, Kostanjevica na Krki, supported by the Ministry of Culture, at A plus A in Venice, Italy
  • 29 August to 21 November 2010
    All Shades of Green project by Studio AKKA and studiobotas at the 12th Venice Bienniale of Architecture, produced by the City Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana, supported by the Ministry of Culture at A plus A Gallery in Venice, Italy

The Ministry of Culture is responsible for regulating those matters in the sphere of culture which are in the public interest. These include: involvement in the coordinated cultural development of Slovenia; protection of the cultural heritage; ensuring the plurality of the media landscape; providing suitable conditions for the creation; communication and accessibility of cultural assets; guaranteeing the special cultural rights of minorities; international cooperation in the sphere of culture; and the promotion of culture at home and abroad.

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The Ministry of Culture was founded in June 1991 on the basis of the Organisation and Competence of the Republic Administration Act. Under this Act, the existing Republic Secretariat for Culture continued its work as the Ministry of Culture and took over its functions and staff. The existing Republic Secretary for Culture became the Minister for Culture. After Slovenia's proclamation of independence, the Republic of Slovenia gained its first Minister for Culture on 28 June 1991, the day the Act entered into force.


It is the task of the ministry to provide suitable opportunities for cultural creation and the protection of the cultural heritage. To this end, the Ministry works on the basis of the three main principles of cultural policy: quality, accessibility, and diversity. Undoubtedly the first task of the Ministry is to provide suitable opportunities for top-level creativity in cultural spheres. Equally important is the guaranteeing of the greatest possible accessibility of cultural assets, since the right to culture ranks among fundamental human rights. Closely connected to these two principles is the attention that the Ministry of Culture devotes to cultural diversity. Additionally, the Ministry protects the right to freedom of expression in the media and ensures the media pluralism.

On the state level, the Ministry of Culture is responsible for the distribution of the majority of public funds for culture (circa 90%). Total public cultural expenditure in 2015 (state and local funds) amounted to approximately 275 million EUR and corresponded to 0,7 % of the GDP.

Resolution on the National Programme for Culture 2014–2017

In September 2013 the Government of the Republic of Slovenia agreed on the draft Resolution on National Programme for Culture 2014–2017, a key document for the area of culture that has been prepared by the Ministry of Culture. The resolution has updated the culturaly policy. It includes planned investments in culture infrastructure and sets goals and priorities, a novelty presents a chapter on the labour market in the cultural sector that defines the first guidelines for employment strategies. The number of those employed in the cultural sector should be increased by 2017, and the measures promote employment in NGOs, in the private sector and self-employment.


Where funding of public institutions is concerned, there are special calls for archive institutions and libraries, for movable cultural heritage institutions (mostly museums), for unmovable cultural heritage projects (investments in infrastructure) and for audio-visual programmes. All public state cultural institutions are required to present their following year's programmes to the Ministry of Culture, which then decides on their annual subsidy according to the annual budget.

For non-governmental organisations, the Ministry announces (usually in Autumn) a call for public cultural programmes and projects. From amongst applicants in various disciplines 27 cultural programme organisers and producers were selected to sign 4-year contracts for the period 2018–2021, most of them professional support organisations or the producers running a venue or festival platforms (8 performing arts, 8 music, 7 visual arts, 4 new media art). In addition there is a bid for the 4-year cultural projects and an annual bid for artistic projects in all art disciplines, which is open also to smaller organisations and individual artists.

Every year there is also a special call for cultural activities by the Italian and Hungarian ethnic minorities, the Romany community and other ethnic minority groups and immigrants in the Republic of Slovenia.

Funding related to literature and publishing has been performed by the Slovenian Book Agency, while the national cultural programme in the sphere of film is implemented by the Slovenian Film Centre.

The ministry supports a few specialised digital web platforms: next to also - Slovene theatre portal and - information on Slovene music, the National Aggregator for Europeana managed by the National and University Library which runs the - Digital Library of Slovenia.

International cooperation

International projects and festivals are supported through the programme and project public calls for producers. A special calls are open for the organisers/curators of the Venice Biennale of Visual Arts and the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

There are further special public calls related to international co-operation administered by the Office for EU Affairs and International Cooperation. One is open on annual basis to creators to bid for short-term residency in apartments owned by the Ministry in New York City, Berlin, London and since 2011 also in Vienna. Multi-annual calls determine the operators of the Creative Europe Desk Slovenia and the international cooperation portal

In 2011 a new financial mechanism: a special cultural fund to support cultural projects or events co-organised by Slovene embassies and consulates round the world was launched by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2011 the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs established the Slovenian Culture and Information Centre in Vienna. In June 2016 the Slovenian Cultural Centre in Berlin was set up. Both are located at the Slovenian Embassies.

Membership in international organisations

The Ministry of Culture collaborates on a regular basis with the Council of Europe and other European bodies (Attaché for Culture and Audiovisual affairs at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Slovenia to the European Union). Slovenia is a member of European Audiovisual Observatory.

The ministry has its representative in the Slovenia National Commission for UNESCO and contributes into the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). It has cooperated also with the European Cultural Foundation and the Asia Europe Foundation (ASEF).

The Ministry is a permanent guest of the EUNIC Slovenia network of the European Union National Institutes for Culture in Slovenia, and the member of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA).

Ministry of Culture supports participation of Slovene young talents in the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO).

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Directorates, departments and services

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