Nova Gorica Arts Centre
|Kulturni dom Nova Gorica|
|Bevkov trg 4, SI-5000 Nova Gorica|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 335 4010|
|Fax||386 (0) 5 335 4019|
|Founded by||Municipality of Nova Gorica|
|Pavla Jarc, Director|
|Barbara Poša Belingar, Public Relations, Cultural Programmes Coordinator|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 335 4013|
|Mateja Poljšak Furlan, Curator, Film Programme Head|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 335 4015|
|Martina Mavrič, Secretary, Musical Youth Programme Coordinator|
|Phone||386 (0) 5 335 4010|
The Arts Centre collaborates with numerous producers and associations. Very notable and extensive is the work done with the Slovene branch of Jeunesses Musicales International, dedicated to the promotion of music education in primary and secondary schools in the wider region.
In the field of classical music, the centre regularly cooperates with the Academy of Music, the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory, Slovene Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTV Slovenia Music Production Unit, Glasbena matica Ljubljana, Society of Slovene Composers, the Ljubljana Festival, Imago Sloveniae and others.
Its close regional partners are Prosvetno društvo Soča Kanal (responsible for contemporary music festival Kogoj’s Days), the Union of Primorska Music Schools, the Italy based Cultural Centre Gorizia, the association Controtempo Cormons (IT), also responsible for the Festival of Jazz & Wine of Peace, Ensemble Dramsam. the association Progetto Musica (IT), Centro Giuliano di Musica Antica (IT) and Ensemble Dramsam (IT).
Classical and early music programme
The longest running programme at the centre has been presenting classical music since 1980. Simply called the Concert Season (Glasbeni abonma), it welcomed many internationally acclaimed musicians and featured almost all leading Slovene musicians. Among them were soloists such as Slowind and Carmina Slovenica., , Tatjana Blome (DE), Natalie Clein (UK) and Grigorij Žislin (RU), orchestras like the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (RU), the Kiev Chamber Orchestra (UA), the Camerata Frankonia Chamber Orchestra (DE), the Vienna Concert-Verein Orchestra (AT), and various ensembles like the String Quartet Tchaikovsky (RU), The Dominant Quartet (RU),
Of a similar nature but done on a smaller scale is the Castle harmonies (Grajske harmonije) cycle, taking place in the hall of the Kromberk Castle and co-produced with the Goriška Museum. These evenings with smaller chamber ensembles and soloists have been going on since 2012, and are a continuation of the 1990s and early 2000s series Goriška Muses, held at Dobrovo Castle. Some of the guests include , , , Ensemble Les Eléments (CH), Nadežda Tokareva (RU), Elena Graf (DE),
Another spatially outsourced cycle called Music from the Gardens of St. Francis is a series of concerts held in the beautiful surroundings of the Franciscan Monastery at Kostanjevica above Nova Gorica, designed primarily for young Slovene musicians.
In 2011 a new festival going by the name Days of Early Music was first set up in Nova Gorica (merging with the preexisting Royal Court Music International Festival). Organised in cooperation with well-established festivals Musica Cortese from Italy and Dvigrad from Croatian Istria, the festival was broad in scope, presenting geographically unbound interpretations of early music. The festival took place at the centre itself, yet also at the Hall of the Franciscan Monastery of Kostanjevica, the Villa Vipolže manor, the Kromberk Castle and some other venues in the region.
Apart from these international festivals, Nova Gorica Arts Centre also co-produced two cross-border music festivals with Italian partners, called Between the Sounds of Places and ECHOS - Cross-border Echoes.
Popular music programme
Since 1996, in collaboration with the Nova Gorica Arts Centre, the Nova Gorica Music School organises the International Saxophone Meeting, a summer school plus an accompanying festival held in and around the city.
Since the early 2000s the centre has also been setting up a festival for jazz, blues, gospel and ethno music. In 2015, this was re-established as the October Jazz festival. Some of the staged artists were Oliver Lake, Evan Parker, Bob Brozman (US), Katie Graham (US), Eric Sardinas & Big Motor (US), The Fonda/Stevens Group (US), Ken Vandermark (US), Zlatko Kaučič, Vasko Atanasovski Trio, , etc. Alongside all of this, there are many standalone concerts that range from rock and pop to world music, folk, etc
Film, multimedia and other programmes
The Film Theatre programme is more or less focused on art film, and the centre is a part of the Art Cinema Network.
The bar, operated by the centre, is also the place for various lectures, round tables, photographic exhibitions, smaller concerts, etc. A vurious part of the programme is a series of live interviews with remarkable people, from mountaineers to missionaries, from film authors (who accopany their film screenings) to photoraphers.
The Arts Centre is paying much attention to musical education and collaborates with all the elementary and secondary schools in the wider region. Each year, they organise around one hundred and fifty educational or entertainment programmes for the young.
- Nova Gorica City Gallery
- Pixxelpoint International Festival of Computer Art
- International Saxophone Meeting
- October Jazz
- Kromberk Castle
- Goriška Museum
- Nova Gorica Arts Centre website (in English)