Originally known as the Baraga Seminary, the building was sort of finished in 1941 (per the original plans it should be a circular building, reminiscent of the Coliseum). Later, in 1956, it was adapted according to the plans of Anton Bitenc and the newly built Festival Hall became one of the prime dancing and socialising venues in Ljubljana.
A few years later, in 1963, Pionirski dom was established and settled in the same building, thus joining the Mladinsko Theatre, situated on the opposite side since a few years before.
Nurturing cultural literacy and creative competence in Ljubljana and the region, Pionirski dom is the biggest institution of its kind in Slovenia. In order to showcase youth creativity, it organises about a dozen festivals annually.
The programmes enacted here are many and various, dealing in visual arts, music (from Orff instruments to presentations of different genres), dance, theatre, improvisational and musical theatre, fashion, graphic design, sculpture, entry exams for art schools, photography, film, building DIY instruments, radio, literature and reading culture in general, science for kids, and about 10 different language courses.