In the autumn of 2013, Radio Študent (RŠ) has – due to its pressing financial difficulties – organised a benefit festival called Reši RŠ [Save RŠ]. The event was held at Metelkova mesto Autonomous Cultural Zone, utilising more or less all of its many clubs and galleries for music concerts, poetry readings, photography exhibitions and artistic performances. With about 2500 people attending, the event was a success and has since than turned into an annual festival that presents a diverse musical line-up (from jazz and techno to hip hop and grindcore), joined by lectures, workshops and various other activities.
Each year, the concept and name of the festival are a bit different, and its main characteristic is defined by a musical programme happening in all the Metelkova clubs, all of them accessible by a single entrance fee. As for example, in 2014 the event was called Kdo rabi Študenta? [Who needs the Student?], and in 2015, the festival celebrated 15 years of Club Marathon and hosted a selection of its most prominent participants.
Radio Student birthday
Radio Študent (RŠ) has a similar festival in spring, when it celebrates its birthday, and this event was actually the one that has quite some time ago introduced the idea of the whole Metelkova being used for one event – a model now, as for example, being used by MENT Ljubljana. Foreign guests are also sometime invited.
Numerous Slovenian alternative musicians and Djs have been featured at the festival, amongst them being Dubzilla, Broken Lock, Barely Modern, Srečna mladina, Your Gay Thoughts, 300.000 Verschiedene Krawalle, Hexenbrutal, Extreme smoke 57 and Coma Stereo.
Alternative historization of the alternative, the exhibiton of Matija Praznik at Alkatraz Gallery, 2017. Oholo at Bizzarnica pri Mariči, Radio Študent Benefit Festival, 2016. A poster for the 2015 edition of the Radio Študent Benefit Festival, programmed as to honour the 15th anniversary of Club Marathon Punk - past and present, round table at Infoshop, VIVA PUNK, VIVA RŠ!, 2017. Anti Slaughter performing at Jalla Jalla, Radio Študent Benefit Festival, 2016. Human Host Body at Klub Gromka, Radio Študent Benefit Festival, 2016. Human Host Body performing at Klub Gromka, Radio Študent Benefit Festival, 2016. From station to station, Esad Babačić and Brane Zorman performing at Klub Menza pri koritu, VIVA PUNK, VIVA RŠ!, 2017. A public assemblage held in support of Radio Študent (RŠ) in the autumn of 2013, when drastic cuts to its budget were proposed