Sokolski dom Culture Centre, Škofja Loka



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Sokolski dom
Mestni trg 17, SI-4220 Škofja Loka
Phone386 (0) 4 511 2335
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Phone386 (0) 4 511 2335

Sokolski dom Culture Centre Skofja Loka 2010 Ive Subic exhibition Photo Alenka Pirman.jpgIve Šubic exhibition opening at Sokolski dom

Sokolski dom Culture Centre reopened in 2009 as a completely renovated cultural centre in the medieval town of Škofja Loka. Its lively programme comprises solo exhibitions by Slovene artists as well as top quality jazz, choir and chamber music concerts (Carmina Slovenica, La Chambre du Roi with Stefano Bet, Domen Marinčič and Tomaž Sevšek), usually co-organised with the local Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia. They also host various conferences, lectures and local events and have a lively programme for children.


Sokolski dom was established in 1922 by the Sokol gymnastic club and served as a sports hall until 1981. In 1999, it reopened its doors and was used as a provisional performing arts venue, enthusiastically maintained by the Lubnik Choir. The Municipality of Škofja Loka has renovated the centre in 2009 with the funds obtained from EEA Norway Grants (Lively Old Town project) and the European Fund for Regional Development. The centre now plays an important role in local culture and also shelters many non-formal and non-professional artist groups and associations.


In the centre, there are two halls, a large gallery space and also a terrace garden which is mostly used for receptions. The large Crystal Hall can host up to 210 visitors and is mainly used for concerts and conferences while the Small Hall has 40 seats and is suitable for more intimate events and lectures.

Gallery programme

The main gallery activities started in 2002 due to the lack of suitable exhibition spaces in Škofja Loka although the first exhibitions date back to 1998. The gallery hosted many Slovenian photography and fine arts exhibitions as well as exhibitions from amateur artists, either individually or as part of local associations and groups.

The gallery programme in the main exhibition space kicked off with illustrations by Zvonko Čoh, followed by paintings by Jurij Kalan. The 20th anniversary of the death of Ive Šubic (1922–1989), a Partisan, local painter, graphic artist and illustrator was commemorated with an exhibition of rarely-seen selected drawings.

International activities

In December 2008, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the twinning between the medieval towns Medicina and Škofja Loka an exhibition of artworks by Professor Luiga Samoggi and photographer Tomaž Lundra was organised and one year later, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the twinning between the municipalities of Škofja Loka and Maasmechelen, they hosted an exhibition by the Makk Art Society of Maasmechelen.

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