Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station
|Stara mestna elektrarna - Elektro Ljubljana (SMEEL)|
|Slomškova 18, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Phone||386 (0) 1 231 4492, 386 (0) 51 269 906|
|Fax||386 (0) 1 230 8166|
|Ministry of Culture|
|Municipality of Ljubljana|
|Managed by||Bunker Institute|
|Nevenka Koprivšek, Artistic Director of the Bunker Institute|
|Mojca Jug, Coordinator of The Old Power Station Programme|
Protected as an immovable cultural heritage of Slovenia, the brick building itself was built in 1898 as Ljubljana’s first power plant. When in 1940s its technology became obsolete it stopped its operations, but it got modernized in the 1960s and from then onwards the place still produces some of the city electricity.
However, in the mid-1980s the potential of the old industrial architecture was already being discovered by alternative artists.Mankurt I opened the space as a performance venue and during the 1990s several site-specific performances, for example the Enrique Vargas's piece, were staged here.
During the 1990s it came about that the city of Ljubljana lacks performing arts rehearsal spaces and the building was originally planned as a space for rehearsals. In 1998 the Ministry of Culture began the renovation works and in 2004 (together with the Ljubljana Urban Municipality) made it available for the independent performing arts scene. Following an open call for NGOs to run the space, the contract went to Bunker Institute.
Type of venue: black-box theatre; main use: contemporary theatre, dance, music, multimedia events, rehearsal space and space for workshops; seating: 300 seats total; performing area: 25m W x 15m D x 3.5m H to grid, floor suitable for dance; suspension equipment: overhead pipe grid for suspension of masking and lighting; forestage: dance floor; lighting: details on request; sound: details on request; stage equipment: details on request; backstage: 2 dressing rooms accommodating 15 persons total; climate control: air-conditioned.
Though leased to Bunker, the place is still owned by Elektro Ljubljana (Enterprise for Distribution of Electric Energy, Co.).
- Bunker Institute
- Mladi levi Festival
- City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts
- Gibanica Festival of Slovene Dance
- Exodos International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts
- Old Power Station web page
- Plans of Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station
- Bunker Institute website (in Slovenian and English)
- Stara Elektrarna architecture - the history of the building from the Theatre Architecture in Central Europe web database