Velenje Literary Foundation
The central event held under the auspices of the Velenje Literary Foundation is the international festival Lirikonfest, part of which is also the Herberstein Literary Meeting of Slovene Writers. The meeting features various symposia and involves the participation of more than 100 guests, theoreticians, translators, and artists from Slovenia and abroad. The foundation organises readings of Slovene and translated poetry called Lirikon(fest) Tastings [Lirikon(fest)ove degustacije], which tour Slovenia and foreign festivals.
In cooperation with the literary association Velenika, Velenje Literary Foundation presents the international Pretnar Award to ambassadors of Slovene literature and language abroad and the Cup of Immortality (Čaša nesmrtnosti), an award for outstanding oeuvres of poetry or poetic drama for youth by Slovene authors that have left a mark on 21st-century literature. They also award prize for the best travel novel of the past year called Turtle with wings (Krilata želva).
International literary residencies
Velenje Literary Foundation arranges international literary residencies for Slovene and foreign authors, translators and international mediators of contemporary literature and art with a view to supporting their creative work and promoting international cooperation in the Slovene literary space. During their creative stay, guests introduce themselves to the public through presentations and interviews.
The foundation publishes three book collections: "Belodvorski", featuring literature for adults; "A Chocolate with a Book" (Čokolada s knjigo), aimed at children and young people; and "Home and Thought" (Dom in misel), consisting of monograph publications about Slovenia. In both its international magazine Rp. Lirikon21 for 21st-century poetry and Lirikonfest the Velenje Literary Foundation welcomes Slovene and foreign contributions in poetry and translations.
- Velenje Literary Foundation website (in Slovenian)