Culture of Slovenia


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The Rebirth of Industrial Spaces through the Prism of Culture and Creativity

Tea Pristolič

From London and Paris to Berlin and Amsterdam, if we mention only Europe, some of the best contemporary museums and galleries are set in former industrial buildings, taking advantage of vast spaces, preserving cultural heritage and giving back to people what they had been creating before in a different manner.

Slovenia stepped on this path in the early 2000s and is committed to renovating, rebuilding and breathing new life into such buildings. Through revitalisation, cities, townships and private organisations are transforming these sites and structures into places that offer platforms for creative industries. However, the means towards this goal and the results vary distinctively.

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Stara Elektrarna - Old Power Station - 01.JPG Stara mestna elektrarna Elektro Ljubljana (SMEEL), known in English as the Old Power Station, 2006.

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Festivals in Slovenia

Festivals are up and running!

Our graphic calendar of festivals shows around 170 festivals in 2021 and some that are already scheduled for 2022.

Explore all the upcoming festivals at the interactive Festivals in Slovenia infographic.

Festivals in slovenia 2012.jpgThe printed version of the calendar of Festivals in Slovenia in 2012 contains 141 festivals. Later on, in 2019, the festival number rose to 199. Check out the current annual festivalscape.


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A Short Historical Overview of Slovene Film

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In the context of a divided 20th-century Europe, Slovene film aesthetics clearly reflected the country's borderline characteristics. Whilst the influence of social realism was present in Slovene film from an early stage, film aesthetics in Slovenia have oscillated over the years between entertainment and politics, art and industry, aesthetics and ideology.

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Osmo/za is a collaborative space on the 8th floor of the 1960s' Avtotehna skyscraper at Slovenska 54 in the very centre of Ljubljana. It was set up in 2017 by a consortium of three NGO art/cultural producers with a rich and varied history: Ljudmila, which engages in the development and popularisation of open culture, free licences and software, and in new ways of data distribution; Delak Institute, a production house exploring post-gravity art and outlining a path for space culturalisation; and Projekt Atol Institute, whose activities range from art production to scientific research and technological prototype development and production.

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Osmoza 2018 Stas Vrenko workshop Photo Katja Goljat.jpg Soda 4060, workshop led by Staš Vrenko at Osmo/za, 2018.

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Slovenia on the Global Music Map

Peter Baroš

Slovenian musicians and bands have a colourful history of international success in the music industry. But before such success becomes a topic of nostalgia, SIGIC's Peter Baroš tells of new initiatives helping today's music acts reach for the stars hanging over the global music map.


Laibach 2009 VOLKSWAGNER 3 Photo Aleksander Remec.jpg VOLKSWAGNER 3, Laibach in collaboration with RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra and composer Izidor Leitinger, 2009. A sonic suite in three acts making connections between Wagner, modernism and jazz, crossbred with pop art.

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