AUTONOMOUS CULTURAL CENTRE METELKOVA CITY
In 1993, two years after Slovenian independence, mainly underground artists and intellectuals squatted former military barracks and have, since then, developed the squatted infrastructure into an alternative culture centre that has become a world-wide attraction. Diverse artistic practices and events found their home at this ever-changing complex full of free creative spirit.
The festival, set in the Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova City, questions the position of women in the tangled mesh of art, culture, politics, activism and everyday life. Celebrating women’s lives and redefining public space in order to make it accessible for creativity and socializing of women on their own terms. The creativity and the mingling of the participants of Red Dawns question the boundaries taken for granted; the isolating boundaries that seperate people regardless of their gender.
One of Ljubljana’s main centres of alternative culture and contemporary visual arts, the ŠKUC Gallery (established in 1978) is always in pace with modern trends in art showcasing the work of renowned international artists and emerging young artists. The Škuc Gallery operates as part of the Škuc Society, a non-profit cultural organization also involved in publishing, concert promotion, and event management. The LGBTQ scene in Slovenia was born in ŠKUC in early 80’s, accompanying the modern activist feminist scene.
The Europe’s oldest festival of the kind (established in 1984), features films by gay and lesbian filmmakers and other films dealing with themes related to homosexuality.
DobraVaga, a selling art gallery showcases the work of younger generation Slovenian artists in a very original way. The gallery, located in the Ljubljana Central Market’s previous fish market, with its unique concept, tries to transcend the conventional notion of the art market. Each time, its monthly selection features works by a new set of artists and new approaches to art.
FOR OTHER ALTERNATIVE AND INDEPENDENT VENUES AND EVENTS/FESTIVALS IN LJUBLJANA, THE OPEN CITY, SEE MORE ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
- Independent performing art venues enhancing the city’s character
- Cool festivals for hot summers
- World of urban art’s endless imagination
- For inspiration modern arts, for pleasure trendy coffee brews
- OFF THE BEATEN MICE TRACK – Ljubljana’s Jazz Scene
- A flaw of being a woman busted with a bust
- Polished world-famous prison jewel in the Open City’s crown