The France Marolt Academy Folklore Group will mark its 72nd season by celebrating the dance heritage of members of Slovenian ethnic minorities living abroad. The show Oh, Triglav, My Home will feature different types of dance and stories of Slovenians who live outside their homeland due to historical reasons or have emigrated abroad. This year’s show will combine as many as six Slovenian minority communities in different periods, while also touching on the topic of Slovenian immigrants.
The beginnings of the France Marolt Academy Folklore Group date back to 1934, when France Marolt – enjoying support of the Glasbena matica Society – established the Folklore Institute and began systematically researching and collecting folk heritage. Officially formed in 1948, the group was named after Marolt after his death. Since the very beginning, the France Marolt Academy Folklore Group has adhered to the guidelines of first-rate, well-devised and unconventional interpretation of folk heritage. Renowned for its professional competence and working in partnership with a broad array of experts in culture and the arts, the Academy Folklore Group plays a leading role in promoting and preserving Slovenia’s folk heritage.
Bernhard Schlink is one of the biggest talents in contemporary German literature. He is a perceptive and highly intelligent narrator. His prose is clear, precise and nicely elegant. Frankfurter Neue Presse
At first glance, Olga is a classic, grand, historical novel but we soon find out that its tempo is dictated by a cunning author who is all the time one step ahead of his readers. Of course, the plot is historical but the narration is so full of suspense that we think the story is happening at the moment, in front of our eyes. In the late 19th century, Olga is striving for the right to self-fulfilment and love even though her era and circumstances are against it. Schlink tells Olga’s story from several perspectives and leaves the readers in uncertainty right until the end. This is a novel that one reads in a breath and it is a novel that sticks in one’s mind for a long time.
Bernhard Schlink (1944) is a 20th century literary classic and one of the most important German authors. His novel The Reader (original published in 1995) was marked as one of the biggest literary triumphs after Günter Grass’s The Tin Drum by Der Spiegel. The Reader is also the first German novel in history to have made it onto The New York Times’s ranking of best selling books. In 2008, David Hare transformed it into a film that was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and Kate Winslet received it for best actress.
Cankarjev dom closed
In compliance with the decree issued by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Slovenia, Cankarjev dom has cancelled all events until further notice.
Information on postponed events or refunds will be provided after the state of emergency has ended.
An exhibition illustrating the history and development of the Faculty of Architecture
In cooperation with the University of Ljubljana and Museum of Architecture and Design
A university’s creative environment is a platform for change driven by scientific curiosity, and the accumulated knowledge is enhanced by doubting mind. When the University of Ljubljana was first established, the academic environment of Slovenian architecture was marked by the artistic orientation of the key personalities of the era. Jože Plečnik was 48 years old; his Ljubljana and Prague architecture did not exist yet. In the introduction to the first generation’s miscellany of papers, he thus summed up the collective atmosphere at the former Technical Faculty: “This book emerged from pure joy: we are young and alive.
The tradition of appointing eminent architects as architecture professors in Ljubljana continued. Their teaching methods reflected their artistic beliefs, independent professional career in architecture – invariably committed to experimenting, searching for balance among prior (personal) experiences, tradition and the desire for progress, for exploring new possibilities. Given the school’s distinctive breadth of academic disciplines, it could offer education, either in the area of planning or architectural theory and criticism, to many students who went on to build internationally distinguished careers. At the same time, the school influenced the development of other disciplines, including urbanism, spatial planning, industrial and graphic design, set design, science journalism.
Soon after the establishment of University of Ljubljana in 1919, Ivan Vurnik, a graduate of the Vienna University of Technology, was appointed assistant professor at the Technical Faculty’s Department of Civil Engineering. Aiming to establish architecture as an independent academic discipline, Vurnik solicited the help of Jože Plečnik, professor at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague who first made a name for himself in Vienna and later in Prague. Although Vurnik was in charge of the organisation and management of the newly founded Department of Architecture, which opened its doors in 1920, Plečnik was considered the “spiritual father” of the Ljubljana School of Architecture. Taking the post of architecture professor in 1921, Plečnik enriched the academic programme with his personal charisma and a special teaching method modelled after Otto Wagner’s, his teacher at the Vienna Academy. His method involved academic work in the form of workshops or tutorials, which enabled students and professors to jointly examine the entire course of architectural planning. Tuition relying on seminars attended by students ranging from freshmen to seniors has remained a specialty of the Ljubljana School of Architecture to this day.
After 1945, academic influence was exerted by professors belonging to the younger generation of architects: Edvard Ravnikar, Edo Mihevc, Marjan Mušič, Boris Kobe, Niko Kralj and others. As the leading Slovenian modernist Ravnikar laid the foundations for modern urbanism and design as academic subdisciplines. It was as far back as in the 1960s that the name Ljubljana School of Architecture was increasingly used to refer to the school in former Yugoslavia, as well as internationally, due to its high educational standards. In Ljubljana, the study programme in architecture was implemented within the context of the Technical Faculty until the establishment of the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in 1957. The aspirations for an independent school of architecture were fulfilled in 1995 with the inauguration of the Faculty of Architecture. The study programmes offered at FA today include architecture and urbanism. The academic curriculum is based on seminars and individual work with students. These classes continue the school’s distinctive tradition and constitute a connecting link with knowledge gained in attending social sciences and technical classes. This brings students into direct contact with the relevant issues facing their profession and society in a manner defined by the term ‘theoretical practice of architecture’. An indispensable element of academic life, the Faculty’s visiting lecturers – the numerous acclaimed foreign architects and theoreticians – serve to solidify the faculty’s embeddedness in the global network of acclaimed schools of architecture.
One of the most famous Croatian pop stars, Danijela has gained renowned as member of the Magazin band. In 1996, Danijela embarked on a successful solo career. She has since won widespread popularity – also in Slovenia, and recorded a number of hit songs, including Da je slađe zaspati, Zovem te ja, Neka mi ne svane, Dobro je, Pleši sa mnom, Ovako ne mogu dalje, Brodolom, etc.
Her concert tour Indescribable promises a different experience and a new sound, but the same Danijela – a singer so dear to us, with unstoppable energy and full of heart that she lavishes on her audiences.
The works of Israeli historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari – especially Sapiens and Homo Deus –, in which he contemplates the development of Homo sapiens, and the species’ role in the past, present and future, have been inspiring other artists. Claiming that Harari inspired Kubrick’s timeless classic, A Space Odyssey, – an epic science fiction film and a quintessential example of ground-breaking cinema, which upon release met with criticism, misunderstanding and even ridicule – would be carrying it too far. However, one thing is indisputable – they were destined for each other and make perfect bedfellows. In late 1960s, when space exploration was in its infancy and androids and artificial intelligence were not yet topics of mainstream discussion, Kubrick similarly tackled the development of humans, their role in the future of the world and the position on robots or artificial intelligence with the help of Arthur C. Clark.
As one of the most revered films of the 20th century and the opening event of the Harari 2020 series, it is only proper that A Space Odyssey be screened in Linhart Hall – our largest movie theatre and our largest projection screen!
GB, USA, 1968, 148'
Screenplay: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke
Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth
Cast: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood
Drumming feet, clapping hands, clicking fingers, clattering castanets, brilliantly timed olés: no art form is more percussive than flamenco. Renowned Dutch percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag and phenomenal dancer and rhythm box Eduardo Guerrero challenge each other in a thrilling percussive “battle”. In this new Flamenco Biënnale NL festival creation ‘the upcoming new Flamenco God’ Guerrero’ employs body and feet as percussion instruments in a landscape he has never entered before. The traditional “zapateado”, the flamenco feet rhythms, and the “pure flamenco body” acquire a whole new meaning. The rich, driving flamenco rhythms rattle in every possible way in joyful interaction with the six percussionists of Slagwerk Den Haag. A simple table is transformed into a percussion instrument, a “cajon” (hand drum) gets an electronic upgrade and live castanets take on a computerized castanet orchestra! Man versus machine, emotion versus rhythm.
Dance: Eduardo Guerrero
Percusion: Slagwerk Den Haag: Fedor Teunisse, Pepe Garcia, Niels Meliefste, Joey Marijs, Frank Wienk, Ryoko Imai
A Flamenco Biënnale NL 2019 creation
Comic opera in two acts
Director: Nana Milčinski
Co-production: Slovenian Chamber Music Theatre, Cankarjev dom, Festival Velenje
Koprodukcija: Slovensko komorno glasbeno gledališče, Cankarjev dom, Festival Velenje
Projekt so podprli: Ministrstvo za kulturo, Mestna občina Ljubljana, Nadace Bohuslava Martinů
Trajanje 60 minut brez odmora
For children aged 5+
A hundred years after the publication of Josip Vandot’s Kekec na hudi poti (Kekec on a Hard Path) this unique Slovenian hero continues to enchant new generations of audiences with his courage and clever ploys. In cooperation with an acclaimed Slovenian band, Katalena, and its leader and the show’s music concept designer, Boštjan Narat, choreographer Edward Clug has used the popular Vandot’s tale as a gateway to the magical world of dance theatre.
The seamless blend of Katalena’s music and the story’s dramaturgical structure provided an one-hour escape into a timeless world permeated with the memory of the things that people inhabiting these regions used to create. Perfectly complemented by musical interludes featuring Kekec’s songs, the show is nothing less than a fully enjoyable experience.
Olivera Ilić, Večer
The fairy-tale ballet appeals to both the young and young at heart.
Duration 50 minutes
Choreography: Edward Clug
Parasite, winner of four honours at the 92nd Academy Awards – in addition to becoming the first non-English film to win Best Picture, the movie also won Best International Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director Awards – to be screened on 19 May at 19.00 as part of the Liffe after Liffe Subscription, has been relocated to a bigger venue, Linhart Hall, due to great demand.
No ticket exchange is necessary. Allocated seating does not apply.
Pre-screening talk will be given by Marcel Štefančič, Jr.
A delightful blend of dark humour and social critique, Parasite earned South Korean director Bong Joon-ho the prestigious Palme d'Or.
Ki-taek's family of four is close, but fully unemployed, with a bleak future ahead of them. The son Ki-woo is recommended by his friend, a student at a prestigious university, for a well-paid tutoring job, spawning hopes of a regular income. Carrying the expectations of all his family, Ki-woo heads to the Park family home for an interview. Arriving at the house of Mr. Park, the owner of a global IT firm, Ki-woo meets Yeon-kyo, the beautiful young lady of the house. But following this first meeting between the two families, an unstoppable string of mishaps lies in wait.
"For people of different circumstances to live together in the same space is not easy. It is increasingly the case in this sad world that human relationships based on co-existence or symbiosis cannot hold, and one group is pushed into a parasitic relationship with another. In the midst of such a world, who can point their finger at a struggling family, locked in a fight for survival, and call them parasites? /.../ As a depiction of ordinary people who fall into an unavoidable commotion, this film is: a comedy without clowns, a tragedy without
South Korea, 2019; 132 minut
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin Won
Play: Song Kang-ho (Ki-taek), Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong Jo, Choi Woo-sik Choi, Jang Hye-jin, Park So-dam, Jung Hyeon-jun, Lee Jeong-eun, Kang Echae, Andreas Fronk, Pak Hyo-Shin, Jung Ik-Han, Lee Joo-Hyung, Lee Ji-hye, Park Jae Wook
Awards: Cannes 2019 (Palme d'Or), Sydney 2019, Karlovy Vary 2019, Munich 2019
A universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth, set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, Beats is a story for our time.
1994. Best mates Johnno and Spanner share a deep bond, forged through childhood. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in very different directions. But this summer is going to be different for them. The explosion of the free party scene and the largest counter-cultural youth movement in recent history is happening across the UK. In pursuit of adventure and escape the boys head out on one last night together to an illegal rave: a journey into an underworld of anarchy and freedom that ends with a full-on collision with the forces of law and order.
I was introduced to that scene of underground techno parties and it was a hugely transformative experience for me. I grew up in Aberdeen at a time when there was a lot of violence and hard drug use and I found my teenage years quite scary. But I was introduced to this world of … it all sounds a bit cheesy … of love and communal joy and fun and friends. At the time I didn’t consider that that in itself could be considered an almost political experience but looking back it was.
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Great Britain, 2019
Screenplay: Kieran Hurley, Brian Welsh
Cinematography: Benjamin Kracun
Music: Stephen Hindman, Penelope Trappes
Editing: Robin Hill
Cast: Cristian Ortega (Johno), Lorn MacDonald (Spanner), Laura Fraser (Alison), Ross Mann (D-Man), Gemma McElhinney (Laura), Amy Manson (Cat), Rachel Jackson (Wendy), Brian Ferguson (Robert)