MCRUK – Mreža centrov raziskovalnih umetnosti in kulture / Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres
On 24 November 2019, the Slovenian Minister of Culture officially designated a contact point for coordinating information sources and preparing the Periodic Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The coordinator held several meetings with the heads responsible for specific areas of creativity and in December 2019 she officially called on the offices and directorates of the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, civil society representatives via the Slovenian Chamber of Culture and the Asociacija Association, and the Slovenian Association of Municipalities and Towns to actively participate in the preparation of the periodic report. Not everyone responded to this invitation, but by March 2020 several contributions were received testifying to the prolific activity of the cultural and creative sector, which was made possible by both government and local community funding. The civil society engagement was especially active. Contributions by all interested stakeholders have been included in this report.
The Republic of Slovenia has prepared the Periodic Report on the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions by including a wide variety of stakeholders as much as possible, ranging from various Ministry of Culture sectors and other relevant national bodies to municipalities and the civil society. Every segment prepared information and the main highlights that form an important part of the overall report.
Historically, culture has played an extremely important cohesive role in Slovenia: its mobilisation potential influenced the birth of the Slovenian nation. This symbolic cohesive role continues to be strongly present in Slovenians’ collective consciousness, but at the same time it also causes tension through inverse centripetal forces of cultural creativity, such as the emancipation and affirmation of alternative visions of reality. This neuralgic point of Slovenian culture is where Slovenia’s exceptional creativity draws from; some of its images from the past four years are presented in this report.
In recent years, the focus of Slovenian culture and the creative landscape has shifted towards more modern topics: environmental protection, the inclusion of vulnerable social groups, the economy and the status of artists. Both the cultural policy and creators themselves are aware of the important role of creativity within the context of sustainable society. The projects covered in this report highlight the importance of creativity in finding solutions to the most complex social issues: how music can be used to address the climate crisis, how state-of-the-art sustainable technology can be used to create functional and premium-design projects for the market, how vulnerable groups can be included in the creative process, how to provide working conditions for high-class artists, etc.
We only become painfully aware of the fact that creativity is the essential element of humanity as such when it is gone. In the history of a community there are only rare moments when an opportunity arises to experience the invaluableness of cultural creativity for both the individual and the community. As a rule, this happens during major social and economic upheavals, when the true, sustainable values come to the foreground, including creativity as one of the most important.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Association of Municipalities and Towns of Slovenia
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Chamber of Culture
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Centre for Creativity Platform; run by MAO; USD 6,217,918.25 (2017-2022). Realisation in 2019 - USD 965,809.13.
Grants for creatives; run by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia (2017-2022) - USD 5,844,392.00.
Yes, every year KPI and sector recommendations are measured by the governing bodies; greater external evolution in the creative sector is planned for 2020.
1. Continuous support for the development of the creative sector in Slovenia with grants/subsidies for project development and with supporting activities such as entrepreneurial development, cooperation with business and other sectors, education, promotion, networking and similar
2. Policy development for the creative sector
3. Stronger internationalisation and mobility of the sector
4. Infrastructure development for the creative sector
5. The development and support of crossover projects
A week of amateur culture is needed once a year to represent amateur arts in the wider society. It would be better if it could be implemented the whole month because there are too many events in Slovenia during one week. This results in smaller audiences at events in local communities.
Core funding through the European Commission, the engagement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (staff and travel costs USD 6,630)
The European development communication network acclaimed interactive #2030isnow installation attracted an estimated 60,000 visitors at 19 festivals and events across 14 countries in 2019, with millions more reached on social media; in Slovenia it attracted around 1,000 visitors to Metaldays. The #2030isnow campaign was a big success as a public awareness campaign
The primary target audience remains 18-35-year-old European festivalgoers; young citizens who are most likely concerned about the environment and climate change, but who are not necessarily aware of the broader challenges of development cooperation, the SDGs, or the leading role played by Europe in supporting the 2030 Agenda around the world.
The wall design is planned to be updated with the lessons learned from 2019 (for example, due to the wish for more than a one-time installation, the wall will be available: 1. at the festival and 2. a DIY kit model for small events) and with an enhanced emphasis on the "green" credentials of the 2030 Agenda (live green wall elements with plants and branches will be introduced in order to emphasise the 'green', sustainable focus of the EU).
USD 5,563 in 2016 and 2017, USD 7,788.2 in 2018 and 2019
The project results have been evaluated every few years with each new project application. A special expert panel evaluates new applications in terms of the content and past references of the candidates. Every expert panel since 2008 has evaluated the Wikivir project as being excellent.
The findings of the evaluation of the measure showed positive effects. The co-financing of various projects on this subject contributed to comprehensive care for vulnerable groups, often the most vulnerable and poorest, persons vulnerable for multiple reasons, e.g. women from minority communities. With the implementation of the measure, individuals from vulnerable groups began to open up from closed environments, integrate into groups and societies, become actively involved in society, and trained themselves to perform activities in the field of culture. This raised the awareness of the general public of their existence, culture and language, thus eliminating prejudice and transcending negative stigmatisation.