International Festival of Contemporary Arts - CITY OF WOMEN

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The annual International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women takes place at the beginning of October. Inviting between forty and sixty women artists and theorists each years, it attracts several thousand visitors from all ages, professions and interests. Since its institution, the Festival has welcomed over seven hundred female and male artists, collectives, groups, curators, theorists and activists from all over the world, ranging from the emerging to the pre-eminent. In establishing liaisons with many different institutional and alternative venues in the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia and abroad, the Festival enjoys wide media exposure. The annual festival team is composed mainly of freelancers in the field of culture. The program is curated and coordinated by a permanent team of three members, whilst the festival team is on average composed of ten people, usually self-employed in culture, who work on temporary work-contracts (1–3 months) and volunteers. The current festival's artistic director is Teja Reba.

Over the years the City of Women has developed a range of specific characteristics that distinguish it from other such events in Slovenia and Europe. As a transdisciplinary festival, it has a rather experimental profile, welcoming artists who experiment with, blur, and even cross, the boundaries of genres. Every Festival’s edition is dedicated to the main topic of artistic, cultural or socio-political relevance, inviting scholars from the fields of cultural and gender studies, to address the issues. The Festival promotes dialogue, knowledge and lively debate among the participating artists, academics and the audience.

As an international festival of contemporary arts, City of Women introduces artists from all over the world, including distant countries and regions that have rarely been presented in Slovenia or the local audience isn’t very familiar with. It is a venue that initiates collaborations between the invited guests, artists as well as institutions and organisations in Slovenia and neighbouring countries. The City of Women organises tours by invited artists in Slovenia and abroad and presents a number of different events outside the Festival’s framework. It reaches out to a broad and diverse audience, and fosters their active participation. In order to achieve this goal, it offers a wide-ranging programme and accommodates festival events at venues across the city which undoubtedly contributes to a higher level of visibility, as well as mixes audiences by staging unconventional or controversial events in so-called mainstream venues and renowned artists in alternative settings. Through various free workshops and lectures, and a theoretical platform, which promotes a greater understanding of cultural identity and contemporary theory, there is also an educational element to the City of Women programme.

 

PROGRAM GUIDELINES 2016 - 2019

City of Women is a platform that produces and presents contemporary, innovative, premium, critical, bold and radical art.

City of Women presents and promotes local and international artists, theoreticians, cultural workers.

City of Women exposes the social reality in which art is produced and in which the artists live/work.

City of Women draws attention to discrimination in art and culture.

City of Women aims to improve conditions for women in the arts and culture.

City of Women nourishes transdisciplinary and intersectional approach.

City of Women does not accept stereotypes, disciplining the art or separation of practice and theory.

City of Women encourages to social reflection, awareness, solidarity and acceptance of diversity.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. We present authors/artists and collectives of mainly women's authorship.

2. We present all genres of contemporary art (modern and postdramatic theater, contemporary dance, performance art and live-art, visual and intermedia art, site-specific events, music and film art).

3. We present innovative and breakthrough formats/ideas which create a critical dialogue with the present we live in.

4. We present and cooperate with local and international authors/artists.

5. The festival is curated and without a public call, to participate please contact the artistic director.

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The program for the 23rd International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women is closed and will be announced in June 2017.
If you are interested in participating in the next edition (October 2018), please send us your proposals until 1. 9. 2017.
For more content related info write to teja@cityofwomen.org