International Festival of Contemporary Arts - CITY OF WOMEN


2019 ECF Princess Margriet Award for Culture

City of Women Association is the 2019 winner of the prestigious international prize for culture Princess Margriet, awarded by the European Cultural Foundation.

"The two laureates represent distinct cultural approaches, but both also offer a hopeful vision of democracy by redefining our understanding of culture and its capacity to improve a common European social reality."

We share the honour with writer and cultural activist Ahdaf Soueif (Cairo/London). 

EFFE Festival Label

International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women has been awarded the EFFE Festival Label, which is presented to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook by the European Festivals Association (EFA).

This label is a recognition to all who have built, co-created and run the festival and the Association City of Women with own unstoppable will, passion, courage, ideas, support and differences from the first edition in 1995.

Thank You!

The international EFFE jury wrote about the festival:
"A very complete and solid project, connected to present a future and a lively festival that still keeps on changing and improving with the editions. All the different aims, layers, values that they seek are already incorporated and in movement and the diverse and international program shows that they are constantly moving out of the comfort zone to keep the commitment with the focus they promote. Necessary and inspiring 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.



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.



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.


If you are interested in presenting your work at the festival, you can send us your proposals. 
Please send your project description, biography, and all other information that you would like to share with us, in a pdf format, including a video link of the entire capture. You will be notified only if your project is selected.