This year, too, the festival will be partially reduced, but even bigger, as the fight and fun must continue this year, albeit from a safe distance. We cannot and will not miss the celebration and glorification of the festival of all women*!
* the word women is here used for everyone who identifies with this word
March the 8th is our holiday and we rightfully take our space, all queer feminists and queer people, and present our artistic, intellectual, creative and other underestimated, unexposed or invisible, but important work. It is time for our voices to be heard both on the Internet and in the streets, and for our laughter to echo, our smiles to shine, and our hugs to be woven.
Despite the virus, the authoritarian repression and the persecution of otherness, we still exist and remain here! All of us who are different, neglected, marginalized and invisible, we stay here! We work, create, care for the community and cultivate rebellion, and take time for ourselves as well. Rest is also a tool for the revolt against capitalism and repression!
Alkatraz Gallery, started in 1996 as a project of students of the Academy Of Fine Arts And Design, is promoting experimental artistic endeavours and is hosting a variety of interactive, research-based and site-specific projects. Located in the heart of Metelkova.
Night Display Gallery Pešak is located in the five windows of Metelkova's Pešak building. Artists create specific works combining and exploring classical and contemporary media in order to make effective use of the medium of light.
Gesamtkunstwerk Metelkova focuses on artistic interventions in public space within Metelkova and its immediate surroundings. More than 200 public art interventions make up the so-called Metelkova Integrated Artwork, which have been created since 2004.
Artist-in-residence atelier Studio Asylum is also located at Metelkova, and since 2006 it has been hosting visiting foreign and local artists working in the fields of music, visual and intermedia arts. Studio Asylum welcomes its residents for up to three months.
Since 2007, concert series FriForma – previously known as Džez pri koritu – has been presenting free jazz, improvised and experimental music. The monthly events are often feature commissioned collaborations between international and local musicians.
FriFormA\V event series, since 2018, has been focusing on the exploration of art forms that intertwine artistic visualisation and light-based art with contemporary sound environments such as sound art, sound installations or experimental music.
International Feminist & Queer Festival Red Dawns was founded in 2000 at Metelkova. Its aim is to question the position of women in the inseparable web of art, culture, politics, activism and everyday life. The festival annually happens around 8 March.
Reciklart – Art Festival Of Recycling And DIY Culture has been taking place since 2015. It focuses on drawing attention to the problems of consumer society and that its hyperproduction creates dependent individuals and seriously endangers the environment.
Since 2011, KUD Mreža has been working with kindergarten Vodmat to integrate contemporary art themes into its curriculum. Since 2016, we have been working with preschool children on the annual project Animiramo where they create stop-motion films.
KUD Mreža has been collecting and preserving archival material about Metelkova since 1993. The archive contains essays, media responses, photographs, video and sound recordings. All amateur archivists are invited to participate: sort or complete the material.
Cultural artistic association Mreža (Network) is the formal successor of the Network for Metelkova, whose members and supporters occupied the vacant Jugoslavian People's Army barracks on Metelkova Street in Ljubljana in 1993. Since its foundation in 1997, the KUD Mreža has been working to improve the infrastructure and production conditions of Ljubljana's independent cultural and artistic scene through Autonomous Cultural Centre Metelkova mesto (AKC Metelkova mesto).
The core mission of the association is to support artistic, cultural and civilisational developments within Metelkova, to bring together people who wish to contribute to the development and integration of cultural activities, art, architecture, design, science, education, youth work, research, consultancy, promotion, communication, information, pedagogical and social activities, as well as to the preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The purpose of the Society is to encourage, create and promote projects for members and non-members of the Society and the artistic, cultural and social values for which the Society stands.
Metelkova is an open space for innovation and dialogue on many levels. Being present within an extremely heterogeneous space allows us to think constructively, promoting openness, encouraging the richness of differences and highlighting the importance of diversity. At the same time, we have established lasting collaborations with many high profile public and non-governmental, national and international institutions and individuals.