Mesto Zensk - City of Women

5 October 2011 to 15 October 2011
The Ljubljana based annual 17. International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women will take place in

In October, the city of Ljubljana will transform into the City of Women. The common denominator for artists hosted in the spirit of this year’s festival motto – Abracadabra – is the “magic” of the outlived and non-functional patriarchal patterns, socio-political conventions and moral and ethical norms and values that prefer something more abstract and elusive than an individual human being – namely, the “magical power” of religion, ideology and political beliefs, which can serve to liberate an individual.
A rich festival programme offering everything from concerts, exhibitions, children’s programme, dance performances, performances, lectures, workshops, discussion panels and meeting with the artists…

This year's Festival will present:
Barbara Kukovec, Katarina Stegnar, Spellbound, Soap&Skin, Chinawoman, Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek, Nathália Mello, Alexandra Eldridge, Jo Andres, J. L. Nash, Rose-Gabriel De La Lyre, Andreia Chaves, Carolyn Cowan, Lana Zdravkovic (Kitch), Áine Phillips, Liz Aggiss, Dasniya Sommer, Violeta Luna, Miwa Matreyek, Justyna Koeke, Sandra Sterle, Heather Cassils, Marisa Carnesky & Rasp Thorn, Maja Bajevic, Nina Thilas-Mohs, Milijana Babic, Denise Grünstein, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Hrafnhildur Benediktsdóttir, Meta Grgurevic & Ursa Vidic, Alicia Fantozzi,  Barbara Kapelj Osredkar & Ines Simunic, Marguerite Duras, Woman's Stage, Vesna Leskosek, Marija Mojca Pungercar, Renata Salecl, Ksenija Vidmar Horvat, Lidija Vasiljevic & Violeta Andjelkovic, Erre que erre, DJ k u r o k o, Arab Lotfi, Natasa Mihoci, Nadia El Fani, Dj BRAT & SESTRA, Amal Ramsis, La Pocha Nostra: Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Violeta Luna & Erice Mott, Dahna Abou Rahmeh, Nada Doumani, Nada Zgank, Katarina Majerhold.

This year's music part of the festival is bringing high qualitative musicians with the concerts of Chinawoman, Iva Bittová with guitarist Vladimír Václavek and Soap&Skin with Ensemble.


Chinawoman is the brainchild of Michelle who grew up in the Russian quarter of Toronto as the daughter of a Kirov ballerina and an engineer from Leningrad. She owes her enormous success in the land of her forefathers to the release of her first album Party Girl (2007). Her new album Show Me The Face was released this year and it clearly shows the core of her music: classical European balladry -decadent, dramatic and earnest. For fans of Nico, Leonard Cohen, Devotchka & Marc Almond.

Date: 07 October 2011 | 9:30PM
Place: Metelkova Mesto - Gala hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ticket: adv: 10 Euro | box office: 13 Euro | available in presale at Eventim 


Chinawoman - Party Girl
Chinawoman - Lovers Are Strangers
Chinawoman - God Bless My Socially Retarded Friends
Chinawoman - Russion Ballerina


Iva Bittová with guitarist Vladimír Václavek

Iva Bittová is a Cyech avant-garde violinist, singer and composer. She began her career as an actress in the mid 1970s, appearing in several Czech feature films, but switched to playing violin and singing in the early 1980s. She started recording in 1986 and by 1990 her unique vocal and instrumental technique gained her international recognition. Since then, she has performed regularly throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, and has released over eight solo albums.

Date: 11 October 2011 | 7PM
Place: Club Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ticket: Tickets are available at the box office of Cankarjev dom from September 2011.


Bittová & Václavek – Sto let
Bittová & Václavek – Sirka v louži
Bittová & Václavek – Uspavanka


Soap&Skin with Ensemble

Soap&Skin is an experimental musical project of Austrian artist Anja Plaschg. She has played piano since she was six. At the age of 14 she began violin studies and developed an interest in electronic music. Her first album Lovetune for Vacuum, released in 2009 – the same year she was also awarded the most prestigious Amadeus Austrian Music Award - received excellent reviews and was ranked in the Austrian Top 10. The album also achieved chart positions in Germany, Belgium and France. Music journalists have already claimed to see in her a new star of Austrian pop.Musicians like Xiu Xiu, Cat Power, Björk, Nico, Aphex Twin and composers like Sergej Rachmaninow or Arvo Pärt have had a great impact on her music.

Date: 14. October 2011 | 9:30PM
Place: Kino Siska Centre for Urban Culture, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ticket: adv: 13 Eur | box office: 15 Eur | available in presale at Eventim


Soap&Skin - Spiracle
Soap&Skin - Fall Foliage
Soap&Skin - Cry Wolf
Soap&Skin - Cynthia

We welcome you on the 17.International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women. More details abouth the programme of the festival will be sent soon.


Odnosi z javnostmi in promocija / PR activities
Drustvo za promocijo zensk v kulturi - Mesto zensk /
Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture - City of Women
a: Metelkova 6 / 1000 Ljubljana / Slovenija
t: + 386 (0)1 438 15 85
m: + 386 (0)40 816 448


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