The Pan-Slovenian Week of Amateur Culture awards recognition to those that devote their energy and time to culture. The Week of Amateur Culture is intended to raise public awareness of the extent, quality and positive effects of amateur culture on modern society.
Through the Week of Amateur Culture, Slovenia joins many other European countries in paying tribute to culture creators every year in the middle of May and in pointing out the importance, quality and massiveness of amateur culture in modern society.
For half a decade now, the Public Fund of the Republic of Slovenia for Cultural Activities (JSKD) has been organising the Pan-Slovenian Week of Amateur Culture (TLK) in co-operation with the Association of Slovenian Cultural Organisations (ZSKD). The Week of Amateur Culture contributes to a more open and friendly society. Everyone whose indispensable part of life consists in creativity and culture is invited to help create the programme. The Pan-Slovenian Week of Amateur Culture programme covers all genres of art, includes all ages and ethnic groups, and takes place throughout the entire Slovenian cultural space.
Every year, the fund invites all local societies, cultural societies, associations and institutes, ethnic groups that live in Slovenia, individuals and educational and cultural institutions to participate in the Pan-Slovenian project through their programmes. The project has guaranteed media sponsors (Radio-Television Slovenia, MMC); the PR department of JSKD takes care of publicity for all major included projects. The project is traditionally supported by the SAZAS association.
There are over 1,000 cultural events all over the country during the Week of Amateur Culture. Cultural workers present their quality projects in a broad manner.
The main results are the greater promotion and wider awareness of amateur arts and culture in Slovenia. It is very important that participants and the public gain insight that many people are involved in amaetur arts and culture. There are more than 107,000 active people in amateur arts in Slovenia. There was also an increased presence of media during the Week of Amateur Culture, which reported daily about events in the field of amateur culture. The Week of Amateur Culture brought greater awareness of the wider society regarding how important amateur arts are for social cohesion, cultural and artistic education, intergenerational integration and active leisure.
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The Association of Slovenian Cultural Organisations, including over 3,000 cultural societies in Slovenia, 200 local communities, those self-employed in culture, every year
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
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.