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The International Festival of Contemporary Arts – City of Women has been held for ten days every October since 1995 in different venues across the city of Ljubljana. 

Uniting amazing women* from all over the world, the festival offers a unique experience blending great artistic endeavors with inspiring talks and workshops. Since its institution, the Festival has welcomed over a thousand artists, collectives, curators, theorists and activists, ranging from the emerging to well-known names. We present contemporary, bold, experimental, critical, socially engaged, political, trans-disciplinary and feminist art. 

By cooperating with local and international partners and by establishing liaisons with a range of institutional and alternative venues in the city of Ljubljana, the Festival proposes a variety of events from all artistic disciplines, reaches broad and diverse audiences and enjoys wide media exposure. 

Every Festival’s edition is curated by the program director and associated selectors.

The festival has been twice awarded the EFFE Festival Label (2017/2018, 2019/2020), 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): 

"A very complete 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."


Organised by: City of Women – Association for the Promotion of Women in Culture
Kersnikova 4, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
Office: Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenija
T: +386 (0)1 43 81 585

Artistic conception and programme: Teja Reba, Iva Kovač; artistic director: Iva Kovač; business director: Urška Jež; executive production of the festival: Eva Prodan; administration and organisation: Amela Meštrovac, Mišel Miheljak; art education programs: Tea Hvala; community projects: Sara Šabec; public relations and promotion: Urška Lipovž. 

Selectors: Bratko Bibič, Martin Bricelj Baraga, Vesna Bukovec, Koen van Daele, Ingrid Gortan, Ana Grobler, Tea Hvala, Andrej Jaklič, Jasmina Jerant, Živa Jurančič, Iva Kovač, Sebastian Krawczyk, Aldo Milohnić, Maja Šorli, Maja Weiss, Miha Zadnikar. 

Festival visual identity: Vesna Bukovec; festival trailer: Teja Miholič; merch design: Mia Ventin; photo documentation: Nada Žgank; video documentation: Urša B. Potokar, Tina Šulc; live streaming: Matjaž Rušt; web editor: Urška Lipovž; web assistance and computer administration: Ogledalo d.o.o.; technical director: Martin Lovšin.

 Project co-workers and assistants: Tina Benko, Anja Čekada, Tina Gojčič, Aleksandra Ihnatovich, Kaja Rakušček, Maja Šnuderl, Anja Vrhovšek, Jana Kozoglav; student internship: Maruša Rejc, Ana Likar. 

Festival booklet: editor: Tea Hvala; English and Slovenian translation: Špela Bibič, Jedrt Lapuh Maležič; Slovenian language editing: Barbara Cerkvenik, Tea Hvala; English language editing: Špela Bibič, Jedrt Lapuh Maležič; design: Vesna Bukovec; print: Collegium Graphicum. 

Special thanks to: častna predsednica: Svetlana Slapšak; Members of the City of Women Association; the technical team and the volunteers.

Thanks to the participants, festival partners, co-producers, supporters, and to everyone who helped create this year's edition of the festival.