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14
May

GRAFEM PRESENTS: STREET ART FOR RESISTANCE BY THE WOMEN OF THE LIBERATION FRONT (PART TWO)

This is Part Two of the piece by Helena Konda about the Slovenian rebel graffiti women in the second world war. (You can read Part One here.) Ljubljana experienced its first flourishing of what we would now call political graffiti and street art under the Italian fascist occupation of 1941 to 1943, when movement was...
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27
Apr

GRAFEM PRESENTS: STREET ART FOR RESISTANCE BY THE WOMEN OF THE LIBERATION FRONT (PART ONE)

Ljubljana probably experienced its first flourishing of what we would now call political graffiti and street art under the Italian fascist occupation of 1941 to 1943, when movement was restricted, a curfew was in force and popular protest was suppressed. Acts of rebellion within the public space were largely carried out by women and included...
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08
Mar

GRAFEM PRESENTS: DEE282, THE FIRST SLOVENIAN GRAFFITI WOMAN

We begin our series of stories for the GraFEM blog with writer DEE282, the first woman in Slovenia to spray paint subcultural graffiti. She painted her first graffiti on a non-authorised wall at the age of twenty-one and was a member of Ljubljana’s Guten Tag Crew for a number of years. In the mid-1990s, when...
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01
Sep

Ljubljana Feminist Bike Tour premiers at the City of Women festival

The Ljubljana Feminist Bike Tour is a new take on the popular Ljubljana Feminist Tour, an educational two-hour walk around the city centre that has been run by the Urbana Vrana association since July 2017. Offering a gender perspective on Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana Feminist Tour has become a Ljubljana mainstay. It is a popular way...
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28
May

Boye, Oh Ye(s)! A Rough Guide to (post-)Yugoslav All-Female Bands

Solo female vocal artists aside, let’s check out the (post-)Yugoslav all-female bands rocking the stage since the 1960s. Beat We are kicking off with Belgrade’s Sanjalice (1965–1969), the only band from a bunch of 1960s Yugoslav all-women beat groups that back then managed to record some songs. Actually, they released several best-selling EP singles and...
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23
May

All in One: the Witch and the First Lady

She is dressed in black, she is unmarried and childless, her poems and literature draw topics from Slovenian folk tales, and she is a behemothic lover of cats. For the mentioned reasons she is often referred to in general public as ‘the witch’. She is also outspoken, controversial, provocative, and rebellious. Certainly not something society...
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22
Apr

In the Man’s World: Slovenian Female Composers

Only a few months ago the global media got flabbergasted by the fact that Vienna opera house for the first time in its entire 150-year history staged an opera created by a woman. Austrian composer’s name is Olga Neuwirth. Event itself was even more significant for its symbolic power as the opera was based on...
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20
Apr

Elza Budau: an Architect who wrote 300 Slovenian Evergreens

Slovenia’s capital boasts a venue that the so called Prince of Darkness wanted for his musical residence. Truly, the Križanke Outdoor Theatre set up inside the courtyard of the former Monastery of the Holy Cross in Ljubljana’s city centre, impressed Nick Cave so much that many years ago he fell in love with it and...
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27
Feb

[SLO] Ljubljanska feministična tura je tu, da ostane!

Ja, nikamor ne gremo. Zato se lahko že prijavite na prvo Ljubljansko feministično turo “za izven” v letu 2020! Zimskega spanja je konec in kot nekatere_i že veste, smo že v polnem pogonu. Če niste zasledili, si lahko med novicami na naši spletni strani preberete, da je Urbana Vrana soustanoviteljica Globalne mreže feminističnih tur in...
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10
Feb

We’ve co-founded a global network of feminist tours that stretches from Chile to Thailand

[Slovenian version below.] Connecting the feminist guides The Urbana Vrana association has become a co-founder of the Global Network of Feminist Tours that stretches from Chile to Thailand. How did this happen? In recent months, organisations Paseos por la ciudad from New York, FemiTours from Buenos Aires and Tours with Meaning from Santiago de Chile...
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