Ljubljana - Paris How can Slovenians find their way to a balanced dialogue between equal partners in which each side’s human rights are safeguarded and no one is rendered “disposable”, as Hannah Arendt put it?

In Slovenia, as elsewhere, there is increasingly widespread and vociferous opposition to ideals that for so long seemed firmly established: human rights, human dignity and equality are values no longer shared by all. Illegal immigration, moreover, is fanning fears of losing “what is ours”. Twenty years after independence, Slovenian civil society still has to find its feet and is not exactly supported by an autocratic government that directly and indirectly censors NGOs and cultural projects.


Ljubljana–Paris
The Freiraum partners in Paris and Ljubljana have come up with a sequential format. In June, the Slovenian women's choir Kombinat went to Paris to sing international protest songs in various public places with a view to engaging passers-by in conversation. The questions they sought to address were: How can we coexist freely in Europe? How should we treat immigrants and refugees? What do we personally associate with the concepts of freedom and realms of freedom? Slovenian filmmaker Maja Ziberna captured on video the ideas that emerged during the performances and sidewalk conversations.
The next step is to process and elaborate on this material from Paris in a writing workshop in Ljubljana. The emphasis will be on writing as an act of free speech, enlisting the forces of knowledge and truth against manipulation and fake news. The project will conclude with a public reading.

(September 2018)

Our Partner
Film director and producer Maja Ziberna manages the information department at RTV Slovenia (Radiotelevizija Slovenija), Slovenia’s national public broadcasting organization. Ziberna reports on society, culture and current events in a program called “Studio City”.

Meeting in public space
Singing and debating in the streets of Paris: As part of the Freiraum project, the Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat sang international protest songs in various public places in Paris.
 
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat prepares a performance Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat prepares a performance Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat prepares a performance Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat prepares a performance Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana
  • The Slovenian women’s choir Kombinat performs in Paris Photo: Urban Šrimpf © Goethe-Institut Ljubljana



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