Guiding principles

The programme of Kino Šiška related to performing arts represents a diverse range of contemporary theatre and dance creativity as well as premieres of international and domestic productions and co-productions. The main focus is placed on festival events: the successful coproducing CoFestival created as part of the first European dance project and the Austrian-Slovenian focus on contemporary performing arts – At.Šiška!.

International dance CoFestival was created in 2012 as an answer to the challenging conditions of contemporary dance art production in Slovenia. By combining 3 autonomous festivals – modul-dance (Kino Šiška EU dance project), Ukrep (Festival of dance Perspectives) and Plesnavica (experimentation festival format) – the organisers joined artistic and production forces considering and creating the possible frames for long-term collaborations, friendships and commitments. From years 2013-2015 (the motto of the festival was The Art of Co-Living), they continued with only 2 producers – Kino Šiška and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia – and with the ideas and showcases of finding the connection points, establishing of the common space, mutual support and the rise of new questions and reflect on how to proceed with the CoFestival in the coming years.


In 1961, Ljubljanski kinematografi (Ljubljana Cinematographic Company) was appointed by the city of Ljubljana to manage the Kino Šiška cinema, where films were being screened from 1964 to the end of 1980s. The cinema was then closed down due to a decrease in the number of visitors, and the venue was being rented for various events and lectures. In 1994 the cinema was launched again.

After multiplex cinema opened in Ljubljana in 2001, the story of Kino Šiška was again brought to an end. Between 2002 and 2007, art projects were being made in Kino Šiška, dance and theatre workshops took place there. The deadlock was broken in 2006 when the new mayor of Ljubljana, Zoran Janković, forwarded the project into the phase of implementation, the project having the position of a priority in his programme. After major reconstruction and renovation Kino Šiška (now as Centre for Urban Culture) was opened in August 2009.

Building and facilities

Kino Šiška has 2 theatre halls: Katedrala and Komuna.

Katedrala has the capacity of 440 settings. It is suitable for presentations, researches and productions. The stage and theater are both suitable and flexible for different performances and stage technical designs. Komuna is a studio with a capacity of 120 settings. It is mostly used for researches, rehearsals, productions and smaller presentations.

The upper foyer is suitable for workshops and lecture performances.

As a venue with high-tech facilities, Kino Šiška offers not only theater and dance productions, but also presents dance movies, also 3D films.

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CoFestival 2020

Nov 20-25, 2020

Ljubljana's festival of contemporary dance and choreography goes online

Due to the limitations of the epidemic, the International Festival of Contemporary Dance CoFestival, with curatorial theme »The Amplifiers of Voices« will be performed in two separate segments. Between 20 and 25 November 2020, a series of online events will take place and the festival with live shows will be postponed until April 2021.


CoFestival 2019

22 to 27 November

Ljubljana's festival for contemporary dance

This year’s festival of contemporary dance and choreography in Ljubljana will take place from 22 to 27 November. The event will feature six days of performances, workshops, a conference, a book presentation, artist talks etc.


Norse conference

8 to 10 April 2019

International conference Network of Residencies in South-East Europe

This event was organized in Ljubljana by Kino Šiška and the Nomad Dance Academy, Slovenia - in the framework of the Choreographic Convention of Lifelong Burning.


Kino Šiška Announces CoFestival 2022

25 November - 1 December 2022

The 11th edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance will be held in Ljubljana from 25 November to 1 December 2022.

The festival also offers a discursive programme with talks, book presentations, a film program, and the release of a new publication to mark the tenth anniversary of the festival.

Activities EDN

Applying choreographic tools

As manager, do you know the tools and procedures choreographers in your house use to create? If yes, do you use some of the choreographic tools in the way you run your organization? If not, do you consider choreographic knowledge as valuable for the context of running a project?

This Atelier at Kino Šiška was conceived and facilitated by the Artistic Board of CoFestival and the Nomad Dance Academy.

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Modul-dance was a multi-annual cooperation project with the participation of 20 European dance houses from 16 countries. Its main aim was to support development, mobility and exchange for dance artists.

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Rencontres in Montreal

From November 28th till December 1st an EDN Encounter took place in Montreal, Canada bringing together EDN members with their peers from the CanDance Network. The Rencontres in Montreal at L’Agora de la Danse focused on how a dance house and/or institution mediates between artists and their audiences/communities.

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Encountering the Baltic dance scene

EDN Members were invited to discover the Baltic dance scene at the Baltic Dance Platform that was held as a part of the international contemporary dance festival “New Baltic Dance” (May 2-11). It is a combined platform among 3 countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Annette van Zwoll reports on the first Baltic Dance Platform, and on the connections with EDN.

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Encounter Japan

In February 2017 a group of eight representatives of EDN attended a very rich programme of initiatives, participated in speed networking sessions with artists and professionals, developing new connections and dialogues, being introduced to representatives of Asian funding bodies and supportive organizations. This was the first step in the collaboraiton with AND+.

Roberto Casarotto shares his report of the meetings.

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Encounter Balkans

By taking part in a nomadic bus trip to several locations in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia and Bulgaria, EDN members connected with Nomad Dance Academy – Balkan network for contemporary dance and got acquained with the potentials of the region.

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EDN in Slovenia

At the occasion of the CoFestival 2019, EDN, Kino Šiška and Nomad Dance Academy (NDA) Slovenia organised discussions to investigate the place of dancehouses in the dance ecosystem and to look deeper into the Slovene dance scene.

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Dance and international cooperation

At the beginning of March 2020 EDN and AND + worked together to implement the path started in Yokohama and to prepare a public talk, as part of the in-depth events open to the public, organized by the Tanzplattform Deutchland in Munich (Germany).

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The Amplifiers of Voices

EDN in collaboration with Kino Šiška organized the EDN Atelier on 20th and 21st November, linked to the November online edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Dance - CoFestival, organized by Kino Šiška and Nomad Dance Academy Slovenia.

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B.motion 2020

Four days of performances, dialogues, interviews, shared physical practices and conversations about dance.

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