To develop diverse and accessible cultural events.
We are a group of independent experts and enthusiasts who believe that systematic development of critical thinking about the current phenomena of social and cultural life can contribute both to public good and to empowerment of vulnerable groups and individuals. We believe that developing knowledge, skills and relations in cultural, artistic and educational fields can contribute to an open and solidarity society.
Damir Hauptman is a graduate aviation engineer. He started to work at the Airport Ljubljana after many years of experience in implementing construction and logistic projects. He quickly moved from his profession to his own passion, socially and culturally engaged activities. He focuses on the empowerment of various vulnerable groups and the implementation of various projects in the field of culture and civil rights. He firmly believes in peace, tolerance, culture and intercultural dialogue.
Dragan Miranovič studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Ljubljana. He began his career as a programmer. Later on, he began to work independently as an accountant. In this field of work, he has been persisting for two decades. He is an activist for equality and human rights. In his free time, he is passionate about sports and recreation.
Ivana Novak is a film theoretician and publicist, a curator of film classics at Television of Slovenia (RTV) and a book editor in the field of film theory. She edited monographs at the Slovene Cinematheque Towards the End: Contemporary TV Series and Seriality, Case Lubitsch (translated into English and German), Film Reflection: Stanley Cavell and To the Last Laugh: Preston Sturges. She is a candidate for a doctoral title in the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts. Her fields of interest include history and theory of comedy, classical cinema, television series and musical composition.
Dr. Jela Krečič Žižek is a journalist, columnist and philosopher. She works at the Delo newspaper house. In her theoretical work, she focuses on film, television series, the celebrity system, contemporary art and aesthetics. Together with Ivana Novak, she edited a collection about the contemporary television series Proti koncu, and The Case Lubitsch about the film opus by Ernst Lubitsch (the book was also published in English – Lubitsch Can’t Wait). She recently edited a collection of political theories The Final Countdown: Europe, Refugees and the Left. Her novel None Like Her was published in English and nominated for the Dublin Book Award 2018. She has also published her second novel The Book of Others in 2018.
Klavdija Štarkel is a lawyer with a state bar exam, with experience in criminal law and with a primary interest in criminal policy, philosophy of law and punishment, and legal psychological discipline.
Maja Milas is a lawyer, active primarily in the field of education, minorities, amateur culture and civil society, both professionally and voluntarily. She works at the National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. She is the author, project manager and evaluator of European programmes in the field of culture and education. She works with numerous institutions and citizens who are committed to an open, responsible and solidarity society.
Petra Terpin is a university graduate engineer in food technology, currently employed as a technologist in a pharmaceutical company. She has rich professional experience in environmental and food microbiology, genetics and process technology. She is a fan of literature and culture.
Tomi Prosnik is a reformed banker and entrepreneur, currently a director of the CEZAM Public Institution, which provides infrastructure and content in the fields of sports, culture and youth. By introducing new principles in the functioning of public administration and innovative projects, he wants to contribute to development of a civil society and to ensure quality of life, locally and wider. He is a human resource manager with several years of experience in management, project management, organization, entrepreneurship, education and employment.
Voranc Vogel joined the team of Delo photographers in 1996 while still in high school. After graduating from the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska with a degree in cultural studies and anthropology, he continued his studies in photography at the Paris Institute SPEOS, at workshops with the agency VII in Ljubljana, and with the Magnum agency in London. His photographs have been published in national and international publications. He has received numerous awards for his work, including an award for the best photograph in culture category at the Slovenia Press Photo competition(2011), for the best story in culture category (SPP, 2012), an award for special achievements from the Journalists’ Association of Slovenia (2013), and a journalism Watchdog award (DNS, 2014). He is the author of four solo exhibitions and has co-authored numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad.(2013), and a journalism Watchdog award (DNS, 2014). He is an author of four solo exhibitions and co-authored numerous group exhibitions at home and abroad.
Ivana Stipić Lah she began to work in journalism as a student, back in 1998. She worked for many newspapers, radio and television companies. Among others she worked as a reporter in Afghanistan. She taught journalism techniques and photography, what she shared with journalist students and professional journalists all over Afghanistan. In Slovenia she has been engaged in production and is dedicated to dealing with vulnerable and minority groups. She also teaches Croatian language to children of the second immigrant generation and creates a radio and television program for minorities on RTV Slovenia.
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