ABOUT US

The primary objective of the Association Delavnica (now the Culture Association BSA) is the co-creation of contemporary Slovenian culture.

Within the framework of the Festine concert cycle, which was held in Maribor, Lendava and Ljubljana, the Association formed the flow of musicians from Slovenia and abroad. We represent a link between top-notch artists and young people who are only gaining ground. The concept has gained recognition in previous years when we witnessed the progress of young musicians who have accepted this kind of challenge. In the Slovene musical space, the Association launched unique children’s programs under the title Festinice, which educated and directed the youngest generation towards music. At the same time, we expanded the circle of audience through the web by using new audiovisual approaches.

Since 2006, the activities of the Association have been funded by the state and municipal institutions. Since 2009, we have been intensively devoted to international cooperation and projects supported by the European Commission as part of the Creative Europe program.

In 2009, we created an international music academy with the motto Connecting through Music for the Maribor – European Capital of Culture 2012, and in two years, reached participants from 42 countries. Since then, we have organized the Academy every year.

At the invitation of national orchestras from Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands, in 2016, the Association became an official partner and part of the Music Up Close Network project (Creative Europe – project of cooperation / large)

According to the artistic director and conductor Živa Ploj Peršuh, the years of networking, pursuing and studying European and domestic cultural strategies have changed enormously. “We – musicians are torn between the conservative tradition and the digital era. Within this, we must understand and learn that being a virtuoso is often no longer sufficient to gain employment or permanent engagements. Independence associated with the ability to choose reasonable career decisions has become one of the key tasks of the artist,” she adds.

Equipped with this knowledge, we have developed a center that has long-term goals and focuses precisely on the needs of the artist. It involves intergenerational integration, informal drawing of knowledge and upgrading career skills, participation of young people from different social backgrounds, implementation of activities at the highest European level. The target group being young artists gaining interdisciplinary width, contacts with peers and professionals in many areas, from the technical upgrading of their actual artistic skills to personal development, which goes beyond the local and regional environment, social statuses and political backgrounds.

The European Career Centre for Artists Triple Bridge is a unique artistic trademark, which connects the artists with the audience, the tradition with the new digital age, entrepreneurship, culture, and last but not least the city of Ljubljana with the world.

In addition to its expertise, it provides young artists with a range of tools and skills to start a successful career in the modern world. It supports them in the beginnings of their professional path and opens up opportunities to help them in the competitive market.

The idea of creating such a career center comes from the knowledge that every great artist deserves a successful career. The center provides the youth with competence, courage and self-confidence. Triple Bridge promotes intercultural dialogue, international links, and closer cooperation with partners, partner cities, businesses, sponsors, art lovers and the media.

The Triple Bridge is indeed building bridges between the different groups that are linked by common interests. The residence of the Career Center is in Ljubljana, a city whose landmark is the Tromostovje (Triple Bridge). Hence the inspiration and the name of the organization.

We have so far performed over 50 symphonic concerts, 90 chamber concerts, 50 master classes and several guest performances of our Ljubljana International Orchestra (LIO). Every year the Ljubljana International Orchestra (since 2009) operates with an average of 85 members from all over the world. It has so far performed in Croatia, Serbia, Austria, Spain, Great Britain, Italy and since 2009 it has been performing continuously in Slovenia.

Our activities have been attended by more than 40 top world renowned visiting artists who, as mentors, have been training more than 300 of our participants – young artists from at least 40 countries.

Our activities were held under the honorable sponsorship of the Presidents of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Türk and Mr. Borut Pahor.

In 2018, we received the medal of the Italian President Sergi Mattarelle for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

The Association was founded in 2006, and since 2018 it has been named Culture Association BSA.

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