Invitation to participate in KED Folk Slovenija’s yearly concert and symposium

20. maja 2013

in Aktualno

Best regards to all of you on behalf of the Cultural and Ethnomusicological Society Folk Slovenia ( and the foundation Imago Sloveniae ( The two organizations are joining forces in organizing a symposium and a concert focused on Music and Protest in Various Parts of the World.

The programmes will take place on 22 August 2013, with the possibility of additional musical performances in the period between 22 and 24 August. The symposium will take place during the daytime in the City Museum in Ljubljana, while the concert is scheduled for the evening either on one of the major open-air stages or in the museum, depending on weather conditions. Both programs will be encompassed by the international cultural event Nights in Ljubljana Old Town.

“Protest” is understood in its widest sense. We are searching for musical expressions of human desire for social change in various spatial and temporal contexts. Your paper or/and musical performance may focus on the phenomena as different as revolutionary songs, anti-war music, songs calling for social, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, gender and other equalities, peasant uprising repertoires, workers’ songs etc.


Each paper will be given a spot of 15-20 minutes, which will be followed by the time for discussion. We encourage participation of scholars from different disciplinary realms and also of other professionals, who can further enrich knowledge and understanding about the multilayered connections between music and protest. The symposium is expected to provide firm theoretical framework, review of publications on the topic, case studies from various times and places, as well as first-hand experiences.


There will be a total timeframe of four hours for the concert. Every performer (soloist or ensemble) should prepare (at least) three tunes. In addition to the members of Cultural and Ethnomusicological Society Folk Slovenia, the program will include several guests, including those who immigrated to Slovenia from elsewhere, which is expected to enrich the performance with relevant repertoires from Chile, Cuba, Japan, Palestine, Zimbabwe, and more. Your choice of repertoire is by no means restricted in terms of geography, history, or genre.

Please send the title and a 200-word abstract of your symposium paper presentation or/and the titles of three pieces of music that you would like to perform at the concert to as soon as possible and by all means prior to the deadline of 31 May 2013.

With best wishes and regards,

Prof. Dr. Svanibor Pettan, President