Programming Festivals in Zagreb and Ljubljana
This chapter analyzes the processes of programming at the Zagreb and the Ljubljana festivals, in particular the strategies of festival organization, communication within their institutional field and with their audiences, based on the festival programs as well as the interviews with the organizers. I explore ten years of programming the two festivals, based on the actual programs of the Queer Zagreb festival and the Ljubljana gay and lesbian film festivals, in terms of the translation of festival mission into practice, but also as regards the regionality of their strategies. The focus here is on the organizers’ understanding of regionalism of the queer festival field, showing different modes of negotiating of belonging within post-socialism, Balkans and post-Yugoslav sphere. While the two festivals belong to two poles of post-Yugoslav queer festival spectrum in terms of their politics and visuality, the chapter contextualizes their programming decade for its local and regional meanings.
KeywordsRegional festival network Programming Organizers Strategies Institutional field
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