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Closing Days of EKO 8
Festival Environment #1: Melje
Former MTT Factory
Ulica heroja Šaranoviča 36, Melje/Maribor, Slovenia
Friday + Saturday, 16 + 17 July 2021, 18:00-22:30

Join us for two days of festivities, Friday and Saturday, before the EKO 8 Triennial closes its doors on Sunday. Melje is the first environment selected as the site and focus of the renewed EKO Triennial – in future editions we will discover other, in particular neglected areas of the city and its surroundings.

In Environment #1: Melje we will explore the habitats of other living beings that coexist with us in Melje. The relationship between art and the environment will be addressed with a poster workshop in the factory and a presentation of the Eko Art Drava project. The impact of the environmental crisis on mental health is the topic of both a slam poetry live competition and a debate with the Youth for Climate Justice group. And the greenest drag queens around with be the celery on top!

Friday, 16 July 2021

  • 18:00-19:30: Birds in Melje

We’ll take a stroll around Melje and talk about the different species birds that live on the Drava embankment and at the foot of Melje hill.

Led by: Tilen Basle, conservation ornithologist of the Society for the Observation and Study of Birds of Slovenia

  • 19:45-21:15: Environmental Crisis & Well-being Among the Young (part of the Art & Well-being project)

A debate with and among young activists of the Youth for Climate Justice Maribor.

Participants: Ana Florjančič, Enej Reljič, Nejc Trampuž, Diana Dajčman and others

  • 21:30-22:30: Haus of Vulva presents Šuma

The infamous Mariborian house of drag queens presents a green-hued lip-sync show.

Performers: Karmen Daš, Dia Vulva, Patricia Vulva, Vera Vulva


Saturday, 17 July 2021

  • 18:00-19:30: Visions of Legacy with Jimmy Turrell

Workshop of poster collages following a tutorial by the British graphic designer Jimmy Turrell. Young adults (15+) and young at heart are invited to take part.

  • 19:45-21:15: 10 Years of Art Ex-tempore Eko Drava

Eko Drava is an annual art event building a bridge between the river Drava and artists working in Maribor and the region.

Presented by: Maja Šivec, artist and organiser of Eko Art Maribor

  • 21:30-22:30: Slam Beasts & Friends (part of the Art & Well-being project)

Hear them roar! A live slam poetry tournament by the Slam Beasts collective and their friends, addressing the meltdowns of icebergs and minds. Followed by music by @ostrovshka and bubbles.

Performers: Matic Ačko, Klavdija Volf, Mišel “Amo” Ristov, April Veselko; Moderated by: Mojca Firm


The programme is part of the Art and Well-being project, which is supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.