STA, 18 September 2020 - Kino Šiška, one of the main music venues in Ljubljana, will fuse online and on-site concerts in the new season due to precautionary measures such as visitor caps. The centre has entered into a partnership with the online platform DICE to deliver livestreams of performances, mostly by Slovenian musicians.
The move comes come in the wake of strict anti-corona restrictions: due to physical distancing rules the number of visitors has been capped at 150 persons in the Kino Šiška main hall, which usually fits 1,000 visitors.
The centre has some experience with interactive livestreamed projects and has been spurred on to provide a new concert platform by the results of a poll exploring alternative ways of holding cultural events.
As of 1 October, concerts at the Katedrala Hall will be given for up to 150 persons, whereas livestreams will come with no restrictions. They will not be free of charge, though, since artists should be paid fair and square for online concerts too, especially in the current circumstances, Kino Šiška said.
Cooperation with DICE, a provider of online concerts by musicians such as Nick Cave, Laura Marling in Björk, will give the project an international dimension and help promote Slovenian performers, who will take centre stage.
On 1 October, zalagasper will lift the curtain on the new season. The duo represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 and has been topping the INES chart of up-and-coming musicians in the EU for the second month in a row.