Annual Review of Slovenian Arts and Culture

Ljubljana, 10 December - Among the considerable achievements of the Culture Ministry in 2005 is the adoption of a new act on public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, which introduces several modifications to the media legislation. According to the ministry, three segments of culture were significantly strengthened during 2005, namely the entire scope of book publishing, audio and visual arts and cultural heritage.
        A media bill, introducing numerous new ideas, is to be submitted to the government procedure before the end of 2005. A bill on the protection of documentary and archival material has been drafted, as has a bill on a compulsory book copy.
        After the budget supplement, the Culture Ministry obtained SIT 1.6bn (EUR 6.7m) of additional funding earmarked for the restoration of cultural monuments and for setting up a movable cultural heritage register, as well as creativity in music, film, literature and media. Funding has also been increased for international cooperation and cultural activities of minority communities in Slovenia. Moreover, additional money was earmarked for a project of regional cultural centres and
the reorganisation of the Lipica stud farm.
        In the area of cultural heritage, the second stage in the renovation of the Turjak castle has been concluded, along with the hydro plant Kanomeljske klavze, the Church of St. Nicholas in Murska Sobota, the Russian Chapel on the Vrsic mountain pass and some other monuments.
        The funding for audio and visual arts has increased by one fourth: an additional SIT 150m (EUR 626,100) has been earmarked for domestic film production through the National Film Fund. Furthermore, the status of the Slovenian Cinematheque has been determined.

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