The Lionhearted will ignite and support the international breakthrough of emerging European contemporary performing artists through creating a platform of 20 arts organizations. Bunker, Ljubljana (with a rich history of supporting emerging artists) chose 20 arts organizations from Europe – with special attention to the outskirts of Europe -  that have experience in supporting emerging artists and fostering arts cooperation beyond borders.

Emerging artists are not defined merely as young, but we will create an antipode to the current arts system that either perpetually supports the big, recognized names or young, cheap, inexperienced, precarious artists, shoving them into the arena and spitting them out if they do not instantly succeed. We will support artists that have proven successful but have not had a major international breakthrough yet and for whom programmers believe could have meaningful impact also to audiences outside their national context.

All member organizations will host or tour emerging artists and with the support of the platform not only enable “the move” across borders, but also the back-up: besides covered expenses (fee, travel, subsistence) also promotion, audience building and positioning in a bigger picture – the Liohearted.

Create to Connect

Create to Connect  is a joint effort of 13 European cultural and research organizations to create powerful and long-lasting connections of artists, cultural operators, researchers and audience. The partners’ organizations have made commitment to several years researching and finding new approaches to educate the audience as well as the production models that will engage the audience in new innovative ways and trying to create new public arenas together with the audience, whether it be physically, through dialogue or participation. The project runs from 1st September 2013 to 31st August 2018, its coordinator is Bunker, Ljubljana.

Balkan Express

Balkan Express is a network where cultural experts and integrated socially engaged practices join forces to mobilize the cultural sector in the Balkans, Central and Eastern Europe as well as beyond, to encourage the exchange and collaboration and, finally, to develop sincere supporting relations between culture and society.


From 2012 onwards, the Drugajanje festival is part of the network entitled Festivals in Transition. Thirteen of its partners are involved in the project  URBAN HEAT, which is a project supported by Creative Europe, enabling artists to engage with the invisible communities within cities. The four year project supports artists to develop and create daring and extraordinary work that connects with the world outside the arts by addressing urgent political and social issues, and by working with audiences and communities affected by those issues. The Slovene artist taking part in the project is director Mare Bulc.

Bunker’s upcoming activities within Urban Heat:

* Participation at Cairo City Lab, 14th – 17th April 2016

* Participation at Alkantara festival, Lisbon, 25th May – 11th June 2016

* Artistic City Lab at festival Drugajanje, 21st – 25th Novemer 2016, in Maribor.

From year 2012 – 2015 partners of the FIT network were actively collaborating in the project  Global City – Local City, which brought together eight European festivals. By way of artistic exploration, the network strived to tackle social, ecological and political issues related to the cooperating cities, as well as global tendencies in the transformation process of urban city centres. The exploratory phase, in the form of weekly CityLABs, i.e. city laboratories, were followed by artistic residencies, where artists created their own works to be presented at the festivals.

Video: Dominik Zizka

Imagine 2020 – Arts and Climate Change

The Imagine 2020 network researches new ways of producing and presenting exciting artworks with minimal environmental impact, and shares its learning in order to get the European cultural sector as a whole to include climate change concerns in their everyday working practice.

3C 4 Incubators

Culture, Creative and Clusters for Incubators (3C 4 Incubators) project represents a continuation of the Sostenuto project. 3C 4 intents to contribute to the promotion of cultural and creative sector as a factor of territorial development and economic and social innovation. The project runs from September 2013 to January 2015 and is supported by European Regional Development Fund.


The project Sostenuto aims at reinforcing the competitiveness and the capacities of economic and social innovation from the cultural and creative sector in the Med space by accompanying its transformation towards new economic and social models.


IDENTITY.MOVE! offers a transnational platform for theoretical and artistic research in the field of contemporary dance and related performing arts focusing on the ‘Eastern Belt’ of Europe.


Bunker is a member of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts IETM. In 2008, Ljubljana hosted IETM meeting: Rehearsing Freedom.

Sites of Imagination

In the project Sites of Imagination (2007), an international multidisciplinary group of choreographers, theatre artists, architects and theoreticans together were exploring the Mediterranean city and created a multi-image artistic creation on the theme of the relation between body and city. Slovenia was represented by Mala Kline with the performance DÉBUT – In Memory of Coming.