Metelkova; the autonomous social centre in Ljubljana is located on the site of what was a former military barracks, the Slovenian headquaters of the Yugoslav National Army. The history of Metelkova as a cultural space extends back to September 1993, when a group of 200 volunteers squatted the site in a bid to stop the complex from being torn down. Local authorities then decided to dedicate the complex for cultural purposes. It has since developed into a bustling centre for alternative culture. Bars, artists studios, design spaces, offices of cultural organisations and concerts are just some of the range of activities now occupying the space.
Ljubljana voted 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe
In a recent article published by Forbes Magazine, Ljubljana has been voted the 5th most idyllic place to live in Europe, described as a “little Paris” with hints of Art Nouveau - a melting pot of culture at the crossroads of the German, Latin and Slavic worlds.