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Metelkova is an autonomous social centre in the centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia. It is located on the site of former military barracks (the Slovenian headquarters of the Yugoslav National Army) and was squatted September 1993. The site consists of seven buildings and was 12,500 m². [1] The name of the squat comes from the surname of the 19th century Slovenian Roman Catholic priest, philologist and unsuccessful language reformer Fran Metelko, after whom the nearby street is named.


At Metelkova a range of activities have been held. These include an art gallery, bars, artists studios, space for designers, offices of cultural organisations and concerts featuring different types of live music from Free Jazz, Heavy metal and Noise to Dub and Techno. [2] [3]

Since it hosted LGBT and anti-racist activities, Metelkova was targeted by Nazi-Skinheads in 1994.[4]

One Building DemolishedEdit

On August 2 2006, the Inspectorate for the Environment and Spatial Planning demolished one building, known as the Small School (sl: Mala Šola), after several previous attempts were thwarted[5]. There are plans to rebuild the school [6].

See alsoEdit


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  2. Ambrose, Joe [2001] Moshpit, Omnibus Press ISBN 0-7119-8744-0
  3. Sandfort, Theo and Stulhofer, Aleksandar [2004] Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia, Haworth Press, ISBN 0-7890-2294-X
  4. Mudde, Cas [2004] Racist Extremism in Central and Eastern Europe, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-35593-1
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