At the heart of the festival Pranger lie the dignity of art and reception of art. When faced with the poet, how to tell one’s opinion politely and with good intentions as well as solid arguments, and on the other hand, to fearlessly reflect upon the received critique? How to translate poetry and take a road less traveled?

Festival Pranger selects three literary critics and each one of them selects three authors, who published poetry collections in the year before, thus highlighting a total of nine contemporary poetry collections.

The Pranger 2020 Festival will take place between 7-11 July 2020 with accompanying events in Ljubljana, and the main program of the festival will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Rogaška Slatina. The chosen language in festival years 2020-2022 is German.

Critics’ selection 2020

Festival Pranger, a gathering of poets, critics and translators of poetry, motivates readers to read and reflect in depth upon nine poetry collections with unconventional poetics, that were published in the year before. Pranger’s critics Peter Semolič, Veronika Šoster and Diana Pungeršič have decided to put in focus of the festival’s 2020 programme the following works:

Peter Semolič

Diana Pungeršič

Veronika Šoster

Discussions of critics 2020

Thusday, 9 July 2020, Smoletova gorca Sladka Gora, 3 PM

  • Iztok Osojnik: Udovic (eBesede)
  • Monika Vrečar: Šovinistka (Književno društvo Hiša poezije)
  • Blaž Iršič: Človek pod luno (LUD Literatura)

Friday, 10 July 2020, Mestna galerija, Rogaška Slatina, 9.30 AM

  • Matej Krajnc: Ojstrica (SZ Čeljust)
  • Zalka Drglin: Amonit (KUD AAC Zrakogled)
  • Nina Kremžar: Dostop na odprto morje (Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti)

Saturday, 11 July 2020, Mestna galerija, Rogaška Slatina, 9.30 AM

  • Brane Senegačnik: Pogovori z nikomer (Slovenska matica)
  • Lucija Stupica: Točke izginjanja (LUD Literatura)
  • Nina Dragičević: Ljubav reče greva (ŠKUC)


Stritar’s award for Young Critics 2020

For the eigth year in the row, we will be hosting Slovene Writers’ Association, that will present this year’s Stritar’s Award for Young Critics at the concluding festival event on Friday, 10 July 2020 at 8 PM in the Cultural Centre Rogaška Slatina.


Young Critique 2020

Workshop for critics-beginners will be menthored by Maja Šučur in Autumn 2020.


ELA – Little Pranger 2020

Young poets can participate in Primary School Poetry Competition until 29 March 2020. An awarding ceremony together with a literary programme for young readers will take place on 5 September 2020 in Rogaška Slatina.