Film

Shots International Short Film Festival

4. 08. - 6. 08. 2022

Slovenj Gradec

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Shots, mednarodni festival kratkega filma

Šolska ulica 5 SI-2380 , Slovenj Gradec

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Shots International Short Film Festival was launched in 2016 in Slovenj Gradec, a town in northern Slovenia by young and ambitious team of film, media and tourism professionals. It screens a diverse programme of short films from all over the world on three evenings at the Rotenturn courtyard open air venue in the centre of the town. The applications for eligible films are usually open from August till May.

Programme

The Festival took a “less is more” approach, meaning that it shows only around 20 – 30 short films every year from a waste selection of more than 1500 submissions coming in every year from all over the world. This gives the programme high quality and at the same time a managable quantity for every visitor. The programme ranges from feature to documentary and animated shorts.

Accompanying programme

Interesting film guests from the European film scene are the main attraction of the accompanying programme. Because of the hospitality of the team and the town they visit the festival in big numbers and spend the whole duration of the festival in Slovenj Gradec. Concerts by local bends, local cuisine and visits of the cultural and historical sites of the town and the surroundings are also organised.

Zebra the animation friendly festival

Part of the festival is also the smaller and younger brother Zebra the animation friendly festival which is focused on animated films for children. It is usually organised on the weekend before Shots International Short Film Festival in the beginning of August.

Literature

Sanje (‘Dreams’) Festival

24. 06. - 27. 06. 2021

Ljubljana

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Festival Sanje

Leskoškova cesta 12 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The popular summer event Sanje (‘Dreams’) Festival was initiated by Sanje Publishing House in 2002. Held each year at Zvezda Park, Miklošič Park and other smaller outdoor venues in Ljubljana city centre, it features concerts of folk, jazz, rock, and other kinds of music, literary readings, children’s programmes, theatre performances, and puppet shows for adults. In 2010 the festival extended to the village of Medana, previously known for its Days of Poetry and Wine Festival.

More than a literature festival

For many years this non-profit summer festival has combined literature with music and theatre. Starting with 12 afternoon events and 23 concerts in 2002, in recent editions expectations were exceeded with more than a hundred events.

The festival was originally rooted in Ljubljana, however, an ambition developed through the years to transform it into a wider platform. In recent years, the festival has been opening to other locations, which resulted in several festival editions across Slovenia, sometimes organised by Sanje, sometimes integrating external co-organisers.

Festival programme highlights

In 2010, the year when Ljubljana held the title of UNESCO’s World Book Capital, the festival spread to other locations around Slovenia (including the villages Šmartno and Medana in the Goriška Brda area near the Italian border, taking the name Dreams in Medana (Sanje v Medani). In the same year Fantazija Express was introduced – a travelling bookshop and a stage on wheels inspired by the writer Frane Milčinski Ježek. In 2011, Fantazija Express made its way through Slovenia once again, this time visiting the festival HISTeRIA in Istria, continuing on to Medana and Šmartno for Dreams in Medana, and eventually onto Maribor.

Theatres

Primorska Summer Festival

24. 06. - 31. 08. 2021

Koper-Capodistria

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Primorski poletni festival

Kampel 1k SI-6000, Koper-Capodistria

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The Primorska Summer Festival is an international theatre festival that takes place throughout the coastal region of Slovenia and occasionally also in Italy and Croatia. Launched in 1993, the festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association. Since 2003, the festival has been managed by the Koper Theatre.

Primorska Summer Festival takes place both indoors, in various performance venues (Arrigoni Izola, Georgius Centre in Piran) as well as outdoors (Valdoltra Beach in Ankaran), utilising the town squares and other ambient-rich locations of the region.

In 2020, the international “PPF Youth” festival section is launched with six international theatre academies invited to present their creations.

Background

During its first decade – when the Koper Theatre was yet non-existent – the Primorska Summer Festival was the only platform for presenting recent productions by Slovenian repertory theatres to the audiences of the Slovenian coastal region. As such, the festival is in a way the theatre’s predecessor.

The festival was co-produced by the Primorska Summer Festival Association in partnership with Koper Theatre, the Slovene Permanent Theatre in Trieste and Teatro Miela in Trieste/Trst. Today, partners include Teatro Verdi, Muggia Teatro, Kino Otok – Isola Cinema Festival, Tartini Festival and the Italian Community in Koper-Capodistria.

Since its inception, the festival has hosted a huge number of theatre performances, many of them its own productions, an enterprise that has been the festival’s staple since its beginning. Alongside the theatre shows, the festival presents concerts, musicals and even operas.

Programme

The festival cooperates with various theatres from the littoral region, some of them coming from neighbouring towns in Italy and Croatia. These collaborations range from staging invited performances to producing entirely new works, many even multilingual as befits the character of the region. The festival has also incubated various NGO endeavours, like those of Lutkarnica – Koper Puppetry Studio.

Sometimes, the programme is conceived somewhat thematically; in one of the years, for instance, the festival was dedicated to Molière. Various takes on Molière’s plays were staged throughout the festival, also taking place at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor. In 2017, the festival co-hosted a show with the Maribor-based Lent Festival.

Besides presenting its own works and those of Slovenian repertory theatres, one of the festival’s prime focuses is that of showcasing new works produced in the Balkan region.

More and more, the festival is reaching into other artistic fields, also inviting musicians and screening films.

PPF Youth

In 2020, a new section of the festival is launched: six theatre academies of the ex-Yugoslav region, Great Britain and the Czech Republic present their productions during four days in July. The academy performances presented at the Koper Theatre are accompanied by panel discussions with the aim of sharing knowledge, getting to know new theatre practices and poetics emerging in the region.

Music

Pomurje Summer Festival

3. 08. - 10. 08. 2019

Velika Polana

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Pomurski Poletni Festival

Velika Polana 217 SI-9225, Velika Polana

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Launched in 1996, Pomurje Summer Festival is one of the bigger summer festivals that take place in the Pomurje region. It combines various cultural, sociable and sporting events and has a “something for everyone” programming policy that is comprised of three main sections – music concerts featuring both local and international musicians; cultural spectacles and theatre plays; and the so-called ŠTRK’s Sport Week (riding excursions, street basketball, farmer’s athletic competitions and similar).

These are accompanied by events such as culinary competitions, workshops on traditional crafts, old-timer exhibitions and a fair with local produce.

The festival brings popular pop and rock musicians from the ex-Yugoslavia region – Prljavo Kazalište, Crvena jabuka, Plavi Orkestar, Severina, Gibonni and the many bands which are performing the klape music from Croatian Dalmatia. Of the Slovenian musicians, the list goes from numerous folk-pop ensembles (like the immensely popular Modrijani) to the punk legends Pankrti, featuring popular names from pop (Jan Plestenjak, Tanja Žagar) and also rock (Big Foot Mama). Tribute bands that perform music by the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’Roses and U2 are also regulars in the line-up.

Music

Overjam Reggae Festival

15. 08. - 20. 08. 2022

Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival

Dijaška ulica 18 5220 , Tolmin

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Overjam Reggae Festival is summer music festival that has been delivering reggae, dub, and dancehall music since 2012. The 4-day event takes place at Sotočje, a peninsula at the confluence of two mountain rivers in Tolmin, where its predecessor Soča Reggae Riversplash was previously held annually since 2000. As such, reggae has a long tradition at that location, where it now once again hosts a varied mix of regional and international artists and audiences.

The festival has an international organising consortium, with the Slovenian part of it being Kurz Rock Vibe.

The venue and its history

Sotočje, with its mountainous backdrop, has since the turn of the millennium fast become the number one location for Slovene summer festivals. This makes sense, as Sotočje is set in an alpine region with a somewhat Mediterranean climate, having the gorgeous and swimming-friendly Soča River at its disposal. It can equally adequately accommodate both boutique festivals for 200 and massive events for 12,000 visitors, with the organisers also profiting from the relative proximity of Italian and Austrian audiences.

Alongside the pioneering and still active Sajeta Creative Camp, Soča Reggae Riversplash did the most to popularise the venue, where now the massively popular MetalDays (held since 2004), the yet-young Punk Rock Holiday (held since 2012) and some more sporadic events now take place each summer. Before it saw its last edition in 2009, Riversplash had brought many renowned artists such as Macka B, Gentleman, and Michael Rose of Black Uhuru to Slovenia.

Overjam musical and other programme

Filling a two-year vacuum in the Slovenian reggae scene, Overjam was first held in the village of Vrtojba, near the Italian border. The temporary location was chosen because of the festival’s Italian co-organisers. In 2013, the festival (re-)emerged in Sotočje and since then its line-up has hosted Zion Train, Dub Inc, Macka B, Groundation, Barrington Levy, Channel One soundsystem, Anthony B, Skarra Mucci, Hollie Cook, Ricky Trooper, Luciano, Max Romeo, Fatman Hifi,…

One can also attend lectures at the so-called Overjam University, join the workshops on drumming, yoga, juggling, slacklining, clay making and similar, or just come a bit earlier and chill at the pre-party event. Kids are even welcome at the festival and can spend some quality time at Overjam 4 Kidz. Last but not least, there is the river to swim in and the surrounding Soča Valley boasting a plethora of other outdoor and cultural activities.

Music

Okarina Festival Bled

27. 07. - 8. 08. 2021

Bled

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Okarina festival Bled

Riklijeva cesta 9 SI-4260, Bled

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The Okarina Festival is a world music festival, held in the alpine town of Bled since 1991. Presenting a very wide range of musicians, its focus spans from the many traditional folk genres to the more contemporary, hybridised idioms. The festival’s creed is in part summed up by its name, which alludes to a very ancient wind musical instrument called the ocarina that can be found all over the world.

The festival is currently held at two venues – the Bled Castle and the so-called Bled Promenade, a grassy beach beside the lake. There, one can listen to those concerts that are free of charge. Additionally, the Bled Festival Hall is usually meant as a backup in case of rain.

Background

The founder of the festival is Leo Ličof, who even after half a century still acts as the main organiser and the artistic director of the festival. He set up its first few editions at the grounds of the restaurant he then ran on the shore of Lake Bled, but the following editions brought different venues.

While there were only a few bands on the bill at the start, the festival progressively grew and so did the names hosted. Some of the artists hosted during the early years of the festival were the legendary UK folk bands Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the singer Marta Sebastian (HU).

Programme

The festival invites all sorts of musicians, from flamenco bands, qawwali artists and Irish folk singers to US blues guitarists and jazz-influenced Moroccan gnawa musicians. The festival line-up has in recent years featured Aziz Sahmaoui (MA), Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (SN, UK), Ester Rada (IL), Orquesta Revé (CU), Osibisa (UK), Tenores di Bitti (IT), Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (ES), Taksim Trio (TR), Earl King Boogie Band (UK), Frankie Lane (IE), Big Daddy Wilson (UK) and Esme Redžepova (MK).

Of the local artists performing here, one can name Brina, Neca Falk, Kontrabant and – numerous times – Vlado Kreslin.

Music

Nights in Old Ljubljana Town

26. 08. - 28. 08. 2021

Ljubljana

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Noči v stari Ljubljani

Gornji trg 16 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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A companion festival to the Summer in Old Ljubljana Town, the Nights in Old Ljubljana Town has been organised since 1988 by Imago Sloveniae. Its primarily classical music-oriented programme is accompanied with a strong selection of jazz, ethno, chanson, tango, klezmer, and other music of this vein. It also encompasses scientific conferences and lectures on music, literature and poetry readings, social dance gatherings (salsa, tango, swing, etc.), and various happenings for children like puppet theatre shows and workshops.

The festival is traditionally presented in the last week of August. The concerts are held at a dozen different, mostly open-air locations in the old city centre, each of them having a specific programme concept (for example, the stage in front of the City Hall – large ensembles, orchestras, and big bands; Gornji trg – avant-garde jazz, etc.)

Programme

The breadth of the festival makes it hard to pin down. Basically, it is forefronts an international selection of contemporary creative endeavours in jazz, chanson, and various takes on traditional musics from all over the world. Its programme is sometimes knit around a concept, like when it focused on accordion in 2012, staging its various applications in a variety of musical forms (this featured Simone Zanchini (IT), Miodrag Spasić (RS), Rhythm & Blues Resistance (HR), Bratko Bibič & The Madleys, Janez Dovč, Jure Tori, and some others).

Other guests of the festival include Barcelona Gipsy Klezmer Orchestra (ES), Tran Quang Haij (VN), Alwan Trio (EG), Lasanthi (LK), Global Culture Nasu (JP), Donauwellenreiter (AT/IT), The Hungarian National Gypsy Orchestra (HU), Bakalina, Uršula Ramoveš in Fantje z Jazbecove grape, Vlado Kreslin, Orlek, Lolita, and numerous others. A part of the line-up is sometimes programmed in collaboration with institutions like Radio Slovenia Third Channel – ARS and Radio Študent (RŠ).

The project also includes literary events, art exhibitions, dance performances, milonga evenings, and different art workshops and round tables, which in the past have been hosted in co-production with the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, the Folk Slovenia Cultural Society, Radio Študent (RŠ), the Department of Musicology, University of Ljubljana, the Institute of Musicology, the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Slovenia, and a number of others.

Music

Trnovfest Festival

2. 08. - 31. 08. 2021

Ljubljana

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Trnovfest

Karunova ulica 14 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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The first Trnovfest Festival took place in 2019. Organised and hosted by the Centre of Slavic Cultures France Prešeren (CSKFP) in the Trnovo area of Ljubljana, it is the successor festival to Trnfest, the last edition of which was held in 2018.

Background

Until its demise, along with that of its host organisation KUD France Prešeren, Trnfest was the capital’s premier late-summer festival of popular arts and culture, and one whose programme ranged widely across music, theatre, dance, film and improvisational comedy. With events held daily through the month of August in the association’s courtyard, it built up a loyal following among locals, as much for the late-night socialising as for the performances themselves.

Trnfest vs Trnovfest

Trnfest came to an end the year after KUD France Prešeren was replaced by CSKFP, with the decision to rename the festival taking effect in 2019. Trnovfest has broadly followed the same pattern as its predecessor, with perhaps a slightly greater emphasis on rock and pop of various flavours, serving up a month of entertainment for a resolutely local audience looking to squeeze the last drops of life from the summer.

Theatres

Mladi levi Festival

20. 08. - 29. 08. 2021

Ljubljana

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Festival Mladi levi

Slomškova 11 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The Mladi levi Festival (in English: Young Lions Festival) is an annual international festival of contemporary theatre and dance. Organised by the Bunker Institute, it presents original approaches to theatre and dance, focusing on talented and emerging stage performers, along with presenting already established progressive authors. It takes place every end of the summer and was initiated in 1998 under the auspices of the international network Junge Hunde.

The festival has a distinctive atmosphere, marked with creativity and vibrant spirit, and social nature. It is an interdisciplinary place of exchange and co-operations, extending beyond the habitual local or international concepts.

Principles

In order to create the circumstances where artists and audiences can meet, exchange experiences, and develop future collaborations, the festival invites artists to stay in Ljubljana for the entire length of the festival, giving them a chance to see each other’s work, to have the time and opportunity to talk to other artists and audience members in an informal way, and to plan future collaborations.

Programme

The festival has thus far hosted authors such as Martine Pisani, Jérôme Bel, Ivo Dimchev, Eduard Gabia, Vera Mantero, Vitor Rua & Nuno Rebelo, Camille Boitel, the collective Les SlovaKs, the collective 1927, Rimini Protokoll, Ivica Buljan, etc., as well as organised a number of round-tables and discussions.

During some editions the festival journal Arena was published, covering the festival’s performances. The contributions were mainly written by young writers in collaboration with the Maska Magazine. In 2010 it was available also on-line on the Sigledal.org – Slovene theatre portal. For the 2017 yet another outlet was created, a website portal for criticism called Kriterij.

Collaborations and venues

The festival collaborates with producers and groups such as Mini Theatre, Betontanc, Via Negativa. The festival also presented three emerging makers, former participants of the NOmad Dance Academy Slovenia, ProstoRož, and so on.

In the frame of the Mediterranean experiment SOSTENUTO, th2 2009 edition of the festival also organised the project My Street, within which a street exchange focused on all sorts of exchange and sharing on the basis of solidarity in a direct and money-free spirit.

In the past Mladi levi was utilising various venues across Ljubljana, among them the Railway Museum of Slovenia and Tovarna Rog, thus presenting new contemporary productions in juxtaposition with historical heritage. As of 2004 most of the performances are taking place at the Old Power Station and the Španski borci Culture Centre.

Music

Tartini Festival

18. 08. - 5. 09. 2022

Piran-Pirano

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Tartini festival

Levstikova 7 SI-6330, Piran-Pirano

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Established in 2001 the Tartini Festival is an international music festival dedicated to one of the greatest violinists of the Baroque period, the Piran-born Guiseppe Tartini (1692–1770). The programme directors and founders of the festival, Jasna Nadles and Milan Vrsajkov, strive to bring world renowned performers of Classical and Baroque music to Piran and the Slovene Istria.

Background

The festival focuses on the promotion of the cultural profile of the Istria region and the Slovene musical culture. From the beginning, the festival has presented many accomplished performers, such as cellist Erich Oskar Huetter, pianist Francesco De Zan, the Ensemble 1756, the Choir of Salzburger Konzertgesellschaft and the Vienna Instrumental Soloists (Rudolf Gindlhumer, Konrad Monsberger, Helmut Ascherl, Karl Eichinger).

In 2002, the festival started out with 4 classical music concerts and has been steadily growing each year with well-attended concerts at the main events; the Golden Tartini Festival, and open-air concerts of the Tartini Junior programme. Some of the leading Baroque musicians, such as violinist Giuliano Carmignola, bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, and cellist Christophe Coin, have appeared together for the first time at one of the festival’s main events.

In 2009, the festival’s programme featured 10 concerts within a two-week time frame, thus enhancing the festival atmosphere. 2011 marked the 10-year anniversary of the festival, featuring 8 main festival events with performances by Slovene and international master musicians, including the festival ensemble Il Terzo Suono, founded in 2005. The ensemble performs its repertoire on Baroque instruments and accompanies famous soloists at the Tartini Festival as well as other venues.


Festival Tartinijevi dnevi Piran Promo / The Days of Tartini Festival Piran Promo Official Video by Zdravko Pleše on YouTube
The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono
The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

The Festival Ensemble Il Terzo Suono

The international ensemble Il Terzo Suono is composed of members of various international orchestras and operates under the direction of Sergio Azzolini. The ensemble has in the past 4 editions of the Tartini Festival accompanied famous soloists. The name of the ensemble, The Third Sound, is in reference to the acoustic phenomenon first discovered by Giuseppe Tartini, whereby using the technique of playing double stops on a string instrument one can hear a third sound. The ensemble tours the wider European region, increasing the visibility of the Slovene cultural scene with performances at European festivals, such as the Ravello Festival and the Emilia Romagna Festival. Preparations are under way for the recording of a CD with pieces by Slovene and European composers of the 17th and 18th century (A. Vivaldi, G. Tartini, G. Pulitti and I. Posh).

Festival themes and concerts

Each year the Tartini Festival is held in the Primorska region, with most events taking place in Piran. Chamber concerts and solo performances are performed at main events, featuring performances of established musicians from all over the world. The festival’s aim is to promote classical music and Tartini’s works among the local public, especially those who does not usually attend classical concerts. The side event Tartini Junior focuses on the presentation of talented young Slovene musicians, who have received awards at international contests and the main national contest TEMSIG. It highlights the Slovene musical culture with young musicians performing works by Slovene composers. Another side event, Tartini under the Stars, features open-air concerts on Tartini Square by promising young Slovene artists.