Summer Stage Festival Ruše

13. 08. - 22. 08. 2021



Festival Letni oder Ruše

Pod goroj 20 SI-2342, Ruše

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The Summer Stage Festival Ruše was established in 2000 in Ruše, a small town at the foothills of Pohorje, near Maribor. It offers ten days of theatre performances, concerts of Slovene and international musicians, events for children, together around 35 different cultural events with around ten thousands visitors. The multicultural festival is mostly happening in a unique stone amphitheatre in a natural setting of the Pohorje forests. It is organised by Cezam Youth Centre Ruše


The very motto of the festival is: “Let the streets, halls and the summer stage at the foothills of Pohorje become alive once more!” The festival offers a wide range of cultural events, from concerts and other musical performances, workshops, theatre performances, for example street theatre, stand-up evenings or puppet shows, fine arts activities and exhibitions, social events, culinary offerings, dancing and more.

The festival hosts many commercial names that attract wider public, but also events of an alternative culture: for example, the pop singer Tony Cetinski, but also the virtuosos like guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski or saxophonist Vasko Atanasovski, or the United Nations Association Film Festival, which connects the authors of documentary films on the topic of human rights. With respect for tradition, amateur culturists as well as professional artists perform on Ruše’s stage.


The festival takes place at some accompanying venues in Ruše, for example at Tržnica Triglav or at the Drava River Boathouse, but its recognisability is built around the atmosphere of the old stone amphitheatre, on the Summer Stage Ruše.


Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups

17. 05. - 19. 05. 2019



Vizije - festival mladinskih gledaliskih skupin

Štefanova 5 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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Launched in 2006 by the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia to complement its annual Linhart Encounter, the Visions Festival of Young Theatre Groups is a showcase of the best Slovene youth theatre productions of the season. The programme is selected by an expert selector, while an international expert jury of the festival also confers the Vizionar Award for best achievements in different categories.

The first festival was organised in Ptuj and presented 10 productions from an initial 40. The second Visions Festival of 2007 was held in Maribor and involved the presentation of 8 productions from Slovenia and 1 production from Hungary. Recently held in Nova Gorica, the festival’s programme also includes international guest performances, theatre workshops, and a round table discussing the presented performances.


Vilenica International Literary Festival

7. 09. - 12. 09. 2021



Mednarodni literarni festival Vilenica

Tomšičeva 12 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The first Vilenica International Literary Festival was organised in 1986 by the Slovene Writers’ Association and Veno Taufer, though its origins go back to 1980, when literary meetings were organised by the Municipality of Sežana in the karst cave of Vilenica, after which the festival takes its name. To date the event has developed into an important Central European gathering of writers and the biggest festival of this sort in Slovenia, hosting more than 100 guests every year in the early autumn. The main festival programme is held in Lipica and the Karst region, while a number of events are organised all over Slovenia.


In organising this event, the Slovene Writers’ Association and the KUD Vilenica Art Society cooperate with various organisations including the Municipality of Sežana, the Kosovel Culture House Sežana, the Sežana Caving Association, the Lokev Community Council, and the Tourist Association of Štanjel.

The Vilenica International Literary Festival is financially supported by the Slovenian Book Agency, the Central European Initiative (CEI), the Culture Programme of the European Commission, the Municipality of Sežana, private sponsors, and others.


The Vilenica festival features a wide array of literary and cultural events, readings, symposia, literature presentations, round-table discussions, a book fair, all with a view to promoting literature and authors among professionals and the general public. Some of them are aimed at authors, translators, publishers, and literary scientists, affording opportunities to discuss topical issues and arising trends, while others set a relaxed atmosphere perfect for informal meetings and networking. Every year a different literature and a Slovene author are put into focus, while the motto of the festival changes with regard to current topics in contemporary literature.


The highlight of the festival is the Vilenica International Literary Prize, which is bestowed upon a Central European author for outstanding achievement in literature or essay writing. The ceremony is held in the Karst cave Vilenica and is accompanied by music and dance performances.

The Crystal Vilenica is given to an author from Central Europe for the finest contribution to the Vilenica Almanac at a literary reading at the Štanjel castle.

Organised by KD Vilenica, the Young Vilenica Award is presented to authors up to the age of 15. The winners are given the opportunity to read their poetry at the festival.

The winner of the CEI Fellowship for Writers in Residence is a guest of the Vilenica festival, where the fellowship is awarded.


A programme booklet offers basic information and timetables on festival events, as well as information on the participating authors and other performing artists. The booklet is particularly useful as it contains an overview of the participants, their work, and contact information.

The central publication is the Vilenica Almanac, published since the very beginning of the festival. It features a presentation of the Vilenica International Literary Prize winner and a selection of poetry or prose by the participating authors (published in the source language, in Slovenian, and in English). The Almanac also includes the winning poems of the Young Vilenica Award.

The literature in the foreground, that is, a lesser-known European literature, is published in the Vilenica Anthologies series. The anthology features translated poetry and prose in Slovenian, as well as information on the authors.

In collaboration with Cankarjeva Založba Publishing House, a book by the previous year’s recipient of the Vilenica International Literary Prize is translated into Slovenian and presented at the Štanjel castle.

A special festival publication features essays presented at the CEI Round Table Discussion.

Read Me Live, a live literature website, was launched as part of the 2011 Vilenica festival following a joint effort of four European festivals supported by the European Commission. Project was running in the framework of the European Commission’s Culture programme (2007–2013) – a project exploring and developing the promotion of reading culture through live literature.


Alongside the literary meetings organised in the karst cave of Vilenica, various readings and other events now take place at different locations in the Karst region: in Lipica, the old church in the village of Lokev, Kosovel Cultural House in Sežana, and the medieval castle of Štanjel. Accompanying events are also held in Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Koper, Trbovlje, Bilje, and Trieste (Italy).


Ljubljana Festival

1. 07. - 8. 09. 2021



Festival Ljubljana

Trg francoske revolucije 1 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The Ljubljana Festival is a renowned and highly ambitious international festival which offers a variety of music, theatre and dance performances by leading international as well as domestic artists. Between 70 and 80 events range from concerts of classical, ethno, rock and jazz music, to performances of opera, theatre and ballet. It enriches the capital city with concerts of star soloists, acclaimed ensembles, chamber and philharmonic orchestras and performances by prima ballerinas, opera divas, and seasoned thespians.

Taking place from the end of June to the end of September, it is the main summer festival in Ljubljana and certainly amongst the bigger ones in the wider region. As of recent years, the festival also has a small ‘winter edition’ in February.


Of the most famous artists who have appeared on the stage of the Ljubljana Festival one can name Gilberto Gil, Ennio Morricone, Tan Dun, Ricardo Mutti, Jose Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli, Grace Bumbry, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, José Carreras, Yuri Bashmet, Misha Maisky, Shlomo Mintz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gidon Kremer, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Julian Rachlin, Angela Gheorghiu, Maceo Parker, Wynton Marsalis, Marcelo Alvarez, Bernarda Fink, Marjana Lipovšek, Vadim Repin, Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis, Midori, Tomaž Pandur, Elina Garanča and Maris Jansons,

Some of the best symphonic orchestras and ballet companies in the world were also hosted – the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre of St Petersburg, the New York Philharmonic, the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra from London, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the St Petersburg Boris Eifman State Ballet, the Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company, etc.

The Ljubljana Festival has also established itself as an important producer of opera performances. Productions from both Slovene opera institutions (the Slovene National Theatre Maribor and the Slovene National Theatre Drama Ljubljana) as well as international productions of the Lithuanian National Opera, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Croatian National Theatre have been incorporated into its diverse programme.

Other events

Although the Ljubljana Festival is most active during the summer months, other important aspects of its programming include the spring Slovene Music Days, featuring concerts of works by Slovene composers and a symposium attended by musicologists from around the world, and the Križanke International Art Colony, which gathers visual artists in the inspiring environment of the Križanke venue.


Ljubljana Festival’s events take place at several locations in Ljubljana but most are held within Plečnik’s open-air complex at Križanke which was created within the abandoned former monastery especially for the festival. Major events are held on the Open-air Stage, while other venues include the Baroque-style Križanke Church, the Knight’s Hall and the ‘Courtyard of Hell’. Some of the events are also realised in the Kongresni trg square, the Cankarjev dom Culture and Congress Centre, the Slovene Philharmonic or in the Grand Union Hall of the Grand Hotel Union.


One of the oldest festivals in Ljubljana, the Ljubljana Festival has its roots in the first Tourist Week, organised by the Ljubljana Tourist Society in 1952.

The festival has since than by far outgrown the character of a local tourist event with folklore, sport and economic activities, thus nowadays attracting a total audience of nearly 60,000 spectators from Slovenia as well as abroad. It was awarded the Golden Honorary Medal of Freedom – the highest award of the President of the Republic of Slovenia – for its valuable contribution in organising and presenting domestic and international artistic endeavour and events.


Zasavje Noisefest International

6. 09. - 7. 09. 2019



Zasavje Noisefest International

SI-1420, Trbovlje

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First organised in 2014, Zasavje Noisefest International is a young festival that, as the name suggests, presents an international programme of experimental sound and noise music. The core programme takes place at a temporary venue called Rudarski Vašhau, which was originally a decommissioned bathhouse for miners in Trbovlje. Alongside this location, the festival is also hosted by a few other venues in various parts of Slovenia.


Back in 2001, the now retired Noise Festival had its first edition. In a way, Zasavje Noisefest International is now its heir as the prime place to experience the current happenings of the noise scene.

The spiritus movens of the festival is Neven M. Agalma, a musician himself, who is active under many guises, the most known probably being Cadlag, Ontervjabbit, and Dodecahedragraph. Even before initiating the festival, he was already organising events in Delavski dom Trbovlje Cultural Centre. His concert series Noise kurilnica (Noise Boiler Room), which started in 2013, is still taking place. This ardent set of Neven’s activities helps a lot in putting up a varied and internationally minded line-up. To make it happen, he cooperates with some other crews and festivals, such as the Venoise crew from Venice and the Treviso art collective Dirtmor.

Programme and venues

There are usually around 30 hosted artists per year, and the more prominent guests of the festival include: Napalmeix (CH), Manuel Knapp (AT), Crank Sturgeon (USA), Lorenzo Abattoir (IT), Fukte (IT), Gravhund (DK), Hiroshi Hasegawa (JP), Analogue Suicide (TR), Casperelectronics (US), Fckn’ Bstrds (NE), etc. Some of the notable local musicians are Theremidi Orchestra, Cadlag, Boštjan Leskovšek, Mono scarves, and Kikiriki.

Besides the main part of the festival taking place at Vašhau, some of it – in the days before and after the festival – also takes place at venues such as Klub Metulj, Gustaf Hall, Pekarna, and Klub Menza pri koritu as well as in the ether of Radio Študent (RŠ). In Klub Menza, the event is set up by DRMK – Collective for Development of Youth Culture, who used to organise the now-deceased Noise Festival.


House of Tolerance Festival

8. 09. - 14. 09. 2021



Festival Hiša strpnosti

Križevniška 3 SI-1000, Ljubljana

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The House of Tolerance Festival, organised since 2015 by Mini Theatre and the Jewish Cultural Centre Ljubljana, is an annual cultural event that emphasises the urgency of carefully considered ethical social engagement. It stands as an important public platform, which reminds the public of the horrors of the Holocaust. The Holocaust, as the laying foundation of the programme, serves as an ultimate warning about times and societies which lacked tolerance as an imperative of human intelligence and development. With the festival’s programme of film screenings, concerts, art exhibitions, lectures, round tables and educational activities for the young, the festival organisers try to constantly warn society to thrive towards positive social change.


The House of Tolerance Festival was modelled after the Tolerance Festival in Zagreb which began as a festival of Jewish film in 2007. Since 2015, the House of Tolerance Festival in Ljubljana – then still called Festival of Tolerance and organised in regional cooperation with the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival Association – has been highlighting problems in contemporary societies and encouraging debates on tolerance, exclusion and hatred towards marginalised groups.


The first edition of the festival in February 2015 focused on film screenings, but its main guests were film producer and actor Branko Lustig, illustrator and designer Mirko Ilić with his lecture “Symbols of Hatred” and and the exhibition Antimasonic Posters, and the president of the European Roma Association Orhan Galjuš. The book Tracing Jewish Heritage: Guidebook to Slovenia written by Janez Premk and Mihaela Hudelja was also presented at that year’s festival. Special attention was paid to the educational programme for the young.

Further festival editions have continued to feature outstanding international guests, feature-length, documentary and short film screenings, educational mornings, puppet and theatre performances, music concerts and discussions. Arthur Rothstein’s photo collection was exhibited at the Mini Theatre venue, while a poster exhibition by Mirko Ilić on the topic of tolerance involving world famous designers, including Milton Glaser, took place in the nearby Ljubljana square Trg Francoske revolucije.


Venues of the House of Tolerance Festival are the Jewish Cultural Centre and the streets of Ljubljana, especially those in the vicinity of Mini Theatre. All events are free of charge.

In 2017, the House of Tolerance Festival extended its programme also in Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia.

Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance

15. 09. - 18. 09. 2021



Gibanica, festival slovenskega plesa

Metelkova 6 SI-1000 , Ljubljana

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The festival aspires to present the diversity of the Slovene dance scene to the local and international audiences. Presented at various venues in Ljubljana, it embraces a range of dance forms from “pure” to “hybrid”, including works of both the established generation as well as dance pieces by newcomers who are just beginning to make their mark on the dance scene. The main programme of the Moving Cake Festival features around 12 shows by selected Slovene dance producers, which compete for the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance Award – one is selected by the audience and the other by an international jury. Several performances are presented in the side programme, which also includes discussions and round tables taking a critical look at the Slovene dance scene, and occasionally workshops and/or exhibitions. The festival is attended by numerous international dance critics, festival directors, and producers.

The selection of the programme is entrusted to an international team of dance experts and/or artists, who make a selection from commonly over 50 applied productions.

Ksenija Hribar Awards, handed out by the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia, are also presented at the closing event of the platform.

Flores Musicae Festival

30. 09. - 3. 10. 2021

Nova Gorica


Festival Flores Musicae

Bevkov trg 4 SI-5000 , Nova Gorica

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As a continuation of the Days of Early Music Festival which took place between Nova Gorica and Goriška Brda and was organised by Nova Gorica Arts Centre since 2012, the Flores Musicae Festival, a renewed medieval and renaissance music festival, takes place every autumn since 2017. The mission of Flores Musicae Festival is to revive medieval and Renaissance music. Its art director is a Slovene guitarist and lutenist Bor Zuljan, MA in guitar, lute, medieval music and music pedagogy at the Haute école de musique de Genève.


Among the performers at the 2017 festival, there were the vocal French-Swiss ensemble Le Chant sur le Livre with a presentation of improvised vocal polyphony from the Renaissance times; Rolf Lislevand and Bor Zuljan; guitarist Dušan Bogdanović; and ensemble Musica Cubicularis.

There were also many accompanying events: among others a master-class for lute, guitar, harp and harpsichord. Namely, the improvisation was a widespread practice among Renaissance musicians: as the singers improvised contrapunctus songs, musicians on polyphonic musical instruments, such as lutes, harps and keyboard instruments, developed techniques that allowed improvisation in the musical forms. The participants of the festival’s master-class had the opportunity to experiment with these musical forms under the mentorship of specialized experts in this field (Rolf Lislevand, Dušan Bogdanović, Jean-Yves Haymoz, Bor Zuljan). In the end, the participants presented themselves at the concert.

In 2018, the opening concert featured Slovene group Makalonca performing the oldest songs of the Slovene music tradition. The German ensemble Per-Sonat, which consists of a singer Sabine Lutzenberger and traverso player Norbert Rodenkirchen, presented revived medieval mystical songs of maestro Frauenlob. The last two concerts were dedicated to Italian music from 1500: La Lyra ensemble presented a repertoire of North Italian popular songs, called frottola, whereas the ensemble Ricercare Antico performed their liturgical versions, called laude. As part of the festival, a lecture was held on the Slovene music tradition and instruments that have been used in the past centuries.


The festival takes place in the Goriška region: at the Kromberk Castle, Kostanjevica Monastery, Church of the Holy Cross in Kojsko, Dobrovo Castle, Villa Vipolže, and Nova Gorica Music School.

Film Mixer Independent Film Festival

29. 08. - 1. 09. 2019



Film Mixer festival neodvisnega filma

Tomšičeva 32 SI-4000, Kranj

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Launched in 2014, the Film Mixer Independent Film Festival presents independent film productions from all over the world. It takes place in Kranj, a regional capital without any art cinema venues and therefore a much needed initiative in the city. The main venues are the courtyard of the Layer House and the neighbouring multimedia centre Škrlovec Tower, which are coupled by a few additional venues throughout the city – the Kranj City Library, the Khislstein Castle and Vovkov vrt, a small park along the old city wall where the Layer House sometimes also sets up occasional film screenings.

Conceptually, the festival addresses the rich multitude of contemporary film production that is systematically ignored by the multiplex cinema and TV programme infrastructure, but is nevertheless accessible and relevant. Alongside its main, internationally focused programme, Film Mixer also deals with local and regional film “scenes” and presents the works of various less-established authors.

Besides the actual films, there are also round table discussions (for example, on alternative film funding methods and with guest artists), workshops on various related skills, select music video presentations, music concerts, etc.

Film selection

The festival lasts for only three days (with an additional pre-event) and has a rather limited budget, so the number of presented feature movies still hovers around ten. Some previously screened films include Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, US, 2004), Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg, US, 2013), Hungry Man (Philip Martin, FR, 2013), Narco Cultura (Shaul Schwartz, MX, 2013), Submarine (Richard Ayoade, UK, 2010), Tea Time (Maite Alberdi, CL, 2014) and What a Wonderful World (Anatol Durbală, MD, 2015).

Alongside these, short movies represent another important festival feature and are usually screened in collaboration with other festivals and institutions.


While the current Slovenian short film production is covered by the Kraken Film Society (which otherwise organises the film festival FeKK), a more international programme is done in cooperation with the Croatian Tabor Film Festival and the Austrian K3 International Short Film Festival, presenting the best short films of the respective festivals. A selection of films made at the movie-making marathon MUVIT/6×60 is also presented.

Another collaboration is the Odprto platno (Open Canvas) project, which is organised together with KUD SubArt and Legit Films and is basically a public call for movies on certain given topics.

Additionally, there is a showcase of the most imaginative Slovenian music videos, curated by the web-portal In presenting a programme of animated features, Film Mixer also collaborates with Animateka International Animated Film Festival.


Festival of Photography Maribor

18. 09. - 5. 10. 2021



Festival fotografije Maribor

Židovska ulica 6 SI-2000, Maribor

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The Festival of Photography Maribor is an international festival of photography, founded in 2016. Comprised of various photography exhibitions as well as lectures, discussions and even multimedia displays, the festival is organised by Photoclub Maribor.

It takes place in the city of Maribor, utilising many of its gallery spaces, among them the Media Nox Gallery, the Gallery K18, the Maribor Synagogue, the DLUM Gallery, the Stolp Photogallery, Vetrinjski dvor, the Photography Museum Maribor, the Epeka Gallery, the University of Maribor Library and GT22.


With a specialised gallery for photography (the Stolp Photogallery) and the very active Photoclub Maribor (operating since 1949), the festival was a logical next step for the Maribor photographic community.

Set up in order to promote contemporary approaches to photographic creativity, it aims to promote the work of local photographers as well as present those from abroad. It is thus allowing for the wider audience to better understand and know photographic art and craft, especially in light of the visually saturated everyday culture of today.


The festival presents photographers of different generations, perspectives and aesthetic preferences. It has exhibited works by prominent and upcoming photographers like Alexsander Petrosyan (RU), Miroslav Predojevič (RS), Raul Villalba (AR), Tatsuo Suzuki (JP), Salvatore Matarzzo (IT), Borut Krajnc, Borut Peterlin, and Bojan Golčar. The lectures range from those dealing with technical aspects to those that border travelogues.

The festival collaborates with the Stenin Organisation from Russia and Photo Art Budapest, a gallery from Hungary.