Panč Festival is an international stand-up comedy festival which was established in 2008 in Ljubljana by the Kurz Rock Vibe crew. This several-day-long event usually takes place at the Ljubljana Castle courtyard and is the central stand-up occasion in Slovenia. It has hosted most, if not all, of the leading Slovene performers from this field as well as a strong international line-up, with the guests being invited from all over the world. The name of the festival is a derivative of the term “punchline”, which connotes a joke’s climax.
Besides this main summer event, since 2010, a winter edition of the festival is also taking place, a slightly more low-key evening called Zimski Panč (Winter Panč). Held at different Ljubljana venues like Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, Cvetličarna, and the Festival Hall, it was for a time also simultaneously organised in Maribor at Narodni dom Maribor. The festival also had an over the border venture in Zagreb, Croatia, where a sister event, Pančić, was organised.
Some of the performers who have stood on the Panč stage: Klemen Bučan, Jonas Žnidaršič, Boštjan Gorenc – Pižama, Janez Trontelj, Boris Kobal, Slon in Sadež, Vid Valič, Lucija Ćirović, Tin Vodopivec, and Andrej Težak – Tešky. The latter two are also the festival initiators and organisers, with Andrej being the head of the Kurz Rock Vibe.
Of the guests from abroad, we’ve seen Michael Mittermeier, Scott Capurro, Paul Sweeney, Geoff Boyz, Steve Hughes, Marina Orsag, Srdjana Dinčića, Carly Smallman, Tom Allen, Francesco de Carlo, Yacine Belhousse, Igor Meeron, Spencer Brown and numerous others from Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Germany, the UK, France, Italy, New Zealand, and elsewhere.