The traditional annual June meeting of Slovene choirs from Slovenia as well as from neighbouring countries – also known as the Šentviški pevski tabor – is one of the largest singing events in Europe, involving the participation of up to 250 choirs and around 5,000 vocalists. The choir meetings have been organised by local organisations in collaboration with the local branch of the Public Fund for Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia since 1971.
The desire of the organisers is to prepare a pleasant meeting not only for Slovene singers but also for ones coming from places like Zagreb, Rijeka, and Pula in Croatia, Gornji Senik in Hungary, and Belgrade in Serbia, who also sing songs in Slovenian language. Such choirs play an important role in maintaining Slovene traditions and culture as well as Slovenian language in communities of Slovene minorities living abroad near the borders of Slovenia.
The common thread of the 43rd meeting in 2012 were songs about flowers presented by more than 110 choirs led by the well-known conductor Igor Švara. The programme usually starts with a concert by a visiting choir on the eve of the main event – a daytime, typically outdoor, concert of combined male, female, and mixed choirs. The main event also draws guest appearances by local or national politicians, ethnologists, Slovene ambassadors stationed abroad and, cultural artists who often present awards to deserving members. The concerts are regularly recorded by the national television RTV Slovenia and broadcast on TV as well as made accessible on RTV’s online archive (see external links below).