Music festivals

From Culture.si

The music festival format has been at the forefront of the concert industry for the past two decades. Festivals are no longer just music events and celebrations of music. Instead, with their infrastructure, small towns, micro-economies that are part of the larger tourism industry, have become a significant part of creative industries and the national, regional and local economies. Slovenia doesn't have its own major international festival based on the models of contemporary multi-genre festivals. However, it has several internationally known genre-specific festivals and multi-media festivals and smaller niche festivals, as well as a strong network of small local festivals, which, while presenting actual and trendy international music, put Slovenian artists and the scene on the international map.

A good festival programme is conceived and planned at least a year in advance and builds on longer-term models. In our country, the integration of the local story is often strongly present in the narrative of the festival. Constant monitoring of the scene is crucial for a festival's existence, continuity and growth. A festival producer or selector must also appear at other festivals and fairs abroad, enter international networks and follow new names and trends at home and abroad. Except for a few, most festivals depend on the co-funding mechanisms at the local and national level. Unfortunately, the sponsorship platforms necessary for the success and financial background of a festival are still poorly developed in Slovenia. Thus, co-productions, collaborations and participation in international networks are many times necessary.

Successful festivals that integrate their own unique model, strong international programmes of artists, the specificity of location and collaboration with the local community in our country are represented by two festivals in the Soča region, the internationally renowned festivals MetalDays and Punk Rock Holiday. Each builds its own specific narrative and both have become known international brands with a strong international audience.

The following is a list of Slovenian music festivals, from pop, rock, punk, metal, jazz, world music, electronic, folk, to classical and new music, experimental, festivals, that are part of the international festival circuit and local ones that are significant for enriching local cultural production. This is a display of the variety of our festival music scene.

If you are an international producer or a music group interested in finding the right festival for your music, just click on any of the links below to find more information on each festival and how to contact the organisers.

And for a visual overview of festivals taking place in Slovenia, be sure to have a look at our infographics of all the Slovenian festivals (2012–2021). For an overview of the music festivals in 2021, see the calendar-in-progress Festivals in Slovenia 2021.

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