Summer in Velenje Festival

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Poletje v Velenju
Titov trg 4, SI-3320 Velenje
Organised byFestival Velenje
Barbara Pokorny, Director of Festival Velenje



Phone386 (0) 3 898 2571
Frequencyannual
Festival dates1.6.2024 - 31.8.2024



Mornarski dan ob Velenjskem jezeru, 19. 8. 2023 (Festival Velenje), Foto Peter žagar.jpgSailor's Day with children's workshops and events at Pippi's House by the Lake Velenje, Festival Velenje 2023. Author: Peter Žagar


The Summer in Velenje Festival was launched in 1984 under the name Summer Cultural Events in Velenje, marking one of the first multidisciplinary summer city festivals in Slovenia. Organized and coordinated by the Festival Velenje Public Institute, a public cultural organization since 2008, it offers a diverse program featuring music concerts, film screenings, theatre plays, children-oriented programs, and more. The festival spans throughout the summer months, from the end of June to August.

While a part of the program is organized by the institute itself, a significant portion is done in cooperation with other producers. Furthermore, a few other Velenje-based festivals, like the Kunigunda Festival of Young Cultures and a Zither festival called Prešmentane citre, are also incorporated into the wider context of the Summer Cultural Events.

Some of the festival venues include the Velenje Castle, the House of Culture Velenje and its yard, the banks of the Velenje and Škale lakes, the Old square of Velenje (Stari trg), and the many streets and parks of the city.

Klemen Slakonja & Small Band, 14. 7. 2023 (Festival Velenje), Foto Ksenija Mikor.JPGKlemen Slakonja & Small Band at a concert in the park of Vila Hernberstein, Festival Velenje 2023. Author: Ksenija Mikor

Rade Šerbedžija, 3. 6. 2023 (Festival Velenje), Foto Ksenija Mikor.jpgPopular Croatian film actor and singer Rade Šerbedžija performing at the Festival Velenje in 2023. Author: Ksenija Mikor



Festival Velenje Public Institute

The Festival Velenje Public Institute was founded in 2008 as a platform to organize, coordinate, and promote various cultural institutions and events in the Municipality of Velenje. The institute organizes year-long music, theatre, and children's cycles, operates Kino Velenje, Velenje Gallery, and the Puppet and Dance Theatre Velenje, hosts regional fairs, and oversees the biggest children's festival in Slovenia, called Pika's Festival (named after the Slovene name for the children's character Pippi Longstocking). Additionally, the institute is responsible for the Summer in Velenje Festival and several other events.

Programme

Summer Cultural Events comprise a vast array of activities, ranging from open-air musical concerts, theatre performances, weekly open-air cinema screenings, and puppet plays for children, to flea markets and travelogue presentations.

Among these, the festival has hosted renowned artists such as the fado singer Lula Pena (PT), the legendary klezmer band The Klezmatics (US), and the pop icon Josipa Lisac (HR). Additionally, it features a diverse set of Slovene musicians including singer-songwriter Iztok Mlakar, the popular choir Perpetuum Jazzile, and two local jazz musicians: saxophonist and composer Jure Pukl and jazz bassist and composer Robert Jukič. Each year, it also hosts one of the European youth symphonic orchestras.

Part of the Summer Cultural Events program is curated by producers from other parts of Slovenia, such as Imago Sloveniae and Folkart (Festival Lent).

Bossa de Novo, Velenjski grad, 18. 8. 2022 (Festival Velenje), Foto Ksenija Mikor.jpgBand Bossa de Novo at a concert in the atrium of Velenje Castle, Festival Velenje 2022. Author: Ksenija Mikor

Mrphy, 22. 7. 2022 (Festival Velenje), Foto Ksenija Mikor.jpgConcert of the rock group MRFY at the Festival Velenje in 2022. Author: Ksenija Mikor

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The Summer in Velenje Festival was launched in 1984 under the name Summer Cultural Events in Velenje, marking one of the first multidisciplinary summer city festivals in Slovenia. +
Sailor's Day with children's workshops and events at Pippi's House by the Lake Velenje, Festival Velenje 2023. Author: Peter Žagar +
The Summer in Velenje Festival was launched in 1984 under the name Summer Cultural Events in Velenje, marking one of the first multidisciplinary summer city festivals in Slovenia. +
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