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Summer in Velenje Festival

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

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

Maribor Theatre Festival

Every autumn since 1966, various Slovene theatres have gathered in Maribor for the Maribor Theatre Festival (known in Slovene as Borštnikovo srečanje). This prestigious event, organized by and held at the Slovene National Theatre Maribor, is the largest annual review of Slovene theatre production. The festival awards the Borštnik Ring Award, the highest accolade for theatre actors in Slovenia. Additionally, Borštnik Awards are bestowed for outstanding achievements in directing, acting, and other categories.

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Prometej Drama SNG Maribor Peter Giodani.jpg Prometheus: A Beautiful Apocalypse (Slovene National Theatre Maribor), selected for the competition program at the 59th Maribor Theatre Festival, 2024. Author: Peter Giodani

Kino Otok - Isola Cinema Festival

The Kino Otok – Isola Cinema International Film Festival has been exploring the art of film since 2004, discovering various film expressions in the company of filmmakers and an audience of all generations. It focuses on world, European, and Slovenian auteur cinema. Each edition features a carefully curated non-competitive program, including around eighty films of all lengths, most of which are shown in Slovenia for the first time. The festival’s Mediterranean character is manifested in the balance between ease and temperament, which functions as its magic formula – whoever visits it wants to return again and again.

The main part of the Kino Otok - Isola Cinema Festival takes place at the beginning of June in Izola, while some of the screenings and meetings with filmmakers also occur in May and June at the Slovenian Cinematheque and Kinodvor City Cinema in Ljubljana, as well as at the art cinemas in Cerknica, Idrija, Sežana, and Tolmin.

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11 Kino-Otok.jpg Screening at the Manzioli square, Kino Otok - Isola Cinema Festival 2022. Author: Amadeja Smrekar database

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Current events

  • 13 Jun 2024


    30 Sep 2024

    Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo Ex-YU Rock Centar Sarajevo


    Opening of an exhibition "Slovenian Rock - Slovenski rock". Organised by Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Sarajevo in honour of Slovenian Statehood Day.

  • 7 Jun 2024


    7 Sep 2024

    France Poitiers La Fanzinothèque,Le Confort Moderne




    The exhibition "Thirty Years of Making a Scene - Trideset let na sceni" by Stripburger. The opening will be hosted by Stripburger's editor Tanja Skale and comic artist Andrej Štular. As part of the exhibition, there will also be a comics workshop by Andrej Štular on the 8th of June. Co-funded by Slovenian Book Agency.

  • 6 Jun 2024


    17 Jun 2024

    United States of America New York New Museum of Art and Technology



    Intermedia artist Robertina Šebjanič will be premiering her project "CO_SONIC 38,144 km²" as part of the Immersive programme. She will also be participating in the Artist talk on the 6th of June.

    at the TRIBECA Immersive 2024


Upcoming events


Festivals in Slovenia

Festivals are up and running!

Our graphic calendar of festivals shows almost 190 festivals in 2023.

Explore all the upcoming festivals at the interactive Festivals in Slovenia infographic.

Festivals in slovenia 2012.jpgThe printed version of the calendar of Festivals in Slovenia in 2012 contains 141 festivals. Later on, in 2019, the festival number rose to 199. Check out the current annual festivalscape.


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Fields of Experimental Music in Slovenia

Luka T. Zagoričnik

Let's take a ride on the term experimental music, which currently mainly defines certain more fringe musical practices, across the expanses of various musical plains, styles and genres. We can apply this (overly) broad term to designate the varied creative simmering in certain segments of the present-day Slovenian music scene. A scene that spans the realms of electro-acoustic music, musique concrète, experimental music in the context of modern classical music, free improvisation, experimental electronic music and sound art as well as their associated present-day trends. This scene is diverse and exceptionally agile. It has developed a strong infrastructure for itself (festivals, concert series, labels, international networks) and exists in the space between self-organising and DIY models and institutional environments.


Zarkolom Tadej Droljc Lunchmeat Festival 2020.jpg Žarkolom, Tadej Droljc at Lunchmeat Festival, 2020

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