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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 database

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Upcoming events

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    A live performance by the eclectic trio Širom.

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    A live performance by the metal band Within Destruction as part of "The Summer Slaughter Tour".


Festivals in Slovenia

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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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