Festivals of all kinds and sizes
Ljubljana hosts a rich programme of events, including a large number of well established festivals.
The festivals held in Slovenia are too numerous to be listed here, but some of them are so special and so enthusiastically received that they deserve to be mentioned. They range from prestigious cultural events featuring world-class artists, such as the Ljubljana Festival, held annually in the summer, to unique celebrations of folk heritage, such as the National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days, taking place in the small town of Kamnik.
The festivals that contribute most significantly to the musical life of Ljubljana are the previously mentioned Ljubljana Festival, the Slovenian Music Days, the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival, Druga Godba, which is considered to be one of Europe's best world music festivals, and the highly acclaimed Ljubljana Jazz Festival.
The major festivals presenting new developments in theatre, dance and multimedia art include the highly regarded City of Women, Exodos, Young Lions and Ex Ponto festivals. Each year in November, the LIFFe film festival offers a revealing insight into the latest and very best in European and international film production. Ljubljana also hosts the largest and one of most acclaimed graphic arts events, the International Biennial of Graphic Arts.
A lot of smaller festivals are held in Ljubljana's surrounding areas. The most interesting of them have for many years now been successfully presenting the local culture, folk art, and culinary delights.
In the summer, a large number of free festivals are held on open-air stages and city streets. One of the most interesting is the ever-surprising Ana Desetnica street theatre festival. At the end of the year, the centre of Ljubljana hosts a festive fair and countless entertainment events as part of the December in Ljubljana festival. The festive atmosphere reaches its climax with the New Year's Eve celebrations held in several centrally located squares.