Ljubljana Festival

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  • Various venues
    Various venues

The Ljubljana Festival, with its long history and tradition of presenting premier artistic events, contributes significantly to the cultural life of Ljubljana in the summer. 

The festival’s rich programme of concert, opera, and ballet events features internationally renowned artists, including some of the world's most recognised names in music and performing arts.

The main venue of the Ljubljana Festival is the picturesque Križanke Summer Theatre, a gem of 13th century architecture rebuilt to its present form by the famous architect Jože Plečnik.

Festival events are also held at a number of other prestigious venues in Ljubljana and its surrounding areas. For several years now, the opening of the Ljubljana Festival has been held in Kongresni trg, one of Ljubljana's central squares.

More information and programme are available at the Ljubljana Festival official website.

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  • Strings Connection

    Strings Connection

    Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra

    A passionate and charismatic musician, Avi Avital, his performances have electrified audiences around the world. He is also the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy. Critics and the media have compared him to the legendary guitarist Andrés Segovia for his mastery of his instrument, and to...

    National Gallery

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  • Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt

    Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt

    The Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt was founded in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1964. Its move to Ingolstadt (Germany) in early 1990 opened a new chapter in its story. Despite the move to a different cultural and geographical environment, it maintains its Eastern European identity, at the same time acting as an...

    Slovenian Philharmonic

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  • Death And The Maiden

    Death And The Maiden

    Slovene Philharmonis String Chamber Orchestra

    The concert evening Death and the Maiden places the spotlight on the vocal-instrumental works of two Romantic composers who are among the most notable composers of lieder: Hugo Wolf and Franz Schubert. Six songs for female voice and the string orchestra and Death and the Maiden for soprano and the...

    National Gallery

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  • The Cameristi Della Scala

    The Cameristi Della Scala

    The Cameristi della Scala with soloists Massimo Mercelli and Massimo Quarta offers a program of works by Tartini. Since its foundation in 1982, the orchestra has appeared in many of the most prestigious concert halls and collaborates frequently with top instrumental and vocal soloists.

    National Gallery

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  • Pictures at an Exhibition

    Pictures at an Exhibition

    Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra

    Innovative guitar virtuoso and educator Mak Grgić is a rising star of the international music scene.

    National Gallery

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  • Vadim Kolodenko, piano

    Vadim Kolodenko, piano

    Born in Kiev in 1986, Vadym Kholodenko performed his first concerts in the United States, China, Hungary and Croatia at the age of thirteen.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Alena Baeva, violin & Vadim Kolodenko, piano

    Alena Baeva, violin & Vadim Kolodenko, piano

    One of Kholodenko's important musical partners is violinist Alena Baeva, who has been working with him for more than a decade.

    National Gallery

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  • Il Terzo Suono

    Il Terzo Suono

    This international Baroque ensemble consisting of four established musicians was founded in 2005. The ensemble performs regularly at major European festivals, raising the profile of Slovenia’s musical and cultural scene.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Bernardo Brizani, cello & Miha Haas, piano

    Bernardo Brizani, cello & Miha Haas, piano

    Bernardo Brizani and Miha Haas will perform works by Boccherini, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert and Paganini in the intimate atmosphere of the Knights' Hall.

    Križanke Summer Theatre | Knights' Hall

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  • Kodály Quartet

    Kodály Quartet

    The Kodály Quartet has been active for more than five decades and is one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. The quartet’s story began in 1966, when it was founded by four students from Budapest’s Franz Liszt Music Academy.

    National Gallery

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  • Goffriller Ensemble

    Goffriller Ensemble

    The great flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal once said of Claudi Arimany that he is “one of those virtuosi who put technique, sonority and the colours of phrasing at the service of musicality and sensitivity, something not within the grasp of many.”

    National Gallery

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  • Onegin’s Demon

    Onegin’s Demon

    Musical

    Written in 1833, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin is one of the most famous works of world literature. Tchaikovsky's opera of the same title, based on Pushkin's work, first saw the light in 1879.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Onegin’s Demon

    Onegin’s Demon

    Musical

    Written in 1833, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin is one of the most famous works of world literature. Tchaikovsky's opera of the same title, based on Pushkin's work, first saw the light in 1879.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    Musical

    The Russian novel The Master and Margarita is considered a masterpiece of twentieth-century literature. Author Mikhail Bulgakov began writing it in 1928 but did not live to see its publication.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • The Master and Margarita

    The Master and Margarita

    Musical

    The Russian novel The Master and Margarita is considered a masterpiece of twentieth-century literature. Author Mikhail Bulgakov began writing it in 1928 but did not live to see its publication.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!

    Musical

    The musical Mamma Mia! revives the musical legacy of the legendary group ABBA. Since its 1999 premiere in London’s West End, it has been seen by more than 54 million people in over 40 countries and 170 cities around the world.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • G. Verdi: La Traviata

    G. Verdi: La Traviata

    Teatro regio Torino

    A timeless love story and incomparable melodies place La Traviata at the very pinnacle of the standard opera repertoire.


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    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Svetlana Zakharova and friends

    Svetlana Zakharova and friends

    RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

    Born in the Ukrainian city of Lutsk, Svetlana Zakharova began dancing at the age of six. A mere four years later, she was admitted to the Kiev Choreographic College.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

    Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

    Founded in 1982, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra is considered one of China's best orchestras and is increasingly well known on the international circuit, having performed around the world.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

    Closing of the 67 th Ljubljana Festival

    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra is unquestionably one of the finest orchestras anywhere in the world. It was founded in 1936 by Bronisław Huberman and its inaugural concert was conducted by the legendary Arturo Toscanini.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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