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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  • Grease - musical

    Grease - musical

    Following the success of the musical Mamma Mia!, this years' Ljubljana Festival will see a Slovenian premiere of Grease.


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    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • RTV Slovenia Big Band and Symphony Orchestra with guests: Summer Night

    RTV Slovenia Big Band and Symphony Orchestra with guests: Summer Night

    This gala open-air concert will feature a selection of classic Slovenian pop songs about Ljubljana, including some of those originally performed at the Slovenian Pop Song, the country's oldest and most prestigious pop song contest. 

    Kongresni trg square

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  • La fura des baus (Spain): Sfera Mundi - A Voyage Around the World

    La fura des baus (Spain): Sfera Mundi - A Voyage Around the World

    The acclaimed Catalan theatrical group returns to Ljubljana with a spectacular rendition of the story about one of first and greatest voyages of discovery in the history of humankind, the Magellan’s 1519 expedition around the world.

    Kongresni trg square

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  • Ljubljana Festival on Ljubljanica river

    Ljubljana Festival on Ljubljanica river

    This year the already wide range of attractive festival venues will be joined for the first time by the Ljubljanica, the river that flows through the middle of Slovenia's capital city. 

    Boats on Ljubljanica river

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  • Symphonic Ecstasy 2: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Perpetuum Jazzile and guests

    Symphonic Ecstasy 2: Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Perpetuum Jazzile and guests

    Symphonic Ecstasy 2 is a musical spectacle bringing together outstanding musicians from both the classical and popular spheres, and proving once again that music knows no boundaries.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

    Munich Philharmonic Orchestra

    The renowned Munich Philharmonic returns to Ljubljana Festival after eight years. Originally founded in 1893 by Franz Kaim, the orchestra left an indelible mark on the culture and musical life of the city of Munich.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra festuring Nathalie Clein, violoncello

    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra festuring Nathalie Clein, violoncello

    The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Dmitry Liss, considered one of the finest conductors of his generation, will lead the orchestra in a concert with the British cellist Natalie Clein.

    Slovenian Philharmonic

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  • J. W. Goethe: Faust

    J. W. Goethe: Faust

    Hommage à Tomaž Pandur

    The famous theatrical adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, directed by Tomaž Pandur and premiered at the 63rd Ljubljana Festival, returns to the stage of Križanke’s summer theatre.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra & Kristine Opolais, soprano

    RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra & Kristine Opolais, soprano

    Concert of operatic arias

    Latvian singer Kristīne Opolais is currently one of the most sought-after sopranos in the world.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Sarajevo National Theatre (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Hasanaginica

    Sarajevo National Theatre (Bosnia and Herzegovina): Hasanaginica

    Hasanaginica is the most beautiful and most frequently translated Bosnian Herzegovinian ballad.

    Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ljubljana

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  • Peter Bence (Hungary), piano

    Peter Bence (Hungary), piano

    The pianist, composer and producer Peter Bence became an Internet sensation in recent years as his arrangements of songs by Michael Jackson, Queen and Australian star Sia have garnered more than 200 million views on YouTube.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Balkan Fever

    Balkan Fever

    Balkan Fever is an album by the Estonian conductor Kristjan Järvi including orchestral works by George Enescu and Zoltán Kodály. It's tinged with hypnotic elements of folk music originating from the culturally rich Balkan region.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • R. Wagner: Das Rheingold

    R. Wagner: Das Rheingold

    The Opera and Ballet of the Slovene National Theatre in Maribor will visit Ljublljana with their production of Das Rheingold, which Wagner conceived as the prologue to the Ring Cycle, his great cycle of music dramas.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre: Sacrifice - ballet

    China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre: Sacrifice - ballet

    The China National Opera & Dance Drama Theatre is China‘s biggest state theatre company and the one with the longest history. In addition to a core group of distinguished artists, it also has a large number of talented performers who are very popular with audiences.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra & Črtomir Šiškovič, violin: Tartini and His Pupils

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra & Črtomir Šiškovič, violin: Tartini and His Pupils

    Giuseppe Tartini is considered to be one of the leading European virtuosi and composers of the 18th century, whose remarkable oeuvre and achievements in various fields far exceeded the boundaries of the lands in which he lived and worked.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Opera and Ballet SNG Maribor: Left Right Left Right

    Opera and Ballet SNG Maribor: Left Right Left Right

    A Triptych of Contemporary Ballet

    Left Right Left Right, a triptych of three contemporary ballet pieces, is the work of a trio of prominent choreographers: Gaj Žmavc, Edward Clug and Alexander Ekman.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Ljubljana International Orchestra & Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Ljubljana International Orchestra & Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Ragazzi del ’99, a symphonic concert commemorating 100 years since the end of the World War I

    Ljubljana International Orchestra consists of outstanding young musicians providing them with the invaluable experience of playing in a symphony orchestra and working with distinguished teachers, conductors and soloists.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Dance Amore

    Dance Amore

    A group of renowned Slovenian professional Latin American and standard dancers created a dance performance of a unique format.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Diana Damrau, soprano & Nicolas Testé, bass-baritone

    Diana Damrau, soprano & Nicolas Testé, bass-baritone

    VERDIssimo - a concert of operatic arias

    Diana Damrau has been a regular performer in the world’s leading opera houses for two decades.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Voca People

    Voca People

    Voca People are a group of friendly aliens from the planet Voca, where all communication is based on music and musical expression. They will give a performance full of energy, humour and fun that all music fans can enjoy.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Autumn Blossoms - musical

    Autumn Blossoms - musical

    Based on the novel by Ivan Tavčar

    Autumn Blossoms, a 19th century Slovenian literary classic telling a story about the love between a successful middle-aged city-dweller and a young country girl, which has been etched into the national consciousness also by its film adaptation, is now coming alive with a stage adaptation as a musical.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Goran Bojčevski, clarinet

    Goran Bojčevski, clarinet

    Classical meets Balkan Nuevo

    The clarinettist and composer Goran Bojčevski returns to the Ljubljana Festival with his new project »Classical meets Balkan Nuevo«.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Aimez-Vous Brahms?

    Aimez-Vous Brahms?

    The series of chamber concerts in the Križanke complex’s delightful baroque church will continue with a concert of chamber works by Johannes Brahms performed by a trio of acclaimed soloists.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Sergei Krylov, violin & Alexander Knyazev, violoncello & Nikolai Lugansky, piano

    Sergei Krylov, violin & Alexander Knyazev, violoncello & Nikolai Lugansky, piano

    Violin virtuoso Sergej Krylov returns to the Ljubljana Festival this year. Joining him in a piano trio are cellist Alexander Kniazev, a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic and an Honoured Artist of Russia, and pianist Nikolai Lugansky, one of the world's leading interpreters of the piano repertoire.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Belcanto

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Belcanto

    The evening’s programme presents some of classical music‘s most beautiful wind concertos, in which the melody lines of the solo instruments are thrown into particularly sharp relief.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  •  Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Lamento

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Lamento

    Križanke Church will host a group of acclaimed Slovenian soloists in a concert dedicated to the rich musical legacy of the Bach family.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Vladimir Mlinarić, piano

    Vladimir Mlinarić, piano

    Vladimir Mlinarić is characterised by critics as a refined interpreter who combines academic precision and fantasy with ambition and love of music.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Back to Our Roots

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Back to Our Roots

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra will be joined by the versatile violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky in the dual role of soloist and concertmaster.

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Alexander Gadjiev, piano

    Alexander Gadjiev, piano

    An evening of piano music will be given by the talented young pianist Alexander Gadjiev, coming from a family of musicians in Gorizia (Italy).

    Križanke Church (Church of Our Lady of Mercy)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Russian Photographers

    Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra: Russian Photographers

    The Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a cycle of concerts to mark this important jubilee.

    Slovenian Philharmonic

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  • St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman: Tchaikovsky.Pro et contra

    St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman: Tchaikovsky.Pro et contra

    Boris Eifman’s ballet Tchaikovsky.Pro et contra is the result of the choreographer’s years-long contemplation of the great composer’s personality and creative world. The ballet is set to the music of P. I. Tchaikovsky.


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    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Marcelo Álvarez, tenor

    Marcelo Álvarez, tenor

    Concert of operatic arias

    Argentine tenor Marcelo Álvarez is considered one of the most important singers of his generation.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Vesna - musical

    Vesna - musical

    The musical Vesna is adapted from Slovenian first romantic comedy film of the same name. It’s the work of the proven creative team that brought the hit musical Blossoms in the Autumn to the stage three years ago.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa: Rigoletto (G. Verdi)

    Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa: Rigoletto (G. Verdi)

    The opera company of Genoa's famous Teatro Carlo Felice are set to leave a lasting impression with their staging of Verdi’s Rigoletto.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Egberto Gismonti, guitar & I Solisti Aquilani

    Egberto Gismonti, guitar & I Solisti Aquilani

    One of Italy’s finest chamber orchestras, I Solisti Aquilani, will be joined by the Brazilian composer, pianist and guitarist Egberto Gismonti.

    Slovenian Philharmonic

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  • Fillarmonica della Scala

    Fillarmonica della Scala

    Filarmonica della Scala will be performing under the baton of the great German conductor Christoph Eschenbach. The young piano virtuoso Jan Lisiecki will perform as a soloist.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Vlado Kreslin (Slovenia) with guests

    Vlado Kreslin (Slovenia) with guests

    Vlado Kreslin is one of the most influential Slovenian musicians, whose distinctive style combines elements of folk, pop and rock music. 

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Nuša Derenda: In 20 Years

    Nuša Derenda: In 20 Years

    20th Anniversary concert

    Slovenian pop singer Nuša Derenda will be marking 20 years of her solo career with a concert in the Križanke Summer Theatre.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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  • Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Netherlands)

    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Netherlands)

    Closing of the 66th Ljubljana Festival

    Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is considered to be one of the finest orchestras in the world.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra

    The concert evening with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra will focus on works by composers who contributed significantly to the treasury of nineteenth and twentieth century music.

    Cankarjev dom (cultural and congress centre)

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  • Laibach & Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra

    Laibach & Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra

    The performance by Laibach accompanied by the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra will incorporate impressive sets and visuals.

    Križanke Summer Theatre

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