Musical tradition and contemporary musical life

The scope of musical events held in Ljubljana reflects both a rich musical tradition and a burgeoning contemporary music scene.

Ljubljana's concert life has recently become even more vibrant, particularly due to the opening of two large concert venues in 2010, the Arena and Stadium of the Stožice Sports Park, which host large concerts by international music stars.

Rich musical tradition

Ljubljana's musical tradition has been most successfully carried on by the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ljubljana, the Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre, which hosts a rich and varied programme of concerts, and the Ljubljana Festival, which has been significantly contributing to the city's cultural life since 1952.

One of the world's oldest philharmonic societies

The present Slovenian Philharmonic is the successor of the Academia Philharmonicorum, established in 1701 as one of the world's oldest musical institutions of the kind. It has a rich history and a long list of distinguished members, including, among others, Gustav Mahler, who began his career as a conductor in Ljubljana. The current artistic director of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra is the renowned conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson.

Contemporary musical creativity

Ljubljana has a lot to offer in terms of rock, jazz, electronic music and other contemporary musical styles. It is included in the tour dates of the world's most sought-after artists.

The city's major contemporary music events are held at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture, one of the most progressive venues of the kind in this part of Europe, and at a number of club venues such as Klub K4, Cvetličarna, KUD France Prešeren, and the Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre.

 

Music festivals

Ljubljana hosts Druga Godba, one of the oldest world music festivals in this part of the world, which the influential British magazine Songlines ranked among the world's 25 best international music festivals of 2009 and 2010. Another highly acclaimed music festival is the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, which brings together the greatest names in the genre.

In the summer, the majority of music events in Ljubljana and its surrounding areas are held at open-air venues. Among the major festivals of the season are Summer in Ljubljana Old Town, Trnfest, Night in Ljubljana Old Town, and Kamfest.

A vast number of large festivals are also held elsewhere in Slovenia, the most renowned being the Seviqc early music festival in Brežice, the Lent festival in Maribor, which presents music of a variety of different styles, and the Metal Camp, held in the valley of the river Soča.

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