Performing arts

Apart from having a rich tradition of classical theatre and ballet, Ljubljana is one of the most important centres of contemporary theatre and dance in this part of Europe.

Theatre, opera and ballet

Ljubljana has a rich and successful tradition of performing arts. Its major performing arts institutions – the Ljubljana City Theatre, the Slovenian National Drama Theatre of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ljubljana – keep pace with time and boast fine repertoires.

Both local and visiting productions are regularly hosted by the Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre. A large number of world-class performing artists also appear at the Ljubljana Festival, held annually in the summer.

Modern visions and distinctive approaches

New trends in contemporary theatre, dance and multimedia art are both presented and created at a large number of annual festivals held in Ljubljana. Some of the best known are Exodos, Young Lions, City of Women and Ex Ponto.

Over the last decade, a number of highly original Slovenian artists, such as Tomaž Pandur, Dragan Živadinov, Marko Peljhan and Marko Košnik, have made a name for themselves internationally. Slovenian artists' distinctive approaches often break down the language barriers. Ljubljana's Youth Theatre, for instance, which regularly tours its productions across Latin America, is met with enthusiastic response even from non-Slovenian speaking audiences.

Ljubljana, a city of dance

Ljubljana has for many years now had a vibrant dance scene. Dance schools such as Kazina and Urška have been training ever new generations of dancers who have been achieving great success on the international competitive dance scene.

Contemporary dance in Ljubljana has, over the last two decades, been dominated by a number of internationally renowned contemporary dance choreographers and companies, including, among others, Iztok Kovač and his company EnKnap, Matjaž Farič and his company Flota, and Matjaž Pograjc.

Puppet shows and other children's entertainment

Ljubljana's puppet artists are among the very best in Europe. The city's most awarded puppet theatres are the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and the Ljubljana Mini Theatre, and its most acclaimed puppet events the Lutke and Mini Summer festivals.

Each summer, the streets of Ljubljana are flooded with eccentric entertainers, daring acrobats and spectacular fire performers brought together by the Ana Desetnica international street theatre festival.

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