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Get to know Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, on a special city tour run as part of a series of green, sustainability-themed tours of Ljubljana. The tours will take visitors to Tivoli Park or the Ljubljana Botanic Garden, two of the city’s major green attractions. On each tour, a Ljubljana Tourism guide will introduce visitors to the sustainability projects while taking them around the city’s green nooks and crannies.
Biodiversity and bees (Ljubljana Beekeeping Trail) 20 August
Sustainable tourism: Ljubljana's parks and recreational areas Departure point: at 10:00 from Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre - TIC, next to the Triple Bridge. Language options: Slovenian, English Price: adults € 10.00 €, children from 4 to 12 years € 5.00 € Information: Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre - TIC, Tel. 306 12 35, [email protected]
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Highlights in July & August Ana Desetnica
21 May - 25 Sep Save the Bees If you visit Ljubljana Castle, make sure not to miss the Save the Bees exhibition, which explores the rich tradition of beekeeping in Slovenia and the indispensable role of bees in the functioning of the natural environment today. p. 10
1 Jun - 31 Aug Sebastião Salgado: Genesis Until the end of August, you can see an exhibition of photographs taken by one of the greatest masters of photojournalism and documentary photography at some of the most remote places across five continents. p. 10
27 Jun - 13 Sep Ljubljana Festival To enjoy performances by some of the world’s biggest names in classical music opera, and ballet, visit the Ljubljana Festival, which has a long tradition of presenting premier artistic events. p. 5
28 Jun - 2 Jul Ljubljana Jazz Festival A perfect choice for jazz lovers is the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, which provides a connoisseur’s choice of music and offers an exciting insight into contemporary jazz. p. 4
30 Jun - 3 Jul Ana Desetnica To explore the latest in street theatre creativity, visit the Ana Desetnica open-air festival, which will turn the whole city centre into a colourful stage for all kinds of street theatre artists from around the world. p. 20
7-30 Jul Film under the Stars Over three weeks in July, you can enjoy open-air screenings of some of the most acclaimed films of the last cinema season in the picturesque setting of Ljubljana Castle’s courtyard. p. 18 www.visitljubljana.com 3
57th Jazz Festival Ljubljana 29 Jun – 2 Jul 2016, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
Each year, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival features some of the world’s biggest names in jazz, attracting music lovers from home and abroad. Since 1960, when it was founded as a festival aimed at presenting classical jazz bands from the former Yugoslavia, the Ljubljana Jazz Festival has kept pace with international developments in the genre. Today it provides a connoisseur’s choice of music and offers an exciting insight into creativity in contemporary jazz. www.ljubljanajazz.si
Jazz Festival Ljubljana
En-Corps (France) 1 Jul, 18:00 Igor Matković Quintet (Slovenia) 1 Jul, 19:30 Žiga Murko (Slovenia) 1 Jul, 20:30 Park by Cankarjev dom Admission free Hamid Drake, Kaja Draksler, Ned Rothenberg Trio (USA, Slovenia) – world premiere 1 Jul, 21:30 Anna Högberg Attack (Sweden) 1 Jul, 22.45 Lubomyr Melnyk (Ukraine) - piano 1 Jul, 24:00 Hamid Drake (USA) 2 Jul, 11:00 Park by Cankarjev dom Admission free
Gard Nilssen Acoustic Unity feat. Fredrik Ljungkvist (Norway, Sweden) – world premiere 2 Jul, 14:30 Velkro (Slovenia, Norway, Portugal) 2 Jul, 16:00 To Pianos: Kaja Draksler & Eve Risser (Slovenia, France) – world premiere 2 Jul, 19:30 Hiromi: The Trio Project featuring Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips (Japan, USA) 2 Jul, 21:00 Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, G. Britain) 2 Jul, 23:00
Festivals Ljubljana Festival 2016
Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia) Denis Macujev - piano Jesko Sirvend - conductor 4 Jul, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: S. Rachmaninoff / P. I. Tchaikovsky RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra Denis Macujev - piano Bojan Sudžić - conductor 5 Jul, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: G. Bojčevski / S. Rachmaninoff G. Verdi: Othello - opera José Cura - tenor Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana 6 Jul, 20:00 Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
G. Verdi: Othello - opera Walter Fraccardo - tenor Slovenian National Theatre Opera and Ballet Ljubljana 7 Jul, 20:00 Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre 19th International Fine Arts Colony 10 - 15 Jul Križanke Participants: Barbara Demšar (Slovenia), Simon Kastelic (Slovenia), Tanja Špenko (Slovenia), Tina Konec (Slovenia), Đanilo Božič (Croatia), Lorenzo Viscidi (Italy), Monika Grygier (Poland), Renate Kasper (Germany). Selector: Tomo Vran Admission free Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra Natalie Clein - cello 11 Jul, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: W. A. Mozart / J. Haydn / B. Ipavec
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 festival opening has been held in Kongresni trg, one of the city’s central public squares.
Ljubljana Festival 2016 27 Jun - 13 Sep, various venues
Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ljubljana with the tenor José Cura (Argentina): Othello 6 Jul, 20:00, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
This production of Verdi’s opera Othello is directed by Manfred Schweigkofler, who staged a hit production of The Nymphs of the Rhine at Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre a few years ago. Othello’s literary source, Shakespeare’s play Othello, was a good point of departure for the tragic whirlwind of events in Verdi’s opera about the devoted yet fragile love between a heroic Moorish general and the daughter of a Venetian senator, which is tragically destroyed by parvenuism, grudge, envy, and intrigue. Directed by: Manfred Schweigkofler Co-produced by: Slovenian National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre
F. W. Nietzsche: Thus Spoke Zarathustra Anton Podbevšek Theatre Laibach Matjaž Berger - director 12 Jul, 21:00 Križanke Performance is in Slovene with English surtitles. Confucius - ballet China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre 13 and 14 Jul, 20:00 Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre P. P. Pasolini: Pylade – theatre performance Great Jones Repertory Company Special guest: Marko Mandič Ivica Buljan – director 15 Jul, 20:00 Križevniška Church Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra Simon Trpčeski - piano Luis Gorelik - conductor 19 Jul, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: L. van Beethoven
Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra Dmitrij Sitkovecki, Janez Podlesek violin 22 Jul, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: J. S. Bach / J. S. Bach arr. D. Sitkovecki: Goldberg variations, BWV 988 Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra Stefan Dohr, Andrej Žust - horn 25 Jul, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: G. P. Telemann / H. I. F. Biber /W. A. Mozart Mediterranean Youth Orchestra Marko Letonja - conductor Grigory Soloviov - bass 26 Jul, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: V. Žuraj / M. P. Mussorgsky / D. Shostakovich / R. Strauss Beriozka – folk dances Russian National Folk Dance Ensemble 27 Jul, 21:00 Križanke
Lorenzo Cossi, Vivian Chieng - piano Miloš Mlejnik, Sebastijan Bertoncelj - cello Wonji Kim-Ozim - violin Boštjan Lipovšek - horn 28 Jul, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: R. Schumann / J. Brahms Elysée String Quartet 1 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: P. I. Tchaikovsky / S. Rachmaninoff / C. Franck Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra Aleksandra Verbicka - harp 2 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: N. Šenk / I. Petrić / C. Debussy / B. Bartók Andrej Petrač - cello Tomaž Petrač - piano 3 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: J. N. Hummel / L. van Beethoven / F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Slovene Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra Vicente Campos - trumpet Pier Carlo Orizio - conductor 4 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: H. Wolf / T. Albinoni / A. Corelli / G. Tartini / L. Boccherini Franc Avsenek - viola Hinko Haas - piano 8 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: U. Prevoršek (arr. F. Avsenek) / J. Brahms / G. Gershwin (arr. F. Avsenek) Nadežda Tokareva - violin Natalija Morozova - piano 9 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: M. de Falla (arr. P. Kochanski) / M. Ravel / A. Zarzycki / K. Szymanowski / E.Ysaÿe / C. Saint-Saëns (arr. E. Ysaÿe)
The music and dance production Sissi, which tells the story of the famous Austrian empress Sissi and evokes the forgotten world of the 19th century, was created by a renowned Hungarian dance company in collaboration with a renowned Hungarian symphony orchestra, both considered to be ambassadors of Hungarian culture to the world. ExperiDance, a dance company led by the acclaimed choreographer Sándor Román, has an original way of showing respect for tradition while at the same time challenging conventions. The Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra is one of the most unusual world-class symphony orchestras. Apart from works by classical composers such as Johannes Brahms, Frantz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Georges Bizet, and the Strauss family, its repertoire also includes chardashes and folk music arrangements. Director and choreographer: Sándor Román
Sándor Román’s ExperiDance & Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra: Sissi 29-31 Aug at 20:30, Križanke Summer Theatre
Marko Hatlak – accordion, vocal 10 Aug, 20:00 Križevniška Church Programme: M. Hatlak / H. Ajax / W. A. Mozart / J. S. Bach / D. Scarlatti / T. Hosokawa / J. Tiensuu / R. Galliano / R. Galliano / A. Piazzolla European Union Youth Orchestra Vasilij Petrenko - conductor Julian Rachlin – violin Scaramouche Piano Duo 11 Aug, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: W. A. Mozart / G. Mahler Blossom in the Fall – musical Title roles: Matjaž Robavs/Domen Križaj, Nina Pušlar, Jure Ivanušič, Alenka Kozolc Gregurić 17 Aug, 20:30 Križanke Mamma Mia! - musical Title roles: Alenka Godec, Simona Vodopivec Franko, Damjana Golavšek, Lea Bartha Pesek, Gojmir Lešnjak Gojc, Uroš Smolej, Marjan Bunič, Matjaž Kumelj 21 and 22 Aug, 20:30 Križanke
Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra Sergej Krilov – conductor, violin 23 Aug, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: A. Vivaldi / M. de Falla / P. de Sarasate London Symphony Orchestra Gianandrea Noseda - conductor Lana Trotovšek - violin 24 Aug, 20:00 Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre Programme: R. Wagner / S. Prokofiev / S. Rachmaninoff “Vida!” - flamenco Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca 25 Aug, 20:30 Križanke
Summer in Old Town
Vlado Kreslin with guests Slovenian Army Big Band Orchestra 26 Aug, 20:30 Križanke
Miro Kadoić Sekstet (Croatia, Slovenia) - jazz 1 Jul, 20:30 Stari trg square
Sissi - dance Sándor Román’s ExperiDance Company (Hungary) Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra Director, choreographer: Sándor Román 29 - 31 Aug, 20:30 Križanke
Beato Barzco Duo and Tibor Kerekeš (Hungary, Slovenia) - jazz 6 Jul, 20:30 City Museum atrium Igor Lumpert and Nevidna Mesta (Slovenia, Switzerland, Japan) - jazz 8 Jul, 20:30 Stari trg square
Concert in memoriam to composer Mihael Paš (1970–2015) 14 Jul, 20:30 City Museum atrium Need a ticket? Tickets are for the majority of cultural, entertainment, sports and other events available from Tourist Information Centres and online on www.visitljubljana.com.
Peter Ugrin Quartet - jazz 15 Jul, 20:30 Stari trg square Georgia Southern Chorale (USA) Krog Chamber Choir (Slovenia) 15 Jul, 20:30 Church of St Jacob
Imago Sloveniae: Summer in Ljubljana Old Town 15 Jun - 24 Aug; historical city centre’s churches, inner courtyards, and public squares
Rupnik Piano Trio 18 Jul, 20:30 City Museum atrium
Škofic Trio - jazz 5 Aug, 20:30 Stari trg square
Jitka Čechová Duo and Jan Páleníček (Czech Republic) 20 Jul, 20:30 City Museum atrium
Giocoso String Quartet (Austria) 10 Aug, 20:30 City Museum atrium
Wild Strings Trio (Slovakia, Slovenia, France) 22 Jul, 20:30 Stari trg square Teater Tetas Jakarta: Prometheus Bound (Indonesia, Austria) 26 Jul, 20:30 ZRC SAZU/SASA - Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts atrium Khaldei Piano Trio (Belgium, France) 27 Jul, 20:30 City Museum atrium Stefano Bedetti Quartet (USA, Italy, Austria, Netherlands) - jazz 29 Jul, 20:30 Stari trg square (in case of rain in City Museum atrium)
Marko Črnčec4 (Slovenia, USA) - jazz 12 Aug, 20:30 Stari trg square Duo Longyka and Bertoncelj 17 Aug, 20:30 Plečnik’s House (In case of rain in Trnovo Church) Marko Ramljak Band (Croatia, Slovenia) - jazz 19 Aug, 20:30 Stari trg square Sara Rustja Turniški - piano Special guest: Monika Fele - soprano 22 Aug, 20:00 City Museum atrium Admission free
Each year, the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival adds to the vibrancy of city life in Ljubljana by presenting a programme of classical music concerts held in the picturesque surroundings of the historical city centre. Most of the concerts are free. The festival begins in June and is held until the end of August, when it traditionally concludes with a mini festival titled Nights in Ljubljana Old Town. www.imagosloveniae.net Kenig Haas Duo 24 Aug, 20:30 City Museum atrium Jadranka Juras Jazz Quintet 26 Aug, 20:30 Stari trg square
Sebastião Salgado: Genesis 31 May - 31 Aug; Jakopič Gallery, City Museum of Ljubljana
Nikola Tesla - A Man of the Future 11 Apr - 6 Nov, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre Nikola Tesla was an ingenious scientist, engineer, and inventor dedicated to discovering natural laws and principles. He received his education in Europe, but he spent most of his career in the USA, where he developed a large number of his inventions. He took out a total of 10 www.visitljubljana.com
about three hundred patents in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering. The exhibition Nikola Tesla - A Man of the Future is divided into the following themed sections: The System of Production, Transmission and Use of Alternating Current, The Principles of Wireless Transmission of Electrical Energy, The Bladeless Turbine, Energy - The Main Subject of Tesla’s Research,
Tesla’s Doctrine, and Tesla - A Modern Subcultural Hero. Exhibits include multimedia information boards, models of inventions, working interactive 3D digital models, and much more. Open: 10:00 - 19:00, Sundays 10:00 - 14:00
National Gallery of Slovenia Guided tours of the permanent exhibition in the English language: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays at 11:00 and Wednesdays, Fridays at 16:00 Entrance fee: 5 € www.ng-slo.si
Genesis is the third long-term series on global issues by world-renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado (born Brazil, 1944), following Workers (1993) and Migrations (2000). The result of an eight-year worldwide survey, the exhibition draws together 245 spectacular black and white photographs of wildlife, landscapes, seascapes, and indigenous peoples – raising public awareness about the pressing issues and climate change. Curated by: Lélia Wanick Salgado, Marija Skočir Tuesdays at 12:00 and Saturdays at 19:00: The Salt of the Earth (France, 2014), a documentary movie screening in the City Museum of Ljubljana Saturdays at 16:30 guided tours of the exhibition in the English language with the tour starting at: City Museum of Ljubljana, included in the entry fee. Open: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10:00 -21:00. Closed: Mondays. 18 Jun, 10:00 – 24:00 Museums on a Summer Night: admission free Individual visit of exhibition Sebastião Salgado: Genesis. For safety and quality reasons, the number of persons simultaneously visiting the exhibition is limited to 40.
Save the Bees - exhibition 21 May - 25 Sep Ljubljana Castle, Casemate The Save the Bees exhibition explores the rich tradition of beekeeping in Slovenian-inhabited lands and examines the importance of bees for ensuring the Earth’s biodiversity. Held during Ljubljana’s year as the European Green Capital, the exhibition presents beekeeping as a traditional activity related in many ways to the Slovenian way of life. Slovenian beekeepers are credited with domesticating the indigenous Carniolan honey bee, which is now the second most widespread bee subspecies in the world. Bee products such as honey, beeswax, royal jelly, bee pollen, propolis, and bee venom play an important role in traditional Slovenian cuisine and handicrafts, but they are also used in modern medicine. In the process of conserving bees, Slovenia, due to its biodiversity and high level of public
awareness of the issue, continues to be a ‘green oasis’ for bees and is internationally renowned as a country of excellent beekeepers. The exhibition also presents Slovenia’s rich cultural and artistic heritage related to beekeeping. Open: 9:00 - 21:00 InterLACEd 21 Jun – Dec Slovene Ethnographic Museum Temporary exhibition by SEM The exhibition presents a great variety of museum laces and others by which the basic typology of ornamental techniques, traditional and other contemporary applications and multiple dimensions of their use is shown. Among others, there is a collection of laces presented of the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, which is one of the largest in Slovenia Open: 10:00 - 19:00, Sundays 10:00 - 14:00
Zoran Mušič, the best known 20th century Slovenian-born painter and a man with more than one homeland, spent most of his life between Venice and Paris. He mostly painted landscapes, still lifes, portraits, Dalmatian donkeys and horses, trees, views of Venice, double portraits with his wife Ida, and poignant self-portraits depicting him as an old man. His visual motifs were always related to the Slovenian region of Kras and its typical scenes. He became world famous with his series of paintings We Are Not the Last, in which he relived the scenes he experienced in the Dachau concentration camp. Ljubljana’s National Gallery displays the world’s only permanent survey exhibition of Mušič’s work. The majority of exhibited works come from the Ljuban, Milada and Vanda Mušič Collection, owned by the family of the artist’s brother. Open: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursdays 10:0020:00. Closed: Mondays
Zoran Mušič (1909-2005) Permanent exhibition at the National Gallery
Plečnik Collection The new permanent exhibition at the Plečnik House in Trnovo presents the most important projects of the late architect. Plečnik’s creativity comes to life through the plans, models and photographs of his creations such as the Zacherl House in Vienna, Prague Castle, the National and University Library in Ljubljana, the Ljubljana Central Market, Žale Cemetery, the Church of St. Michael at the Ljubljana Marshes and numerous other masterpieces. Several plans of Plečnik’s never realized visions are also on display. The Cathedral of Freedom, the master’s vision of the Slovenian parliament, is especially worthy of our attention. Guided tours: every hour, on the hour (the last guided tour at 17:00). Groups must not contain more than seven people. Open: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed: Mondays Slovenian History Ljubljana Castle Slovenian History, Ljubljana Castle’s permanent exhibition, shows the dynamic history of Slovenia and Ljubljana. Slovenian territory, lying at the junction of natural routes between the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonian Plain, has been the point of convergence of different peoples and cultures since prehistory. The exhibition covers the Slovenian history from the earliest traces of human presence (200,000 BC) to the landmark events following Slovenia’s independence in 1991 and presents the societies of the different periods, the state formations, the political, social and economic circumstances, migrations, transport, culture, architecture and the everyday life. Open: 9:00 - 21:00 daily
Ljubljana Beer Experience
Ljubljana by Bicycle
You will visit five different drink outlets, including a pub, where you will taste eight different beers made by five different breweries, two based in Ljubljana.
Your tour will begin in the city centre and continue along a circular route around the city centre’s perimeter, introducing you to all the city’s major sights along the way.
You will also visit the Brewery Museum, set up by the Pivovarna Union brewery, where the popular Union beer has been brewed since 1864, and round off your experience at the Pivnica Union pub.
Departure point: Slovenian Tourist Information Centre, Krekov trg 10
You will pedal along the pleasant embankments on the river Ljubljanica all the way to the Ljubljana Botanic Garden, take a garden tour, and continue through the famous vegetable gardens of Krakovo towards Tivoli Park to enjoy a rest and a picnic snack there. On the last leg of the tour, you will visit the Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre and then return to the tour starting point.
Duration: 3 hours
Schedule: Thursdays at 16:00, Sundays at 10:00.
Language options: English, Slovenian
Departure point: Slovenian Tourist Information Centre, Krekov trg 10
Schedule: Mondays and Fridays at 18:00
Price: € 35.00 per person Notes: The price includes expert guidance, beer tasting sessions, snacks, and a tour of Pivovarna Union’s Brewery Museum. The tour is only suitable for people aged 18 and over. www.visitljubljana.com
Duration: 3 hours Language options: English, Slovenian Price: € 20.00 per person www.visitljubljana.com www.visitljubljana.com 12
Radio Jam (Slovenia) – rock, blues 2 Jul, 20:00 Prulček Litostroj Brass Band 3 Jul, 11:00 Novi trg square Damien Jurado (USA) - indie 4 Jul, 21:00 Kino Šiška Bežigrad Brass Band 5 Jul, 18:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Timotej Kosovinc - guitare Gost: Mak Grgić - guitare 5 Jul, 19:30 Botanical Garden Programme: T. Kosovinc / M. M. Ponce / M. de Falla Admission free Didiwa – ethno rock 5 Jul, 20:00 International Centre of Graphic Arts Admission free
Marimba Duo 7 Jul, 19:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Programme: M. Ravel / E. Sejourne / A. Morag Kranjci & Steffy 7 Jul, 20:00 Špica Caffe, Špica Lasse Lindgren Big Band (Sweden/ Croatia/Slovenia) & Marko Tolja (Croatia) – pop-jazz 7 Jul, 20:00 Slamič Coffeehouse terrace Sunshine & The Loud Clouds (Slovenia) - rock-pop 8 Jul, 20:00 Prulček Vič Brass Band 10 Jul, 11:00 Novi trg square Vevče Brass Band 12 Jul, 18:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River
Whitesnake, one of the most successful ‘80s hard rock bands, was founded in 1977 by the singer David Coverdale, formerly a member of Deep Purple. Whitesnake rose to worldwide fame after the release of their most successful albums, Whitesnake (1987) and Slip of the Tongue (1989), which feature a mixture of hard rock and pop reminiscent of the music played by the likes of Bon Jovi, Poison, and Def Leppard at the time. In 1990 the band dissolved, but they reunited in 2003.
Whitesnake (UK/USA) - hard rock concert 12 Jul, 21:00, Tivoli Sports Hall
Gramatik (Slovenia) - electronic music 24 Jul, 20:00, Križanke Summer Theatre
Gramatik is a renowned Slovenian electronic music producer currently living and working in New York. He rose to worldwide fame after several years of making his music available for free download from the internet. At the beginning, Gramatik’s music was circulating among a handful of his fans, but soon his live gigs, a unique fusion of different electronic music styles from dubstep and electro to trip hop and hip hop, began to be attended in great numbers. Gramatik’s latest album, Epigram, features collaborations with renowned music artists such as Leo Napier, Raekwon, Adrian Lau, Luxas, Russ Liquid, and Laibach. Support: Blaž, Matter
Philharmonia Zurich Martin Lukas Meister - conductor 12 Jul, 19:30 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall Programme: L. van Beethoven / C. Maria von Weber / J. Brahms Admission free Wild Strings Trio – ethno 12 Jul, 20:00 International Centre of Graphic Arts Admission free Lore Quartet (Slovenia/USA/France/ Italy) - jazz 12 Jul, 20:00 Prulček Whitesnake (USA) - hard rock 12 Jul, 21:00 Tivoli Hall »The Greatest Hits Tour« Zvezdana Novakovič - harp, vocal 14 Jul, 18:00 Picnic concert in Tivoli Park Admission free
Nina Kompare - soprano Tomaž Plahutnik - zither 14 Jul, 19:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Programme: classical, Slovene and European folk songs BluesRock Jam 14 Jul, 20:00 Prulček God is an Astronaut (Ireland) - post rock 14 Jul, 21:00 Kino Šiška Kate Orange - pop 15 Jul, 20:00 Prulček Bežigrad Brass Band 17 Jul, 11:00 Novi trg square Ambrosia - jazz, blues 19 Jul, 20:00 International Centre of Graphic Arts Admission free
Jazz Jam 19 Jul, 20:00 Prulček Holler My Vier (Austria) - jazz, ethno 20 Jul, 20:00 Slamič Coffeehouse terrace Igor Leonardi and Ana Vipotnik ethno-jazz 21 Jul, 18:00 Picnic concert in Tivoli Park Admission free Nova String Quartet 21 Jul, 19:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Programme: A. Dvorak / J. Brahms / E. Elgar / F. Schubert / G. Tartini / R. Schumann / J. S. Bach…
Wild Strings trio - jazz 22 Jul, 21:00 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free Jana Beltran - solo acoustic concert 23 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free Ljubljana Veterans Band 24 Jul, 11:00 Novi trg square Gramatik + Blaž + Matter - dubstep, electro, trip and hip hop 24 Jul, 20:00 Križanke
BluesRock Jam 21 Jul, 20:00 Prulček
Olfamož - disco experimental jazz, jazzrock, punk reggae 24 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free
J & The Cold Cold Nights (Czech Republic) – indie folk 22 Jul, 20:00 Prulček
Borut Mori trio – world music 25 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free
Back in the 1990s, the American band Mudhoney were among the most important exponents of grunge sound, next to Nirvana and Soundgarden, but despite their musical influence they never became rock stars of the highest order. The band was founded by Mark Arm and Steve Turner, who were also the founders of the cult 1980s band Green River, whose members later formed the bands Mother Love Bone and Pearl Jam. Unlike many other grunge bands, Mudhoney still enjoy an uninterrupted and relatively successful career today.
Mudhoney (USA) - alternative rock concert 3 Aug at 21:00, Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture
European Union Youth Orchestra - classical music 11 Aug, 20:00, Slovenian Philharmonic Hall
The European Union Youth Orchestra will be joined by Julian Rachlin, one of the best living violinists, renowned for his energetic renditions. Rachlin regularly performs with the world’s most reputable orchestras and collaborates with such renowned conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Krysztof Penderecki, and Mstislav Rostropovich. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko Soloists: Julian Rachlin (violin), Duo Scaramouche (two pianos) Programme: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gustav Mahler Part of Ljubljana Festival 2016.
Narcis in Eho - gypsy, ragtime, swing 26 Jul, 20:00 International Centre of Graphic Arts Admission free
Andrej Boštjančič - voice 28 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free
Jazz Jam 26 Jul, 20:00 Prulček
Stefano Bedetti Quartet - jazz 29 Jul, 21:00 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free
Mateja Gorjup - ethno 26 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free Sandra Erpe – pop, blues, jazz 27 Jul, 20:30 In front of ŠKUC Gallery Admission free Scaramelli Bass Quartet 28 Jul, 19:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Programme: S. Mokranjac / J. S. Bach / A. Vivaldi BluesRock Jam 28 Jul, 20:00 Prulček
Ljubljana Vič Brass Band 31 Jul, 11:00 Novi trg square Jazz Jam 2 Aug, 20:00 Prulček Mudhoney + Dežurni krivci (USA) garage rock 3 Aug, 21:00 Kino Šiška Molly’s Kiss (Slovenia) – folk, rock 4 Aug, 20:00 Prulček Vevče Brass Band 7 Aug, 11:00 Novi trg square
Jazz Jam 9 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
BluesRock Jam 18 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
European Union Youth Orchestra classical music 11 Aug, 20:00 Slovenian Philharmonic Hall
Gal Gjurin – acoustic concert 19 Aug, 21:00 Ljubljanski grad
BluesRock Jam 11 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
The Band Strip (Slovenia) - blues/funk rock 19 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
Bežigrad Brass Band 14 Aug, 11:00 Novi trg square
Poltrona Express 20 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
Steel Sheep + Jazz Jam 16 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
Litostroj Brass Band 21 Aug, 11:00 Novi trg square
Nika Solce in Martin Neaga (Ukraine) vocal, guitare - cello 18 Aug, 18:00 Picnic concert in Tivoli Park Admission free
Cristina Segura Rodriguez (Spain) mezzosoprano Nejc Lavrenčič - piano 22 Aug, 19:30 National Museum of Contemporary History
The Ljubljana concert by the popular American indie rock band Local Natives will take place immediately after the band’s performance at the prestigious Lollapalooza music festival. Local Natives made a name for themselves with their debut album Gorilla Manor, which was released in 2009 to critical acclaim and rode high in music charts thanks to the band’s trademark sound reflecting influences from Afro pop and folk music. Local Natives have provided support to the famous Arcade Fire and The National. In 2013, they released their second album, Hummingbird, and repeated the success of their debut. Their third album, Sunlit Youth, is due for release later this year.
Local Natives (USA) - indie rock 29 Aug, 20:00, Kino Šiška Centre of Urban Culture
Ljubljana Vič Brass band 23 Aug, 18:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River Jazz Jam 23 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
Mini course of Slovenian language Wednesdays 17:00 - 18:30 at Slovenian Tourist Information Centre, Krekov trg 10 The course is free of charge
BluesRock Jam 25 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
Ž. Virc: Houston, We Have a Problem!, Slovenia/Croatia/Germany/Czech Republic/Qatar, 2016 7 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles P. Almodóvar: Julieta, Spain, 2016 8 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles S. Black: The Nice Guys, USA/G. Britain, 2016 9 Jul, 21:30
Gromofon - rock 26 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
P. Sorrentino: Youth, Italy/France/G. Britain/Switzerland, 2015 10 Jul, 21:30
Ljubljana Veterans’ Brass Band 28 Aug, 11:00 Novi trg square
J. Favreau: The Jungle Book, USA, 2016 11 Jul, 21:30
Local Natives (USA) - indie rock 29 Aug, 20:00 Kino Šiška
R. Miller: Maggie’s Plan, USA, 2016 12 Jul, 21:30
Ljubljana Veterans’ Brass Band 30 Aug, 18:00 Boat on the Ljubljanica River
J. J. Abrams: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, USA, 2015 13 Jul, 21:30
Jazz Jam 30 Aug, 20:00 Prulček
J. Kurzel: Macbeth, G. Britain/France/ USA, 2015 14 Jul, 21:30
Ta Săund (Slovenia) - cavaquinho, guitare, drums, vocal 1 Sep, 17:00 Picnic concert in Tivoli Park Admission free
M. Moore: Where to Invade Next, USA, 2015 15 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles
The University of Ljubljana's Centre for Slovene as a Second/ Foreign Language runs a »survival« language course offering an opportunity to get to know the basics of the Slovene language and some common and useful expressions which can make a stay of a foreigner in Slovenia more pleasant. No registration is necessary for the course. Just come to Slovenian Tourist Information Centre on Wednesday 5 minutes before 17:00.
M. Okorn: Planet Single (Planeta singli), Poland, 2016 16 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles Y. Lanthimos: The Lobster, Ireland/G. Britain/France/Greece/Netherlands, 2015 17 Jul, 21:30 T. McCarthy: Spotlight, USA/Canada, 2015 18 Jul, 21:30 D. Cheadle: Miles Ahead, USA, 2015 19 Jul, 21:30
G. Hákonarson: Rams (Hrútar), Island/ Denmark, 2015 20 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles A. Kapadia: Amy, G. Britain, 2015 21 Jul, 21:30 J. Schamus: Indignation, USA, 2016 22 Jul, 21:30 A. McKay: The Big Short, USA, 2015 23 Jul, 21:30 T. Haynes: Carol, USA / G. Britain, 2015 24 Jul, 21:30 J. Panahi: Taxi, Iran, 2015 25 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles T. Vinterberg: The Commune (Kollektivet), Denmark/Sweden/ Netherlands, 2016 26 Jul, 21:30 Slovene and English subtitles D. Boyle: Steve Jobs, USA/G. Britain, 2015 27 Jul, 21:30
L. Abrahamson: Room, Ireland/Canada, 2015 28 Jul, 21:30 M. Ross: Captain Fantastic, USA, 2016 29 Jul, 21:30 P. Greengrass: Jason Bourne, USA, 2016 30 Jul, 21:30 Open-air Cinema Congress Square
Kongresni trg square F. Štiglic: Dolina miru (The Valley of Peace), Yugoslavia/Slovenia, 1957 23 Aug, 21:00 W. Anderson: Fantastic Mr. Fox, USA, 2009 24 Aug, 21:00 H. Lloyd: Safety Last! USA, 1923, silent movie 25 Aug, 21:00 Live piano performance by Neil Brand.
Treat yourself to the pleasure of watching recent international hit films in the picturesque courtyard of Ljubljana Castle, under a starry sky. Apart from the most successful films of the last cinema season, Ljubljana’s most beautiful open-air cinema will also host a number of Ljubljana film premieres. The programme of screenings includes a selection of quality mainstream films and the most acclaimed independent and art films that have found their way into the repertoire of Ljubljana’s Kinodvor art cinema. Should a screening be cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions, it will take place a day later at the Kinodvor cinema. All the non-English language films will be subtitled in English.
Film under the Stars - summer cinema at Ljubljana Castle 7-30 Jul, 21:30, Ljubljana Castle
Young Lions - international theatre and dance festival 18-28 Aug; Elektro Ljubljana’s Old Power Station, other venues
Each year, the Young Lions international festival brings together performing groups and solo artists whose work is characterised by original approaches to theatre and dance. The festival is part of the Junge Hunde international network, whose mission is to bring together young artists from across Europe, present their work to international audiences, and review innovative practices in European theatre.
Mini Summer - international puppetfestival 23 Jun – 28 Aug Mini Theatre Ljubljana Mini Summer is an international puppet and children’s theatre festival held throughout the summer. Serving as a point of convergence for different languages, puppet technologies, and approaches to the art of puppetry, the Mini Summer festival is intended not only for children, but also for those feeling an affinity with puppetry and art for children. Ana Desetnica - street theatre festival 30 Jun – 3 Jul City centre’s streets, parks, and public squares The Ana Desetnica international street theatre festival, whose 19th edition will be held this year, will bring together a large number of street artistes, clowns, circus performers, jugglers,
tightrope walkers, fire-eaters, musicians, ‘provocateurs’, dancers, and actors from home and abroad. The festival, held at various open-air venues across Ljubljana, will showcase contemporary trends in street theatre creativity. The Ana Desetnica festival is remarkable for its well-defined artistic concept and its organizers’ efforts towards enhancing the vibrancy of city life in Ljubljana with the vibrancy of the festival. Let's Meet in Front of Škuc 22 - 31 Jul Škuc Gallery Let's Meet in Front of Škuc is a series of concerts and theatre events held annually to enrich the programme of summer events taking place in Ljubljana’s historical city centre. The series also includes various children’s workshops, and a selling exhibition of works by young designers.
Taste Ljubljana Food Tour Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12:00 Other times can be arranged for groups of more than ten people by prior request. Information: Tourist Information Centre, Stritarjeva Street, Tel. 306 12 15, [email protected]
Explore the flavours of Ljubljana. Join a guided city tour including tasting sessions of traditional Ljubljana dishes and get to know the city's culinary offerings and their historical tradition. The tour will give you an insight into traditional Ljubljana dishes, which are today mostly prepared using modern cooking methods and have recently been given a new life as part of the much-acclaimed Taste Ljubljana project. You will visit five different styles of restaurants and taste five different dishes as well as five selected drinks. Today, traditional Ljubljana food and drinks are coming alive in widely differing ways, for which reason the tour will take you to a street food outlet, a traditional 'gostilna' restaurant with a historical concept, a modern restaurant, another modern restaurant, this one following the model of socially responsible entrepreneurship and a catering outlet located at a popular lookout point. To learn about Ljubljana dishes' locally sourced ingredients, you will also visit the Ljubljana Central Market and the vegetable gardens located in the Krakovo area of Ljubljana.
Miscellaneous Open Kitchen - food market Fridays, 8:00-20:00, Ljubljana Central Market
The Open Kitchen is a food market where you can experience the delights of freshly cooked food prepared by different Slovenian chefs right there in front of you, on the market stalls. Each Friday, the market features around thirty different food providers, including modern restaurants, traditional ‘gostilnas’, tourist farms, and independent chefs wanting to promote their offerings. In case of bad weather, the market may be cancelled.
Open-Air Salsa – social dance nights Thursdays, 20:00-2:00 The area in front of the Plato café and restaurant (Ajdovščina 1) The famous Open-Air Salsa nights, held in Ljubljana’s Ajdovščina quarter, have for years been contributing to the vibrancy of Ljubljana city centre. Each Thursday throughout the summer, these free events full of spontaneity bring together several hundreds of dancers. Social dancing is a popular way of spending a night out in Ljubljana and salsa has for many years been the most popular social dance taught by a number of the city’s dance schools. The Open-Air Salsa events, which occasionally also feature other Latin dance styles, have for years been organized by two of the city’s dance schools in collaboration with the Plato café and restaurant.
ARTish - festival of creativity and a selling exhibition of arts and crafts 1 Jul and 5 Aug at Breg embankment 30 Jul and 20 Aug at Gornji trg square The ARTish festival, held in Ljubljana every last Saturday of the month, features a selling exhibition of original works by Slovenian creators. Imago Sloveniae: Nights in Ljubljana Old Town 25 - 27 Aug Historical city centre Nights in Ljubljana Old Town, a mini festival closing the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival and symbolically concluding Ljubljana’s summer event season, traditionally feature open-air concerts accompanied by a diverse mixture of other cultural and entertainment events taking place in the streets and squares of the old part of the city centre.
Sports Ljubljana Beach Volley Challenge - international beach volleyball championship 28 - 30 Jul, Kongresni trg square
Speedway National Cup 2 Jul, 15:00 | Ilirija sports park NK Olimpija Ljubljana : Celtic FC (Scotland) - football 6 Jul | Stožice stadium Friendship match
NK Olimpija Ljubljana : Trenčin (Slovakia) - football 12 Jul, 20:00 | Stožice stadium Champions league NK Olimpija Ljubljana : NK Celje football 16 Jul | Stožice stadium NK Olimpija Ljubljana : NK Krško football 30 Jul | Stožice stadium
Ljubljana Beach Volley Challenge 28 – 30 Jul | Kongresni trg square
Stories of Ljubljana The innovative tourist project Stories of Ljubljana is an opportunity to experience the city in a unique way. An exclusive visit to the parts of Ljubljana, unjustly overlooked by tourist guidebooks, intertwines with an extremely lively interpretation of history by The Ana Monro Theatre. 8 and 22 July at 18:00 and 19:30 Starting point: Gornji trg square
NK Olimpija Ljubljana : NK Rudar football 13 Aug | Stožice stadium Final Tournament in Street Basketball 13 Aug, 12:00 | Kongresni trg square NK Olimpija Ljubljana : NK Koper football 27 Aug | Stožice stadium
For three days in July, Ljubljana’s centrally located Kongresni trg square will turn into a city centre beach. For the third year running, it will host a beach volleyball championship bringing together top international athletes. The Ljubljana Beach Volley Challenge, whose first two editions have attracted a lot of international attention, will bring together volleyball pairs from different countries. Thursday will be reserved for the best Slovenian pairs competing in younger age categories, who will play in the national finals to win the National Championships title, while Friday and Saturday will see matches played by international pairs. The championship will be accompanied by free training sessions for primary school pupils, a programme of music and visitor entertainment, and a party night.