National and University Library in Ljubljana. The building, constructed in 1941, represents one of architect Jože Plečnik's most monumental works. Photo: Grega Wernig

Almost every Slovenian is by nature a writer, painter, cook, dancer, wine-maker, musician, director, actor, blogger or engraver. They know how to create art out of everything they love. In addition to artists with various skills and crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation, Slovenians are also successful in many modern art forms accessible to all generations.

Cultural events are unbelievably well attended – various festivals (especially in the summer months) thrill visitors who come from near and far. Theatre and concerts are popular, Slovenians love to read and are proud of their cultural tradition. We should mention France Prešeren, a poet who became the pride of Slovenian poetry and author of Slovenia’s national Anthem, Zdravljica. The anthem appeals for the coexistence of nations and is a zdravljica, or toast, to all people of good heart.


Museums as representatives of the Slovenian national being and consciousness

March 2018

Among the forerunners of museum professionals in Slovenia we may rank Janez Vajkard Valvazor (1641 – 1693), and his extensive and rich collections. These comprised more than ten thousand books, graphic prints by foreign masters,...

Carnival character Kurent

February 2018

The wandering kurent figures rank among the more visible traditional Shrovetide Carnival customs in Slovenia, and the kurent is the most recognisable Carnival character, with records of his appearance dating back to 1880. The...

Jewellery – the architecture of eternity

November 2017

An exhibition of jewellery is currently on display at the Feniks sales gallery on Tavčarjeva Ulica in Ljubljana. Its creators sought inspiration in the works of architect Jože Plečnik: in the Triple Bridge, in the colourful...

Readers finally savour a new novel by Drago Jančar

October 2017

Drago Jančar (born 1948), writer, playwright and essayist, is one of the most esteemed, widely read and translated Slovene writers. He has received notable Slovene and international awards for his works, among them the Herder...

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