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.


Kurent - Traditional Slovenian Carnival character

February 2017

The Shrovetide Carnival of Pust is fast approaching, and in some strongly traditional Slovenian towns preparations are already under way to drive out the winter.

Sapramiška (Sapra Mouse) - The most famous Slovenian mouse is celebrating 40 years of life

January 2017

The clever and brave Sapramiška is the most famous Slovenian mouse, and the Sapramiška puppet show is the most successful in the country’s history, and has so far been performed 1,783 times and seen by as many as 289,785 people....

Actors Pia Zemljič and Marko Mandić

December 2016

Pia and Marko. She has a warm personality and is a little restrained, but is very determined when on stage. He is energetic and effervescent. To count the many awards they have received so far would be too time-consuming and...

Drago Jančar Wins French Literature Prize

Drago Jančar. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

November 2014

Drago Jančar, one of Slovenia's most celebrated novelists, has joined the ranks of Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk as the winner of the Prix du meilleur livre etranger for the best foreign book, an accolade awarded by the...[more]