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.


Perpetuum Jazzile – An a cappella choir that has grown into a worldwide phenomenon

Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA

October 2014

After last year's 30th celebration of its first appearance on the stage, the Slovenian vocal group Perpetuum Jazzile embarked upon new virtuoso performances with a series of three concerts – Vocal Xtravaganzza 2014 – held at...[more]

City of Women Festival Starts

Photo: T. Petelinšek/STA

October 2014

The 20th City of Women festival gets under way on 2 October with the Ljubljana premiere of a theatre co-production tracing the story of Gorizia-born actress Nora Gregor. [more]

Slovenian Mezzo Bernarda Fink to Be Honoured in Vienna

September 2014

The world-acclaimed Slovenian mezzo-soprano Bernarda Fink will be declared Kammersängerin by Austrian Art and Culture Minister Josef Ostermayer in Vienna on 16 September. The honorific title is given in Germany and Austria to...[more]

Puppetry Festival Brings Shows for Children and Adults

September 2014

12th Lutke international puppet theatre festival kicks off in Ljubljana on 12 September. Running until Tuesday, the biannual festival will feature nearly 30 puppet shows, as well as several exhibitions and workshops aiming to...[more]