Culture

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.

Features

Kamila Volčanšek

January 2013

Cankarjev dom hosted the 10th Slovenian Biennial of Illustration, an event which gives special pleasure to visitors. Illustrations are an important part of Slovenian artistic creativity and have a long tradition of the highest...

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November 2012

An old, three-hundred-square-metre middle-class apartment in the centre of Ljubljana was for one month turned into an environment for the unconventional ideas of young Slovenian creators.

Shanghai Gypsy - the new Slovenian film

November 2012

Shanghai Gypsy, a romantic drama by film director Marko Naberšnik, based on a novel by Feri Lainšček, has received the Best Screenplay Award at the Montreal World Film Festival. After the success of Rooster’s Breakfast ...

Boris Pahor turns 99

October 2012

This summer, Boris Pahor's Knjiga o Radi ('Book about Rada') was the best-selling book in Slovenia. The book was published shortly before the author's 99th birthday. Boris Pahor spent about two years (between 2009 and 2011)...