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.


The first open-air hayrack museum in the world

July 2012

The hay rack is an important feature of the Slovenian ethnic area and an example of folk architecture worth preserving. Thus, the initiative by the Municipality of Šentrupert in the Dolenjska region to design a ‘land of hay...

‘The Alps - A Bird’s Eye View’, an exhibition of photographs by Matevž Lenarčič in Bern

July 2012

The official opening of ‘The Alps – A Bird’s Eye View’, an open-air exhibition of aerial photographs by the Slovenian photographer, pilot and environmentalist Matevž Lenarčič, took place at the prestigious Zentrum Paul Klee arts...

The Španzel family

June 2012

The old centre of Ljubljana is the home of three people who live among paintings and unfinished canvases - the Španzel family. Biljana is relaxed, full of optimism and light; Rudolf is strong, precise and thoughtful; and Dorian...

Compliments to Metka Krašovec

May 2012

The fact that Metka Krašovec is the first female painter to been afforded the opportunity by the Museum of Modern Art to hold a retrospective exhibition of her work to honour her 70th birthday points to the deep furrow she has...