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.


Marko Pavlinec = Aesthetics + functionality

March 2012

The young designer Marko Pavlinec says that he first started designing things in his garage at home and that he is certain that many products we use every day are not user-friendly. When he comes upon such products, he sees that...

Mitja Okorn - Creative intellectual and master of eliciting emotion

February 2012

The first Slovenian to make a film in Poland, a film which was to become the fifth most watched film in the last 30 years. In Poland, Okorn's feature film, ‘Letters to St. Nicholas’, was seen by almost two and a half million...

Niko Kralj - The Unknown Famous Designer

January 2012

Niko Kralj, with his Rex chair in Slovenia, is one of the few generally recognised designers, but also the brains behind many ‘anonymous’ quality products that we have used or still use on a daily basis without realising who...

Opening of European Capital of Culture

January 2012

Maribor officially became the European Capital of Culture on 14 January. In the coming months, the city will be transformed into one vast stage of diverse performances. This is the largest cultural project to have been undertaken...