Cultural events and local festivals to enjoy in Slovenia
Slovenians have liked to put on masks to chase away winter for centuries. Rituals for chasing away winter and evil spirits are as old as humanity itself. Today, these are preserved by ancient indigenous characters, such as škoromati in Hrušica pri Kozini, Brkini, and the surrounding areas, and by the kurent in Ptuj. However, fun Shrovetide festivals can be found virtually anywhere in Slovenia.
Prešeren Day, the full name being Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday is a public holiday celebrated in Slovenia to mark the anniversary of the death of the Slovene national poet France Prešeren on 8 February 1849 and is a celebration of the Slovenian culture. Colourful traditional costumes are a highlight of this holiday.
At the beginning of the year, go to Ljubljana to visit the Fabula World Literature Festival featuring lively discussions about literature and current topics.
Druga Godba has, over its 30-year history, built a reputation as one of the most important music festivals in Central Europe. Its overall concept, variety of new approaches and enthusiasm for ‘discovering’ less well-known music from across the globe is unique to this part of the world.
The Idrija Lace Festival is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the tradition of (Idrija) lace making and encourages innovation in its manufacture and application. The festival has been held intermittently since 1952 and takes place over three days, from Friday to Sunday. During this period, the town is alive with lace, lace made items by children and grown-ups fill the streets and shop windows are decorated with lace. There are exhibits of domestic and foreign lacemaking artwork, and lacemaking shops open their doors to the many visitors.
Celebrate life and the birth of new seasons that bring growth and abundance. Come to the Bela Krajina region in June, the landscape of white birches, flax, the slow-flowing River Kolpa, good wine, and culinary delicacies. In Črnomelj, the largest town in Bela Krajina, Jurjevanje, the oldest folklore festival in Slovenia, has been taking place since 1964.
Traditional international children's festivals also include the Mini Summer Festival in Ljubljana, where children can enjoy theatre and puppet shows, which are performed without speech.
In August, head to Ptuj, where you can visit the Days of Poetry and Wine, and enjoy a combination of verses by renowned poets, good wine, concerts and various events in one of the oldest towns in Slovenia.
The Tartini Festival is an international music festival dedicated to the Piran-born maestro Giuseppe Tartini. The programme directors have, in the past, strived to bring eminent, world renowned performers to Piran and the Slovene Istria. Lovers of antique, classical music will be able to enjoy performances by distinguished musicians.
In September, head to the karst cave of Vilenica, considered to be the oldest tourist cave in Europe, and listen to the best poets, authors, playwrights, and essayists, mostly from Central Europe.
In September, the largest family festival, Pippi Longstocking, brings various artists and virtuosos to Velenje and they create a magical world for you and your children.
The Old Vine Festival is a culinary and cultural tribute to the oldest vine in the world, which grows in Lent, the oldest part of Maribor. The Old Vine is the pride of Maribor and Slovenia and the symbol of an extraordinary rich wine tradition and the successful story of local winegrowers. From the ceremonial grape harvest of the Old Vine in the beginning of October until the biggest celebration of St. Martin’s Day in Slovenia on 11 November, Maribor celebrates the symbol of Slovenian wine and persistence.