Friday, 12. 5. 2017

65th Ljubljana Festival

Between 27 June and 31 August 2017, the 65th Ljubljana Festival is going to take place in Ljubljana, the centre of summer cultural events.

A cultural summer is ahead of us yet again in the Slovenian capital: the Ljubljana Festival in its 65th anniversary edition is featuring a great number of world renowned names. On 27 June, at the opening on Congress Square we will witness the scenic cantata Carmina Burana performed by the internationally established theatre group La Fura dels Baus. Even before the start of the festival the musical Vesna is on the programme between 7 and 10 June, the popular musical Mamma Mia! on 18 June and on 21 June the traditional Summer’s Night concert, this time marking the 80th anniversary of the birth of Jože Privšek. In addition to Elīna Garanča the Ljubljana Festival opera nights can be experienced with the operetta The Gypsy Princess, the chamber opera Wedding, the opera Madama Butterfly performed by the China National Opera House from Beijing and the staging of the third and fourth part from the tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung performed by the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. The summer is also going to be marked by renowned soloists and orchestras. The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov and the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev are coming to Ljubljana. Performing soloist are pianists Martha Argerich, Gian Maria Bonino, Anastasya Terenkova, Stephan Kiefer and Akane Sakai, violoncellist Nie Jiapeng, violinists Dimitrij Sitkovecki and Lana Trotovšek, flautists Boris Bizjak, Claudi Arimany, Michael Martin Kofler, Martin Belič and Massimo Mercelli, Richard Galliano on the accordion, Mojca Zlobko Vajgl on the harp, and we will also hear the young soprano Nika Gorič. There are also chamber performances by the Trio Astra, the Belgrade Philharmonic String Quartet, the Ulysses String Quartet, the MD7 Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra Franz Liszt and the Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra. In charge of a more relaxed atmosphere are Roby Lakatos with an evening of Gypsy music, Tomaž Domicelj with his new arrangements, Marko Hatlak together with singer and songwriter Iztok Mlakar and Vlado Kreslin. The group Sam's Fever is bringing to life the memories of the king of rock and roll Elvis, a musical evening titled Highlights of West End and Broadway Musicals will please the fans of legendary hits. Also on the calendar are the monodrama The Immaculate, homage to director Tomaž Pandur who last year passed away unexpectedly, and an evening in the company of the eminent actor John Malkovich joining the Aquilani Soloists ensemble. Again this year the anniversary Ljubljana Festival is accompanied by the 20th International Art Colony and Creative Workshops for Children as well as numerous events on the Ljubljanica River and the Branimir Slokar Academy concerts.

The complete programme of the Ljubljana Festival is available on the website

Tickets can be purchased in advance from 6 June at a 10% discount and a 20% discount for members of the Ljubljana Festival Club. You can register as a member on the website where you can buy tickets, as well. Tickets are available at the Križanke Box Office, Eventim sales points, Petrol service stations, Post of Slovenia and Kompas branches and Slovenian Railways sales points in Ljubljana, Celje, Koper and Maribor.