Festival ljubljana 2009
July 6 and August 27 2009
Ljubljana Festival every year continues its mission – organising cultural events on a high artistic level. Between July 6 and August 27 we will join several operas, musicals and many concerts of chamber and symphony orchestras under the trademark The Ljubljana Festival 2009.
Beside the Summer Festival's events, the Ljubljana Festival every year prepares or takes part in the preparation of many other events which significantly contribute to the cultural atmosphere in the capital.
Among these, the Slovenian Musical Days should be mentioned; organized in the spring, they are divided into two parts: in the concert part pieces by Slovenian composers are performed while the symposium part gathers acknowledged musicologists from all over Europe. The Slovenian Musical Days are accompanied by round tables, exhibitions, book presentations, etc.
For many years Festival Ljubljana has been preparing a musical cycle called the Young Virtuosi where young Slovenian musicians are presented, mostly winners of the National Young Musicians Contest. The concerts are prepared in collaboration with the national RTV station, which records the performances, thus contributing to the young musicians' recognition.
Festive December is a series of events, organized by Festival Ljubljana to enliven the holiday spirit in the capital. Shorts concerts are given in the Križanke Knight's hall by Ljubljana music school students. A Christmas crib is on view in the St. George chapel at the Ljubljana castle, and there is a Christmas exhibition in the Pentagonal Tower.
The Summer Festival's program has also been enriched with the International Fine Arts Colony where many artists gather in the noble milieu of Plečnik's Križanke. The artists have been inspired by the architectural tradition of Jože Plečnik and by various art events of the Festival.
Movie under the Stars – the open-air cinema at Ljubljana Castle is one of the most popular events of the Ljubljana Festival. Visitors can watch the best films of the previous year under the starry sky above the castle.
The beautiful halls of Ljubljana Castle throughout the year offer many exhibitions of recognised Slovenian and foreign artists.