Music in Ljubljana

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The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Slovenian Chamber Choir

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The Gallus Hall of the Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre

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An open air concert at the Križanke Summer Theatre

Music events in Ljubljana reflect the city's two basic characteristics: a rich tradition and a vibrant youthful atmosphere. Throughout the year, Ljubljana hosts a range of larger music events and festivals of both classical music and jazz, folk, rock and a number of alternative music genres. The most prestigious festivals featuring mainly classical music with sporadic additions of jazz and avant-garde music are the Ljubljana Summer Festival (Ljubljanski poletni festival), the Slovenian Musical Days (Slovenski glasbeni dnevi) and the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival (Poletje v Stari Ljubljani). Ljubljana also hosts the traditional Druga Godba festival, one of Europe's finest festivals of world music, and the much acclaimed Ljubljana Jazz Festival.

Concerts of classical music take place in Ljubljana throughout the year. The Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Radio-Television Slovenia Symphony Orchestra often share the stage with world famous conductors and soloists. Based in Ljubljana are also numerous other vocal and instrumental ensembles performing classical music by composers from home and abroad. Many Slovenian musicians, such as the contemporary classical music composer Vinko Globokar and the pianist Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak, to mention just a couple, have won acclaim also outside the borders of Slovenia.

Since the 1980s, Slovenia has been known also for a number of interesting and original performers of alternative music. Internationally most renowned is the group Laibach, whose music has – in collaboration with the NSK artistic movement – been upgraded with a provocative concept, image and stage performance.

Concerts of alternative music mainly take place at places such as the Klub K4 club, the KUD France Prešeren arts and cultural centre, and the Metelkova mesto alternative culture centre. Located in a former barracks complex, the latter has developed into a very special cultural phenomenon. Hosting concerts, lectures, DJ performances and other events featuring performers from around the world on a daily basis, it has become an important venue of alternative culture events.