See events at Union Hotels here.
Ljubljana Wine Route 2016
5 Nov 2016, 10:00 – 17:00, Old Town
At the Ljubljana Wine Route, stalls set up in front of the restaurants and cafés in the Old Town of Ljubljana present young wines and traditional Slovenian dishes.
This year for the first time, hotels from Ljubljana’s city centre will take part together, and will – alongside the Slovenian Wine Festival – present a special selection of festival wines and hotels’ cuisine, which will be served throughout November.
Perpetuum Jazzile (Slovenia) & Onair (Germany): Vokal Xtravaganzza 2016
5 – 6 Nov at 19:00 and 7 Nov 2016 at 20:00, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
Concerts of the Slovenian vocal ensemble Perpetuum Jazzile, which gained worldwide fame with its vocal arrangement of the song Africa by Toto posted on YouTube, are well-known for their one-of-a-kind musical experiences. In their signature style, the concert will feature only vocals, including some virtuoso-style vocal percussion.
LIFFe – Ljubljana International Film Festival
9 – 20 Nov 2016, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
By featuring the best and the latest of European and international film productions, LIFFe is guaranteed to spice up Ljubljana’s cultural life in the autumn.
National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico
12 Nov 2016 at 20:00, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
The National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico set out on its journey under the world-renowned composer Carlos Chávez, one of the first Latin American artists who built their own musical language on the legacy of tradition in the heart of the Mayan culture. The orchestra has received numerous accolades and awards, and was, among other things, also nominated for the 2002 Latin Grammy for best classical music album.
Jean-Michel Jarre (France) – electronic music
15 Nov 2016 at 20:00, Stožice Sports Park Arena
The famous French musician, composer and producer Jean-Michel Jarre, who is considered the godfather of electronic music, will stop in Ljubljana on his Electronica World Tour, as part of which he will present his latest music, as well as some classic hits from his ground-breaking albums, such as Oxygene and Equinoxe.
12th Slovenian Biennial of Illustration
18 Nov 2016 – 1 Mar 2017, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
The Slovenian Biennial of Illustration features the finest works Slovenian illustrators have created over the past two years. It presents illustration as a distinctively individual art discipline with a strong influence on the development of the feeling for art and understanding of art in children and young people.
The Land of Ice: God Perun’s Age
18 Nov 2016 – 5 Mar 2017, Mondays – Wednesdays: 12:00 – 19:00, Thursdays and Fridays: 12:00 –21:00, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 – 21:00
The Land of Ice has been staged in a 200m2-large covered area, cooled to -4 °C, next to Vodno mesto Atlantis (Atlantis Water Park) in Ljubljana. This year's ice exhibition takes visitors back to the time of our ancestors, the Slavs, who lived hand in hand with nature and presents their nature-related habits.
Andrea Bocelli (Italy)
19 Nov 2016 at 20:00, Stožice Sports Park Arena
A concert by the famous tenor Andrea Bocelli will feature arias from well-known operas by Verdi and Puccini, as well as hit songs from famous films such as Gladiator, The Godfather, Love Story etc., which are included on Bocelli's new album Cinema.
The Christmas Lights Switch-on Event in Ljubljana
25 Nov 2016 at 17:15, Prešernov Trg Square
A short cultural programme will be followed by a speech by the mayor and the Christmas lights being turned on simultaneously all across Ljubljana.
25 Nov 2016 – 1 Jan 2017, Breg, Cankarjevo Nabrežje Embankment, Prešernov Trg Square, Kongresni Trg Square (Park Zvezda)
The food and drinks section until 8 Jan
At the fair, in the vicinity of which festive open-air events are held daily throughout December, a fine selection of gift products will be for sale at the festively decorated houses/Christmas stalls.
Culinary Festival & Slovenian Wine Festival
25 – 26 Nov 2016, Grand Hotel Union
The two annual festivals, traditionally held at the same time, present the best Slovenia has to offer when it comes to culinary delights and wines. As part of the Taste Ljubljana project, this year's Culinary Festival will, among other things, feature the traditional dishes of Ljubljana.
16:00 – 20:00
The Culinary Festival presents some of the finest Slovenian culinary delights. It consists of two parts: at the first part, the ʽTheatre of Flavoursʼ, Slovenia’s most renowned chefs prepare dishes right in front of the audience, and the second part, the ʽGallery of Flavoursʼ, features a wide range of dishes by various Slovenian restaurants and secondary schools of hospitality.
Slovenian Wine Festival
15:00 – 21:00
The traditional Slovenian Wine Festival features Slovenia’s finest winegrowers and winemakers, as well as a number of winemakers from other countries. The festival is accompanied by educational events, guided wine tastings, lectures, and workshops.
Christmas Fair of Wishes organised by the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia (Novoletni obrtno-podjetniški sejem želja)
1 – 4 Dec 2016, Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (Gospodarsko razstavišče)
The fair is a platform for craftsmen and small business owners to present their unique gift products, such as crafts, fashion accessories, cosmetics, home accessories, toys, books, musical instruments, culinary products etc.
The fair is accompanied by the Snowflake Ski Fair (Smučarski sejem Snežinka) and Planet Lego (Planet kock) – a popular exhibition of Lego creations with workshops and competitions for children.
St. Nicholas’ Fair
3 – 6 Dec 2016, Prešernov Trg Square
At the festively decorated stalls, visitors will have a chance to buy all sorts of goods to be used as traditional St. Nicholas' Day gifts.
St. Nicholas' Procession
5 Dec 2016, Ljubljana Castle, Krekov Trg Square, Ciril Metodov Trg Square, Stritarjeva Street, Prešernov Trg Square
St Nicholas will be accompanied by devils and an assembly of angels, who will be handing out sweets treats to children.
Moscow Circus on Ice: Sensation (Russia) by Natalija Abramova
9 Dec 2016 at 19:00, Tivoli Hall
The world-famous Moscow Circus on Ice, which will kick off its European tour called Sensation in Slovenia, has been performing for more than 50 years and has so far dazzled over 200 million spectators in more than 50 countries all over the world. The circus performance will feature brand new colourful costumes, amazing special effects and tricks on ice, and an altogether dizzying show.
16 Dec 2016 – 20 Dec 2016, Kongresni Trg Square (Park Zvezda)
Best of Snooker
22 Dec 2016 at 19:00, Tivoli Hall
Performers: Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump
The Best of Snooker Ljubljana event will feature the three players, who will play three matches. The results of individual matches will determine the final winner.
Traditional Christmas Concert
24 Dec 2016, stage in front of Town Hall (Mestna hiša)
Grandfather Frost Processions
26 – 30 Dec 2016, Breg, Čevljarski Most Bridge, Stari and Mestni Trg Squares, Stritarjeva Street, Prešernov Trg Square and Kongresni Trg Square
Grandfather Cross – Santa Claus's counterpart – will be accompanied by snowmen, bears, rabbits and other creatures from folk tales and fairy tales.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations – Kongresni Trg Square, Trg Francoske Revolucije Square, Mestni Trg Square
31 Dec 2016
11th International Mountain Film Festival
20 – 24 Feb 2017, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
The festival programme features presentations of top Slovenian and foreign mountaineering and adventure films, lectures by some top climbers, presentations of new mountaineering books, an exhibition of mountaineering literature and photography, discussions and round tables and an exhibition of mountaineering literature and photographs.
19th International Documentary Film Festival
15 Mar 2017 – 22 Mar 2017, Slovenska Kinoteka Cinema, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre, Kinodvor Cinema
The annual festival offers an insight into modern documentary film production and aims to focus on the most burning social and political issues.
Robert Capa – Retrospective Photographic Exhibition
23 Mar 2017 – 27 Aug 2017, Cankarjev Dom Culture and Congress Centre
The retrospective exhibition features 97 black and white photographs depicting the key events of five wars, which the author documented with his camera. The exhibition also features a series of portrait photographs of Capa’s friends and artistic colleagues, such as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
Besides Henri Cartier-Bresson, Capa was one of the most influential founding members of Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photo agency.
2Cellos – a Concert of Fusion, Pop and Classical Music
7 April 2017 at 20:00, Stožice Sports Park Arena
The superstar instrumental pop duo 2Cellos consists of two young virtuosos from Slovenia and Croatia, who became internationally famous with their cover of Michael Jackson's hit song Smooth Criminal, which has so far been seen by 11 million people on YouTube.
BIO 25: the 25th Ljubljana Biennial of Design - Faraway, So Close
25 May 2017 – 29 Oct 2017, Museum of Architecture and Design
BIO, the Biennial of Design, is a prestigious international exhibition of products related to industrial design, visual communication, corporate visual identity and design concepts.
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
2 June 2017 at 20:00, 3 June 2017 at 16:30 and 20:00, 4 June 6 2017 at 13:00 and 16:30, Stožice Sports Park Arena
Cirque du Soleil, the famous Canadian artistic ensemble, who ‘reinvented the circus’, will have a debut performance in Ljubljana with their show called Varekai.
58th Ljubljana Jazz Festival
21 – 24 June 2017
The annual Ljubljana Jazz Festival features performances of some of the world's most famous jazz musicians and welcomes numerous jazz lovers from both Slovenia and abroad.
32nd International Biennial of Graphic Arts
16 June 2017 – 29 Oct 2017, Tivoli Mansion: International Centre of Graphic Arts
The International Biennial of Graphic Arts has been running since 1955 and is one of the most acclaimed graphic arts-related events in the world. The Biennial's main exhibition is accompanied by exhibitions of works by the winners of the previous, 31st edition of the Biennial and a number of other exhibitions and art events held at various venues across Ljubljana.
26 June 2017 – 31 Aug 2017, various venues
Ljubljana Festival, with its long-established tradition and a programme that includes top artistic events, is an important part of Ljubljana's cultural life in the summer. Every year, the rich concert, theatre, opera and ballet programme features a number of renowned artists, including some of the world's most famous ones.