Festivals are an important form of arts presentation and a significant tool for international co-operation with Slovenia. Every year international festivals host professionals - artists as well as critics - from various artistic fields
the Vilenica International Writers’ Gathering
the Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe)
the Ljubljana International Biennial of Graphic Art
Ljubljana as a capital is undoubtedly the central site for festival activity, and its rich cultural life includes international festivals all year round . Some important international festivals also take place in the regions
More then 400 concerts in Lent on banks of Drava (Maribor)
Different styles of music
The biggest international festival in Slovenia
THE ROCK OTOČEC FESTIVAL
Dance in the mud
Every year for three days
Raj je raj na Rock otočcu means: Paradise is a paradise on Rock otočec
National festivals usually present an opportunity for an overview of recent creative activity and are often the occasion for giving awards.
the Days of Comedy
the Slovene Drama Week
the Festival of Slovene Film
The new media festivals in Slovenia also comprise: THE FESTIVAL OF SLOVENE FILM
In auditorium in Portorož
5 hours of slovenian feature film production
the MAGDALENA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL of Creative Communication
a non-profit festival of creativity, organi z ed and managed by young people for the young people
a three-day event taking place in Maribor in May every year
In 2012 Slovenia will be European Capital of Culture !
Last but not least, Slovenia hosts a wide range of traditional festivals, such as the traditional:
Kurentovanje at Ptuj
the Cerknica Carnival
the Lace Festival
KURENTOVANJE at PTUJ
The most important carnival event in Slovenia
Kurent or Korant is the most famous traditional carnival figure of the entire region . There are two types of Kurent: t he so-called "feathery" and the "horned" one. He wears sheep skin coat, around its waist hangs a chain with huge bells, heavy boots and gaiters protect feet, while the head is covered by a cap. A wooden club is normally carried in the left hand.
THE CERKNICA CARNIVAL
On the first day the so-called Žaganje babe (Sawing the Old Hag).
Next day, t he main Carnival day, Cerknica becom es the capital city of fairy tales and play host to numerous fairy-tale creatures.
Typical for this carnival are also witches from the mountain of Slivnica
Filling 1 1/2 pounds ground nuts 1 tablespoon honey 3 egg whites 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup heavy milk or cream 1/3 cup sweet butter
Traditional Homemade PIRHI EGGS The oldest tradition is to make dyed or painted chicken egg s PISANICE - Fragile and Beautiful Wax ornaments plotted with a "pisalk a " in which the y’re melting wax over a candle flame