Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Holiday Concerts in Ljubljana

Between the Christmas and New Year holidays there will be an ongoing programme of live outdoor music organized by the City of Ljubljana. Two separate series of live concerts will be taking place every evening at Prešernov trg and Dvorni Trg squares, and on New Year's eve there will also be live concerts organized at Mestni trg and Kongresni trg squares.

Although most of the music has little if any connection with the holidays per se, the concerts nonetheless contribute to the festive holiday atmosphere in Ljubljana's town center (unless, perhaps, you are one of the local residents who must suffer the nightly onslaught of high decibel noise). More info can be found on the Ljubljana Tourism website.

Here is the list of scheduled events for the Prešernov trg concert programme:

Nuša Derenda (Slovenia) - pop
26.12.2006 | 20.00-22.00

Siddharta (Slovenia) - rock
27.12.2006 | 20.00-22.00

Gibonni (Croatia) - pop
28.12.2006 | 20.00-22.00

Kingston (Slovenia) - pop
29.12.2006 | 20.00-22.00

Neisha (Slovenia) - pop
30.12.2006 | 20.00-22.00

Natalija Verboten (Slovenia) - folk pop
1.1.2007 | 20.00-22.00

Oliver Dragojević (Croatia) - pop
2.1.2007 | 20.00-22.00

Fairy-Tale Town at Zvezda Park

Christmas is soon approaching, and numerous events designed for children of all ages will be taking place at various locations in Ljubljana's town center. The central point for many such happenings will be the Fairy Tale Town at Zvezda park (Kongresni trg).

"The magical events held at the Fairy-Tale Town, traditionally built in the Zvezda park, will this year be intended for both children and adults. A large pyramid erected in the centre of the Fairy-Tale Town will be housing a lush tropical garden, where visitors, surrounded by exotic plants, the sounds of birds and animals, and many other things quite unusual for Ljubljana in winter, will be able to relax and, at least for a little while, forget about the cold. Throughout the day, the Fairy-Tale Town will be hosting interesting events."

Programme of events:

* 10:30-12:30: creative workshops for children
* 16:00-17:00: programme of children's events
* 19:00-21:00: performances by street theatre groups accompanied by a musical programme

Via Ljubljana.si

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Festive December

Yes, it's that time of year again... Ljubljana's festively decorated city center will come alive from 3 December to 2 January 2007 with a range of events intended for people of all ages. Here is just a short intro of what to expect. More details will follow in coming days...

The month-long festival traditionally begins on December 3 with an event called "Let's Turn on the Light!" which celebrates the start of the festive season with the lighting up of the Christmas street lights. It will culminate on 31 December with open-air New Year's Eve celebrations taking place at Presernov trg, Mestni trg and Kongresni trg, along with a traditional fireworks display launched from the Ljubljana Castle to mark the beginning of the new year.

Throughout the entire month of celebrations, decorated stalls at the marketplace and along the river will be selling trinkets and other items suitable for holiday gifts, and of course, hot drinks and snacks will be available everywhere.

Delightfully decorated Christmas cribs will be on display throughout the holiday season at the following locations, all with free admission:
The Church at Krizanke (11 - 21 Dec). Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
The Chapel of St George at the Ljubljana Castle (25 Dec - 2 Feb). Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00.
The Cathedral of St. Nicholas (24 Dec - 2 Feb).
The Franciscan Church at Preseren square (24 Dec - 2 Feb).

From 26-30 December at 17:00, Grandpa Frost (no relation to Jack Frost) will be parading along the following route: Krekov trg - Ciril-Metodov trg - Mestni trg - Stritarjeva ulica - Presernov trg - Wolfova ulica - Zvezda Park. Grandpa Frost (Dedek Mraz in Slovene) is a friendly old man who, like his well-known cousin Santa from up North, visits the children each year and gives them presents. Accompanied by a procession of animals and fairy-tale creatures, he will be passing through the streets of Ljubljana towards the Fairy-Tale Town at Zvezda Park.

Via Ljubljana Life Magazine.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Ski Fair

Tjhe Snežinka Ski Club will organize a winter ski fair on Dec. 3 at the Ljubljana Fairgrounds. The fair will present regional ski centers from Slovenia and neighboring countries, and will also serves as a sales and exhibition space for new and used skiing equipment.

Giuseppe Verdi's Aida

Coming Dec. 2 at Tivoli Hall (Hala Tivoli). "This spectacular production of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida, one of the most popular operas ever written, combines a monumental set design... with three-dimensional video images, lush costumes and pyrotechnic effects. The production, whose cast includes as many as 240 performers, is directed by the Italian opera director Pier' Alli. " More info at Ljubljana.si

Thursday, November 16, 2006

22nd Slovenian Book Fair

The 22nd Slovenian Book Fair will be taking place at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana from 28 Nov to 3 Dec. An accompanying programme of events will include public debates at the fair's café, publishers' forums, presentations of bestsellers and other new books, shows for children, lectures by foreign experts, an awards ceremony, and more.

Bryan Adams in Slovenia

Canadian Rock legend Bryan Adams, who has been performing as a singer, guitarist and songwriter for more than a quarter century, is currently on tour and will be playing at Hala Tivoli in Ljubljana on Sunday, November 26. Tickets are available online for 39.64 EUR at the following website but they may disappear quickly.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

9th Slovenian Wine Festival

This year's Slovenian wine festival will feature more than 300 varieties of Slovenian and foreign wines, along with discussions by local wine producers, guided tastings, workshops, and lectures. At the Hotel Slon from from 16 to 18 November.

And speaking of wine, here are some pictures of last weekends St Martin's day celebration of young wine fresh from this year's harvest. The expat dinner event was organized at a local gostilna by the International Club of Slovenia.

Sila Bazaar

This year's Sila Bazaar will take place on 25 November at the Ljubljana Fairgrounds (Dunajska 18).
The spouses of foreign ambassadors in Ljubljana and other members of SILA, an international women's association, organize a bazaar each year where interesting products from around the world are sold. The funds collected are donated to various charities in SLovenia. Attendance is in the thousands, so best to show up early.

17th Ljubljana Film Festival

The 17th Ljubljana Film Festival is now underway. The 17th edition of Ljubljana's popular international film festival will showcase over a hundred films from around the world over the course of a two-week period ending on November 24. Numerous foreign and domestic guests will be invited to speak about their careers in film and share their personal film experiences. More information is available on the official website, including an overview of film categories and the accompanying program.

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