On the last weekend of August, The Nights in Old Ljubljana Town International Music Festival filled the old town center with a musical beat for the 31st time in a row and impressed many thousands of visitors with an internationally attractive program. From Thursday, August 29 to Saturday, August 31, thirty concerts and other cultural events took place in 9 venues, featuring more than 200 performers from 24 countries. We enjoyed the sounds of the bands: Big Band RTV Slovenia, Gulaza (Israel), tAman (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia), Cubismo (Cuba, Venezuela, Croatia, Slovenia), Goran Bojčevski Quintet (Slovenia), Hamsa Hamsa (Spain), SuRealistas (Venezuela, Italy), Baro Drom Orchestra (Italy), Invisible World (Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia), Vruja (Slovenia), DagaDana (Poland, Ukraine), Babra (Hungary), Shaun Ferguson (Canada), Mihael Hrustelj Trio (Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia) etc.
The main focus of the program – as well as its subtitle – was »Voices of Minorities«, as we wanted to highlight (through music) the often underestimated, even overlooked, but therefore no less important impact of ethnic minorities on society and culture in Europe, thereby encouraging the general public to consider a more tolerant society of tomorrow.
The International Multidisciplinary Symposium on »Sound, Song, and Politics« also took place during the festival, which offered visitors the expert insight into reflecting broader social issues in music. The symposium is a continuation of our long-standing cooperation with the ZRC SAZU, with the Department of Musicology at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and the largest international association of ethnomusicologists, ICTM (International Council for Traditional Music).
For the coming year (2020), when the Nights in Old Ljubljana will be held from 27 to 29 August, we are announcing an even more diverse program, which – like all the years before – will offer visitors a thoughtful selection of ethno and jazz music bands at the top international level. Once again, free admission to all events will be ensured, as the organizer Imago Sloveniae believes that accessibility to cultural content at the top level is a valuable luxury, which should be open to all.
You can follow the program of Nights in Old Ljubljana Town 2020 at our website https://noci.imagosloveniae.net.
Photo highlights from this year’s Nights can be viewed HERE, and we are already in the pipeline for next season!