The biggest street festival in Slovenia’s capital, Nights in Ljubljana Old Town, which is organised by Imago Sloveniae for the 35th consecutive season, filled the old town centre with culture between 24 and 26 August. We had the opportunity to hear a plethora of select top-tier world-music and jazz musicians.
As has become tradition, all events were free of charge, being that it is Imago Sloveniae and Staroljubljanski Zavod’s mission to provide high-quality cultural content to the widest possible audience. 16 international events featuring 70 artists from 16 countries took place at 7 venues, carefully fitted to the magical Ljubljana evening ambiance, Novi Trg, Stari Trg, under the Trnovo Bridge, in Mestni Muzej. While the Plečnik Arcades at Ljubljana’s open market hosted dance evenings. During the festival, a symposium entitled Sound and Music in the Lived Experience of Infants, Babies, and Vulnerable Groups ran at the Kazina Palace of the Academy of Music Ljubljana on Kongresni trg 1. The festival opened on Thursday 24 August on Novi Trg with the legendary Slovenian gypsy swing band Šukar led by the roguish poet and singer-songwriter Zoran Predin. (More about the festival’s musical line-up is available in our archive.) Our diverse programme also included dance evenings at Plečnik’s dance arcades (salsa, bachata, and tango).