On Thursday, 27 August 2020 the 32nd Nights in Old Ljubljana Town International Music Festival, the largest street festival in the capital, takes off. It will take place between 27th and 29th August 2020 and will once again fill the old city center with a cultural beat. In these times of crisis, art is the last refuge of beauty and peace, and it is even more important that cultural events continue to take place. Unfortunately, due to financial constraints, we were forced to significantly reduce this year’s edition of the festival. All previous years the Festival Nights in Old Ljubljana Town has been financed mainly with the financial support of sponsors and co-producers, which are much harder to obtain this year due to the consequences of the coronavirus. Despite the difficult situation, we managed to prepare an attractive and high-quality programme for this year’s edition of the festival.
“Culture is among the areas particularly affected by the current crisis. This was the reason we decided to support mainly local artists this year. Therefore it will be possible to listen to some of our best performers and selected foreign musicians living in Slovenia. The programme will also be spiced up by some top foreign bands” announced the director of the Imago Sloveniae Foundation, Mr. Janoš Kern.
All events will traditionally be admission free, as our goal is to bring high quality cultural content closer to the widest possible circle of fellow citizens and visitors to Ljubljana.
The theme of the 32nd Nights in Old Ljubljana Town International Festival will be traditional sounds of modernity. In parallel, several programme lines of ethno, jazz and classical music will be intertwined, with an emphasis on musical practices that transform traditional influences into modern sound forms. A large part of the programme will include minority musicians, as the International Multidisciplinary Symposium Music and Minorities, which will take place during the festival on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the ICTM (International Society for Traditional Music) minorities study group, will be closely connected with the festival’s theme. The symposium is organised in cooperation with the Department of Musicology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, the Institute of Music and Ethnography, ZRC SAZU, and KED Folk Slovenia.
The festival Nights in Old Ljubljana Town will host 23 events at 8 venues carefully placed in the magical summer ambience of the old Ljubljana town, where over 100 musicians from 12 countries will perform.
The festival will take off on Thursday, 27 August 2020 at 8 pm at Novi trg with the international ensemble Mi Linda Dama (Italy, Serbia), a top musical ensemble that creates rich musical-dance experience.
The Nights in Old Ljubljana Town Festival will offer a striking internationally colored programme. You will be able to listen to tango in a modern disguise with the international project by renowned accordionist Jure Tori Tori Tango (Argentina, Austria, Slovenia), audience favorite and versatile accordion virtuoso Marko Hatlak will perform with his Kapobanda, the folk singer Zvezdana Novaković together with saxophone quartet Roya will show case the project Slovena Voices (Croatia, Poland, Slovenia).
In the spirit of the southern rhythms of Andalusia, Vito Mareence Flamenco Duo will perform alongside the established flamenco dancer Ana Pandur, the Mascara Quartet will enchant us with Portuguese fado, a concert of Indian classical music will be given by Lasanthi (Sri Lanka, India, Slovenia). The award-winning British folk innovator Hannah James will perform with her ensemble The JigDoll Ensemble (UK, Austria, Hungary, Iran).
With a repertoire filled with nostalgic warmth, the landscapes of time will be painted by the Anbot, ensemble of renowned composer Aldo Kumar, Nova Schola Labacensis will conjure up an evening of Greek Rebetika also called Greek blues, seasoned composer and violinist Matija Krečič, also known as co-author of many Magnifico’s hits, will debut his new album Rez/Cut. Among the performers you will also be able to listen to JUNEsHELEN & Alja Petric: Sound Landscapes – Songs & Arias, Acamar Trio, JG3O, and others.
The Festival will offer also a rich accompanying program. In addition to the already mentioned International Multidisciplinary Symposium Music and Minorities, the Library under the Treetops (several locations) and the street art Creation Lab at Gornji trg should be mentioned.
The Festival will take place in any weather, as free raincoats will be available to visitors for a carefree enjoyment of the evening.
The entire programme of this year’s Nights in Old Ljubljana Town festival is published on the websites https://imagosloveniae.net and https://noci.imagosloveniae.net.
You are cordially invited!
In these uncertain times, the programme is subject to sudden changes, so we kindly invite you to regularly visit our website.