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Summer festivals in Slovenia

Ljubljana is a true capital of experience, offering a wide range of festivals.

Ljubljana Festival

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Our biggest summer festival is the Ljubljana Festival, which always features great world-class orchestras and artists from different genres. This year it will take place from 20 June to 3 September. Traditionally, the festiuval starts at Congress Square in the centre of Ljubljana with the Summer Night, this time dedicated to the work of singer-songwriter Tomaž Domicelj. His best-known works will be performed by a number of local singers, accompanied by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Big Band and the RTV Slovenia Youth Choir.

This year's Ljubljana Festival will feature a variety of guest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra with conductor Andris Nelsons and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Concertgebouw Orchestra from Amsterdam with conductor Ivan Fischer and the festival will close with the Gewandhaus Orchestra from Leipzig with renowned conductor Herbert Blomstedt.

Orff's greatest hit Carmina Burana will this time be staged from a concept by choreographer Edward Clug. Ballet lovers will also be able to see a performance by the Astana State Opera and Ballet Theatre ballet dancers as well as a production of Daniele Cipriani's impresario for dance, art and ballet entitled Les Étoiles.

At Cankarjev dom there will be a concert by Macedonian pianist Simon Trpčeski who, accompanied by the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Vasili Petrenko, will pay tribute to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. Russian soprano Anna Netrebko will also perform, interpreting excerpts from Verdi's works with three other singers and the Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Spanish theatre group La Fura dels Baus, directed by Carlus Padrissa, will return to the Festival with two performances; To Be or Not to Be and Pastoral for the Planet. Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer Maria Pages will also be performing at the festival once again, this time with the performance Scheherazade.

Zagreb's City Theatre Komedija will stage the musical Beauty and the Beast, while Venice's La Fenice Theatre will offer Puccini's Madam Butterfly. Musical theatre will also present the musicals Mamma Mia! and The Water Man.

There will also be several concerts of film music and fans of the English band Pink Floyd will be able to enjoy the rock opera The Wall.

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