Ment Ljubljana 2018
MENT Ljubljana is a three-day (31 Jan–2 Feb 2018) showcase festival of fresh artists from all of Europe and beyond, during which around 60 acts perform at different venues in Ljubljana. The international conference focuses on the music industry and creativity.
On Wednesday, 31 Jan, the hard-hitting Young Fathers and Algiers will be the first to grab you, then 70 varied musical expressions from all over Europe will hold you firmly in the grasp of concert pleasure. The musical selection will conclude at Klub K4, one of the ten venues of the fourth MENT Ljubljana festival and conference. As of 22 Jan, day tickets will also be available online and at other sales points.
The newest festival venue, the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, will host an audio-visual performance by the Spanish Antropoloops and his innovative approach to ethnomusicology, the Polish singer-and-double-bass duo of Maniucha i Ksawery, and the Slovenian singer Katja Šulc with Romani poetry set to music. The stage is curated by beehype, the most global music webzine, co-created by over 90 music journalists, bloggers and deejays. At MENT, beehype will also host a presentation of the best music videos from all over the world, as well as a talk about music-related language barriers and particularities.
One of the most recognisable Slovenian rock bands is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. During their colourful career, Elvis Jacksonhave taken their catchy mix of ska, punk, reggae, hardcore, metal and irreplaceable jokes to over 1,000 gigs. They’ll celebrate their 20th with a new album, their sixth, but first, they’re hitting MENT.
Friday night will be shaken up by the last and latest announcements, Vakula from Ukraine and Slovenians Soter Amun, Levanael, Lara and Lavka, while YGT and Koloah will take part in the first arrangeMENT, a musical artistic residency during which they’ll create a joint EP. The festival will also feature performances by producers and deejays Borka, FLO and Whynnel, and by the six-headed Slovenian ensemble of experimental musicians Kikimore.
Dorit Chrysler, acclaimed composer and producer, will present the background of her music story and lead a free workshop on playing the theremin, the only instrument that requires no physical contact. This year, MENT Ljubljana is again organising the extremely well-received appointMENT project; the second instalment of the music poster exhibition by Slovenian and foreign visual artists will be on display at the DobraVaga Gallery from 25 Jan to 3 Mar. And at the Kapelica Gallery, Alexei Borisov will tackle the cellF neuronal synthesizer.
The conference invites music professionals to speed networking sessions with the Liveurope platform, the INES festivals, Slovenian clubs and concert organizers, international festivals and the Austrian live market. Meanwhile, the day conference programme will feature keynotes by Seymour Stein, a living encyclopaedia of rock ‘n’ roll history, Helen Smith, the first lady of independent music entrepreneurship and publishing, and Mary Anne Hobbs, one of the most influential deejays and music curators.
Vito Žuraj - the first Slovenian recipient of the Claudio Abbado Composition Prize
Only three composers have so far received the Karajan Academy Award of the Berliner Philharmoniker, a distinction awarded by the Foundation for the Promotion of the Orchestra Academy.
Europa Cantat Festival will take place in Tallinn next year and in 2021 in Slovenia
Representatives of key stakeholders in the organization of this event have presented the project, which every third year attracts between 3 000 and 4 000 choral music enthusiasts to the host country from all over Europe and the world.
Slovenian MoMENT @ Waves Vienna 2017
Waves will host a Slovenian reception for the 5th time! The best party in Vienna will take you on a roller coaster of good food, fresh drinks, great people and of course music. This year Waves hosts 3 Slovenian bands – КУКЛА, Daniel Vezoja & persons from porlock.
Three musicians receive this year's Prešeren Foundation Award
Among the winners of the award are composers Nina Šenk and Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar as well as clarinet player and multiinstrumentalist Boštjan Gombač.
MetalDays receives the Greener Festival Award 2016!
Another award for one of the 13 best metal festivals in the world.