12____ Cities. Events. Experiences! EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE
Maribor is the European Capital of Culture 2012. The project combines creativity, heritage, education, research, digital literacy, cultural tourism and ecology. It links several regions: the energy of cultural diversity will spread from Maribor to Velenje, with its underground Museum of Coal Mining, to Ptuj with its kurenti (traditional Carnival figures), Novo Mesto in the centre of the Dolenjska region, Murska Sobota with its rural culture, and Slovenj Gradec with its philosophy of peace. www.maribor2012.si Maribor
WORLD BOOK CAPITAL
UNESCO has bestowed the title of World Book Capital 2010 on Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. The Old Town will come alive with literary events and book stalls and the Literatures of the world Continents literary festival. With 1,800 publishers and over 4,000 titles published each year, Ljubljana is one of the top cities in the world in terms of the number of books published per inhabitant. The first book in the Slovene language was published in 1550. www.visitljubljana.si
The Triple Bridge, Ljubljana
A LAND OF CREATIVE HAPPENINGS Classical culture – in concert halls, theatres and dance venues, museums and galleries – mixes in Slovenia with contemporary artistic tendencies that are part of international alternative trends. Here future classical musicians and dancers of every genre hone their skills. Street artists bring life to Slovenia’s towns at international events and festivals. Goings-on in towns are complemented by numerous events in rural areas: from country festivals to noisy musical events for young people in special venues by rivers and lakes. Classical music concert
In Slovenia mainstream and alternative cultural events, entertainment, sports and recreational events await you at every step. Plan your visit to Slovenia with the events calendar. Consult it at www.slovenia.info.