For many, Ljubljana is a hidden gem that not only offers a rich architectural heritage and fascinating historical stories, but also hides lovely places for artistic souls. It’s renowned for its contemporary creativity, which attracts artists from all over the world and encourages them to co-create the cultural pulse of the city. Below you’ll find tips on how to explore and experience the artistic side of this lovely city.
Every year, the “June in Ljubljana” cultural event opens the various events and activities in the city centre, and the “Nights in Ljubljana Old Town” festival brings them to an end. During the “Summer in Ljubljana Old Town” festival visitors can enjoy outdoor jazz performances and classical music concerts. The “Ana Desetnica Street Theatre Festival” transforms the streets of Ljubljana into a theatre stage for a few days.
While hidden murals can be found in the old town, you’ll be amazed by the contrast on the opposite bank of the Ljubljanica River, where Metelkova art centre is located. This avant-garde corner of the city is home to street art, sculpture, art galleries, and studios. At night, they provide space for the alternative music scene and art performances. You can also attend concerts and performances of various genres at the Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture or visit the Španski borci centre of contemporary performing arts.
Like many capitals, Ljubljana has exciting museums, galleries, and concept shops for the most curious explorers. The National Gallery displays works of art from 1200 to the present day. Close to one of Ljubljana’s oldest streets with romantic charm, take a stroll to the Križanke cultural venue or visit the National Museum of Contemporary History.
In the spirit of history and art, you can explore the city by visiting the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum, the Railway Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the International Centre of Graphic Arts, located in the heart of Tivoli Park.
Today, the castle is the central symbol of the city and the most visited tourist attraction, with interactive exhibitions on the history of Slovenia and Ljubljana. You can take the funicular to the castle or walk along one of the footpaths leading up to the castle hill. You can enjoy the view in the castle’s open courtyard, indulge in a gourmet treat, and attend one of the social and cultural events (jazz performances, cinema under the stars, open-air theatre performances, etc.).
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