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Welcome to Festival Europa Cantat Ljubljana 2021

Sing with Slovenia

16 - 25 July 2021

The festival brings together more than 4000 participants coming from all over Europe and the world to share their passion for singing. Whether you are a lover of culture and art or seek culinary delights, Ljubljana has something to offer that will not fail to impress.

Music lovers welcome. You will fall in love with Slovenia, too.

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Slovenia is the first country in the world to be declared a green destination based on the Green Destinations Criteria. Situated in the heart of Europe, Slovenia is a boutique country between the Alps, Mediterranean Sea, mysterious Karst with more than 11,000 karst caves and Pannonian Plain, rich in healthy water springs.

Welcome to Slovenia, the only country with the word LOVE in its name!

Lake Jasna, Slovenia
Špičnik, Slovenia
Logar valley, Slovenia

Did you know?

  • Nearly 8% of 2 000 000 Slovenian citizens sings in choirs.
  • The folk singing resembles choir singing as it is mostly 4-, and even 5-voice.
  • By law, every primary school in Slovenia is required to have a children’s unisono and children’s two- or threevoices choir
  • Jurij Slatkonja (Georg Chryssipus, 1456-1522), the Slovenian bishop in Vienna, was the founder of the court chapel (today's Wiener Sängerknaben)
  • Famous renaissance composer Jacobus Handl – Gallus (1550–1591) was born in present-day Slovenia
  • Now most performed Slovenian composers abroad are Lojze Lebič, Damijan Močnik, Ambrož Čopi, Nana Forte and Andreja Makor
  • Karmina Šilec developed ‘Choregie' – Vocal Theatre or Theatre of Voices’. With her renowned worldwide choir Carmina Slovenica she opens up new spaces to multiform choral music events
  • The most broadcast instrumental composition worldwide and second most overall is Na Golici by the Avsenik ensemble? There are cca. 600 arrangements, among them and arranglement by Perpetuum Jazzile Choir.
  • Astrum Music Publications is a predominantly choral literature publisher of Slovene composers and arrangers.
  • International Choral Competition Gallus – Maribor is a member of the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing Association.
  • During the past 15 years, Slovenian choirs have been the most successful per capita at top level international choral competitions.
Congress square - Kongresni trg, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana river - Ljubljanica, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ljubljana castle - Ljubljanski grad, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Numerous visitors describe Ljubljana as a hidden gem of Europe. Its picturesque image has been marked by different historical periods, and mostly by the opus of the world-famous architect, Jože Plečnik.

Despite the fact that it ranks among the mid-sized European cities, it has preserved its small-town friendliness and, at the same time, it has everything that all the larger capitals have.

Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, is a city with a green soul and a sustainable vision of development. It boasts excellently preserved green spaces and nature even in the heart of the city centre.

Current Internationaly Best-Known Performers

Akademski pevski zbor Maribor

cond. Tadeja Vulc

Akademski pevski zbor Maribor

Akademski pevski zbor Tone Tomšič Univerze v Ljubljani

cond. Jerica Gregorc Bukovec Akademski pevski zbor Tone Tomšič Univerze v Ljubljani



Carmen manet

cond. Primož Kerštanj

Carmen manet

Carmina Slovenica

art. dir. Karmina Šilec

Carmina Slovenica

Chamber Choir of the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet

cond. Ambrož Čopi Chamber Choir of the Ljubljana Conservatory for Music and Ballet

Čarnice Čarnice

Ingenium Ensemble Ingenium Ensemble

Jazzva Jazzva



Perpetuum Jazzile, Ljubljana

artistic leader Peder Karlsson Perpetuum Jazzile

St. Stanislav's Girls Choir Slovenia

cond. Helena Fojkar Zupančič St. Stanislav's Girls Choir Slovenia

Saint Nicholas Choir Litija

cond. Helena Fojkar Zupančič Saint Nicholas Choir Litija

VAL - Vokalna akademija Ljubljana

cond. Stojan Kuret VAL - Vokalna akademija Ljubljana


Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD) realises the national potential of amateur cultural activities.

It supports active creativity, the development of creative capacities, professional standards and extending the availability of cultural programmes.

JSKD is the carrier of development, implementation and monitoring of the national cultural programme for amateur cultural activity, live traditional culture, cultural heritage and forms of modern cultural contents. In the context of its functioning, it takes care of the extent and the quality of amateur culture as well as quality and comprehensive education.