About the festival
The Europa Cantat Festival is one of largest international music festivals worldwide.
Singers, composers, conductors, instrumentalists and choral publishers from all over the world will participate at the eight-day festival.
Approximately 50 of the world’s greatest conductors and mentors will attend this event to hold workshops adapted to the participants, who are both choral music enthusiasts and proffesionals. The choral programme lists around 100 choral events and has a diverse accompanying programme of cultural events in the city that for eight days lives and breathes music.
JSKD - Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activitiesopen_in_new fulfills the national potential of amateur cultural activities.
It supports active creativity, the development of creative capacities, professional standards, and expands the availability of cultural programmes. It was established in the 1996 with 59 regional branches throughout the entire country where each branch is assigned to help encourage and develop amateur cultural activites. The headquarters of the organization is in Ljubljana, where the directing staff manages the developement of the amateur cultural activities.
Through its programmes, JSKD enables personal growth and cultural integration, encourages programmes of cultural education and lifelong learning and enhances competencies, skills and abilities. As a professional, organisational and ﬁnancial support to cultural activities,it emphasizes counselling, quality education and events, publishing activities, targeted co-ﬁnancing of projects by cultural societies and associations, and interdepartmental and international connections.
JSKDopen_in_new encourages developement of the following cultural asspects: historical dance, folklore dance, dance, instrumental music, choral music, literature activity, theatre and puppet arts, ﬁlm. With professional mentors and managers, it organizes cultural activities as cultural and educational events, conferences, publishing, and helps amateur artists develop the knowledge and event organization.
European Choral Association – Europa Cantatopen_in_new
is an association of multiple organizations, choirs and individuals- conductors, composers and singers. Its purpose is to inﬂuence quality and expansion of the choral music throughout Europe with the international cooperation, networking, delivering information and knowledge, sheet music, ...
Europa Cantat Festival is one of the projects of the association. The other projects include:
Meet the hard-working Slovenian team, that will provide you with amazing experience of Europa Cantat 2021!
Urška Bittner Pipan
I’m Urška, sociologist and Master of Science. Traveling, a good book and quality music are things that make me smile. I feel genuinely free when I’m outdoors – at sea, in the mountains, skiing, … in the company of the people I love. Oh, and I reeeally love chocolate!
I was about 12 when my childhood dreams about becoming a doctor failed because I started conducting a choir of my friends in the church. Few decades later I am still immersed in choral universe. I am a fanatic fan of figure skating, spring and summer. I tend to combat autumn and winter with vivid colours of my shoes and scarfs and tons of chocholate.
Festival office manager
I'm Anja, mommy, I sailed from many different fields in choral world to Europa Cantat. This is probably my dream job, but in the meantime you can find me gardening and de-stressing at yoga classes.
Music office manager
In love with laughter and life with all that it has to offer! I have a family with three wonderful children. From singing in many choirs, choir conducting, to being a manager in the field of cultural heritage and cultural tourism for 10 years, I am back to where my heart is at home - Europa Cantat 2021 Ljubljana.
Communication office manager
I am Matej from Domžale, near Ljubljana. A singer, bandsman, programme host, runner, quasi-journalist, but mostly a sociologist in culture who never stops. I got in the EC team because I didn’t know what awaits me …
I’m Nika, communication specialist, in love with soap bubbles, books, dancing and wine. All that spiced up with some good choral music pieces!
Production office manager
I am delighted to have the opportunity of being a part of Europa Cantat 2021 project, because choral music is something that fascinates me from an early age. While singing in many different choirs throughout my life I have discovered a lot of positive effects of singing that overall affect the quality of my life.
I am very proud of my finished double Masters studies. In my spare time I am a certified Dance Choreographer, as well as I regularly participate in different projects with Slovene National Theatre Maribor. Next to using sarcasm, my two other favorite things in the world are traveling and animals.
I am Matija, Matic, husband, father, man and thinker. And also a musician in the broadest sense: producer, lecturer, trombone player, orchestra player, Big Band player and choir conductor.. When I'm not in the office, in the classroom, in the concert hall or in rehearsal, I love to travel with my family.