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Meet the YEMP coaches

14. January 2021

The deadline for YEMP application is approaching (31st of January 2021), so apply NOW!

Meet your two lovely coaches, Nastja and Iva, who will accompany and help you throughout the entire programme.

Nastja Kacijan Prajnc is a student of English Studies and History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor.
She is a dancer, so she has been connected to music all her life.

She came in contact with choral singing through her student work for the Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities, and she has enjoyed working with musical artists ever since. She has been helping at regional competitions and events, and she worked at the International Choral Competitions Gallus Maribor and the National Adult Choral Competition Naša Pesem. 

Nastja is very organized and skilled worker and her passion is working with an international team. She is a helpful asset to the team because of her love for people and a special individual approach to all of the YEMPers. 

Iva Radulović is Operations Manager at International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM). She finished her studies in Belgrade, Serbia, at the Faculty of Music Arts, where she graduated in musicology in 2011 and completed a master’s degree in the same Faculty 2013. 

She was an Executive director of Jeunesse Musicales Belgrade and an Executive Director of the Academic cultural-artistic society “Branko Krsmanovic.”

In the international field, she started as a member of the YEMP of ECA-EC in 2012. After that, she was a member of the Youth Committee of ECA-EC and participated in organizing some of Europe’s major choral events: Europa Cantat 2012 and 2015, Europa Cantat Junior, Eurochoir.

The deadline for YEMP application is approaching (31st of January 2021), so apply NOW!

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What about COVID situation?

08. January 2021

Oh, yes, its everywhere. The Covid-19 became our new reality and in the light of the current situation, we are well aware that many of you are wondering whether the Europa Cantat festival will be organised or not.

We are answering your top 3 questions considering Covid-19 situation:


No, the festival will not be postponed. There are several reasons for that, but, most importantly, the festival will be the largest event during the Slovenian presidency of the European Union and the largest cultural event to mark the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence. With the help of our partners and co-financiers, we decided to carry out the festival within the given time frame.  

We continue to think positive – why should we think otherwise? We are aware of the current limitations, but remain positive. No one can predict the situation in the long run as changes happen on a daily basis. This is why we have no definite answer as to whether we will be able to organise the festival within the planned framework or only partially. But rest assured that we formulated various scenarios, which will help us make the final decision. The festival cannot be postponed to 2022 due to several different factors. 


Regardless of the scenario, safety and health of the participants will be our absolute priority. We will follow all the guidelines and safety advice of the competent authorities and institutions.

But we already know that many events (more than initially planned) will be held outdoors, which actually sounds pretty amazing on a summer’s day or eve!  

Good experience from large summer events in 2020 inspire us and make us optimistic, which is why we believe the situation will be similar in the summer of 2021.  


It should be pointed out that the registration process begins in December (from 15 December 2020 to 15 February 2021), and this step poses no threat to the participants.

We have actually set up a COVID‑19 cancellation policy, which allows for a carefree application and refund (except the €20 handling costs per person). Read more about this in our General Terms and Conditions, which can be found HERE 

Covid-19 (excerpt from Terms and conditions)

If participants have to cancel their participation due to the following reasons related to Covid-19, they are entitled to a full refund of the Participation fee (registration fee & festival ticket), minus €20,00 handling costs per person:

– Participants come from a country that is considered a risk by the Slovenian government so that they cannot travel or would be forced to go into quarantine after entering the country;
– Slovenia is considered a risk by the government in the country of residence of the participants, and they would thus be forced to go into quarantine upon their return from Slovenia;
– A flight/bus /train was cancelled due to Covid-19.

In all cases participants will have to provide proof (printouts of official lists of risk countries, the proof of cancellation of travel) with an indication of the reason for cancelling.
The participant/group/choir can pay by non-cash payment (direct bank transfer, PayPal, or credit card). The administration fee is 2.5%

If you have any more questions, please contact our HELP desk:

+386 1 24 10 500

MON: 13:00 – 17:00
TUE: 15:00 – 19:00
WED, THU, FRI: 9:00 – 13:00

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The registration is open!

15. December 2020

It is our great pleasure to announce, that the registration to the Europa Cantat Festival 2021, organised by the Public fund for cultural activities Republic of Slovenia, is now OPEN!
The festival’s patron of honour is President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the event has been granted the patronage of the European Parliament.

You can enter the registration form via our website, where you’ll also find the important steps you need to take before the actual registration. It is important to read the instructions and other information.

We recommend you to use the personal computer for the registration and not the mobile phone or tablet. This way it’ll be much easier for you.

Need help?

HELP desk:
+386 1 24 10 500

Monday: 13:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 15:00 – 19:00
Wednesday – Friday: 9:00 – 13:00

The registration is open from December 15 2020 until February 15 2021.

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Interview with the Festival Manager, Urška Bittner Pipan, MSc

08. December 2020

Urška, we are moments away from opening the registrations for the festival, which means that there is probably a lot of work to do. How are you?

Hi there, I can’t wait to start! Registrations for our festival will open in the season of Father Christmas and other gift-bringing figures – what we have been working on for the past two years will now be available to everyone!

The jolly month of December is indeed very joyous for me and our team. We work tirelessly from morning to night (which is even more challenging due to distance learning of our children) so that everything is ready for the singing enthusiasts to make their dreams for the summer of 2021 come true during the holidays. I really look forward to 15 December when the registrations start.

What about the organising team? What are your colleagues doing at the moment? 

Our life revolves around Zoom conferences, meetings, and computers, we are putting the final touches to the project so that everything is ready before the registrations open! At the same time, it is our wish to let the entire world know about the festival, which is why we are all over the place … and remain optimistic!

At this point, I would like to take the opportunity to briefly introduce our team: Mihela, the programme manager of the festival, and Joži, the music office manager, not only work miracles with amazing mentors from around the world, but also give the festival its soul.

You can bump into our communication experts Matej and Nika anywhere these days (from “live” online presentations to social media, media releases, and the festival website, Slovenian and English programme booklet, etc.). Fortunately, Maja will soon join our team and come to the rescue.

Zala is currently tasked with seeking volunteers (you are most welcome to apply HERE 😊) and takes care of everyone who will work at the festival, while Miha and Matija manage the festival production, i.e. rent premises, discuss technical matters, arrange permissions, insurances, exhibitions, etc.

Anja, my right hand and the festival office manager, runs the show in the background and keeps a close eye on the team as a whole – at the same time, she provides indispensable support in the background systems (from registration to databases). We are also pleased to welcome Tadeja in our midst; she will be in charge of our help desk.

Members of the European Choral Association office (Sonja, Estera, Sophie, Sylvia, Alfred) and many other external colleagues have also shown great support. I would particularly like to thank Mr. Jean-Claude Wilkens and Mr. Damijan Močnik, the president and vice-president of the Festival Music Commission, respectively. In short – it is impossible to think of a better team, and next year some of other colleagues at JSKD will also lend a hand.

(from left to right): Joži Vovk, Music Office Manager, Anja Trilar, Festival Office Manager, and Urška Bittner Pipan, Festival Manager on the teambuilding in Autumn

How will the registration form look like?

Although there is a wide selection of ateliers and ways of cooperation, the registration form is transparent and clear. You will be able to attend (at least) one concert or special project of your choice per day (limited number of seats available) and participate in an open-air singing event. Attending the festival will also guarantee you a copy of the Festival Songbook and Programme Booklet containing all the information you need for that amazing singing week.


From 15 December onwards, the participants will be able to register using the registration form on our website. We stand ready to help in any way we can, be it through the prepared registration form instructions or with the assistance of Tadeja, who will provide support via phone and e-mail.

I would specifically like to point out that you can register individually or through a group registration if you are part of a choir or would like to attend the festival together with your friends or family.

You will provide personal information, choose the Festival Package Deal (would you like to attend for 4 or 8 days?), indicate the selected programme choice (3 choices), let us know your meal preferences and pay the first part of the total price, i.e. the registration fee of €60.00 per person. You will be required to pay the second part or the festival ticket by 15 May, to be exact.

What do you expect from registrations?

We know that our festival is fantastic for anyone who loves singing and is connected to music in any way. We believe that people will have a positive outlook on the next summer and spend a part of it with us. Which is why we expect the participants to be optimistic. 😊

Urška, you are also a choral singer. What does choral singing mean to you?

Anyone who has ever sung in an ensemble or choir knows that there is no way to describe the feeling when music takes over the place to someone without that particular experience.
For me, this is a gift that allows me to explore new music worlds and amazing people, forge new friendships as well as visit new places and countries – and you can expect exactly that in July 2021 in Ljubljana. See you there!

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The registration for volunteers and YEMP is now OPEN!

05. December 2020

Today is THE day for everyone wanting to become a part of our team!

Apply now, click HERE!

The registration form is the same for both: volunteers & YEMP.
Watch the video we prepared for all thinking about joining us as volunteers 👇.

Watch the video we prepared for all thinking about joining as volunteers.


What are we looking for?

What are we offering?

  • You do not have any plans between 16th and 25th July 2021?
  • You can also be available for a few days before 16th July?
  • Do you love music in all its various forms?
  • Are you interested in meeting new people from all over the world?
  • Do you wish to join a Slovene event everyone sings praise of?
  • Are you +15 years old?
  • Admission free concerts and several workshops;
  • Flexible worktime arrangements;
  • A warm meal by a Michelin-plate restaurant, catering Jezeršek;
  • A boat ride on Ljubljanica river
  • A certificate for your professional portfolio;
  • Great time with professionals from all over the world;
  • Many more perks!


Why become a YEMP-er?

  • Get involved in two-week work-based learning programme at one of the major global choral festivals;
  • Get tutored by accomplished mentors; 
  • Try out different work fields (individuals will be selected based on their preference);
  • Attempt various learning techniques: online learning, workshops and lectures before the festival and on-the-job learning during the actual event;
  • Gain a unique and unparalleled experience!

Who can apply?

  • Candidates aged between 18 and 30;
  • Management majors or individuals with a keen interest in event organisation. Preference will be given to applicants involved in choral music;
  • Motivated individuals who are willing to make professional development in the field of international event organisation.
  • Candidates must be active speakers of English (or more languages).

Because the EU co-finances the YEMP project, the participants of the YEMP programme are provided food, accommodation and have the possibility to attend concerts and participate in other activities. However, YEMP-ers must cover their own travel costs to Ljubljana.

Read more on becoming a YEMP-er HERE.

We are looking forward to your registration!
the Team