As befits a European capital, Ljubljana offers many cultural attractions. Each year, over ten thousand events connected with art take place in the city, including ten international festivals.
One of the leading events is the Exodos International Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts. Each year, it gathers a community of artists from around the world who represent disciplines in modern theatre and dance. The Druga Godba (That Other Music) Festival is a jazz event, counted among the most important alternative music festivals. Every two years, the International Biennial of Graphic Arts takes place in the International Centre of Graphic Arts. The Street Theatre Festival is attended by artists from Slovenia and other countries, the dancers, actors and musicians create street art during the festival. On summer evenings, the Slovenian capital offers concerts during the Summer in Ljubljana Old Town festival; the concert series offers usually free concerts played in picturesque locations. Located at the intersection of theatre and dance is the Young Lions International Theatre and Dance Festival, which is an opportunity for joint performances by solo artists and groups distinguished by their uniqueness. The Emonska Promenada Street Festival gathers street performers who take over two streets of Ljubljana for its duration. There, they teach circus and acrobatic arts to the interested public. Also taking place in the capital of Slovenia is the International Doll Festival, which presents puppet theatre performances for children and adults alike. The Ex Ponto International Performing Arts Festival focuses on contemporary theatre involved in social matters. It is accompanied by exhibitions, performances, presentations, film screenings, etc. Ljubljana is also the place of the City of Women International Festival of Contemporary Arts, which is dedicated to the artistic work of women and their social sensitivity. The LIFFe International Film Festival offers an opportunity to encounter the most significant European and global film productions. The Animateka International Animated Film Festival includes a competition for best short animated film, as well as presentations of films produced in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as screenings of animated films from around the world.
The Slovene Book Days, the Slovene Book Fair and the capital’s title as a City of Libraries are proof of the focus on literary life in Ljubljana. In this way, the city offers artists from around the world interesting literary events, as well as focusing on promoting reading. An extensive library infrastructure means that access to books is widespread. An interesting initiative is the “Ljubljana Reads” project, which is intended to promote reading among the youngest residents of the city.