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Lent Festival 2018


Take a look at the exceptional atmosphere of Lent Festival.

The festival that pampers life!

The story of the Lent Festival is the story of evenings that smell like summer and invite you to socialize, to get out, under the starry sky, among colourful lights, sounds, rhythms. To the Drava river, which reflects the fantastic imagery of dreams, to the stands with local delicacies, to the squares where you meet your acquaintances, to the streets with rivers of visitors from all over the world. To the city that breathes, pulsates, lives! The Lent Festival is the largest Slovenian open-air festival and one of the largest in Europe. For more than a quarter of a century, at the beginning of summer, Maribor has been transformed into a gigantic stage and a lively junction of artistic expressions, cultures and languages from around the world. Every year it welcomes about half a million visitors, almost every fourth Slovene has visited it at least once.

The festival of festivals

The Lent Festival is a festival of festivals. It hosts the world-renowned international CIOFF festival Folkart, the international jazz music festival Jazzlent, the Ana Desetnica street theatre festival, the festival of creativity and curiosity Art Camp and the Slovene cuisine festival Sladolent.

An event series of various genres, yet harmonized, ensures that everyone finds something for themselves. Opera and ballet, theatre and dance performances, jazz concerts, concerts of classical music, music of the world, singer-songwriter concerts, concerts of chansons and ethno music, folklore evenings, street theatre performances, summer cinema, sports activities and events and activities for children.

A festival that hugs the city and sharpens the senses

More than fifty festival venues, stretching from the banks of the river Drava to the city park, are only a few minutes on foot away. And because of the restaurant gardens, which expand onto the squares and streets in the summer evenings, and the many stalls that lure with local delicacies, you can pamper yourself to a perfect open-air dinner or a tasting of local wine or beer creations. The highlight of the culinary experience is offered by the Sladolent Festival, which brings the best Slovenian chefs to the city. Thus, in a single evening, with a single walk between the festival venues, you can taste the best that modern Slovenian cuisine has to offer.


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