The Slovenia Times

Laibach back in Ljubljana


Love it or hate it: Laibach is part of Slovenia's cultural history. They cross the boundaries of various art disciplines such as music, graphic design and performances and mix it all together into a very special "Laibach experience", their live performances are therefore very popular.

The story of the music and multimedia collective Laibach began in 1980 in the industrial town of Trbovlje, shortly after long-time Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito died. The name "Laibach" is the German name for Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana. The group has frequently been accused of both far left and far right political stances due to their use of uniforms and totalitarian-style aesthetics.

It is difficult to put Laibach in one corner, to define their work, but it is easy to recognize their music: heavy, industrial music with techno and orchestrial influences. Laibach, who was also part of the art collective Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK), is a very political group. Their work circles around the issues fascism (and the similarities to socialism), authority, totalitarianism and religion. With questioning all these topics they always provoked and caused controversy - last but not least in the former Socialist Republic of Slovenia.

Laibach is also particularly known for their cover versions of famous rock and pop hits such as songs by Quenn, The Rolling Stones and the Beatles. You are probably going to hear some of them on Tuesday in Ljubljana!

Laibach, 16.5.2014 at Kri┼żanke, Ljubljana: Tickets here


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