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This monthly calendar of events lists the major cultural, entertainment, sporting and other events to be held in Ljubljana.


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    Cover photo: N. gankEdited and published by: Ljubljana Tourism, Krekov trg 10, SI-1000 Ljubljana, T: +386 1 306 45 83, E:, W: www.visitljubljana.comPhotography: Archives of Ljubljana Tourism and individual event organisersPrepress: Prajs d.o.o.Printed by: Collegium Graphicum d.o.o., Ljubljana, March 2016Ljubljana Tourism is not liable for any inaccurate information appearing in the calendar.




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    Get to know Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, on a special city tour run as part of a series of green, sustainability-themed tours of Ljubljana. The tours will take visitors to Tivoli Park or the Ljubljana Botanic Garden, two of the citys major green attractions.

    19 March at 10:00 Ljubljanas fountains, including drinking fountains

    Duration: two hours. Starting point: Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre - TIC, next to the Triple Bridge. Language options: Slovenian, English

    Price: adults 10.00 , children from 4 to 12 years 5.00 Information: Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre - TIC, tel. 306 12 35,,


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    Highlights in March

    Until 4 JuneAntoni Tpies: Prints 1959-1987Ljubljana is hosting an exhibition of prints and art objects by the famous Catalan painter, sculptor, and printmaker Antoni Tpies, who is considered to be one of the greatest European artists of his generation.p. 7

    11 MarchThe Welcoming of SpringOn the eve of St Gregorys Day, which, according to folk belief, marks the beginning of spring, a quiet location just outside the historical city centre will host one of Ljubljanas most beautiful family and childrens events, The Welcoming of Spring.p. 15

    11 MarchMaceo Parker If funk music is your thing, make sure not the miss the concert by the famous saxophonist Maceo Parker, a living link to the history of funk, who will be accompanied by his band, composed of renowned musicians.p. 9

    Antoni Tpies: Prints 1959-1987

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    Each year, Ljubljanas International Documentary Film Festival offers an insight into contemporary documentary film production. The festival has made it its mission to strive valiantly to reach into the core of the greatest social and political issues. It brings together political and portrait documentaries and films on myths, icons, the media, and other related themes.The festival includes a competition section. In collaboration with Amnesty International Slovenia, a prize is awarded to the best film on the theme of human rights.






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    18th Ljubljana International Documentary Film Festival10 - 17 Mar, Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre, Slovenian Cinematheque, Kinodvor

    Programme in Cankarjev dom cultural and congress centre:

    Competition section:M. Loushy: Censrured VoicesJ. Brossmann: Lampedusa in WinterS. Mehanovi. The Fog of SrebreniceM. Vuki: Children of TransitionR. G. Maghami: Sonita

    Topical, socially critical:F. Mosen: A Good AmericanM. B. Nichols, C. K. Walker: DWelcome to LeithuM. Naqvi, H. Trivedi: Among Radical BeleiversP. D. Hutchison, K. Nyks, J. P. Scott: Requiem for the American DreamA. Lewis: This Changes Everything

    Myths, icons, media:I. Calugareanu: Chuck Norris Against CommunismJ. Rothwell: How to Change the WorldR. Gordon, M. Neville: The Best of EnemiesCh. Gracia: The Russian Woodpecker

    Intimate and global portrayals:J. Sladkowski: Don JuanC. van Campen: Garage 2.0A. Horvath: Helmut Berger, The ActorF. Wiseman: Jackson Heights V. Vogue Anlovar: Selfie without Retouch

    Retrospective:Sergej Loznica

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    The designer and architect Saa J. Mchtig is considered to be one of the most important figures in Slovenian industrial design. His best known work is the K67 kiosk, a multi-purpose modular unit that became a familiar feature of cities and towns across Slovenia and a number of other central European cities in the second half of the 20th century.The exhibition Saa J. Mchtig: Systems, Structures, Strategies offers a retrospective overview of Mchtigs major design achievements, which include, among others, the aba (Frog) litter bins, the Ekos recycling containers, wall-mounted acoustic phone booths, and a number of other street furniture elements.Open: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed: Mondays

    Saa J. Mchtig: Systems, Structures, Strategies - retrospective exhibition

    26 Nov - 20 Mar 2016, Museum of Architecture and Design

    Water24 Jun 2015 - 8 May 2016, City Museum of Ljubljana Through four main themes and various timelines, the exhibition presents the im-portance of water. It is essential for our survival, the mobility of humans, goods, ideas and knowledge, our mythologies and beliefs, art and language. The exhibi-tion is also discussing water cycles in na-ture, their meaning and ecology. The first three themes build their stories through museum artefacts among which a larg-er wooden boat, presented to the public for the very first time, deserves a special mention. Other artefacts also include a rich glass collection, famous artworks by Slo-venian artists and a selection of the most important artefacts from the collection of the Potonik family, originating from the riverbed of the Ljubljanica. The fourth theme is presented with an interactive ex-perimental element, primary intended for childrens experiential workshops. 6 March at 13:00 free guided tour in English Open: 10:00 - 18:00, Thursdays 10:00 - 21:00. Closed: Mondays

    Plenik CollectionThe new permanent exhibition at the Plenik House in Trnovo presents the most important projects of the late ar-chitect. Pleniks creativity comes to life through the plans, models and photo-graphs of his creations such as the Zach-erl House in Vienna, Prague Castle, the National and University Library in Lju-bljana, the Ljubljana Central Market, ale Cemetery, the Church of St. Michael at the Ljubljana Marshes and numerous other masterpieces. Several plans of Pleniks never realized visions are also on display. The Cathedral of Freedom, the masters vision of the Slovenian parliament, is es-pecially worthy of our attention.Guided tours: every hour, on the hour (the last guided tour at 17:00). Groups must not contain more than seven peo-ple.Open: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed: Mondays

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    Slovenian HistoryLjubljana CastleSlovenian History, Ljubljana Castles permanent exhibition, shows the dy-namic history of Slovenia and Ljubljana. Slovenian territory, lying at the junction of natural routes between the Alps, the Adriatic Sea and the Pannonian Plain, has been the point of convergence of dif-ferent peoples and cultures since prehis-tory. The exhibition covers the Slovenian history from the earliest traces of human presence (200,000 BC) to the landmark events following Slovenias independ-ence in 1991and presents the societies of the differ-ent periods, the state formations, the political, social and economic circum-stances, migrations, transport, culture, architecture and the everyday life.Open: 10:00 - 18:00 daily

    Puppet Museum at Ljubljana CastleSlovenia is a country with a rich tradition of puppeteering. The Puppet Museums permanent exhibition, set up by the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, introduces

    Showcasing the archaeological heritage of the Celtic Highlanders within a broader historical and geographical context, this exhibition takes you back to the last centuries BC, on a journey through the mountainous pre-Alpine and Alpine regions of Veneto, Carnia, and Friuli in Italy, the Austrian Carinthia, and the Soa river basin and the region of Kras in Slovenia.The Celts settled at the most prominent strategic points in the area to gain control over the river valleys below. They established burial grounds and made offerings of weapons and horse equipment to natural forces and war deities. They began to coin money, traded and fought with the Romans, and developed a completely new and unique style of decorating jewellery, clothing, weapons, horse equipment, and crockery.Open: 10:00 - 18:00. Closed: Mondays


    The Celts from the Emerald Mountains2 Feb - 30 Mar, National Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova

    you to the history of puppeteering in Slovenia and the creativity of contem-porary Slovenian puppeteers, presents the most popular puppet characters, and gives you an insight into puppeteering techniques and the process of creating a puppet show. After viewing the exhibition, you can try your hand at puppeteering skills.Open: 9:00 - 18:00 daily

    Bogoslav Kala: The Painting Machine7 Dec 2015 - 20 Mar 2016, Museum of Modern ArtThe artist Bogoslav Kala has developed a unique painting technique named aerography or air brush painting. The exhibition The Painting Machine provides a comprehensive o