The International Druga Godba Festival In Slovenia

The summer festival season in Ljubljana and Slovenia will start on 18 May with the 25th Druga Godba, an international festival of ethno and world music, which will take place at various venues around the capital of Slovenia until the end of the month.

Defying conventional classification, the event ranks among the leading music festivals in Europe. This year's jubilee will open with Abd al-Malik, French Musician of the Year 2008 and one of the 15 ambassadors of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. Druga Godba, this year on until 29 May, will also feature Dutch band The Ex, Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekuria and other select musicians.

The end of June in Ljubljana will be marked by the 50th Ljubljana Jazz Festival. Each year this event draws big names in world jazz music. The city will be beating to the pulse of jazz until 4 July. The Ljubljana Summer Festival events start two days later, on 6 July. This festival, taking place at numerous venues around the capital, will be alive with action as late as the beginning of September. It is going to bring together a total of 70+ prime-quality events, featuring guests like the Bolshoi Theatre, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra and Choir, and many more.

With the Lent Festival starting at the end of June, Maribor is also in for a lively and exciting summer. Encompassing 400+ events and drawing a crowd of half a million, the Lent Festival ranks as one of Europe's biggest summer festivals. Between 26 June and 11 July, some 30 festival venues will be hosting classical, jazz, popular and ethno music concerts, singer & songwriter and chanson evenings, theatre and dance performances, concerts, plays and puppet shows, children's creative workshops, sporting events, etc. In 2009, like in previous years, the international Folkart Festival, the Jazzlent Festival and the Street Theatre Festival will also be held alongside the Lent Festival.

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