The Old Vine Festival, held in Maribor and the surrounding winegrowing regions takes place between the 18th and 26th of September 2010. The festival honours the city’s 440-year-old vine (of which there is a permanent, all-year exhibition, where visitors can learn about the vine) officially the oldest in the world. The festival itself is a celebration of local food, wine and folk music. However, the most significant event is the traditional grape-gathering ceremony which takes place on the final day of the festival.
The events take place on Grajski Trg and Glavni Trg (main town squares), around the old Lent district of the city and on the surrounding wine roads. Here you can purchase fresh regional produce from the street displays. You will find all manner of local produce on offer, including pumpkin seed oil, potted plants, flowers and fruit. Plus you will have the change to taste traditional Slovenian recipes cooked up in cauldrons by local chefs.
There are plenty of events taking place to lure you to Slovenia this year! Check out a schedule for this spring:
21st January – 4th April 2010
Pablo Picasso: Bullfights. Myth. Eros
This Ljubljana exhibition of Picasso’s work brings together 11 series of prints, including a selection of prints from the Suite Vollard series that art critics consider to be one of the 20th century’s most important print series. Bullfights, myths and Eros are recurrent themes in these prints. An accompanying programme of workshops, lectures and film screenings will run alongside the exhibition at Mestna Galerija Ljubljana. www.picasso-clave.si
6th – 16th February 2010 50th Annual Kurentovanje Festival, Ptuj
This annual takes place in Slovenia’s oldest city, Ptuj, each spring. Kurenti are figures dressed in sheepskin who go around the town wearing masks, a long red tongue, cow bells, multi-coloured ribbons and sometimes feathers and horns. This is one of Slovenia’s most famous carnivals, now in its fiftieth year, which attracts over 100,000 visitors each year. During the festival, Ptuj is alive with music and dancing, competitions and events, plus opportunities to sample local wines and traditional ‘Ptuj chicken’. www.kurentovanje.net
12th March 2010
Pruning of the Old Vine
The pruning of the official world’s oldest vine in Maribor is a ceremonious occasion each spring. The town’s vinedresser carries out the pruning and the vine’s scions are then presented by the Mayor of Maribor to selected representatives of other wine growing regions as a sign of friendship and co-operation. www.maribor-pohorje.si
18th – 21st March 2010
Ski Jumping and Ski Flying World Cup Final
Planica, an alpine valley in the northwest of Slovenia is famous for its ski jumping, being the first place for a jump of over 100 metres to be registered and where the current World Record of 239 metres was set in 2005.
From 18th March, spectators can witness some of the world’s top ski jumpers take on the jump at Planica. Traditionally, around 1,500 of the crowd come armed with accordions to play Planica’s famous theme song.
Standing tickets cost from €3 per child / €10 per adult and seated tickets start from €30.
For further information and ticket reservations visit www.planica.si
3rd April 2010
World Book Day
World Book Day marks the official start of Ljubljana’s year-long tenure as the UNESCO World Book Capital. Ljubljana is the tenth city to boast this distinguished title and a series of book-related events will take place in the city throughout the year, marking the honour. www.visitljubljana.si
This is just a selection of the events taking place around Slovenia during 2010. For full listings and further event details, see www.Slovenia.info.