Raiven's Eurovision Postcard: Capturing Celje's Charm

Published: 25.4.2024 More info

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Raiven's Eurovision Postcard: Capturing Celje's Charm

Following her captivating performance at the Croatian national selection Dora, Raiven continues her Eurovision campaign with a stunning postcard shoot in the picturesque city of Celje.

Raiven's Eurovision Postcard: Capturing Celje's Charm

Against the backdrop of Celje's historic landmarks, including Celje Castle, Josip Pelikan's glass photography studio, the City Under the City in the Regional Museum, the Celje Technopark and Krekov Square, where Raiven's path crossed with that of the legendary world traveller Alma M. Karlin, Raiven's Eurovision postcard pays homage to the city's rich history, intertwined with the legendary figure of Veronika Deseniška.

Raiven's choice of Celje for the Eurovision postcard filming reflects the deep connection between the city's heritage and her music, as she delves into the multifaceted story of Veronika Deseniška and draws inspiration from Celje's profound historical significance.

"I am increasingly realising that the story of Veronika Deseniška has many dimensions and that Celje as a city is a living monument to these stories. One of the most interesting sites I visited was the Regional Museum, where the last resting place of the Counts of Celje is located. It is a special experience - like gazing into the eyes of history," Raiven recalled.


Raiven is a musical alchemist, masterfully fusing the realms of pop and opera. Showcasing her artistic versatility, she thrives as a mezzo-soprano singer, author, songwriter, and harpist. She debuted in the Electro Pop scene with the song "Jadra" in 2014, and by 2017, her debut album "Magenta" received an award "Zlata piščal" given out by the Slovenian cultural and artistic association for achievements in Slovenian popular music in the category record of the year.

Collaborating with producers and songwriters at London's Metropolis Studios in 2018, she released the EP "REM". Her musical evolution was highlighted by her performances at the EMA (Slovenian Eurovision Selection) with the songs "Črno bel" (2016), "Zažarim" (2017), and "KAOS" (2019). In 2021 she won at the renowned Slovenian music festival Popevka with her song "Volkovi." After exploring the electro-opera genre with the release of the single 'Habanera', Raiven pursued her journey to uncover stories of iconic women from various historical eras on the EP 'Sirene pt. 1', with her Eurovision song 'Veronika' taking center stage as the principal protagonist.

Raiven's musical journey started at the age of four. She attended the Conservatory of Music and Ballet in Maribor and later obtained a master's degree from the Ljubljana Academy of Music, where she was honored with the prestigious Prešeren Prize for her academic excellence. Her master's thesis included a vocal recital and an essay on “The Role of Agrippina“ in G. F. Händel’s opera.

In opera, Raiven made her debut at the SNG Opera and Ballet Ljubljana as Public Opinion in Jacques Offenbach's 'Orpheus in Hell' and later appeared as Larina in Tchaikovsky's 'Eugene Onegin' and sang the lead in the tango opera 'Maria de Buenos Aires'. Raiven has also been active in theater, performing in Euripides' "The Trojan Women" in 2018 and the pop-rock musical "Povodni mož" in 2022. Since October 2020, she has been studying psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud University in Ljubljana, demonstrating her ongoing commitment to learning and personal growth.

Source: Raiven Official 

Photos: David Lotrič Banović

The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will take place in the Malmö Arena on Saturday 11 May with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 May.


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