In the picturesque surroundings of Piran and Koper, an international summer chamber music festival takes place In August and September, which is dedicated to Giuseppe Tartini, who was born in Piran. This year’s festival will be particularly festive, as it marks 330 years since the birth of the famous composer. In addition to Tartini's works, the festival also features the works of other great international and Slovenian composers as well as the works of modern creators inspired by Tartini’s art. At the festival, you will have the opportunity to see Tartini's famous 300-year-old violin and hear how it sounds. This violin continues to amaze audiences as they listen to it played by world-class musicians.
Sweet Istria Festival
As you take a walk through Koper, you will be amazed at its attractive cultural and historical heritage, and its surrounding area will take your breath away due to the wealth of flavours that can be encountered at numerous gastronomy festivals. If you have a sweet tooth, visit the town in September, when the streets are filled with the aroma of sweet Istrian delicacies. The Sweet Istria Festival also reveals its “sweet delights” at a number of accompanying events and workshops.
Vilenica International Literary Festival
In the beginning of September, the Vilenica International Literary Festival will host poets, authors, playwrights and essayists from more than 20 countries for the 36th time. The main event of the festival will be an award ceremony for giving out the Vilenica literary award, which is given in accordance with the Vilenica statutes to an author from central Europe for exceptional achievements in the field of literature and essay writing. The festival programme will be held in the Karst and elsewhere in Slovenia, but the most unique venue will most certainly be the karst Vilenica Cave.
Lavender Festival in the Karst
Do you like the smell of lavender? These gentle purple aromatic flowers are the main attraction of the Lavender Festival that will once again be held this year in the village of Ivanji Grad near Komen. At this two-day festival, local lavender growers show visitors how lavender is harvested, stored, and transformed into various products. You can even taste lavender ice-cream and other local delicacies at the festival.
Dreams in Medana
Where could you find a more picture perfect location for poetic and artistic souls if not in the idyllic Brda Hills! Small Brda villages overlooking the hills covered with vineyards, orchards and olive groves are ideal for inspiration and romance. Brda has always been an inspiration for poets, as the poet Alojz Gradnik was also born here. And it’s his birthplace of Medana, which annually hosts the Dreams Festival, where it’s possible to listen to exquisite music and poetry from various domestic and international artists on dreamy summer evenings. The Fairy-Tale Festival in Šmartno will take you to a fantasy world.