When city streets turn into outdoor galleries

Ulična umetnost ali street art mestnim središčem daje urban značaj. Graffiti, murals, stickers and other forms of artistic expression of this kind, which use the city as a canvas, have long been not only a medium of rebellion, but have also enriched the image and offering by Slovenian cities through numerous initiatives, festivals, visits by artists, street galleries and guided tours. Discover interesting festivals, events, tours and top locations where you can admire in person colourful works of art in small and large formats.

Metelkova, Ljubljana

Ljubljana Street Art Festival

Did you know that Ljubljana has a festival dedicated purely to street art? It took place for the first time in 2019, and since then, as the first street art festival in Slovenia, it has been considered a unique event that connects actors from the street, artistic and academic circles and promotes street art as one of the most influential artistic movements of the 21st century. Through numerous events, it encourages "active reading of the streets, while at the same time supporting young, up-and-coming generations of street artists". This year's festival will take place between 27 June and 3 July at various venues around Ljubljana.

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Discover street art on a guided tour

Join experienced guides, connoisseurs of Slovenian street art and other attractions of urban Ljubljana. Discover it on foot or by bicycle.

Lighting Guerrilla Festival

For a few summer weeks, Ljubljana turns in the evening and at night into a stage for unusual sculptures, projections and other works with a common denominator... light. The Lighting Guerrilla International Festival has been creating a different image of the capital since 2007 with lighting items and installations bringing contemporary art closer to a broader audience.

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Ljubljana street art buzz on Instagram

Many iconic street art images are a common motif for amateur photographers on Instagram. In Ljubljana, they most often go to Metelkova, the former Rog factory, and also look for recognisable motifs of the artist known as Invader around the city or stop by the Ljubljana central market and Mahr House, which is decorated with murals by Jaša Mrevlje Pollak and Miron Milić.

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Street galleries and posters that are more than advertisements

Advertising space in Slovenian cities is often more than just a place for promotional posters. At TAM-TAM's poster spots, passers-by can often see visually and informatively interesting works as part of a competition for socially responsible posters. Also special is the Street Gallery, which regularly presents works by various artists at three spots in three Slovenian cities – at two locations in Ljubljana, in Maribor and in Kranj.

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Street art in Maribor

In the second largest Slovenian city, special urban areas are dedicated to street art. A few years ago, the first permanent 3D graffiti in the region was created at the Pekarna Cultural Centre, while graffiti and murals can be found throughout the town along the Drava River. Among other things, the city allowed street artists to redecorate the underpass next to Magdalenski Park with wall paintings – this is how the outdoor gallery called "Ob Štreki" was created. While walking around the capital of the Štajerska region, art lovers can also admire the works of renowned artist Petra Varl, such as a mural of lovers for the Faculty of Law.

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Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival

The Ana Desetnica International Street Theatre Festival will enliven Ljubljana for the twenty-fifth time this year. The festival programme features various forms of street theatre, as well as circus and dance performances, living statues, workshops and other such events.

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Street art stroll around Kranj

Art has a special place in Kranj, which is considered the (cultural) capital of the Gorenjska region. Including street art. The epicentre is the Layer House, which often hosts young artists, and its surroundings. In the same street you will also find the Kranj version of the Tam-Tam Street Gallery, and graffiti and murals will also surprise you in other locations throughout the city.

Other venues for contemporary art

In addition to outdoor venues, you can also admire exceptional works of contemporary and urban art "in the frame", in artistic institutions, galleries and museums.

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