Wednesday, 31 July 2013

August, a month soaked with music

There are still many hot summer day ahead of us, which you can spend at numerous music festivals at various Slovenian locations. Apart from enjoying different music styles, you’ll get to enjoy the beauty of Slovenia as well, for the settings of the festivals themselves are extraordinary. The Kolpa River offers you a nice swim’n’fun if you decide to visit the three day Schengenfest festival. If you decide to visit the Overjam in Tolmin – the international Reggae festival – you can dip in the crystal clear rivers of Soča and Tolminka. Being in midst of the Alps and near to the Slovenian sea you’ll be able to enjoy the nature as well. All old music lovers, who’ll visit the medieval town of Radovljica, are welcome to spend a few days at the Lake Bled, which is the Slovenian natural crown jewel. 

Schengenfest 2012; http://schengenfest.si/web/en
In the beginning of August a three day festival of sound, sun and fun will take place in Vinica on the banks of River Kolpa. Sixth year in the row in the hottest month of the year (between 2nd and 4th of August) in the beautiful surroundings of Kolpa River at the border between Slovenia and Croatia, the sexiest music festival, by far, is taking place – the Schengenfest 2013. There’s a tree day joy with a rich programme with performances from a cult band Skunk Anansie and other famous groups such as Plavi orkestar, Dubioza Kolektiv, Triggerfinger, Hladno pivo, Mi2, Diskobajagi, S.A.R.S., Manouche, Sausages and Kill Kenny. Not to mention other music groups and D.J.s who’ll make sure you won’t get bored. More about the event at http://schengenfest.si/web/en.

After three days of parting hard we suggest you take a few more days to explore the region of Bela krajina. With its variety of century long cultural influences it is a dynamic and colourful area. You can see the cultural influence in the heritage buildings of the countryside and the towns, as well as in the objects of worship and the talk of the people, who are very kind and friendly and will welcome you with a glass of good homemade wine and pastries. You should check out the Hostel Črnomelj in the heart of Bela krajina for sleepover.

Kolpa river (Author-Dunja Wedam); www.slovenia.info
Just a few days later the Festival Radovljica starts beginning on August 10th. It is the oldest Slovenian festival of old music. The first one was organized in 1982. The festival features quality music with a carefully selected programme and musicians. There are always top notch performers from all over the world, performing a selection of reconstructed music from the time before musical notes were first written and up to the 21st century compositions. Even though the festival is dedicated to old music, the programme always includes interludes, theatre and dance.

Radovljica
The added value of the festival is also the perfect setting of the city itself. The city architecture and the beautiful baroque hall at the mansion of Radovljica, with its entrance and historical instruments for old music. To get a full dose of history we also suggest you stay at the local hostel, which is located in the very centre of the town in a renaissance mansion from 1634. There is also a café and an ice-scream shop in the building to cool you down with a homemade ice-cream.

And all who enjoy swimming and dipping are invited to visit hostel Bledec, only 6 kilometres away from Radovljica, which is more than close enough to allow you to visit the festival. The hostel is in a quiet part of the town and only 5 minut’s walk from the lake. There is also the walking path leading right by the hostel that leads to the castle, which you can reach on foot in 10 minutes.

Bled ( Author - Anja Žepič )
And in conclusion, let us go to Tolmin, where the Overjam festival will take place between the 14th and 17th of August. The International Reggae festival Overjam will take place where the Tolminka River enters the Soča River. The biggest reggae stars (among them also Inner Circle and Groundation) promise you unforgettable four days of music, sun, culture and fun. Since reggae is not just music, but a lifestyle Overjam also provides following cultural activities. This year’s motto is "Think green / Mislim zeleno" and dedicates to the sustainable development and economy hand in hand with nature. It covers many themes which concern all of us, despite the country we live in. Conferences with international speakers, daily workshops of crafts, raising awareness about nature, animals and fellow humans – it’s all part of the Overjam University. During the festival many day events will take place, including a workshop of non-governmental organizations, dance workshops, yoga, drums, street performers and sport activities. You can find more at www.overjamfestival.com .

International Reggae festival Overjam; www.overjamfestival.com
And you can lay your head down at the Hostel Paradiso in the very centre of Tolmin, above the bar Paradiso. It welcomes all travellers, young and old, alone or with families. There are 26 beds awaiting guests.

Welcome to Slovenia, where there will be no August lack of music and fun! 


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