Thursday, 19 May 2016

Visit Kranj in the summer

Let's hope winter said its final goodbye since the following months are bringing a bunch of excellent festivals and events. We made a list of top 9 events that you can not miss! 

Foto: Luka Dakskobler; www.tourism-kranj.si
Kranj is a historical city situated on a conglomerate prominence surrounded by Sava and Kokra river. So diverse summer activities are by far not the only interesting things in the city! While walking through the city centre you can enjoy in the beautiful mediaeval architecture, you can visit museums or galleries, the most famous being Prešeren Award Prize Winners Gallery, or you can walk in the Kokra Canyon located in the middle of the city! Visit Kranj and discover its hidden places. 

YOUTH WEEK, 13th to 21st of May 
Youthful energy will once again wake up the city! The credit for greater recognisability of the festival in Slovenia and abroad goes to high-quality and diverse program. This year you can be a part of different workshops, culinary experiences, sports events or you can enjoy in the sounds of first-class musicians, such as Gaby Moreno, Carnival Youth, and many more… We bet you will find something to your liking. 

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THE WEEK OF AMATEUR CULTURE, 13th to 22nd of May
The Week of Amateur Culture will be happening parallel to Youth Week, and that means even more events! This is Pan-Slovenian event, which found inspiration in other European countries. Its purpose is to raise awareness of how important amateur culture is for our society and to acknowledge the work of amateur artists. 

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EVENTS IN THE KHISLSTEIN SUMMER THEATRE 
The Khislstein Summer Theatre is surrounded by medieval wall. Every summer the venue hosts superb musicians and theatre performances. The diversity of events will satisfy the needs of demanding art lovers. This year's program will include the performances of Siddharta, Oliver Dragojević, Big Band RTV with Nuša Derenda, Darja Švajger and Alenka Godec, Gibonni, Cubano – Habana social club, and many more. 

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INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY 
The 18th of May is International Museum Day, since 1977. On this day museums present their activities and raise awareness about the important role they play in the society. This year's theme is Museums and Cultural Landscapes which encourages museums to extend their mission outside their walls. With the bigger involvement in the cultural landscape they will contribute to preserving cultural heritage. 

SUMMER FESTIVAL OF ORGAN GRINDERS, 3th to 5th of June
After one year break Kranj's streets will once again host Summer Festival of Organ Grinders. One could say barrel organs are Kranj's regular feature, since they play a major role in February's Prešeren's Fair and Kranjski komedijanti Theatre. Summer festival is the highlight of organ grinder activity. What can you expect? Reviving 19th century's tradition, cheerful and roguish atmosphere provided by always happy organ grinders, and 38 skillfully painted barrel organs from Germany, Czech Republic, France, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia and Switzerland. 

@ZTKK
MEN'S RUN, 4th of June
Men's Run is this year's novelty. Even though this run is meant for men, women will compete before the main event to show how things are done. Event organisers are promising varied accompanying events. 

SUMMER IN PUNGERT
This events are combining top Slovenian musicians and beautiful venue with rich cultural heritage. For this season's debut the members of the Kranj Music School Wind Orchestra will perform on the 3rd of June. You will get the opportunity to enjoy the masterpieces of bigger as well as smaller ensembles, most of them are jazz oriented. Amongst others you will be able to see: Big Band Grosuplje, Jazz Punt Big Band, Blaž Vrbič, Rado Čučnik Trio, Miha Rebernik,  Klemen Smolej Trio, Klemen Kotar, Goran Rukavina & The Players, Stari mački. There will also be a program for kids in the form of creative workshops which will take place every Saturday from the middle of May forward. Their peak will be ŽivŽav 2016, on the first Saturday of September. All events are free of charge.

@Cafe galerija Pungert
KRANFEST, 21st to 23rd of July
Kranfest is a traditional event that fills the city core with diverse activities every late July since 1982. This year will bring quite a few changes. Amongst others the focus will mainly be on smaller boutique venues accompanied by flavourful culinary program. The National championship in beach volleyball and rich children's program are staying the mandatory regular feature of the festival. 

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CYCLING CELEBRATION IN KRANJ, 30th and 31st of July
On 30th and 31st of July Sava Kranj Cycling Club is organizing traditional event called Cycling Celebration in Kranj.  On Saturday there will be a race for children of all ages who are not training cycling and in the evening night race will take place. On Sunday there will be a race in the streets of Kranj, followed by a race of teams from different companies. The final act of the event will be Kranj Grand Prix – Filip Majcen Memorial, which will be happening on a completely new route. The only feature that will stay the same is the Jelen's slope which is a trademark of the race. Organizers are expecting approximately 500 cyclist from Europe and abroad. 

@KK Sava Kranj
Also we must not forget about Scott's Cycling Day on 29th of May. The event will take place in downtown and surrounding area. This day is intended for families and recreation enthusiasts. Beside two marathons there will also be  divers animation programme.  

As you can see visiting Kranj in the following months will be mandatory! If the summer program convinced you to spend some days in Kranj but you do not know where to stay, look no further! We recommend Youth Hostel Kranj, which is located 10 minutes walk from the city center. 


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