The 25th Jubilee Lent Festival in Maribor Opens on 23 June
Since the early 1990’s, the Lent Festival has been an integral part of the cultural life of Maribor and a favourite event for the city’s residents and visitors. The German word “Lent” is still called the embankment on the left bank of the Drava River, which has long been used for ferrying timber from the Upper Drava valley as far as to Belgrade.
The Lent Festival in Maribor is the largest cultural and entertainment event in the open air in Slovenia and one of the largest in Europe. It involves more than 400 different events and more than half a million guests annually. Traditionally, Lent spoils guests with good music, theatrical performances, dances, in which various genres, styles and cultures are interwoven. The festival boasts numerous awards, including more than 40 awards from the International Festival and Events Association (IFEA), which brings together more than 2,500 festivals from around the world.
A number of thematic events are held as part of the Lent Festival, for example, the Folkart international folklore festival, the Ana Desetnica street theatre festival, the JazzLent festival and the Sladolent street food festival.
Such a rich cultural and entertainment program of the festival is complemented by children programs in the Art Camp, which is annually located in a local city park.
Past festivals involved performances of such famous musicians and show business stars as Macy Gray, Mercedes Sosa, Paquito D’Rivera, Dr. John, Jose Feliciano, Lester Bowie, Stephane Grapelli, David Byrne, Maynard Ferguson, Taj Mahal, Alfredo De La Fé, Alfredo Rodriguez, Malia, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Living Colour, Maceo Parker, Femi Anikulapo Kuti, Uriah Heep, Taraf de Haidouks, Omara Portuondo, Sierra Maestra, Buchweat Zydaco, Jimmy Cliff, Keziah Jones, Shibusa Shirazu Orchestra, Esma Redžepova, Šaban Bajramović, The Dubliners, Sara Tavares, Olodum, Matt Bianco and many others.
In due time, such legendary performers as Ray Charles, B.B. King, James Brown and Solomon Burke as well took part in the Lent Festival.