The opening ceremony will be held at the Main Stage on the Drava river tonight at 9.30pm. The actual floating stage presents the symbol of Maribor and one of the festival’s most distinguished characteristics. It is 900 sq.m. in size with 679 sitting or 1200 standing places in its parterre and with additional 2196 seats on the tribunes. Its beauty lies in the fact that while sitting and watching the performances, the stage lights are magically reflecting on the river’s surface.

Photo credit: Lent Festival/Tiberiu Marta

The moment will be even more magical due to the performance held on the stage. The word is about Tchaikovsky’s Swan Ballet in production of Slovenian National Theatre Maribor and in choreography by Valerij Kovtun after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.

Photo credit: Lent Festival/BGSO

Tomorrow, on the 23rd of June, the main event will be the concert of the 100 violins: Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra (BGSO) from Hungary. The world famous company, established 33 years ago, has 138 members today and it operates as a band in the form of a classical symphonic orchestra. It is considered to be the world’s most famous and largest Gypsy orchestra. Since its formation, the orchestra performed more than a thousand concerts ranging from small community venues to grand and famous concert halls around the world.

Photo credit: Maribor-Pohorje Tourist Board

During this whole weekend, there will be many other concerts of foreign as well as of Slovenian musicians ranging from classical to jazz and to rock genres. However, the festival does not offer only concerts but has days and evenings filled with diverse programmes: folklore and dance, music, sport, theatre, for children, and other kinds of events. Held all around the city of Maribor, the Lent Festival presents the must see and experience event for any congress guest that comes to Slovenia in the next two weeks starting today.

Photo credit: Maribor Pohorje Tourist Board


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