Photo credit: Cankarjev dom - Cultural and Congress Centre Ljubljana / Živa Makše

For the past 40 years, Cankarjev dom – Cultural and Congress Centre (CD), located in the centre of the city, in the vicinity of the main modernist square, Trg Republike, and all the major institutions of the Slovenian state (the Parliament, the Governmental Palace, and the Presidential Palace), has been a synonym for cultural and humanistic activities and meetings industry in Slovenia. At the CD, the artistic programme and congress activity have been complementing each other throughout the years – a paradigm that is of particular interest today. All this ranks CD among the finest and most interesting convention centers of Europe.

To top its cultural and congress service, CD provides a New Year’s Eve party. This year again, many lovers of arts and culture will on the last day of the year be able to visit performances and exhibitions and then attend the New Year’s Eve party. The last day of the year provides two exhibitions: Ivan Cankar and Europe, set in CD Gallery and Duša Počkaj Hall, that examines the art of the greatest Slovenian writer whose name the centre bears, and a photographic exhibition by Brane Žalar in the Small Galery. In Kosovel Hall a movie, Woman at War, will show an inspiring story about a zealous environmentalist fighting for Icelandic wilderness preservation.

In addition, there will be three theatre performances: The Simpletons, performed by Slovenian National Theatre Maribor, will be staged in Linhart Hall; in Štih Hall, a theatre performance The Irrational Pi, an award-winning project that blends the worlds of maths and theatre into a playful whole, will take place; and in the largest CD’s hall, the Gallus Hall, an Australian worldwide praised contemporary circus CIRCA: HUMANS fusing extreme physicality, consummate acrobatic skills and dance choreography will blow away the audiences. And last but not least, for those who like music, Damir Imamović, a musician, singer and composer of the traditional music of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ‘sevdah’ or ‘sevdalinka’, will together with Ivana Djurić perform in CD Club.

At 9pm, the New Year’s Eve party will start in the magnificent Grand Reception Hall where visitors will be able to await 2019 in a happy and festive mood. Those that like parties aligned with culture, art, and elegance, will be able to spin and dance on live music and eat and drink all the way until midnight and beyond.