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    Pred nami je 60. Jazz festival Ljubljana. Letošnji program še posebej odraža bogastvo slovenske glasbene scene, ob tem pa ponuja vznemirljiv izbor mednarodnih umetnikov. Festival je ogledalo značilnosti časa in trenutka, v katerem živimo, pa tudi raznovrstnosti domačega godbenega prizorišča v vseh njegovih odtenkih, tako generacijsko kot po načinu glasbenega izražanja. Lahko zatrdimo, da še nikoli doslej nismo bili priče tako močno razvejanemu glasbenemu dogajanju v Sloveniji s številnimi avtorji in glasbeniki, ki delujejo v širokem polju jazza. Pogumni pristopi in odlične izvedbe so naju prepričali, da mora biti festival prav tako pogumen. Poslanstvo Jazz festivala Ljubljana je zagotoviti prostor novim snovanjem. Želiva, da bi vsi delovali v smeri, da bosta tako letošnja kot jubilejna izvedba festivala prihodnje leto najlepši praznik glasbe za domačo in mednarodno glasbeno skupnost ter številne obiskovalce.

    Prvi veliki korak v tej smeri je letošnja ponudba desetih brezplačnih koncertov v Parku Cankarjevega doma. Poudarek je na predstavitvah domačih zasedb in slovenskih glasbenikov kot vodij ali delov mednarodnih zasedb. Poleg tega bo Park prostor še za novi Oder pri starem drevesu, kjer bo z godbenimi vložki posegala mlada, nadobudna generacija glasbenikov, ki v svojem ustvarjanju razmišljajo kreativno. V Parku bo potekalo celodnevno dogajanje, namenjeno tako posameznikom kot družinam. Kot je že običaj, bomo pripravili tudi poseben program za najmlajše.

    Prenovljeni koncept festivala je lahko uspešen samo s podporo občinstva. Od samega začetka oblikovanja letošnjega programa sva imela v mislih vaše zadovoljstvo in sloves programsko najbolj drznega festivala v Evropi*. Meniva, da se drznost ne izkazuje samo z imeni uveljavljenih izvajalcev, ampak tudi s spodbujanjem domače ustvarjalnosti, ki lahko zaživi najbolje, kot je mogoče, samo z vašo podporo.

    Dobrodošli v neomejeni kozmos kreativnosti in glasbenih užitkov!

    Bogdan Benigar, programski vodja 60. jazz festivala ljubljana

    Bogdan Benigar

    programski vodja 60. Jazz festivala Ljubljana

    Cankarjev dom
    Vodja programa jazza in glasb sveta


    Edin zubčevič, programski vodja 60. jazz festivala ljubljana

    Edin Zubčević

    programski vodja 60. Jazz festivala Ljubljana

    Simon Popek

    Programme director
    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

    Liffe is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, or, to be precise and a tiny bit punctilious, its 23rd edition, since the festival went by the name of Film Art Fest until 1996. It is indisputably true, however, that for the past thirty years Cankarjev dom has been bringing to Ljubljana a broad variety of quality films from around the globe, spanning a wide spectrum of genres. The festival that takes places at various venues will soon welcome its one millionth visitor. And this on its thirtieth anniversary! The attendance trends – our loyal public that crowds the city’s and some regional cinemas for twelve days – suggest that this will happen already during the presale. 

    And what will 30th Liffe have to offer? Is it “a million-dollar question”? At the moment it is not exactly clear what the new cinematic output will have to offer, as the finest global specimens have recently been coming out in late spring, summer and early autumn. 

    Since Liffe rarely misses the opportunity to draw attention to cultural, social or political anniversaries or landmarks in its retrospective section, this “million-dollar question” could also relate to our retrospective programme. Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will not command much attention as we gave prominence to the “end of history” phenomenon on its twentieth anniversary. What about the 60th anniversary of the Castro-led revolution and the birth of new Cuban cinema? Sounds more tempting. A quarter of a century since the Rwandan genocide?

    The 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II? 75 years since D-Day? 100 years since the Treaty of Versailles and the birth of France Štiglic? 50 years since the Altamont Free Concert and the symbolic farewell to the violent sixties? Decisions, decisions… perhaps also about introducing a new venue that could enhance the festival atmosphere, or a pre-festival teaser campaign which would consist of a questionnaire about Liffe-goers’ favourite films and disclosures of the most successful, that is, highest-grossing films of the first three decades. But one thing is certain, Liffe is here to stay, in anticipation of its second million.