MENT Ljubljana is one of the leading showcase festivals and music conferences in Central and Eastern Europe and the largest event of its kind in the region. It is an award-winning festival of music discoveries, facilitating, in symbiosis with the conference, the presentation of music performers from all over Europe in front of international music professionals and audiences. At the last edition (March 2023), 76 artists from 20 countries performed across three days on 13 stages around Ljubljana, ranging from independent rock, pop, electronica and folk rock to hip-hop and DJ shows. The ninth edition was attended by more than 6,000 visitors in the three days, the majority of whom were local, though many also came from abroad, mainly from nearby countries – Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria and Italy.
The international conference focuses on the music industry and creativity. The conference, which is the largest event of its kind in the wider region, was attended by 700 foreign and local music professionals (festival organizers, concert venue managers, publishers, music agents, managers, representatives of promotional agencies, media and other professional delegates). The participating delegates came from 31 countries.
In recent years, media coverage has come from all over Europe and beyond. The performing acts have appeared both in various local and regional European media as well as on the world-famous KEXP Radio, BBC Radio, Clash, The Wire, Under the Radar, The Quietus, The 405, Drowned in Sound and others. The event has proven to be extremely successful in terms of attendance as well as the quality of the performances and the positive response.
We are preparing the tenth edition of the festival and conference for 2024.
"This is truly a showcase that channels the zephyr of rebellion present in Ljubljana’s thriving alternative and artistic communities, and defiantly gestures towards new European voices entirely deserving of a wider audience, in the Balkans and beyond."
KIERAN MACDONALD-BROWN, CLASH MAGAZINE, 2023
“For this reviewer, the promise of what “normal” could be was echoed by memories of a festival that was so much more than an “industry showcase”. But had I built it up to something more, some mythical nirvana because of everything that came after? The expectations for this festival were huge, but could it deliver? Thankfully, the answer is YES… The same unpretentious, friendly and connected vibes flowed, the same exceptionally curated line-up challenged any idea of Anglo-American exceptionalism in music, and it provided a sense of collaboration that we are often missing from Brexit Island these days. That was another MENT, it’s one of the best festivals around, without a doubt.”
JAMES THORNHILL, UNDER THE RADAR, 2023
"The best thing about popular places and events is the fact that they still manage to surprise. MENT Ljubljana is one of the traditional stops on the festival circuit and is very popular not only in the editorial staff of Full Moon. For the friendly but at the same time creative atmosphere, for the cozy spaces in which it takes place, as well as for the selection of bands, which has almost no competition in showcase shows. And also because every year is different."
FULL MOON MAGAZINE, 2023
The festival focuses on local, regional and underrepresented European scenes, but hosts artists from all over Europe. The same is true of the music professionals.
During the past nine years, we have hosted representatives of various festivals:
Glastonbury, Sziget, Roskilde, Pohoda, Le Guess Who?, Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, Les Trans Musicales, Rock 4 People, ESNS, Waves Vienna, Reeperbahn, Haldern Pop, Monkey Week, Taksirat, Europavox, Pop-Kultur, Electric Castle, EXIT, INmusic, Positivus, MetalDays, Punk Rock Holiday, Atlas Weekend, Colours of Ostrava, Elevate, Fusion, Skaņu Mežs, 8 Festival, Arsenal, Flaam, Sharpe, Butik, Druga Godba, Sonica …
Sire Records, Warner Music Group, Universal Music, Virgin Music, One Little Indian, PIAS, City Slang, Glitterbeat, Ghostly International, Beggars Group, Hyperboloid, Ink Music, više manje zauvijek, Dallas Records, Menart, Subroutine, Bassivity Group, Pop Depression …
ATC Live, CAA, Primary Talent, Paradigm, Earth, Toutpartout, Belmont, Pitch & Smith, EBB Music, Powerline, LittleBig Agency, Swamp Booking, Runway Artists, Charmenko, Ink Music, More Zvukov, Ekipa, Paper and Iron, Scorched Asia, Analog Agency, A Gauche de la Lune, SPFM …
concert promoters and venues:
Parallel Lines, Go Ahead, Password Production, Yugofuturism, Los Angeles Agency, Pozitivan Ritam, Good Taste, Heartnoize, WORM, DamnLoud, A38, Paradiso, 4AD, Azimut, Distune, Hangtime, KSET, Mochvara, Tvrđava kulture Šibenik, Fleda, Kabinet Múz, Palác Akropolis, HALL, Sveta bar, MKC Skopje, Klub Stodoła, Dom Omladine Beograda, Nová Cvernovka, Cankarjev dom, Gala hala, Channel Zero, Klub Gromka
Ink Music, 3s Management, Chimes, Every Little Thing, Hoof ...
KEXP, The Wire, Under the Radar, The Quietus, Clash, BBC, Loud and Quiet, Louder Than War, The 405, Drowned in Sound, Full Moon Magazine, IQ Magazine, beehype, Noisey Austria, Ravnododna, Muzika.hr, FM4, DIY Magazine, Electronic Sound, Inverted Audio …
Thag's Agent, Lusitanian, Eastaste, musicsupervising.com …
Factory 92, Global Publicity, Liberty Music, popup-records …
IMPALA, Liveurope, INES, ETEP, RUNDA, Keychange, EMEE ...
The Orchard, TuneCore, Bandcamp, Spotify, Phonofile, Believe Digital …
and other music-related companies, representatives and music export offices. The conference features heavy attendance by regional professionals – mainly from Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia, as well as from nearby countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Italy, Germany.
As a platform, MENT supports and promotes Slovenian performers and authors abroad, doing so in cooperation with the Music Slovenia brand and as part of different EU networks (INES, ESNS Exchange, HEMI).
As part of the activities of the MENT platform since 2014, 64 Slovenian bands and acts have performed a total of 195 concerts at various foreign festivals and venues in 16 different countries. Since 2014, MENT has been organizing lectures and workshops on the topic of the music business in cooperation with SIGIC (Slovenian Music Information Centre), called fundaMENT. At fundaMENT, local and foreign music professionals pass on their knowledge to the interested public.
Andraž Kajzer / artistic director & festival manager
Miran Rusjan / conference manager
Ružica Petrova / manageMENT assistant
Jaša Bužinel / announceMENT – media relations, translation & proofreading
Dominika Maša Kozar / digital marketing
Matic Urbanc / delegate service & receptions
Jure Brglez / visual departMENT
Tina Ocvirk / visual departMENT
Matic Lovšin / web departMENT
Anja Pia Biščak / marketing
Urška Črnič / finance & administration
Andreja Bolčina / lead production
Matej Ahlin / technical production
Črt Batagelj / technical production
Marijo Zupanov / volunteer departMENT
CE/MENT curated by Jera Topolovec, Jaša Bužinel & Andraž Kajzer
appointMENT curated by Špela Pečjak, Urška Kleindienst & Farah Sara Kurnik
+ the Kino Šiška team, all the personnel at the venues, stage managers, runners, drivers, volunteers and everyone else that lent a hand
Produced by Kino Šiška, represented by: Mitja Bravhar
Conference co-produced by SIGIC, represented by: Primož Kristan
We reserve the right to change the programme.