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The first spring edition of MENT, which will take place at more than 15 concert and conference venues around Ljubljana, is slowly approaching.

Here’s the full program and the list of speakers for this year's

MENT conference!

The MENT conference is an indispensable part of the festival, attracting hundreds of professionals from all over the world who visit Ljubljana to enjoy the wide-ranging music program, make new acquaintances, meet professionals from the Balkan region, strengthen their networks and get the latest updates on trends in the music industry.

Here are some of this year's conference highlights: Baltic moMENTs

Thursday, 30 March

Baltic moMENTs brings a full-day series of lectures dedicated to the Baltic concert market and the music scenes of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. At the listening session, you will discover the Baltic artists performing at this year's MENT, and at the speed networking session you will meet a delegation of Baltic music professionals.

Baltic moMENTs is produced in cooperation with the export offices of Music Estonia, Music Latvia and the Lithuanian Music Business Association with the support of the Baltic Cultural Fund.

Runda Takeover x MENT

Thursday, 30 March

The Runda Takeover is a collaboration with Runda, the regional association of independent discographers, dedicated to the digital music sector. You will learn about the state of affairs and trends on the digital music market in 2023 and the opportunities that the BELEM project brings, as well as why creating innovative and engaging content is key to your social media presence, which are the pitfalls and benefits of TikTok and what to expect from IMPALA, the European organisation for independent music companies and national associations, in the coming years.

MENT interviews

Thursday, 30 March, and Friday, 31 March

Interviews with various players from different areas of the European music industry.

  • Legendary concert promoter Igor Vidmar

  • Christof Ellinghaus, founder of the influential independent record label City Slang

  • Elena Natale, head of HALL, the biggest underground club in Estonia

  • The team of the main Slovenian electronic festival Butik

  • Martin Bricelj Baraga, head of SONICA festival, and Michael Brenner, founder of SHAPE+, a new European platform for innovative music and audiovisual art In collaboration with the newly established Serbia Creates Music and We Move Croatia, the MENT conference hosts for the first time a Croatian and Serbian reception and two speed networking sessions where you will have the opportunity to meet some of the key representatives of the live music sector from both countries. At a round table on music export in the former Yugoslavia region, you will find out what such export offices and initiatives can offer to regional artists.

MENT will be attended by representatives of renowned European festivals such as Roskilde, Pohoda, Positivus, Tallinn Music Week, Loftas, 8 Festival, Europavox, Colors of Ostrava, Exit, PIN Music Conference, Taksirat, BUSH, Arsenal, Dimensions/Outlook and others.

For the full program, including topics like festivals, booking, music management, synch, digital marketing and Web3, and a bunch of speed networking sessions on top, we again invite you to visit the link below. CONFERENCE PROGRAM

TICKETS Early bird festival tickets and PRO PASS tickets (festival + conference + access to delegate base + MENT tote bag) are available until 28 February. LINKS Website: Lineup: Tickets: FB event: Socials: FB / IG / TW / TikTok / YT M E N T Ljubljana. Produced by Kino Šiška. Conference co-produced by Sigic. The festival is supported by the City of Ljubljana and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.


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