Dare to be free

In dictionaries, freedom is defined as »the state of being unrestricted and able to move easily.« Applied to No Borders Orchestra this definition is very much spot on, but as often in art, it goes well beyond the apparent. Yes, indeed the orchestra, which consists of members from all ex-Yugoslavian states wipes out the geographical borders. And yes, their programme marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, thus celebrating another physical boundary being eradicated.

But it is just as well about borders, which are much less tangible — boundaries between musical genres. For No Borders Orchestra, they simply don't exist! So, get ready for an evening of thrilling encounters, when two seemingly opposite music worlds — that of classical and that of electronic dance music – collide, giving birth to a whole new musical universe! Waste, unlimited, untouched spheres just waiting to be explored.

Dare it! Forget definitions and limitations, drop the prejudices, open your mind, and feel the freedom!


The power of unity

Nicolas Altstaedt never fails to mesmerise the audiences with his utmost sincerity, subtle musicality and profound understanding of music: its meaning, its messages, its power. With his Haydn Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of Festival Maribor, he turns even the most “classical” and well-known piece into an exciting musical discovery, full of freshness and surprises, yet always true to its core and with the utmost respect to its composer.

The very same goes for Barnabás Kelemen, the brilliant Hungarian violinist, whom journalists all over the world describe as extraordinarily earthy, direct, passionate and authentic.

So, putting the two on our stage together promises not just memorable musical events, but profound, life-changing experiences — the ones, which have the power to move mountains and bridge oceans.

So make sure you don’t miss them! Your first chance for the “double power” is on September 13th. With Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.2 – emotionally intense and full of a strait, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 – bubbly and full of life, they will be joining what seemingly cannot be joined and connecting of what seemingly cannot be connected.

What profound power! Of music, as well as of the two musicians, artists extraordinaire!


Tickets are available from July 2nd, please click here to purchase online. For more discounts and information, please click here or call our box-office +386 (0) 2 229 40 50.


Smells like magic

Perfumery is the artful combination of scents that produce a unique fragrance, which enchants our senses, stirs our emotions and creates memories. To anyone who works in music, this sounds very familiar: the very same words could be used to describe festival programming! Just as perfumery, it is a subtle and delicate art of selecting, combining, contrasting and blending, the precious ingredients being carefully chosen musicians, their personalities, artistic credos and expressions and the music, its genres and periods, atmospheres and emotions.

To stick with the perfumes, let us say that
Festival Maribor 2019 has the potential of becoming the next Chanel 5! Once again headed by the extraordinary violoncellist, leader of the Haydn Philharmonic and creative genius behind the acclaimed Lockenhaus festival Nicolas Aaltstaedt, we are proud to presents an array of excellent and world-renowned artists.

We are thrilled to welcome the charismatic Hungarian virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen, the most brilliant and engaging violinists of his generation and his partner in art and life Katalin Kokas, praised for her passionate renditions of both viola and violin repertoire. From France, we have the celebrated tuba and serpent virtuoso, equally at home both in jazz, classical and improvised music, Michel Godard. From Austria, we have the pianist Christian Schmidt and baritone Klemens Sander, world-acclaimed recitalist devoted to the classical lied. The same can be said for his Slovenian colleague, the soprano Theresa Plut. Also from Slovenia, we have Vasko Atanasovski, the celebrated multiinstrumentalist and composer, his talented violoncellist son Ariel Vei Atanasovski, pianists Adriana Magdovski and Nejc Lavrenčič and the renowned actor, poet and author Andrej Rozman Roza. Our festival orchestra, the Haydn Philharmonic, will share the stage with The Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, The SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Simon Krečič, the No Border Orchestra with Premil Petrović and a world unicum, the celebrated Vegetable Orchestra from Vienna.

All are here to create that unique, elusive, magical atmosphere and memorable experience, which transforms the mundanity of our lives and elevates our souls and – just as the best fragrances – stays in our memories forever!

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Tickets are available from July 2nd, please click here to purchase online. Pre-sales discount: 20% for purchases until August 18th (evening concerts only). For more discounts and information, please click here or call our box-office +386 (0) 2 229 40 50.


Save the date!

Festival Maribor is proudly announcing its 2019 programme, which is all about crossing the boundaries, breaking the moulds, wiping out borders and connecting the (seemingly) unconnectable.

From September 10th to 19th we’ll be admiring the power of sincerity and feeling the magnetic force between two musicians forming a duet. We’ll be travelling through time and space, discovering new musical universes and marvelling at the sounds we’ve never heard before. We’ll connect French charm and German precision with Hungarian temperament, the music of the renaissance with jazz, classical masterpieces with electronic dance tracks, ancient instruments with instruments made out of fresh vegetables!


Intrigued? Check out all about the programmes and don’t forget to enter the dates between September 10th and September 19th in your calendars! We can hardly wait for them (and you) to come!

Welcome to the Maribor Festival 2019!


Tickets are available from July 2nd, please click here to purchase online. Pre-sales discount: 20% for purchases until August 18th (evening concerts only). For more discounts and information, please click here or call our box-office +386 (0) 2 229 40 50.


Thank you!

How time flies when one is having a good time! It's hard to believe that Festival Maribor 2018 is over! We've been passionate, we've been struck by lightning, we've admired the power of human heart and enjoyed the laughter of children. We've gasped at the roars of nature, and celebrated lasting friendships. But, above all: we've enjoyed eight fantastic days and nights filled with great music.

For this, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts, dear
Nicolas Altstaedt, The Haydn Philharmonic, Alexander Lonquich, Slovenian Philharmonic String Chamber Orchestra, The SNG Maribor Symphony Orchestra, Gergely Dubóczky, Dávid KutasLászló SeemanMahir KalmikBoštjan Lipovšek, Adriana Magdovski, Maribor Conservatory of Music and Ballet and Peter Kus.  Thank you for being the (passionate and powerful) heart of our festival, for giving it all on our stage and for being such great friends!

Also, thank you to our audiences, from the smallest concert goers (yes, the ones with pacifiers) to the grey-haired ones, who have been faithful companions of our festival for decades. It's because of all of you that we are preparing the next one already. Therefore we won't say goodbye, but: see you next September. Welcome to Festival Maribor 2019!


Power of the heart

Let’s start with some medical facts. A human heart beats about 115,200 times a day. That’s a whopping 4.800 beats per hour, which means, during our Sunday, September 23rd Powered by Heart concert a good 12.000 should be counted. Should. But won’t!

With the programme offering all of the Beethoven cello sonatas, there are bound to be much, much more. Not only because such programme is a challenge for both the performing musicians as well as listeners, but because it’s Beethoven’s tour de force, at the same time intimate and heroic, passionate and spiritual, dreamy and dramatic! A whole universe of atmospheres, thoughts and feelings, reflecting the entire lifespan of the troubled genius. With Alexander Lonquich and Nicolas Altstaedt on stage, this epic journey is bound to be highly intense and passionate, a firework of virtuosity and a rollercoaster of emotions. Are you up to it? How strong is your heart?


Thunder? Tornado!

“Mozart's music is so beautiful as to entice angels down to earth,” said Alexander von Kleist.

Well, we can’t honestly guarantee the celestial beings descending unto Union Hall
on Saturday, September 22th, but we can guarantee an evening full of (heavenly) beautiful music and – lightning strikes! One needs no weather charts to predict that Mozart’s last symphony, appropriately nicknamed after the supreme Roman deity, performed by the brilliant Haydn Philharmonic, led by the Nicolas Altsteadt means thunder and lightning just as sure as two and two make four.

Add the ever-popular Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony and Schumann’s breathtaking Cello Concerto to the mixture and what you get is a musical whirlwind of jupiterian proportions. No, not god this time. The planet. That giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun. Or two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Enormous proportions for enormous joy! Don’t miss it!


From pacifiers to trumpets

Do you remember your first classical music concert? Most of us do. The excitement of anticipating something new, important and big, the solemnness of people around you, the awkwardness of being the only kid among grown-ups, the stiffness of the collar of your Sunday best shirt …

And then the sounds, the music, the magic, the awe! A very special memory we proudly treasure for the rest of our lives.

However, we at the
Festival Maribor are proud to say we are guilty of a whole generation of concertgoers who definitely won't remember their first concerts! Not because of some traumatic experience (God forbid), but simply because they attended when they were still in their nappies! Yes, nappies! Festival Maribor is one of the (few) classical music festivals, which can boast an audience whose age is being counted in months, not years, and who enter our concert halls not holding mom's hands but being carried in them!


Our concerts for babies and toddlers are a hit and a sure investment in our future because even if our little concertgoers might not remember the event, it is certain that the joy of listening to classical music being performed live and up-close stays stored. And grows into love for it.

Exploring sounds and making music is one of the greatest joys in human life, so this year we have prepared even more of it (and not just for toddlers)! Introducing The Garden of Sounds, a magical place where plants and animals come alive through sounds. It's an exhibition of a particular kind, where you won't find any "Do not touch!" signs. On the contrary! We will invite you to take the objects into your hands and explore them. We will challenge you to produce sounds with them and create music!

Do accept our challenge! Excitement (and memories) guaranteed!


Passion a l'anglaise

Which nation springs to mind as being passionate? Most certainly, the Italians (at least about good food and wine), undoubtedly the French (passionate about, well, passion, the "amour fou"), the Spaniards, perhaps, with no lesser than Don Juan waving the flag for them, but - the English? Passionate? Most of us at the Festival Maribor agreed, that they don’t seem the obvious candidate. As one of our colleagues described: “The only really passionate moment I can remember from my times spent across the channel was a heated quarrel between my landlady and her cousins about what goes on a scone first: cream or jam? They got really passionate about it (all raised voices and flushed cheeks), and before the case was settled, I managed to eat half a ton of them without even being noticed. (I put jam first, in case you wondered.)”

Nicolas Altstaedt and Barbara Švrljuga Hergovich, responsible for our festival’s  programme, are of the opposite conviction. (Not about scones, about the English!) They are quite sure the English are a passionate, hot-blooded nation, and they intend to prove it! Enter Haydn and Elgar and their masterpieces! Performed by the passionate and spirited Haydn Philharmonics following the lead of their charismatic artistic director, they are sure to sweep us from our feat, make our hearts flutter and prove, that "beneath every elegantly inscribed page, amiable melody and apparent light-heartedness simmers a lust for life, like liquid lava under the sleepy surface of the green English landscape."

So, let us forget those cultural clichés. And forget those gently baked scones. Passion is best consumed - raw!


Passion. For music. For life!

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion!” a philosopher* said, and we at the Festival Maribor couldn’t agree more.

Passion is the force behind the unbridled creativity, which became the trade mark of our festival. It is the bursting, burning, explosive energy, which drives our musicians into the unimagined heights. It is the invisible force, which draws our audiences like a magnet. It si the unstoppable power, which fuses both of them together until they became one, joined in a powerful eruption of emotions.

This is why we put passion into the centre of our 2018 programmes: from Haydn’s passion for beauty to Beethoven’s passion for freedom, from Mozart’s passion for life to children’s passion for learning. With the charismatic (and passionate) Nicolas Altstaedt leading the pack, and with Alexander Lonquich, Haydn Philharmonie, Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber String Orchestra, Gergely Dubóczky, Mahir Kalmik, Dávid Kutas, László Seeman, Boštjan Lipovšek and SNG Maribor Symphony orchestra following in his step, there is no doubt great things await us!

So join us from September 20th to September 28th and unleash your passion for (great) music. And life!

*G. W. F. Hegel


Early bird tickets until September 7

Ticket sales for the Festival Maribor 2018 starts on Monday, 9 July 2018.

A 20% discount is available for pre-sale tickets until 7 September.

Discounts and benefits are also available for senior citizens (20% discount) for groups of over 10 people (20% discount) for friends of the Festival (subscribers to the Narodni dom, Slovene national theatre Maribor, members of Svet knjige, members of the mediatheque IFS and members of SIGIC) (20% discount) and for students, youth and disabled persons (50% discount).

Tickets for evening concerts cost 25 euros (opening concert: Passion Through Music, Jupiter's Lightning Bolt, La Passione, closing concert: The Power of Nature, The Power of Music), or 20 euros (Powered by Heart), tickets for the children's concert Bumm Krach Peng cost 4 euros.

Visitors can also opt for a festival subscription, which includes all 5 evening concerts, and costs 100 euros.

Free tickets are available for unemployed persons. It is possible to buy tickets online at, in the Information Office of the Narodni dom and an hour before the festival concert at the concert venue.

All ticket information can be obtained from the Information Office:
Narodni dom, Ulica kneza Koclja 9, entrance from the street Ulica slovenske osamosvojitve Maribor, every weekday between 10 am and 5 pm, on Saturday between 9 am and 12 am.
Between 16 July and 19 August, the information Office is closed, at which time it is possible to buy tickets online.

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