20th July – 28th July 2018, PTUJ, SLOVENIA


The 10th Annual Arsana music festival will host Slovenian and international musicians in the classical, jazz, ethno, world, popular, vocal and instrumental music on the stages in and around the historic city of Ptuj. Between 20th and 28th July, more than 60 events featuring over 300 renowned artists. Additional events include a children’s festival, international summer dance academy, street events, exhibitions, as well as an Open Kitchen, Vegetarian bazaar and other events in the accompanying program.


Highlights of the festival: NATURALLY 7 (USA), the kings of a capella music after three world tours; New song evening (SLO), dedicated to the vocal poetry of Rok Vilčnik, with Papir, Patetico, Pliš, Bilbi, and Severa Gjurin; project EPK Maribor 2012 in the Tango story & Irena Yebuah Tiran (SLO) with world dance champions Andreja Podlogar and Blaž Bertoncelj; Tadej Toš, with new stories and Klemen Slakonja & All Stars OrchestraVox Arsana & Vlado KreslinCubismo and Magnifico.


Classical masters will be represented by; Trio Flute-Horn-Piano – Global Music Village (CRO, SLO) by Nikolina Kovač J., Lovorka Nemeš Dular and Robert Petrič; Chamber Choir KGBL (SLO); Love music of Viennese composers (MK, AUT) by Milena Arsovska, Philippe Spiegel and Paul Singe; Vladimir Milošević (SRB), one of the most important Serbian pianists of today; and virtuoso Martin Belič on the flute and Ivan Ferčič on the piano. On the stage “Music in the City” will be Slovenian jazz musicians working abroad: Vid Jamnik & Urgent Detergent (SLO, USA, CRO), Volture Forest (SLO, DNK, SAR, SE), Marko Črnčec trio (SLO, USA, ITA), SHARP 6 (SLO), Maja Kevc (NDL, SLO), and Sounds of Slovenia, where Boštjan Gombač, Janez Dovč and Goran Krmac will walk through Slovenian ethnic landscapes. The highlight of the festival is the YOUTH TO THE YOUTH stage located at the Slovenian Square.


The 10th anniversary of Arsana and 25 years of Vargas-al will be celebrated with a special pre-festival event: Opera Night at the Panorama Archaelogical Park, where Opera SNG MARIBOR will perform with the symphony orchestra, choir and soloists overlooking the Ptuj castle under the stars, 9th June 2018 at 8.30 pm (in case of bad weather, the next day).

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(pre-festival highlight)

For the 10th anniversary of the Arsana festival and the 25th anniversary of Vargasal you are invited for a festive concert on the hill of the Archaeological Park Panorama with the beautiful view of the Ptuj Castle. The free concerts of classical works have a special mission thus the repertoire will include popular excerpts of famous operas, which are always fascinating and timeless. Listening to music under the stars certainly promises an unforgettable experience! A musical evening with the biggest opera hits of the past and will be performed by OPERA SNG Maribor with Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Soloists with the conductor Simon Krečič.



Naturally 7 with Canadian singer, Michael Bublé has had three world tours in more than 25 countries, and in front of 4 million fans. NATURALLY 7 are the kings of a capella music and are one of the most important vocal bands in the world. They simulate the sounds of an instrumental band using only their voices, mouths and distortion effects sounding like drums, guitar, trumpets, and keyboards. Some of their biggest successes were interpretations of world hits from the repertoires of Coldplay, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Queen, Xavier Naidoo, Sarah Connor, Helen Fisher, Phil Collins, Diane Ross and Michael Bublé, with whom they recorded four duets. Some of their greatest hits are important interpretations of international hits of Phil Collins, In The Air Tonight, Coldplay epic hit Fix You and another bestseller Wall of Sound. Their seventh studio album is another success filled with rich harmonies and exceptional vocals of eternal classics like Anton Dvorak, Paul McCartney, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Sting, and Adele.



The project is dedicated to the musical poetry of writer and poet Rok Vilčnik, who wrote texts for many of the best Slovenian musicians. Many famous jazz musicians participated in this project, namely Igor Bezget, Sebastijan Duh, Ana Bezjak, Tadej Krampl, Tomaž Gajšt, Bruno Domiter, Mirna Bogdanović, and composer Gregor Stermecki. At the project, there will be additional guests performing, like Pliš, the legend of Slovenian music Severa Gjurin, and actor/singer/author Bilbi. The event will be hosted by popular radio journalist Jure Longyka. This will be an excellent musical evening of the author’s music and poetry.



TANGO STORY is a project of European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 – Ptuj. Together with world famous violinist Stefan Milenkovic it was perfomed on the biggest stages of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and have had very sucesfull tour in the United States. This time in all-new version with virtuoz Borut Zagoranski on the accordion, excellent violinist Matija Krečič, and legendary double bassist Žiga Golob, multi-instrumentalist Marko Korošec, and pianist and artistic leader Mladen Delin. In the story of tango 2 world champions in tango will be performing, Andreja Podlogar and Blaž Bertoncelj. These internationally well established  musicians, in the evening full of virtuosity and passion, will take you from old Tango Vieho from taverns and bordels to Tango Nuevo, classical contemporary tango. Singing guest Irena Yebuah Tiran, has received many awards as a soloist and member of a number of chamber ensembles at home and abroad. Peter Srpčič will add to the programme with the poetry of Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda.


“He who becomes the slave of habit,

who follows the same routes every day,

who never changes pace,

who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,

who does not speak and does not experience,

dies slowly.”

From Die slowly of Pablo Neruda



Now already loyal friend of our Arsana festival, Tadej Toš is suprising us every year with new original stories originating  from the stage. We know he is ours. We know he speaks fast and a lot. In his shows, Toš is making fun of even the most serious life situations – which is, by his opinion, one of the ways to guard against automatization and  the insensitivities of life.  He can’t wait to step on our stage again.



An excellent drama actor, singer, tv host and imitator Klemen Slakonja, together with top Slovenian musicians will stage a show of musical surprises, Under the artistic guidance of Lojze Krajnčan, who is also the conceptual leader of the project and author of all adaptations for the orchestra. We will hear Slakonjas greatest hits, like Ruf mich Angela, The Perverted Dance in Putin, Putout, with which he reached millions of views on his youtube channel. As one of the most musically talented Slovenian actors, he is going to perform the most demanding singing roles, for example opera aria Torna A Surriento, last year Evrovision winner Amar Pelos Dois and Jan Plestenjak … The concert will be, as always, spiced up with Slakonjas humour and theatre approach.



Vox Arsana, celebrated 10 years of existence in December.  They have performed at many important festivals in Slovenia, France, Croatia, Serbia and the United States, regularly participating with Slovenian and foreign musicians, They are a constant guest of Toti Big Band Maribor, Big Band RTV Slovenia and Big Band Croatia. In 2015, the group published their first studio album »TURN IT UP«, together with the national Big Band, and received excellent domestic and foreign reviews, and was also nominated for the award ZLATA PIŠČAL. Since 2013 they have worked together with two time nominated New York Voices. They will perform their multi-annual collection and present new adaptations of Vlado Kreslin’s greatest hits.



Cubismo is a Croatian band with international musical performers – their members from Croatia, Slovenia, Cuba and Equador.are joining together to play energetic dance music, based on African-Cuban rhythms in their own recognizable style. The dominant rhythms of Cubismo music is salsa and latino jazz, with influences of hip hop, funk and rock. Visitors to their concerts are allured with Cubismo’s positive energy shining from the stage.



Magnifico significantly marked the Slovenian culture in the last three decades. He gave us “24 thousand kisses”,and introduce us to “Silvia”, and breaking stereotypes on immigrants, gays and other minorities. He thought us “Marš na Drino” and given us “Only love”. In his career, he has published and composed eight albums and three film soundtracks, with more than 1000 concerts in Slovenia and around the world.



Vladimir Miloševič is one of the most relevant Serbian pianists of todays generation. In 2013 he was proclaimed the winner for the of the concert Rising Artist Concerto in New York. His performances were praised by many critics, like Salle Cortot in Paris, Steinway Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Teatro Tivoli in Porto, Foerster Hall in Prague, Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, and also in Milan, Rome, Bari, Venice, Rennes, Nica, and Lyon. As the winner of the competition Concerts in villa Vicenzi (Italy) he performed at the prestigious recital Carnegie Hall in New York. He works together with many musicians, like flutist János Bálint, violinist David Casto-Balbi, Eric Crambes, Stefan  Milenkovi, Dragan Djordjevič and others.



Marko Črnčec is one of the most recognized contemporary musicians and Slovenian exports. Internationally, he is known as a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and producer, who works in several genres, especially jazz and popular music. He currently lives and works in New York. At Arsana festival Marko will present himself with his latest trio, in which he collaborates with outstanding musicians: American Myles Sloniker and Italian Francesco Ciniglio. Both of them are among the most invited jazz musicians of the New York jazz scene. They will present compositions under the pens of all three musicians. Come and experience New York’s musical spirit!



Maja Keuc is a young soul singer well known in Slovenia by her performance at Slovenia’s Got Talent 2010. A year later she represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf and reached the highest possible Slovenian place of all time.  In cooperation with the group PAPIR she published her first album by the name Po Viharju (After the storm), and a year later her solo album Indigo. Last year she finished her studies of music in Rotterdam with excellence, and currently lives and works in the Scandinavian capital of music – Stockholm. In the Spring of 2017 she published her first international mini album Fairytales under her artistic name Amaya, in cooperation with the producer Orphee Noah. At the concert »Tribute to soul« Maja will be accompanied bu established musicians Miha Koretič (guitar), Dorian Granda (drums), and Jernej Kržič (base). The repertoire is a tribute to the most distinguished names of soul and blues music of the last 60 years, in combination with Maja’s original music. Maja & Band promise you a night, full of good energy and music for the soul.



Top Slovenian musicians, who are well known as soloists and members of many Slovenian groups will present themselves in a very interesting combination: with their virtuosity and wit will present Slovenian folk music in contemporary style. The musicians developed a special feeling for a contrapunkt between different musical traditions and freedom of personal expression. In the end of the New Era its not only about Renaissance anymore, but about resonance of the space; not only soundness, but co-soundness, and not only toning, but tuning. As the Ambassadors of Slovenian cultural and natural diversity, with their interesting performance they perform at many festivals and events abroad (China, India, Great Britain, Israel, Ireland, Italy …).