Slovenia is one of those rare countries, if not the only in the world, where culture day is a national holiday. Culture plays a historic and socially significant role in modern Slovenia.This is shown by the various wealth of well-developed networks of cultural institutions, organisations and associable easily comparable to the most wealthiest and progressive countries in Europe. Its orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic, is the oldest in Europe, more than 300 years old. Slovenia boasts numerous festivals such as the Jazz Festival, International Film Festival, Bled Nights and many more as well as a host of opera and ballet performances held at the famous Cankarjev Dom, Drama, Youth Theatre and Puppet Theatre.
Jože Plečnik is one of the most famous of Slovenian architects and whose buildings, bridges can be seen throughout Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. He was a pioneer of modern Slovene and European architecture.
As well as architecture, opera and ballet, Slovenia also celebrates two of its major writers and poets, France Prešeren and Primož Trubar. Prešeren’s work played a role in the development of the first real national political programme, helping to form the Slovene national identity, whereby Trubar’s work was the first to be published in Slovenia in 1550, making Slovenia a member of the European family of literary languages.