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Summer beat in Slovenian Istria

The remaining days of summer in the Slovenian Istria will be filled by numerous events. There will be no shortage of big concerts as well as smaller, more intimate ones. Of course, there will also be events for art-lovers, kids, and, since Istria is also a place of good food and drinks, there will be a rich culinary programme.

Istrian tastes – all in one place

For experiencing the tastes of our Istria, you should mark two dates and visit us at two culinary events – one in Dekani and the other in Izola. Any true gourmet enthusiast will love the third edition of the Altroke Istra Gourmet Festival that will take place on 26th August in Dekani. On the first Saturday in September, 4th September, you can attend the second Izola Street Food – Pier of Tastes, which will also serve as a tasty introduction to the Cod Days, taking place during 10th and 26thSeptember.  

Intimate festival and concert events

On 21st August, the Valdoltra beach in Ankaran will be flooded by the mixture of New Orleans Swing and French Chanson melodies, which will be performed by the group Počeni škafi. And on the last Saturday in August, you can visit a concert by Fake Orchestra, renowned by their arrangements of Slovenian folk songs into modern musical forms.

In Koper, events are spread through the whole week. Mondays are reserved for the uplifting free concerts in the Tavern. On 23rd  August, a performance by Goran Rukavina trio, and on 30thAugust, when these evenings conclude, there will be a performance by the Roya Quartet. The summer musical programme in August will also include a Summer with Pearls Festival (Festival Poletje z biseri), which will recur every Wednesday. On 18th August, the “pearl necklace” will be concluded by Tokac and Hamo. On Tuesdays, you can listen to the melodies of the JEFF Festival, with its final evening on 27th August – the events will take place in the outer atrium of the Praetorian Palace. There will also be a lot of events in the countryside, with a Thursday’s musical evenings cycle From Črni Kal Downward (Od Črnega Kala dol) and musical cycle Čubed under the Pine Trees (Čubed pod borovci) in Kubed.

If you find yourself in Izola and want to feel the town’s summer beat, we kindly invite you to visit the events in the Pietro Coppo Park or, if you desire even more intimate events, at Ljubljana Street. In the park, you can listen to Slovene folk songs, performed by Marjetka Popovski.. On 19th August, the park will host a concert of chamber music groups.

Portorož will host Summer of Portorož – a series of free events  that also include concerts in Rose garden every Tuesday and Thursday. On Sundays, the events in Portorož will conclude on the Portorož Platform in the form of Istrian Folklore and Musical Evenings. A lot will be happening at the meadow in front of the Epicentre in Lucija as well. Among other things, Summer at the Meadow (Poletje na travniku) will include three concerts. On Wednesday evenings, 1st May Square (Prvomajski trg) in Piran will host the Piran Summer Beat, which will include the performances by Ana PupedanJure Lesar and Anika Horvat in August. Classical music fans will get to enjoy the 20th Tartini Festival that will occur in Piran from 21st August until 9thSeptember, and it will bring you the true classics of Baroque chamber music. On 20thAugust, the Arrigoni Izola will be filled with the music of the Beatles, as it will host a concert by Help! A Beatles Tribute

Cultural events and film screenings

Theatre fans should mark Thursday, 26th August at their calendars,  v Ankaran will host the theatre play Gola (Naked), featuring Maja Blagovič and Tinkara Kovač. Tuesadys at the Martinčev Square in Koper are also reserved for theatre performances. At the end of August, from 25th until 29thIzola's Kino otok - Isola Cinema will once again host an open-air film screening. This very popular annual summer festival combines extraordinary artists and their cinematic creations, a relaxed atmosphere and socializing of film fans under the magical Izola pine-trees. Film screeningsare also taking place in Portorož, where the Rose Garden host the cinema under the stars on Mondays, while Summer at the Meadow will also host two film screenings and three evenings of comedy. Summer cultural events in Piran and Portorož will also be even richer due to the excellent painting art. All the way until the end of September, different venues will host the exhibitions of works by Safet Zec and Cesare dell'Acqua. Also, an event with one of the longest traditions in the area begins on 28thAugust – the 56th Ex-Tempore Piran.

From 19th until 22nd August, Piran will also host the 4th International “Kamishibai” Festival, White Dolphin.