the Festival Hall
HIRE OF THE FESTIVAL HALL
The Festival Hall is technically well-equipped to hold demanding and simple events. The layout of tables, chairs and other performance/event facilities can be adapted to the number of visitors and to the type of the event. It is suitable for smaller groups of up to 100 people, as well as catering for larger events of up to 1,000 people. In the case of a smaller number of visitors, or dividing of the programme into two parts (e.g. a stage programme and a banquet) the hall can be divided into two parts with a red velvet curtain.
HIRE OF FACILITIES FOR:
JUNIOR PROM BALLS AND GRADUATION PROM BALLS
AND NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES AND PARTIES
ON DEMAND WE CAN ALSO ARRANGE AN INCLUSIVE OFFER WITH A THEATRE PROGRAMME IN COOPERATION WITH THE MLADINSKO THEATRE (MLADINSKO GLEDALIŠČE LJUBLJANA) OR PANČ FESTIVAL (STAND UP COMEDY).
The Festival Hall has already hosted numerous events such as: Femme Fatal Contest 2014, AMCHAM business meeting, Congress of a marketing section of The Faculty of Economics – FANFARA, a student party Bujta repa, junior proms for various elementary schools, PANČ festival of stand-up comedy, various anniversaries, awards ceremonies for business companies, fashion shows, singing concerts and numerous corporate New Year's parties.
We have worked over a long period with the Vivo Catering Company, which adapts the diverse catering they offer to suit the tastes and wishes of the client. We always prepare complete and quality culinary specialities for all companies, individuals, and users of the hall, as we wish to become a well-recognised event organiser of social life and events in Ljubljana and beyond.
Events organised throughout the year are:
- weekly dances for all generations
- events for children
- birthday parties
- music matinees - Festivalnice
- theatre matinees – Igro gledališče išče (Theatre looking for drama)
THE HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL HALL
The Festival Hall has been synonymous with social life in Ljubljana for decades. The hall, often referred to as The Plečnik Hall, was designed by the famous architect Jože Plečnik and is definitely the most beautiful dance hall in Slovenia. In its beginning, the building was the theological seminary of Friderik Baraga, designed for seminarists' accommodation, and built between 1936 and 1941. It was constructed on the site of the former St Christoph cemetery. The other half of a circle of this four-storeyed semicircular building, modelled on the Roman Colosseum and the Mausoleum of Hadrian (known as Castel Sant'Angelo), has never been completed, although the architect Plečnik envisaged it as a complete full circle. Hidden from the outside, an interesting open atrium is in the middle of the present closed semicircular building. The interior of each floor is connected along its full length with a circumferential corridor, leading to individual rooms.
In 1956, the architect Anton Bitenc reshaped the central part of the building for the needs of the Festival Hall. There is a monumental staircase with pillars and ornamental sculptures leading to the hall, which itself, along with the lobby, is adorned with magnificent pillars.
There are few Slovenes who have not attended numerous performances in the Festival Hall. It has hosted many national and foreign dancing events and contests, concerts, congresses, fashion shows, high school and primary school farewell dinner parties, graduation balls, wedding parties and many other events.
Its purpose is also the presentation of a wide scope of children’s and youths’ creative work in Ljubljana and beyond. In cooperation with other related associations and institutions, we design programmes for children, teenagers and adults in the field of dance, music and theatre.