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Thousands expected at public New Year's parties

Ljubljana, 31 December - Tens of thousands of revellers are expected to turn out in the capital Ljubljana and many other towns large and small to welcome the New Year at open-air parties. For those who want to keep their feet toasty, indoor concerts and movie nights are available.

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New Year's Eve in Ljubljana
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The capital is expected to attract a crowd of some 50,000, including many foreign visitors, with a choice of several concert venues and a big fireworks display at midnight.

The biggest stage has been set up in Congress Square where the New Year will be ushered in by Slovenian pop acts. The venue in front of Town Hall will feature Slovenian pop as well.

French Revolution Square will offer contemporary alternative music, while polka music will be the order of the day in Pogačar Square.

Large open-air parties, mostly offering Slovenian rock and pop music, will also be held in Maribor, Celje, Koper, Ptuj and many other towns across Slovenia.

Due to concern about the impact of fireworks on air quality many cities have decided to eschew fireworks altogether, including Maribor and Celje, and even Ljubljana, which typically has the largest fireworks, has opted for biodegradable rockets.

The weather will be favourable although chilly. Clear skies are forecast for the entire country, but temperatures will dip well below zero.

There will also be many events for those more interested in spending New Year's Eve indoor.

In Ljubljana the Cankarjev Dom, opera house, SNG Drama theatre and MGL theatre will put on shows ranging from artistic circus to theatre plays.

Cankarjev Dom will offer multiple events for the more artistically minded, while the opera house will host a gala night with arias, ballet performances and live pop music.

Opera will also be the order of the day at SNG Maribor, which will put on Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata.

At the SLG Celje theatre a Slovenian comedy will be on show, while the Prešeren Theatre in Kranj will stage David Ives's Venus in Furs.

Film nights are available at the Kolodvor art cinema and Slovenian Cinematheque in Ljubljana, as well as the multiplex chains Cineplexx and Kolosej.

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