Outdoor New Year's Eve parties return in full force

Ljubljana/Maribor/Koper, 31 December - After a two-year break due to the Covid pandemic, Slovenians will hit city centres around the country on Saturday for New Year's Eve celebrations accompanied by live music. Tens of thousands of revellers are expected.

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Celebration of the New Year in the streets and squares of Ljubljana.
Photo: Nik Jevšnik/STA

Fireworks, will be largely absent in major cities, the only exception being Ljubljana, which will have a shorter-than-usual five-minute display with biodegradable fireworks.

Should it be foggy, which is not unusual for the capital this time of year, the city will put up sonic fireworks with low-flying rockets.

Some of the biggest names in Slovenian pop will perform, including Eurovision entrants Maraaya, Nuša Derenda and Alenka Godec in Ljubljana, along with the rapper Klemen Klemen and 1990s pop band Pop Design.

Maribor has opted for pop as well with bands including Game Over and Coverlover, but also folk music legend Alfi Nipič, who recently turned 78.

Koper and Velenje will usher in the New Year with rock and the bands Big Foot Mama and Rock'n'band, whereas Novo Mesto has treated its residents to a concert by the young pop band Batista Cadillac and veteran singer Vlado Kreslin. In Nova Gorica, the crooner Jan Plestenjak will take centre stage.

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