- The concerts by Vlado Kreslin have been enriching the Ljubljana Festival’s summer evenings for over 30 years
- His regular concerts in our capital’s cultural centres have left an indelible mark and put Ljubljana on the musical map, annually uniting different generations, both locally and globally
- He first appeared on the Ljubljana Festival summer stage at Križanke with the legendary Beltinška banda from Prekmurje in 1992
- The Mali bogovi band takes its name from one of the most striking songs by the band Martin Krpan, of which Vlado Kreslin was a member
- In addition to collaborating with world-renowned artists such as Bob Dylan, R.E.M. and Hans Theesink, Vlado Kreslin has also published collections of poetry, most famously the double collection Namesto koga roža cveti/Sonček je in ti si skuštrana, the fruit of a collaboration with Zoran Predin
The extremely prolific and popular singer-songwriter from Prekmurje, Vlado Kreslin, is a living legend of Slovenian culture. His songs were initially rock-oriented, but later he began blending genres in a unique way, writing verses that flirted with poetry and collaborating with a variety of musicians. Rock was joined by folk music, the new was fused with the old, the local with the global, and so began the rebirth of traditional Slovenian music, which he brought to the younger generations. Kreslin’s songs sound both pre- and postmodern. Also, by singing in the Prekmurje dialect, he made the people of Prekmurje proud of their language and cultural traditions. He began his musical career as a drummer in the 1970s, then joined the band Martin Krpan. When it disbanded in 1991, Mali bogovi was formed, and at the same time Kreslin joined Beltinška banda – a brass band from his native Beltinci. Kreslin has recorded more than 30 albums, published several collections of poetry, and appeared in films and theatre; many of his songs have become popular classics. He has collaborated with the Ljubljana Festival every year for many years, 2021 being the 30th anniversary of his joining the line-up. At this year’s concert he will be joined on stage by the guest performer Klemen Klemen, who in 2000 brought tales from the streets of Trnovo – seasoned with a touch of imagination – to every Slovenian village with the best-selling Slovenian rap album of all time.