The main MENT project is the MENT Ljubljana event, which encompasses a three-day festival and conference. It premiered in February; however, the festival and conference are just a part of MENT’s whole.
In 2015, MENT also acted as a type of “Music Export Office”, delegating Slovenian musicians and professionals to similar events abroad and helping with their promotion, networking and production.
Within the framework of the platform, 12 Slovenian bands and artists performed at various foreign festivals and venues in 2015. N’TOKO, LUDOVIK MATERIAL, KOALA VOICE, ČAO PORTOROŽ, JARDIER, YOUR GAY THOUGHTS, BLAZ PERUS, ALL STRINGS DETACHED, BLAŽ + SIMON, DANDELION CHILDREN, KONTRADIKSHN and LIFECUTTER performed a total of 31 concerts at eight international events.
For some, this meant performing at the INmusicMENT event in Rijeka in June, while others were invited to numerous festivals. For example, the Ludovik Material band had a very successful festival season, performing at the following well-known festivals: EXIT, INmusic, Rock4People, Waves and Liverpool Sound City. The Koala Voice band performed at the Reeperbahn in Hamburg and Waves festivals in September, while N’toko was invited to Tallinn Music Week, as well as Hamburg.
FundaMENT will continue in 2016, while MENT is already planning a delegation to the Macedonian Taksirat festival in the end of November and a return to Eurosonic in January. Meanwhile, it is preparing its own MENT Ljubljana event, which will take place from 3rd to 5th February.