19:00 - 24:00

Friday, 1 September


Welcome to Cankar Centre - Slovenia's premier hub for cultural exchange, congresses, and conventions. Designed by the visionary Edvard Ravnikar, our architectural marvel, built between 1977 and 1982, graces Ljubljana's Republic Square. Experience a place where tradition meets innovation, all funded by our proud Socialist Republic.

Get ready for an enchanting evening as you step into the prestigious Cankar Centre, where the eagerly anticipated welcome reception for the attendees of Dragon's Ball 2023 awaits. Immerse yourself in an atmosphere of anticipation and camaraderie as you meet and mingle with fellow participants before the concert commences. This delightful gathering sets the stage for an unforgettable night of celebration and connection, adding a touch of excitement to the grand event.
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is the second oldest of the five major American symphony orchestras. It rose to prominence under the baton of the renowned Serge Koussevitzky, with whom it gave the first live concert for a radio broadcast in 1926. The orchestra’s current music director is conductor Andris Nelsons, who is also the Kapellmeister of the legendary Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Under his leadership, symphony orchestras around the world present works by composers of the younger generation alongside their established repertoires. The programme will open with Four Black American Dances by Carlos Simon, whose music often draws attention to social justice issues in America. The first part of the evening will conclude with a concert performance of Petrushka, one of Igor Stravinsky’s famous ballets, which transports us to the atmosphere of a Russian fair. In the second part, the musicians from Boston will be joined by the versatile pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet for a performance of Camille Saint-Saëns’ last piano concerto. The concerto is popularly known as The Egyptian, as it was inspired by many oriental elements. The programme will conclude with La valse – an attempt at a caricature and at the same time a tragic post-war allusion to the musical form of the waltz – by that master of orchestration Maurice Ravel.
  • During his 30-year career, the French pianist has performed with the most distinguished orchestras – the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s concert wardrobe was designed by the iconic fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet has released 51 albums, including a box set celebrating the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie’s birth, and has won numerous awards and two Grammy nominations; his playing can be heard on the movie soundtrack of Atonement, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Score
  • Andris Nelsons has had a distinguished career as conductor; the Latvian, who originally trained as a trumpeter, succeeded Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2015; he was later appointed to the same position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and in February 2018 he took up the esteemed post of Kapellmeister of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
  • A complete recording of Shostakovich’s symphonies with his American orchestra is underway, as well as a recording of all Bruckner’s symphonies with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; he also initiated extensive cooperation between the two orchestras
  • Nelsons is renowned for his wide repertoire and precise and imaginative interpretations, and he also delights audiences as an opera conductor – in Bayreuth, New York, Vienna, Munich and London, among other venues
  • Nelsons works closely with the Vienna Philharmonic, with which he has performed the Beethoven cycle. In 2020, he conducted the orchestra’s legendary New Year’s concert


Experience the epitome of culinary excellence and entertainment at Nebo Show Restaurant in Ljubljana. Indulge in a fusion of exquisite flavors, impeccable presentation, and captivating live performances. Let your senses be enthralled in a luxurious ambiance, making each visit a truly unforgettable dining experience.

Embark on an extraordinary culinary journey as the first evening of the illustrious Dragon's Ball unfolds at Nebo restaurant in Ljubljana. Immerse yourself in a world of refined elegance, where delectable flavors, impeccable service, and a captivating ambiance converge to create an unforgettable welcome reception. Indulge in the finest gourmet delights and revel in the enchantment of this extraordinary event.
  • Mixology Mastery: Nebo Show Restaurant is renowned for its cocktail expertise. Maja and her team craft extraordinary concoctions that tantalize the taste buds and elevate the drinking experience to new heights. From classic favorites to innovative signature drinks, their mixology mastery never fails to impress.
  • Captivating Performances: As the name suggests, Nebo combines exceptional dining with captivating live entertainment. The restaurant hosts a diverse range of performances, including live music, dance shows, and mesmerizing acrobatics. Guests are treated to a feast for the senses, making each visit a truly immersive experience.
  • Scenic Views: Nestled in the heart of Ljubljana, Nebo boasts breathtaking views of the cityscape. The restaurant's strategic location allows guests to enjoy their sumptuous meals while soaking in panoramic vistas of the charming Slovenian capital, adding an extra touch of magic to their dining experience.
  • Maja's Expertise: Maja, the charismatic manager of Nebo, brings her wealth of experience and passion for hospitality to create an unforgettable atmosphere. Her attention to detail, warm personality, and commitment to excellence ensure that every guest feels welcomed and well taken care of.
  • Popular Hotspot: Nebo Show Restaurant has gained a reputation as a popular gathering place in Ljubljana. Locals and tourists alike flock to this vibrant establishment to savor exquisite cuisine, sip on exceptional cocktails, and enjoy the electric ambiance. Its popularity is a testament to the exceptional dining experience it offers.
Dress code for this evening is smart elegant.

** Smart Elegant is a dress code that encourages our guests to express their individuality with sophistication and good taste. It is a perfect blend of comfort, style, and elegance, inviting a modern approach to a traditionally formal dress code.