All fairy tales start with »once upon a time…« and everything about the fairy tales is true.
Therefore, once upon a time… years ago there were singer-songwriters, excellent, but without their own festival. They were drowned in the flood of popular music.
Then comes the summer. Petkovškovo nabrežje. Year 2000. And Ksenija Jus. She, with almost no money, created and organized the Kanta-Fest at the bar Charlie-Charlie near the river Ljubljanica in the capital city of Slovenia. In August from Monday to Friday various producers performed their music (Andraž Polič, Peter Andrej, Dušan Hedl, etc.).
Later in 2003, Peter Andrej admires the idea of festival festivities of poets and singer-songwriters which was in his mind from the 1970, and he added the “drive and steering wheel” to the launch of the festival without dragging it into a trench. The kanta-fest became Kantfest.
In April 2003 the first Kantfest was held under the auspices of the CESAM – Youth Center Ruše in co-production with Club KU-KU. They issued the first record (panel) which included: Ksenija Jus, Jernej Mažgon, Damir Knez, Vasja Eigner, duo Tomi Lorber & Vojko Hlupic, Tadej Vesenjak, Gorazd Lampe, Dani Kavaš, Peter Andrej and Andraž Polič.
Since then everything has changed.
Kantfest was born and it started to run “On the bun or in the bucket?” And everyone thought, »the little one« was screwing around. Well, it was not!
The festival originates in native town Ruše and now it belongs to Maribor, to Ljubljana and it became international. »European capital of singer-songwriters« appears now with its 14t eddition.