Iztok Mlakar is a Slovenian singer-songwriter and theatre actor. Styled as the "bard of the Slovenian Littoral," he is best known for his ironic chansons in the local dialect. Together with Adi Smolar, Mlakar is among the best-known singer-songwriters in Slovenia after 1990. He was born in Postojna in western Slovenia, but spent his youth in the town of Nova Gorica on the border with Italy. His parents were from Cerkno, and Mlakar composed several songs in the distinctive dialect of his parents' native region.