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EMBASSY DIARIES US embassy
Grant for Primary Schools
Royal Wedding in Slovenia
A Fashion Show
The US Embassy Ljubljana has awarded a grant to Foundation “Together” for a project of interactive workshops in five Slovenian primary schools. Pupils in Murska Sobota, Maribor, Novo mesto and Koper will learn about global humanitarian issues and development aid during the workshops. The foundation wishes to ensure a better future for children and contribute to peace and stability in the regions in which it operates.
The British Royal Wedding has been celebrated in Slovenia just as over the rest of the world. To mark the occasion British Ambassador Andrew Page hosted a reception for members of the British community in Slovenia and friends of the Embassy. Slovene viewers were able to watch live coverage of the wedding on two Slovenian TV channels and also on the official Royal Wedding website.
One of the highlights of last month’s Hungarian Cultural Semester was a Fashion Show organised by the Hungarian embassy under the motto “Industrial Design & Creativity.” The desire was to uphold the basic principle that art should have its place in industry so that functionality and rationalism can relate to aesthetics. The show displayed the designs of prominent Hungarian and Slovenian fashion designers showing their exceptional creativity and innovation.
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Threesome Cycling The British Embassy in Ljubljana together with the Slovenian Traffic Safety Agency has promoted sustainable mobility and team spirit by organising a cycling competition dubbed “Threesomes”. The aim of the project was to encourage people to use a bicycle to get to work or school instead of using a car. Any team of three that cycled to work more than it drove qualified for a chance to win folding bikes. 212 teams applied to take part in the campaign, which went on for the whole of May.
Dance Spectacle Hungary’s most important contemporary dance and theatre company has performed in Slovenia for the first time. The Szeged Contemporary Dance Company – famous for its creative choreography and the exceptional skills of its dancers – last month performed Carmina Burana in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. The performance was organised by the Hungarian Ambassador to Slovenia István Szent-Iványi.
Unveiling of Memorial for Peace in Maribor Ambassadors and Defence Attaches from 24 countries whose nationals lost their lives in Maribor in World War II have taken part in a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a new memorial. The Memorial for Peace is at the Maribor Cemetery and the ceremony was the initiative of cemetery director Lidija Pliberšek. The groundbreaking event, which brought together countries on opposing sides in the war, was strongly supported by the British embassy. British Ambassador Page and Defence Attache Lt Col Ian Stafford both laid wreaths at the ceremony.
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Seminar Celebrates Polish Writer The 100th anniversary of the birth of famous Polish writer Czesław Milosz has been marked with a special session at the University of Ljubljana. The honorary guest at the seminar was professor of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Aleksander Fiut, who was a friend of Milosz and lectured on the poet’s life and work. Subsequent speakers – Igor Grdina, Boris A. Novak, Nikolaj Jež and Jana Unuk – spoke on a wide range of topics related to Milosz, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980. The seminar was also an opportunity to name the winners of the translator contest organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Faculty of Polish Language and Literature at the University of Ljubljana. First prize went to Lara Unuk, second to Anže Strehar and third to Saša Pavlović.
Social Reform in Photos US Ambassador Joseph A. Mussomeli opened a photo exhibition “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Angry Words: the Social Reform Photography of Jacob Riis” at Ljubljana City Hall as part of America Days organised by the US Embassy. The photo reporter Riis stirred society at the turn of the nineteenth century with photos of immigrant families’ poverty in Manhattan and triggered social reform demands. Daniel Czitrom, an expert on Riss’s work and professor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, gave a lecture at the opening.
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