16 Apr 2021, 11:34 AM

STA, 16 April 2021 - Slovenia recorded 860 coronavirus cases for Thursday, as the daily case count dropped significantly for the second straight day compared with the same day a week ago. As a result, the rolling 7-day average of new cases fell to 871 from 931 the day before, fresh data from the government show.

Five Covid-19 fatalities were reported for Thursday, and hospitalisations rose by 15 to 639 this morning despite 50 patients being discharged yesterday. The number of intensive care unit (ICU) cases rose by two to 152.

Slovenia's largest hospital, UKC Ljubljana is treating 177 Covid-19 patients, half fewer than at the peak of the second wave in November, while the number of ICU patients, at 51, is nearing the peak seen late last year, the hospital tweeted.

A total of 4,253 PCR tests were performed yesterday, of which 20.2% returned positive results, and 24,220 rapid antigen tests.

The cumulative 14-day incidence per 100,000 residents dropped by a further 15 to 601 and the 7-day incidence dropped to 290 from 310 the day before.

Data released by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) shows an estimated 12,685 of active cases in the country, out of a total of 230,828 confirmed since the start of the pandemic.

The most recent death toll was released by NIJZ on Monday, showing that 4,411 people had died within 28 days of testing positive by Sunday. The government has reported 21 more fatalities since.

According to NIJZ, 360,450 people have received their first dose of a vaccine against Covid-19 and 136,582 have received two, which means that 6.5% of the population has been fully immunised.

What do these numbers mean for things re-opening? Find out here…

15 Apr 2021, 14:55 PM

The British International School of Ljubljana has been rated ‘Outstanding in every category’ in its latest inspection by PENTA International.

Penta International, one of the leading independent inspectorates of British Schools Overseas, accredited by the British Government’s Department for Education (DfE), recently completed a comprehensive inspection of the British International School of Ljubljana that included a 3-day site visit for lesson observations, learning walks, data analysis and discussions with groups of students, staff and parents. The resulting report, published last week, recognises the British International School of Ljubljana as an outstanding school, in every category, a historic first in its journey as a school.


“The British International School of Ljubljana (BISL) is an outstanding school. It is held in high regard by the local community, highlights the report recently released by Penta International.

BISL is proud to have achieved not only an Outstanding rating overall but an Outstanding rating in every category assessed, making it the only Outstanding school in the region.

The purpose of regular inspections is to provide information for parents, teachers, senior managers and the school’s management on the overall effectiveness of the school, the standard of education it provides and its compatibility with independent schools in the United Kingdom and around the world.

The inspection and report covers the key areas of quality of the curriculum; quality of teaching and learning; the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students; their welfare, health and safety; the suitability of the proprietor and staff; the school’s premises; and the school's complaints procedures. An essential part of the inspection is considering the extent to which the British character of the school is evident in its ethos, curriculum, teaching, care for students and their achievements.

“It has been my absolute privilege to lead our school through this inspection, and I am incredibly proud of our achievement. With such fantastic students and a dedicated team of professionals, this is something that our community truly deserves,” said Paul Walton, Principal of the British International School of Ljubljana.

The report elaborated by Penta International highlights as the school strengths, “the students, who are happy, confident, friendly, well-behaved, enthusiastic learners,” as well as, “the high standard of spoken English: students make excellent progress, thanks to a well-coordinated and coherent policy for students who speak English as an additional language (EAL) which is a very high proportion, and to a notable whole school approach to the teaching of the language,” along with ten other points.

“With strong, thoughtful leadership, the school has maintained a sharp focus on continuous improvement since the last BSO inspection. There is an evident emphasis on the quality of the students’ learning experiences and outcomes. As a result of a carefully planned curriculum and skilfully delivered lessons and activities, students make excellent progress,” concludes the report.

About the British International School of Ljubljana

Founded in 2008, the British International School of Ljubljana is a proud member of the Orbital Education family of schools.

The school offers a traditional British education for ages 2 to 18, with a personalised approach to learning, enabling each child to achieve beyond their perceived potential. Following the English National Curriculum, their ethos is to instil a passion for learning amongst young learners within a uniquely international setting, welcoming students from over 40 different nationalities, which, as well as providing a stimulating and cosmopolitan environment, also means that English is truly the common language, spoken throughout the school by all students and staff alike.

With a dedicated team of experienced and enthusiastic professionals, most of whom are native English speakers, the older students in Secondary School sit externally assessed IGCSE and A-Level examinations, which are considered gold standard qualifications as far as university admittance is concerned.

Click here for more information about the British International School of Ljubljana.

14 Apr 2021, 21:33 PM

STA, 14 April 2021 - Hospitality establishments in eight of Slovenia's twelve statistical regions will be allowed to serve guests at outdoor tables from 7am to 7pm for a week starting from Monday under a government decision.

Beer gardens and restaurant and cafe terraces will be allowed to reopen in the Goriška, Gorenjska, Obalno-Kraška, Pomurska, Posavska, Podravska, Koroška and Zasavska regions between 19 and 25 April, reads a message posted on the government's Twitter account.

"We are extending the currently valid exceptions and in eight orange regions we are opening terraces and gardens of restaurants and bars between 7am and 7pm. The hospitality industry will be able to breathe more easily and we are yet another step closer to the life as we used to know," Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek said on his Twitter profile.

Precautionary measures issued by the National Institute of Public Health will have to be observed. So far this included the wearing of masks by guests and staff except when seated at tables and weekly testing for the staff.

The government took the decision during a session at Brdo estate on Wednesday dedicated to a weekly review of coronavirus restrictions.

14 Apr 2021, 17:11 PM

STA, 14 April 2021 - Voluntary self-testing for secondary school pupils for coronavirus will not be launched on Friday as initially planned but at some later point, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The reason is a delay in the supply of test kits, and schools and kids will be notified of a new date in due course.

Slovenia has ordered 300,000 rapid antigen test kits as part of a common EU procurement.

It was announced on Tuesday that secondary school pupils would start self-testing on 16 April, to be then repeated every Monday.

Primary school pupils in years six to nine - the last four years - would meanwhile start self-testing after May Day holidays.

If a pupil tests positive, they will be isolated and the school will inform their parents, who will contact the pupil's GP to arrange for a PCR test.

The pupil's classmates who have tested negative will have classes at school.

13 Apr 2021, 16:40 PM

STA, 13 April 2021 - Voluntary self-testing of secondary school pupils for coronavirus will be launched on Friday, while year six to nine primary school pupils will start to self-test after May Day holidays, a Health Ministry official has announced.

Addressing Tuesday's Covid-19 press briefing, State Secretary Franc Vindišar said self-testing would be performed in schools ahead of classes and will take about 15 minutes. After Friday, it will be repeated every Monday.

If the pupil tests positive, he or she will be isolated and the school will inform their parents, who will contact the pupil's GP to arrange for a PCR test. The pupil's classmates who have tested negative will have classes at school.

If the positive student gets back a negative PCR test, they will return to school. If the test is positive, the student will stay at home, while the classmates will attend classes in school.

Vindišar said self-testing was voluntary and underage pupils will need the parents' consent to self test. However, he said it was possible those pupils who would not self-test would have classes remotely.

Pupil screening is aimed at creating a safe school environment, detect infections on time and thus prevent their spread. Research has shown that regular rapid testing reduces infections by half.

The tests, which are on their way to Slovenia, are easy to use, said Vindišar. The student will insert the swab about 2 to 2.5 centimetres into their nose. The Health Ministry has prepared a video and a poster with instructions, which will be sent to schools, as well as set up a helpline.

Despite self-testing, all preventive measures will remain in place and classes will continue to be held in bubbles.

Vindišar underscored that self-testing was intended for healthy pupils without Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone displaying those should stay at home and contact their GP.

Self-testing has been cleared by the National Medicine Ethics Commission, which has noted that the testing is simple, non-invasive and effective.

The entire population of secondary school pupils, about 80,000 could have been tested on Monday after the half attending school in person this week could get self-tested on Friday. However, initial inquiries suggest only about 20% of pupils are ready to get self-tested.

The ministry is planning to expand self-testing to other groups in education who have expressed their interest. Talks are under way with student organisation representatives so that students could start self-testing as early as May.

Marko Pokorn, the medical director of the Ljubljana Paediatric Clinic, welcomed self-testing in the efforts to allow pupils to return to schools, which he said was vital considering the emotional distress they are witnessing in children and youths.

Since 19 November the clinic has screened over 5,200 children and those accompanying them with rapid antigen tests, 43 of whom tested positive. On checking the positives with PCR tests about half returned positive.

The test that will be used for self-testing at schools has been checked by the Paediatric Clinic and Pokorn said it was safe and could be performed correctly by a six-year-old when supervised.

12 Apr 2021, 10:25 AM

STA, 12 April 2021 - Slovenia enters the red tier of coronavirus restrictions under an overhauled traffic light system on Monday after an eleven-day circuit breaker lockdown has ended. Most notably, the night curfew is gone after nearly six months and schools are once again open.

Primary schools will return to full in-person instruction and secondary schools will run on an alternating model where half the students are at home at any given time and then switch every week.

From black to green – what do the tiers mean? Learn more here…

In-person instructions remains limited in higher education institutions, however, as only groups of up to ten students may gather for practical exercises or exams. In music schools only individual classes are allowed.

Most service businesses will be open along with cultural institutions. Ski resorts are allowed to reopen as well and contactless sports activities in groups up to ten are allowed.

Bars and restaurants may offer deliveries or to-go services, except for B2B customers, who can be served inside.

Masks remain mandatory indoors, but the outdoor mask mandate, along with the curfew – one of the most unpopular measures – has been revoked.

Where can I get a COVID test in Slovenia?

In the red tier travel between statistical regions is prohibited, but there are over a dozen exemptions, including for travel to work, family emergencies, seasonal work on own property and transit.

Places of worship will reopen but are limited to one worshipper per 30 square metres.

The eleven-day lockdown was put in place in the aftermath of a surge in infections to prevent Slovenia sliding into an uncontrollable phase of the epidemic.

The latest daily figures indicate cases have started flattening, but the caseload remains high and hospitals numbers continue to grow, albeit at a slow pace.

11 Apr 2021, 19:25 PM

If you want to travel outside Slovenia, or know why you feel sick, then you’ll need a COVID test to prove your status, obtain a firm diagnosis or achieve peace of mind

Testing is available for Slovenians, foreign residents and visitors – i.e. everyone who finds themselves in the country, for whatever reason. Rapid antigen tests are available all over the country and at Ljubljana airport (details), at a cost of from €5 to €35. If you want a PCR test then that costs from €93 to €100. Appointments are often, but not always needed, so check your location first. The results for both rapid antigen and PCR tests are sent electronically within 24 hours, while at the airport the results take from four to six hours.

What should you do if you have been exposed to COVID-19 in Slovenia?

If you have the symptoms of COVID or think you may have been exposed, then first call contact 112, where English-language operators are available 24 hours a day to give advice.

You can find details of all the testing sites below, with ZD standing for zdravstveni dom (health centre). Do check the schedules for any changes, and call ahead of time if in any doubt to avoid disappointment

ZD Ajdovščina



Ankaran website of Ankaran municipality 

  • location of testing: in the premises of the Municipal Administration in the centre of Ankaran, Regentova 2 
  • rapid testing schedule

ZD Bled website of ZD Bled

ZD Brežice website of ZD Brežice

ZD Celje website of ZD Celje

ZD Črnomelj website of ZD Črnomelj

  • testing location: ZD Črnomelj (entrance from the new parking lot)
  • every day from Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00

ZD Domžale website of ZD Domžale

  • testing location: Sports park at the skating rink, Domžale
  • Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 8.30 and 14.00
  • Wednesday and Thursday between 7.30am and 12.45pm

ZD Dravograd  website of ZD Dravograd

  • testing location: at the location of the covid entry point in front of TD Dravograd
  • Monday to Friday between 10.30 and 11.30
  • you need to make an appointment by calling 02 87 23 400

ZD Gornja Radgona  website of ZD Gornja Radgona

ZD Grosuplje website of ZD Grosuplje

ZD Hrastnik  website of ZD Hrastnik

  • testing location: ZD Hrastnik
  • Monday to Friday between 9.00 and 10.00

ZD Idrija website of ZD Idrija


  • testing location: Podhod Magazin, Ulica sv. Barbara 4-5
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, between 12.00 and 16.00


  • testing location: on the premises of the Center for School and Extracurricular Activities
  • on Thursdays, between 12.00 and 16.00

ZD Ilirska Bistrica  website of ZD Ilirska Bistrica

  • testing location: health centre, COVID clinic
  • rapid testing schedule
  • you need to call (between 08.00 and 10.00, or 13.00 and 14.00) or email to book a test, on 041 448 083 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ZD Ivančna Gorica  website Ivančna Gorica

  • testing location: in the parking lot in front of the Ivančna Gorica Cultural Center
  • Monday between 8.00 and 13.00
  • Tuesday and Thursday between 13.00 and 17.00
  • Wednesday between 8.00 and 12.00 

ZD Izola  website of ZD Izola

  • testing location: ZD Izola
  • every working day from 10.00 onwards
  • you have to call for an appointment, on 040 224 016 and between 10.00 and 12.00, for a test the next working day

ZD Jesenice  website of ZD Jesenice

  • testing location: ZD Jesenice - entrance from the eastern part of the health center, at the back of the parking lot behind the lock (left side of ZD)
  • rapid testing schedule

ZD Kamnik  website of ZD Kamnik

ZD Kočevje  website of ZD Kočevje

ZD Koper  website of ZD Koper

  • location: in front of the Bonifika Health Center, Ljubljanska 6A, Koper
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 13.00 and 16.00
  • Tuesday and Thursday between 2.30pm and 4pm
  • additionally location: ZD Bonifika, Covid entry point in front of the health centre 
  • Saturday and Sunday between 9.00 and 17.00

ZD Kranj website of ZD Kranj


  • testing location: lobby of the municipality of Kranj
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 9.00 and 12.00

        Cerklje  na Gorenjskem website of the municipality of Cerklje na Gorenjskem 

  • testing location: in the old pharmacy next to the PE Cerklje Post Office (Trg Davorina Jenka 13, 4207 Cerklje)
  • every Thursday between 9.00 and 12.00

        Naklo  website of the municipality of Naklo

        Šenčur website of the municipality of Šenčur

ZD Krško website of ZD Krško

  • testing location: drive-in in the parking lot for ZD Krško, CKŽ 132c
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 07:00 and 10:00

ZD Laško  website of ZD Laško

ZD Lenart  website of ZD Lenart

  • testing location: ZD Laško entry point (sometimes KD Laško)
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 8.00 and 12.00
  • Tuesday and Thursday between 13.00 and 17.00

ZD Lendava website of ZD Lendava

  • testing location: at the Centre for Protection and Rescue in Lendava
  • on Monday and Friday between 12.30 and 14.30

  • testing location: at the Center for Protection and Rescue in Dobrovnik
  • Tuesday between 12.30 and 14.30

  • testing location: at the Turnišče Medical Station
  • Wednesday between 12.30 and 14.30

  • testing location: at the Črenšovci Health Station
  • Thursday between 12.30 and 14.30

ZD Litija  website of ZD Litija

ZD Ljubljana website of ZD Ljubljana

  • testing location: Gospodarsko razstavišče, hall A

Larger groups can order a quick test appointment at the e-mail address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at the telephone number 041 399 832 (available every working day between 9.00 - 11.00).

Ljubljana, Vilharjev podhod  website of the Health Institute 

 Ljubljana, Kongresni trg 

  • testing location: Kongresni trg in Ljubljana
  • Monday to Friday between 14:00 and 17:00
  • Saturday: 09:00 to 12:00

Ljubljana, Community Heath Centre, Metelkova

  • you need to pre-order a PCR test at 086 31 619 35, and the cost is €100, with more details here

ZD Ljutomer website of ZD Ljutomer

  • testing location: ZD Ljutomer
  • every Monday and Thursday between 14.00 and 16.00

ZD Logatec  website of ZD Logatec

ZD Maribor  website of ZD Maribor

  • Monday to Thursday between 7.30 and 19.00
  • Friday between 7.30 and 14.30
  • Saturday and Sunday between 8.00 and 12.00
  • in alphabetical order of surnames:
  • morning: 7.30 - 8.30: ABC Č D, 8.30 - 9.30 EFGHI, 10.30 - 11.30: JKLMN, 11.30 - 12.30: OPRS Š, 13.30 - 14.30: TUVZ Ž
  • afternoon: 15.00 - 15.30 ABC Č D, 15.30 - 16.00 EFGHI, 16.30 - 17.30 JKLMN, 17.30 - 18.00 OPRS Š, 18.00 - 19.00 TUVZ Ž

ZD Medvode website of ZD Medvode

ZD Metlika  website of ZD Metlika

  • testing location: in front of ZD Metlika
  • every working day between 8.00 and 9.00

ZD Murska Sobota  website of ZD Murska Sobota

  • test location: Grajska 24 (blue container marked 1 at the DMD building)
  • Monday to Friday between 7.30 and 18.30
  • Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between 10.00 and 12.00 and between 14.00 and 16.00 (location: blue container marked 2 at the DMD building)

ZD Nova Gorica website of ZD Nova Gorica

for residents of the municipalities of Nova Gorica, Brda, Kanal ob Soči, Miren-Kostanjevica, Renče-Vogrsko and Šempeter-Vrtojba

  • testing location: parking lot at the court along Kidričeva ulica in Nova Gorica (opposite Perle)
  • rapid testing schedule

ZD Novo mesto website of ZD Novo mesto

        New town

  • testing location: lobby of the Janez Trdina Cultural Center in Novo mesto
  • testing schedule: ZD NM website


  • testing location: in the lobby of the Primož Trubar Cultural Center in Šentjernej
  • testing schedule: ZD NM website        

ZD Ormož  website of ZD Ormož


  • testing location: the premises of the old X-ray department of ZD Ormož
  • Wednesday between 15.00 and 19.00
  • Tuesday and Thursday between 9.00 and 13.00

         Sveti Tomaž

  • testing location: the premises of the old dispensary next to the municipal building
  • Monday between 9.00 and 13.00

        Središče ob Dravi

  • testing location: municipal building premises
  • Friday between 9.00 and 13.00

ZD Piran  website of ZD Piran

ZD Postojna  website of ZD Postojna

ZD Ptuj  website of ZD Ptuj

  • testing location: parking lot - container 2 next to ZD Ptuj
  • Monday between 9.00 and 18.00
  • Tuesday between 12.00 and 18.00
  • Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 9.00 and 18.00
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays between 09:00 and 11:00


  • testing location: Kidričevo clinic, Mladinska ulica 9, Kidričevo
  • Tuesday between 9.00 and 11.00

ZD Radeče website of ZD Radeče

ZD Radlje ob Dravi website of ZD Radlje ob Dravi

ZD Radovljica website of ZD Radovljica

ZD Ravne na Koroškem  website of ZD Ravne

  • location: ZD Ravne na Koroškem 
  • Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 13:00

ZD Sevnica website of ZD Sevnica


  • testing location: COVID tent Sevnica 
  • from Monday to Friday between 11.00 and 15.00, and longer if needed 

        Mirna Valley - Krmelj

  • location of testing: location Mirnska dolina - Krmelj - Dom svobode Krmelj
  • Wednesday between 15.00 and 17.00, and longer if needed
  • Friday between 10.00 and 12.00, and longer if needed 

ZD Sežana website of ZD Sežana

ZD Slovenj Gradec  website of ZD Slovenj Gradec

        Slovenj Gradec

  • testing location: MKC Slovenj Gradec
  • every working day between 7.00 and 9.30
  • Tuesday and Thursday between 16.00 and 19.00


  • testing location: Centre Lopan
  • Monday between 8.00 and 9.00


  • WEEKEND ONLY between 7.30 and 11.00

ZD Slovenska Bistrica  website of ZD Slovenska Bistrica

  • testing location: in the tent in front of ZD Slovenska Bistrica
  • Monday to Friday, 14:00 to 16:00
  • Saturday, Sunday and public holidays between 07:00 and 09:00

ZD Slovenske Konjice  website of ZD Slovenske Konjice

  • testing location: at the garages of the Medical Centre
  • from Tuesday to Friday, between 12.30 and 14.00

ZD Šentjur  website of ZD Šentjur

Šentjur  for people in Šentjur and Dobje

ZD Šmarje pri Jelšah  website of ZD Šmarje pri Jelšah

ZP Šmarje pri Jelšah 

  • testing location: ZP Šmarje pri Jelšah
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday between 12.00 and 14.00
  • Tuesday between 15.00 and 17.00

ZP Rogaška Slatina

  • testing location: ZP Rogaška Slatina
  • Monday between 12.00 and 14.00
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday between 7.30 and 10.00
  • Thursday between 14.00 and 17.00

ZD Škofja Loka  website of ZD Škofja Loka

  • location: in the Tourist Information Center (TIC) - old Petrol
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 13.00 and 17.00

ZD Trebnje  website of ZD Trebnje

  • location: Trebnje Health Center
  • every working day by prior arrangement
  • pre-order the test by calling 040 672 254 between 6.45 and 14.00.

ZD Tolmin website of ZD Tolmin

ZD Trbovlje  website of ZD Trbovlje

  • testing location: Delavski dom Trbovlje
  • from Tuesday to Friday between 14.00 and 16.00
  • Pre-ordering is required by phone: 03 62 08 245 (between 10:30 and 12:30)

ZD Tržič website of ZD Tržič

ZD Velenje  website of ZD Velenje

  • testing location: Red Hall Velenje
  • on weekdays between 7.00 and 14.00

ZD Vrhnika website of ZD Vrhnika

ZD Zagorje ob Savi website of ZD Zagorje ob Savi

  • location: in a container in the parking lot for ZD Zagorje ob Savi
  • Monday between 12.00 and 14.00
  • Wednesday between 9.00 and 11.00
  • Friday between 8.00 and 9.00
  • additional information on the website

ZD Žalec  website of ZD Žalec

ZP Vransko

ZP Železniki  website of the contractor in the municipality of Železniki 

  • testing location: container in front of the Železniki health centre
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday between  7.00 and 9.00 
  • Monday to Friday between 12.30 and 13.00
  • Saturday between 7.30 and 10.00
11 Apr 2021, 14:03 PM

While something like normality won’t return to Ljubljana until cafés, bars and restaurants are fully functional, and you can enjoy the cultural life of the city indoors and with others – taking in a concert, exhibition, movie or show, dancing or just hanging out with people who aren’t family and friends, and the opportunity for chance encounters returns – there are still things of novelty and interest to be found.



Photos: Nejc Ketiš for Alternative Ljubljana

 One of these is exploring the streets and looking out for the work of (Space) Invader, with some new additions since you were perhaps last in town. Invader is the French graffiti artist who works in pixel mosaics, named after his signature Space Invader icon. His work can be seen in 79 cities around the world, and have long been hiding on various walls in the always delightful and pocket-size Slovenian capital, with examples old and new illustrating this story.

Recently the anonymous and often masked or otherwise obscured artist was back in Ljubljana on the occasion of a new show dedicated to his work at the International Centre of Graphic Arts in Tivoli Park, running until 18 May 2021, and is titled Invader: Prints on Paper. Of course, in addition to helping the gallery arrange the show Invader too the opportunity to add at least 20 new mosaics to the city.


That’s one way to enjoy the artist’s work in Slovenia, and with a replica of his “life-sized” Hong Kong Phooey mosaic selling for $250,000 in 2015 galleries may be increasingly common venues for Invader. Arguably the best way, however, is on the streets, as originally intended, as interventions into the urban space and a delight for all who find them.


Photo: Nejc Ketiš for Alternative Ljubljana


Photo: Xenia Guzej

But how can you find them and put them in context?

You could spend a few weeks in the city, walking around with your eyes on the walls and at risk of being hit by a bicycle or crashing into a busker, or simply join the latest offering from Alternative Ljubljana, which specialises in the kind of history and art you find on the streets, before it gets commodified and codified, as explored in an earlier story: If These Walls Could Talk: Getting Under the City’s Skin with Alternative Ljubljana Tours



Photos: Nejc Ketiš for Alternative Ljubljana

The first Invader Tour was held on 21 March, and more are planned by as yet unscheduled due to COVID, so check here for more details. These tours join Alternative Ljubljana’s other offerings, which include the free graffiti tour along with a street art tour with workshop, LGBTQ+ tour, wicked tour, and deadly tour, with walking / wheelchair versions along with bicycle tours, which can all be booked for private groups, as detailed on the English language and easy to navigate website.

Follow the hunt for Invaders live

You can also download Invader’s very own augmented reality game (Android and Apple) to help in the hunt for his mosaics, in Ljubljana and around the world, and follow the artist on Instagram. Meanwhile, fans of the streets culture and art of Ljubljana can keep up with the scene from the comfort of home by following the photos of Alternative Ljubljana, at least until travel, cafés, nightclubs, galleries and bars are all fully functional again.

11 Apr 2021, 11:01 AM

STA, 10 April 2021 - Comparative literature expert Aleš Vaupotič has been appointed the new director of Moderna Galerija, the national museum of modern art, for a five-year term starting on 6 April, the Culture Ministry has confirmed for the STA following media reports.

Vaupotič, who teaches comparative literature at the School of Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica, is also a multimedia artist, curator and art critic.

Confirming the media reports on the appointment, the Culture Ministry said that the "candidate knows what he is interested in and what he wants" and that Vaupotič was communicative and able to connect various stakeholders.

"He has the necessary managerial skills and he does not prefer only a narrow circle of artists and artistic practices ... which is why he is a guarantee that the necessary changes in the policy of Moderna Galerija will be made," it added.

The ministry argues that Vaupotič had good knowledge of modern technology and its use in modern artistic practices and promotion of art, adding that he was familiar with the museum's work as a former member of its council.


Aleš Vaupotič. Photo: Hladnikm, CC-by-SA 4.0

The new director is expected to present the collections more clearly and in a new way, as Vaupotič believes that the "certain distance of the public and experts to Moderna Galerija is a consequence of its excessive and narrow focus on political art."

In his vision, he announces a different manner in addressing the audience, greater integration at the national level, as Moderna Galerija needs to be available to all target groups, and travelling exhibitions from the collections.

Vaupotič succeeds Robert Simonišek, who was the acting director from the end of December last year under a decree that had put him at the helm of the museum until a full-fledged director is appointed, but no longer than one year.

This decision had been challenged by previous acting director Zdenka Badovinac, who had been at the helm of the museum since 1993. She claimed that her right to equality before the law was violated during the appointment procedure.

Vaupotič's appointment comes after the third iteration of the public call for the post of director, published in early December, a day after the government adopted a decree amending the museum's articles of association.

The step softened candidate selection criteria. Prior to the changes, candidates eligible to be appointed had to have at least five years of work experience related to the institution's field of expertise.

Under the decree, it is sufficient now that a candidate has five years of leadership experience at the minimum and that they are familiar with the museum's work.

09 Apr 2021, 16:42 PM

STA, 9 April 2021 - Health Minister Janez Poklukar has announced the government will overhaul the coronavirus exit strategy today to somewhat relax restrictions applying to each of the five-coloured stages. Stage red would kick in on Monday lifting night curfew, keeping schools and kindergartens open like before 1 April while not allowing public assembly.

Face masks outdoors will be obligatory only if social distancing cannot be kept, the minister said at the government's coronavirus briefing on Friday.

National sports competitions will be relaxed for younger athletes, contactless outdoor recreation for up to 10 people will be allowed, and ski resorts will reopen.

Museums, libraries and galleries will also reopen, and one-to-one classes at music schools and ballet classes will be allowed.

Some more shops, and services such as hairdressers and car repair shops will reopen.

While all kindergarten and primary school children will be in in-person learning, secondary schools will teach under model C, meaning pupils in the first first three years come to school every other week, while last-year pupils are at school.

This is a relaxation since this model previously kicked in as part of the more favourable stage orange. Mateja Logar, head of the Covid-19 advisory team, said this was to keep kids in school.

While the strict 1-11 April lockdown is being relaxed, the country is well in the third wave of the epidemic, whose extent is difficult to fully predict, said Poklukar.

The government will thus formally extend the epidemic by another 30 days, he said.

"We are currently at the point of transition from tier orange to red, which we are expected to reach next week. The third wave has not yet culminated.

"In the coming weeks we will be adjusting decisions according to the situation by regions," said Poklukar, who said the April lockdown helped prevent tier black.

NIJZ director Milan Krek said that by Tuesday the entire country will be red-coloured, with some regions possibly already in tier black.

Red stage means the seven-day average of new daily infections is below 1,350, and hospitalisations are below 1,200.

Poklukar, Krek and Logar thus urged residents to strictly abide by all the precautionary measures.

Under the overhauled traffic-light strategy, tier orange will imply lifting the ban to move between regions, allowing outdoor hospitality and some more in-person teaching at higher education establishments.

Tourist companies will reopen in tier yellow, when secondary schools and higher education establishments will fully reopen.

Lagar said the advisory team was aware residents were tired of the restrictions, but this was the only way for health workers to avoid "hard decisions" in case of a worsening.

Poklukar also commented on the Constitutional Court staying a provision which restricts travel to countries on Slovenia's red list of high-risk countries, pending its final decision.

Given the court's decision, the same rules as before the 1-11 April lockdown would now apply: a negative PCR test from an EU country for all but the few exceptions, including daily commuters and children going to bilingual schools.

Details of Slovenia’s New Plan for Relaxation of COVID Rules

09 Apr 2021, 15:24 PM

STA, 9 April 2021 - The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) has so far received 3,816 reports of side effects after 404,000 Covid-19 vaccinations. In 16 cases serious side effects have been reported after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, but a link to the vaccine has not been confirmed.

Vaccination with the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine started at the end of December last year, Moderna vaccine has been in use since the second week of January and AstraZeneca from the second week of February.

Until 4 April, at least 276,000 shots of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered with 2,331 reports of side effects, mostly mild ones.

32 reports included undesired events. A dozen older people with several chronic diseases died after the vaccination. In the first case, the person died of a heart attack a day after the vaccination. In the second case, a sudden death occurred 12 days after vaccination in a person with severe chronic heart disease.

In the third case, a person was vaccinated during an incubation period following a coronavirus infection and developed pneumonia, which caused the death.

In the fourth case, death occurred eight days after vaccination because of a heart attack that was a result of an infection of unknown source.

A commission at the Health Ministry analysed all four cases to conclude that connection to the vaccination was not very likely, while the other cases are still being investigated.

In four cases of serious side effects after vaccination with Pfizer, persons had to be hospitalised after they collapsed a few hours after vaccination as they were recovering from Covid-19, a stroke, chest pain, and leukaemia. In these cases connection to the vaccination is also not very likely, the report says.

The commission is also still investigating cases when hospitalisation was needed of vaccinated persons over an allergic reaction, anaphylaxis, a deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, a spontaneous pneumothorax, deterioration of heart failure due to infection of the respiratory system, collapse due to infection of an unknown source, epileptic seizure, fever, chest pain and sever headache.

The NIJZ has also received 1,441 reports of side effects after at least 90,000 shots of the AstraZeneca vaccine had been administered. 16 cases included serious side effects, which is 1.1% of the cases.

Two persons with chronic diseased died a few days after the vaccination. One of the persons had been receiving palliative care due to advanced cancer and the other case is still being investigated.

In one case a person had to be hospitalised for chest pain and breathing difficulties, which is unlikely related to the vaccination, according to the commission.

The commission is still investigating cases when hospitalisation was needed after vaccination due to an allergic reaction, a heart attack, paraesthesia, fever with allergic reaction, heartbeat disorders, unstable angina pectoris, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

After 38,000 shots of the Moderna vaccine have been administered, 44 cases of side effects have been recorded, including one serious side effect, which is 2.3% of all reports.

An older person, who seems to have been infected with coronavirus developed pneumonia after vaccination and died. The case is still being investigated.

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