MONDAY, 15 April
LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will convene a two-day regular session with questions time featuring PM Marjan Šarec and members of his government.
LJUBLJANA - US congressman Paul Gosar will meet Foreign Minister Miro Cerar and the speakers of both houses of parliament on the final day of his visit to Slovenia.
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec will take part in a session of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council discussing reform of the common agricultural policy after 2020.
MARIBOR - An international conference on the post-Brexit future of the EU.
LJUBLJANA - Court of Audit President Tomaž Vesel will present the annual report for 2018 to President Borut Pahor.
LJUBLJANA - The Jožef Stefan Institute will present a project designed to improve the population's safety in case of a nuclear or radiological disaster.
LJUBLJANA - The STA will host a debate on youth housing.
LJUBLJANA - The Plečnik Award, the top prize for architecture, will be given out.
TUESDAY, 16 April
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - President Borut Pahor will meet the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and take part in the Sarajevo Business Forum during a two-day visit.
SKOPJE, Macedonia - Chief of the General Staff, Maj-Gen Alenka Ermenc, will make a two-day visit to North Macedonia.
LJUBLJANA - A debate featuring Justice Minister Andreja Katič, Constitutional Court President Rajko Knez and Supreme Court President Damijan Florjančič will mark the 60th anniversary of the European Court of Human Rights.
LJUBLJANA - The National Assembly will debate the opposition Democrats (SDS)-sponsored amendments to the income tax act on the final day of the April sitting.
LJUBLJANA - The assembly of the Health Insurance Institute (ZZZS) will meet to discuss waiting times and the institute's financial operations in 2018.
LJUBLJANA - The management board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) will debate the annual report for 2018 and a proposal to reform the wage system.
LJUBLJANA - The results of cooperation between postal company Pošta Slovenije, Jožef Stefan Institute and high-tech companies in open innovation will be presented.
WEDNESDAY, 17 April
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Committee on Labour, Family, Social Affairs and the Disabled will debate amendments to the pension insurance act.
LJUBLJANA - AmCham Slovenija will host a business breakfast to debate Slovenian employment policy, how to detect talents, and workplaces of the future; Labour Minister Ksenija Klampfer to attend.
MARIBOR - The British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce will hold a debate on development of Slovenia's eastern region in light of new trade relationships.
LUKOVICA - A conference marking the launch of the Slovenian Beekeeping Academy, featuring National Assembly Speaker Dejan Židan, Foreign Minister Miro Cerar and Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec.
LJUBLJANA - The Association of Asset Managing Companies will speak about trends in investment in mutual funds.
LJUBLJANA - The Association of Slovenian Natural Spas and the Croatian Tourism Association will speak about spa tourism in both countries.
LJUBLJANA - The Big Architecture Festival will be held, featuring a forum on innovative application of wood in architecture.
LJUBLJANA - A visiting exhibition on shamanism in Siberia, put on by the Russian Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Saint Petersburg, will open at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum.
THURSDAY, 18 April
LJUBLJANA - A weekly government session.
LJUBLJANA - President Borut Pahor and Supreme Court President Rajko Knez will address the launch of a new Commentary of the Slovenian Constitution.
BLED - An international two-day conference on privacy and the freedom of expression will open.
LJUBLJANA - The shareholders' meeting of energy company Petrol will decide on distribution of 2018 profit.
SEOUL, South Korea - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Simona Leskovar will attend the inauguration of new premises of the Slovenian Consulate, headed by Honorary Consul Chung Mong Won.
TRIESTE, Italy - The pilot project of an integrated ticket combining a train ride between Ljubljana and Trieste and Trieste city transportation will be presented.
LJUBLJANA - A press conference ahead of the launch of the Slovenian pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2019 featuring artist Marko Peljhan.
LJUBLJANA - Maundy Thursday will mark the start of Easter festivities.
IZOLA - The international sailing regatta Spring Cup will get under way, to run until 22 April.
FRIDAY, 19 April
LJUBLJANA - The Labour Ministry and the National Council will hold a debate on precarious work, to be addressed by Minister Ksenija Klampfer and National Council President Alojz Kovšca.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Health Committee will discuss the regulatory framework for medicinal use of cannabis.
LJUBLJANA - A public presentation of the resolution on food production, countryside and natural resources beyond 2021, to be attended by Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec.
LJUBLJANA - A round-table debate will accompany the launch of a book on Slovenian infrastructure projects for the future.
LJUBLJANA - The annual Marijuana March will be held.
LJUBLJANA - The Statistics Office will release the consumer confidence index for April.
SATURDAY, 20 April
LJUBLJANA - Food blessings and Easter Vigils will be held in churches round the country.
SUNDAY, 21 April
LJUBLJANA - Slovenia celebrates Easter, the biggest holiday on the Christian calender.
STA, 11 April 2019 - The government proposed on Thursday changes to the personal name act that allow citizens to officially have more than two first and two second names. Also being made possible is the use of initials or name abbreviations as part of the name listed in official affairs.
The restricted number of names proved problematic in practice above all in cases of dual citizens who had to give up some of their names for their entry in the Slovenian civil registry, the government wrote on Tumblr.
Moreover, divorcees will have a year as opposed to six months to change their surname following divorce.
Also, minors with legal capacity will be allowed to change their name, while this will not be possible for those found guilty of a crime and serving their suspended prison sentence on probation.
April 11, 2019
In 1941 Italy and Hungary joined Germany's invasion of Yugoslavia, also known as the April War.
On February 5, 1941, the German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop expressed a demand via a Yugoslav secret envoy to Berlin for the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to join the Tripartite Pact. The Yugoslavian leadership assessed the situation and figured it would be best for Yugoslavia to follow this order. On March 25, the Pact was signed, which triggered mass protests across the country. The chaos was seized by a group of pro-British military servicemen, who carried out a coup on March 27 and put young King Peter to the throne. All of this offended Hitler personally, so he decided to postpone his plans for the invasion of the Soviet Union and strike Yugoslavia first.
Without any formal declaration of war, the attack began on Sunday, April 6th, with an air raid on Yugoslav military airports and the open, undefended city of Belgrade after that.
On today’s date, April 11th, 1941, the kingdom was also attacked by Italy and Hungary, to whom the Germans had promised parts of Yugoslav land for their collaboration in the invasion. Yugoslavia capitulated on April 17th, 1941, and the Germans took the northern part of Slovenia with Styria and Upper Carniola, Hungary occupied Prekmurje, and Italy occupied the south of Slovenia, with Ljubljana becoming the capital of their newly established Province of Ljubljana.
The video below shows the ltalian occupation of Ljubljana, repairs on the viaduct in Borovnica (Vienna-Ljubljana-Trieste Railway), which was partially blown up by the retreating Yugoslav Army, and the first military parade in Ljubljana.
All our stories on Slovenian history can be found here.
The Slovenian International Ladies' Association's (SILA) first Spring Soirée was a total success, and it was an amazing evening to see the main ballroom of the Grand Hotel Union full of people having fun after one and a half months of hard work and preparations. The event was sold out – 250 guests attended and there were still more who wanted to come, but couldn’t get a ticket. Each table was named after a famous woman from a different country, for example – Slovenia was represented by Ana Roš, name the Best Female Chef in the World in 2017. And there was something magical in the air when you entered the glittering hall, all in pink, with the tulips in the glass vases, so elegant and joyful.
This year's event was different from the years before, because it was organised to support a charity project, Europa Donna, which helps women with breast cancer. At the end of the evening a cheque for €7,500 was presented to Tanja Spanič, the president of Europa Donna Slovenia, and for the whole of Europe, too. Another very important goal was to celebrate women, because March is meant to be the month of women, while a third aim, and not the least, was to enjoy the evening with friends, which was organised under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, and co-hosted by the Turkish Embassy.
We listened to speeches made by Her Excellency the Ambassador of Turkey, Mrs. Esen Altug, and also to those of Tanja Bogataj, Emilia Stojmenova, Danica Purg, Tanja Skaza, and Tanja Spanič, all wonderful women who have are having a significant impact on Slovenia. There were also artists whose work delighted and inspired us throughout the evening: Inga Ulokina, Lara Oprešnik, our Ivana Jelisavčić with Matjaž Kosem, Manca Izmajlova with Benjamin Izmajlov, dancing couple Maja Pucelj and Peter Files, Emilia Debska and the women who appeared in the fashion show.
In the foyer there were sponsors, along with welcoming drinks. Member of SILA who paint also showed their works here. To add to the fun, and excitement, there was a lucky draw during the evening, as well as a silent auction. Then, with the formal part of the evening completed, the guests all danced to the sounds of DJ music. If you came, then I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did, and if you couldn’t come then I hope you get a chance to attend next year, or to join SILA and take part in some of its many other events.
I should, of course, thank SILA’s president, Marta Berglez, who first proposed the idea of a Spring Soireé just a short time ago, in February. She was the soul and the leader of all the preparations, as well as a speaker on the evening along with Valeria Koval. I would also like to thank all of the Spring Soireé committee for their efforts in making the evening such as success: Marta Berglez, Anne Gwenaëlle Vrtunski, Zita Majoros, Hilâl Easley, Marisa Kogovšek, Ellen Vredevoort, Aldegonda Mieke Caris, Lali Sladjana Ilić, Tatjana Struna Berden, Valerija Koval, Helen Mina and myself, Mojca Slana, as well as everyone who supported the event.
STA, 6 April 2019 - Around 10,000 trees were planted by more than 670 volunteers at several locations in Slovenia on Saturday as part of a campaign launched by the state-owned SiDG forestry company last year to help Slovenian forests recover from several disasters they were hit by in recent years.
This is the second year that 10,000 new tress were planted as part of the campaign and the organisers hope this will become an annual event. In October 2018, some 400 volunteers took part, so this year's turnout was a pleasant surprise.
School children, students, teachers, employees from several Slovenian companies and other volunteers planted spruce trees, larch, beech trees, cherries, pears and hazelnut trees in the forests around Kočevje, Ravnik pri Logatcu, Lovrenc na Pohorju, and Postojna.
Agriculture, Forestry and Food Minister Aleksandra Pivec joined the teem in Lovrenc. "Such campaigns are a good way to raise awareness of the importance of forests," she said.
The minister is particularly happy that many different institutions and generations joined the project. She would like forest owners to also help rejuvenate the forests.
"By rejuvenating the forests that have been damaged, we are helping forests to preserve their many roles which are crucial for our lives," said Zlatko Ficko, the head of the SiDG.
The most volunteers, 240, gathered in Kočevje. More than a hundred of them were scouts.
The Rejuvenate the Forests initiative 2019 has been backed by the Agriculture Ministry, the National Forest Service, the Nature Conservation Institute, the Association of the Slovenian Catholic Scouts and the Scout Association of Slovenia.
It is also a part of the annual Day For Change campaign organised today by the Slovenian Philanthropy, encouraging people to stand up against discrimination and become volunteers at least for a day.
Slovenian forests suffered substantial damage in recent years. In February 2014 they were hit by an ice storm, which led to a bark beetle epidemic, while windthrow struck at the end of 2017.
In the last five years, more than 16 million cubic metres of trees or 65% of Slovenian forests were damaged in natural disasters. Some 95% of the damaged forests will regenerate by itself, while in the remaining 5% of the areas tree planting will be required.
Since the 2014 ice storm, some 1.5 million tress were planted in 600 hectares of privately-owned and state forests. In state-owned forests, 850,000 trees will be planted this year.
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Schedule of events in the week from 8 to 14 April, as prepared by the STA:
MONDAY, 8 April
KOČEVJE - Japanese robot manufacturer Yaskawa will inaugurate its robot factory in south Slovenia. The event will be addressed by PM Marjan Šarec and European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Foreign Minister Miro Cerar will take part in a session of the EU Foreign Affairs Council discussing Afghanistan, Venezuela and Eastern Partnership.
VIENNA, Austria - Interior Ministry State Secretary Sandi Čurin will take part in a two-day conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons, organised by the OSCE.
PARIS, France - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dobran Božič will meet OECD Deputy Secretary General Ulrik Knudsen to discuss cooperation in artificial intelligence.
VIENNA, Austria - The heads of the lower and upper chambers of parliament, Dejan Židan and Alojz Kovšca, will take part in a two-day conference of speakers of EU parliaments.
LJUBLJANA - European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc will meet the leadership of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GZS) and its transport section.
MUMBAI, India - A delegation of Slovenian logistics companies will visit India; until 11 April.
LJUBLJANA - Government and public sector trade unions are to agree a timeline of talks in 2019.
LJUBLJANA - A new version of Parlameter, a tool tracking the work of the National Assembly, will be presented.
LJUBLJANA - The children's parliament will be in session with the debate focussing on education; President Borut Pahor to be in attendance.
KRANJ - The 49th Week of Slovenian Drama will come to a close with an awards ceremony.
TUESDAY, 9 April
LJUBLJANA - Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation Josep Borrell will make an official visit at the invitation of his counterpart Miro Cerar.
LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Foreign Ministry State Secretary Dobran Božič will take part in a session of the EU General Affairs Council discussing the rule of law and the EU's multi-year budget.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec will take part in Digital Day, an event focusing on digitalisation of agriculture and rural areas and digitalisation of cultural heritage.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Labour Ministry State Secretary Tilen Božič will take part in a conference on the future of work.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Commission for National Minorities will debate the government's action plan to guarantee the rights of the Italian and Hungarian minorities.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Infrastructure Committee will debate the youth's appeal for climate fairness.
VIENNA, Austria - A memorial plaque to Slovenian beekeeper Anton Janša (1734-1773) will be unveiled.
LJUBLJANA - The National Electoral Commission will meet in preparations for the European parliamentary elections.
LJUBLJANA - The Education Ministry will host a public debate on the way forward in education.
LJUBLJANA - The Health Ministry will hold a two-day conference on World Health Day.
LJUBLJANA - The two-day World Construction Forum will get under way.
CELJE - The International Industrial Fair will open with an address by Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek; until 12 April.
LJUBLJANA - The Statistics Office will release February foreign trade data.
MARIBOR - The start of a two-day conference on artificial intelligence in industry.
MILAN, Italy - Selected Slovenian designers and independent furniture makers will be featured at the Milan Design Week; until 14 April.
LJUBLJANA - New administered prices of top-selling fuels will kick in.
WEDNESDAY, 10 April
BRUSSELS, Belgium - PM Marjan Šarec will take part in a special EU summit on Brexit.
SPLIT, Croatia - Defence Minister Karl Erjavec will attend the international defence fair ASDA 19 at the invitation of his Croatian counterpart Damir Krstičević.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Intelligence Oversight Commission will hear a report on wiretaps targeting the Slovenian arbiter and agent at the border arbitration tribunal in 2015.
BRDO PRI KRANJU - A national conference on the internationalisation of the Slovenian economy, to be attended by Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Foreign Minister Miro Cerar.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee will debate the National Assembly's international activities.
BLED - The Slovenian-German Chamber of Commerce and the AI lab at the Jožef Stefan Institute will hold a Slovenian-German business day dedicated to artificial intelligence.
LJUBLJANA - The Statistics Office will release industrial output figures for February.
ZAGREB, Croatia - Acclaimed slovenian composer Vinko Globokar will be featured at the Zagreb Music Biennale.
MARIBOR - A concert dedicated to the upcoming 80th birthday of composer Alojz Ajdič at SNG Maribor.
LJUBLJANA - Singer songwriter Zoran Predin will give a concert marking his 40th career anniversary.
THURSDAY, 11 April
DUBROVNIK, Croatia - Prime Minister Marjan Šarec will take part in a two-day summit of the 16 Central and East European countries and China (16+1).
WARSAW, Poland - Foreign Minister Miro Cerar will take part in a two-day ministerial of the Berlin Process, an initiative promoting the EU's enlargement to the Western Balkans.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee and the Commission for Slovenians Abroad will meet to debate political representation of the Slovenian minority in Italy.
LJUBLJANA - The British-Slovenian Chamber of Commerce will host a conference on Brexit, with UK Trade Commissioner for Europe Andrew Mitchell in attendance.
LJUBLJANA - A weekly government session.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Privileges and Credentials Commission will debate Borut Smrdel's resignation as head of the National Review Commission.
LJUBLJANA - The Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and the SPIRIT agency will give out business excellency awards.
LJUBLJANA - A new production of the ballet Giselle, choreographed by Cuban ballet artist Howard Quintero Lopez, will open at Ljubljana SNG Opera and Ballet.
PORTOROŽ - The two-day Slovenian Advertising Festival will get under way.
FRIDAY, 12 April
WASHINGTON, US - Finance Minister Andrej Bertoncelj and central bank Governor Boštjan Vasle will make their maiden appearance at the spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank; until 14 April.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary EU Affairs Committee will debate the activities of Slovenian MPs and MEPs at a session called by the opposition Democrats (SDS).
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary inquiry probing into party financing will meet behind closed doors.
LJUBLJANA - The parliamentary Health Committee will discuss the shortage of GPs at the behest of the opposition New Slovenia (NSi).
CELJE - A pre-trail hearing for Uroš Rotnik, the former director of the Šoštanj coal-fired power station (TEŠ), and two co-defendants on charges of evidence suppression and false criminal complaint.
LJUBLJANA - The council of the European Democratic Party (EDP) will meet, to be followed by the European Parliament group's conference on social challenges in the EU.
MURSKA SOBOTA - The promotional centre of the Prekmurje region, Expano, will be launched.
MARIBOR - The Gallus - Maribor 2019 international competition of choirs; until 14 April.
PTUJ - The city will host a meeting to discuss its plans to bid for the 2025 European Capital of Culture.
NOVA GORICA - Aleksij Kobal will have an exhibition of his works launched at the Nova Gorica City Gallery.
LJUBLJANA - Singer songwriter Marko Brecelj will give a concert at Cankarjev Dom.
LJUBLJANA - Radio Študent, an alternative radio station, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a festival; until 13 April.
RADOVLJICA - The three-day Radovljica Chocolate Festival will get under way.
SATURDAY, 13 April
ŽALEC - The non-parliamentary Slovenian People's Party (SLS) will hold a congress.
CELJE - The opposition New Slovenia (NSi) will present its list of candidates for the EU elections as it meets for its annual consultations.
SUNDAY, 14 April
LJUBLJANA - Slovenian Christians will celebrate Palm Sunday.
April 7, 2019
Thanks to an initiative of Novo Mesto Utilities, half of the Lower Carniola’s state institutions are now equipped with toilet paper produced from recycled packages of locally consumed milk, juice and other liquids, reported Dnevnik last Thursday.
Three years ago Novo Mesto Utilities started a project to fully recycle such packaging, the first of the kind in the country. The KEMSO (aka Tetra Paks) packaging was send to Italy, where it was recycled into toilet paper and returned as such to Lower Carniola.
Picture: Novo Mesto Utilities
Although the story serves as a good example we can all learn from, it also illustrates the problem Slovenia is facing with regard to its underdeveloped recycling industry. What we do really well in Slovenia (as in most of other European countries) is divide waste into recyclables and non-recyclables and then export them to developing countries where the “good stuff” is actually recycled, while the rest is dumped in land pits, rivers and seas.
In 2017 China, who had until then been buying about 50% of Europe’s recyclable trash, put a ban on waste imports, which came into action in 2018. This meant a serious reality check for countries like Slovenia, who were completely relying on international markets to make their trash disappear. As the prices went down, such waste became too costly to transport and large amounts begun piling up at collection sites.
In October 2018, Jure Leben, then the new, now already former, environmental minister evaluated the situation as alarming not only in terms of being an environmental and sanitary emergency but also as a safety issue, since collection centres could no longer comply with fire and other precautions. Legislation was thus proposed to allow waste disposal to be financed by the government.
In line with the adopted EU strategy for reducing the use of plastic in everyday life, free plastic shopping bags were banned in Slovenia at the beginning of this year. According to the EU measures, disposable plastic cutlery, plates, straws and ear buds will also be banned by 2021. Other plastic waste, such as bottles will have to be recycled to the amount of 90% by the year 2025.
The second most common disposable items containing plastic, perhaps surprisingly, are cigarettes (in the filters) and lost fishing equipment, which account for 27% of all waste found on European beaches. The new rules say that these will need to be collected and, in the case of the fishing equipment, at least 15% recycled by the year 2025. It is the manufacturers of such products who will also have to cover the expenses for gathering the related waste.
If you enjoy honest trash then check out the Kurja polt (Goosebumps) festival of genre film, 9–14 April, which takes place at Kinodvor and Kinoteka. This year’s theme is freaks, and the programme is packed with cheap sex and nasty thrills, with a selection of cult classics and classics in the making. Check out our write up and some of the trailers here. Another festival this week, albeit just Friday and Saturday, is Tresk – “the clash between music and record labels” – which you can read about here.
If you want to wake up to the big headlines in Slovenia then take a look at the new format of our daily morning news feature.
Something new we added recently that will delight or enrage you is our suggestions on how to spend from four to 48 hours in Ljubljana. Check it out here.
If you're not in town for the week of this guide (April 8 to 14, 2019) then you can see all the editions here, and you can enhance your stay in the city and impress or annoy friends and companions by learning some obscure facts about the city here, and the Castle here.
As ever, clicking on the venue names in the list below should get you more details with regard to the time, price and location, as well as other events on at this place in whatever week you're here. Finally, if there's something you want to promote in a future edition of What's on in Ljubljana please get in touch with me at flanner(at)total-slovenia-news.com or try and find me on Facebook.
You can read about all the cinemas in town here, while a selection of what’s playing this week is below, and note that kids' movies tend to be shown in dubbed versions, while non-English language movies for older viewers will have Slovenian subtitles. Parents should also pay attention to Kinobalon, which is Kinodvor's regular weekend series of film screenings and events for children, from babies on up, with special parent/child events, "first time in a cinema" screenings, and babysitting. Learn more about it here, and see the current schedule here.
As noted in the intro, this week Kinodvor and Kinoteka are hosting a festival of genre film, with more details and some trailers here.
Kinodvor – The arts cinema not far from the train station is showing, among other features, Loro, Vision, Leave No Trace, My Last Year as a Loser (a good Slovene film – I’ve seen it – with a lot filmed in downtown Ljubljana; it’s screened with English subtitles), Transit, Un couteau dans le coeur (in French, with English subtitles)
Kinoteka – This revival cinema isn’t far from Kinodvor, at the train station end of Miklošičeva, is showing Ilsa Harem Keeper Of The Oil Sheiks and Der Fan (German, with English subtitles). Yep, they’re both part of the genre film festival
Kino Bežigrad - This place is showing Dumbo and Shazam!, while starting on Thursday is a remake of Hellboy.
Kolosej - The multiplex out at BTC City Mall is playing all the big titles, but note that there are far more movies than screens, so some of the older ones may only be playing once or twice a week. Click on the theatre name to see the actual times before making a date. Click on the theatre name to see the actual times before making a date. This week there are Pet Sematary, Shazam!, The Aspern Papers, 100 Dinge, Dumbo, Ne bom več luzerka, Storm Boy, Us, Creed II, Captain Marvel (2D and 3D), Colette, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Green Book, A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Escape Room, Alita: Battle Angel (2D and 3D), Qu'est-ce qu'on a encore fait au bon Dieu?, Mia et le lion blanc, Happy Death Day 2U, Instant Family, Replicas, Izbrisana, and a dubbed version of The Queen’s Corgi. New this week is Loro.
Komuna – The cinema in a basement behind Nama department store is showing, among other features, My Last Year as a Loser, Loro and Colette.
Compared to some European capitals it can seem that nightlife in Ljubljana ends rather early, especially along the river, but there are still bars that stay open late and clubs were you can dance until dawn, and perhaps the best place to stumble across something interesting is the legendary Metelkova. Be aware it's a grungy kind of place and not for all tastes, but also that there's considerable variety to found within the various clubs there, from death metal to electropop, gay cabaret to art noise. You can read "the rules" of the place here. And if you're curious about how the place started then read our story, and look at some pictures, about last year's 25th anniversary.
Channel Zero – Friday there’s an all-nighter (as most club events are) called Mami's Magic & Mo:Dem Teaser Party, a Mushroom Magic Lights affair, with the main DJ being Val Vashar.
Gala Hala – Friday there’s Balkan Campers Opening Party, with DJ Bayo (Jugofunk set), Mokoš (ex-Yu hip hop set) and Brat & Sestra (ex-Yu rock set) – sadly, no sets from this crew seen to be online. Saturday there’s Versus: Shekuza / Brtinzz, a techno event, a set below.
Klub Cirkus – Friday night it’s time to dress for the lights with BLACK MOON – UV Gathering, with the music being dance, future house, edm, house, r&b, hip hop, and trap. Saturday you can then enjoy El Fuego with latino flavored pop, r&b, dance, reggaeton, latin house, tropical, and island beats.
Klub K4 – Friday the klub 4 kool kids has 30K4 : Jane Fitz [Night Moves, Freerotation / UK], Jane Fitz (NIGHT MOVES, FREEROTATION / UK), Lara H., Fraku, Nulla, Maša, Nika (Rite of Passage), and Nikolaj (PHI), with visual support from VJ 5237. The night, a Saturday, it’s K4 Gibanica x Tresk, with Blaž (playing live), along with DJs Terranigma (Tigerbalm), Šuljo, and DVS (Tigerbalm, RŠ), and back again is VJ 5237.
Božidar – Friday evening there’s the Jazz klub Mezzoforte, Freestyle Karaoke & Jam Session.
Cankerjev dom – Tuesday evening, 20:00, the country’s main arts centre will see a concert by Mario Batković + Damir Avdić – sadly, no videos are available. The same evening, same time, in a different hall, there’s the Partisan Choir, celebrating it’s 75th anniversary with an event partisan and patriotic songs. Thursday, the 11th, Teresa Salgueiro – “the finest voice of Portugal and beyond” – is on stage. Friday it’s then the turn of the Dresden Philharmonic, with Beatrice Rana on the piano, playing Brahms.
Cvetličarna – Saturday you can see a true legend of the Slovenian music scene, with Vlado Kreslin and the Little Gods.
Kino Šiška – Thursday evening The Ills are on stage, the Slovakian champions of instrumental post-rock, shoegaze and prog. Saturday this venue is hosting the Tresk Festival, with details here. Sunday there’s a live show from Raul Midón.
Klub Gromka – Thursday, 11th, 20:00 to 02:00, there’s Noites do Brasil #2, an evening of Brazilian music with several acts on the bill, as organised by Sherzer Brigade. Friday things are very different with a packed programme of grindcore (and mincecore) coming from Aligrindtor, Decom-Posers, Dead Corcoras, and Morbid Creation.
Ljubljana Castle – This Friday there’s a Bob Dylan Tribute - The Complete Unknowns.
Orto Bar – Orto Fest continues with more hard rock and metal. Tuesday there’s Lumberjack, Wednesday it’s Demolition Group, Thursday come Avven with support from Tears of Kali, Friday DMP take the stage, as do, at a different time, The Stroj. Saturday the week ends with Bohem.
Slovenska filharmonija – There seems to be noting in town from the orchestra this week, as they're in Zagreb.
Cankerjev dom - Thursday evening there’s a staging, in Slovene, of Martin Sherman’s Bent. Sunday the British comedian Eddie Izzard will be taking the stage.
Gledališče IGLU - IGLU Theatre – Saturday night this group is usually putting on an English improv show somewhere in town, but it’s generally promoted after this is written, so check the Facebook before putting on your shoes.
Kino Šiška – There’s a lot of dance out at this venue. On Monday there’s REAR WINDOW / Dancers Without Answers, Tuesday it’s Ana Kreitmeyer and Sonja Pregrad: Out There and In Here, with the same evening also seeing Maja Delak: Just For Today. Wednesday there’s David Somló: Mandala. There seem to be no videos to promote these shows.
Klub Gromka – Saturday evening you can go to Metelkova and enjoy Sindikat odklonskih entitet / the Syndicate of Outlandish Entities, with new comedy, performative humour, irony, satire, parody, and social commentary, in Slovenian
SNG Opera and Ballet - Adolphe Adam’s ballet Giselle will be performed here Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with choreography by the Cuban ballet artist Howard Quintero Lopez.
Drogart is an organization that aims to minimise harm on the party scene, and offers drug-testing services and reports on their webpage. It’s in Slovene, but you can Google translate it or work things out yourself, and our story on the group is here. You can find the latest warnings on fake drugs and high strength pills and powders (in Slovene) here. However, be aware that all the usual drugs are illegal in Slovenia. CBD is legal, though, and this week we also added an interview with the guy behind Responsible Pot, which is getting CBD into the city’s cafés and bars.
You can find our Top 12 list of things to do with kids in Ljubljana here. If want to read more about the philosophy behind the wonderful House of Experiments look here, while our trip to the Museum of Illusions is documented here, and there’s always riverside walks, pizza and ice cream. With regard to the latter, take a look at our guide to six places that serve good ice cream in winter, and thus are serious about the dessert.
If you want to learn more about Ljubljana Pride, then take a look at our interview with its president here. If you're looking for more general links on "gay Slovenia", including a history of the scene and various projects, then you can find that here, while our stories about the community can be found here.
Cankerjev dom – A Slovenian version of Martin Sherman’s Bent will be staged here on Thursday evening.
Klub Monokel – This lesbian bar in Metelkova is open every Friday, and this week there’s an all-night techno event called Katarza, Noir, featuring two DJs with those names.
Klub Tiffany – And the gay bar next door is also open on Fridays, while every Monday until June 2019 there's tango at 18:00. This week the events page seems to be missing.
Pritličje – This seems to be the only "always open" LGBT-friendly cafe / bar / events space in town, and perhaps the country, so it's a good thing it's such a good one, open from morning to night, and with fliers and posters letting you know what's happening outside the narrow confines of, say, a general interest online what's on... guide.
Screenshot from Google Maps, showing the location of the Castle vineyard
The city’s main attraction is said to be the top tourist draw in the country overall, and to my mind it earns a spot near the top just for the history and views. But beyond that the current owners, the City of Ljubljana, have laid out a varied, interesting and enjoyable programme of events, one that rewards regular revisits.
I try and get up there every Saturday morning to clear my head and move my feet on the trails, and never tire of that end of the hill. At the other end, where the Castle sits, there’s a lot more than fresh air on offer. There are guided tours, restaurants, a café, Castle museum, puppet museum, a Watchtower you can climb to the highest point in the city, art shows, dances, live music, movies under the stars, festival days and more – enough to reward multiple trips up the hill through the year. All of these activities and events can be found on the Castle website, while on TSN you can see “25 things to know about Ljubljana Castle” here, and “Ten Ways to Enjoy Ljubljana Castle” here.
Most public galleries and museums are closed on Mondays, although not the National Museum, and - as noted at the start
Plečnik's desk. Photo: JL Flanner
Plečnik’s House is worth a visit if you want to learn more about the architect who gave Ljubljana much of its character, and it's also in a really nice part of town, Trnovo, just a short walk or cycle upriver. Read about our guided tour here.
Balassi Institute – The Hungarian culture centre has an exhibition entitled “Encounters in Visual Art” introduces works of selected visual artists, painters and sculptors, who define today's art scene in Hungary and Slovenia, as promoted with the image below. Free to enter, this venue is next to a Spar and Hofer, and not far from Dragon Bridge, and always has something interesting going on. Learn more here.
City Museum – The Museum in French Revolution Square an interesting permanent exhibition on the history of Ljubljana, from prehistoric times to the present day, with many artefacts, models and so on that bring the story alive.You can read about my visit here.
The Faces of Ljubljana in the City Museum. Photo: JL Flanner
International Centre of Graphic Arts – Starting March 22 and running until May 19 is Photographic Images and Matter: Japanese Prints of the 1970s and Japan, Yugoslavia and the Biennial of Graphic Arts: Documents of Collaboration. One of the images promoting the show is shown below.
Kosuke Kimura: Present Situation – Existence A, colour and silkscreen, 1971.
MAO – The Museum of Architecture and Design has much of what you'd expect, along with some temporary shows and a good cafe. Until May 19 there's Tendencies: Architecture and Urban Planning in Celje, 1955–1985.
Rafikun Nabi: Poet, 1980, print, 96.5 x 110 cm. Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Center of Montenegro. On display at the Metelova branch of the Moderna galerija
Moderna galerija – The main branch of this gallery, to be found near the entrance to Tivoli Park, has a good collection of modern art, as well a nice café in the basement. The museum's Metelkova branch also has a big new show, runing until at least September 2019, an the art of the Non-Aligned Movement, with an example shown above.
National Gallery – The country’s main gallery has “the best” of what’s on offer from the Middle Ages to non-contemporary modern visual arts, and is in a great location for exploring other areas, just by Tivoli Park and opposite the main branch of the Moderna galerija. You can read about our visit to the room containing sacred art from the Middle Ages here.
The real Robba Fountain can be found in the entrance to the National Gallery - the one you see in the Old Town is a genuine fake, as seen below and reported here.
Photo: JL Flanner
National Museum of Slovenia – There’s plenty to see in the permanent collection here, from Roman times, Egypt and more. Meanwhile, the museum's Metelkova branch, located between one branch of the Moderna galerija and the Ethnographic Museum has some rooms on Church art, furniture and weapons, with the latter including more guns than you'll see anywhere else in town, and quite a thrill if coming from a nation where such objects are not household items.
Natural History Museum – On until the end of June 2019 is Our Little Big Sea, which takes a look at the oceans.
Slovene Ethnographic Museum – The museum currently has a temporary show on Bees and Beekeeping, on until June 16 2019, as well two permanent exhibitions. One of these is called Between Nature and Culture, and has a great collection of objects from Slovenia and around the world, well worth the trip up to the third floor to see it (as recounted here). From April 18 until October 19 (2019) you can also see a show called Shamanism of the Peoples of Siberia, from the Russian Museum of Ethnography, Saint Petersburg. The place is located near the newer branch of the Moderna galerija and Metelkova.
Union is "the Ljubljana beer", but now both it and Laško are owned by Heineken. There are many local brews on offer around town, though, if you want to explore IPAs, stouts, wheatbeers, sours and so on Photo: JL Flanner
Union Experience – The Ljubljana-based brewer has a museum showing the history of the company, with the ticket also including access to part of the factory and a few samples of the product. You can read about our visit here.
It's not a formal museum, but if you're interested in "Yugo-stalgia" then you'll enjoy a trip to Verba, a small, privately run space that's crammed with objects and pop culture items from the era, and is conveniently located at the start of one of the short walks to the castle. It's also a great place to take pictures, if you leave a donation, and you can read more about it here.
Verba. Photo: JL Flanner
Alternative Ljubljana isn't a museum or gallery, as such, but instead turns the city streets into a museum and gallery. Learn more about their tours of street art, history and LGBT Ljubljana here.
Photo: JL Flanner
If you'd like to spend an evening painting with others, then take a look at Design with Wine, which organises painting parties on Trubarjeva cesta,
If you want to see some antiques, then check out the wonderful Antika Carniola, as discussed here. The man behind it, Jaka Prijatelj, has a fine eye for life on this street, as you can see on his Facebook account.
Photo: JL Flanner
If you’re in town and want to go jogging or walking in nature, why not take another look at the Castle, with a brief guide to the trails here. If you want something bigger, head to Tivoli Park.
And if you're bored with the Old Town, why not take a walk, cycle or boat ride to nearby Špica and enjoy the riverside life. Learn more about that here.
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Want to stretch and breath? Then check out our list of drop-in yoga classes for tourists, visitors and the uncommitted. If you're heading to the coast, check out our interview with a yoga teacher who offers breakfast sessions there, while if you're staying in town (or nearby) and want to try some "family yoga" then you can learn more about that here and maybe get your kids to calm down a moment or two.
Prefer to have someone else stretch you? The check out the totally legit massages you can get from Sense Wellness - either in one of their spas or in you home, office or hotel. (And - to repeat - these are legit and non-sexual in nature)
There are some golf courses near Ljubljana, but even ones further away are not far, as seen in our list of all the golf courses in Slovenia.
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Most of Slovenia is only a few hours from Ljubljana, and you can easily visit Lake Bled, Lipica Stud Farm, Postojna Cave, Predjama Castle, the coast and other locations, while if you'd like to take a photo of from that bench in Bled, then you can learn how to get there here. If you’re looking for something more ambitious, then check out our recent guide to the 17 members of the Association of Historical Towns of Slovenia
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If you want to get a Ljubljana Tourist Card, which gives you travel on the city buses and entry to a lot of attractions, then you can read more about that here, and if you want to use the bike share system, as useful for visitors as it is for residents, then you can learn more by clicking this. Visitors with reduced mobility will be pleased to find that downtown Ljubljana is generally rated as good with regard to accessibility, and that there’s a free, city-sponsored app called Ljubljana by Wheelchair highlighting cafés, attractions and so on with ramps, disabled bathrooms and Eurokey facilities, which you can read about and download here. Manual wheelchair users can also borrow, for free, an attachment that will motorise their equipment, as reported here.
Screenshot from a Twitter video
If you’re driving into town and don’t know where to part, our guide to how to park in Ljubljana is here.
There aren't many places to eat after midnight, and most of them are by the train station, as reported here.
Want / need cigarettes but the stores have closed? Here's an incomplete list of bars downtown that will satisfy your craving for the demon weed. While if you’re having trouble with the ATMs then here’s a guide to the Slovene you’ll see on screen. If you get a hangover then find out where to get paracetamol (and prescription drugs) in Ljubljana here, while details on emergency birth control can be found here.
Ljubljana is a small and relatively safe city, but if need to contact the police then there’s a special number for foreigners, and that’s 113.
Photo: JL Flanner
STA, 4 April 2019 - Slovenia recorded the biggest drop in the number of road casualties among all EU member states, with the number decreasing by 13% compared to 2017 and by 34% compared to 2010, European Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc noted on Thursday as she presented the latest EU transport statistics.
The number of road casualties in Slovenia dropping below 100 for the first time last year is encouraging data, said Bulc, adding that Slovenia's statistics were specific, as many accidents happen due to driving in the wrong direction.
The positive trend has not continued this year, unfortunately, with as many as 26 persons in Slovenia being killed on the roads in the first three months, compared to 14 in the same period last year.
While recording the biggest drop in the number of casualties in the whole EU last year, Slovenia is still far behind the leading countries in terms of the number of casualties per million people, recording a ratio of 44.
The most successful EU country in this respect is the United Kingdom with 28 casualties per million people, followed by Denmark (30). Faring the worst are Romania with 96 and Bulgaria 88 casualties per million people.
With 49 casualties per million people, European roads are the safest in the world, but 25,100 casualties is a horrific number and no one should be satisfied with it, said the Slovenian commissioner.
This is 1% less than in 2017 and 21% less than in 2010, Bulc said, adding that safety-related measures should be stepped up for the EU to reach the set goals in road transport.
April 4, 2019
This week’s collection of Slovenian memes (jazjaz, in slang) can’t hide the fact that the average age of a Slovenian meme fan is somewhere below 18. Which might actually be useful to a learner of the language, as not only are memes a simple and fun learning material, but might also help you realise how some things never change.
STA, 4 April 2019 - Czech-French writer Milan Kundera will receive one of Slovenia's highest state decorations for raising his voice for Slovenia's independence and for outstanding contribution to understanding turbulent times in Europe.
Kundera, 90, will be given the Golden Order of Merit, which is bestowed on Slovenian or foreign citizens for outstanding merit in civilian, diplomatic or military areas.
Announcing the news on Thursday, President Borut Pahor's office said that at a decisive moment when Slovenia had been amid efforts to gain independence, Kundera had raised his voice "to defend our historical and cultural characteristics and political independence".
Predsednik Pahor je podpisal ukaz o podelitvi odlikovanja RS zlati red za zasluge, ki ga prejme Milan Kundera za izjemen prispevek k razumevanju Evrope in časa ter za trdno prijateljstvo do Slovenije. https://t.co/7JbjYsz2Ub pic.twitter.com/JFhYfV9UWX— Borut Pahor (@BorutPahor) April 4, 2019
The initiative to decorate Kundera was given by France-based Slovenian philosopher and photographer Evgan Bavčar, who said that when Slovenia was attacked and isolated in 1991, Kundera spoke in favour of Slovenia in France.
Having been acquainted with the situation in Slovenia by the Slovenian Writers' Association, Kundera wrote a piece in which he outlined Slovenian cultural history stressing that "Slovenia must be saved and that it belongs to Western Europe", Bavčar explained for the STA.
The president's office also praised Kundera as an accurate observer of the turbulent times of the second half of the 20th century in Europe.
Not only did he aesthetically perfect the novel, he has also given it "a noble mission of expressing universal principles and values of the human spirit whose substance is freedom", the release reads.
Kundera is expected to be decorated this year. Bavčar, who praised Pahor's decision as "a very nice gesture", described the writer with the words: "Kundera possesses the love of truth of Socrates, the moderation of Plato and the strength of judgement of Aristotle."
Kundera, born on 1 April 1929 in Brno, the Czech Republic, joined the communist party when he was young, but was excluded from it due to his reformist views expressed during and after the 1968 Prague Spring.
He went into exile in Paris in 1975. He was stripped of Czechoslovak citizenship in 1979, but granted French citizenship in the early 1980s.
Kundera's best-known work is The Unbearable Lightness of Being from 1984, and he has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature on several occasions.
The writer has always promoted personal and creative freedom, with his works criticising the socialist society.
In 1992, he received the Vilenica Prize, which is given out to authors from Central Europe by Slovenia's Vilenica International Literary Festival.