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Draga Gelt – From Dreams To Reality

Draga Gelt OAM, active within Melbourne’s Slovenian community was heavily involved in the movement for Slovenian Independence in Australia in the early 1990s. In 2011, she wrote a book, ‘From Dreams To Reality‘ which is a chronicle of the activities of Australian Slovenians during the movement for Slovenian independence in the early 1990s. Draga is a very proud and patriotic ...

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    Today’s Slovenes Around the World

    The second half of the 19th century marked the first of multiple major waves immigration of Slovenes to foreign countries.   This translated to approximately a half-million people who left Slovenia for both economic and political reasons.  Today Slovenes and their descendants can be found scattered around the globe with major concentrations throughout Europe, the U.S., Argentina and Australia. How ...

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      Great Wine, Nice Country – A Recipe For Attracting Foreigners To Brda

      This week it was practically impossible to find a vacancy in the Gorška Brda region – despite a threatening, almost apocalyptic weather forecast. Just the traditional wine & culinary festival Brda & Wine attracted three busloads of visitors from Austria. The same week the event Spring in Medana took place as well, and on Sunday, both local inhabitants and visitors ...

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        Tulip Show in Full Bloom

        The Volčji Potok Arboretum is hosting its 25th annual springtime tulip show, allowing visitors to walk among blooming fields of tulips and see floral decorations by Slovenian gardeners. The show will be on display until 2 May. The most important feature of this year’s show is its increased size. Organizers said a new planting technique allowed for larger fields to ...

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          A Life Dedicated To The Slovenian Language

          During the course of the 20th century, interest in the Slovenian language grew markedly among scholars in the United States. A large part of that interest can be traced back to a passionate professor named Rado Lenček. Born in Slovenia, he eventually became one of America’s foremost experts on Slovenian and other Slavic languages. Lenček was born in the Lower ...

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            Digital Campaign Promoting Slovenia in Europe and North America

            The Slovenian Tourism Board (STO) launched on Monday a digital campaign promoting Slovenia in a dozen of European countries as well as in the US and Canada. Running until mid November, it aims to get 150 million online hits and reach at least 50 million Facebook users and a million users on Instagram. The global campaign is to address key markets ...

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              Accordion Blowout: 34th Super Button Box Bash

              On Sunday, April 10, National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame held 34th Super Button Box Bash at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid. Visitors enjoyed more than sixty accordions, plus jam sessions throughout the day, from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. The musical line-up includes these accordion greats: Anthony Culkar, Mary Lou Downs and Charlie Tomecek (Canada), Veseli Godci, Button Box Divas, ...

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                A Town Ahead Of Its Time

                Novo Mesto, the most important town in Slovenia’s Dolenjska region, is different than most other towns its size. Instead of emerging organically, from a village that increased in size through the ages, its creation was the result of an official decree. Eventually, it acquired the reputation as a center of the Slovenian avant-garde, and is now a symbol of prosperity ...

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                  A Pharma Giant With Humble Origins

                  Novo Mesto, the capital of the Dolenjska region, managed to weather the recent financial crisis better than most places in Slovenia. Much of the town’s prosperity is a result of the local pharmaceutical industry. Named after a local river, the Krka company is not just a part of the region’s modern-day fabric; its work also has strong connections to the ...

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                    Handball: Slovenia Secure Rio Berth

                    Slovenian handballers secured a place among the twelve teams that will compete at the Rio Olympics with a 33:17 win against Iran at the qualifying tournament in Malmo on Sunday. Having previously defeated Spain and lost to Sweden, Slovenia delivered a resounding win against underdogs Iran, which was only able to keep pace for the first 15 minutes of the ...

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