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18 May 2022, 13:45 PM

Within Slovenia’s vastly forested landscape roams a sizeable population of European brown bear. There once was a time many years ago when trying to spot one, let alone photograph one, was all but impossible. Despite its might and fearsome reputation, the brown bear is in actual fact a shy and elusive creature. Spotting one in the wild was the realm of local people and hunters. However, all that has now changed. Many little bear tour companies have popped up over the years. Although, when it comes to bear photography, all roads lead back to one place and one person, Miha Mlakar of slovenianbears.com. This is the best way to photograph bears in Slovenia.

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Combining his passion for bears and photography

Having spent his childhood roaming the forests of Snežnik, Miha secretly watched all the wild animals as they went about their daily lives, including brown bears. He got to know their patterns, habits and more importantly learned to read their traces. Brown bears are most common in this part of Slovenia, and encounters with the king of the Slovenian forest have left an indelible mark upon him.

A fortuitous meeting with two renowned Italian photographers sent Miha on his path to photographing bears and other wildlife himself. This subsequently led him to his idea for building special photographic hides in order to ensure a safe environment for both the bear and the photographer.

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The best combination of knowledge

By combining his years of knowledge and experience watching and tracking the bear’s habits with his newfound knowledge and skills as a photographer, Miha has pioneered the way for nature and wildlife photographers to visit Slovenia and capture these elusive creatures in all their wonder and glory. Not only does he know how to build a hide that would be safe for both the occupant and the bear, but he also knows exactly what photographers need inside to maximise their chances of capturing great bear photos.

Miha’s intimate knowledge of the bears, their movements, habits and habitat means he knows in which locations you are most likely to have a sighting. His knowledge of photography has helped him decide where to place the hides in order to make use of the best afternoon and morning light. A limited amount of food, corn, is placed in specially selected areas. These areas, along with the hide placements, have also been chosen for optimum light and with the photo angle in mind. The viewing windows are aligned as much as possible for a straight on view rather than looking down. When photographing wildlife, you need to get down to the animal’s level.

The locations of these hides and feeding areas have also been selected in cooperation with the hunting organisation. This ensures the same locations are used throughout. The amount of feeding areas and food is strictly regulated by the Slovene authorities. While it may seem controversial, feeding of the bears and other wildlife has long been a tradition in Slovenia and other European countries. Feeding helps keep track of numbers and control the population, but more importantly reduces the chances of human contact by helping to ensure hungry bears do not stray into inhabited areas. Additionally, this feeding cycle increases the chance of sighting and photographing bears from Miha’s hides. Therefore, as you can see, everything is done in perfect harmony.

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Return to the forest

Back in May 2015, when I ventured down to his base in Markovec to embark upon my first long-awaited experience photographing bears in Slovenia, Miha had only recently begun building his special photographic hides and thus his Slovenian Bears business. He started in 2014 and based it, quite naturally, at the family guesthouse, Mlakar Inn. Accommodation is also offered in conjunction with your bear experience, along with home-cooked food before and after. You can choose to book a photo hide for one day, or several days. Or you can go on one of the many multi-day trips he offers for the chance to capture mothers and their newborns.

On my first visit, I was able to photograph two young brothers, and two big bears. Within an hour of entering the hide, the brothers came and spent at least two hours frolicking in woodland before us. I came away with some great shots.

Upon my return this year, 7 years later, Miha now has a grand total of 36 hides placed in strategic locations within the densely forested regions of Notranjska and Kočevje. The hides are scattered throughout an area covering 30 x 20kms. Obviously as demand has grown, Miha has also collaborated with other guesthouses around the region to offer food and accommodation for the trips. I was invited to join Miha and two Italian photographers at the lovely Gostišče Ana in Retje, Loški Potok, where lunch was waiting.

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Being well prepared

“Do you have a tripod with you?” asked Miha.

“Yes, I do.” I replied. Thankfully I always take it with me, even if I think I won’t need it.

“Bring the head,” he told me. “I have made special wooden blocks you can attach it to.

This was, as it turned out, an ingenious idea.

As we drove off in the car to where we would start our short walk to the hide, Miha gave everyone a rundown of the rules and etiquette, which are not only designed to protect the photographer but also the bears. Once in the hide, no one must leave until Miha comes back. Absolute silence must be maintained at all times. This also means considering the use of controls on our camera.

“Turn off the focus beep, and the focus light,” said Miha. “Strictly no flash photography. And also turn off continuous shoot. Just one shot at a time, otherwise the noise will scare off the bear.”

Miha went on to explain how to behave when a bear comes. “Don’t start photographing right away. The bear will approach cautiously, and first will be very alert to any possible danger. It will scout the area and only start to eat when it feels safe. Wait for the bear to settle and start eating before taking any photos. Also, don’t photograph birds or any other animals while waiting for the bears, as they may be nearby and be scared off before they arrive.”

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Tracking the bears

Miha drove us deep into the forest along a dirt road before stopping at a small lay-by. From here it was a relatively short walk to the hides. Along the way, he stopped to look at one of the many cameras he has strapped to a tree. While he is an expert tracker, he also now makes use of modern technology.

These cameras are strategically placed around his hides. Any movement triggers a sensor and the camera starts taking photos, some of which are sent to Miha's phone. The cameras also have infra red (IR) capability for night shots. This is a very effective way of monitoring activity around his hides, which of course allows him to choose the best hides for the photographers. Naturally, this increases the chances of a sighting on the day. The camera showed a lot of activity that very morning, so the chances were good.

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Into the hide we go

There were three of us, and we were given a hide each. We checked our mobile signals to ensure we could contact Miha in case of an emergency, and he also gently reminded us to put our phones on silent. Once inside, I screwed my tripod head to the wooden block and setup my camera. The hides are designed for photographers. Along with the windows there are special camera holes with a cover you place over your camera. Then you put the lens through the cover hole so only the lens is poking out. The rest of you and your camera are camouflaged.

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Equipment

The feeding area here is around 10-20 metres away. Photography distances vary from hide to hide, but they are around 10-50m. On my shoot back in 2015 we were also about 10-20 metres away.

Now I’m not normally one to talk about people needing great equipment for taking photographs, but there are times when a certain type of camera and lens are necessary. Given the distance, and the varying distance, a good zoom lens is essential; ideally a 100-400mm or anything up to 500mm or more.

I used the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM. At 400mm, this lens allowed me to get close to the bears, while also being able to pull back and show the bear in its surroundings. A good quality lens is important too, although you can make do with a lower end one if that is all you have. But given this unique opportunity, my advice is to either borrow a higher quality lens from a friend, or rent one.

A good camera body is essential too. I was using the Canon EOS 5Dm3. Photographing wildlife in the forest can often mean low light levels, so in many cases you will need to increase the ISO to get a fast enough shutter speed. Therefore, a camera that can perform well in low light and offer low noise at high ISOs is essential. The stability provided by the tripod head attachment meant that the risk of camera shake was significantly reduced. An alternative here is to use a beanbag.

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How to get the best photos

We entered the hides around 2pm, and at 4pm we got our first visitor, an adult bear. The morning rain had cleared away and now we had a lovely afternoon of patchy sunlight. The urge to start shooting was overwhelming. However, I heeded Miha’s instructions and waited patiently for the bear to feel safe. It was clear that the bear was on edge, and you could see how it was alert and scouting the area to ensure it was safe. When it started eating, I started photographing.

This is where Miha’s knowledge of photography pays dividends. The light was breaking through the trees and spotlighting the exact areas where the food had been laid out. The bear lifted his head high to smell the area, and beautiful soft light illuminated his face. My first shots were magical, and we had only just begun.

Shortly after though, something obviously spooked the bear and it ran off into the forest. Just goes to show how timid even the big ones are. However, this was just the beginning. A little while later, two bears came together and after settling down were obviously more at ease because they stayed for quite a while, offering numerous photo opportunities.

When they left, a short wait later our smallest visitor yet came by. Hard to say how old, but it was alone so maybe 2-3 years old. This cute little fella seemed to enjoy having the place to himself and also remained for quite a while.

Miha returned for us around 7.30. I had seen four bears that day. Apparently, unbeknown to me at the time, there were two more down to the left just before he came. I hadn’t been able to see them from my hide, but the two Italians had. When Miha came he whistled and called out. Partly to tell us it was him coming, and also to warn any bears of his approach I assume. These two bears ran off when they heard him.

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Bear safety

Bear attacks are rare, and in most cases usually the result of a bear being startled or someone getting between a mother and her cubs. This usually happens when people are not making any noise. Bird watchers are especially at risk because they are creeping around the forest trying not to disturb the birds. The general rule of safety when out walking in the forest is to be mindful of this and conscious of making your presence known. If you are with others, then talk. Walk with a heavy footfall. If you are alone, take a stick and bang occasionally on trees or branches or hang a small bell on your backpack.

Bears have an acute sense of smell and hearing, so it’s highly likely they will smell or hear you before you see them; in which case they will move away. Going out alone to take photos is dangerous, and you risk startling a bear. Therefore, going with a specialised organisation like Slovenian Bears is the best and safest way.

As you have also seen here, you will be far more successful and able to photograph more bears than you would if you try it alone. Plus, you won’t hurt yourself or any bears. It’s important to remember that if a bear does attack a human, it’s not only the person who gets hurt or killed, but the bear is then scheduled for termination and the hunters must track down and shoot it.

Do you really want to give yourself and a bear a death sentence?

Responsible tourism

Although Miha has 36 hides, they are not all in constant use. The Slovenian Bears ethos is to minimise the impact on the bears and their habitat. Therefore use of hides is rotated to ensure the bears have peace and quiet as much as possible. This also helps to ensure the bears get to know this location as a safe and reliable source of food, thus maximising the chance of their return and your chance of spotting them.

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The best way to photograph bears

So as you can see, without doubt the best way to photograph bears in Slovenia is with Slovenian Bears for both safety and reliability. When it comes to viewing wildlife there is never a 100% guarantee, but Miha’s superb setup ensures the highest rate of success.

For more information contact Miha Mlakar: Website: slovenianbears.com / Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Tel:  041 582081

11 May 2022, 11:13 AM

STA, 10 May 2022 - The government has adopted a new seven-year strategy for tourism that envisages a moderate increase in accommodation capacity and quantitative indicators, and focuses on higher quality. The total tourism demand is expected to generate EUR 2.1 billion in added value in 2028, which would be a 59% increase compared to 2019.

The basic tourism development document for 2022-2028, adopted on Tuesday, responds to the "new circumstances and challenges faced by the tourism industry, while also developing and promoting key advantages of tourism", the government said.

It added that, in order to achieve the vision of green and boutique tourism with reduced carbon footprint and greater value for all, the Slovenian tourism sector was being strategically focused on developing and marketing balanced offerings.

The strategy is based on the offering of "sustainable boutique tourism of higher quality, based on the Slovenian natural and cultural identity, which is a generator of higher value."

The strategy aims at implementing a balanced growth scenario that envisages a moderate increase in accommodation capacity and quantitative indicators, and above all focuses on higher quality and added value and restructuring of offering.

The document sets five strategic goals - increasing the quality and value of offerings and extending them over the entire year, increasing the satisfaction of local residents, employees in tourism and guests, placing tourism as a generator of value and sustainable development, decarbonising and balancing tourism and ensuring competent and efficient management.

In order to achieve these goals, the strategy identifies policies and measures relating to investments and the business environment, public/common infrastructure and heritage, human resources for higher added value, sustainability, accessibility and sustainable mobility, destination management and tourism connectivity, and products and marketing.

There are also three horizontal policies that support the key strategic policies - digital transformation of tourism, legislative and financial regulation and an institutional framework and horizontal inter-ministerial policy coordination.

One of the main points of the previous, five-year strategy was consolidation of state assets in tourism as part of a holding that would be managed by Slovenian Sovereign Holding, financial and business restructuring and, eventually, privatisation.

These are investments in the tourism companies Istrabenz Turizem, Thermana, Sava Turizem, Hit Alpinea, Terme Olimia, Adria Turistično Podjetje and Unitur.

"The procedure has been suspended," the new strategy says, adding that the management, consolidation and privatisation plan for state-owned tourism companies needed to be adapted to the current situation, opportunities and new strategic goals.

The document proposes a concept of management and privatisation of these investments that would separate real estate ownership and professional management of tourism activities.

It also proposes that a real estate fund be established for this purpose, and that the process of management and privatisation of state investments in tourism be optimised with the aim of higher profitability and competitiveness.

The government expects positive financial effects, including added value generated by demand in basic tourism activities increasing by 43% from EUR 920 million in 2019 to EUR 1.31 billion by 2028, assuming an average annual growth rate of 8.9%.

Together with other activities indirectly related to tourism, the total tourist demand is expected to generate EUR 2.1 billion in added value in 2028, which is a 59% increase compared to 2019.

The government has estimated that in the entire period covered by the strategy, EUR 11.5 billion in added value is expected to be generated from all activities related to tourist demand.

Export of tourist travels are expected to increase from EUR 2.8 billion from 2019 to EUR 4 billion in 2028.

In order to achieve the objectives of the strategy in all areas, approximately EUR 1.54 billion of European and national funds would have to be invested in the seven years.

01 May 2022, 14:14 PM

STA, 30 April 2022 - Camping Plana & Bar 66 near Pivka has been rated the most popular Slovenian campsite and the 82nd most popular in Europe by the users of the Berlin-based portal camping.info.

Along with Plana & Bar 66, one of the 110 Camping.info Award 2022 winners, Center Kekec at the foot of the Maribor Pohorje hills and Šobec, not far from Bled, have been voted best Slovenian campsites.

One of the biggest such portals in Europe, camping.info offers information about more than 23,000 campsites.

A comparison of prices across those campsites shows a couple will pay EUR 12.85-37.22 on average per night for pitch, electricity, car park and local taxes.

The portal's data shows an average price per night in Slovenian campsites is EUR 30.13, which is below the prices in Switzerland (EUR 37.22), Italy (EUR 36.95), Croatia (EUR 36.06), Spain (EUR 34.12) and Austria (EUR 31.92).

Learn more about Camping Plana & Bar 66

29 Apr 2022, 10:12 AM

STA, 29 April 2022 - It is full steam ahead for the summer train on the Koroška route. The train will run from Maribor to Bleiburg in Austria and offer transport to passengers and their bicycles. Its first trip is scheduled for 1 May and the train will operate each Saturday from 11 June to 27 August.

As in previous years, the train will make two trips daily, giving passengers sufficient options to arrange their trips, Aleš Rupreht of the Koroška Regional Development Agency told the STA.

"The route will serve the cyclists as they make their way along the Drava Cycling Route and the route running along the Mislinja Valley," he stressed.

When public transport was suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic and countries closed borders, more people started to cycle as a form of recreation, and the number is still growing, Rupreht said.

"We saw a decline in foreign guests, but the number of Slovenian cyclists offset that. The figures are better than expected. The bike train, running only on Saturdays and bank holidays, saw some 200 cyclists and over 700 other passengers last year," he noted.

Rupreht hopes that as tourism recovers and the Covid-19 situation stabilises, the number of cyclists will rise this season.

25 Apr 2022, 11:49 AM

STA, 25 April 2022 - Slovenia recorded close to 700,000 tourist arrivals in the first quarter of the year, a more than ten-fold increase over the year before and more than in the same period in 2021, Statistics Office figures show.

Domestic tourists accounted for roughly 53% of the total, with guests from Croatia, Italy, Austria and Hungary accounting for the bulk of foreign arrivals. Total tourist stays were just below two million.

In March alone, arrivals similarly rose by a factor of more than ten on the year before to 264,000, with tourism establishments reporting a combined 725,000 stays.

A portion of the uptick in March is attributed to Ukrainians fleeing war who temporarily registered as tourists, either en route to other countries or before applying for asylum.

More than 9,000 Ukrainian guests were registered in March, and they stayed on average for three nights.

See more on this data

21 Apr 2022, 14:42 PM

STA, 21 April 2022 - The city of Maribor launched on Thursday a bicycle sharing system called Mbajk that currently comprises 21 docking stations and 210 bicycles spread across the broader area of the city centre. The first hour of rental is free of charge.

The system is scheduled to officially open after the May Day holidays.

The bikes are for single-ride hire, not for multi-hour or full-day hire. "This is a practical and environmentally friendly addition to the public passenger transport system in the city," the Maribor municipality said.

Users can rent a bike at any of the stations and return it to any of the stations as well. Bikes can be rented via the terminal at the station or using the Mbajk mobile app. Users can also check the availability of free bikes and locks for each station.

They pay an annual registration fee of EUR 3. The first hour of each rental is free for an unlimited number of rentals. Users can register for the system at www.mbajk.si.

The system will be operational 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

The municipality has contracted Europlakat to set up the system under a 15-year contract. The company provided 15 stations and 150 bicycles, while other partners, led by the NLB Group, provided the rest.

According to Maribor Mayor Saša Arsenovič, the network will be expanded further in the future.

19 Apr 2022, 11:41 AM

STA, 19 April 2022 - The 36th Slovenian Music Days, a week-long series of concerts dedicated to contemporary Slovenian music, will start at the Cankarjev Dom arts and congress centre on Tuesday evening. The opening concert will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the cultural association Glasbena Matica Ljubljana.

Tonight's concert will feature former students of the Ljubljana Academy of Music who have become well-known soloists - Mojca Bitenc Križaj, Nuška Drašček, Martin Sušnik and Peter Martinčič.

The choirs of Glasbena Matica and the Academy of Music will be conducted by Sebastijan Vrhovnik and Alenka Podpečan, respectively. The academy's symphonic orchestra led by Simon Dvoršak will also take the stage alongside the academy's band of recorders led by Mateja Bajt.

Works by late-Renaissance Slovenian composer Jakob Petelin Gallus (1550-1591), composers Matej Hubad (1866-1937), Uroš Krek (1922-2008) and Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896) will be played. Composers Nane Forte and Klara Mlakar will be presented for the first time.

The programme of this year's opening of the festival was inspired by the first major guest performance of the mixed music choir of Glasbena Matica outside Slovenia, in Vienna in 1895, which was held as a sign of gratitude for aid provided to Ljubljana after a devastating earthquake.

The festival will continue on Wednesday with chamber music series the Concert Atelier of the Slovenian Composers' Association. On Thursday, The Night of Slovenian Composers will be held and on Friday a concert of solo performances.

The string ensemble Ensemble Dissonance and soprano Nika Gorič will take the stage on Saturday.

As part of the festival a two-day international musicological symposium on music associations in the 19th century will be held along with a presentation of the third volume of The History of Music in the Slovenian Lands.

The 36th Slovenian Music Days will wrap up on 24 April with a performance of the choir of the Slovenian Philharmonics conducted by Gregor Klančič.

Learn more and get tickets at the official website

15 Apr 2022, 13:23 PM

STA, 14 April 2022 - The low-cost carrier Transavia France, a member of Air France KLM group, launched twice-weekly flights between Paris Orly and Ljubljana on Thursday, joining Air France, which operates daily flights between Ljubljana and Charles de Gaulle.

Transavia France will fly Tuesdays and Thursdays with a Boeing 737-800. The first flight was almost fully booked.

Janez Krašnja, head of airline management, said the airport was glad to have two airlines operating flights to Paris.

"We sincerely hope that the epidemiological situation will make it possible to make this route a permanent feature," he said.

The arrival of Transavia France increases the number of airlines operating flights to Ljubljana to 15.

Krašnja said the number of tourists going through the Jože Pučnik Ljubljana Airport was increasing.

While flights to Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kyiv have been cancelled due to war, Turkish Airlines will increase the frequency to ten flights a week and FlyDubai plans to introduce daily flights to Dubai in the summer.

Last year the airport handled 420,000 passengers. This year the figure is planned to at least double absent new shake-ups due to Covid-19 or other crises.

14 Apr 2022, 18:07 PM

STA, 14 April 2022 - Slovenia's hotel capacities are almost fully booked for Easter and Labour Day holidays. Slovenians are still redeeming their tourist vouchers and visitors from nearby countries are starting to flock in as well. With major business events regaining momentum, the country is also seeing urban tourism gaining ground again.

The Sava Group, Slovenia's largest tourist accommodation provider, has seen bookings return to similar levels as those recorded in the pre-Covid year of 2019. Their capacities for the upcoming holidays are booked to up to 90%. Most of the guests coming to spend their holidays there are from Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Serbia. The company also hopes to see air traffic with countries further away from Slovenia get back on track as soon as possible.

As Covid restrictive measures are lifted, the coastal Primorska region is also regaining foreign guests, which previously made 75% of the region's tourism business. Easter holidays usually see an increase in foreign guests, whereas the majority of guests making reservations for Labour Day holidays are Slovenians.

The Kranjska Gora ski resort is recording a similar trend of Austrian, Italian and German guests. Some 75% of capacities have already been booked. They are seeing an upward trend of last-minute reservations and expect to see an influx of Slovenian guests as vouchers are about to expire, whereas visitors from the Benelux countries are cautious in making bookings due to the Ukrainian war.

Lake Bled resorts see the Easter holidays as an indicator of how the summer season will pan out. Currently, they are happy with the number of bookings, Bled Tourism representatives say, as they are also almost fully booked. Most of their guests are Croatian, Italian, Hungarian and German. Meanwhile, the nearby Bohinj lakeside resort is not as busy at only 60% capacities booked, but local tourism providers expect business will get back on track in the summer.

Urban tourism in Ljubljana and Maribor was one of the areas most hit during the pandemic. Now the situation is looking brighter, says the president of the Slovenian Hoteliers' Association and head of Ljubljana's Slon Hotel Gregor Jamnik. The last couple of weeks have seen some positive trends. Business tourism is back as companies lift travel bans for their employees. Slon has 80% of their capacities booked on Easter and 50% for Labour day.

"We are very glad that the headlines are not full of Covid anymore. Unfortunately, there is the war in Ukraine, but for now it is not affecting us as negatively as we feared," Jamnik said.

He is pleased by the return of British and American guests who have covered the loss of income due to the absence of the Russians. Asian tourists are also scarce in comparison to Europeans who are now travelling more regionally.

Jamnik is content with how the season is going, but concerned about the price hikes that are imminent if the tourism sector is to cover the rise of costs. "We are seeing our suppliers raising prices on a weekly basis," he added.

14 Apr 2022, 14:07 PM

STA, 13 April 2022 - The 70th Ljubljana Festival will bring over 80 classical music concerts, opera and ballet performances and more this summer. It will open with Summer Night - Power to Words, a tribute to Slovenian pop song lyrics from the 1960s in Congress Square on 21 June, and close with a Vienna Philharmonic concert at Cankarjev Dom on 8 September.

The Vienna Philharmonic will perform with Finnish conductor Esea-Pekka Salonen and Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as the soloist.

Another highlight will be Verdi's Requiem, with conductor Karel Mark Chichon leading the orchestra and choir of the Slovenian Philharmonic on 3 June at Cankarjev Dom.

The concert will feature Bulgarian soprano Krasimira Stojanova, Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanča, Ukrainian tenor Dmytro Popov and Italian bas Riccardo Zanellato.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko and Azerbaijani tenor Yusif Eyvazov will meanwhile give a concert at the end of August.

Approximately at the same time Spanish tenor Placido Domingo will be featured as part of the Spanish Night concert.

The London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with Slovenian violinist Lana Trotovšek and Ukrainian viola player Maxim Rysanov as soloists.

One of the greatest classic pieces, Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust will be conducted by Charles Dutoit from Switzerland.

French pianist Helene Grimaud will appear as soloist with the Symphony Orchestra from Pittsburgh and conductor Manfred Honeck from Austria.

The Bejart Ballet Lausanne from Switzerland will give two shows in early July, to be followed by Wedding & Rite of Spring, a ballet by choreographer Edward Clug against the backdrop of Stravinski's music.

Apart from Clug's ballet, SNG Maribor will also appear with Bizet's Carmen opera with conductor John Svinghammar.

American actor John Malkovich will bring to Ljubljana The Music Critic, a theatre piece the festival's director Darko Brlek recommended saying: "You'll laugh to tears".

Appearing for the first time in Ljubljana will be the West-East Divan Orchestra with conductor Daniel Barenboim and Chinese Lang Lang as the soloist on piano.

The festival will also serve as the platform for his first appearance in Slovenia for Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez. He will sing accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenija and Ukrainian conductor Oksana Lyniv.

The festival will also feature among others the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, The West Side Story musical and concerts by Slovenian singer Vlado Kreslin and musical group Laibach.

Learn more at the official website, in English

12 Apr 2022, 17:53 PM

STA, 12 April 2022 - Eight restaurants from the western region of Goriška Brda have joined forces to launch of a new brand in a bid to promote local cuisine in this wine-growing region. 

"The Brdalicious brand aims to bring together local gastronomy businesses and offer a plethora of regional delicacies year-round," Tina Nova Samec, the head of the local tourism centre, told reporters on Tuesday.

The brand is to further promote the Brdo region and attract locals as well as foreign visitors, thus help tourism services providers, who are part of the project, to expand their business.

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Inspired by the region's culinary traditions, the project will kick off with tastings, spanning over two months and bringing together gastronomy providers, each of which will prepare a dish representing Brdo's culinary heritage.

The tastings will feature dishes typical of the Brdo region, such as white polenta, potato gnocchi and frittatas, all of them paired with wild microgreens.

Such seasonal dishes will be associated with the new brand year-long with special emphasis on festive delicacies, such as briške fulje, sweet fried bread dumplings that are served for Easter, or krodegine, meat sausages served on Saint Martin's Day.

The brand's goal is to present the region's culinary history while also attracting foreign food enthusiasts and provide them with high-quality service.

Some more details, in Slovene, are here

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