Slovenians in Australia get new magazine

The Slovenian Language and Culture Association Queensland has published the first issue of a new magazine for Slovenians in Australia, The Hen.

The printed magazine offers a range of topics related to Slovenian cultural heritage, history, current news, cooperation among Slovenians in Australia, human interest stories and entertainment. Designed to promote Slovenia, the magazine will be published four times a year in Slovenian and English.

Additional information is available on the Association’s Facebook profile.

Jerneja Svetičič, president of the Slovenian Language and Culture Association Queensland

Poslanka Tamara Blažina.

Honours bestowed on three female Slovenian cultural workers in Italy

Women were clearly the main protagonists at the central Slovenian Culture Day ceremony, which Slovenians in Italy celebrated at the Lojze Bratuž Culture Centre. Tamara Blažina, the Slovenian member of the Italian parliament, was the honorary speaker at the event, at which the umbrella organisations of the minority, the Slovenian Cultural and Economic Association (SKGZ) and the Council of Slovenian Organisations (SSO), conferred honours on deserving contributors to our cultural life, all three of whom were women this year. The recipients were Bruna Dorbolò, culture organiser and administrator; Dorica Makuc, journalist and persistent researcher of stories from Goriška in particular; and Marija Pirjevec, the Trieste-based literary critic, teacher and tireless mediator between Italian and Slovenian culture. Marija Pirjevec was the only one to receive the award in person, as Dorbolò and Makuc could not be present due to health reasons.

Slovenian cultural institutions in Italy take turns in organising the 8 February ceremony. This year, it was put on by the Association of Slovenian Catholic Education from Gorizia, which dedicated the event to Gorizia composer and conductor Lojze Bratuž (1902-1937), whose life was ended prematurely by Fascist violence 80 years ago.

Poslanka Tamara Blažina.

Tamara Blažina (BUMBACA)

Smells of Home

In the Netherlands, we have been cooking and – more importantly – baking “the Slovenian way” for a while now. Our cooking workshops have always been quite popular. Aside from Slovenians who miss their national cuisine, they are also attended by a fair number of the Dutch. To prove that no pig slaughter or fancy recipes are needed to prepare a true gourmet dish, we organized the workshop once again on 3 December 20016 in Rijswijk. 

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The theme was “Fall Lunch” and what we prepared was a Slovenian type of stew called obara, roast potatoes, Carniolan sausage, a salad, and a loaf of pogača. We already came up with the menu and booked both the kitchen and the dining room with the committee members at the Friends of Slovenia Association in September. Since this was a big event, we needed to divide our work accordingly. Špela Božnar, the host of Igrive urice (Playful Hours), taught the children how to properly arrange a table setting. The fact that an additional eight new members of the Friends of Slovenia Association joined us this time speaks volumes as to how pleasant these events are not just for the children but adults just aswell. Aside from the priority in applying and a discount, we also gave them an issue of the bilingual Lipa publication.

As always, the entire Embassy along with Ambassador Roman Kirn and his wife Jovi also attended our cooking workshop. Later on, we were also joined by Zvone Štrubelj, a Slovenian Priest from Brussels. Those who wanted to could go about the afternoon speaking their mother tongue. The children received presents from Miklavž, the Slovenian St Nicholas, who sent them books and chocolate.

President Pahor’s Visit in Egypt

During his last stay in Egypt, Borut Pahor, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, spent his time being among Slovenians who live and work in Egypt, and learning about the historical impact the previous generations had had. He first visited the Alexandrine Women Memorial Site in the Old Cairo Latin Cemetery and paid tribute to the memory of many young Slovenian women who were driven to Egypt in search of work which would enable them to sustain their families.

Kairo, Latinsko pokopalisce. Predsednik republike Slovenije Borut Pahor je obiskal Latinsko pokopalisce in polozil venec pred spominskim obelezjem aleksandrinkam.

Then, President Pahor attended the opening of an exhibition dedicated to Anton Laščak, a renowned Slovenian architect who has created impressive cultural heritage for both Cairo and Alexandria. To mark the occasion, the Slovenian Embassy in Cairo organized a reception, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Slovenian independence. Also attending the event were other Egyptian Slovenians and members of the youngest Slovenian association in Cairo – the Egyptian Slovenian Association Snežinka.

Re-Opening of Revamped “Korotan” Student Residence Hall in Vienna

To finish 2016 with a bang, the most important investment in the Slovenian minorities’ infrastructure paid up – the Korotan Student Residence Hall in Vienna (Albertgasse 48) opened its door once again. For over 60 years, the hall of residence has been housing Slovenian high-school and university students during their studies in Vienna. Since the renovation in 1996, the hall has also been the headquarters of the Slovenian Cultural Center – the central Slavic cultural institution in Vienna.

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Slovenian Carinthians feel deeply connected to Vienna and many of them studied and even pursued their professional careers there. And it is precisely due to that that St Mohor’s Society, in cooperation with Father Ivan Tomažič, established the Korotan Student Residence Hall in the 1960’s. Korotan has been considered to be the focal point by the Slovenian minority in Vienna who see it as center of their political, media, and cultural events in Austria. As such it was taken into ownership by the Republic of Slovenia 2009.

In 2016, St Mohor’s Society, the manager of Korotan, and Korotan GmbH, the owner of the building, renovated all the dorm rooms and the cultural center with the help of the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad. Today, the facilities look more modern, energy efficient, and consistent with the other focal points of the Slovenian minority. They also provide better living conditions for Slovenian students and hotel guests. The revamped facilities will contribute to a better cultural industry, which is vital due to the fact that this city in the heart of Austria also happens to be one of the most important European cultural metropoles.

On Thursday evening, 15 December 2016, Minister Gorazd Žmavc gave a speech in which he stressed the importance of symbolically concluding the renovation cycle in Slovenian minority regions that started with the opening of the Trieste Book Center and continued with the renovation of the Slovenian Cultural and Information Center Lipa in Szentgotthárd and the St Mohor’s Society Bookstore in Klagenfurt.

High-Noon Performance by Slovenian Singers in Amsterdam Opera House

Stopera is the name of the majestic building located in the center of Amsteram. It is home to the City Hall and the Music Theatre where each season the best opera and ballet performances take place. Quite often, Slovenian artists also take the stage – recently, the soprano singer Vida Matičič and tenor singer Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne wowed the audience with their performance of the Queen of Spades.

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On Tuesday, 18 October 2016, the two singers performed in front of the Amsterdam audience in a high-noon concert, singing the works of Slovenian composers Ipavec, Lajovic, Škerjanec, Merkuj, Čopi, and Jenko. The audience were provided an English translation of each individual piece. Accompanied by Nathalie Doucet on the piano, Ambrož Bajec-Lapajne was the first to conjure a vividly melancholic Slovenian atmosphere. What followed was a series of dialectal songs from the Slovenian Littoral, where Vida Matičič comes from. The young artists finished their performance with a series of duet songs – among them also Na tujih tleh (On Foreign Soil), bearing a special meaning.

 

The massive audience – which filled every last corner of the opera house’s impressive foyer  – graced the performers with a big round of applause. Especially happy to see Matičič and Bajec-Lapajne, were their compatriots from Slovenia, among them also two representatives from the Slovenian Embassy in the Netherlands.

 

Source: Metka Dijkstra-Murko

Public Calls for Tenders by the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad in 2017

On the basis of the Act Regulating Relations between the Republic of Slovenia and Slovenians Abroad (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 43/06, 76/10) and the Act Regulating Implementation of Financial Support for Preservation and Development of Slovenian Identity Abroad (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, no. 139/06, 32/16), the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad has on 4 November 2016 published:

–          Public call for tenders – Area A in 2017: Financial support to an autonomous Slovenian national minority in one of the neighboring countries;

–          Public call for tenders – Area B in 2017: Financial support for Slovenians across the globe.

The documentation for both public calls (the application form, instructions for application, conditions and criteria for the allocation of funds, instructions for filling out the application form, a sample contract, and the report form) is available on the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad website at http://www.uszs.gov.si.

Those interested can also obtain the call documentation at the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad at Erjavčeva 15, 1000 Ljubljana (each day from 9 AM to 2 PM) and at any of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions of the Republic of Slovenia during their office hours.

  1. Public Call for Tenders – Area A in 2017: Financial support to an autonomous Slovenian national minority in one of the neighboring countries

The approximate amount of funds intended for the co-financing of programs and projects by autonomous national minorities in the bordering countries in 2017 amounts to 6.100,000 EUR.

Any natural or legal person from abroad, individual, institution, association, organization, or business entity working in the field of integration of and cooperation with the members of the Slovenian minorities can apply.

The due date for the submission of applications is 28 November 2016.

The applicants can submit their applications to one of the locations listed below.

Applicants from the Austrian Carinthia may send their applications via mail or submit them in person at the headquarters of the Association of Carinthian Slovenians (SKS), Neuer Platz, A-9020 Klagenfurt, Austria.

Applicants from the Austria Styria may send their applications via mail or submit them in person to the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, Erjavčeva 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Applicants from the Republic of Croatia may send their applications via mail or submit them in person at the headquarters of the Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia, Masarykova 13/I, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.

Applicants from the Republic of Hungary may send their applications via mail or submit them in person at the headquarters of the Association of Slovenians in Hungary, Gárdonyi u. 1, 9970 Szentgotthárd, Hungary.

Applicants from the Republic of Slovenia may send their applications via mail or submit them in person to the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, Erjavčeva 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Umbrella organizations from the neighboring countries (Union of Slovenian Organizations in Carinthia, National Council of Carinthian Slovenians, Association of Carinthian Slovenians, Council of Slovenian Organizations, Slovenian Cultural and Economic Association, Union of Slovenian Associations in Croatia, Association of Slovenians in Hungary) may send their applications via mail or submit them personally to the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, Erjavčeva 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

 

  1. Public Call for Tenders – Area B in 2017: Financial support for Slovenians abroad

The approximate amount of funds intended for the co-financing of programs and projects by Slovenians abroad in 2017 amounts to 700,000 EUR.

Any natural or legal person from abroad, individual, institution, association, organization, or business entity working in the field of integration of and cooperation with Slovenians living across the globe can apply.

The due date for the submission of applications is 5 December 2016.

Applications can be sent via mail or submitted in person to the Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, Erjavčeva 15, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Minister Gorazd Žmavc in Argentina

Upon his arrival at Buenos Aires on 19 October 2016, Gorazd Žmavc, the Minister for Slovenians Abroad, had three meetings. Herman Zupan, the most prominent Slovenian businessman in Argentina and former Honorary Consul General in Argentina for the Republic of Slovenia, held a reception for the minister in his Interpack factory. 

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The minister discussed the possibility of improvements with Tjaša Lorbek, a Slovenian language lecturer in Buenos Aires, the Argentine capital – currently, there are approximately one hundred people enrolled in the Slovenian language course, mostly descendants of Slovenian immigrants who came to Argentina between the two world wars, and also some Slovenian language teachers who teach in Slovenian Saturday schools.

The most current topic, however, is the Triglav Slovenian Club which was established through a merging of three smaller clubs and funded by the community of Slovenian pre-war immigrants who mostly came from the Slovenian Littoral. As the members are aging, the club is facing a membership deficit and is consequently increasingly difficult to maintain.

Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies at UCLA in 2017/2018

The Kerže-Cheyovich Fund is giving a scholarship to one Slovenian postgraduate student (enrolled in either a master’s, doctoral or researcher’s program) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), studying transport phenomena in complex systems. The due date for the submission of applications at UCLA is 30 November 2016. Prior to the submission of the application, applicants must notify the Slovenian Embassy in Washington about their enrollment to their e-mail address sloembassy.washington@gov.si no later than 10 November 2016.

In cooperation with the University of Maribor (UM), the Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS), the Slovenian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MZZ), and the Slovenian Human Resources Development and Scholarship Fund (public fund); the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) wishes to inform potential candidates about the possibility of receiving the Kerze-Cheyovich Fund scholarship for their postgraduate studies (Master’s or PhD) at UCLA, commencing with the fall semester of 2017.

The scholarship will be given to a candidate studying the topic of transport phenomena in complex systems, which includes the following disciplines from the fields of mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemical engineering, and physics:

  • heat transfer;
  • mass transfer;
  • fluid mechanics.

The studies will be supervised by Ivan Catton (http://www.mae.ucla.edu/ivan-catton/), a professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at UCLA (http://www.mae.ucla.edu/).

Based on the choice of the expert committee, one (1) scholarship will be granted to the most successful candidate. The primary criterion for the selection will be the candidate’s academic potential, which is why the candidates are encouraged to highlight their previous research achievements and specify the subject field within the framework of the above-mentioned disciplines on which they wish to focus their future research.

The applications for enrollment in UCLA must be submitted to UCLA no later than 30 November 2016. Further information, the application forms, and required documentation are available at UCLA’s website (links below).

In order to obtain the funds from the Kerže-Cheyovich Fund, the candidates must provide proof of eligibility and submit the documentation until 10 November 2016 to the Slovenian Embassy in Washington, namely to their e-mail address sloembassy.washington@gov.si. The candidates can also address their questions concerning the UCLA application to the Embassy.

At the same time, the candidates must also apply to the call for the Ad future scholarship for studying abroad, which the public fund will have published by the end of 2016. In case they are given the scholarship, the applicant is obliged to accept it.

Before applying for the scholarship, candidates are requested to read the following:
·        https://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/majors/mane.html;
·        http://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/admisinfo.html;
·        http://grad.ucla.edu/gasaa/admissions/ACADRECS.HTM.

Additional information:
Slovenian Embassy in Washington
2410 California Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
sloembassy.washington@gov.si
+1 (202) 386 6621