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Wintertime in Ljubljana


Tree of 2019

On 28 November, a day marking the efforts of people who are taking care of trees in cities, we presented the tree of 2019 in Ljubljana. People who took part in a web survey have chosen the sycamore tree on the corner of Streliška Street and Strossmayer Street.

The sycamore, Platanus x hispanica, is exceptionally big and old. With its circumference of 596 cm and 33 metres of height it is one of the broadest trees of this species in Ljubljana and in Slovenia. It is also one of the oldest trees in the city. Because of its exceptional dimensions and indicative importance, it is protected as a natural value of national significance.


Support of Novi Sad for the ECC 2025 candidacy 

On Saturday, 23 November 2019, Mayor Zoran Janković met with Mayor Miloš Vučković in his home city Novi Sad and they signed an agreement on the support for Ljubljana's candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2025.

Mayors Zoran Janković and Miloš Vučković signed an agreement expressing support for the candidacy of Ljubljana for the title European Capital of Culture 2025. The agreement foresees the cooperation of both cities in the cultural area and organisation of joint cultural projects of Novi Sad, the European Capital of Culture 2021, and Ljubljana, candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2025.
The support of Novi Sad complements the support from Rijeka and Chemnitz, two cities with which we also signed similar agreements.


Chatbot Ljubo from now on also for tourists 

Ljubljana Tourism has upgraded the existing chatbot Ljubo from Ljubljana and designed it as a personal guide in the capital city to make communication easier and more efficient. Ljubo, a programme simulating human conversation using artificial intelligence, is communicating with its users in English and Italian, and is quickly and easily accessible in the Facebook application Messenger.

Chatbot Ljubo offers users suggestions for one- to three-day itineraries in Ljubljana and provides them with directions to landmarks, restaurants, adventure activities and cultural experiences.
Ljubljana Tourism is monitoring user feedback to upgrade the contents of the chatbot and by doing so improve user experience. For instance, Ljubo can also give advice on using buses and bikes, and it is going to encourage tourists to buy the Ljubljana Tourist Card as well as to pay for tours and trips in the Ljubljana Tourism web store.


Recognition to Kinodvor for best programming 

At the 21st conference of the international network Europa Cinemas in Lisbon, Kinodvor received the prestigious Europa Cinemas Best Programming Award 2019.

The cinema network Europa Cinemas, focused on European film, unites almost 3000 screens in over 1100 cinemas in 43 countries.

We are proud of the international recognition of quality and innovativeness of Kinodvor placing us at the very top of European cinemas.

For more quality films in Ljubljana

In the centre of Ljubljana we are going to build a city cinema miniplex as we want to increase the number of screenings, films screened and film spectators. The construction of the city cinema miniplex is going to significantly contribute to the revival of the Ajdovščina underpass, and the box office results for Kinodvor programmes show a need for a new, bigger and more modern film venue in the city.

The miniplex is going to provide spatial conditions in which a concept of a city cinema as a creative cultural centre for all generations can come to life, with an emphasis on attracting a new, and especially young audience.


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