The Slovenia Times

Culture in the time of coronavirus


Instead of attending cultural events, people can entertain themselves by watching a selection of Slovenian films online provided by the Slovenian Film Centre free of charge.

The films will be added twice a week, with the content available for a week.

Moreover, the Slovenian Book Agency has started a two-week online campaign raising awareness abut the benefits of reading and inviting people to browse online book shops that ensure safe and free deliveries or provide e-books.

The campaign urges people to stay at home, stay safe and healthy and read books. Reading reduces stress and anxiety and chases away loneliness, said the agency's head Renata Zamida.

Meanwhile, national broadcaster RTV Slovenija is amending its programme to better cater for children who are staying at home since school is out as part of the prevention measures. Moreover, there will be a special late-night music programme featuring concerts of Slovenian musicians.

Other institutions are streaming their events or hit shows as well, including the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre and Glej Theatre.

There has been a series of online campaigns designed to entertain and pass the time at home on the social media, which plays a crucial role during this time. Hashtag #stayhome has been trending on all such media.

Instagram is full of photos showing the benefits of the time spent outside in nature.

Meanwhile, Facebook users are exchanging virtual hugs and a number of groups have been created encouraging people to stay inside or limit their physical contact. Such Facebook groups are also an excellent source of entertaining videos displaying various, sometimes even ingenious, ways of keeping boredom at bay.

Concerts will be streamed via Facebook Live as well, with several Slovenian musicians posting their performances. They have also been promoting jam sessions held at home to help maintain mental heath.

Slovenia thus saw the first such phenomenon taking place yesterday at 6pm when people were encouraged to open their windows or step outside on their balconies and sing or play an instrument in unison to show solidarity and boost morale, mirroring similar events held in Italy at the end of last week.

On Saturday, people were invited to clap for healthcare workers, who are on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus spread.


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