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Diplomatic charity bazaar brings whole world to Ljubljana

The 30th charity bazaar in Ljubljana organised by the Slovenian International Ladies' Association.
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The Slovenian International Ladies' Association (SILA) held its 30th annual charity bazaar in the centre of Ljubljana on 14 October. Organised with the help of 48 embassies and honorary consulates, the event featured China as the guest of honour.

Taking place in the street linking Ljubljana Town Hall and the Triple Bridge, the event saw some 60 stalls selling culinary delights and traditional products of the participating countries, and a lively programme.

SILA International Women's Club had its own stall offering "lucky bags" that they have prepared with the help of donations from companies and representatives of the participating countries.

Like every year, the proceeds from the sale at the stalls will go to charity. Part of the money raised will go to families affected by the August floods and the rest to various charities.

Addressing the event from a stage at the Robba Fountain in front of Town Hall, Chinese Ambassador Wang Shunqing said he was "happy and proud" that China served as the guest of honour.

He thanked SILA, the embassies and the communities, including the Chinese community, for their participation and contributions.

The Chinese Embassy organised the Lion Dance, a show performed by children in traditional costumes dancing to Chinese music. They were joined in procession with children from international schools and sports clubs. The children also prepared presents for peers in need.

SILA was founded on 9 November 1993 by a group of wives of Slovenian ambassadors and businessmen as foreign diplomatic offices started opening in Ljubljana after the country went independent in 1991. They invited the spouses of foreign diplomats, businessmen and academics to join their association.

The annual SILA bazaar used to be held in December. After being cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, it was moved to October the next year so it can take place outdoors.

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