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E-book reader. Photo: Hina/STA
Members of Slovenian public libraries can access 2,000 digital books on a new public e-book lending platform called Cobiss Ela that has been lunched after a public-private partnership fell apart.
Cobiss Ela replaces Biblos, a platform that was discontinued after eleven years this may due to financi
Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival. Photo: STA
Last week saw the 20th iteration of the Grossman Fantastic Film and Wine Festival, which brings gore, zombies and legends of genre film to a scenic wine region in northeastern Slovenia. The event is a perfect opportunity to take a breather from social conventions and embrace your inner freak.

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The interior of the renovated Koper Rotunda on opening night. Photo: Jure Makovec/STA
Nestled in between a house and a student dorm in Koper's old town, the round sandstone building looks unassuming. In fact, it is believed to be the oldest buildings in the city. And now it has been completely renovated.
Known as the Koper Rotunda or Rotunda of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the
Outdoor cinema at Ljubljana Castle. Photo: Katja Kodba/STA
Simon Popek, the long-serving programme director of the Ljubljana International Film Festival, and Matic Majcen, a seasoned film critic, have become the first Slovenians to be selected as voting members for the Golden Globe Awards.
The list of voting members for the prestigious US awards recognisin
The birthplace of France Prešeren (1800-1849), Slovenia's national poet. Photo: Katja Kodba/STA
The birthplace of Slovenia's national poet France Prešeren (1800-1849) in the village of Vrba in the northwest of the country will undergo a €2.9 million renovation that will turn the entire homestead into a modern museum complex within two years.
The house where Prešeren was born on 3 December 180
Reverie, a work that won Tanja Pak the Grand Prize at the 2024 Toyama International Glass Exhibition. Photo: Tone Stojko
Slovenian artist Tanja Pak has won the Grand Prize for her work Reverie at the 2024 Toyama International Glass Exhibition in Japan. Her work will be exhibited in the Toyama Glass Art Museum from 13 July to 14 October and will become part of the permanent collection.
The exhibition is a triennial ev
Martina Batič, the new principal conductor of the Gulbenkian Choir in Lisbon. Photo: Pedro Pina
Slovenian conductor Martina Batič has been named the new principal conductor of the Gulbenkian Choir in Lisbon. She will direct the choir for three seasons, starting in September.
Batič, 45, is considered one of the most promising choral conductors of her generation. She is known for her versatilit
Slipper Keeper Kitty in animated film by Rok Predin based on the iconic story by Ela Peroci. Photo: Stara Gara
Slipper Keeper Kitty, the iconic Slovenian picture book hero, has made it into an animated film 67 years after first coming out in a book written by Ela Peroci and illustrated by Ančka Gošnik Godec.
The film, directed by visual artist Rok Predin, had its preview at Ljubljana's Kinodvor cinema on 5
Writer Miljenko Jergović, the winner of the 2024 Vilenica Prize. Photo: Hina/STA
The 2024 Vilenica Prize for Central European literature will go to Miljenko Jergović, a Sarajevo-born Croatian author. He will receive the award at the Vilenica international literary festival in September.
Declaring the winner on 4 June, the chairman of the judging panel, Aljoša Harlamov, describ
The Partisan Choir performs at a 2018 ceremony marking the Day of Uprising against the Occupation. Photo: Danijel Novakovič/STA
Singing of partisan songs, which emerged during the Second World War and became hugely popular in the post-war period, has been inscribed into the Slovenian register of intangible cultural heritage.
The initiative came from the Partisan Choir in Ljubljana so that several hundred songs, interspersed
Actor Branko Šturbej. Photo: Bor Slana/STA
One of the most acclaimed and popular Slovenian actors, Branko Šturbej is the winner of this year's Borštnik Ring, the top honour for theatre actors in the country, which has been presented as part of the Maribor Theatre Festival since 1970.
"Branko Šturbej has a diverse range as an actor that incl
The National and University Library (NUK) in Ljubljana. Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA
The National and University Library (NUK) is celebrating the 250th anniversary since its inception. Its present home one of the most impressive buildings in Ljubljana, it is Slovenia's largest and most important library.
The library developed from the Ljubljana Lyceum Library, started in 1774 when