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Vlado Kreslin Joins British-Slovene Society to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary

The Prešeren Evening celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the British-Slovene Society was a rip-roaring success, with a record turnout and a rousing concert by Vlado Kreslin, the Slovene folk singer/songwriter.

When guests saw that Vlado was coming back to London on 3rd February, two years after his first appearance with us, they knew what to expect. Last time, party-goers were dancing on tables until late into the night. So he barely had to strike up on his guitar for the conga-dancers to start rippling around the room again.

»Two years ago it was already great here with you,« said Vlado, »but this year was even better!«

The Slovenian Ambassador, HE Tadej Rupelj, made a presentation to the Society on behalf of the Slovenian Government to BSS Chairman David Lloyd and Keith Miles OBE, one of the founders back in 1993.

The tombola organised by BSS Trustee Catherine King raised over £700, more than ever before. The proceeds went to Barka, the Slovenian charity for people with special learning needs we have been supporting for many years. Two members of Barka (above) attended the evening at the invitation of the BSS.

The evening was hosted by BSS Trustee and singer Shirlie Roden.

Photos by Ian Božič

Christmas Carol Service

Members of the British-Slovene Society filled the London Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe to overflowing for the annual service of Christmas Carols and readings in both languages on Friday 8th December. Aljoša Skorja played the organ and the Gallus Singers led the singing.

Participants contributed a record £325.13 for Barka, the charity in Slovenia for people with special needs that we support.

Afterwards the congregation thronged the vestry for a convivial hour of pre-Christmas socialising. Several people brought special varieties of potica from Slovenia – and the Embassy of Slovenia again generously donated wine.

25th Anniversary Prešeren Evening 3rd February 2018 with Vlado Kreslin

– Saturday 3rd February 2018. Drinks from 6.30 pm, dinner at 7.20 pm.

– Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX (undergrounds Euston, Euston Square, King’s Cross, Russell Square)

To mark our 25th anniversary, Vlado Kreslin, one of the greatest of Slovenia’s popular singers, will perform a concert for us after dinner.
And because it’s a special occasion, we are offering rates which are significantly lower than in recent years:
– Members £45, non-members £60, students and under-18s £29.
For that you will enjoy a drinks reception, a three-course dinner with wine, the concert with Vlado Kreslin and a tombola with all sorts of attractive prizes.

– Reserve your places now using the Application Form below. Space is limited, so it’s first come, first serve.
You should assume that paid-for places have been reserved unless you hear to the contrary. No tickets will be issued.
If you wish to make up your own party, please nominate a host who will book the table in his/her name. Please advise if you have any dietary requirements.
As in previous years, we are grateful to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London for donating Slovenian wine for the occasion.
Last year, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia granted the British-Slovene Society a subsidy, which is also much appreciated.

2018 Preseren Evening application form

Photo by Ian Božič, 2016

Christmas Carol Service on Friday 8th December

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on the 8th of December 2017, at 6:30 pm.

This is our regular festive get together which is held in the beautiful church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE.

The church, which was built by Sir Christopher Wren is a wonderful historic building and well worth a visit in its own right. Please come and join in our carol singing in English and Slovene.

Catch up with friends after the service as there will be potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearest underground Blackfriars. St Paul’s and Mansion House nearby.

How to get there

Evening Courses of Slovene

Autumn is around the corner and SSEES UCL is again offering Slovene language evening courses that will begin in October.


These small interactive courses develop conversation skills without losing sight of the fundamentals of grammar. They are ideal for anyone interested in the rich culture and unique language of Slovenia.

Levels available this year:
• Beginners (Mondays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Lower Intermediate (Tuesdays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Upper Intermediate (Thursdays 6.30-8.30 pm)
• Advanced Plus (Wednesdays 6.30-8.30 pm)

Additional information is also available from Maja Rančigaj Beneš, Slovene language teacher:

Slovenian Terrafolk Music Group Performs in UK in August

After a 7-year absence, the Slovenian music group Terrafolk is returning to the United Kingdom this month.

This is where they will play:

Saturday, 5th August at 5 pm 
Music Case Weekender, Boho, Camden, London
Sunday, 6th August at 8.45 pm
Music Case Weekender, Boho, Camden, London
6th-11th August
Esta Summer School, Chichester
Friday, 18th August at 10 pm
Folk East Festival, Glenham Hall Grounds, Suffolk
Sunday, 20th August
Picnic in the Park, Devizes, Wiltshire
Monday, 28th August
The International Street Festival, Devizes, Wiltshire

Terrafolk was founded in 1999 by progressive rock composer Daniel Černe (aka Mystica), former classical soloist Bojan Cvetrežnik and multi-instrumentalist Boštjan Gombač.

Bojan Cvetrežnik, violin, mandolin, double bass
Danijel Černe-Mystica, guitar
An Černe, flutes, vocal, nai, violin
Barja Drnovšek, violin, double bass

Perfect Summer Day for the British-Slovene Oxford Picnic

There was a record turnout for the annual Oxford Picnic of the British-Slovene Society on Sunday 2nd July. The sun shone, the grass around the Slovene kozolec (hay rack) was freshly mown, singers were in full throat and tempting tree trunks tested the climbing skills of youngsters.

Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupelj came down from London, and other participants travelled from as far as Wales, Manchester and southeast England. As usual, we gathered in the beautiful settings of the Oxford University Arboretum.

More pictures in Gallery.

We are looking for a new Trustee. Will you help?

Would you like to promote contacts between Britons and Slovenes by joining the British-Slovene Society as a Trustee? At this particular time, it is important that we ensure bridges are not weakened. So would you do your bit to ensure that ties remain strong?

We are looking for a Trustee who would act as Treasurer. This requires basic accounting skills, but the accounts are not complex and do not involve large sums of money. You would participate in meetings of Trustees and contribute to their decision-making on all matters.

Please do consider volunteering. We are a convivial group, and you would be made most welcome. Contact the Chairman David Lloyd if you think you can help, or would like to know more.  

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