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Christmas Carol Service on Friday 7th December in London

The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on Friday 7th December 2018, 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.

 

Join a Slovene “Singing Supper” in London on Saturday 6 October

The “Lakeland Voices from Cumbria” choir, which specialises in folk songs from Slovenia, invites you to join them for a Slovene-themed “Singing Supper” at the Number Twelve Restaurant at 12 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H 0HX this Saturday 6th October at 7.30 pm. There will be well known songs in both Slovene and English which everyone can join in. 

All members and friends of the British-Slovene Society are welcome.

The Number Twelve Restaurant is offering a set menu. For more information, contact davidburbidge@hotmail.com.

Lakeland Voices from Cumbria on a tour in Slovenia in May 2018

 

Evening Courses of Slovene at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies UCL

From October 2018 SSEES UCL will again run evening courses of Slovene language at all levels.
 
Beginners (Tuesdays)
Lower Intermediate (Mondays)
Upper Intermediate (Thursdays)
Advanced (Wednesdays)
Advanced Plus (Thursdays)
 
All courses are scheduled to run 6:30-8:30pm.
 
More information about the Slovene courses is HERE

If you are interested please enrol by 30 September HERE

For more information contact Maja Rančigaj Beneš, Slovene language teacher: m.rancigaj@ucl.ac.uk

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. 

Dora Lavrenčič has passed away

With great sadness, we have heard news that Dora Lavrenčič, widow of Karl Lavrenčič, passed away on 10th July at the age of 94. Dora was a broadcaster with the BBC’s Slovene section.

Née Dora Žebot, she was the daughter of a prominent pre-war figure Franjo Žebot who, as acting Mayor of Maribor, refused to raise the Nazi flag on the town hall at the time of the 1941 invasion. He was subsequently the first Slovene to be transported to Dachau concentration camp, where he died.

Dora’s funeral arrangements are as follows:

Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cobham, Surrey at 11am on Friday 20th July. There will be a reception immediately afterwards in the parish centre next to the church. 

The British-Slovene Society sends heartfelt condolences to Dora’s family, Alenka and John.

A Slovene Choir Entertains BSS Oxford Picnic

 

The Gallus Aeternus choir enlivened the annual Oxford Picnic of the British-Slovene Society on 1st July 2018 alongside the traditional kozolec at the Harcourt Arboretum.

 

Members old and young came with their families and friends. Ambassador Tadej Rupelj led a strong contingent from the Slovenian Embassy, bringing some good bottles of Slovenian wine in his rucksack.

 

Guests of honour were representatives of the Slovenian Government Office for Slovenes Abroad. Secretary Primož Ilešič brought personal greetings from Minister Gorazd Žmavc.

JAZOO London Tour

JAZOO, a progressive jazz group, is returning for their 5th London Tour with new material, performing at several music venues.

JAZOO London Tour #05
10 –  15   J u l y   2 0 1 8
 
Tuesday 10 July at 8pm at SET UK (Dalston)
Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 7pm at Nambucca (Holloway)
Friday 13 July at 9pm at with Don Kipper at Balabam(Tottenham)
Saturday 14 July 8pm at Luna Lounge(Leytonstone)
Sunday 15 July at 8pm at Magic Garden (Battersea)

JAZOO is a 5-member band comprising Nejc Haberman (bass), Danijel Hartman (drums), Stare Katja (flute, vocals, percussion), Matjaž Mlakar (saxophone, flute, vocals) and Tomaž Pačnik (keyboard, accordion, electronics). The band has been active on the alternative ethno-jazz-fusion scene for several years and has toured extensively throughout Europe and other parts of the world.

Website: www.jazoo.si
Twitter: @jazooband
Facebook: /Jazooband

 

Sloven’c v Britaniji: od izzivov do priložnosti – okrogla miza 29. 5.

Čas: 29. 5. 2018, ob 18.00
Kraj: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU
Organizator: Društvo VTIS (V Tujini Izobraženi Slovenci)

Si tudi ti eden izmed tistih Slovencev, ki smo zašli na Otok in si poiskali nove izzive in priložnosti? Imaš tudi ti zbirko hecnih zgodb o spopadanju z britansko diplomacijo in njihovim humorjem? Tudi ti iščes nove načine povezovanja s Slovenijo?

Od asimilacije Slovencev v Britaniji do asimilacije britanskih Slovencev v slovenskem okolju – od medijskega buma o “begu možganov” do iskanja rešitev za krepitev “kroženja znanja” – o tem in še o čem se bomo pogovarjali s šestimi člani Društva VTIS na okrogli mizi.
Na okrogli mizi bodo sodelovali:

Jana Javornik, “senior lecturer” na University of East London in direktorica Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity in Business.

Maj Plemenitaš, akademik in raziskovalec na University College London, kjer je direktor Cross Scale Design Research; ustanovitelj in direktor design studia Linkscale.

Miha Pipan, soustanovitelj in CSO podjetja Entomics, ki si prizadeva razvijati biotehnološke rešitve za rastoči trg trajnostnih živalskih krm na bazi insektov.

Neža Vadnjal, doktorska raziskovalka na programu inštituta Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology na University College London, kjer raziskuje celično biofiziko.

Jure Sokolić, “research associate” na King’s College London, kjer se ukvarja z aplikacijami strojnega učenja v medicinske namene.

Sledila bo kratka delavnica, s katero bi radi izvedeli več tudi o tvojih osebnih izzivih, ki jih imaš kot v tujini živeči in izobraženi Slovenec ter o idejah za izboljšanje stanja. Društvo VTIS organizira dogodek skupaj z Veleposlaništvom Republike Slovenije v Veliki Britaniji.

Društvo VTIS je bilo ustanovljeno z namenom povezovati in zastopati interese slovenskih državljanov, ki se v okviru visokošolskega študija izobražujejo ali so se izobraževali oziroma opravljajo ali so opravljali raziskovalno dejavnost na izobraževalno-raziskovalnih ustanovah v tujini.

Prijavni obrazec je na spletni strani društva VTIS: https://www.drustvovtis.si/slovenc-v-britaniji-od-izzivov-do-priloznosti/

BSS visit to the Francis Crick Institute, 6th June – members only

The British-Slovene Society has arranged a visit to the Francis Crick Institute in London, where world-leading gene research into DNA and RNA takes place. Our host will be Slovene researcher Jernej Ule, who will show us round and explain the work of the Crick. Subsequently, we can mingle over a drink in the bar on the ground floor, open to 6pm.

Time: 6th June, 5.00 to 6.30 pm.

Address: The Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Road, London NW1 1AT. See attached map. The entrance is opposite the Midland Road entrance to Eurostar, adjacent to the sculpture in the attached picture.

This is a rare occasion to learn about some of the fundamental biology underlying health and disease from a qualified Slovene expert. Here’s a link to Jernej, our host: https://www.crick.ac.uk/research/a-z-researchers/researchers-t-u/jernej-ule/.

This visit is exclusively for members of the British-Slovene Society. If you wish to become a member, you can do so on the website https://www.britishslovenesociety.org/ under JOIN/RENEW.

We look forward to seeing you there.

For security reasons please apply beforehand to the email address: cjcking@gmail.com.

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