British-Slovene Oxford picnic – Rain? What rain?

A glance at the weather forecast doubtless convinced many people that this year’s British-Slovene Society annual Oxford picnic – usually blessed by glorious weather – would be a washout.

Not so. Admittedly, at 12.30 on Saturday 28th June just four of us huddled under a gazebo tent watching the rain lashing down, comforting ourselves with Pimms no. 1. Miserable? Not at all. We were blissfully confident the skies would clear.

And so they did. With the sun came new arrivals, and by mid-afternoon, 24 people were enjoying a great day out by the traditional Slovene kozolec (hay-rick) in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay.

Be warned. Next year, the picnic will take place again – whatever the heavens may prepare.


Katarina Juvančič & Dejan Lapanja Performing in Nottingham

Sunday 15th June 2014 at 3pm

Edin’s , 15 Carlton Street, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1NL

Katarina Juvančič and Dejan Lapanja first appeared on the Slovenian music scene in 2009, when their folk rock song Uej, uej – Magdalenca featured in Slovene National Radio’s newcomers contest. Their music is often described as alt-folk, bridging modern trends and ancient folk influences and sensibilities. Their music has twice won awards at the Slovenian songwriting competition Kantfest. Katarina and Dejan’s debut album is Selivke (Migratory Birds) and they are now working on their second. They have performed in Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Ireland, Scotland and Serbia. MORE


Dejan Lapanja is currently Artist in Residence in London through Arts & Culture Residencies Programme run by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.

Organized by:

Center za Slovenščino kot drugi / tuji jezik, Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani, University of Nottingham, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London

Sunday Session with Emilia Martensson & Janez Dovč

Sunday 29 June 2.30 – 5 pm, Union Chapel Bar, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN

This exciting new duo paves the way to new forms of expression by means of combining the sonority of accordion with lush electronic effects through repertoires ranging from Swedish and Slovenian folk songs to their own unique compositions.

Swedish/Slovenian Vocalist Emilia Martensson, named the ‘New face of British Jazz’ by The Observer in 2012. Emilia is an established Jazz/Folk singer with two albums in her own name, as well as featuring on various projects with the likes of Kairos 4tet (MOBO Award Winners 2011) and the Fringe Magnetic, led by musician/composer Rory Simmons.

Janez Dovč is a highly celebrated accordionist, multi-instrumentalist and composer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. His music can be heard on more than 40 albums, working with various different projects, one of which won the 2006 BBC World Music Award.

The Sunday Sessions is a fortnightly event featuring some of London’s finest acoustic musicians.