50th Anniversary of Twinning of Maribor and Greenwich

The ballet of the Slovene National Theatre of Maribor gave a much-applauded performance of its “Radio and Juliet” creation at the Woolwich Town Hall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the twinning of the city of Maribor with the borough of Greenwich.

Actively encouraged over the past three years by Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupel, the two municipalities cooperate actively in  culture and education and exchanges of young people. Maribor has donated a vine to grow in Greenwich, and the latter has created a beautiful green “Maribor Park” leading down to the Thames.

Asked whether the Brexit vote was causing concern, Maribor mayor Dr. Andrej Fištravec said: “Not at all. Our cooperation has never been stronger. There is wholehearted commitment on both sides.”

Also pictured at the event on 25th May: British-Slovene Trustee Evelina Ferrar with Mayor Fištravec.

The British-Slovene Society Annual Picnic


Dear Slovenes, friends and families,

We warmly invite you to join us from 12 noon till 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 2nd July for the Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. We will meet again by the kozolec (Slovene hay rack).

Bring a picnic, drinks, deckchairs, blankets, your kids, grandchildren and friends. If you make something particularly nice, you may wish to share it with others!

The Arboretum is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. The postal code is OX44 9PX. From London it can be reached by the M40, exit 8, A40 to Oxford, then southwards round the Ring Road (A4142) on to the A4074 towards Reading.

If you come by train to Oxford or Reading, you can then take the bus X39/X40 to the Arboretum. If you have problems please mail to evelina@ferrar.org.uk or call 07584 199 177 and we will do what we can to help.

The Arboretum has kindly agreed to mow the area around the hayrack, but we are not allowed to climb on it. Adults attending the British-Slovene picnic pay £5.00, concessions £3.50. You can pay by cash, credit/debit card or cheque. Children under 16 and Members of Oxford University (bring your card) enter for free. Dogs are not allowed.

More information on the Arboretum can be found at http://www.harcourt-arboretum.ox.ac.uk/.

We must leave by 4:30 pm when the Arboretum closes. However, if you wish to come earlier, you can do so from 10 am onwards.

We hope we can welcome many of you as we celebrate and enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.