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Preseren Awards Conferred as Slovenia Celebrates Culture

Ljubljana, 7 February - Composer and pianist Janez Maticic and actor Radko Polic-Rac received the coveted Preseren Prize for life-time achievement in the arts at a ceremony on Wednesday, the eve of Culture Day, a national holiday that pays tribute to Slovenia's greatest man of letters, France Preseren (1800-1849).

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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: Preseren Fund Prize winner Marko Peljhan, a multimedia artist.
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Preseren laureate Radko Polic Rac addresses the ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February.
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Preseren laureate Radko Polic Rac addresses the ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February.
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Preseren laureate Janez Maticic while a pianist performs one of his composition at the ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February.
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Preseren laureate Janez Maticic at the ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: Preseren Fund Prize winners Vesna and Matej Vozlic, architects.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: Preseren Fund Prize winner Suzana Tratnik, an author.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: Preseren Fund Prize winner Joze Slak - Dojka, a painter, (left) and Dusan Jovanovic, the head of the Preseren Fund board.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: Preseren Fund Prize winner Urska Pompe, a composer.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February: ballet dancer Anton Bogov, a Preseren Fund Prize winner. In the background Dusan Jovanovic, the head of the Preseren Fund board.
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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February, with the bestowal of Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prizes.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February, with the bestowal of Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prizes.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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The ceremony marking Culture Day, 8 February, with the bestowal of Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prizes.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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A reception for the Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prize winers ahead of the ceremony marking Culture Day: (left to right) Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti, Preseren laureates Radko Polic Rac and Janez Maticic, Speaker of Parliament France Cukjati, and Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his companion Urska Bacovnik.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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A reception for the Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prize winners ahead of the ceremony marking Culture Day.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom
A reception for the Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prize winners ahead of the ceremony marking Culture Day.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom
A reception for the Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prize winners ahead of the ceremony marking Culture Day.
Preseren laureates Radko Polic Rac (left) and Janez Maticic.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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A reception for the Preseren Prize and Preseren Fund Prize winners ahead of the ceremony marking Culture Day.
Preseren laureates Radko Polic Rac (left) and Janez Maticic.
Photo: Daniel Novakovic/STA

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