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Culture Day Ceremonies Commemorate Poet Prešeren

Vrba/Kranj/Ljubljana, 8 February - Slovenia celebrates Culture Day on Wednesday, a bank holiday observed on the anniversary of death of its foremost poet France Prešeren, (1800-1849). Events commemorating his life and work are held across the country, many of them resonating reactions to the decision to abolish Culture Ministry.

Vrba
Outgoing Culture Minister Boštjan Žekš (left) and President of the Constitutional Court Ernest Petrič (right) attend a ceremony in Vrba.
Photo: Tinkara Zupan/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Ljubljana
Popular theatre actors read France Prešeren's poems.
Photo: Nada Mihajlovič/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk (left) shakes hands with a performer at Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk addresses the Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk addresses the Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk (right) shakes hands with a performer at Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk addresses the Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk (right) shakes hands with a performer at Prešeren Fair in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

Kranj
President Danilo Türk (centre) at the Prešeren Fair, a traditional event marking Culture Day in Kranj.
Photo: Stanko Gruden/STA

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