Museum to honour folk musician Lojze Slak, poet Tone Pavček
Mirna Peč, 15 October - A museum will open on Friday in Mirna Peč, the home town of folk musician Lojze Slak, poet Tone Pavček and several other prominent Slovenians, to honour the town's best known natives. The first to be presented is the internationally acclaimed folk music accordionist Slak (1932-2011).
The museum will open at the former primary school, and its first permanent collection will present the life and work of Slak. It was set up in cooperation with the regional Dolenjska Museum from Novo Mesto and Slak's family.
The exhibition highlights Slak as a pioneer of Slovenian popular folk music through his photos, records, personal items and a reconstruction of his music room. It also features video recordings and a multimedia library.
Most of the exhibits were provided by the musician's family, while videos were contributed by the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija.
Slak was born in Jordankal near Mirna Peč in 1932, but due to his mother's illness he spent most of his childhood with his grandmother in Mali Kal.
He learned to play the diatonic button accordion even before he started primary school and started performing with the Lojze Slak Trio as a teenager. In 1957 he started collaborating with the vocal group Fantje s Praprotna, with which he later formed the famous Lojze Slak Ensemble.
Slak died in Ljubljana the same year as poet Pavček, who is to be presented at the museum next.
So far the project has cost over EUR 1m. Almost EUR 100,000 was chipped in by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, according to Mirna Peč Mayor Andrej Katelic.
Next to Slak and Pavček, motorcycle racer Ludvik Starič, painter Jože Slak and other well-known natives of Mirna Peč are to be presented at the museum, which will, however, carry only the names of Slak and Pavček in its name.