Slovenian diaspora meeting to mark independence anniversary
Ljubljana, 27 June - The 27th annual meeting of Slovenians who live abroad will be held in Ljubljana on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of Slovenia's independence. Prime Minister Janez Janša and Lojze Peterle, the prime minister of the first Slovenian government, will address the gathering as keynote speakers.
The meeting, organised every year by the SVS association of Slovenian expatriates, will be held under the slogan Slovenians 30 Years Ago and Today.
The gathering will get under way with a mass for Slovenians living abroad and in their homeland that will be said by Ljubljana Auxiliary Bishop Anton Jamnik alongside expatriate priests.
Moreover, an anniversary exhibition will be opened, displaying works of art by expatriate Slovenian painters.
At noon, a ceremony will be held with Janša and Peterle as keynote speakers. The event will be also addressed by Minister for Slovenians Abroad Helena Jaklitsch and SVS head Uroš Zorn.
As part of the gathering, the SVS and the cultural association Glasbena Matica Ljubljana staged a concert at the Slovenian Philharmonic on Saturday evening to celebrate the independence anniversary.