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Review of Major Arts and Cultural Events in Slovenia - December 1999 to November 2000

Ljubljana, 11 December - A national cultural programme with a strategic vision of the development of Slovene arts and culture, which takes into account Slovenia's accession to the EU, is a success story in culture in 2000, while the financing of municipalities-founded arts institutions, the denationalisation of cultural property, and the harmonisation of legislation remain as yet to be tackled. The initiative for the programme was given by novelist and playwright Rudi Seligo, who was also Minister of Culture from June to November.

The year 2000 was marked by the 200th anniversary of the birth of the finest Slovene poet, France Preseren (1800-1849), with events paying him tribute taking place throughout the year. A TV series and a film on Preseren's life and the poet's official site on the Internet set up by the Ministry were among the largest and most expensive cultural projects of 2000 funded by the state.

Slovenia also celebrated the 450th anniversary of the publication of the first two Slovene books; in 1550, Catechismus and Abecedarium were published by Slovene Protestant priest Primoz Trubar (1508-1586). The Austrian National Library is in possession of both originals, which have been brought on display in the Slovene capital of Ljubljana in November.

The most significant international arts event which was hosted by Slovenia was the third European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Manifesta 3, which took place in Ljubljana from June to September.

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