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Studies at universities in Slovenia

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If you are interested in studying in Slovenia, you can attend a presentation by a team “Study in Slovenia” on Thursday 10 February at 2 p.m. (Slovenian time).

They will present useful information on studying and students’ life in Slovenia. You will be able to meet representatives of Universities in Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and Nova Gorica, as well as other students from outside Slovenia who can share their  experiences. The presentation will be in Slovene. If you wish to attend a presentation in English, you can connect with the organisers on-line on Tuesday 15 February at 2 p.m. (Slovenian time).

Previous registration through the link below is required. There will be a live broadcast through Facebook page Study in Slovenia.

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You will be most welcome.


Join David Burbidge singing Slovenian songs in London

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David Burbidge of the Lakeland Voices is well known to many Slovenians and their friends – his hometown of Sedbergh is twinned with Zreče in Slovenia.

On Saturday 5th February, David will be down from Cumbria in London, and invites you to join him on a walk through London’s parks, during which he will lead in singing of Slovenian songs. Starting at 12 noon at the Gandhi memorial statue in Tavistock square. 

If you want to contact him beforehand, email or ring 015396.21166.

Please bring a packed lunch, or similar. And make pictures so that we can publish them!

Prešeren večer re-scheduled to 26 March + please pay Membership Dues!

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Good news! The British-Slovene Society’s Prešeren večer celebration has been re-scheduled to Saturday 26th March. It’ll be at the same place we last met two years ago – the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Pl, London WC1H 0HX. There will be a drinks reception, dinner, poetry and a raffle – and Vlado Kreslin will come over from Slovenia to sing for us! More details later, but in the meantime, reserve the date.

The other news is that 2022 BSS Membership is due for payment. To keep functioning as a Society we need Members and Membership dues. All our activities require a certain amount of funding.

So if you are a Member, we would be grateful if you would pay your 2022 subscription now. If you are not yet a Member, please join. You would be most welcome! As a Member, you pay less for the Prešeren večer!

Subscriptions remain unchanged:

FAMILY (maximum 5) £25

If you have a Standing Order or have already paid for this year, you can ignore this notice. Otherwise, you have a choice of three means of payment:

  1. The best way is by direct electronic transfer to The British-Slovene Society’s bank account with Natwest, Sort Code 60-20-36, Account Number 51197685, IBAN: GB67NWBK60203651197685, BIC: NWBKGB2L. Please put your name in the reference field. This means of payment saves the Society unnecessary costs. Wherever possible, we ask you to set up a Standing Order. This will save you time and trouble next year.
  2. Or you can pay through our website www.britishslovenesociety.orgby clicking on “JOIN/RENEW” and following the instructions. On the website you can also pay by PayPal (though this incurs a cost to the BSS).
  3. Or by cheque made out to The British-Slovene Society and sent to the Treasurer, Andrej Ogorevc, 10 Rogers Court, 5 Premiere place, London E14 8SF, email:

Please support the British-Slovene Society to fulfil its mission of friendship as we prepare to open up again.

Thank you!

Trustees of The British-Slovene Society

Subsidised courses for Slovenes to improve their knowledge of the language

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Urad za Slovence po svetu sporoča, da so v spomladanskem semestru študijskega leta 2021/22 ponovno na voljo štipendije za tečaje slovenščine, namenjene Slovencem, ki živijo v zamejstvu in po svetu. Na voljo so štipendije za naslednje tečaje:

Naj živi slovenščina!

We must put off our celebration of Prešeren

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After last year’s online celebration of the anniversary of the Slovene poet, France Prešeren, we much hoped to get together in person this year, as we have done for so many years in the past.

Regrettably, we have decided this is not possible due to continuing restrictions and uncertainties over Covid-19. So we have abandoned our tentative plan to hold a Prešeren Večer on 5th February in London.

When we can open up again, as we surely must eventually, we plan to hold another celebration. Not just for the great Slovene poet, but also to mark the erection of the new Slovene hayrack (kozolec) in Henley-on-Thames. The kozolec has been made by craftsmen in Slovenia and shipped in pieces to Henley. There they are now stored.

We are now working to arrange for the craftsmen to come to England to put it up. Not easy either, but that day will come!

Keep well everybody.

The kozolec arrives in Henley-on-Thames!

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At last! Here is the new traditional Slovene hayrack just arrived at its new home in Henley-on-Thames. Slovenian craftsman Damjan Bajc from Trebnje designed and built it in his workshop. It was dismantled for transport kindly arranged by the Slovenian company Trimo. At the end of the month, Damjan and three other craftsmen will come over from Slovenia to erect it.

With financial help from benefactors and the Slovenian Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad, the British-Slovene Society has arranged for the kozolec to be installed in Henley, which is twinned with Bled in Slovenia. These traditional hayracks can be seen in many parts of Slovenia, and are a unique feature of its culture. This one emulates the well-known Lah kozolec in Domžale.

Two years ago, the kozolec which stood in the Oxford Arboretum for the past 20 years had to be dismantled, because it fell into disrepair and the Arboretum no longer had space for it. It had been the gathering place for the British-Slovene Society’s annual summer picnic. The new hayrack in a field on the outskirts of Henley will soon be ready for a long-awaited resumption of festivities!

A Carol Service once more!

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The British-Slovene Society returned to the Church of St. Andrew-by-the Wardrobe in London on 10th December to celebrate our annual service of carols and readings after a year’s break due to Covid.

Observing guidelines for tests, masks and distancing, nearly 100 people joined in a service organised by Catherine King, Kaja Pečnik and Mateja Šömen. Kaja and Mateja gathered a magnificent choir and sang some solo parts themselves.

The Lakeland Voices from Sedbergh, twinned with Zreče in Slovenia, came down from the north to add their joyful voices to the celebration. 

Afterwards the congregation enjoyed wine kindly donated by the Slovenian Embassy, and mountains of potica.

A collection raised £202 for the Barka charity for people with special needs, which we support in Slovenia.

If you could not join us in person, you can catch up on the following link:


XX. Nagradni natečaj Urada za Slovence po svetu za diplomske, magistrske in doktorske naloge s področja Slovencev po svetu

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Zunaj Slovenije živi okoli pol milijona Slovencev in njihovih potomcev. Organizirani so v številna društva, obiskujejo slovenske šole, izdajajo časopise, revije, knjige in druge publikacije, slovenske pesmi prepevajo v zborih, se vrtijo v folklornih skupinah ter na številne druge načine ohranjajo slovensko identiteto in zavest o svojih koreninah.

Če vas ta tematika zanima in ste jo prepletli s svojim študijskim raziskovanjem in pripravo zaključnega dela, imamo odlično novico.

Urad Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu razpisuje že 20. nagradni natečaj za diplomske, magistrske in doktorske naloge s področja Slovencev v zamejstvu in po svetu. Do sedaj je na natečaj prispelo že prek 350 zaključnih del diplomantov, magistrantov in doktorantov različnih študijskih smeri, ki so raziskovali delovanje in življenje slovenskih skupnosti v zamejstvu in po svetu.

Na letošnjem natečaju bodo upoštevana dela, zagovarjana v obdobju od 1. 1. 2021 do 31. 12. 2021.

Najboljša tri dela s področja zamejstva in tri dela s področja izseljenstva bodo prejela denarno nagrado, in sicer:

  • prva nagrada v višini 800 evrov,
  • druga nagrada v višini 600 evrov in
  • tretja nagrada v višini 400 evrov.

Urad bo prijave na letošnji nagradni natečaj sprejemal do vključno 28. 2. 2022. Več o prijavi lahko preberete v besedilu nagradnega natečaja, ki je na voljo na uradni spletni strani Urada Vlade RS za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu:

Če se še odločate, o čem bi lahko pisali v svojem zaključnem delu, naj bo to povabilo k razmisleku o temah, ki so povezane s Slovenci v zamejstvu in izseljenstvu, in se na nagradni natečaj morda prijavite prihodnje leto.

Dodatna pojasnila in informacije dobite na tel. št. +386 1 230 80 18 ali prek elektronske pošte:

This Friday, 10th December, 6:30 pm: come to the Carol Service!

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After having to go online last year, the British-Slovene Society invites you to join in our annual Carol Service in person this Friday.

Our Trustees have developed a great new programme to celebrate this opportunity to come together again. Wine and potica will be served at the end.

We’ll meet in our usual location: Church of St. Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, close to Blackfriars Tube station.

A couple of points:

– Wrap up warm. The church this year has reduced heating.

– Wear a mask inside the church.

– Although it is not a legal requirement, we ask you to do a Covid-19 test before you come. If the result shows positive, please stay away.  

We look forward to seeing you this Friday!

Christmas Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021

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The BSS warmly invites you to our annual Carol Service on Friday 10th December 2021, at 6:30 pm. After last year’s online-only celebration, this year we are informed by the church that we can again meet in person. For this festive get together, we will gather as before in the church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe, Queen Victoria Street and St. Andrew’s Hill, City of London, EC4V 5DE. Built by Sir Christopher Wren, this beautiful church is well worth a visit in its own right.

Do come and join in our service of carols and readings in English and Slovene. Afterwards there will be a chance to catch up with friends over potica (offered by the Society) and Christmas drinks (courtesy of the Embassy).

There is no charge but a collection is taken to support the work of the Barka charity in Slovenia.

Nearby underground stations are Blackfriars, St Paul’s and Mansion House.

You are invited to take a lateral flow test prior to attending, where possible, and not to attend in the case of a positive result, or if displaying Covid-19 symptoms. 

If you can’t make it in person, for the first time we are hoping to live stream the service…… More on this later.