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Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

More than 190 countries and around 50 international organisations are taking part in this year's EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Among them is Slovenia, with its own pavilion and the theme of the Open Book. The chosen theme and overall concept of the Slovenian presentation tie in with the selection of Ljubljana as this year's UNESCO World Book Capital.


The Slovenian pavilion

The exterior of the Slovenian pavilion symbolises a stack of books on shelves, which at dusk turns into a modern city of lights. On entering the pavilion, visitors are greeted by a colourful interior. The changing colours give the pavilion a special character and attractiveness. By the entrance visitors can pick up a copy of an essay entitled The Time of the End of Time by Slovenian philosopherSlavoj Žižek

The floor design features images of open books, while the upright edges of the seven books are decorated with the Slovenian alphabet, to draw attention to our specific form of writing. Book-shaped 'birds' hang from the ceiling. 

Visitors pass through seven books, some of which have display cabinets containing exhibits while others have video screens. All the books are additionally equipped with floor graphics showing images of the Slovenian countryside, brief text descriptions and a video presentation. Soft Slovenian music accompanies visitors on their way through the pavilion, conjuring up the atmosphere of the Slovenian countryside

The journey through seven 'books'

Inside the pavilion, the first book contains a replica of the famous green table lamp designed by the architect Jože Ple?nik, complemented by a replica of the Abecedarium, as an important document of Slovenian history. 

The second book is dedicated to modern Slovenian artists, designers, actors, etc. 

The third book presents Slovenian tourism via a DVD presentation featuring all the country's natural and other attractions and all the regions of Slovenia. 

The fourth book is dedicated to water and water transport. The accompanying video presentation focuses on water in Slovenia: rivers, lakes, the sea and watercraft.

The fifth book draws visitors' attention to Slovenia's unique Karst region. 

The sixth book is dedicated to living. The video presentation shows both modern architectural solutions in the Slovenian environment and the historical characteristics of the Slovenian countryside and regions.

The seventh and last book is dedicated to the Slovenian space pioneer Herman Poto?nik Noordung. The video presentation offers information about Herman Poto?nik Noordung and the age he lived in and looks at his ideas for space stations.

The Time of the End of Time

The number eight is a lucky number in China and in fact the Slovenian pavilion features eight stations or books.

The introductory book differs from the other seven and is situated at the pavilion entrance. It symbolises the book by Slavoj Žižek. Visitors can take away their own copy of his essay The Time of the End of Time, written especially for Slovenia's appearance at EXPO 2010.

Accompanying events

The visit by a group of kurents from Slovenia (members of the Kurent Society in Ptuj) was proof of how features specific to individual countries can attract numerous visitors and draw in passers-by. Slavoj Žižek's lecture to a packed hall demonstrated that accompanying events are an excellent way of promoting our country and are positively received by visitors.

Over 70 million visitors

The Expo runs for six months, from 1 May to 31 October, with over 70 million visitors expected during this time. 

The Slovenian pavilion received over 320,000 visitors in the first month. As the Expo continues, we will host many more performances of different kinds and receive several official delegations. The Slovenian pavilion expects to see around 1.5 to 2 million visitors. 

News, photographs, stories from the pavilion, a description of the pavilion concept, events and more are available on website, where you can also take a virtual stroll through the Slovenian pavilion and experience Shanghai from home!




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Ongoing The GREATER CLEVELAND SLOVENIAN FOLKLORE DANCE GROUP “KRES” is looking for elementary school students from first to ninth grades. Weekly practices will begin on Thursday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in St. Mary cafeteria. Interested high school students are also very welcome to join the high school group with practice every Sunday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. here at St. Mary’s. The 60th anniversary performance of Kres is scheduled for Sunday, August 31st at Slovenian National Home. For more information, please contact Marija Rowane at

April 10-May 11 New York. The film Fruits of Our Land was shot specifically for For Our Economy and Culture, Jasmina Cibic’s project for the Slovenian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennial, which explored issues around national representation and its framing. The film presents a recreation of a 1957 parliamentary debate between politicians, architects and art historians, set up to decide which artworks might be suitable (i.e., nationally representative enough) to ‘decorate’ the newly built People’s Assembly. The exhibit is made possible with the support by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia. When: April 10 – May 11, 2014 Opening: Thursday, April 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 11:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m., Sunday from 12 noon – 600 p.m., and by appointment Where: LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 More information:,

April 22 (Tue) St. Vitus CWV #1655 Social. Robert Mills 216-431-9492 Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave

April 25 (Fri) Joey Tomsick Orchestra at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

April 23 (Wed) Pre NAVIHANKE party Collinwood Slovenian Home. 1:00-6:00pm Free Admission

April 23 (Wed) NAVIHANKE CONCERT. The all female ensemble from Slovenia will have a concert followed by dance here at St. Mary’s on Wednesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the parish hall. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Polka Hall of Fame at 605 E. 222nd Street, Euclid, Ohio. This is the group’s only performance in Cleveland as part of their U.S. Tour. The concert is sponsored by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and the American Slovenian Polka Foundation.

April 25 (Fri.) The Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Ave. and the St. Vitus Slovenian Language School hosting “Nite at the Races.” $10 per person includes a buffet, snacks, soda & beer. Naming a horse $10. Organizations and companies encouraged to advertise in the booklet. Doors open at 6:30p.m.,post time at 7:30 p.m. Contact Mojca Slak: 216-385-8718 or Gerri Hopkins at 216-361-5115.

April 25 (Fri) SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center hosts Ansambel Navihanke at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa.; 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and the kitchen will be open. For details contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843-7675 ext. 144 or

April 25 (Fri.) West Park Slovenian Home Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Music by Joey Tomsick Orchestra. Admission $11.

April 26 (Sat.) Zarja’s Annual Spring Frolic, “Woodland Follies” at the Slovenian Society Home, on Recher Ave. Dinner at 5:30 p.m prepared by Joe Tavcar. Program at 7:00. Dancing to the Jeff Pecon Orchestra. Donation $27.00;Program/dance only - $12.00. Call Barbara: 440-257-2540, Karen: 216-481-1379 or Polka Hall of Fame.

April 26 (Sat) Primorski Klub Dinner Dance Sylva Ramsak 216-692-1069 Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave

April 26 (Sat.) The Slovenian Catholic Center (Lemont, IL) hosting Navihanke.

April 26-27 KSKJ Life National Bowling Tournament in Joliet Illinois Polka Jam Friday at the VFW Post Cantigny 8:00pm Cleveland musicians Marty Marsic, John Nemec and Phil Hrvatin team up with the Singing Slovenes from Duluth Minnesota. Saturday evening the fun continues at the VFW with the classic rock band HARVEST MOON. Contact Melissa & Mario Medved at 815-726-2095

April 27 (Sun.) Polka Dance at the Slovenian Workman's Home on Waterloo Rd. 3 – 7:00 p.m. Music by Joey Tomsick. $12 includes sandwich and soft drink.

April 27 (Sun) THE RENOWNED DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS will perform at Euclid High School on Sunday, April 27th at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $14 for main floor eating and $13 for balcony. Tickets may be purchased at the Polka Hall of Fame.

April 27 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Navihanke

April 27(Sun) The Slovenian Catholic Center 14252 Main St. Lemont, Illinois 60439 will celebrate the silver jubilee of John Vidmar’s ordination as a deacon. A celebration will be held on Sunday, April 27th at the 11 am Mass and in the Cultural Center following. All are welcome! 630-243-0670

April 29 (Tue) 7:00pm Navihanke from Slovenia Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium 3215 West 3rd St. Duluth, MN A remarkable cultural experience as the tradition of the "Singing Slovenes" welcomes "Navihanke"

April 30 (Wed.) Pristava Pensioners meeting - Slovenian Home on Holmes at 1:30 p.m.

May 2 (Fri) Wayne Tomsic at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

MAY 2-4 SNPJ National Bowling Tournament weekend at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa. Bowing will take place at Colonial Lanes, New Castle, Pa., with all social activities in the Gostilna. For details contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843- 7675 ext. 144 or

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ St. Joseph Lodge 169 JOIN HANDS DAY volunteer cleanup up and spring garden preparation at the Slovenian Cultural Garden 840 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio 44108 hands will be welcome! Contact John or Ann Nemec at 216-541-7243 - Phil Hrvatin - Ron Jaksic

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ Lodge St. Christine #219, Euclid, Ohio JOIN HANDS DAY DAY members are looking ahead to our participation in the JOIN HANDS DAY project. On Saturday, we will be assisting the volunteers at the Slovene Home for the Aged to escort residents and patients to the community room for Mass at 2:30 p.m. We welcome our fellow members to give back to their Slovenian community and provide company and comfort to those in need. The Slovene Home for the Aged

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ Mary of Perpetual Help #136, Willard, Wisconsin. JOIN HANDS DAY project   We will be enclosing Holy Family Church’s shelter. The Westside Hall was torn down this past fall due to age and structural problems. The church and historical society used the hall for rummage sales. They will now be held in the enclosed shelter.. If the date of enclosing the shelter is changed, you can check our website at

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ St. Elizabeth #171, Duluth, Minnesota  JOIN HANDS DAY project will be cleaning the grounds around Stowe Elementary School and St. Elizabeth’s Church. Please meet at the school at 9 a.m. Brunch will be served after the clean-up at St. Elizabeth’s Church.

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ St. Anne #170, Lemont, IL 10 a.m. JOIN HANDS DAY project Spring clean-up of grounds at the Lourdes Grotto St. Mary’s Friary – Lourdes Grotto 14200 Main St. - Lemont, IL Contact: Joanne Sierzega 773-247-3606 or

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ St. Joseph #69, Great Falls Montana 10 a.m. JOIN HANDS DAY project Clean gravesites Mount Olivet Cemetery 2101 - 26th St. S. Great Falls, Montana. Contact: George J. Wood at 406-738-4482

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ St. Joseph #148, Bridgeport, Connecticut  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Clean grounds at Holy Cross Church, 750 Tahmore Dr., Fairfield, CT Contact: Anton Malensek at 203-799-2928

May 3 (Sat) KSKJ Christ the King #226 Cleveland, Ohio Clean up Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave Cleveland JOIN HANDS DAY project

May 4 (Sun) 1:00 Sharon Slovenian Home 1037 Baldwin Ave  Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146 SpringFest 724-346-6056

May 6 (Tue) Club Slovenia - Potluck Program Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

May 9 (Fri) Frank Moravcik at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

May 11 (Sun) SLOMŠKOVA SLOVENSKA ŠOLA Lemont The students are preparing for the annual Mother’s Day Mass and Program which concludes our school year. We invite you to join us on Sunday, May 11th beginning with 11:00 am family mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Mission. The program will begin at 12:45 pm and
a buffet luncheon will follow at the Slovenian Catholic Center. The cost for the luncheon is $15.00 for adults, $8.00 for students ages 7-14 and children age 6 and under are free. Paid reservations are due at the Center by Sunday, May 4th. For further information. 630-243-0670

May 14 (Wed) KSKJ Blessed Virgin of Help #196 Gilbert, Minnesota JOIN HANDS DAY project clean-up/gardening on grounds of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

May 14 (Wed) NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS The annual meeting of members of the SLOVENE HOME FOR THE AGED
will be held on WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014 SLOVENE HOME Skilled Care and Rehabilitation 18621 Neff Road, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Registration 4:30 PM - Meeting 5:00 PM Everyone is cordially invited to attend this important and informative meeting. Members, as defined in the Bylaws, are those individuals and organizations that have contributed a minimum of $25 during the preceding year. For the May 14, 2014
meeting, this is the period from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.

May 16 (Fri) Joey Tomsick at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

May 17 (Sat) KSKJ Sts. Cyril & Methodius #144, JOIN HANDS DAY project Sheboygan, WI
Clean up Greendale Cemetery

May 25 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava’s opening day picnic takes place on Sunday, May 25, 2014. The event will start with Holy Mass at 1pm celebrated by Father Boznar. The kitchen, bar, and barbeque pit will be open. FIGA 5 and Matjaž Frank and his young men will play for your listening and dancing pleasure. This season we would like to accelerate the recruitment of new members from among the families of our members and their friends, as well as raising enough new funds to renovate our chapel. Details about the renovation of the chapel can be found on page 5 of this Listi?. Dear members, we ask you to encourage and invite your children, relatives, and friends to join our club. A membership applicaton and more information can be found on our website: All are cordially invited to the opening picnic at Slovenska Pristava.

May 26 (Mon) Spominski Dan (Memorial Day) Picnic, Mass at 11:00AM, Dinner at noon Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185

MAY 26 Val Pawlowski’s Memorial Day dance at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1-7 p.m. Music by the Frank Stanger and Don Wojtila bands. For details contact Tammy at (440) 256-3423.

May 30 (Fri) Fred Ziwich at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

June 1 (Sun) SNPJ Farm Board summer kickoff picnic at the SNPJ Farm 10946 Heath Rd Kirtland, OH 44077 Music by Frank Moravcik.

June 3 (Tue) Club Slovenia - Potluck Program Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

June 6 (Fri) Ed Klimczak at the West Park Slovenian Home DANCE 4583 W. 130th St. Cleveland OH Tel: 216-941-3224 7:00pm to 10:30pm

June 8 (Sun) St. Mary's Slovenian School Picnic

June 8 (Sun) Euclid, Ohio, Lodge 158 annual picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1 p.m. A craft show will be followed by the Eddie Rodick Band from 3-7 p.m. 10946 Heath Rd Kirtland, OH 44077

June 14 (Sat) St Vitus Slovenian School veselica

June 15-20 Youth Roundup at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Borough of SNPJ, Pa. Contact Fraternal Director Kevin Richards at 1-800-843-7675 ext. 144, or for registration forms and additional information.

June 22 (Sun) Prvi (1st) Picnic, Mass at 11:00AM, Dinner at noon Music by Mike Schneider Band 1:00-5:00 Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185

June 22(Sun) Orange County, Calif., Lodge 786 wine tasting picnic at Wiens Family Cellars, Temecula, California noon-5 p.m. Music by the Fontana Button Box Club and others. Advance tickets only. For  more information contact Jean Koci at (949) 495-0097 or

June 28 (Sat) The Waukegan KSKJ Life lodges www.kskjlife.orginvite you to the NATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT  Bonnie Brook Golf Course in Waukegan, Illinois

June 29(Sun) Cleveland Lodge 53 annual picnic at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1 p.m. Entertainment by the Jeff Pecon Orchestra. For details contact Martha Meglich by calling (440) 884-5043.

July 4 (Fri) Val Pawlowski’s birthday dance at the SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio; 1-7 p.m. Music by the Frank Stanger and Del Sinchak bands. For additional information contact Tammy at (440) 256-3423.

July 5 (Sat) Pristava Camper picnic/steak roast

July 11 (Fri) KSKJ St. John the Baptist #143, Joliet Matching Funds held in conjunction with other organizations at the Tailgate Event for the benefit of Daybreak, the Catholic facility that attends to those in need of food and shelter. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Tony Mravle at All are invited to attend and enjoy the food and activities at the Moose Lodge at 25 Springfield Ave. in Joliet.

JULY 11-13 The 33rd Slovenefest and the 58th Miss SNPJ Pageant at the SNPJ Recreation Center. For more information phone the SNPJ Recreation Center toll free at 1-877-767-5732.

July 13 (Sun) MZA Mission Picnic

July 14-20 Camp Pristava

July 19 (Sat) KSKJ St. Jerome #153  Strabane, Pennsylvania   9 a.m. to 12 noon Distribution of food at Canonsburg/Houston Food Pantry 112 W. Pike St. Canonsburg  Contact: Bevery Rosselle 724-873-0914 or

July 20 (Sun) St Vitus Parish Picnic

July 26(Sat) Slovenska Pristava Pool Party

August 3 (Sun) Drugi (2nd) Picnic, Mass at 11:00 AM, Dinner at noon Music by Ansamble Veseljaki 1:00-5:00 Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185

August 3 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava pensioneers picnic

August 5 (Tue) Club Slovenia - Potluck Program Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

August 7 - 9 KSKJ 28th National Convestion Walt Disney World Resort Bringing together 120 years of history and leading our members is our newly elected Delegates and National Board. Our convention includes, guest speakers, training and development, member distinctions, honoring agents and much more. Music by the Cleveland based Joey Tomsick Orchestra

August 10 (Sun) Primorski Klub piknik

August 10(Sun) The Slovenian Catholic Center’s Annual Picnic and Raffle will be held on the grounds of St. Mary’s. The day will begin with 11:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a delicious luncheon of pork and lamb. Cevapcici will be served in the afternoon. Entertainment by Veseljaki. 630-243-0670

August 17 (Sun) Slovenian National Home 100th Anniversary Dinner Program Gerri Hopkins 216-361-5115 Slovenian National Home 6417 St. Clair Ave

August 17 (Sun) St. Mary's Parish picnic

August 30 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava veselica Special Guest Ansambel Donacka

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatev (wine festival), NO MASS, Dinner at noon Music by Grant Kozera 1:00-5:00 Triglav Park 6464 South Loomis Road Norway, Wisconsin 53185

September 14 (Sun) Vinska Trgatec wine festival

September 20 (Sat) Slovenska Pristava CLAM JAM

September 27(Sat) Oktoberfest in the parking lot of the Slovenian Cultural Center. 630-243-0670

September 28 (Sun) Club Slovenia - Grape Fest Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

October 8(Tue) Club Slovenia meeting.  Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107

October 12 (Sun) Koline Pristava pensioners

October 18 (Sat) Please join us in celebrating Slovenska Pristava's first annual Oktoberfest! The event will be held in Lausche Lodge on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Authentic German foods, pretzels, pastry, and beer will be served, while the sounds of traditional polka music will fill the hall! More details to follow! Spread the word -- All are welcome!! PROST! NA ZDRAVJE!

October 26 (Sun) Slovenska Pristava annual meeting

November 4 (Tue) Club Slovenia meeting. Slovenian Hall 2101 Mariposa St San Francisco, CA 94107 www.slovenianhall.