Monday, 30 September 2013

Slovenia does not rest in October either

The month of October invites you to visit Slovenia, colourfully clad in the autumn coat, where you surely won’t get bored. Numerous festivals and events offer various happening either in the fields of sports or culture or event for the advertising! From Maribor – last year’s European capital of Culture, through the national capital of Ljubljana, to the Alps to the coast… there will be many international events taking place.

International advertising festival Zlati boben (Gold Drum)
International advertising festival Zlati boben (Gold Drum) invites you to spend a few wonderful days by the sea at nice temperatures. Golden Drum is one of the biggest annual events in Slovenia and is a meeting point of creativity and culture in the field of advertising. The festival, organized by the chamber of advertising, will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In three days numerous international speakers will pour creativity and marketing with the view of the past and future 20 years. The programme of the 20th Gold Drum will be especially interesting this year, which is mostly due to Stefan Sagmeister, a world renowned designer, who designed the albums for many famous musicians, such as the Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, Aerosmith, David Byrne and the Guggenheim museum and TV network HBO. Simon Schwaighofer, the creative CEO of Red Bull Creative, the in house agency of Red Bull from Salzburg, Austria, will give us the insights on creative projects like the Red Bull Stratos. This and much more awaits you between October 9th and 11th on Slovenian coast, where you can find great accommodation in the Hostel Portorož. You can read more about the event at: www.goldendrum.com .

Glazer Awards (Photo-Boštjan Lah); www.borstnikovo.si 
On the other part of Slovenia we invite lovers of culture to the last year’s European Capital of Culture – Maribor, where the stage is being set for the festival Borštnikovo srečanje. Not only is this the main, oldest and most prestigious theatre festival of Slovenia, but it is also a manifestation of turns and twists, eternal struggles, sensual poetry and eye openers. In its long history the festival went through many changes, but it is firmly established as the meeting of all Slovenian theatres and a competitive festival where they show off their art. The programme of the festival is also becoming more and more international with cross border attendance through: international symposiums, foreign guests and stage productions and producers from all over the globe, showing the constant clash between the European and Global theatre. The festival has many categories of performances (from the competition itself, to the complementary program, bridges, generations and showcases) and educational events (symposiums, conferences, thematic literature presentations, exhibitions etc.). You can read more about it at www.borstnikovo.si/en/ . And if you’re looking for a good night’s rest while in Maribor, we can suggest one of the many hostels in Maribor, where you will be able to exchange your experience with other guests. The festival takes place between 18th and 27th of October 2013.

The Ljubljanski maraton Volkswagen
And for all the sport lovers, we suggest a visit of Ljubljana or the region of Gorenjska, where they can hike or run! The city of Ljubljana will host the 18th city marathon – the Ljubljanski maraton Volkswagen, on the 27th of October. It will offer various difficulties for the recreational participants. Volkswagen marathon of Ljubljana is a traditional running and sporting feast. The streets of the capital are full of runners, who prove the fact that interest for such recreation is growing. The marathon will also be accompanied by the running fair: “Tečem”, between the 24th and 27th of October 2013 at the venue point: Gospodarsko razstavišče. It’s a fair dedicated to all runners and their families, athletes, fans, supporters and curios passers-by. There will be no entrance fee for visitors. You can walk among the many sporting trademarks offering their latest in sportswear, along with other products, such as food supplements and other offers by various people trying to attract the most active participants. You can find more about it at www.ljubljanskimaraton.si/en/. And if you’re looking for a pocket friendly board while in Ljubljana, check out one of its hostels, which are located in friendly locations and can host individual travellers as well as groups.


Gorenjska is also inviting you for a stay and attendance at the hiking days at Bohinj: Dnevi pohodništva v Bohinju, where you’ll see and never again forget the beauty of Slovenian Alps. The hiking in its many forms (from simple walks to mountaineering) was one of the initial reasons Bohinj became a tourist centre. First visitors were taking strolls around the glacier lake Bohinj and admired the mountain ranges around it. Bohinj had a mountaineering society 20 years before the Slovenian society was established (Triglavski prijatelji – the friends of Triglav), which built the first mountain lodge in the Slovenian part of the Alps. And it was from Bohinj that the first successful climb to the tallest peak of Slovenia (mt. Triglav) happened in 1778. Four lucky men conquered the top of Triglav – the mountain of gods, today a symbol of Slovenia. No wonder they decided to have a special event this year, that will last a whole month (from September 13th, until October 13th). You can find more information at www.bohinj.si/pohodnistvo/en. You need to bring your own mountain shoes and backpack, and don’t forget to book a room at Hostel pod Voglom, where they’ll take care of your hunger and offer you a nice rest after being active around the Lake Bled. 

This and many more things are happening in Slovenia and we recommend you to come and enjoy them! 

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