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Slovenia Turns 25

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Slovenia celebrated its 25th birthday today. And it’s still acting like a teenager.

The image, the site’s 904th straight Pic du Jour? Another shot of the mountain lodge at the Triglav Lakes Valley, which I described in a hiking trip post back in October like this:

This is the Koča pri Triglavskih jezerih, a mountain lodge nestled quietly in the Triglav Lakes Valley in Slovenia’s Julian Alps. Even framed by the gray skies and daunting clouds –elements I generally find inviting– this was one of the most beautiful mountain scenes I’ve ever witnessed. And it took less than four hours to reach on foot – by any measure, a just reward for breaking a sweat.

I hope everyone has a chance to celebrate something, somewhere this weekend.

Triglav Lakes Valley, 27 September 2015.

 

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BLIND DATE Ljubljana 2016, International Artist’s Book Festival – 17 Images

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Blind Date Ljubljana 2016: the 4th International Festival of Artist’s Books and Art Publications opened last night at Kino Šiška, a two-day exhibit and mini-fair dedicated to limited edition artist books and zines.

As someone who created and collected zines in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it’s always a delight to see that the art and passion still flourishes. While checking out some of the offerings I was inspired enough to immediately pencil in a week in June to once again create one of my own. I’ll keep you posted.

The convention, which runs through tonight at 10pm, is just one portion of festival that runs through June 9. From the organizers:

Blind Date Convention is the central Slovenian event dedicated to the medium of artist book, artistic periodicals, zines, and artistic editions. The festival will present several dozen local and international producers, artists, self-publishers and independent publishers at three locations in Ljubljana: P74 Center and Gallery, KAPSULA and CUK Kino Šiška. The festival includes an exhibition programme, educational workshops, presentations of newly released artist books and periodicals, promotional events, public talks and guided tours of the fair.

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