Institute for Slovenian Studies of Victoria Inc.
Annual Report 2009
Four major projects were undertaken by ISSV in 2009
:*The Archives of Slovenian Emigrant Handicrafts*Slovenian Heritage Trail kit, “An exploration of the cultural life of Slovenes in greater Melbourne”*Australian Reading Tour of Five Slovenian Children’s Literature writers*Sloveniana Webzine articles series on Contemporary Slovenian architecture by Mateja Medvedič
Associated activities were:
*Promotion and sale of the bilingual children’s book series ForgetMeNots / Spominčice*Sloveniana Gallery, 2 albums on Prof. Miha Toman gardens, an album of handicrafts field trip of Aleksandra Ceferinand Meta Lenarčič to Sydney and Brisbane, and an album of Reading Tour *ISSV collaborated on a Slovenian publication “Mi vsi smo Slovenija” published by Žiga Zois Foundation (2009) bysupplying samples of students work in ISSV Archives*Contact was established with JAK / Javna Agencija za knjigo Republike Slovenije, and the first steps taken to gift amajor Australian library with the peerless collection of documents Iconotheca Valvasoriana.
I Projects in Australia and Slovenia1. Project: Archive of Slovenian Emigrant Handicrafts
An online photo album -
a visual record of the field trip, may be viewed in Galeria Sloveniana, “SlovenianHandicrafts - Sydney and Brisbane”; on link:http://www.thezaurus.com/gallery/160.Over 180,000 viewers have seen the Victorian handicrafts onhttp://www.rocnadela.org since the website was
launched at the biennale Slovenian Festival at Jadran Club in Melbourne, March 2008.
2. Project: Slovenian Australian Reading Tour - September 2009
The Reading Tour was the first children’s literature tour from Slovenia, and organized by ISSV.
Promotion of the new first bilingual (Slovenian/English) Forget-Me-Nots (Spominčice) children’s bookseries with five writers from Slovenia, ten books published from 2006 to 2009. The authors are successful andpopular writers of contemporary children’s literature. Four books of the series have been introduced into schoolprograms in ten primary schools in Slovenia in 2008, free workbooks with student activities were published.
Four Student Activity Workbooks
Slavko Pregl (President of the Slovene Writers’ Association and Director of the Slovenian BookAgency RS), Evald Flisar (Editor in Chief of Sodobnost, leading literary and cultural journal in Slovenia), Jana Bauer,Cvetka Bevc, and Tatjana Kokalj.
Two publishers of the series: Sodobnost International, Vodnikova Publishing House, Ljubljana.
State Library of Victoria, Slovenian Catholic Mission - Ss. Cyril and Methodius.The Tour was supported by the Slovenian Embassy of Canberra, Honorary Consul General of Republic of Slovenia,