SHOW 405 .. 3rd April 2011


- Marine Biology Station 
- Animator Kolja Saksida 
- Goldsmith and restorer Martina Obid 
- Prekmurska gibanica  
- Velika Planina and its
  cottage dwellers 

Maritime Biology Station 
Slovenia has only some 40 km of coast, but its sea, though small, is home to a great array of plant and animal species. For over four decades the Marine Biology Station in Piran has been engaged in research of the Adriatic Sea, while also following the quality of the environment. The station is an active member of various international research projects and represents Slovenia on the UNESCO oceanographic commission. 
Animator Kolja Saksida
As a director, producer and animator, Kolja Saksida has contributed greatly to the development of the puppet animation film in Slovenia in the last decade. He is considered one of the most prominent and creative artists in this area. His most recent short puppet animation film, Koyaa: The Extraordinary, is already scheduled for release by the major distributor Berlin Interfilm. It was Interfilm that also distributed his well-received series of puppet animation films The Wild Life of Koyaa.
Goldsmith and restorer Martina Obid
Martina Obid is a conservator/restorer and the recipient of the outstanding artistic achievement award from the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. She is also a designer in gold and other precious metals and stones. To turn these materials into jewellery she makes use of many of the techniques of the old masters, knowledge which is nowadays hard to gain.
The prekmurska gibanica cake
Three great European cuisines, the Alpine, Mediterranean and Pannonian, meet in Slovenia, yet there are also many local culinary specialities that play an important role in the country. Several dishes from Slovenia have been protected within the EU, among them the prekmurska gibanica, a cake given the EU geographical indication TSG or traditional speciality guaranteed. This means that while the cake can also be made elsewhere, outside the local Prekmurje region, the traditional recipe still has to be followed. Undoubtedly, though, such culinary delights always taste best in the areas from which they originate.
Cottage dwellers of the Velika Planina plateau
Before the long reign of winter, herders drive their cattle from the mountain meadows down to the valleys, leaving their mountain dwellings behind for a while.  Yet the picture is entirely different on Velika Planina, a high-mountain plateau in the Kamnik–Savinja Alps, which takes pride in its picturesque herders’cottages. The winters are also lively here, with the new cottage dwellers, called “bajtarji”, who settled the plateau in winter time and even developed their own, unique cottage dwellers’ culture.


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