Interesting events

Floristry trends in 2015

The Bled Festival Hall was filled with flowers during the period from 21 to 23 March. Biotechnical Centre Naklo presented the latest trends in floristry as well as educational information for florists and for FlorCert international certification.

"FlorCert is a European project within the framework of which several different activities are carried out, all with the same goal – to raise the technical secondary-school level of florists and unify basic knowledge. Students obtain an internationally recognised certificate, and thus a confirmation that they have achieved a high international standard in their education, enhancing their employability," stressed Dr. Sabina Šegula, a coordinator for FlorCert in Slovenia.

This year, candidates presented products related to four different themes, namely: EXPO 2015, Nobel Prize, Nikola Tesla and the Postojna Cave.

Educational information for florists involved in wedding floristry was also provided, in addition to FlorCert.

Concert of Gal Gjurin with the Cantabile symphony orchestra and guests

The Bled Culture Institute began its new concert season just before Valentine's Day, on 13 February 2015, with a concert evening of the outstanding and inimitable music creator and interpreter of modern music expression Gal Gjurin. Music will have an important place in the rich programme of cultural events we have prepared for our visitors this year. The evening with Gal Gjurin and the Cantabile symphony orchestra and guests was a music gift to all who find pleasure and optimism as well as comfort when needed in music.

A selection of pieces from the last six of Gjurin albums (Fetiš − fetish; Srce – heart; Duša − soul; Telo − body; Cantabile; Temna godba − dark band) as well as pieces written especially for the Cantabile symphony orchestra and other orchestral works of Gjurin could be heard in the concert programme. The song "Stavek za oboo" (A sentence for the oboe) which is part of a broader symphony project of Gjurin − music for the feature film "Kekec 4" was performed by the concert soloist and oboist Eva Vrtačnik within the framework of the concert in Bled.

As a special guest, Gjurin's sister Severa Gjurin (vocals) presented some of her new songs, and at the same time older hits from the days she performed in the "Olivija" music cast. Members of two young and popular music casts: Čedaluči who recently released their second CD "Severnica" (Northern Star) and the 2B group from Vinica in Bela krajina who released their second album entitled "B2" in March joined Gal, Severa and the Cantabile symphony orchestra.  The female singers of the DO RE MI youth choir also performed together with Gjurin. The orchestra was conducted by conductor and clarinet player Prof. Marjan Grdadolnik with Dejan Gregorič (violin) as concert master.

Photo: Jana Šnuderl