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Published on Jul 22, 2015
Opening Slovenian Consulate Adelaide, South Australia
On June 21, 2015 , the Minister for Slovenians Abroad Mr Gorazd Žmavc historically opened the first Slovenian Consulate in Adelaide, South Australia.
The Consulate is headed by Adrian Vatovec, the Honorary Consul of Slovenia for South Australia.
Speeches at the Opening were heard by the Hon. Zoe Bettison MP Minister for Multicultural Affairs Minister for Communities and Social Inclusion Minister for Social Housing Minister for Ageing Minister for Youth Minister for Volunteers
Hon. David Pisoni MP Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Shadow Minister for Education Shadow Minister for Employment, Skills and Training
.... as well as speeches by Minister Žmavc (in Slovenian) and Dr Zvone Žigon (in English) Secretary at the Office for Slovenians Abroad, and Adrian Vatovec.
At the Opening, Slovenian Choir Adelaide - Slovenski pevski zbor Adelaide sang a few songs with special guests Dione Baker and Kathryn Pistor. Amongst the songs sung were Domovina - Homeland (Olga Orel/Adrian Vatovec) and Angel Eyes (Adrian Vatovec). Ivan Burnik Legiša recited his poem Ljuba Mati and Rosemary Poklar recited this poem in English - Dear Mother.
Following the Opening a Consular lunch was held at Slovenian Club Adelaide. During the lunch, long serving members of the Slovenian community in Adelaide received awards from Minister Žmavc. Award recipients were Danica Kaluža, Tomo Leš, Danilo Kresevič, and the Slovenian radio group in Adelaide for their 40 years of service. Ivan Burnik Legiša received symbolic recognition, and Club President Ivan Cafuta received a letter from the Prime Minister of Slovenia.