6.5.2015 8:39

Istria and the Karst at Expo Milan 2015

Milano, 6 May - The presentation of Slovenia at EXPO Milan 2015 will be varied with a diverse programme for the duration of the World Exhibition. The Slovenian National Day will be held on 19 June 2015, when the Prime Minister is expected to visit the Slovenian pavilion. In addition to the business section, which will include many business meetings and visits by delegations, a total of ten Slovenian regions will be featured on screens and information boards. Each region will be featured for two weeks. In addition to Slovenia, some other countries have also decided to participate at EXPO with a programme prepared in cooperation with their regions.

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Istria and the Karst will be presented first between 1 and 15 May. Its presentation is particularly important due to its location next to the Italian border. EXPO is not merely an opportunity to enhance existing business, cultural, tourist, minority and other connections, but also to establish new relationships and cooperation with Italy and the world.

Like other Slovenian regions, Istria and the Karst will be presented in Milan with a diverse cultural, tourist and culinary programme. Cooking shows under the watchful eye of chef Tomaž Bevčič from the Rizibizi restaurant will feature local gastronomic offers and healthy ways of eating, and special emphasis will be on typical wine varieties of the region. The visitors to EXPO will become acquainted with the gastronomic products of Istria and the Karst through workshops held by Belaj Homestead and a special photography exhibition. The salt-maker's family, which opened the programme of the region in traditional salt worker's clothes and with traditional tools, will show visitors to the Slovenian pavilion the various methods of harvesting salt. In addition to the lively cultural heritage and tradition, which will be variegated with performances by the Kraški šopek folk group and stone-cutting workshops in cooperation with Srečko Kosovel School Centre and the company Marmor, Sežana d.d, numerous opportunities for active holidays will also be presented, such as hiking, cycling, climbing, caving and riding noble Lipizzaner horses in Lipica. Within the regional presentation, special attention will be paid to Slovenians abroad on 15 May. The goal of Istria and the Karst at EXPO is to attract many new visitors.

To visit Slovenia means to learn about Europe in a small region. Slovenia combines the Alps, the Mediterranean, the Pannonian Plain and the Karst at manageable distances. Access to different regions is swift, since everything is nearby in Slovenia. The rich cultural heritage of Slovenia is the result of blending northern, southern, eastern and western influences.

SLOVENIAN ISTRIA
The particularity of the Slovenian coast is a nature park, part of which are also the northernmost still operating salt-pans in the Mediterranean. The salt harvested here is considered some of the best in the world. It is made according to a traditional method, has a high content of preserved minerals and is naturally white. The Slovenian salt-pans are part of the permanent exhibition in the Slovenian pavilion at EXPO. The paths from streets and squares of the picturesque Mediterranean towns lead to natural and cultural particularities of the coast and neighbouring hills of Istria where enduring olive trees and vines invite you into the hinterland.

IN THE KARST
Some ten thousand caves can be found in the Slovenian Karst. The landscape abundant with natural phenomena hides under its surface one of the most frequented Karst cave in Europe, Postojna Cave, which was visited by more than 36 million people, and Škocjan Caves, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Lipizzaner horses from the oldest European stud farm also graze nearby.


More information: Sandra Stermšek, Head of Communications
T: +386 1 589 85 64, +386 51/658 714
E-mail: sandra.stermsek@spiritslovenia.si