How to own an audience – From WIRED magazine


Reviews from Okarina Festival

  Over on the Lake Bled News Blog pages, I have written a bunch of reviews of Okarina performances this year. There are a couple of interviews two. This is the list Ester Rada and her band at Okarina Catalonia’s CALIMA at Okarina Festival Reunion’s Simangavole play Slovenia’s Okarina Festival Carmen Paris interview – at […] Read More

On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum

The black limousines with the darkened windows are heading up the hill to the Vila Bled again today. The BMW shuttle service brings some of the most politically influential individuals in the south western Europe and Balkans region to hotels around Lake Bled. Their four and five star passengers delivered to suitably matching accommodation in […] Read More

Abavuki at Okarina

Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was like this —- but even better. Hot African vibes meet damp #Bled weather, but the show must go on, so we are inside for Abavuka at #Okarina tonight pic.twitter.com/6D0UqN1hbi — Lake Bled News (@LakeBledNews) July 29, 2015 Leo Ličof introduces @AbavukiMusic at #Okarina #Bled pic.twitter.com/J04qfwxVNt — Lake Bled News […] Read More


Festival Bled – SLOJazz

Read more at www.lakeblednews.com Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled,  I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to […] Read More

Cello Attacca – Closing concert for Festival Bled 2015

Read more at www.lakeblednews.com A severe case of cello twirling broke out last night in Bled Castle during the final concert of Festival Bled. The outbreak began towards the end of the concert when cellist (well, they were all cellists, weren’t they?) Vita  Peterlin gave her instrument a quick twirl. Other members of Cello Attacca were seen – during one of […] Read More

Festival Bled – SLOJazz

Who was the kid on vibes? During Festival Bled,  I have listened to and enjoyed more chamber music than I guess I have ever heard performed in concert before. It has been a really memorable experience, filled with learning and surprise and challenge and joy. I mentioned this in passing to the Director of Festival […] Read More

DO-RE-ME At Bled Castle – Festival Bled

There is a different excitement in the air when young people are the performers and when children make up a significant portion of the audience. And it is real excitement – anticipation of the expected and unexpected, as they gossip and switch seats and move the chairs on the ground to make a loud reverberating […] Read More

Bled Film Festival – Arnold Rikli film premier

Originally published on Bled Film Festival Diary Some of the cast and production team of the Arnold Rikli film premier at the Bled Film Festival Arnold Rikli is held in high esteem in Bled. He is said to be the founder of tourism in the area having come to visit the lake some 160 years […] Read More

Awards Night Bled Film Festival

First appeared in Bled Film Festival diary – part of LakeBledNews .com The Bled Film Festival didn’t end with a bang or a whimper – something more closely related to a sigh of relief. It was the oddest awards ceremony I have ever attended – and I have attended quite a few, and won in […] Read More

Great view … but no interview

[This article first appeared in Bled Film Festival Diary] I don’t have a car in Slovenia. So to get from my apartment to the upper terrace of Bled Castle takes about an hour to walk. The final gruelling 30 minutes is upwards is the equivalent of about 25 floors of a skyscraper. It feels like one […] Read More

The start of a summer of festivals

The start of the Bled Film Festival today is the beginning of a series of festivals and events that takes us from mid-June to close to the end of August with barely a break. One night last summer I left two or three performances in the middle of Bled and during the 25 minute walk […] Read More

Thursday 12 June

Outstanding lunch in Outstanding lunch in Radovljica. Several types of Salami, Karst ham, sheep’s cheese, olives and cold roast pork with onion bread, three glasses of white wine, followed by snooze on bus on way home in temperatures of 30+, big glass of full milk, two indigestion tablets and lie down to listen to afternoon […] Read More

Profile – Vlaso “Dax” Dakskobler Of Vila Ajda

Vila Ajda is one of the grand houses built in the 18th and early 19th century that are dotted around Lake Bled. It now houses one of the best restaurants Bled used by visitors and locals alike. For the last seven years it has been run by Vlado Dakskobler. Articles: Last Update 9 June 2015 […] Read More

Festival Bled Extends Its Musical Reach

For the first time in its 20 year history, jazz, rock, pop and folk music master classes will be included in the Bled Festival. Until now this has been a classical music festival with students from around Europe attending master classes and performing in concert. This year Bled Festival will include workshops in other music […] Read More


So, after my good intentions about blogging more, I just don’t have the time. Or I could have the time if I spent all day in front of a screen. But I don’t want to do that and miss out being here in Slovenia. So I will add the occasional story, but most of the […] Read More

Some insights into doing business in China

At the start of the week, I knew nothing. Now, well I know a bit more. Over the past two days I have been at a conference representing The Slovenian Times. Bled School of Management has been hosting the 13th European Leadership Center Conference. The event, on 4 and 5 June was co-organised with The Embassy of […] Read More

Right place – wrong time

I am in the wrong place. Doing a little survey of the Bars in Bled … (how dare you suggest I’m on a pub crawl. This is for journalistic purposes …honest!). Anyway, having visited a few bars, thought I’d finish off in Pub Bled on the way home; a place I have been in many times in daytime […] Read More