The 2018 editions of Firsthand Guide to Bled, Slovenia are now available in both paperback and Kindle format. The Shorter Edition has the basic information and reviews, Standard, information and interviews with more on Slovene wine and food and Special, which adds photos to the Standard.
Over on the Lake Bled News blogs I have written a bunch of reviews of Festival Bled performances. Here’s the blog.
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 about Reviews from Okarina Festival[…]
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 about On the eve of the Bled Strategic Forum[…]
“I considered myself, even today, but back then when I was younger, to be a rare bird.” Leo Ličof is founder and artistic director of the Okarina Festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this summer. We met in his restaurant Okarina to look back at the festival’s history and forward because even after 25 years, Read more about Profile – Leo Ličof Founder And Artistic Director Of The Okarina Festival[…]
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 about Festival Bled – SLOJazz[…]
Read more at LakeBledNews.com The two great producers of dance music Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards penned and produced the classic Sister Sledge song Lost In Music. (That will give you a hint as to where my music comfort zone resides.) “Classical” music, as we generically refer to what is a much wider range of Read more about The Past – The Present – The Future; Violinists under Profs. Robert Szreder and Piotr Jasiurkovski[…]
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 about DO-RE-ME At Bled Castle – Festival Bled[…]
It is the jaw dropping brilliance of these young musicians that makes nights like last night so memorable. Festival Bled continued Wednesday night as a lightning storm raged over Lake Bled. The Grand Hotel Toplice was once again the venue for performances by young musicians attending masterclasses at the Festival. This time it was the Read more about East Meets West – Young Korean Violinists ed by Prof. Saewon Suh Festival Bled[…]
Originally in Festival Bled Diary Read more at www.LakeBledNews.com Read more at LakeBledNews.com It was pretty close to standing room only in the Grand Hotel Toplice, Bled last night, as the room filled with people waiting in anticipation for what was going to be an extraordinary concert. Prof. Michael Frischenschlager introduces the concert Toplice is a big hotel. Read more about The Best of Fritz Kreisler – looking to the past and the future at Festival Bled[…]
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A saxophone makes most music better. But can you imagine what 14 saxophones can do? This was a stunning performance to open the 20th Festival Bled. Rather a traditional classical concert SOS played “Golden Classics” in St Martin’s church. Better still, not all the pieces were “golden” or “classics”. Let’s give them their proper name Read more about Opening concert – Saksofonski Orkester SOS – Slovenian Saxophone Orchestra[…]
Before Lunch It Was Sunny, Then This … from Davy Sims on Vimeo.
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 about Bled Film Festival – Arnold Rikli film premier[…]
[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 about Great view … but no interview[…]
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 about The start of a summer of festivals[…]
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 about Thursday 12 June[…]
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 about Profile – Vlaso “Dax” Dakskobler Of Vila Ajda[…]
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 about Festival Bled Extends Its Musical Reach[…]
The Bled Film Festival opens Tuesday 16 June promising at least two premiers, a retrospective of Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi and the opportunity to hear two other film makers talk to an audience about their work. SEE THE FULL PROGRAMME OVER AT THE BLED FILM FESTIVAL WEBSITE While some of the festival will be Read more about Premiers, Interviews, Parties And The Celebration Of Water. The Second Bled Film Festival[…]