Radovljica hosted this year’s "Welcome Home" event

Hundreds of Slovenians who are living abroad visited Radovljica for the traditional Welcome Home event on 6 July. Several events were also held in the week before the event to showcase the cultural activities of the Slovenians abroad.

This year’s event was organised by: central emigrant association the Slovenska izseljenska matica, the Slovenian World Congress, and Slovenia in the World, as well as the Rafaelova družba institution, and under the patronage of the Government Office for Slovenians Abroad.

Before the main event in Radovljica on Saturday 6 July, a variety of shows by Slovenian musicians, folklore groups, and choirs from various parts of the world were organised around Slovenia, as well as the Marcos Fink and Nejc Lavrenčič concert (in Slovenian Philharmonic Hall on 4 July), several exhibitions, meeting of young researchers (on 5 July), presentations of awarded bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees, a discussion with successful Slovenian women, a debut presentation of the monograph from Slovenians from Novi Sad entitled Preteklost za sedanjost (The Past for the Present), football matches, and much more.

It is now a traditional event

The Government Office for Slovenians Abroad organised the first Welcome Home event in 2011. Its purpose was (and still is) to upgrade other related events for Slovenians who are living around the world, as well as of course for the representatives of the Slovenian ethnic communities in neighbouring countries.

However, many meetings for Slovenians outside Slovenia also took place before that event. Best known to the public are probably the established and most visited meetings organised by the Slovenska izseljenska matica association (these meetings have been known as “emigrant week” or “emigrant picnic” since 1953 and under the name “Meeting in my country” since 1989). Soon after Slovenia’s independence the emigrant association Slovenia in the World also began organising the “Slovenians Abroad Camp” event, and another well-known, meeting of the three countries is at Svete Višarje, organised by the Rafaelova družba institution.

Every year, the Slovenian World Congress holds two conferences, where it hosts Slovenian experts in various fields from all around the world.