A promotional video that also impressed many Slovenes.
It has been over a year that the four Istrian
municipalities, and hence the Piran, Koper, Izola and Ankaran tourism boards,
have been working together under the common brand Love Istria. This year, the
first common promotional video was released to immediate success. It has
reached 20,000 organic views and 380 shares in only three days. That number has
risen to 28,000 views and more than 500 shares in the first week. The video,
which can be viewed on the Love Istria YouTube
channel, was produced in steps, from May to October 2018, in cooperation with Kleva
Films production team, and hides 20 shorter, 15-second videos (view them here).
The recording took this long in order to cover as many varieties of tourism
offers as possible. Istria has many beautiful locations, breath-taking views,
excellent cuisine and plenty of opportunities for unforgettable experiences
throughout the year. The video was recorded at various locations ranging from the
Sečovlje Salt-pans to Debeli rtič. It showcases Izola, Piran, Portorož and
Koper, as well as the homestead Ražman
in Gračišče, Farm Tourism Medljan in Cetore, Lisjak olive groves above Strunjan,
hunting truffles with the Istraterra agency, the Brič estate over the Dragonja
valley, Thalasso Spa Lepa Vida and others. Many locals and local tour operators
participated in the filming. Their good will and love for Istria are clear for
everyone to see.
Events in February
The shortest month of the year will
not lag behind in the number of organised events. The last two, of the five,
free Saturday concerts will be performed in Koper’s Taverna, in collaboration
with Posfest. Easy & Friends will perform on 2. February, with Pop
Design following on the 9. February.
The 8. February will be
celebrated with a Day of Poetry event
at the Prešeren Square in Koper. Visitors
will be invited to read Prešeren’s poetry,
other Slovene poems or even showcase their own poetic talents.
The fifth International Refuscus Mundi Festival – World of Refošk will
take place on the 9. February in Izola’s Manzioli Palace. The Refošk wine
makers will present their wines at the festival. The Refošk variety thrives
within many wine-growing districts in Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. The event
will offer a good opportunity to try a wide range of wines of various types,
guided tastings and organised thematic workshops. The International expert’s
consultation Refošk travels the world will be held on the morning of the
festival, in Koper’s Praetorian Palace. The event will highlight opportunities
to sell Refošk type wine to other countries.
The Mediadom Pyrhani will host
the evenings of musically coloured
documentary screenings on a canvas screen, from the 12. to the 15. February. The Wedding Fair will take place on the 23. February in the Francis
of Assisi Hall in Koper. This will present a perfect opportunity
for the future newlyweds to meet local exhibitors and suppliers and get
inspired for that special day.
Izola will host the 6th Grand Prix of Slovenian Istria on 24.
February. About 200 cyclists, from more than 20 countries, are expected to take
part in the cycling race organized by the Cycling Federation of Slovenia in
cooperation with the Istrian municipalities.
The 11th Istrian Carnival is near!
In just over a month from now
Istria will be covered in the sweet smell of doughnuts and kroštolas, as it
will be time for the carnival masks to chase the winter away. The Istrian Carnival will begin on
Friday, 1. March, in Izola. The event will start with the children, masqueraded
as their favourite characters, marching from Manzioli's Square to Lonka, where
the festivities will continue. Koper will host the 11th Istrian Carnival Parade on the 2. March, with many carnival
groups, carnival caravans and ethnographic masks marching. That same day, the Portorož
Auditorium will host the traditional carnival for children. The festivities
will continue into the evening at the Theater of Tartini where the XVII Great Carnival Dance will take
place, on the subject of angels and demons. 3. March will warm up the carnival
masks in Portorož, at the Prekomorske Brigade Square, where they will prepare a Jump to the Summer event. The “Pust”
Carnival will be traditionally buried on Wednesday, 6. March, at the White