XXIV International Sunbelt Social Network Conference
Portorož, Slovenia, May 12 - 16, 2004

Social Program

At the Conference reception desk there will be also a representative of the tourist agency KOMPAS. The conference participants will be able to choose among the following Excursions (PDF).

One day trip to Venice (Benetke) (14500 SIT ~ 60 €) with Prince of Venice only on Saturday (Friday and Sunday canceled).

Wednesday, May 12, 2004, 18:00 Welcome Drink

Thursday, May 13, 2004, 20:00 Banquet


Swordfish carpaccio with asparagus
Tartare of red tuna
Scampi soup
Fillet of beef, roasted in butter pastry with olive sauce
Potato dumplings, rosted french beans
Crostata with forest suits, hazelnut cream and caramel

Drinks included

Friday, May 14, 2004, 14:30
Poetry reading by Aleš Debeljak

Debeljak Aleš Debeljak, a poet and essayist, holds a Ph.D. in Social Thought from Syracuse University, New York and is a director of Center for Cultural and Religious Studies, School of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He and his American wife, together with three children, make their home in Ljubljana. A poet, cultural critic, and translator, he has won several awards, including the Slovenian National Book Award, the Miriam Lindberg Israel Poetry for Peace Prize (Tel Aviv) and Chiqu Poetry Prize (Tokyo). He is viewed by critics as one of the leading Central European poets. His books have appeared in English, Japanese, German, Croatian, Serbian, Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Spanish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Finish, Italian and Romanian translations. His recent publications in English include Reluctant Modernity; Twilight of the Idols: Recollections of a Lost Yugoslavia; and three books of poems Anxious Moments; The City and the Child; Dictionary of Silence. His book The Hidden Handshake: National Identity and European Postcommunism is forthcoming from Rowman&Littlefield in the fall 2004. He is the general editor of the book series "Terra Incognita: Writings from Central Europe" published by White Pine Press, Buffalo, New York.

Saturday, May 15, 2004, 21:00
Concert by Fake Orchestra

The emergence of the band in the 1997 was initiated by guitarist Igor Leonardi, who also co-authored cult Slovenian bands Begnagrad and Quatebriga. He was developing his music knowledge on the academy for jazz music in Graz, but he also lived and created in USA for 10 years, where he cooperated with many known musicians, like Don Cherry and Metallica.
Fake Orchestra plays a wide variety of musical genres. Its program consists of songs, which can satisfy even the most demanding listeners. Their music is an encounter of seemingly incompatible musical genres, but recognizable identity of performance gives the music a well-thought appearance. Band has their own songs, but also include in the program remixes of traditional Slovenian songs. Sounds of Italian canconas, Spanish romances and Bosnian "sevdalinks" intermesh with jazz evergreens, African and Cuban rhythms and energy of "turbo folk" - a conglomerat of styles, which they themselves define as "fake".
Nino de Gleria - bass, Aleš Rendla - drums, Igor Leonardi - guitar, Jelena Zdrale - violine, Janja Majzelj - vocal, Ana Vipotnik - vocal, Blaž Celarec - percussion, Primož Vitez - vocal, Primož Fleischman - sax.