O, Vrba, happy village, my old home,
My father’s cottage stands there to this day.
The lure of learning beckoned me away.
Its serpent wiles enticing me to roam.
Else had I never known that heart’s joy,
Sweet promise, could become a poisoned draught,
Not known myself of self-belief bereft,
Tossed in internal tempests like a toy.
A dowry riches never could surpass,
A faithful heart, a hand that’s made for work,
Would have come with a chosen country lass.
Serenely onward would have sailed my bark,
My house from fire, my corn from hailstorm loss,
Safeguarded by my neighbour near, Sain Mark.
France Prešeren, O Vrba (3 December 1800 – 8 February 1849)
At the celebration marking Slovenian cultural day entitled “Culture? Yes, please!”, held in Ljubljana’s Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre, Preseren Awards, the highest recognition for lifetime artistic achievements in Slovenia, were conferred to author and poet Jože Snoj and designer Matjaž Vipotnik. The Preseren Fund Awards for individual achievements were conferred to architect Maruša Zorec, trumpeter Franc Kosem, conductor Stojan Kuret, director Ivica Buljan, actor and musician Iztok Mlakar and to author Andrej E. Skubic