Political Director Matej Marn at opening of African Cultural Centre in Ljubljana
To mark the 101st anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, celebrated today, Political Director/ Director-General for Common Foreign and Security Policy Matej Marn attended the opening of the African Cultural Centre in Ljubljana. The African Cultural Centre was established in the framework of the African Village Institute. In addition to holding cultural events, the centre’s purpose is informal awareness raising of the importance of a multicultural society and respectful intercultural communication.
Marn welcomed the opening of the centre and said that it is necessary to maintain Mandela’s legacy. Slovenia is therefore also actively striving to improve respect for human rights both at home and around the world. On this occasion, Director-General Marn thanked the African Village Institute for engagement in organising the cultural programme accompanying the Africa Day International Conference, held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the auspices of the Slovenian President Borut Pahor since 2012. He emphasised that the African Cultural Centre will certainly contribute to strengthening intercultural understanding and multiculturalism in Slovenian society.
The opening ceremony was attended by, among others, representatives of the Office of the President of Slovenia, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Municipality of Ljubljana and the African diaspora in Slovenia.