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01.06.2017  

Celebrating 50 years of twinning between Maribor and the Royal Borough of Greenwich

Between 23rd and 25th of May 2017 we celebrated 50 years of Town Twinning between City Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia and Royal Borough of Greenwich.

On the invitation of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, a group of delegates from Maribor, including Mayor Dr. Andrej Fištravec and Deputy Mayor Saša Pelko, attend an extensive programme of events organized for this occasion.

On Wednesday 24rd 2017 May the delegation and representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich visit Well Hall Pleasance where in 2015 the Mayor of Maribor presented to the borough and planted a cutting of one of the world’s oldest vines.

In the evening the delegation from Maribor joined Ambassador Rupel as the guests of honour at the Mayor’s Inauguration Ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel at which Councillor Peter Brooks became the new Mayor for Greenwich.

  

  Mayor’s Inauguration Ceremony at the Old Royal Naval College

The following day, on Thursday 25th of May 2017, the unveiling of the plaque of new Maribor Park on the Royal Arsenal Woolwich site took place in the company of the representatives of both Councils and from the Slovenian Embassy.

 

  Unveiling of the plaque of new Maribor Park on the Royal Arsenal Woolwich

As part of the cultural programme dedicated to celebrate 50 years of twinning between Maribor and the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the UK premiere of Slovene National Theatre Maribor’s globally acclaimed ballet Radio & Juliet was held in Woolwich Town Hall on 25th of May. The performance was preceded by a reception hosted by the Royal Borough of Greenwich at which the guests were first addressed by the Leader of the Royal Borough Councillor Denise Hyland and Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupel followed by the speeches by newly inaugurated Greenwich Mayor and the Mayor of Maribor.

 

  Reception hosted at the Woolwich Town Hall

  

   Mayor Dr. Andrej Fištravec & Mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich

The contemporary ballet, choreographed by the internationally renowned artistic director Edward Clug, is a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set to music by Radiohead. Ahead of the evening gala performance in the Public Hall, students from Millennium Performing Arts College preformed a showcase which culminated in a group ensemble choreographed by two-time Olivier award winner Stephen Mear.

 

  Radio and Juliet

Leader of the Royal Borough Councillor Denise Hyland said: “We are very grateful to the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and Slovene National Theatre Maribor for bringing this captivating production to Woolwich. The Royal Borough is very proud of its cultural vibrancy and will soon be home to London’s new creative district so it was very fitting to celebrate our twinning in this way. Building relations with other cities including Maribor is more important than ever so we were pleased to further strengthen our links by inviting aspiring performers and residents to watch the world-class ballet.”

Ambassador Rupel expressed his thoughts by the following words: "It has been 50 years since the second biggest Slovenian town Maribor and Greenwich were twinned, with the aim of promoting cultural ties and fostering friendship and understanding between people of our countries. While nowadays it sometimes feels that forces of division are becoming stronger, tonight's celebration is a testament to the values of unity and friendship, as relevant today as they were half a century ago."