The Municipality of Ljubljana received a statue of Njegoš, a gift of the Honorary Consul of Montenegro in the Republic of Slovenia, Mr Vojislav Kovač
On May 19, 2014 Njegoševa Street in the centre of Ljubljana was the venue of a ceremony to unveil a statue of Petar II Petrović Njegoš, which was erected to celebrate the recent 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Montenegrin poet and ruler. The statue, which is a mark of the friendship cooperation between the two countries – Slovenia and Montenegro, is a gift of the Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Slovenia, Mr Vojislav Kovač. The statue was unveiled by the Slovenian Secretary of State for Culture dr. Aleš Črnič and the Minister of Culture of Montenegro, Mr Branislav Mičunović.
The speakers at the ceremony were the Honorary Consul of Montenegro in Slovenia Mr Vojislav Kovač, the Mayor of Ljubljana Mr Zoran Janković, the Secretary of State for Culture Mr Aleš Črnič, the Montenegrin Minister of Culture Mr Branislav Mićunović, and Professor of South Slavic languages and literatures at the Ljubljana Faculty of Arts, prof. dr Vladimir Osolnik.
The bust was carved by a renowned member of the Montenegrin academy of fine arts, Drago Đurović, while the pedestal of the statue, and the architectural arrangement of the new park were designed by architect Rok Žnidaršič.
The cultural event was hosted by an actor from the Slovenian National Theatre Jernej Šugman, who recited verses from the poet’s masterpieces «The Night More Precious Than the Century« and »The Mountain Wreath« to the gathered public.
The cultural event was attended by numerous distinguished representatives from the fields of diplomacy, culture, politics and commerce.
The short cultural ceremony was followed by a reception at the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.