Working Group of
Slavic minorities

Slavic Minorities
Slovanske manjšine
Mniejszości Slowiańskie
Славянские меньшинства
Slovanské menšiny
Slavenske manjine
Słowjańske mjeńšyny
Cловенски малцинства
Słowiańsczé miészëznë
Слов’янські меншини

AGSM Seminar 2021 will take place in Molise, Italy


The 24th Seminar of Slavic Minorities in Europe will take place from 30 September to 03 October 2021 at the Croatian Minority in Molise. It will be organised together with the "Agostina Piccoli" Foundation.


Radio Show about the Project of Zavod Burja


Here you can listen to the radio show "Sami Naši" about the Zavod Burja project in Slovenian from minute 8-14. AGSM coordinator Matic Germovšek Ž. was also present at the project presentation and can be heard in the contribution. 


Zavod Burja presents project results and was visited by AGSM Coordinator


On Monday, May 31st, the Burja Institute from Rimske Toplice, Slovenia hosted the third and last multiplicative event of the Minority Youth Library project (Manjšinska mladinoteka). The event was organized on the premises of the OC-cinema in Laško and was visited by the AGSM coordinator Matic Germovšek Ž. "Zavod Burja" unites Croatian, Serbian and Bosnian (ex-Yugoslav) minorities in Slovenia and has also been cooperating with the AGSM since 2018.


Minister Jaklitsch visits Trieste / Trst


Helena Jaklitsch, Minister of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenes Abroad, met with Mayor Robert Dipiazzo in Trieste on Monday. The focus was on three topics: visible bilingualism, school issues and the return of the Narodni dom.


Domowina worries about the future of Sorbian museums in the rural areas of Lower and Upper Lusatia


The uncertain future of Sorbian museums in the rural areas of Upper and Lower Lusatia prompted the incumbent spokeswoman for the Domowina regional association “Jan Arnošt Smoler” Bautzen / Budyšin, Leńka Thomas, to write a letter to the Foundation for the Sorbian People. The Domowina regional board of Bautzen sees an urgent need for a full-time employee to take care of the financial and material resources of the museums and to support the conceptual work, according to the Domowina press release.


Bilingual lables on pastures in Carinthia / Koroška


The season begins on the mountain meadows. The Rural Education Association - Kmečka izobraževalna skupnost (KIS) announces that new bilingual labels are being printed and made available to local farmers and land owners. This strengthens the visible bilingualism, emphasizes KIS President Marinka Mader-Tschertou.


Macedonians from Albania dance and sing Biser Balkanski in the President’s residence


Representatives of the ethnic Macedonian minority in Albania performed an oro and sang the song Biser Balkanski in the Albanian President’s residence in Tirana, to mark the International Day of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue.


Presentation "The Croatian Dialect of Northern Burgenland" by Univ. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Neweklowsky


In continuation of the presentation by Radoslav Janković from Easter Monday about his research on the settlement of Croats from 1524 in the cross-border area between Brno, Mokrý Háj, Győr and today's northern and central Burgenland, the Slavist and em. Univ. Prof. Gerhard Neweklowsky will give a lecture on "The Croatian Dialect of Northern Burgenland". Prof. Neweklowsky describes the immigration, the territory, the language of the Croats of Burgenland and the neighboring areas in Hungary and Slovakia and focuses on the oral language of the Haci and Poljanci of northern Burgenland. The lecture will be held in German.


Alternative for the canceled Lausitz International Folklore Festival only when there are no restrictions


The final decision on the regional Sorbian festival, which is planned as an alternative to the Lausitz International Folklore Festival (July 22-25, 2021), which has been canceled due to the pandemic, will not be finalized until the end of June. Domowina speaker Peter Bresan informed that groups from all regions of Lusatia should be included in the cultural program. There is agreement that this festival will only take place if it should be possible again, without celebrating the current restrictions. There will be no festival where distance, masks and alcohol are forbidden.


10 years of consensus in Carinthia / Koroška


On April 26, 2011 representatives of the central political organizations of the Carinthian Slovenes, the State Secretary Josef Ostermayer (SPÖ) and the governor Gerhard Dörfler signed the consensus after a decade-long dispute over the bilingual town-signs.


AGSM members


AGSM members