Velenje, 16. May (STA) – An exhibition focusing on settlements that were lost due to coal-mining activities in Slovenia and other countries across Europe will open on Wednesday at the Coal Mining Museum in Velenje, a partner city to 2012 European Capital of Culture Maribor.
The “Lost Places in New Light” exhibition will remember the settlements submerged due to the expansion of lignite mining in the Šaleška dolina area through descriptions, pictures and artefacts.
The exhibition will present the history of the area in the 20th century as well as its revitalisation in the late 20th and early 21th centuries.
Škale, Družmirje, Preloge, Pesje and Gaberke are all villages that have sunk into the Šaleška jezera lakes, sharing the fate of many other settlements across Europe.
Running until 31 August, the exhibition will also feature presentations of other such areas in Slovenia (Zabukovica), Germany (Horno and Grossgrimma), Montenegro (Plevlja), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Tuzla) and Croatia (Mursko Središće).
The exhibition will moreover serve as the basis for the shaping of a development strategy for the revitalised area, which now serves as a tourism and recreational area.