Views of homemade food, coffee, sweets, and lots of people socializing under the warm September sun.
A Surprise Fair was organized today in the center of Ljubljana by an association called ProstoRož, which started out as a spontaneous desire to explore and understand open city space. It is a continuous project of public space cultivation with the goal of developing a method of reviving and arranging the degraded urban spaces.
They organize events in Park Tabor every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. These events leave visitors impressed. One of these events was the Library under the Treetops.
Today’s event was put together to say goodbye to their events in Park Tabor till next summer.
The Surprise Fair was full of stalls with homemade crafts and products. Some stalls were garage-sale style and others were showcasing the work of local artists.
There was also plenty of homemade food and drinks. You could attend free art workshops, a ping pong, and table tennis tournament, a demonstration of old fencing techniques, and much more, all accompanied by live music. There was even a sushi-making workshop!
For me, it was very interesting to see all sorts of belongings that were to be put away to another owner. This made me think how much a person’s interest changes over time – in the past you bought something and used it, but now you don’t need it anymore or you’ve grown out of it.
Or you have many of your grandparents’ belongings and you don’t know what to do with them, so you decide to give the forgotten things from a different era a new life, a new owner, a new story. The old owner is happy, the new owner is happy, everyone is happy.
The atmosphere was relaxed. Trying new food, talking to people, looking at vintage and new art accessories, and simply enjoying a Saturday afternoon was perfect.
I bought a nice-looking dress and finally did some catching up with my dear cousin, what a successful day!
“ProstoRož explores, examines and opens new possibilities of public space use in accordance with the needs of its inhabitants and tries to reveal how sometimes minimal means and small interventions are enough to present the city’s inhabitants and visitors with pleasant spaces for hanging out, playing or working in the open air. Our interventions are not mere artistic installations in public areas but also in-depth searching for new city planning options of space use.”
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