MGIP Newsletter August 2017

 

The MGIP Summer Meeting & the 40th Anniversary of the Group took place from the 15th until the 18th of June 2017 in Hotel Kempinski Palace, Portorož, as well as in Motovun. About 85 members and guests came to network at the conference, but also to celebrate! The weather was fantastic, the facilities spacy and the excursion to Motovun was full of memories.


The MGIP summer meeting 2017: An excursion full of memories

The MGIP Summer Meeting & the 40th Anniversary of the group started on Thursday evening with the traditional welcome dinner at the hotel – this year with a cocktail reception by invitation of the Slovene Book Agency and its director Aleš Novak, who was happy to meet MGIP members on the terrace of the hotel, before dinner was served in the Cristal Hall. 
The second day started with the general assembly, some presentations and ‘business as usual’ in the conference hall. The afternoon lecture was given by Jörg Engelstädter from Canon (general sponsor of the Memory Book) about the topic of digital printing. In the evening the boat ‘Portorož‘ took us on a tour along the coast and to the Piran pier. From there we walked to the famous Tartini-Theatre where the mayor of Portorož, Mr. Peter Bossman, gave us a very special welcome. For those who didn’t attend, it should be mentioned that Mr. Bossman is originally from Ghana. He studied medicine in Ljubljana, where he met his wife and stayed in Slovenia. It is his 2nd term in office as mayor of Piran. 
One of the highlights of this summer meeting was the presentation of our member Aleš Ŝteger. As he is not only a publisher, but also a poet and author, he took us on an acoustic trip. As Slovenia is located in the middle of Europe, it has borders with Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. Aleš once walked along these borders and wrote stories about what he saw, which he told us, accompanied by the well-known composer and musician Jure Tori, who played the accordion. The second day was rounded off with a lovely fish dinner and the boat trip back to Portorož.