Many cultural events and celebrations have happened among Slovenians (and other ethnicities with some cultural similarities eg. Austrians) in the bigger cities of Australia, some of which have been captured on video tape, and some of which have been lost with time.
Such iconic events include:
- Performances in Australia by bands from Slovenia and Austria (scroll down to see an incomplete list of bands that have performed in Australia)
- Performances of Australian-Slovenian, Australian-Austrian, Australian-Swiss and Australian-German bands, musicians, folklore dance groups and choirs
- Austrian, German, Swiss and Slovenan club dances and club anniversaries
- bi-annual Slovenian Festival since 1988 in Victoria
- other Slovenian, Austrian, German and Swiss festivals
- annual Slovenian youth concerts in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide
I am looking for any existing video recordings of such events - to preserve such memories for future generations as well as share these moments with people from around the world who would love to see what has happened in these ethnic communities in AUSTRALIA - BEFORE IT IS LOST FOREVER - as some of it has already been lost!
Video beats books, and such footage has a great sentimental, historical and educational value to many people around the world: three video clips of Robert Goter (from Slovenia) performing in Australia have collectively received over 140,000 views, a clip of the Swiss Yodel Choir Matterhorn from Melbourne has received over 50,000 views, a clip of the German Folk Dance Group Oberbayern has received over 14,000 views, a clip of Ansambel Hencek (from Slovenia) performing in Melbourne has received over 10,000 views.
Such historic moments captured on tape can either go to use, or be lost with time.
If anyone has such video tapes (regardless of quality and age), PLEASE contact me to help preserve these important events!
And, if anyone might remember someone who used to go to such events with a camera and hand around such amateur video tapes, please contact me.
I'm sure not many people had the opportunity to capture such events on video, but some people fortunate to fork out an arm and a leg for a video camera indeed captured such events - I know this, because I am fortunate enough to have some rare videos given to me, all of which I am in the process of uploading to YouTube and can already be watched, free of charge on the internet.
List of overseas groups that have performed in Australia from 1980 onwards:
- Ansambel Ottavija Brajka - Slovenia (1982)
- Veseli Planšarji - Slovenia (1983)
- Statenberger Quintett/Kvintet Štatenberg - Germany (1985)
- Frankie Yankovic with Joey Miskulin - USA (1986)
- Ansambel Henček - Slovenia (1991)
- Alfi Nipič - Slovenia (1993) - with Slovenian band from Sydney "Veseli Gorenjci"
- Orig. Fidelen Mölltaler - Austria (1993)
- Šaleški oktet & Trio Jožeta Šumaha - Slovenia (1994)
- Die Zillertaler - Austria (1995)
- Die Stoakogler - Austria (1995)
- Die Mürztaler - Austria (1995)
- Štajerskih 7/Slowenische 7 - Slovenia (1995, 2000)
- Denis Novato - Slovenia (1998, 1999)
- Trio Lipuš & Oktet Suha - Slovenia (1999) - also performed at Australian-Slovenian accordion competition 'Slovenian polka down under' in Sydney
- Trio Pogladič - Slovenia (2000)
- Die Mooskirchner - Austria (2000)
- Ansambel Korošec - Slovenia (2001)
- Vesele Štajerke - Slovenia (2002)
- Ansambel Svetlin - Slovenia (2004)
- Robert Goter - Slovenia (2006)
- Kreuzberg Rebellen - Austria (2006)
- Ansambel Snežnik - Slovenia (2008)
- Mi Trije & Oktet Castrum - Slovenia (2010)
- Die Schmalzler - Germany (2010)
- Krezutaler Oberkrainer Buam/Ansambel Križman - Slovenia (2010, 2008)
- Ansambel Vagabundi - Slovenia (2012)
- Wildbach Trio - Austria
- Ansambel Ekart - Slovenia
- Hias Maier - Austria
- Primorski Fantje - Slovenia
- Završki fantje & Ansambel Lipa - Slovenia
- Ansambel Veseljaki - Slovenia
List of Slovenian (and Austrian) bands and cultural/folklore groups formed in Australia:
- Ansambel bratje Plesničar - Melbourne (1968 to 1980 - performed and recorded in Slovenia several times, and received an award at the Slovenian folk-pop (alpine music) contest 'Ptujski Festival' 1974), not active
- Ansambel Karantanija/Kärntner Buam - Melbourne, not active
- Alpine Cocktail - Melbourne
- Domaci Fantje - Melbourne, not active
- Austrian Club Melbourne folk dance group 'Enzian' - Melbourne, not active
- Austrian folk dance group 'Edelweiss' - Melbourne
- German folk dance group 'Oberbayern' - Melbourne
- German folk dance group 'Weisse alpen' - Melbourne
- Slovenian Club Melbourne folk dance group
- Slovenian Club Planica folk dance group, not active
- Slovenian Club Geelong folk dance group 'Veseli Cankarji', not active
- Slovenian Club Jadran folk dance group, not active