On Saturday 21st May, Luka Koper organised its tenth Open Port Day. It is a day when the port embraces individuals, families and other visitors who want to experience a broad and most diverse world of the port and feel its beat.
More than 3,000 people took a tour of the port either by bus, ship, tourist train or bike. We organised a rich programme of side events and an opening ceremony because the tenth anniversary was an opportunity to make this event a celebration for all who live with and of the port.
The event took place at Ukmar’s Square in Koper where a lot could be seen and done all day long. It all started with the opening ceremony and the presentation of this year’s novelties that will become a standard in the following years. Such is the theme of Open Port Day that will be different from one year to another. The opening had a little Olympic touch to it, because Luka Koper has been a sponsor of national Olympic teams for 19 years. Indeed, this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Brazil will be participated by some Luka Koper sponsees. The first ever patron of Open Port Day was Miroslav Cerar Senior, the most successful Slovenian Olympic champion. He was entrusted an important task because he was a patron of a symbolic rite that will become a regular feature of all future events. Indeed, on the port’s birthday, celebrated on 23rd May, every patron of Open Port Day will write his birthday wishes on a piece of paper that will be kept in a special bottle. This and all bottles-to-come will be a part of our permanent collection in the maritime museum.
The activities organised for children were also in the spirit of Olympism. Kids could compete at Mini Olympic Games organised by Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations. The programme was complemented with music and dance acts of some groups and associations that we supported within the Living with the Port Fund.
See photo gallery on the website www.zivetispristaniscem.si.