From Tuesday, 9 May 2023, Shopping Arena A in BTC City Ljubljana will for one month be hosting an exhibition of the winning works of the Encourage Friendship project, which has been carried out for the 11th time by the Society for Sustainable Development Sobivanje with the support of the BTC company in the school year 2022/2023. As part of the project, which encourages kindergarten and primary school children to create artworks on the topic of friendship, this year a record number of children shared their ideas and creativity, i.e. 39,048 children from 237 Slovenian kindergartens and primary schools.

In the 2022/2023 school year, the BTC company and the Society for Sustainable Development Sobivanje again raised children’s awareness on the importance of friendship and encouraged them to think about relationships among people, to work as a team and to creatively express their views on friendship by organising a tender within the Encourage Friendship project. Children thought about their friends and interactions they found important, and remembered the pleasant moments they experienced when they helped others or when others helped them. Children’s different views on friendship could be seen in wonderful products, including artworks, videos and songs, submitted this year by a record number of 39,048 children from 237 kindergartens and primary schools.

Among the submitted works, there were also 2,750 posters. The best of them, demonstrating originality and creativity, have been put on display from 9 May to 9 June 2023 in Shopping Arena A in BTC City Ljubljana. In the summer months, these works will also be exhibited in BTC City Novo mesto. The exhibition is the last of the activities within this year’s Encourage Friendship project, which in its 11th edition was concluded with the final event taking place on 5 May 2023 in SiTi Teater in BTC City Ljubljana. At the event, the best works received awards and prizes.

Weaving bonds of friendship for a better future within the Encourage Friendship project is part of numerous activities of social responsibility and sustainable development of the BTC company, with which – along with their partners – they ensure a better tomorrow for the present and the future generations.