Cene: In Idrija, you’re never alone Drejc Kokošar November 23, 2023

Cene: In Idrija, you’re never alone

Cene Skrt shares insights into the unique sense of community in Idrija, the vibrant local scene, and his perspective on the benefits and challenges of living in this close-knit environment. From cultural events to the warmth of community connections, Cene offers a glimpse into the distinct character of life in Idrija.

Author: Drejc Kokošar

Can you introduce yourself?

I’m Cene Skrt, and I live in Idrija and study in Ljubljana. However, I return home regularly for weekends and holidays.

What do you like about Idrija?

I enjoy coming back to Idrija because of the community. The people here are very connected, and that’s not something you can find everywhere. I can quickly get help whenever I need it, and others can easily involve me in various activities. Finding a company is easy, especially within the Idrija Concert Band and the Idrija Student Club, where I’m active. In general, I find this sense of connection important, as we are willing to help each other, feeling like part of a community for which we are ready to do many things. I don’t experience this feeling in Ljubljana or in other larger cities, including the suburbs.

If you had a visitor, where would you take them?

I would take them to an event – a party, concert, or cultural event, as there is a lot happening. Maybe I would invite them to meet my friends here. I would definitely introduce them to the local people.

Do you also envision living in Idrija in the future?

Yes, I do. Even though I, as a student, also enjoy being in Ljubljana. Ljubljana is still a centre where student life exists, which is unfortunately not the case in Idrija. In the long term, I see myself in Idrija precisely because I feel like part of a community here. Once you settle in, it’s nice to have the feeling that you are not alone, that you are part of something more significant.

How would you briefly explain why it’s worth living here?

You’re asking tough questions 😊 Because it’s nice!

Are there any drawbacks to living in such an environment?

Yes, of course. You have to get used to the fact that not everything will be within reach and that you won’t be well-connected to various centres across Slovenia. Everyone knows each other, which has both advantages and disadvantages. Whatever you do, people will know about it. In Ljubljana, you are one of many, but in Idrija, it’s not the same. You can’t do something without people forming opinions about it. You just can’t.