Events in Croatia

Bookmobile Festival: Bookmobile, you don't say?

Rijeka will host the 14th round-table discussion on mobile libraries and the 8th Bookmobile Festival, which will showcase Croatian and international bookmobiles.

More Than Music 2019 – Concert Season at Šibenik Fortresses

Concert season 2019 brings More Than Music on one of the most prestiguous Adriatic stages!   For three summer months the top of St. Michael's Fortress will be a stage of world music stars and renown Croatian artists – Michael Kiwanuka, Jacob Collier, Božo Vrećo, Zoran Predin, Šibenska narodna glazba, Klapa Bonca, AME, HVOB, NY Ska Jazz Ensemble, Đorđe Balašević, Parni Valjak, Petar Grašo, Tony Cetinski. In addition to concerts with incredible acoustics and a beautiful view, at sunset or under the clear starry sky, the fortress' stage will host a three-day international Comedy Fortress Festival and world-famous dance ensembles as part of the Šibenik Dance Festival.   More announcements are expected soon.

Mature Generation Fair RIGHT AGE

The fifth edition of this unique project focuses on current issues concerning the quality of life of the elderly. Visitors can expect an entertaining and educational programme to encompass professional gatherings, lectures, creative workshops, fashion shows, music and dance. Health resorts, spas, homes for the elderly, companies with the equipment, aids and dietary supplements, telecom companies, companies providing jobs for retirees and others will present their services and products. Already traditional small free medical check-ups will be organized at exhibitor stands, offering examinations and advice to all visitors. This year as well the Reading room will be the place to relax and exchange books at the fair. Working hours of the fair: 10,00 – 18,00 h. Admission is free.

Art colony

On Thursday, hotel Split in Podstrana will become art studio to some of the most famous academic artists who participate in our seventh traditional Art colony which takes place during the first weekend of May in beach front hotel placed right by the entrance of Split. Once again the purpose of this gathering has been supporting charitable causes. As it is said- there is no bad time to do good. Visit eco friendly hotel Split during 02.05.-05.05.2019. and enjoy inspiring atmosphere of creating works of art imbued with humanity and desire of making other people happy.

Conference: International Cultural Relations Of The Eu - Europe, World, Croatia

The promotion of culture as a vital element of international relations of the European Union is one of the three main pillars/objectives of the first European Agenda for Culture in a Globalising World adopted in 2007.

European neighbours' day

The 27 Neighbourhoods flagship celebrates this day by honouring the somewhat forgotten tradition of sending postcards at an event called “Greetings from…”. The selected photos on the postcards address issues that are important for the community in various ways.

Furioza: Concert Cycle

Anna Calvi's concert performance kicks off our showcasing of female musicians through pop concerts aimed at a wider audience, with two further concerts scheduled for 2019: the Torpedo One Party (August) and the International Migrants Day concert (December).

Tugging of Mrduja

What si Mrduja and why do we pull it?   Mrduja is an islet, stationed halfway between the islands of Brač and Šolta, valiantly guarding the Strait of Split. Once a year, these couple of hundred square meters of rock covered whit macchia shrub and cypress trees and adorned with a fort, Renaissance-Baroque church and a lighthouse, become the object of intense dispute between the inhabitants of Brač and Šolta, especially those from Milna and Stomorska.   On this day, the people of Milna and Stomorska, literally tie their boats to each side of Mrduja and start tugging. In this satirical tug of war they each try to pull the little island to their respective side and claim it as their territory. The „war“ ends when a winner is proclaimed and awarded ownership over Mrduja for a year. The Tugging of Mrduja embodies the irony and the self-deprecating humor of the islanders. It s a metaphor about the past and a lesson for the future.   When Milnarans were shopping for wisdom in Venice   The people of Brač love to make jokes, including those at the expense of others. Here's how folks from other parts of the island joke about the people of Milna, known as Milnarans. Between the islands of Brač and Šolta, there is a tiny island of Mrduja. There are many stories related this islet and one of them goes back to a time when Milnarans got wealthy and decided they should buy themselves some wisdom. They agreed that the best way to do this would be to send some merchants, fluent in Italian, to Venice, where they could procure this wisdom. And so they went and bought some wisdom from Venitian merchants. One of the merchants gave them a calabash container with a cork and said: Here you have it. When you arrive in Milna, gather all the folk at the main square and unplug the calabash. The wisdom will slowly seep out of it and into their heads, which will make everyone smarter. The Milnarans boarded their ship joyfully and set sail for Brač. After some thinking, one of the merchants said: “If we bring this wisdom to Milna and release it, everyone will become smarter, but what's in it for us? I think the best thing to do is to have some of it for ourselves first, so that we are smarter than the rest.” The other three agreed and said: “We should make a stop on Mrduja, before arriving on Brač.” And that's what they did. They moored on Mrduja, opened the calabash and strained themselves to get as much wisdom out of it as possible. However, when they unplugged it, a tiny little mouse ran out of the calabash. The men cried out: “Oh, no! Wisdom got out! What are we going to do? All the money we paid for it is gone!” Having thought about it, they decided to be forthright and came up with a solution. They would pull Mrduja into the bay of Milna. This would let the wisdom cross over to Milna and everyone would still get smarter. And so they went back and told the other Milnarans everything that happened. Everyone took a big rope, tied it around Mrduja and started to pull on it. But, as they were tugging on the rope, they could not be sure if the islet was getting closer to Milna or if the rope was getting stretched out. Finally one of them yelled out: “Either Mrduja is getting closer, or the rope is getting longer!” And to this day, the rest of Brač folk make fun of Milnarans with this exclamation.  

UVATI VITAR bike marathon

The popular bike marathon “Uvati vitar” (Chase the Wind) returns on May 18th 2019 to Sutivan, where the races will start and finish. Magical vistas and pure delight of riding the courses will show once again, why this island is so exceptional and why this XCM course is a fan favorite on the biking calendar. Participants will be able to choose between 3 dynamic and interesting courses: Bura 70+ km, Vitar 40+ km and Bonaca 20+ km. New to the race this year is the addition of an E-bike marathon on the Vitar 40+ course. The best among the participants will be rewarded and others can try their luck at the tombola. Besides the race itself, Sutivan will host many events around it, including sponsor presentations, kids race on Sunday and the post-race dinner where all the guests get to taste authentic Dalmatian flavors and aromas in a setting of idyllic local life. Participants can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast on the day of the race and the following morning they are invited for coffee with the exhibitors showcasing bicycles and biking equipment. “Uvati Vitar” is a three-day convergence of sports, culture and gastronomy with expected 400 participants and other visitors and as such will undoubtedly complement the event calendar of Sutivan as well as Brač, ahead of tourist season.
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