President Grabar-Kitarović presented Charters of the Republic of Croatia to leading communities and associations in Switzerland, to Croatian Catholic missions and to the association of parents whose children attend Croatian language supplementary schooling.
A welcome address from Rab mayor Nikola Grgurić was followed by Jelena Nadinić, the president of the Jadran culture association of Buenos Aires, presenting the work of the Klapa Valovi group out of Argentina. The concert finale saw Klapa Valovi join forces onstage with local Rab ensemble Klapa Anima Arbae.
Canadian-Croatian a cappella ensemble Klapa Kartolina of Windsor, Ontario kicked off its Croatian tour at the event. Their tour of the country is organised and supported by the Croatian Heritage Foundation. Also performing was the group’s female section the Klapa Fritule, which brings together second-generation Canadians of Croatian ethnic extraction.
The three-day programme will see the poets visit Makarska, Zaostrog, Živogošće and Biokovo Nature Park. A gala evening of music and literature will be staged at the hall of the Arte music school in Makarska, with HIL poets joined by local poets from the southern Croatian region of Dalmatia and many guests.
On behalf of sponsor the CHF the event was open by the head of our culture department, who noted its contribution to the local community and its cultural and societal life, and the bridges created with painters abroad, primarily those coming from the ethnic Croatian enclaves in other European countries, the Croatian national component of Bosnia-Herzegovina and in the many diaspora communities elsewhere.
The University of Split will award honorary doctorates to two of our prominent scientists, Igor Rudan DSc and Ivan Đikić DSc, on the 14th of June. The ceremony will coincide with the University of Split Day. There can be nothing more logical than this decision considering that both men worked at the University of Split’s School of Medicine for extended periods and that they remain associated with the School of Medicine.
Taking part in the dance pairs Croatian folk dance competition were Lydia Novak and Mathias Hoeld of the Kolo Slavuj Gradišće Croatian folklore ensemble, performing the Racko round dance, and Jutta Binder-Schoretits dancing with her partner Michael Navratil.
The latest issue of Matica magazine looks ahead at upcoming CHF summer programmes and focuses on the history, nature and prominent figures of Brač, the sunniest island off the seaboard of our southern region of Dalmatia.
In Padua to join the numerous ethnic Croatian community living in Italy and pilgrims from the homeland and from other diaspora communities were our ambassadors in Rome and the Vatican, our general consul in Trieste, and our consuls and the representatives of Croatian associations in Italy.
Nine folklore ensembles from the Croatian Catholic missions, communities and parishes in Essen, Darmstadt, Nürnberg, Düsseldorf, Offenbach, Ludwigsburg, Frankfurt, Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt and Wuppertal gathered at the Martinsee culture and sports centre. The 28th Croatian Folklore Festival was staged in Heusenstamm near the German city of Offenbach am Main on the 4th of May. The event…