In the new year we will continue to showcase our stunning Adriatic islands and their points of interest, people, natural wonders, flora, fauna and history. This issue focuses on the island of Lastovo. We are also introducing two new columns: Croatian Musicians and The Sociological Puzzle.
The Vlado Kristl–Madeleine, Madeleine programme will open and close with three thematically linked units and is the work of the Paris chapter of the association of former student of Croatian universities AMCA, and the Lapidarium museum of Novigrad.
The Croatian diaspora folk costume collection was created in 2004 under a new systematisation of the museum collections, drawn from the existing collections, and now has over seven hundred physical exhibits and has been entirely digitalised. It brings together the apparel of members of the Croatian ethnic communities in various parts of central and eastern European countries: Austria, Czechia, Kosovo, Hungary, Romania and Serbia.
Presenting the Croatian Emigrant Almanac on the occasion of the CHF’s 69th anniversary were CHF director Mijo Marić, promoters Željko Holjevac and Marijeta Rajković Iveta and the almanac’s editor Vesna Kukavica.
The Sagena ensemble staged two concerts in Chile at the Moneda culture centre and at the Estadio croata ethnic Croatian club. The Sagena klapa ensemble also staged a klapa singing workshop at the Domovina Croatian culture association, home to the first all-women’s klapa ensemble in Chile, created with the assistance of Stjepana Lukašević from Zadar.
Anita and Josipa Batistić, whose roots are on the Croatian island of Korčula, are members of the Radić Brothers ethnic Croatian club in Sydney, where they gathered essential items before transporting them to Malua Bay, also home to an ethnic Croatian community.
The name Stribor for the star around which the exoplanet Veles orbits was proposed by Biserka Gržeta, a researcher with a long career at the Ruđer Bošković Institute. And while invisible to the naked eye, researchers believe that “our” Veles is by no means a small or uninteresting planet.
The digitalisation project was presented by Katarina Čeliković and Josip Bako of the Institute for the Culture of Vojvodina Croatians, and Vlatka Lemić, the head of the ICARUS Croatia association.
The panel discussion featured Tado Jurić (Catholic University of Croatia), Karolina Novinščak Kölker (University of Regensburg), Stjepan Šterc (University of Zagreb, Centre for Croatian Studies), Caroline Hornstein Tomić (Ivo Pilar Institute of Social Sciences), Jasna Čapo (Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research), and Josip Jurčević (University of Zagreb, Centre for Croatian Studies). The event also featured Tado Jurić’s concise exhibition of materials related to Croatian guest workers in Germany.
Twenty-three projects have been funded through this programme package from all areas of research and each of the projects has a co-head from the ranks of researchers in the diaspora communities. The projects are all already underway and are expected to produce excellent results over the three-year project period. The event saw the project heads stage brief presentations.