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.
The focus of our final issue in 2019 is the island of Silba. We also look at the many events that were hosted at the Zagreb headquarters of the Croatian Heritage Foundation and that took place among the ethnic Croatian communities abroad.
The visit included a promotional video on the work of the CHF and a performance of the local tamburitza orchestra of a number of traditional Croatian melodies. Speaking at the event were honorary Croatian consul Eduardo Antonich and CHF director Mijo Marić.
The second last of this year’s issues of the Croatian Heritage Foundation’s Matica magazine features the island of Vis, which some say has the greatest concentration of natural monuments in Europe. Along with our regular columns and the diaspora stories of families with ancestral roots on the island of Vis and in the Kvarner Bay region, this issue shares the Book Month fever and offers a bevy of book promos covering diaspora themes.