The jubilee 15th competition aims to animate Croatian children from the Danubian countries, with the core mission of bringing children from the homeland and emigrant communities together. Competitions to date have gathered children from fourteen countries.
The inhabitants of three towns, Lupak, Klokotić and Karaševo, were joined by the representatives of Croatians from the nearby villages of Vodnik, Ravnik, Nermiđ and Jabalče as a united ethnic Croatian community to welcome Speaker Josip Leko with church bells and applause.
The latest issue of Matica magazine features articles on the Croatian scholarship fund in California’s Sacramento, the retirement of CFU national president Bernard Luketich, the first ethnic Croatian to serve as a member of the Slovenian parliament, an interview with Marko Veselica and much, much more.
Antonio Sammartino gave a lecture on the “Croatians of the Apennines – A Piece of Dalmatia in Italy” and presented S našimi riči (In Our Words), a collection of poetry.
In her welcome speech society president Tania Blažević read a letter from Susan Cox, the Australian ambassador to Croatia. Also on hand to address the gathered was Ante Babić, president of the Croatian-Australian Society of Zagreb and a former Croatian consul in Melbourne.
“The Marian Shrine of Marija Bistrica” exhibition of photographs at the CHF Dubrovnik gallery runs through to May 10th.
Rajmond Ščepanović of Australia will lead the traditional Priko poja procession. Two years ago the cross was borne by his father, Rajko. In the Bol tradition the names of cross-bearers are known in advance for the next forty years.
The first reading of a picture book was led by society president Tanja Blažević, a native of Korčula who lived in Perth, now resident in Split, where she teaches English at the Faculty of Law.
The Easter issue features Vesna Kukavica’s latest book Networked Identities, the Večernji List Domovnica awards ceremony in Bad Homburg, Prime Minister Milanović’s trip to Australia and New Zealand, the Anno ’93 Croatian association of Vienna and much, much more.