The September double issue of Matica magazine is available. The issue features a twenty-page spread on the island of Hvar, which holds six UNESCO-inscribed examples of humanity’s intangible cultural heritage.
The 2019 assistance funding went to eighty-nine programmes and projects that are of particular interest for the Croatian component of Bosnia-Herzegovina, totalling 25.8 million Croatian kuna (34 programmes and projects in the area of culture, 17 programmes and projects in the area of education and research/the sciences, 12 programmes and projects in the area of healthcare and 26 programmes and projects in other areas).
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.