“Through this project, which is seeing growth from year to year, we aim to create links among Croatians in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the domains of culture, religion, and the economy,” said CHF director Mijo Marić, adding that “I think we are very well on our way to achieving this.”
Following events staged in Zagreb and Jajce, the Days of the Cultural and Religious Heritage of the Croatians of Bosnia-Herzegovina programme moved on to Livno. This programme is organised by the Croatian Heritage Foundation and the Rudine Culture and Arts Association of the Vidoši parish in the Livno municipality. The programme enjoys the patronage of the State Office for Croats Abroad, the City of Livno, and the regional government in Hercegbosanska County. This is the third incarnation of the event, which celebrates the cultural and religious heritage of the Croatians of Bosnia-Herzegovina. This year’s event is focused on “Restoring Hope to the Native Land”, reports RTV HB (the Herceg-Bosna publicly-funded radio and television broadcasting company) via its Internet portal.
The programme kicked off on 19 November with a round table discussion open to the public on the topic of cross-border cooperation and the utilisation of funding obtained through European Union bodies with the objective of sustaining a Croatian presence in these regions, building up economic activity, supporting family operated farms, and bolstering the tourism industry. The following day saw a Roman Catholic mass staged at the Gorica monastery in Livno celebrated by Marko Semren, the auxiliary bishop in Banja Luka.
The event programme included an exhibition of the intangible cultural heritage of the Croatians of Bosnia-Herzegovina created by the priest Zvonko Martić.
Also on 20 November a delegation of the programme participants and organisers laid a wreath and lit candles in memory of those who fell in the defence of Vukovar and Škabrnja, and for all others who fell in defence of their country during the Homeland War of the 1990s. The following programme event was staged at the auditorium of the Narodno sveučilište Livno (a publicly-funded adult education and culture centre) featuring performances by folklore ensembles from across Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
Speaking ahead of the folklore performance, CHF director Mijo Marić said that “Through this project, which is seeing growth from year to year, we aim to create links among Croatians in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the domains of culture, religion, and the economy. I think we are very well on our way to achieving this.”
The third day of the programme, 21 November, opened with a Roman Catholic mass at the church of the Šćit-Rama monastery and continued with a gathering with the monks of this monastery. Speaking at this event were the monastery’s guardian Andrija Jozić and the monk Mijo Džolan.