An exhibition featuring photography, newspaper articles, objects and souvenirs from Sweden, diligently collected by Slavica Božičević presented her wealth of life experience and collaboration with Croatian communities in various culture and humanitarian projects, especially during the Homeland War for independence. This returnee now living in Rovinj says she is very thankful for her twenty-four years spent in Sweden, which, she says, were the best years of her life.

An exhibition featuring photography, newspaper articles, objects and souvenirs from Sweden, diligently collected by Slavica Božičević recently opened at the Pula branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The exhibition, through newspaper articles and photographs, presented her wealth of life experience and collaboration with Croatian communities in various culture and humanitarian projects, especially during the Homeland War for independence.
On hand for the opening of the exhibition were returnees from Sweden and other countries now living in Istria, Croatia’s westernmost region. In her retirement Slavica Božičević has chosen to move to the Croatian coastal town of Rovinj, although she continues to travel frequently to the Croatian capital of Zagreb and to Sweden.
Welcoming the audience, Slavica Božičević recalled her experience in Sweden: “It was not easy to change all of one’s habits, learn the language, find work, adjust and feel at home in a foreign country with a harsh climate. But that motivated me to test my own abilities, to learn, to make progress, to work with other emigrants and find both the similarities and differences between cultures. It all became part of my life and encouraged me to continued learning and to work in various fields of endeavour.”
Versatile in her interests and activities, this returnee from Sweden continues to live a very socially active life in Rovinj. Slavica says she is very thankful for her twenty-four years spent in Sweden, which, she says, were the best years of her life. During those years she organised numerous exhibitions on folk traditions in the world, staging workshops on health and ecology topics, and worked for three years at the Jonkoping radio station anchoring a culture and children’s show. She also spent six years working in an amateur theatre company. She is an active member of several international organisations, including the UN, UNICEF and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Now she is primarily active in culture events, shows and, in particular, poetry. She is a very active member of the Culture-Dream association of poets.

Text by: Ana Bedrina