CHF Representatives Visit Montenegro

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A CHF delegation led by deputy director Ivan Tepeš, joined by diaspora heritage department head Ljerka Galic, and the heads of the Split and Dubrovnik branch offices Branka Bezić Filipović and Maja Mozara, visited Montenegro at the invitation of the Croatian Civic Society of Montenegro.

A delegation of the Croatian Heritage Foundation led by deputy director Ivan Tepeš, joined by diaspora heritage department head Ljerka Galic, and the heads of the Split and Dubrovnik branch offices Branka Bezić Filipović and Maja Mozara, visited Montenegro on the 9th and 10th of February at the invitation of the Croatian Civic Society of Montenegro.

On Saturday the Tripun Day Ball in Bečići near Budva gathered administration and society figures in Montenegro, including the delegate of the Croatian President from our embassy in Podgorica, the Croatian consul in Kotor, the president and vice president of the Kotor municipal assembly, the director of the fund for the protection and achievement of the rights of minorities in Montenegro, the president of the Croatian National Council of Montenegro, the admiral of the honorary Bokelj Navy, the director of the Kotor Tourism Board and guests from Croatia, including the deputy county prefect and former county prefect of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the president of the county assembly of Split-Dalmatia County. These two Croatian counties have worked jointly for many years on a number of projects that support the renovation of buildings in Montenegro and in a number of ways supporting the efforts of the indigenous local Croatian community in preserving its identity and shared history in the area.

The Croatian Civic Society of Montenegro took the opportunity to present a well-deserved letter of appreciation to Branka Bezić Filipović, head of the Split branch office of the CHF, for her particular support of the society and her significant contributions to the development of friendly relations between the Croatian and Montenegrin people.

Among the many programmes that have been undertaken in the areas of culture, heritage and sports Ms Bezić Filipović pointed to two that were particularly dear to her: she encouraged the society to revive the mandolin orchestra and organised a fundraising concert for the purchase of four mandolins. The orchestra now performs across Europe under conductor Ivo Brajko, who studied in Split. Another important project in which Bezić Filipović played an indirect role was the renovation of Sveti Dujam church in Škaljari near Kotor. The fourteenth century edifice is the southernmost of the seven churches of St Domnius (Sveti Dujam), the martyred bishop of ancient Salona. Funding for the renovation was provided through the City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County, with the church opening its doors again in 2005.

Sunday, the 10th of February, saw working meetings at the premises of the Croatian Civic Society of Montenegro and at the Croatian National Council premises in Tivat with the aim of defining further collaboration at various levels.

By: Ljerka Galic & Branka Bezić Filipović

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