The two-day event is organised by the Franjo Glavinić Croatian Culture Society, the Rovinj chapter of Matrix Croatica and the CHF’s Pula branch office. Participating were Zvonimir Deković (Montenegro), Ljubica Kolarić-Dumić (Croatia-Serbia), Romina Floris (Italy), Tomislav Milohanić (Croatia), Antonio Sammartino (Italy), Šimun Šito Ćorić (Switzerland), Ana Šoretić (Austria), Adrijan Vuksanović (Montenegro), Đuro Vidmarović (Croatia), Miroslav Sindik (Montenegro), Desa Matijević (Montenegro) and Alojz Štoković (Croatia).
Rovinj was the venue from 8 to 9 November of the IX meeting of Croatian minority writers with writers in Croatia. The two-day event is organised by the Franjo Glavinić Croatian Culture Society, the Rovinj chapter of Matrix Croatica and the Pula branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation. With the traditional material support of the Ministry of Culture and the wholehearted assistance and support of the City of Rovinj, this year’s event was held under the auspices of the newly established State Office for Croatians Abroad and the CHF.
The event was opened by the mixed choir of the Franjo Glavinić Croatian Culture Society, singing the Croatian national anthem and the Istria County anthem Krasna Zemljo (Beautiful Land). The gathering was greeted by Franjo Glavinić Society president Branimir Crljenko, who announced the publication of a miscellany for next year’s jubilee 10th meeting. The gathered were also welcomed by the president of the city council Davorin Flego, the head of the Istra County office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation Ana Bedrina and Katarina Hinić on behalf of the State Office for Croatians Abroad.
Representatives of the City of Rovinj and the organisers in particular noted the special preparations for the jubilee 10th meeting and the founding of an editorial board for the preparation of the miscellany that will feature valuable texts and material from all ten meetings.
This year’s meeting was dedicated to poet, writer and art critic Viktor Vida, a Kotor native who spent his final years in Buenos Aires, on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of his birth.
The literary segment of the evening opened with Milan Medak’s and Stjepan Lukavečki’s excellent interpretations of the verse of Viktor Vida, a great Diaspora writer. Sonja Dušić and the evening’s moderator Mario Sošić then presented the poets and participants of the meeting. Participating were Zvonimir Deković (Montenegro), Ljubica Kolarić-Dumić (Croatia-Serbia), Romina Floris (Italy), Tomislav Milohanić (Croatia), Antonio Sammartino (Italy), Šimun Šito Ćorić (Switzerland), Ana Šoretić (Austria), Adrijan Vuksanović (Montenegro), Đuro Vidmarović (Croatia), Miroslav Sindik (Montenegro), Desa Matijević (Montenegro) and Alojz Štoković (Croatia).
The audience was delighted by a performance by Fra’ Šimun Šito Ćorić on guitar and accompanied by the choir of the Franjo Glavinić Croatian Culture Society in singing his patriotic song Ne mogu da te zaboravim (I Cannot Forget You).
Day two of the meeting was given over to a symposium on the standards of the protection of minorities and a presentation of a publication about the Croatian minority in Boka Kotorska, Đuro Vidmarović’s Hrvati Boke kotorske kroz povijest-sjećanja i zaboravi (The Croatians of Boka Kotorska Through History—Memory and Oblivion) and Alojza Štoković’s Crnogorsko naslijeđe u Istri (Montenegrin Heritage in Istria) about the Montenegrin minority in the town of Peroj in Istria County.
Đuro Vidmarović spoke about the life and work of Viktor Vida. Fra’ Šimun Šito Ćorić spoke of some interesting details from the life of this poet. A presentation by Zvonimir Deković on the Political Status of Croatians in Boka Kotorska in the 20th Century garnered the particular interest of the audience and was followed by numerous questions in the Q&A period. Adrijan Vuksanović and Đuro Vidmarović spoke about Vidmarović’s book The Croatians of Boka Kotorska Through History—Memory and Oblivion. Ljubica Kolarić-Dumić presented Srijem-based writer Živko Beretić. Fra’ Šimun Šito Ćorić offered an interesting presentation of the life of Lucijan Kordić. Antonio Sammartino—noting that he would speak “in our tongue”—provided a very faithful presentation of the oral heritage of the Croatians of the Molise region up to their first written works. Ana Schoretits/Šoretić held a talk on The Croatian and German Centipede—How Do they Differ in Movement? Adrijan Vuksanović spoke about the Literature of the Croatians of Boka Kotorska with an Overview of Publishing Activity in the 20th Century. Joining the morning session of the symposium was Croatian Heritage Foundation director Marin Knezović and Katarina Hinić on behalf of the State Office For Croatians Abroad. They took part in the discussion and fielded questions on issues that “bedevil” and encumber Croatians living in neighbouring countries. The organising committee called upon all participants of these meetings to date to supplement and expand on their papers for publication in the planned miscellany and to sent them by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.