The CHF Split is presenting an exhibition on Split and Dalmatia Streets in the Macedonian town of Bitola this May 2nd to mark St Domnius feast day and City of Split Day.
The Split branch office of the CHF is presenting an exhibition on Split and Dalmatia Streets in the Macedonian town of Bitola this May 2nd to mark St Domnius feast day and City of Split Day. There are two streets named after the city of Split and the Dalmatia region in the old core of this Macedonian town. The photos on exhibit are black & white and date from the 1960s. We received them from the museum and institute in Bitola through the agency of the honorary Croatian consul in Bitola, Split native Branko Maretić and his wife Zdravka, the curator at the Bitola Museum and Institute.
The exhibition, hosted by the Marko Marulić municipal library in Split, opened with a short film about the town of Bitola, located on the border with Greece.
Performing at the opening was the Macedonia Choir, a very active Macedonian culture group based out of Split, featuring a number of Macedonian melodies including the well-known Bitola My Native Town.
The gathered were greeted on behalf of the library by Ingrid Poljanić, on behalf of the CHF by Branka Bezić Filipović and on behalf of the Macedonian Culture Association by its president Angel Mitrevski.
Bitola, situated in the south of Macedonia, has a small Croatian community and is home to the Marko Marulić Macedonian-Croatian Society and an honorary Croatian consulate. Bitola and Split have worked together for the past decade to organise culture events by way of the very active Croatian community and the Split branch office of the CHF and the two cities are certainly friends, even without a twinning agreement.
Text by: Branka Bezić Filipović