The second to last issue of Matica in 2020 is out. The cover photography by Iva Urh features a pomegranate bursting with seeds. The fruit ripens at this time of the year along the length of our Adriatic seaboard. To back cover pays homage to the late ballerina and ceramic artist Vera Kalan-Benić.
This issue focuses on Šipan, the largest island of the Elaphiti island group, featured in our columns: the history by Marin Knezović, the endemic species of flora and fauna by Darko Mihelj, Sanja Vulić’s cues in communication, underappreciated academy trained painter Marko Murat and Ljerka Galic’s look at a trio of renovated eleventh century pre-Romanesque churches.
Numerous guests of honour joined us at the CHF headquarters for the promotion of a lexicon of our diaspora and ethnic Croatian enclaves abroad. This impressive tome brings to one volume our lexicographic knowledge of Croatians outside the country, presenting an encyclopaedic treasury of the body of knowledge relevant to the Croatian national corpus and culture outside of Croatia (Diana Šimurina-Šoufek).
In his column on Croatian musicians Davor Schopf tells of ballet artist Astrid Turina and her life between Zagreb and Canada. We also look at professional standard dancer Nick Kosovich whose search for his ancestral roots sees him in the Zaostrog area to breathe new life into the ruins of his grandmother’s house (Božena Delaš).
In our newest regular column on Croatian language instructorships, we learn of the experiences of lector Diana Emmanuelle Myriel in London. Dean Miculinić, the head of our Rijeka branch office, tells of the newly opened first Croatian specialised museum of pharmacy.
Cravat Day was celebrated in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev for the first time and is brought to us by a Croatian language student at the Taras Shevchenko University.
In his regular column The Sociological Puzzle Nino Sorić tells of the lighthouses that dot the Adriatic coast.
Svjetlana Lipanović, editor of the Insieme/Zajedno magazine of the Croatian community of Rome, tells of the life of Franciscan nun Stella Okadar.
Željko Rupić keeps us abreast of current events at the State Office for Croats Abroad. Vesna Kukavica covers other current events in her columns Global Croatia and Click: Going Home. Our editor Ljerka Galic invites readers to enjoy these and other articles in this month’s issue.
15 Global Croatia
16 The Sociological Puzzle
20 Croatian Musicians
36 Croatia’s Endemic Flora and Fauna
43 Cues in Communication
58 Click: Going Home
4 In Focus: News from the State Office for Croats Abroad
6 Monument to national reform movement figure Ivan Antunović unveiled in Subotica
8 CHF host promo of lexicon on our diaspora and ethnic enclaves abroad
12 Cravat day celebrated in Ukrainian capital
14 Vukovar water tower and Croatian unity memorial opens
22 In search of ancestral roots: Nick Kosovich
24 Pharmacy museum in Rijeka
26 Slavonian theatre troupe in Bitola
28 An interview with Julije Domac, presidential advisor on energy and the climate
32 Some thoughts on the history of the island of Šipan
40 Points of interest on Šipan island
44 Marko Murat, an underappreciated painter
48 An interview with Daria Pichler
49 Folk Costume Review and Pageant winner visits the CHF
50 The Croatian language instructorship in London
52 A monograph on Antun Vidaković
54 Irena Stanić Rašin poetry promo
56 Josip Mlakić’s new novel
60 Vukovar organ festival
61 In memory of Franciscan nun Stella Okadar
66 Sports news
By: Ljerka Galic