Pieces of interest regarding Croatian locations, culture and heritage.
Each week the Voice of Croatia produces its Weekend Magazine show which features human interest pieces that provide an in depth look into a certain aspect of Croatian culture, society, art, sports or life.
Cres is, along with its neighbouring island of Krk, the biggest, and after the island of Hvar, the longest Croatian island. It is 66 km long and 12 km wide at the widest point. The first known inhabitants of the island were Liburnians, who inhabited the area from the 7th century B.C. Today, Cres is a typical Mediterranean small town with many streets and remnants of predominantly Venetian culture.
The Homeland Summer School program was organized by the Central State Office for Croats outside the Republic of Croatia. This year the Homeland Summer School hosted 33 students from Argentina, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Peru and the United States from July 10th to July 25th.
Trilj lies in central Dalmatia, where the coastal and hinterland regions meet, at the most convenient place for crossing the Cetina River just before the river enters Cetina canyon. Over the centuries, from ancient Pons Tiluria to modern-day Trilj, a rich monumental and cultural heritage has taken hold in Trilj, which is now lovingly cultivated by local cultural associations, and since 2006 this includes the Trilj Region Museum.
At the end of June, the island of Šolta hosted a special manifestation in honour of their most famous son, Croatian naive artist Eugen Buktenica, in a festival known as the Days of Eugen Buktenica.
In today's edition we hear about Croatian historical figures Mark Marulić and Marin Getaldić, who greatly influenced the Croatian Renaissance and enriched the national heritage.
It would be a real shame to visit Podravinia and miss stopping by the house where Croatia poet Petar Preradović was born in the village of Grabrovnica. Until recently, it was dilapidated and attracted few visitors, but that has all changed. The district of Pitomača has renovated the building and turned it into a poetry center.
A small Croatian town in western Slavonia is not the first place most people normally associate with world class sporting events, but they should think again. The town of Lipik has earned its spot, and a lot of respect, in the world of 3-on-3 basketball for being the home of a FIBA international tournament that attracts some of the best players from around the world.
At the beginning of June, the Ogulin region abounds with visitors. At this time of the year, along with its natural beauty and rich historical and cultural heritage, Ogulin attracts a large number of visitors to its Festival of Fairytales, a unique event that celebrates fairytales and fairytale writing. This year, for the fourteenth time, the festival was staged from June 7th to 9th. Over these three days Ogulin was transformed into a giant spring stage where renowned artists and performers from Croatia and the world over, plied their trade.
In a joint publication by the Velebit Nature Park and the North Velebit National Park, a picture guide entitled "The Floral World of the Premužić trail on the Velebit Mountain" was published by authors Dario Kremer, Ana Brkljačić and Marko Randić. This 744-page image guide delivers 2,750 photographs of plants such as wormholes, ferns, herbaceous plants, half-bushes and shrubs, and trees growing along the well-known Premužić trail on North Velebit.
In the summer of 2018, Croatia watched with admiration as the Croatian National football team won over the soccer world at the World Cup in Russia. Drago Sopta, the official photographer of the Croatian Football Association, eternalized some of the most important memories on the way to the team's historic silver medal at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. An exhibit of his photographs opened on May 16th is now on display in the town of Mostar in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. The exhibit, titled "Fiery Summer" - in honor of the national team's nickname "Vatreni" or "Fiery ones" - was co-organized by two important Croatian cultural institutions in Mostar - The Croatian Heritage Foundation and the Aluminij Gallery.