Blackened faces, covered with sheepskin, wearing chequered shirts, black trousers, thick white woollen socks and heavy work shoes. On their heads they wear a skull dressed with sheepskin, around their necks black scarves. Parading through the villages, ringing they form a circle as though taking us back to our roots. The whole of Grobnik resounds.
The bell-ringers of this region have remained faithful to the tradition and the well-beaten paths that the Brežanski, Munski, Žejanski, Rukavački, Zvonejski, Vlahov Breg – Korensko, Mučićevi, Frlanski and Brgujski bell-ringers head down.
The University Campus programme is a unique example of a contemporary university campus of culture, with which connections with the community and the city are established. The academic community is an indispensable factor in the building of a new paradigm of the city of Rijeka. Get to know the Campus via the Open House activities and open the doors of knowledge hidden behind the university departments.
Lousiana’s Secrets is a story about a road which has lost its purpose. History speaks about an important traffic route, the present about the loss of identity without perspective, and the future about the city that wants to keep its inhabitants.
A unique and unrepeatable story is told on the basis of the memories of Kostrena’s seamen and their families, as well as a reference to the transitional moments, property issues and the creation of a Seamen’s House.
In a walk around Rab, the distant past becomes visible, tangible and imaginable, and the life of a Roman province a comparative reality. Who to contact when you find a fragment of a Roman mosaic in the garden and realise that the whole of the island is an archaeological site?!
The Museum of Winter is a museum of stories and narration, and its exhibits become the peace and silence of Mrkopalj in the time of heavy snow when the fireplaces come alive and the household spirits appear. But it also worries that Mrkopalj is disappearing as the highland winters disappear!
Pehlin, a neighbourhood in Rijeka with a long history of being on the periphery, is today most recognisable as a multicultural community. Along with the Croatian population, also living here fostering their own cultural specificities are Roma and Czech communities as well as other communities. There are also many carnival groups working in Pehlin, and the Pehlin festival makers were one of the originators of the Rijeka Carnival. And that’s not all!
Čandek street, urban legends, punk, industry, alternative, technical culture, radio waves, the ISS - International Space Station, solar energy, sounds of space, NASA, MIT laboratory, innovators, urban salt works, graffiti, the INA refinery… all of these are common denominators of the Turnić-Mlaka neighbourhood.
The sea is the reason why young people are staying in the neighbourhood of Malinska. Salty Culture speaks about salt – the seasoning without which everything is tasteless, as well as about the sea as a great love and the spice of life.
Tancaj 2020 – is a new, fresh, unusual and fun dance festival in which young and old, local people and guests, professionals and amateurs dance in the streets, squares, beaches and all the possible and impossible places in the town of Krk. From folklore to Movementality!
Brod na Kupi is wild nature, a river and forest, and there is a border crossing hidden in the wilderness. The border zone is a specific form of a coexistence of neighbours, in this case, Brod na Kupi and Petrina who share administrate formalities such as Schengen and political views about the migrant crisis.
The city neighbourhood of Škurinje was mostly built at the end of the 1970s and at the beginning of the 1980s, however, the people of Rijeka still call it the “new settlement.” A neighbourhood like Škurinje is free of the tension of the centre, although in recent years it has become a synonym for consumerism which is not a completely satisfying condition. Many experts consider that the transformation of a neighbourhood is conditioned by those who live in it because the space and inhabitants are mutually connected.
With the words I’ll turn you into a laurel tree!, like a magic formula spoken to visitors, the neighbourhood of Lovran introduces us to a programme in which toponyms and anthroponyms, nature and community are thematically touched upon.
When we remember Vrbnik the melody of an old song about the girls from the town above the sea come to mind… Of course, Vrbnik is much more than that, and the people of Vrbnik show us that in their programme. In a circle of togetherness and good vibrations old and new spin, tradition and heritage with some new artistic ideas, alongside good wine and food at the manjaža feast, which should not be missed…
Music and gastronomy are the best media for getting to know different cultures. Therefore the festival in Gomirje, the place of the westernmost Orthodox monastery, is not only a festival of world music but is also a festival of global culture.
Wind Celebration is a festival of flying kites made of recycled objects and a constant reminder of the coexistence of man with nature, the energy of the wind, its power and the possibilities of its use.
When there’s a buzz it means it’s good. Lively. Happy. Loud. Particularly in summer. Summer without a buzz is not summer. The Novi Vinodolski Summer Buzz is an atmosphere with music, art and walks through Novi Vinodolski, filled with unusual activities.
In 1936 in a small village of thirty houses in the north of Gorski Kotar some progressive local people gathered together to hear a new idea from the handsome Anton Burić. They founded the Croatian reading room and brought an initial collection of books from donations across Croatia and overseas countries.
Revitalisation implies reanimation, revival, and each revitalisation begins with focussing on the problem. In the case of Cres, it concerns the folk architecture and contemporary life which is still framed by it.
Praputnjak as a cultural landscape of the Capital of Culture considers the community and its own identity by turning attention to what the people of Praputnjak inherit as an experience of the community. With a focus on the Takala vineyard – the first protected cultural landscape in the Republic of Croatia, it examines values and heritage, the cultural landscape and nature as the potential development of the local environment.
Jelenje is the place where the bura wind develops and where the Rječina emerges. How to live in the largest and most significant protected water area in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County?
Kotor hill and the old village on the top with its view of the Vinodolski channel and the island of Krk with its architecture bears witness to the history of Crikvenica and Vinodol. And this is why Kotor is calling! to support the spreading and cultivating the green zone of the town of Crikvenica.
In Fužine the demographic statistics sound harsh. The primary schools have been closing due to the lack of pupils. The school in Vrata has closed, whilst the school in Lič has only three pupils in the first and second grade. It is because of these three pupils that we are moving again into First and Second Class.
Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is a region of exceptional linguistic dialects and idioms. One of them is Kastav Chakavian which is spoken by fewer and fewer people today. The linguistic micro-location of the Kastav area is the starting point in the building of a European platform that connects themes linked to endangered languages.
The neighbourhood of Drenova is always bringing together cultural and curious people with new contents and at the same time acts as a local coworking space, a place of residence, the exchange of ideas and experiments.
Opatija provokes a longing for times past. Opatija could actually exist without people because in its perfect depictions, there are no people living there, only those famous ones who once visited it. From these memories it is worth moving onto the subject of the consequences of the tourist-consumer industrial invasion, specifically – the ecological disposal of rubbish and waste in tourism.