The Croatian Diaspora

Thursday, 14 July 2022

NFCACF 29th Annual Assembly of Delegates Held in Baltimore, Maryland

July 14, 2022 - The National Federation of Croatian Americans (NFCACF) convened the 29th Annual Assembly of Delegates in Baltimore and with thirty delegates from a dozen Croatian American groups participating in the hybrid event held on July 1st and 2nd. The weekend affair was held at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel, right across the water from the famous Baltimore landmark, Fort McHenry.  It was a productive and fun meeting integrated within the Croatian Fraternal Union (CFU) Junior TamFest. There were thirteen Junior Tambura Ensembles that performed throughout the weekend and with Jason Ottmann as the festival's guest conductor. Also, it was wonderful to have a…
Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Steve Mešić Ludi Releases Fifth Single 'Ljubavna' Dedicated to Wife Tena

July 13, 2022 -  Steve Mešić Ludi, a well-known Croatian rapper who lives and works in New York, released his fifth single 'Ljubavna', published by the publishing house D' Knock Production, led by Darko Juranović Knock. ‘Ljubavna’ is released after previously successful singles 'Emigrant', 'Hladan Svijet', 'Nije Bitno', and 'Hijene'. D' Knock once again took care of the production, arrangement, mix and mastering and is also the author of the music while Ludi wrote the lyrics. The video was shot in attractive locations in New York - Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, and in the apartment of Ludi and his wife Tena Bugarin. Ivan Radavić…
Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Croatian American Sports Hall of Fame Announced 10-Member Inaugural 2022 Class

July 13, 2022 - The Croatian American Sports Hall of Fame (CAS-HOF) announced its Inaugural Hall of Fame Class during the National Federation of Croatian Americans Cultural Foundation (NFCACF) 29th Annual Assembly of Delegates. The ten-member Inaugural 2022 Class includes athletes from six different sports: three from basketball and two from baseball, two from hockey and one golfer, one swimmer/diver and one NFL football player. The Selection Committee of the Croatian American Sports Hall of Fame announced the following inductees on July 2, 2022: Fred Couples, Helen Crlenkovich, John Havlicek, Mickey Lolich, Roger Maris, Kevin McHale, George Mikan, Mark Pavelich,…
Tuesday, 12 July 2022

What Does It Really Mean to Have a Croatian Identity?

July 11, 2022 - Passport, residence, language... when it comes to Croatian identity, what really builds it? After almost three years living in Croatia, I ask myself some questions. Not long ago, I agreed to help a master's student with her thesis, in which she sought to learn more about South Americans of Croatian ancestry and how the experience of studying the Croatian language in Croatia has helped them forge a kind of Croatian identity. For those not so familiar, the Croatian Government offers a Croatian language study scholarship through the Central State Office for Croats Abroad, in which people who…
Saturday, 9 July 2022

Winemakers, Croatian Diaspora from 16 Countries Gather for G2 DiWine Summer

The eighth edition of the business conference MEETING G2 - "DiWineSummer" was held in ZagrebAbout a hundred guests from 16 countries of the world, top winemakers intwo panels, in totalZAGREB, July 9, 2022 - Traditional and famous MEETING G2 conference,which connects business people from Croatia and Croatian diaspora, washeld in Zagreb this year under the name "DiWine Summer". Almost ahundred guests from 16 countries from all over the world gathered in thehall of the Croatian Heritage Foundation, as the host and partner of theConference. Two attractive wine panels and a total of 15 top panelistsand speakers made this conference interesting…
Saturday, 2 July 2022

Croatian Diaspora Congress Held in Mostar

ZAGREB, 2 July 2022 - The Croatian Diaspora Congress on Saturday called on the Croatian state leadership to help Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina and urged Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina to vote in the October general election to achieve equal status with the other two constituent peoples in that country. "We appeal to the Government, Prime Minister and President of Croatia to join forces in effectively contributing to the interests of Croats in Croatia and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina," the Croatian Diaspora Congress said in a resolution adopted after a three-day meeting in Mostar, southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.…
Saturday, 2 July 2022

Australian-Croatian Boy Wins School Project with Croatia Presentation

July 2, 2022 - An 11-year-old Australian-Croatian boy won first place in a Travel Expo school project by presenting Croatian history, culture, traditions, and folklore to his teachers and classmates. TCN had the privilege to talk with his mother, Irena, about their Croatian ancestry. Arkie Kokoris, an 11-year-old boy from Melbourne, Australia, won first place in a Travel Expo school project, which consisted of presenting information about a country, where he and his 2 colleagues chose Croatia due to his families ties. They were tasked with presenting a Travel Expo stand, encouraging people to visit their chosen country, and were asked…
Friday, 1 July 2022

100th Anniversary of Most Precious Blood Parish in Queens

July 1, 2022 - On June 19, Croatian Catholics celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Most Precious Blood Parish - “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Precious Blood of Christ” followed by a wonderful procession in the streets of Astoria. Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn presided, Music Coordinator Fr. Saša Ilijić, PhD, composed a wonderful new song “Alleluia”, especially for this anniversary, which was performed by klapa Astoria.      Most Precious Blood Church is a Roman Catholic Parish in the center of Astoria, NY, and home to a multicultural community made up of parishioners from diverse backgrounds united in their common walk of…
Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Croatian Winemakers Shine at TEXSOM Awards 2022

June 29, 2022 - Yesterday, the Croatian Wine Alliance, a group of global and US-based teams promoting Croatian wines, was pleased to share the news that Croatian winemakers received multiple awards at TEXSOM Awards in Boston, judging for which took place in May of this year. While only nine Croatian wineries submitted wines, there were a total of nine awards, showcasing the consistent quality of Croatian winemaking. “We are thrilled that the judges at TEXSOM are recognizing the quality of Croatian winemaking and we look forward to showcasing these indigenous varieties at TEXSOM Expo in August,” said Mirena Bagur, founder of…
Monday, 27 June 2022

International Croatian Language Summer School Ends in Krk

ZAGREB, 27 June 2022 - The International Summer School of Croatian Language and Culture for Croatian Language Teachers and Students in the Diaspora, which began on 18 June has ended in Krk with participants receiving appropriate certificates. The summer school is organized by the Croatian Studies Faculty at Zagreb University of Zagreb for participants from Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, with lessons and exercises in the Croatian language. Participants had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and teaching competencies and gain new acquaintances. They were also acquainted with the heritage and culture of the islands of Krk and Cres and attended the…
Monday, 27 June 2022

National Croatian Wine Day Celebrated in the USA

June 27, 2022 - Did you know that for the last 2 years, there is a registered wine holiday in the USA that celebrates - Croatia!? A look at national Croatian Wine Day! This wonderful initiative came from Anna M. Viducic, a founder of Aroma Wine Co. As she explained: "#NationalCroatianWineDay celebrates Croatia's Independence Day on June 25, and it highlights Croatia's unique wine history dating back to 2500 years", said Ms Viducic, adding that "Croatia is a home to an estimated 120 indigenous grape varietals and four key wine regions - Croatian Uplands, Dalmatia, Istria and Kvarner, and Slavonia and…
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