Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Festival of Science Kicks Off in Sinj

November 20, 2019 - The jubilee 10th Sinj Festival of Science kicked off at the Presentation Hall of the Sinjska Alka Museum in the Alkar Courtyard on Tuesday night. Mayor Kristina Križanac opened the festival.

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that on behalf of the Split-Dalmatia, Prefect Blaženko Boban, Damir Caric said that this festival was the first capstone for the establishment of the County Center of Excellence.

There were a modest number of visitors at the opening, never smaller, and a three-member delegation from the US Embassy currently visiting the Alkar city was among the guests.

On behalf of the organizing committee of the festival, president Mislav Cvitković addressed the attendees. He recalled that over the past ten years, the Sinj Science Festival had hosted 155 top Croatian scientists, more than any festival of its kind in Croatia. In addition to themed lectures for interested citizens, they gave more than 300 hours of instruction in Sinj schools.

Cvitković thanked everyone who helped in organizing the Sinj Science Festival over the past ten years.

In a lengthy speech, he also sent a political message to the state authorities, urging them not to poke at the construction of the Croatian house, but to finally use the people they know.

The Sinj choir performed for the occasion. 

Immediately after the opening, the lectures began. The first lecturer was particle physicist Vuko Brigljević, one of the few Croatian scientists to participate in key experiments at CERN.

Dr. Brigljević spoke on the subject of "What we know and do not know about the fundamental structure of matter after the discovery of the Higgs boson," in fact, about the secrets of matter that, after that discovery, are trying to shed light on today's physics.

The second lecturer was Ph.D. Saša Ceci, who also presented his book Blesimetar drugi.

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Monday, 21 October 2019

Workshop of Traditional Handmade Potravlje Pottery Successfully Held in Sinj

October 21, 2019 - On Friday, October 18, 2019, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia and the City of Sinj, organized three educational workshops for children and adults on the topic  of ”Traditional Handmade Pottery from Potravlje”. The workshops were successfully held at the Sikirica Gallery in Sinj.

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Due to the increased interest, for the fifth consecutive year, several workshops are held instead of just one - and for the next year, several additional workshops for elementary school children from the Cetina region will also be organized. 

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As in previous years, the children's workshop was held in cooperation with the kindergarten Bili Cvitak and Mrs. Ana Glavinović, who assisted Mr. Ivan Knezović in creating the clay items. At the end of the workshop, the proud students brought their handicrafts with them to decorate the nursery. 

The Ivan Mažuranić elementary school students from Obrovac Sinjski - Han, accompanied by teacher Mrs. Grozdana Filipović - Grčić and Mrs. Ljubica Šakić, and students from the elementary school in Trilj, accompanied by teacher Mrs. Ivana Crljen, also participated in the workshops.

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Ivan Knezovic, who regularly leads these educational workshops, is also among the last to practice this traditional craft. Traditional pottery from Potravlje has the status of an intangible cultural property since 2013 and has been nominated by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia for the protection of UNESCO. It is of the utmost importance to preserve this segment of Croatia’s traditional culture and allow it to continue by passing it on to younger generations. For this purpose, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, holds these workshops.

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Everyone who expressed their desire and interest could participate in the workshops under the expert guidance of Mr. Knezović. Due to a large number of participants who wanted to try their hand at creating these items, the workshops were held from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Workshop participants were given unique souvenirs made personally by Mr. Ivan Knezović, and the youngest attendees were given small gingerbread cookies. The musical part of the evening featured members of the Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region and KUD Dicmo.

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You can learn more about the pottery in the video below:

 

The Sinj Tourist Board sincerely thanks everyone who helped them in the realization of this project and the Sikirica Gallery for providing the space.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

30,000-square-meter Logistics Center Coming to Business Park Dalmatia in Dugopolje

October 17, 2019 - Poseidon Group, a London-based company for the investment, development, and management of real estate, confirmed the construction of a 30,000 square foot logistics center for a large Croatian retail chain in Business Park Dalmatia. Located in Dugopolje, Business Park Dalmatia still has a remaining 245,000 square meters (approximately 24 ha).

Dalmatinski Portal writes that Business Park Dalmatia is already the leading location in the region for facilities that work in distribution, light production, food production, and more. It has direct access to the main road network and is equipped with a modern water, gas, sewage and telecommunication infrastructure system that provides maximum flexibility to Croatian and foreign investors who will provide business opportunities to the local and regional workforce.

The minimum parcel for development in Business Park Dalmatia is 20,000 square meters. The location has direct access to public transport and is located close to the A1 Dubrovnik - Zagreb motorway, 10 minutes away from Split and 30 minutes to Split International Airport. Investors enjoy the support of the Dugopolje municipality in the development of the Dugopolje business zone.

Poseidon Group Corporate Affairs Director James Gunn said:

“We are pleased to welcome the start of construction in Business Park Dalmatia that will improve employment opportunities and provide new services to the local population. This is a significant positive confirmation of our strategy and long-term approach in Croatia, where we have been present for 15 years. Today's news allows us to expand our investments in attractive commercial real estate networks across Southeast Europe and beyond."

Poseidon Group recently announced the opening of the Zadar Shopping Capitol in December this year, which is their eighth retail park, or shopping center in Croatia. The group continues to expand and strengthen its Capitol Park network nationwide. By the end of 2020, the Capitol Park network they run will grow to 11 locations.

Zadar, for example, will get a new grocery store that will replace Konzum as the main tenant. The 6,400-square-meter building will also be opened for tenants outside the food sector. Tenants who remain open during the construction are Mana Fashion, Planet Footwear, Raiffeisen Bank, Micromacro Group, Intertextile Stanic, Bio Svijet and several others. A new tenant to enrich the center's existing offer is the TEDi store. This combination of tenants at the new Zadar Shopping Capitol will offer shoppers a better shopping experience in the central city of Zadar, attracting more than 75,000 customers.

The Capitol Park platform is part of Poseidon Group's retail portfolio, comprised of over 280,000 m2 of retail parks and malls managed throughout SE Europe, 90,000 m2 used by supermarkets and more than 1,000 residential properties in planning and construction. The company is actively collaborating with partners and investors from around the world on other projects in the UK as well as in SE Europe.

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Monday, 14 October 2019

Untamed Dalmatia: Sinj, Trilj, Vrlika, Dicmo, Hrvace and Otok Conquer Tourism Together

October 14, 2019 - The future tourism development of the Cetina region will be based on the development of active and adventure tourism and untouched natural beauties. It will be presented under the slogan "Untamed Dalmatia". 

On Monday, the results of the promotional activities for the project 'Sinj u sridu', an integrated program financed by European funds, aimed at the reconstruction, renovation, and revitalization of cultural assets of the City of Sinj for their greater valorization, were presented at the Sinj City Hall. The project partner responsible for the implementation of the promotional activities was the Public Institution RERA S.D. for the coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County (JU RERA S.D.). This resulted in a mobile application and web portal for the Cetina region and a promotional catalog of cultural heritage in Croatian, English, Italian, and German. The framework for these activities was provided by the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy.

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The mobile application "Cetinska Krajina" and the web portal www.cetinska-krajina.hr have been developed to meet the needs of visitors who are motivated by the desire for new experiences and experiences, gastronomy and enjoying the beauties of natural heritage. The app is available for Android and iOS devices, and one of the special features is that visitors can use the navigation tool to create a tour route to their preferences. Nineteen cycling trails in the area of Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika have also been integrated into the mobile application.

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The presentation was attended by the mayor of Sinj, Kristina Krizanac, Jozo Sarac, director of JU RERA for the Coordination and Development of Split-Dalmatia County, Feđa Milivojevic from Urbanex Ltd., creator of the branding strategy, Martina Horvat from Kocka d.o.o., in charge of developing the mobile application and web portal Cetinska krajina, as well as other representatives from the tourism sector in the Split-Dalmatia County region. 

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"The goal of 'Sinj u sridu' is to encourage stronger valorization of the natural and cultural heritage of this region and ultimately increase the employment and standard of living of our fellow citizens. We want Sinj not only alive in August when the Alka and the Assumption of Mary are held, but also the rest of the year. That is why the renovation project included the fortress Stari grad, Kamičak fortress, Palacina building and streets in the city center, and the Sinjska Alka Museum,” said Križanac.

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The director of JU RERA, Jozo Sarac, emphasized: "The final goal of implementing the activities defined by the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy is to increase the arrival of tourists to this area." Sarac presented the Cetina Krajina Branding Strategy document to the representatives of municipalities and cities, that is, representatives of tourist boards as the bearers of tourism development in the Cetina region.

The branding strategy covered the cities of Sinj, Trilj, and Vrlika and the municipalities of Dicmo, Hrvace and Otok. The tourism potential of the area is articulated in the Branding Strategy, which also defines the visual identity of the Cetina region, the brand and communication strategy and the action plan for the implementation of the Branding Strategy. Future tourism development of the Cetina region should be based on the development of active and adventure tourism and untouched natural beauties. It should be presented under the slogan 'Untamed Dalmatia'.

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The 'Sinj u sridu' project, as well as the development of promotional materials and the implementation of promotional activities, were co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund and the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program 2014-2020. The total value of the project amounts to HRK 66,594,231.17, of which the European Union grant is HRK 55,597,793.26.

For more information, visit www.strukturnifondovi.hr.

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Monday, 14 October 2019

Workshop on Traditional Handmade Pottery from Potravlje October 18 in Sinj

October 14, 2019 - The picturesque village of Potravlje is situated at the foot of Svilaja, adjoining the edge of Lake Peruca. It is the cradle of Cetina pottery using a hand wheel, a craft whose beginnings date back to prehistoric antiquity of the 4th century BC. About fifty families kept this centuries-old tradition of making pottery in the Cetina region villages until WWII, and in the Potravlje region, about twenty of them. As far back as 1774, the famous Italian travel writer Alberto Fortis stated that these pots were more durable than those of his homeland.

This was a time when various earthenware, copper pots for cooking milk, or for preparing a turkey and corn polenta, cups for butter and sour milk, or for storing wine and grain, and even pans for grilling were used in households. Barbecue pans, baking trays, bell-shaped lids to cover pastry or other open-hearth dishes, serving plates, bowls, and drinking jars were all needed. Each container was named after its intended use. Today, along with some traditional pots, new forms are also being made, such as amphorae (for tourists), flower pots, and various miniature types of traditional utensils that are offered as souvenirs.

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Thus, traditional pottery in Potravlje has been named intangible cultural property.

After a series of successful and highly visited workshops, the Tourist Board of Sinj, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, is organizing an educational workshop "Traditional Handmade Pottery from Potravlje" this year.

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This year's workshop will be held on Friday, October 18, at 6:00 pm on the 3rd floor of the Sikirica Gallery. The workshop will be led by Ivan Knezovic, one of the last masters of this traditional craft. The workshop participants, if they wish, will also be able to try making clay pots with the expert assistance of Ivan Knezović.

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Commemorative souvenirs have been prepared for all attendees, which will be distributed upon completion of the workshop.

All interested parties can send their applications by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 021 / 826-352 by Thursday, October 17th at noon.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and the number of participants is limited.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Mushroom Festival in Sinj this Weekend!

October 10, 2019 - Nature lovers from the Mushroom Association "Sunčanica" Sinj invite all members and friends to the Mushroom Festival, which will be held in Sinj on October 11 and 12, 2019.

The first day of the program begins at 6 pm at the Sikirica Gallery, where Matija Josipovic, author of seven books in the field of mushrooming and founder of the Russula Mushroom Research Center, will promote his new book Gljive.

The second day of the Mushroom Festival will continue on the family farm of Agrotourism Podastrana. All participants will go on the hunt for mushrooms together. The youngest visitors will enjoy a children's corner by the Biom Association.

Don't miss out on the fascinating world of mushrooms! The event is organized by the Mushroom Association "Sunčanica" Sinj, the Tourist Board of Sinj, Agritourism Podastrana, and the Biom Association.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Ticket Sales Begin for HRT's 'Our Beautiful' in Trilj

October 5, 2019 - On Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 10:00 am, ticket sales begin for HRT's 'Our Beautiful' show in Trilj.

Tickets will be on sale at the Tourist Board office in the center of Trilj.

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Sales Schedule:

5.10.2019 (Saturday) - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

07.10.2019 (Monday) - 08:00 - 15:00

Ticket prices are 50 kuna, and all ticket proceeds go to charity.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Weekend Program Announced for Vrlika Day Celebrations

October 5, 2019 - Rožarica, or Our Lady of the Rosary, is a holiday that is especially marked in the area of Vrlika - and because of its rich program, it is not exclusively religious. It is a time when the people of Vrlika gather, who are traditionally very attached and proud of their region. And this time of year, they rush home to commemorate this holiday with fellow locals and their guests.

Seemingly only a small town in Inland Dalmatia, Vrlika is unusually rich in traditional amenities and a cultural heritage that is carefully guarded - whether it be indigenous desserts from Vrlika’s cuisine, such as the famous uštipak, or genuinely unique intangible goods, such as the emblematic comic opera “Ero s onoga svijeta”, which over time has become a true ambassador for Vrlika in the world.

There is no better time to experience this picturesque town and its surroundings. You can check out the program of events below. 

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Thursday, 3 October 2019

HRT Program 'Our Beautiful' Filming in Trilj

October 3, 2019 - The filming for the Croatian Radio and Television program ‘Our Beautiful’ (Lijepom našom HRT), by editor and presenter Branko Uvedic, has begun in Trilj.

The recording of the music portion of the show will be held on Wednesday, October 9, in the school sports hall, and the show will be broadcast on HRT in two parts.

‘Our Beautiful' is a long-running HRT show that preserves and promotes the traditional and cultural values of Croatia, its cities and customs.

The show, which will be filmed in Trilj, will feature numerous cultural-artistic societies and famous singers. All profits from ticket sales will be put towards humanitarian purposes.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Folklore Evening in Trilj this Weekend!

September 25, 2019 - The Folklore Evening in Trilj will be held this Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the City Park from 8 pm. 

The Trilj Tourist Board invites all to join them in celebrating St. Michael's Day with a Folklore Evening. You can find the participating KUD's in the invitation above. 

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