Friday, 4 June 2021

New Krk Souvenirs Chosen at "Gift from Krk" Competition

June 4, 2021 - After an arduous competition between a record number of 39 proposals and 21 producers from all over Croatia, 16 were chosen by a Krk tourist board committee as part of the Krk souvenirs project, ''Gift from Krk''.

As reported by turistickeprice.hr, the jubilee tenth competition application for the Krk souvenirs "Gift from Krk", announced by the Tourist Board of the City of Krk, has ended. The focus of the competition was on the cultural and tourist values ​​of the town and the island of Krk, with an emphasis on accepting creative challenges inspired by the island's natural heritage. A record of 39 proposals was received, 21 producers and authors from all over Croatia, of which 16 were selected, which met the tender criteria.

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''Gift from Krk'' Official Banner - Krk Tourist Board

Namely, the souvenir, as a kind of present of the town and the island of Krk, is a reflection of the continuity of its artistic, cultural, cultural-historical, or cultural heritage, i.e., it presents its tangible, intangible, or natural heritage in various ways.

The very thematic dimension of this year's competition is motivated primarily by one of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, which is reflected in the return to nature and which, among many other benefits, has the potential to stimulate creativity and encourage the creation, as evidenced by several newly selected souvenirs.

Tenth Gift from Krk - selected souvenirs

  • Alen Mrakovčić: Golden drops of the island - 100 ml, extra virgin olive oil with the addition of edible golden leaves
  • Andrea Marhofer: Hand-painted wooden magnets
  • Blanka Petric (Craft for making unique ceramics Atelijer Cambun): Thunderbolt flowers, ceramic bracelet with margarine motif
  • Blanka Petric (Craft for making unique ceramics Atelijer Cambun): Thunderbolt flowers, ceramic necklace with margarine motif
  • Blanka Petric (Craft for making unique ceramics Atelijer Cambun): Thunderbolt flowers, ceramic brooch with margarine motif
  • Jasminka Gršković (OPG Gršković Jasminka): Handmade balls made of Krk sheep wool for dryer and washing machine
  • Katica Orlovčić: Kamižot, a decorative ceramic vessel inspired by Krk folk costumes
  • Ivica Lukarić (Craft for making advertisements and engraving Konto): Six-sided well from Vela place, decorative jewelry box made of laser-engraved plywood
  • Ljubica Marević: Cotton men's short-sleeved T-shirt with an applied portrait of Antonio Udine Burbur - the last speaker of the February language
  • Ljubica Marević: Cotton women's T-shirt with appliqué text Antonio Udina Burbur - name and surname of the last speaker of the February language
  • Mirela Rušin Kokotović and Andrijana Fiorentin Rušin (Craft for Lavandin Services): Big soapy greeting from Krk, gift package with natural soaps
  • Monika Kovač (Anagraf d.o.o. - KuSshh Plantation): KuSshh, a line of natural cosmetics for facial care
  • Smiljka Franjić and Kristina Ladika: Immortelle - immortelle, set of brass jewelry (earrings, bracelet, and necklace) inspired by immortelle flower
  • Zvjezdana Depikolzvane (Craft for production and trade Piccola Stella): Krk hammer, decorative ceramic vessel
  • Zvjezdana Depikolzvane (Craft for production and trade Piccola Stella): Noble periscope (Pinna nobilis), decorative ceramic tray
  • Zvjezdana Depikolzvane (Craft for production and trade Piccola Stella): Empty (ram), decorative ceramic vessel

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Alen Mrakovčić: The Golden Drops of the Island (Krk Tourist Board)

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Andrea Marhofer, Hand-painted wooden magnets (Krk Tourist Board)

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Blanka Petric, Gromača roses - ceramic bracelet with margarine motif (Krk Tourist Board)

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Ljubica Marević, Cotton men's T-shirt - Burbur (Krk Tourist Board)

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Monika Kovač (Anagraf d.o.o.), KuSshh - a line of natural cosmetics (Krk Tourist Board)

In the selection of souvenir proposals received during February and March, along with the director of the Krk Tourist Board Ivana Kovačić, the Commission, consisting of Dino Jakovljević, as president, and members Lucija Morić and Igor Gržetić, invested their efforts and expertise.

Considering all the Krk souvenirs selected so far, which are distinguished from the rest of the offer by originality, authenticity, thoughtful concept, and perhaps most of all the quality of workmanship, the people of Krk and their guests have at their disposal a whole range of works of art, various decorative and/or useful objects. and interesting publications, which are also presented through the digital catalog available from the following link.

The new Krk souvenirs will be awarded a recognizable stamp with a prominent bilingual motto Dar from Krk and will be included in a digital bilingual catalog that combines the entire certified souvenir offer in one place, with a photo and contact information of the manufacturer/author.

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

Krk Island Presents Virtual Tour of Croatian Camino Route

April 18, 2020 - From April 21-26, experience the Camino Krk route through your computers, mobile phones, or tablets thanks to a virtual tour provided by the Krk Tourist Board.

HRTurizam writes that Camino Krk is a great new tourist product as well as a motive for arrivals in the pre and post-season. It is an event commemorating the Croatian Camino Route following the medieval pilgrimage routes on the island of Krk. The Camino Krk themed route also joined the European network of St. James pilgrimage routes, and created the preconditions for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism on the island.

However, since we are all in isolation at the moment and as tourism has literally stopped, the Tourist Board decided to organize a virtual Camino Krk that brings the experience of the Way of St. James directly to everyone's homes.

Although it is difficult to connect the island of Krk with the famous 'Camino' pilgrimage at first, it is further proof that there are hundreds of phenomenal and authentic stories in Croatia that we need to put together, brand and tell. It is this content that we are chronically missing.

So, how does the island connect with the Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James?

The Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James is a network of pilgrimage routes leading to the Spanish Sanctuary of Santiago de Compostela - the last resting place of St. James the Apostle, patron saint of pilgrims and travelers. From northern Norway and the Baltic countries, signposts lead to Santiago de Compostela, with over 320,000 people traversing the Franco-Spanish section of the route as long as 800 kilometers each year. In 1987, the Council of Europe awarded Camino the longest street in Europe, while in 1993, UNESCO declared its Spanish and French parts a World Heritage Site. Although the network of Camino routes stretches across Europe, Croatia was almost the only European country that, despite its rich pilgrimage tradition, until recently had no route to Santiago.

In Croatia since 1203, the Fraternity of St. James organized pilgrims who then walked from Croatia to Santiago de Compostela and back. The present-day Brotherhood of St. James, based in Samobor, inherits this tradition. They are a member of the St. James in Santiago de Compostela, the central institution that brings together the associations and fraternities of St. James from all over the world. They publish the Croatian pilgrimage passport - Credentil, officially accepted as a pilgrimage certificate with which in Santiago de Compostela, a diploma of completed pilgrimage is obtained.

Last October, at the initiative of the Krk Tourist Board and the Brotherhood of St. James, medieval Krk pilgrim routes were marked as a Croatian contribution to the European network of pilgrim routes of St. James.

Camino Week on Krk is a project that lays the foundations for the development of pilgrimage and religious tourism in order to extend the season and develop tourism following the principles of sustainability and preservation of tradition.

As the first in a series of Croatian Camino routes, Krk proved to be an ideal choice. The island, which, due to its natural and material treasure, rightly prides itself on the epitome of Croatian history and culture, is an ideal backdrop for a spiritual journey, thanks to its old castles and churches, abandoned villages, small medieval towns and beautiful beaches. It is not disingenuous to say that the interior of the island gives the impression of an outdoor cathedral.

"The situation that has spread around the entire world has made it impossible for much of the planned activities, including the holding of the second Camino Week. We have therefore decided to provide the interested audience with a part of the experience with the help of digital tools and hold a Virtual Camino Krk Week, which will be available on our Facebook pages. At the moment, most everyone is spending time in isolation and quarantine, and digital media in the true sense has become their only window into the world. Perhaps this particular story from the island of Krk will embellish our days," said Natasa Jurina, director of the Krk Tourist Board.

Camino Krk is a circular route Krk - Porat - Omisalj - Dobrinj - Vrbnik - Baska - Kornic which covers the whole island. It is about 107 kilometers long and is advised to walk through using the six-day program. Trails are marked between the cities listed, and one is passed each day. Camino Krk also has its own special sign, which with the recognizable symbol Camino bears the Glagolitic script - the oldest Slavic script specific to Croatia and Krk.

The first Camino Week in Krk was held in October 2019, and at the end of April, the second guided tour of the Camino Krk route was to take place.

As this is not possible now, the Krk Tourist Board decided to approach part of this experience virtually. Over the course of six days, you can experience part of the Camino experience virtually through:

- multimedia story for every single day through pictures, video, voice-over, music
- an online photo exhibition with Camino de Santiago with different subjects
- interactive description of daily routes
- attractions and descriptions of individual places, natural and cultural sights along the route
- testimonies of pilgrims who passed Camino Krk
- the messages and thoughts of the day about what can be learned on the Camino

The tour will also include e-stamps, or an e-passport for pilgrims, and at the end of the six-day virtual tour, all "travelers" will receive an e-Composel, while the original Compostela will be able to be picked up at the Krk Tourist Board live when possible.

"This is a new experience for all of us, we are doing it for the first time, and we apologize in advance if the production is not flawless due to the short preparation time. However, we have a strong desire to provide you with some of the experience you have been deprived of because of the current situation and we want to do the best we can. Join us and be part of the first virtual Camino Krk adventure. Thank you to everyone who will join and contribute," concludes Natasa Jurina.

The project was designed by the Krk Tourist Board and the digital marketing agency Smartingo.com, and the great news is that all tourist boards on the island of Krk have joined the project: Tourist Board of Omišalj and Njivice, Tourist Board of Malinska, Tourist Board of Baška, Tourist Board of Dobrinj, Tourist Board of Punat, and the Krk Island Tourist Board.

From April 21-26, experience Camino Krk through your computers, mobile phones or tablets on the City of History and Culture's Facebook page.

Find out more about the whole project HERE

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Gifts from Krk: Praiseworthy Project Promoting Local and Authentic Souvenirs

January 16, 2020 - Gifts from Krk is a project of the Krk Tourist Board, which has proven to be the most successful in the Croatian market when talking about defining and encouraging the creation of authentic souvenirs for a tourist destination.

HRTurizam writes that it is essential to emphasize that this project focuses on quality and not plastic souvenirs from China. This year, the Krk Tourist Board announced the ninth consecutive tender to apply to be an official souvenir, which will be marked with the ‘gifts from Krk’ stamp.

The souvenirs can be works of art and art objects, arts and crafts and gastronomy, clothing and usable items, and graphic materials and multimedia [photographs and video materials]. The solutions must be of high-quality artistry made of environmentally friendly materials, the competition states.

This year's competition will give preference to souvenirs that interpret the cultural and tourist values of the city in different ways, taking into account its historical heritage, the richness of architectural, sculptural, and artistic heritage, and the specialty of natural surroundings.

The tender is guided by the most renowned Krk manifestation ‘Camino Week’, which began at the beginning of October last year, following the medieval pilgrimage routes of the island of Krk, the commemoration of the official Croatian Camino route as part of the European network of pilgrimage routes of Sv. Jakov. Thus, the emphasis is placed on accepting creative challenges that are stimulated by the lives of saints related to the city and island of Krk, their specific iconography and related symbolism, added the Tourist Board.

Gifts from Krk is a stamp that is given to a souvenir as a kind of presentation of the city, thus reflecting the continuity of its artistic, cultural and historical heritage, while also presenting its material, intangible and natural heritage.

You can find the souvenirs thus far labeled as a gift from Krk here, while you can find more details about the competition here

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