Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Split-Dalmatia County Summer Events to Look Forward to

June 29, 2022 - While the City of Split and the seaside towns remain the main attractions in the summer, some major events are about to take place a bit further away from the sea. A look at Split-Dalmatia County summer events to look forward to this year...

It's not too late to make some changes to your Split travel itinerary, even if we're now welcoming the high season, and therefore the high temperatures as well. At the time this article was written, weather reports indicate that the temperature is 36 degrees in Split. It 'sdifficult for us to come up with a better plan that doesn't include being near or even in the sea. Even if someone went out of their way to convince you how much there is to see or do beyond the sea in Split-Dalmatia county, your answer would surely be, ''not in these temperatures!"

What if that someone was me? What if I made an effort to convince you? What if I told you that there are three unmissable Split-Dalmatia County summer events beyond the mountains of Mosor and Kozjak worth seeing? Trust me, there are. Not only will you have a great time, you'll also be able to discover destinations that you might not have thought of before, and get closer to the culture and heritage of other places across Split-Dalmatia County.

5th Thrill Blues Festival (July 1-3, 2022)

Trilj is a municipality and town located 40 km northeast of the centre of Split, and the drive there via the D1 and E65 highways takes between 35 and 40 minutes. Trilj is a very popular destination for those who love adventure sports and outdoor activities, due to its proximity to the Dinaric Alps and the Cetina River. But in addition, Trilj boasts a great history that goes all the way back to Mesolithic times.

This Friday, Trilj will hold its 5th edition of the Thrill Blues Festival (get the pun?). The Thrill Blues Festival is part of the ''Summer in Trilj'' programme, which seeks to bring visitors closer to Trilj's tourist offer. From the 1st of July, Trilj will become the capital of blues music and will have not only an elite lineup on its stage but also a great gastronomic offer. If you're in Split and looking for a different experience, then this is for you.

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46th Imotska Sila (July 3 - August 17, 2022)

Imotski may already be familiar destination to many. It's located on the other side of the Biokovo mountain range, 85 kilometres southeast of the center of Split, a journey that takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car if you go via the E65 highway. While Imotski is widely known for its medieval castle, as well as the popular Blue Lake and Red Lake, Imotski is also a place in Croatia that has been inhabited since Neolithic times, and thus has a lot of history. One of the longest-running cultural events in the region will be held in this town, Imotska Sila, which will celebrate its 46th edition from July 3 to August 17. Get ready to enjoy an event with a rich programme lasting more than a month, which will include numerous concerts of different genres, magic shows, poetry recitals, film screenings, and much more.

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307th Sinjska Alka (August 7, 2022)

Perhaps one of the most important and anticipated Split-Dalmatia County summer events, the Sinjska Alka event is an equestrian competition and is classed as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Sinjska Alka event takes place in the historic town of Sinj, 34 kilometres northeast of the centre of Split, and you have to take the D1 motorway and embark on a journey that takes 35 minutes by car to get there. 

The Sinjska Alka event commemorates the Croatian-Venetian victory on August 14, 1715, in which a Christian population of no more than 700 managed to resist 60,000 marauding Ottomans. In addition to this military prowess, the inhabitants also celebrate the Lady of Sinj, who is believed to have interceded for them. In addition to the famous equestrian competition, in which the participants ride horses and try to aim their spears at a hanging metal ring (the alka), the people of Sinj also celebrate the procession of the Lady of Sinj on those days. Sinj definitely becomes the focus of attention throughout the country, and it is absolutely worth it if you get away from the sea for a few days to enjoy a great cultural experience.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2022

First Marian Shrines Spiritual Heritage Congress Held in Sinj

June 21, 2022 - The Marian Shrines Spiritual Heritage Congress was held from Friday, June 17 to Sunday, June 19, at the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and in the historic Alkarski Dvori building.

In addition to the congress part and presentations, a tour of the city of Sinj was organized for all participants with tourist guide Ivan Vuleta, a concert by the Brodosplit City Choir, and a trip to Vrlika with a history lesson by Miroslav Katić near the Church of the Holy Salvation. 

The organizer of this congress for tourism and preserving sacred heritage was the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support and cooperation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj and the Christian Business Club from Zagreb.

Representatives of Croatian Marian shrines attended the congress, but also representatives of Marian shrines of the Croatian people from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. After the introductory prayer of the host, Fr. Ante Čova, guardian and manager of the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, there were welcoming speeches by Miro Bulj, Mayor of Sinj, Stipe Čogelja, Deputy Mayor of Split-Dalmatia County and Gordana Nakić, Minister of Science, Education, Culture and Sports of Hercegbosna County.

Speakers at the first congress: the host, Fr. Ante Čovo, guardian and manager of the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, Rev. Domagoj Matošević, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Bistrica, Fr. Krunoslav Kocijan, Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, Monsignor Antun Sente Jr., Rector of the National Shrine of St. Josip in Karlovac, Rev. Ivan Ereiz, manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Voćin - Voćin, Rev. Ivo Čorić, manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy from the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro), don Jerko Vuleta, - manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Zečevo - Nin and Mario Matijević, who represented the Shrine of Our Lady of Otok from Solin. Fr. Gabrijel Jurišić from Croatia, editor of the Kačić Proceedings, spoke about the connection between Marian shrines and the work of the Croatian Mariological Institute. All concluded that they are not afraid for the future of Marian shrines because Our Lady's beauty and love are never forgotten, and her help and protection remain woven into the hearts of pilgrims. Thus, both during the Covid pandemic and the earthquake, many people, gladly and with great faith, came to these shrines and sought the intercession of the Heavenly Mother.

Zdravko Tuba, guardian and pastor of the Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Molve and national spiritual assistant, stressed that the development of religious tourism within the sanctuary requires the necessary supporting infrastructure.

In addition to representatives and managers of Marian shrines, the congress was attended by representatives of tourist boards. Joško Stella, Director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Matea Dorčić, Head of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourism and Maritime Office, Rujana Bušić Srpak, Director of the Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board, Jelena Stupalo, director of TZG Solin, Marija Dejanović, director of TZG Nin and Morena Smoljan Makragić, director of TZG Vodnjan, who addressed the participants through presentations and roundtables. The following representatives of fraternities and pilgrims shared their experiences in organizing pilgrimages: Fr. Domagoj Runje, who organizes a monthly a walk along the Path to Our Lady of Sinj together with Fr. Božo Vulet, Krešimir and Jelena Čeko from the Marjan Vow for the Homeland and Marija Pražen from Putevi Sv. Jakova- Camino Croatia.

Miroslav Katić, director of the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, Ante Jurčević, director of the Split Archaeological Museum, and Lino Ursić, from the Office for Tourism and Maritime Affairs of the Split-Dalmatia County, spoke about the sacral heritage. There was also Rev. Fr. Tomislav Korov, from the Đakovo-Osijek Archdiocese, who received his doctorate on the topic "Model of strategic management of religious tourism destinations," and Rev. Anđelko Katanec, Commissioner for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Tourists of the Zagreb Archdiocese.

Stipe Božić, the famous alpinist, representative, and longtime member of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, especially emphasized the value of themed trails, such as how the Our Lady of Sinj trail connects different destinations.

The Congress was moderated by: Fr. Domagoj Runje, Rev. Anđelko Katanec, Ph.D. Branimir Romac, Monika Vrgoč and Krešimir Prevendar.
The Marian Shrine Spiritual Heritage Congress - Sinj 2022 was held under the auspices of Split-Dalmatia County, the Croatian Tourist Board, City of Sinj, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Alkar Knights Society, Vrlika Tourist Board, Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split, Municipalities of Dicmo, Municipalities of Hrvace, Municipalities of Otok, City of Vrlika and Hotel Alkar.

You can find the photo album HERE.

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Monday, 13 June 2022

First Marian Shrines Spiritual Heritage Congress to be Held in Sinj

June 13, 2022 - The first Marian Shrines Spiritual Heritage Congress will be held from June 17 to 19. 

The Blessed Virgin Mary has always been a great support and heavenly advocate for the Croatian people. Croats have always worshiped and prayed for her help in difficult times and troubles, and with great confidence honored her out of gratitude as a queen and the most faithful lawyer.

In Sinj, one of the largest Croatian Marian shrines, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15, is celebrated with special solemnity every year. An endless number of pilgrims, of all generations and from all parts of the country and beyond, come to Sinj with only one goal - to kneel and fold their arms before the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, to bow to silent prayer, to pray and give thanks to the heavenly Mother, to light a candle before Our Lady and open your heart to Her grace. The miraculous Our Lady of Sinj is the heavenly patroness of the city of Sinj, so City Day is celebrated on August 15.

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Therefore, Sinj is an ideal place to hold a congress called the Marian Shrines Days of Spiritual Heritage. The Congress will be held from 17 to 19 June 2022, organized by the Sinj Tourist Board and with the wholehearted support and cooperation of the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj and the Christian Business Club from Zagreb. Also, this congress can be held thanks to loyal sponsors: Split-Dalmatia County, City of Sinj, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Alkar Knights Society, Vrlika Tourist Board, City of Vrlika, Hrvace Municipality, Dicmo Municipality, Otok Municipality, Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split, Hotel Alkar, Cetina.

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Ivana Tepes

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Zeljko Zrncic

The goal of this meeting is to popularize and thus preserve the existing sacral heritage of Croatian Marian shrines in the long run. Marian shrines are beacons of hope for all believers, so the idea is to contribute to their preservation by developing sacral tourism, and thus local communities while attaching importance to spirituality and religion in order to preserve the primary function of the shrines themselves.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The Marian Shrines Spiritual Heritage Congress will include shrines from Marija Bistrica, Trsat, Nin, Voćin, Solin, and Sinj (and/or others) from Croatia, as well as Marian shrines of the Croatian people in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Thus, the shrine on the Shield in Prozor (Rama), which is connected with Sinj with the Miraculous Image of the Mother of Mercy, and the southernmost Marian shrine of the Croatian people, the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in the Bay of Kotor, will attend this gathering.

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Ivan Alebic

Below is a detailed program of the congress that will take place over three days, and all those interested in participating in the first congress, please apply via the following link: https://stazagospisinjskoj.hr/

Friday, June 17, 2022:
8:30 - 9:00 Sv. Mass - Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj
9:00 Registration of participants - Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj
9:30 Opening, opening remarks and prayer
10:00 Br. Ante Čovo - manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj, Sinj
10:15 Rev. Domagoj Matošević - manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Bistrica, Marija Bistrica
10:30 Br. Krunoslav Kocijan - manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat, Trsat
10:45 Refreshments
11:15 Rev. Ivan Ereiz ​​- manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Voćin, Voćin
11:30 Rev. Ivo Ćorić - Manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy, Boka Kotorska (Montenegro)
11:45 Don Jerko Vuleta - manager of the Shrine of Our Lady of Zečevo, Nin
12:00 Don Ante Čotić - manager of the shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Solin
12:15 Round Table - Spiritual Heritage of Marian Shrines (panelists: Rev. Domagoj Matošević, Br. Ante Čovo, Rev. Ivo Ćorić, Br. Krunoslav Kocijan, Joško Stella, Marija Dejanović)
15:00 Break
16:30 Gathering and trip
17:00 - 18:30 Walking the Path to Our Lady of Sinj: section Sinjsko polje - Sinj
18:30 - 20:30 Tour of Sinj: Grad Fortress, Franciscan Museum, and storytelling destinations in the interpretation of a guide through the character of Fr. Pavle Vučković
21:30 - 22:30 Concert of GZ Brodosplit (Church of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj)
End of day 1

Saturday, June 18, 2022:
6:00 - 8:30 Walk along the Path to Our Lady of Sinj: section Dicmo - Sinj (alternative program)
8:30 - 9:00 Sv. Mass - the sanctuary of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj
9:00 Registration of participants on the second day - Alkarski dvori
9:30 Opening, opening remarks and second-day prayer
9:45 Miroslav Katic - Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments in Split - Pilgrimages and shrines in Dalmatia from the Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages
10:00 Lino Ursić - Office for Tourism and Maritime Affairs of the Split-Dalmatia County - Sacral heritage of the island of Brač
10:15 Krešimir Čeko - Marian vow for the Homeland
10:30 Fra Domagoj Runje - Pilgrims on the Path of Our Lady of Sinj
10:45 Refreshments
11:15 Marija Pražen - Putevi sv. Jakova - Camino Croatia
11:30 Rujana Bušić Srpak - Interwoven with faith - Vukovar-Srijem County Tourist Board
11:45 Ante Jurčević - Archaeological Museum in Split - Protection, and presentation of the tomb of St. Domnius at the Monasteries in Salona
12:00 Rev. Antun Sente - manager of the National Shrine of St. Josipa, Karlovac
12:15 Round Table - Guidelines for the Development of Religious Tourism in Croatia (panelists: Rev. Tomislav Korov, Matea Dorčić, Rev. Anđelko Katanec, Jelena Stupalo, Stipe Božić, Krešimir Čeko)
14:30 Break
16:00 Gathering and trip
17:00 - 19:00 Excursion Vrlika - the source of the Cetina, the church of Sv. Spas, pločasti bridge, history lesson Mr. Miroslav Katic, director of the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
21:30 - 22:30 Play Battle of Sinj, Act 2 - Sinj, Alkarski dvori
End of day 2

Sunday, June 19, 2022:
9:00 - 10:00 Sv. Mass - Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj
10:00 End of the First Congress of the Spiritual Heritage of Marian Shrines - Sinj 2022.

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Monday, 13 June 2022

2022 SARS Festival in Sinj Reveals Exciting Lineup for 19th Edition

Junee 13, 2022 - The 2022 SARS Festival in Sinj returns next month for an exciting 19th edition! 

Summer is getting closer and with it comes a new festival season! July 22 and 23 are reserved for the 19th edition of the S.A.R.S. festival in Sinj, which this year brings great musical names and top entertainment to the Sinj Hippodrome.

This year's edition will be enriched by the Gramophone Record Fair, which will be open to all visitors in the afternoon so that music connoisseurs can pick their favorite rarities and enhance their collection, reports Sinjska Rera.

Both festival evenings open with local musicians - Damir Gossain & Zemlja and Šetači, while the audience will also enjoy the performances of rising stars, like the young and extremely talented Ivan Španja aka Bora Balboa, and already well-known and favorite Šibenik group Bluvinil. Letu Štuke will also play first for the first time in Sinj!

A hot atmosphere is promised with the performance of M.O.R.T. who enchant every audience with their infectious energy. In Sinj they are at home, so an absolute party is guaranteed.

“The grand finale of the 19th S.A.R.S. will feature seasoned veterans - Kultur Shock, who won the heart of Sinj with their performance a few years ago, which many agree was the best in the history of the festival! All you have to do is come and see the magic of the sensational guys from Seattle," the organizers said. 

This year, the organizers have provided a camp for visitors, which is certainly a huge plus for visitors coming from outside of Sinj, eager for good fun and top gigs. Early festival tickets at affordable prices are available now through Adriaticket. 

The S.A.R.S. festival is part of SKUP's 'Culture in the Hinterland' program, which is funded by the 'Kultura nova' Foundation for the development of production and/or distribution of works of art, works, and projects.

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Saturday, 28 May 2022

Sinj Tourist Board Participates in 18th Golden Pen Awards

May 28, 2022 - On May 27 at the Meštrović Gallery in Split, the Golden Pen awards ceremony was held.

Namely, since 2005, the Croatian National Tourist Board has awarded the "Golden Pen" to emphasize the value of a professional approach to writing and media promotion in Croatia, aware of the importance of the influence of foreign tourism journalists.

Prizes are awarded for the best texts, radio and TV reports, blog posts, and the best post on social networks.

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As part of the three-day program for journalists, a special part was organized that took place in Bol and Sinj, hosted by local tourist boards. The program in Sinj began with a tour of the Sinjska Alka Museum, where journalists and directors of CNTB offices, accompanied by Alkars Frane Ivković (winner of the 300th Sinj Alka), Mihovil Župa (winner of the 306th Sinj Alka) and Alkar boys Mirko Malbaša and Petra Cvitković, were greeted by Monika Vrgoč, director of the Sinj Tourist Board, Boris Filipović Grčić, head of the Sinjska Alka Museum, Miro Bulj, Mayor of Sinj and Denis Bobeta, Deputy Mayor of Sinj.

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They visited the museum exhibition accompanied by tourist guide Dino Ivančić, and Tomislav Barhanović, the museum's curator. This was followed by a tour of the Grad Fortress, where part of the program continued with the performance of the Klapa Cetinjanka from Hrvace, the Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina region, and the Rera and Gusle Association from Otok. Refreshments were prepared by the famous bartender and cocktail master Jure Vojković. In addition to traditional tunes on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia and UNESCO, they were introduced to the events in the famous battle of 1715, the close link between the knightly Alka game and the worship of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and a panoramic view of the Sinj field and the mountain beauties that surround it, with numerous opportunities for outdoor activities.

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This year, the Croatian National Tourist Board organized the 18th Golden Pen Awards Ceremony in cooperation with the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board and the Split Tourist Board. On that occasion, 17 awards to foreign journalists, bloggers, and influencers for the best media coverage of Croatia as a tourist destination last year were given at the Meštrović Gallery.

The Sinj Tourist Board is extremely pleased that among the awarded journalists are Lojze Wieser and Florian Gebauer from the Austrian television company ORF, who last year recorded the award-winning show "Tastes of Europe - Dalmatia" with articles from Sinj and the Sinj area. They were in Sinj yesterday with Branimir Tončinić, director of the Vienna office.

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The Sinj Tourist Board would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their successful cooperation and assistance in the organization, especially: the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, the Alkar Knights Society, the Sinjska Alka Museum, the Museum of Cetina Krajina - Sinj, the Cetina Klapa, the Association of Old Crafts, OPG Moro, OPG Župić, OPG Mravak, Juri Vojković, Stipe Prološčić, Edo Crljen, and Tonća Klapež, management and staff of the restaurant Kod Frane - Ovrlja and Čistoća Cetinske krajine - Sinj!

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Svilaja Mountaineering Association Celebrates 100 Years

May 24, 2022 - Sinj mountaineers and researchers joined the Svilaja Mountaineering Association one hundred years ago, in 1922.

From time immemorial, mountains have attracted nature lovers for the peace they provide. The Cetina region is a God-given area crowned with mountain beauties, the next more beautiful than the last. 

Sinj mountaineers and researchers joined the Svilaja Mountaineering Association a hundred years ago, in 1922. The association was officially registered two years later, on May 25, 1924, as the first branch of the Croatian Mountaineering Association in Dalmatia. In its century-old history, PD Svilaja is proud of the construction and management of several valuable mountaineering facilities (Svilaja lodge, "Paunovac" shelter, Vaganj shelter on Kamešnica, Lake Peruća lodge), and today manages the "Orlove stine" lodge on the Svilaja mountain slopes.

As pioneers of mountaineering in the Cetina region, in the mid-1970s, the association began arranging and marking hiking trails in the entire Cetina region. Since the 1990s, it has shared caring for them with newly established institutions. Today, PD Svilaja takes care of the trails on Svilaja and Visoka.

In the hundred years of its operation, PD Svilaja has introduced many enthusiasts to the magical world of mountaineering, tirelessly organizing numerous excursions, mountaineering schools, schools for mountaineering guides, and mountain conservationists, alpinists, training for the Mountain Rescue Service, and always welcome hikes and gatherings.

The association has received numerous recognitions and thanks, including the Golden Badge of the Croatian Mountaineering Association and the City of Sinj Award in 1999.

For the great jubilee, the association is working on publishing a monograph, a new website, marking the Cetina Transversal, and several other activities that will mark 100 years.

The Svilaja Mountaineering Association - Sinj invites all mountaineers and nature lovers to celebrate the centenary of the Association with an organized mountaineering trip in the Cetina region and Dalmatia on June 3 followed by a complete program.

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Saturday, 14 May 2022

12 International Journalists Explore Gastro-Tourism Offer of Sinj

Ma 14, 2022 - Journalists from France, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Sweden explored the gastro-tourism offer of Sinj.

As part of the permanent tourist promotion between the Croatian Tourist Board and Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, and in cooperation with the Sinj Tourist Board, twelve prominent international journalists visited Sinj on May 12. 

Henri Yadan, Elisabeth Camus, and Bertrand Rocher accompanied by Lena Bigonwille came from France, with representatives of the CNTB office in France, then Natalia Kondratiuk - Swierbuska, Grzegorz Rybka, Marek Dlugopolski, Anders Olof Mathlein, Sandra Ilse Pixie, Anna Catarina Offe from Poland, Ana Maria von Gegerfeldt from Sweden, and Zuzana Kostkova from the Czech Republic. The group first visited Split, Solin, Trogir, Kaštela, and Klis, followed by a tour of Sinj, Trilj, and Gata.

The study trip is dedicated to the gastro-oenological offer of Split-Dalmatia County, but also to cultural and natural sights.

The renowned international journalists were accompanied by tour guide Dino Ivančić in Sinj. The tour began in front of the Alkar Palace, where they were welcomed by the director of the Sinj Tourist Board, Monika Vrgoč.

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Here, they became acquainted with the rich past of the city of Sinj, especially the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Alka Knights. They then visited the Sinjska Alka Museum accompanied by curator Tomislav Barhanović. The journalists were delighted with the modern line-up and the knowledge of Sinj's turbulent past.

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As the whole program is largely dedicated to gastronomy and oenology, they had the opportunity to get acquainted with the local offer of wines produced by OPG Mažurin and excellent gastronomy (restaurant Ispod ure and Association Stari zanati), such as Sinj uštipak, young cheese, Dalmatian prosciutto, Alkar salami, Dalmatian pancetta, and more. After the gastronomy presentation, the tour continued to OPG Moro (Gala - Municipality of Otok), where valuable members of OPG Moro, in addition to various vegetable crops, grow and prepare products from industrial hemp. The journalists were delighted and surprised by the offer of the city of Sinj, showing great interest in continuing cooperation through selective programs for cultural tourism and traditional eno-gastronomic offer.

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The Sinj Tourist Board would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their successful cooperation!

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Sinj Carnival Customs Presented at Together for Croatia Vukovar 2022

May 10, 2022 - Last weekend, Sinj carnival customs were presented in Vukovar at the All Together for Croatia - Vukovar 2022 festival.

Last Friday and Saturday (May 6 and 7) at the unique Festival of Intangible Heritage, Tourist Events, Attractions and Destinations All Together for Croatia - Vukovar 2022, the intangible carnival customs of Podkamešnica villages were presented through performances by members of the association "Didi s Kamešnice" - Gljev.

The festival All Together for Croatia - Vukovar 2022 is held to mark the City Day of Vukovar (May 3) and lasted until May 8. In cooperation with the City of Vukovar and the Vukovar Tourist Board, the organizers prepared this commendable event.

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The festival was officially opened by Filip Sušac, Deputy Mayor of Vukovar, and the opening was attended by Marina Sekulić, Director of the Vukovar Tourist Board, His Excellency Ilan Mor, Ambassador of Israel, partner countries of the festival, prof. dr. sc. Dragan Primorac, MD, ambassador of this year's festival, then ambassadors of last year's festivals: Zlatko Dalić, Croatia national football team coach and Dražen Klarić, editor-in-chief of Večernji list, Msgr. Đuro Hranić, Archbishop of Đakovo and Osijek, Fr. Ivica Jagodić, guardian and administrator of the shrine of St. Filip i Jakov, Monika Vrgoč, Sinj Tourist Board director, Renato Labazan, director of the Tourist Board of Korpivnica.

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During the three days of the Festival, over 600 participants from all parts of Croatia participated in various programs at several locations: Dubrovnik, Sinj, Zadar, Omis, Varaždin, Koprivnica, Bjelovar, Rijeka, Sali, Korcula, Zagreb County, Slavonia and abroad, more precisely Bulgaria. Vukovar's streets and squares became a meeting place for different cultures, gastronomy and entertainment, presenting the best of Croatia's protected intangible heritage.

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The city of Sinj, as always, gladly responded to the invitation. Thus, after their participation in 2018 and 2019 when Alkars and Alkar boys and City Music performed, this year is remembered through the performance of Ana Rucner and video screenings of the award-winning promotional film Alkar Pride.

 

This year Sinj continued presenting their rich intangible heritage with members of the association 'Didi s Kamešnice', in the lead role. In addition, they presented the carnival customs of Podkamešnica villages that are on the list of intangible cultural assets of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. With this performance, 'Didi s Kamešnice' also additionally marked their 20th anniversary of active work as an Association in Vukovar - the city of heroes, the city of symbols of unity and strength.

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Monday, 2 May 2022

Our Lady of Sinj Trail Cleaned from Dugopolje – Dicmo - Sinj (PHOTOS)

May 2, 2022 - The Our Lady of Sinj trail was cleaned on the Dugopolje – Dicmo - Sinj section over the weekend, organized by the Sinj Tourist Board. 

Organized by the Sinj Tourist Board in cooperation with NOPD Koćari, with the support of the City of Sinj, the Municipality Dicmo, the Dugopolje Tourist Board, County Roads Split, Čistoće cetinske krajine d.o.o., DVD Dicmo, Croatian Forests Branch Sinj, and members: HGSS station Split branch Sinj, BK Vlaji, Ultra Trail Dinarides, PD Svilaja, PDU Alfa & Omega - Sesvete, pilgrims on the Our Lady of Sinj trail and numerous volunteers successfully conducted an environmental action of cleaning illegal landfills, landscaping and marking the Our Lady of Sinj trail on the Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj section.

After last year's successful environmental cleaning and landscaping of 14 illegal landfills in the municipality of Hrvace, Zelovo, and part of the trail in Kukuzovac, this year, the Sinj Tourist Board launched ecological actions of cleaning and marking the existing trails on Sutina and cleaning and marking a part of the Our Lady of Sinj trail on the Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj section.

Recall, the Our Lady of Sinj trail project (completed in 2015) is a pilgrimage trail 148 km long that connects Marian shrines from the shrine in Solin to the shrine of Our Lady of Sinj and further to the shrine at Šćit (Prozor - Rama in BiH).

Unfortunately, parts of the trail have been devastated with the accompanying infrastructure. Therefore, in cooperation with Split-Dalmatia County, the Our Lady of Sinj Trail project was launched. Through the project, the Sinj Tourist Board received a new website https://stazagospisinjskoj.hr/ and a virtual walk http://heritagecroatia.com/web/staza-gospi-sinjskoj/ to increase its visibility and accessibility to numerous pilgrims and recreationists.

Unfortunately, despite the efforts of numerous institutions, activists, members of sports associations, and pilgrims, irresponsible individuals continued to dispose of various wastes along the entire Trail. Therefore, to mark Earth Day, the Sinj Tourist Board decided to arouse the conscience of irresponsible individuals with another cleanup and landscaping action and give the competent institutions an incentive for lasting solutions to prevent such adverse effects on the environment and adequately punish irresponsible individuals.

Many volunteers and nature lovers attended this year's action, including members of mountaineering associations: PD Svilaja, NOPD Koćari, PDU Alfa & Omega - Sesvete, members of the Cycling Club Vlaji - Sinj, Ultra Trail Dinarides, and pilgrims from Split, Solin, and Kaštela who regularly pilgrimage on the trail. In addition, members of HGSS stations Split branch office Sinj, DVD Dicmo, Croatian Forests branch office Sinj, then Čistoća Cetinske krajine and Županijska cesta Split took part in the action, without whose employees and mechanization this action would not be feasible.

This action and the previous ones contribute to the development of environmental awareness and appeal to responsibility for Sinj's natural and cultural heritage.

The organizers thank everyone who selflessly took their time and helped in this environmental action.

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Friday, 29 April 2022

Eco Action: Cleaning Our Lady of Sinj Trail from Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj

April 29, 2022 - The Our Lady of Sinj trail will be cleaned on Saturday, April 30, along the Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj section. 

Celebrating World Earth Day, April 22, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj, Dicmo Municipality, Dugopolje Tourist Board, Cetina Krajina, Croatian Forests - Sinj Branch, ŽC, HGSS - Sinj Branch, and in cooperation with NOPD Koćari, organizes an eco-action to clean and arrange part of the Our Lady of Sinj trail on the section Dugopolje - Dicmo - Sinj.

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Namely, after last year's action cleaning a part of the Trail (Sinj), unfortunately, illegal waste disposal continued along a large part of the Trail. Therefore, after successfully cleaning and arranging the existing trails on Sutina, the Sinj Tourist Board decided on an additional action to clean and arrange the Trail, which will take place on April 30 (Saturday).

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"We invite volunteers to join us because without your help and participation such actions would not be possible. Together, we awaken awareness of the impact of man on the environment and awareness of the importance of preserving it as our common good. All interested citizens, nature lovers, can join this action of cleaning and landscaping," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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In order to carry out this action well, please send your application to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., stating the name of the action: Trail to Our Lady of Sinj - cleaning and landscaping action, as well as the name and surname of the participant.

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Participants will gather and divide tasks at 9 am, at the location Kukuzovac (industrial zone). 

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