Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Sinj Joins World Cleanup Day with Zelena Čistka Campaign

September 22, 2021 - Sinj is joining World Cleanup Day by cleaning illegal landfills in the area this weekend!

As part of World Cleanup Day, the City of Sinj, in cooperation with numerous associations and institutions including Čistoća Cetina Region, HGSS, JVD, DVD Sinj, the Sinj Tourist Board, Biom, PD Svilaja, HPDO Koćari, PD Vukovi, Cetina Adventure Club, JU More i Krš, Croatian Forests, Kamičak, and volunteers, organizes the environmental action "Zelena Čistka - Sinj 2021."

Interested volunteers will clean several illegal landfills in the City of Sinj in cooperation with the city partners. 

After the coordination meeting on the action, locations were agreed to be cleaned of various types of waste. They include the Cetina river, from Panj to Despotuša, and the significant Sutina area landscape, with numerous illegal landfills.

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Ivan Alebic

The Cetina River will be cleaned by HGSS members with divers, while the volunteers will go to the Sutina area, where the employees of the Čistoća Cetina Region, JVD, and DVD Sinj will have the necessary equipment.

Gloves and waste bags will be provided for all volunteers. All interested parties should bring their cleaning tools (rakes, shovels, trowels).

Zelena Čistka is a national campaign to raise awareness of Croatian citizens about their role in waste generation and disposal. The campaign's culmination is cleaning illegal dumps, which will be held for the tenth year in a row in Croatia. By implementing the Zelena Čistka campaign, Croatia remains part of a larger-scale story that affects citizens' awareness of healthy habits, a cleaner environment, and an active approach to solving problems.

By cleaning our corners of the environment, we raise awareness of the human impact on the environment and the importance of responsible waste management to preserve the environment, nature, and planet Earth, which is our common good.

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The cleanup action was initially scheduled for Saturday, September 18. However, due to the bad weather conditions, it was postponed to Saturday, September 25.

Participants will gather around 09:00 at the starting locations (near the bridge on Panj and in the parking lot near Sutina).

The action will last until 13:00, after which lunch will be provided for all participants.

All interested nature lovers can join the cleaning action. Please send your application to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name of the action: Zelena Čistka, as well as your name and surname. 

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Monday, 23 August 2021

Starry Summer Spectacle: Kamičak Fortress Music Evenings Held in Sinj!

August 23, 2021 - On Saturday, August 21, as part of the Kamičak Fortress Music Evenings organized by the Sinj Tourist Board and with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, the City of Sinj, and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, a concert evening was held with the Papandopulo Quartet and Sara & Jappa. 

In the evening, in the unique ambiance of the Kamičak Fortress, visitors could witness a musical spectacle under the starry night sky and virtuoso performances of top musicians: four Croatian saxophonists - Nikola Fabijanić, soprano saxophone, Gordan Tudor, alto saxophone, Goran Jurković, tenor saxophone, and Tomislav Žužak, baritone saxophone in the Papandopulo Quartet, and acoustic duo Sara & Jappa featuring Sara Brodarić on vocals, and Željko Brodarić Jappa on guitar and vocals. 

For several years now, the Sinj Tourist Board has organized successful and extremely well-attended concerts of classical, but also traditional and jazz music. This year, due to the pandemic, everything took place in an adapted form, in compliance with the recommendations and measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ.

As part of the Music Evenings at Kamičak Fortress, concerts have been held so far by Academic Accordion Orchestra "Ivan Goran Kovačić," Sara Renar, Jazz swing quintet "Repassage," Wind Quintet "Kalamos," the unique Samobor percussion ensemble "Sudar Percussion," ethno musician Dunja Knebl with the band Kololira and ethno, Nocturnal4 and Ratko Zjača, ZZ Quartet, Trio EX PONTO, and TRIO VENTUS.

Everyone in Sinj enjoyed this year's performance of the fantastic Papandopulo Quartet and the renowned duo Sara & Jappa. Papandopulo Quartet concerts are regularly accompanied by the approval of the audience and the praise of critics, and such an atmosphere was not absent in Sinj either. It should be noted that the Quartet attaches special importance to the promotion of contemporary music by Croatian and foreign authors and cooperation with many prominent musicians, ensembles, and orchestras.

The father-daughter jazz duo Sara & Jappa, consisting of Željko Brodarić Jappa and Sara Brodarić performed top vocal and guitar interpretations of jazz classics from celebrated in Broadway and Hollywood musicals, which were popularized by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and other legendary performers.

The concert took place with all recommended measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ. 

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Thursday, 19 August 2021

Kamičak Music Evenings Return to Sinj on August 21st!

August 19, 2021 - Kamičak Music Evenings return to Sinj on August 21!

Thanks to the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage and several diverse cultural events, Sinj and the Cetina region have long been engraved in golden letters on the tourist map of Croatia. Moreover, thanks to the pursuit of sustainable tourism, the coexistence of carefully designed activities that hosts and guests equally enjoy, events in the Alkar city always attract attention and larger more audiences, although this year in a somewhat reduced form due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Such events certainly include the Music Evenings at Kamičak Fortress. Namely, at Sinj's authentic and unique Kamičak fortress with a beautiful stage under the open sky, concerts of classical but also traditional and jazz music are organized. Such an approach popularizes these, perhaps somewhat neglected, musical expressions and where better than in Sinj, a city of rich musical tradition.

The Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Sinj, and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, has been organizing successful and extremely well-attended concerts for several years. So far, Kamičak has welcome the Academic Accordion Orchestra "Ivan Goran Kovačić," Sara Renar, Jazz swing quintet "Repassage," Wind Quintet "Kalamos," the unique Samobor percussion ensemble "Sudar Percussion," ethno musician Dunja Knebl with the band Kololira and ethno, Nocturnal4 and Ratko Zjača, ZZ Quartet, Trio EX PONTO, and TRIO VENTUS.

This year boasts another extraordinary program because on August 21, 2021, starting at 9:30 pm and ending at 11:30 pm, young artists gathered in the Papandopulo Quartet will present the best of classical music to Sinj and its guests, and jazz music will be presented by the renowned duo Sara & Jappa Brodarić.

About the musicians:

Papandopulo Quartet - this "most important and rightfully the most exposed domestic chamber ensemble" consists of four Croatian saxophonists, Nikola Fabijanic - soprano saxophone, Gordan Tudor - alto saxophone, Goran Jurkovic - tenor saxophone, and Tomislav Zuzak - baritone. Their concerts are regularly accompanied by applause from the audience and praise from critics: "relaxation and confidence in performance, intonational precision, and richness of tonal creation, skill in various articulations, fantastic mobility and precision in both the highest and lowest registers, in a word, amazing technical skills, are the foundations on which the members of the Papandopulo Quartet build their musical expressiveness and expressiveness… That is why the Papandopulo Quartet can proudly and with dignity bear the name of one of the most versatile, most musical, and passionately dedicated to music greats of Croatian music history. " (Mirta Špoljarić, sbplus.hr, January 27, 2014)

They collaborate with many musicians, including the Zagreb Quartet, Zagreb Soloists, Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, Dragan Sremec, Ivan Batoš, Linda Mravunac-Fabijanić, and foreign eminent saxophonists such as Arno Bornkamp, ​​JeanDenis Michat, Jean-Yarstel Fourmeau quartet, and Mobilis quartet. The quartet attaches special importance to the promotion of contemporary music by Croatian and foreign authors, so they premiered, among others, compositions by Mirela Ivičević, Margareta Ferek Petrić, Ante Knešaurek, Fran Đurović, Julian Gamisch, Dubravko Palanović, Tena Ivana Borić, Krešimir Seletković Simon Vosecek, Zeljko Brkanovic, Davor Bobic, Tomislav Uhlik and Gordan Tudor.

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In 2015, the quartet released their second record, Per Quattro, and in 2017 their third album Scherzo, both released by Croata Records. 2019 was one of the most successful years for the Papandopulo Quartet. In addition to a large number of concerts, in June of the same year, they won the "Diploma of Milko Trnina" for a particularly successful and notable artistic performance at the opening of the 6th edition of the festival "Showcase of Contemporary Sound."

Sara & Jappa are a family jazz duo consisting of Željko Brodarić Jappa and Sara Brodarić, father and daughter, whose performances are based on vocal and guitar interpretations of jazz classics of the last century, which were celebrated by Broadway and Hollywood musicals and popularized by Peggy Lee, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and other legendary performers.

Known for previous achievements in other music genres, Sara & Jappa began collaborating on a family jazz project in the summer of 2016, performing since then in front of full theaters and exclusive locations across the Croatian coast. So far, Jazz Winter Wonderland and My Jazzy Valentine have performed at the City Puppet Theater Split and the Croatian National Theater Split and the Marin Držić Theater in Dubrovnik, the Croatian National Theater Zadar, and the Hvar Historical Theater.

They gained a loyal audience with their summer cycle of concerts called "Jazz Summer Nights," performing at unique locations such as the Cedulin Palace in Zadar, Central Park Club in Hvar, the historic center of Trogir, as well as summer festivals and events such as the Festival Soli Ston 2018  and the astronomical-musical event "Konavle under the stars 2018" in Lovorno Polje.

In August 2018, Sara & Jappa crowned their summer tour in their hometown with an extremely successful "Split at Night Jazz" concert, which made the impressive Cellars of Diocletian's Palace the scenery for a sold-out summer jazz spectacle. This concert inspired them to organize the first edition of the Split at Night Jazz Festival at the same place exactly a year later, at the end of August 2019. The great performances, including the performance of the festival, hosts Sara and Jappa and the exceptional response of the audience, giving them the wind in their sails to organize a new edition of the jazz festival in Diocletian's Cellars this summer as well.

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Sara & Jappa concluded 2019 by opening JazZima!, a jazz festival in Split's GKL, another sold-out "Jazz Winter Wonderland," followed in February 2020 by the equally successful fourth edition of their popular concert "My Jazzy Valentine." 

The concerts at Kamičak Fortress will take place with the implementation of the recommended measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ. Admission is free, but due to the current pandemic situation, seating is limited to preserve all visitors' health.

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Monday, 16 August 2021

1715 Battle of Sinj Reenactment: A Summer Treat for Sinj Town (PHOTOS)

August 16, 2021 - The 1715 Battle of Sinj reenactment was successfully held in the center of Sinj!

In memory of the glorious defense of Sinj from the Ottoman invasion, the 1715 Battle of Sinj and the events that preceded it were staged this year as well. The Sinj Tourist Board organized the play with the support of the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County and in cooperation with the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj, the Alkar Knights Society, and KU Marko Marulić.

The plot of the play took place in two acts. The first act began at the Market Square, King Tomislav Square, where the Ottoman conquest of the town of Sinj, the burning of the church, and the enslavement of the regiment were staged. A handful of defenders with the image of the Mother of God took refuge in the Sinj Fortress, the easy conquest of which was announced by the arrogant Mustafa-pasha Celic, who triumphantly passed in a carriage with his entourage. This year, the play was enriched by the performance of the Brodosplit City Choir under the direction of maestro Vlado Sunko and excellent lighting and sound effects.

In the second act, which took place this year in the original ambiance of Alkarski dvori, the Defense Council decided to defend its city despite a more numerous and superior enemy. With the help of Our Lady, the Ottomans were eventually defeated, and the threat of the enemy removed. Led by Fr. Pavle Vučković, embodied by Fr. Hrvatin Gabrijel Jurišić, joyful and grateful believers have since celebrated their Protector with even greater zeal.

The 1715 Battle of Sinj is a unique stage spectacle that, with its originality and drama, instantly transports the spectators to the year of the glorious victory that determined the future of the city. The author of the dramatic template is prof. Velimir Borkovic. The play was realized in collaboration with the Shrine of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Alkar Knights Society. About a hundred participants contributed to its successful performance this year as well.

The main characters are Fr. Hrvatin Gabrijel Jurišić, Marko Duvnjak, Bruno Barać, Marijan Grbavac, Damir Žane Alebić, Saša Miletić, Bobo Delonga, Dijana Ivić Kundid, Bože Pavić, Sanja Gojun Vučković, Vedrana Vrgoč, Mirjana Živalj, Anđelka Vučković, Marija Mandac, Dino Vukovic, Dubravka Vukovic, Dusan Roguljic and Marko Jelincic. In addition to amateur theater actors, members of the historical unit of the Kliški Uskoks, the Veterans' Cooperative Patriot, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, the Association of Rera and Gusle from Otok, the Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, Sinjski Ferali and Marko Vuković, and Alkar Stable horses led by Mr. Andrija Ribičić. Branka Marinović and Vesna Bader took care of the staging and costumes. The director of the play is the prominent theater, television, and film actor Robert Kurbaša. The assistant director is Bruno Barać, and the playwright and producer are Luka Perković.

This year's performance is also dedicated to all Croatian veterans and those who helped make the show happen but are no longer with us.

"We truly thank all employees and members of VAD, the Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj, Cetina Region Čistoća - Sinj, KUS - Sinj, Kamička dd, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service Sinj, members of the Veterans Cooperative Patriot, the historical unit Kliški uskoki, Association Gusle from Otok, the Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, the Sinjski Ferali Association, the Sinj branch of the Red Cross, the SRMA Association, KGK Alkar 1968, KU Marko Marulić, Ms. Vesna Bader and Branka Marinović for scenography and props, staff and restaurant owner Alkarski dvori, Sinj communal wardens, students, employees of TIC and all those who selflessly helped the successful realization of this stage spectacle. Furthermore, special thanks go to Mr. Vlado Sunko and Brodosplit, who, with this year's performance of the famous cantata to Our Lady of Sinj, magnified this play and thus gave it a new dimension in a unique way. Furthermore, the media and the audience who, despite pandemic conditions, participated successfully and patiently in the implementation of all recommended measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters as well as the NZJZ to preserve health, as well as our students (TIC staff) who took care of it," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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Friday, 13 August 2021

Velika Gospa COVID-19 Measures Around Croatia: No Procession in Sinj, Masks in Trsat

August 13, 2021 - Velika Gospa COVID-19 measures are being prepared around Croatia. While Erdut will not limit the number of pilgrims, Sinj will not hold a procession for the second year in a row, and Trsat will recommend masks even at outdoor mass. 

Preparations are underway to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption (Velika Gospa). The largest number of believers is expected in Sinj, Marija Bistrica, Aljmaš, and Trsat. 

"It is, as we know, the most visited day in our sanctuary by pilgrims who will flow into this valley from all sides like a river," said Rev. Ante Markić, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Refuge for Dnevnik Nova TV.

The number of pilgrims is not limited, but the celebration, as last year, takes place under epidemiological measures. One of them is the ban on touching the statue and the painting.

"There will definitely be a disinfectant next to drinking water, and we ask citizens to adhere to the measures and to think of themselves and everyone else who comes after them," said Darko Barjaktarevic from the Erdut Tourist Board.

"Masks are only taken off when pilgrims find their place."

Special measures will also apply to the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat.

"While the faithful are moving, even though all the masses are outside in Trsat, they must wear, or it is recommended, to wear masks. And when they find their place, when they sit down, they can take it off," said Krunoslav Kocijan, guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat.

There will be no procession in Sinj again.

"Unfortunately, this is impossible to achieve if we want to be responsible, if we want to save as many people as possible from infection or, God forbid, from death," said Fr. Ante Čovo, guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj.

One of the specifics of the shrines in Sinj and Aljmaš is touching Our Lady's image or statue. "It is strictly forbidden on these occasions," Čovo noted.

"I always emphasize that even when there was no corona. They can perform their devotion without touching it," believes Ante Markić, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Refuge.

For everything to go well, Friar Kocijan urges the faithful to adhere to epidemiological recommendations.

"We will not count how many people will come; everyone is welcome," concluded Kocijan.

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Battle of Sinj 1715 Reenactment Held in Two Acts on August 12!

August 10, 2021 - Hop into a Sinj time machine and go back to 1715 when it all started! Organized by the Sinj Tourist Board, on August 12 at 8:30 pm on King Tomislav Square, the famous and artistically immortalized battle of Sinj 1715 reenactment will take place for the fifteenth time. 

The historical spectacle takes place in two acts.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The first act is staged on the Market Square, the main square of Sinj, when the Ottomans conquered the town of Sinj in a dramatic and violent raid, set fire to the church, and took the people into slavery. Extremely realistic light and sound effects contribute to the authenticity of the scenes.

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Ivana Pavcic

The second act takes place in the original ambiance of Alkarski dvori. Despite the almost hopeless situation, the Defense Council does not even think of retreating and decides to defend its city from a more numerous, superior, and stronger enemy. According to tradition, with Our Lady's help, the Ottomans were defeated, and Sinj was freed from the threat of the enemy, leaving the walls of Christianity.

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Zeljko Zrncic

Led by Fr. Pavle Vučković (embodied by high school professor, scientist, writer, editor, and publisher Fr. Gabrijel Hrvatin Jurišić, a priest and an inexhaustible source of wisdom), joyful and grateful believers have since celebrated their patron saint with even greater zeal. The author of the dramatic template is prof. Velimir Borković. The play was realized in cooperation with the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Alkar Knights Society. Numerous actors from amateur theaters are participating, and the main characters are Gabrijel Jurišić, Marko Duvnjak, Bruno Barać, Marijan Grbavac, Damir Žane Alebić, Saša Miletić, Bobo Delonga, Dijana Ivić Kundid, Bože Pavić, Vedrana Vrgoč, Sanja Gojun, Anđelka Vučković, Marko Jelinčić, Anđelka Vučković, Dino Vuković, Dubravka Vuković, Marija Mandac, Dušan Roguljić, Tihana Jelić, members of KU Marko Marulić, GZ Brodosplit, historical units of Kliški uskoki, Veterans' Cooperative Patriot, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, dance theater Marica Apučić, Sinj majorettes, Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, Rera and Gusle from Otok, Sinjski ferali, horses of the Alkar stud farm led by Marko Vuković, while Vesna Bader and Branka Marinović take care of the scenography and Miki Nopling of the soundstage.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The director is the prominent theater, television, and film actor Robert Kurbaša, the assistant director is Bruno Barać, and the playwright and producer is Luka Perković. After last year's first performance, this year, the famous Brodosplit City Choir performs under the direction of maestro Vlado Sunko, a famous music pedagogue, conductor, and composer, with the performance of the cantata Our Lady of Sinj.

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Zeljko Zrncic

Battle of Sinj 1715 is a unique stage spectacle - under the auspices of Sinj's August nights, the entire city becomes a stage that, with its originality, transports the viewer to 306 years into the past!

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Ivana Pavcic

The Sinj Tourist Board asks all visitors to adhere to the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ. The volunteers will take care of all the necessary measures to all be safe and responsible to each other.

Admission is free!

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Monday, 9 August 2021

11th Sinj Village Fair Successfully Held Last Weekend!

August 9, 2021 - The 11th Sinj Village Fair was successfully organized by the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County.

The 11th Sinj Village Fair was held on Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square on August 6th and 7th. More than 35 exhibitors attended, including renowned producers of prosciutto, cheese, honey, soparnik, liqueurs, and brandy, and autochthonous old crafts were presented, such as the making of folk costumes, opanak, peka, copper, garden tools, and other handicrafts from wood made traditionally.

The fair was opened by Miro Bulj, Mayor of Sinj. In the entertainment part of the program, the Sinj majorettes performed with their unique choreography, magnifying every event they participate in. Visitors to the fair had the opportunity to follow the performances of faithful guardians of Sinj traditions and customs through tunes and dances of Inland Dalmatia, on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia. The Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, KUD Vrilo - Obrovac Sinjski, KUD Glavice, and KUD Dicmo, performed with a traditional rera. Members of the klapa Cetinjanke from Hrvace and the vocal group Rusulica performed several klapa compositions.

To preserve traditional crafts, special workshops were held this year as well. On the first evening of the Fair, visitors could see how pottery is created under the skillful hands of master Ivan Knezović, a representative of traditional handmade pottery from Potravlje, which has had the status of intangible cultural property since 2013 and was nominated for UNESCO protection by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. An attractive presentation of the almost forgotten skill of making opanaks and weaving was led by Ljiljana Vojković, while the Dragodid Association presented the art of making drywall. Blacksmithing was presented by Josip Evačić from Koprivnica. Finally, members of KUD Cetina introduced the visitors to the processing of wool and customs.

 

All visitors to the fair could taste čobanac prepared by the hunting association Srnjak from Vrbanja free of charge. Valuable members of the association donated 1000 portions of this Slavonian delicacy to the 11th Sinj Village Fair visitors, while Sinj specialties - uštipak, prepared free of charge on both evenings of the fair, were made by members of the Old Crafts Association.

In the final musical part of the program on the first evening, top bands performed: Kopito, an attraction from the island of Vis, with Sinj's Ljuta kuća, and on the second night of the fair, the popular Giuliano and Diktatori.

Also, at this year's Sinj Village Fair, numerous KUDs were guests who presented the customs and traditions of their region through the Evening of Knighthood and Folklore: KUD Dusina from Vrgorac, KUD Pleter from Dugopolje, Goran Mikas - Poljica, and the hosts of the Cetina Region Heritage Preservation Association. and KUD Cetina.

 

The host of this two-day fair was Branimir Romac. The fair was held following the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the applicable measures of the CNIPH.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks everyone who helped in the realization of the event, especially the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County, the Alkar Knights Society, employees of Čistoća Cetinska krajina and KUS-Sinj, members of the hunting association Srnjak from Vrbanja and the Beauty of Tradition association, Branka Marinović, and Maja Kovačević.

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Sunday, 8 August 2021

Debutant Mihovil Župa Wins 306th Sinjska Alka!

August 8, 2021 - Debutant Mihovil Župa is the winner of the 306th Sinjska Alka, which was held on Sunday afternoon in the Inland Dalmatian town of Sinj. 

Mihovil Župa thus won the 306th Sinjska Alka with three hits 'u sridu' (in the middle) with five hits 'in two'.

This year, 17 Alkars competed, including four debutants. With this event, the people of Sinj mark an important moment in their history, when they defended themselves from the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.

The Alka festivities were attended by the Croatian state leadership, the President of the Republic Zoran Milanović, who is also the patron of the Sinjska Alka, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, and the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković. Among others, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Croatian Veterans Tomo Medved, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman, and Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković were present.

Furthermore, Olympic gold medalist Martin Sinković (half of the celebrated Sinković brothers), taekwondo gold medalist Matea Jelić, and bronze medalist Toni Kanaet were also present and received a standing ovation from the crowd when their attendance was announced at the beginning of the event. 

Due to epidemiological circumstances, this year's Sinjska Alka was held with a limited number of spectators.  

Sinjska Alka is a Croatian knight's game held every year on a Sunday in August, in Sinj, to mark the anniversary of the victory over the Turkish invaders on August 14, 1715. On that day, 700 Croatian soldiers from Sinj, with the protection of their patron saint, the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, heroically resisted and managed to repel the onslaught of Turkish serasker Mehmed-pasha Celic's army, which was made up of 60,000 soldiers.

On November 15, 2010, Sinjska Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage in Europe.

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Thursday, 5 August 2021

11th Sinj Village Fair Aims to Preserve Traditional Crafts of Region

August 5, 2021 - After last year's break due to the pandemic, this year, from August 6 to 7, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County, and in cooperation with the Beauty Tradition Association, the 11th Sinj Village Fair will be held on Dr. Franjo Tudjman Square.

More than 30 exhibitors from the Cetina region, Kaštela, Marina, Split, Vrgorac, and Zagorje, will present and offer various products - from decorations and handicrafts to gourmet delicacies and products of the villages and islands. They will be presented during the fair to preserve the traditional crafts of Croatia. 

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Branko Covic

Visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the traditional hand wheel pottery from Potravlje under the skillful hands of master Ivan Knezović. This traditional craft has been nominated by the Ministry of Culture for UNESCO protection. The Tourist Board, under the auspices of the Ministry, organizes extremely well-attended educational workshops every year. It is important to mention the almost forgotten skill of making opanaks, the only footwear that our ancestors knew and that served them faithfully and for a long time in all activities, which Ljilja Vojković will demonstrate.

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Ante Zizic

Visitors will try their hand at making and thus have a valuable opportunity to get closer and connect with the customs of the region through indigenous products, traditional crafts, and skills such as building drywall with the Dragodid Association, the skills of blacksmith Josip Evačić from Koprivnica, and a wool processing workshop that members of KUD Cetina will present. The fair will also host exhibitions of student works from the Split School of Crafts on "Women in Alka," participants of this year's Sinj photo workshop "World in Colors," and a screening of a film and exhibition of travel writers and photographers Angela and Davor Rostuhar entitled "Love around the world".

 

Numerous tastings of local products and dishes (fry bread, young cheese) will be organized as part of the fair, and friends from Vrbanja will prepare specialties of their region for visitors. In addition to the exhibition and enogastronomic part, visitors will be able to enjoy the entertainment program with concerts by bands: Kopito, Ljuta kuća, Guiliano and Diktatori; Sinj majorettes, numerous klapas, associations, and cultural and artistic societies, for example, KUD Cetina, KUD Vrilo, Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, KUD Dicmo, KUD Glavice, KUD Dusina, URIG from Otok, KUD PLETER, Goran Mikas, klapa Cetinjanke from Hrvaca and Rusul's vocal ensemble.

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Branko Covic

By organizing the Sinj Village Fair, the Sinj Tourist Board enables interested citizens and visitors in Sinj to taste and buy high-quality traditional local products that are difficult to find in stores. At the same time, it helps small and medium-sized agricultural farms from the rural area of ​​Sinj and its surroundings and other parts of Croatia to promote and sell their products. Instructed by the previous experience of exceptional attendance, this year, more exhibitors from all over Croatia are expected, and a minimum of 20% of local producers. As the organizer, the Sinj Tourist Board is obliged to provide more space and more tables for exhibitors to ensure the fair is top quality and meets the expectations of all participants.

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Branko Covic

This year's 11th Sinj Village Fair will follow all applicable epidemiological measures and recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ.

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Friday, 30 July 2021

Nebesa Fest - A New Alternative Music Event in Sinj!

July 30, 2021 - Nebesa Fest is held on Saturday, July 31 at the Sinj Hippodrome!

The town of Sinj, as the center of Inland Dalmatia, abounds in interesting musical events. However, this type of event, such as the festival of alternative music "Nebesa Fest", certainly expands and enriches the offer. The idea for this festival, as well as organizational support, was given by young artists from Sinj, Bruno Delonga, and Bruno Marković.

"Nebesa Fest is conceived as a festival of alternative approaches to rock, country, punk, metal, and other musical expressions. This festival would promote the City of Sinj as the host of presentations of Sinj and other local artists of these genres, but also a place of rapprochement of Sinj's young music scene, with a guest performance by Split and other Croatian musicians. We hope that this festival will grow and attract a large audience as well as musicians of similar musical expressions," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

The following bands will perform:
-Štakori
https://www.facebook.com/pacovi420
-Neman
https://www.facebook.com/nemanbend
-Obsidian
-The Countess
https://www.facebook.com/thecountessband
-Krucificadores
-Delirij
https://www.facebook.com/Delirij
-Cidium
https://www.facebook.com/official.cidium

The location of the Hippodrome, where the festival will take place, is located near the city, with landscaped promenades and beautiful nature. The concert will be held in compliance with all recommendations of the CNIPH and the Civil Protection Headquarters, and the number of visitors will be adjusted to the epidemiological situation.

Admission to the concert is free, and in accordance with current epidemiological measures in the county, it will be possible for anyone who does not have a Covid certificate to perform antigen testing (valid for 48 hours) at a good price.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks all the volunteers and people of goodwill who did everything to make this concert happen!

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