Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Sinj Culinary Offer Presented at 2021 Peskafondo & Big Game Fishing Event on Hvar

November 9, 2021 - On Friday, November 5, 2021, the Sinj culinary offer was presented as part of the 2021 Peškafondo & Big Game Fishing event on Hvar.

The Sinj culinary offer was presented thanks to the City of Sinj and the Sinj Tourist Board and in cooperation with the Ban Josip Jelačić Secondary Vocational School and the Sinj Red Cross. 

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Namely, after a short break, and in accordance with epidemiological measures, the 10th international fishing and tourist event "Peškafondo & Big Game Fishing" was successfully held from November 5 to 7 on the island of Hvar. It is an attractive post-season event traditionally organized by the association "365 Gariful Hvar", in cooperation with several Hvar restaurants. The event was attended by 48 teams from all over the Croatian coast, as well as from Slovenia and Serbia (Vojvodina).

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At the invitation of the organizers, and at the initiative of Ivica Bilandžić, Mladen Šimac, Svemir Šimac, Damir Mandac, Damir Alebić, Teo Rako, and Mario Bilandžić, who have been participating in this event for many years, the Sinj culinary offer was presented at the event, through local dishes: Sinj arambaša, fry bread with young cheese and Sinj gingerbread, which were prepared by students and professors of the Ban Josip Jelačić Secondary School, OPG Edo Crljen, and OPG Župić.

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"The presentation and offer of our specialties, despite the unfavorable weather conditions, delighted the hospitable organizers and numerous visitors of this event. We truly thank everyone who helped us in the realization of this project," concluded the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Traditional Potravlje Pottery Workshop Hosted by Sinj Tourist Board (VIDEO)

October 26, 2021 - Traditional Potravlje pottery was again in the spotlight in Sinj thanks to an educational workshop led by Ivan Knezović.

On Friday, October 21, 2021, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Museum of Cetina Krajina - Sinj, and the City of Sinj, organized two educational workshops for children and adults about traditional hand wheel pottery from Potravlje.

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Željko Zrnčić

After last year's break, and due to increased interest, for the sixth time, several workshops were organized. As in previous years, the workshop for children was held in cooperation with the kindergarten "Bili Cvitak" and Mrs. Ana Glavinović, who assisted Ivan Knezović in making objects from clay. At the end of the workshop, the proud little participants took their handicrafts with them to decorate the premises of the kindergarten. This year, the students of the 4th grade of the Technical and Industrial School of Ruđer Bošković, who participated in the school project Research of Cultural Heritage under the mentorship of Professor Branimir Romac, also joined the workshops.

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Željko Zrnčić

Ivan Knezović, who regularly leads these educational workshops, is also among the last to engage in this traditional craft. Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje has had the status of an intangible cultural property since 2013. Accordingly, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia nominated it for the protection of UNESCO.

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Željko Zrnčić

It is imperative to preserve this segment of traditional culture and continue living by passing it on to younger generations. With this goal in mind, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, holds workshops on Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje. Due to the large number of participants who wanted to try to make valuable objects and successfully implement all epidemiological measures, the workshops were held from 16:00 to 20:30.

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Željko Zrnčić

In the introductory part, Danijela Petričević Banović, curator of the Museum of the Cetina Region in Sinj, gave an interesting and instructive lecture on traditional pottery. This was followed by a presentation and guidance of Ivan Knezović through the stages of preparation and processing of clay to the final pottery. Anyone who expressed a desire and interest could participate in making pottery under his expert guidance. Workshop participants received unique souvenirs personally made by the leader, Ivan Knezović, and the youngest participants received small gifts and gingerbread as souvenirs.

In addition to these workshops, in the musical part of the evening, members of the Association for the Preservation of Heritage of the Cetina Region and KUD Dicmo performed traditional melodies of ojkavica: male and female rera, which is also on the list of intangible heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia.

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Željko Zrnčić

You can see the production process and scenes from the workshop below:

 

This workshop is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia. The Sinj Tourist Board genuinely thanked everyone who helped them in the realization of this project.

Friday, 22 October 2021

Sinj Tourist Board Wins Plautilla International Cultural Tourism Award

October 22, 2022 - The Sinj Tourist Board is the Plautilla international cultural tourism award winner!

This is an award for a cultural tourism product characterized by quality and creative interpretation of cultural and historical heritage. In this case, the plaque was awarded to Sinj in the Best Cultural Tourism Product for the "1715 Battle of Sinj" play.

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The Sinj Tourist Board was awarded for the best cultural tourism product as part of the 7th International Congress of Historic Cities, organized by the Solin Tourist Board, Hotel President Solin, and the City of Solin, held from October 19 to 22, 2021, at the Hotel President in Solin, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Media, Ministry of Tourism and Sport, Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Split-Dalmatia County, Croatian Association of Historic Towns, Public Institutions of Culture Zvonimir, Split Tourist Board, Split City Museum, Split Archaeological Museum and Klis Municipality.

Under the motto "Meet, share and build," this congress aims at critical stakeholders in managing historic cities, from local governments, tourist boards, and representatives of cultural institutions to travel agencies and educational institutions. The congress program consists of lectures and panel discussions, emphasizing meetings, exchanging experiences, and developing new tourist products in the historic cities of Croatia and abroad. Therefore, the Sinj Tourist Board is honored because, among many institutions and other candidates, the "1715 Battle of Sinj" play won in the Best Cultural Tourism Product category.

It should be noted that the Sinj Tourist Board has already won the bronze plaque for the Best Cultural Tourism Product for their traditional Potravlje handmade pottery workshop.

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"We thank our colleagues from Solin as well as the organizing committee that recognized and rewarded our work. Finally, we thank everyone who contributed to the continuity of the 1715 Battle of Sinj play, and we dedicate the award to our defenders, to whom the play is inspired and dedicated," said the Sinj Tourist Board.

The award was accepted at the ceremony by Miro Bulj, President of the Sinj Tourist Board. 

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Traditional Potravlje Hand Pottery Workshop Returns to Sinj

October 20, 2021 - The Sinj Tourist Board will host a traditional Potravlje hand pottery workshop on October 22. 

After a series of successful and well-attended workshops, the Sinj Tourist Board, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia and in cooperation with the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj, organizes an educational workshop about traditional pottery from Potravlje after last year's break due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

This year's workshop will be held on Friday, October 22 at 18:00 in the Cetina Region Museum in Sinj. In the introductory part of this educational workshop, participants will hear a fascinating lecture by the museologists who will introduce pottery and its role in developing cultures and civilizations. The workshop leader, Mr. Ivan Knezović, one of the last masters of this traditional craft, will present how this earthenware is made. The participants of the workshop, if they wish, will be able to try their hand at making clay pots with the professional help of master Knezović.

It should be noted that the beginnings of hand pottery date back to the 4th century BC and that the village of Potravlje is its cradle. Namely, the century-old tradition of making earthenware until the Second World War was practiced by about fifty families in the villages of the Cetina region and Potravlje by about twenty of them. In 1774, the famous Italian travel writer Alberto Fortis claimed that Potravlje's rough pots were more durable than those from his homeland.

 

This was the time when households used various earthenware pots, copper for cooking milk or for preparing turkey - rare corn polenta, jars for holding butter and sour milk, pots for storing wine, grain, utensils for barbecue, peka - bell-shaped lids that covered the dough for bread or some other dish on the open hearth, pjati - plates for serving dishes, bowls (shallow bowls), and drinking jugs. Each vessel had a name according to its purpose (copper mlikarica, purarica, dubočica). Today, in addition to some traditional dishes, those of new shapes and purposes are made, such as amphorae (for tourist sale), flower pots - pitari, and various miniature forms of traditional dishes offered as souvenirs.

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Traditional hand pottery from Potravlje is an intangible cultural asset of the Republic of Croatia. Therefore, the workshops will be held following the recommendations and valid measures of the CNIPH and the Civil Protection Headquarters.

The Sinj Tourist Board has prepared souvenirs for all participants, which will be distributed at the end of the workshop.

All those interested can send their applications to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or apply by calling 021 / 826-352 by Friday, October 22 at noon.

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

Friday, 8 October 2021

Tastes of Europe - Dalmatia: ORF Austria TV Crew Explores Inland Dalmatia

October 8, 2021 - Tastes of Europe - Dalmatia will air at the end of November on the Austrian national television on the television channel ORF2.

As part of the ongoing tourist promotion, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, in cooperation with local tourist boards, welcomed the ORF Austria television team in Inland Dalmatia. 

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Namely, due to the expressed interest of the ORF television team, Lojze Weiser, ORF advisor and associate, Florian Gebauer, director with associates accompanied by Branimir Tončinić, Director of the CNTB Representation in Austria, arrived in Croatia as part of a ten-day program filmed in Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties. 

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The rich gastronomic, cultural, historical, and natural heritage, based on the unique traditional cuisine, the climate from which it originated, as well as stories and customs related to it, will be broadcast on the TV show "Tastes of Europe - Dalmatia “.

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The Austrian television crew stayed in Sinj for three days and filmed episodes in the area of ​​Obrovac Sinjski - Han, the significant landscape of Rumin, Bitelić, Potravlje, Karakašica, and in the town of Sinj.

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As the show is based on traditional cuisine and customs, the ORF team filmed the almost forgotten, and extremely healthy desserts kotonjada (quince cheese) in the family home of sisters Jadranka and Dubravka Milun, then the traditional dishes in the beautiful area of ​​the Milardović family mill in Obrovac Sinjski - Han. Here, the members of KUD Cetina prepared Sinj arambaše, tripe (šiša), and 'peka' bread under the baking bell. OPG Edo Crljen (next to the family mill Bilobrk) prepared a traditional snack with prosciutto, cheese, and fried bread.

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Zoran Markulin from Rumin instructed them in the secrets of pastoral vocation, and Ivan Knezović in Potravlje in the process of making traditional pottery with the help of a handwheel. Footage of preparing cheese from a cheesecloth was filmed in Bitelić with Ljubo Bulović's family, and in Karakašica, the family of Marija Cvitković presented the folk costume of the Cetina region, which Mrs. Marija Cvitković faithfully collects and keeps.

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Cheese from a cheesecloth and Sinj arambaše, as well as the traditional handwheel pottery from Potravlje, are three intangible cultural assets of the Republic of Croatia.

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The journalists were delighted and surprised by the potential of Inland Dalmatia. The episode will be broadcast at the end of November on the Austrian national television on the television channel ORF2.

The Sinj Tourist Board would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and successful cooperation.

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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Sinj Green Cleanup Collects 50 Tons of Waste!

September 26, 2021 - The Sinj green cleanup over the weekend collected 50 tons of various waste in the Inland Dalmatian area!

This year, the City of Sinj joined a joint, one-day action to clean illegal landfills as part of Croatia's largest environmental volunteer project, organized in sync with World Cleanup Day, reports Dalmacija Danas.

The Mayor of Sinj Miro Bulj joined numerous volunteers in the field. He announced that similar actions in the Sinj area would be organized in the future, regardless of this particular green action. 

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Employees of Čistoća Cetina Region, JVP Sinj and DVD Sinj, HGSS, mountaineers, BIOM, the Sinj Tourist Board, students of the Ivan Mažuranić Han Elementary School, and numerous associations from the Sinj area took part in the action.

More than 100 volunteers cleaned illegal dumps in the Cetina river area, from Panj to Despotuša, Sutina, the water reservoir on Radošić, Brekina Gora - Izvor Bukva, and the airport on Piket.

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Sinj volunteers collected more than 50 tons of various waste from 9 am to 1 pm 

The goal of the national campaign, which is being held for the tenth year in a row, and for the first time in Sinj, is to raise the awareness of Croatian citizens about their role in creating and disposing of waste, their healthy habits, cleaner environment, and active problem-solving approach.

The message of this year's action is that by cleaning our corner of the environment, together, 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, and our common good.

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Mayor Miro Bulj thanked everyone for their support and assistance in organizing waste removal from illegal landfills in Sinj and recently announced new cleaning actions and stricter measures for those who pollute nature.

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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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