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GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE: Experience the colors, sounds, and specialities of Croatia

By  The Dubrovnik Times Sep 17, 2020

Croatia is one of the countries with the largest number of intangible cultural heritage items on the UNESCO list. Google Arts & Culture and the Croatian National Tourist Board provided online insight into the rich Croatian intangible heritage, which is now available in Croatian and English. You can see it if you click HERE

The Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Museum Alka of Sinj are also participating in the project, becoming part of more than 2,000 cultural institutions from 80 countries participating in the Google Arts & Culture project.

At today's press conference, the State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Frano Matusic also took part in the presentation of the project. Matusic pointed out that Croatia, as the country with the most intangible heritage under UNESCO protection in Europe, a total of 17 cultural assets, with this project shows only one part of the wealth and all it has to offer. He also stressed that in this period of pandemic in which the world is adapting to new circumstances, this is an opportunity for the world to get acquainted with the cultural and historical richness of Croatian destinations and invited all those who have not yet discovered the charms and natural beauties of our country to do it now.

Just some of the examples included in the project are the making of lace of agava, which according to tradition originates from the Canary Islands, and which today in Croatia is made only by nuns in the Benedictine monastery in the town of Hvar on the island of the same name. Also, Alka in Sinj, which takes place in August on the anniversary of the victory over the Turkish invaders in 1715, when 700 Croatian soldiers from Sinj managed to repel the onslaught of 60 thousand Turkish soldiers. There is also the traditional Tribunj donkey race, which is held every year on the first day of August, only people from Tribunj can participate and the task is to run around the island core of the place.

The project also includes Nijemo kolo from the area of Dalmatian hinterland, which is unique in that it is performed in a circle or in pairs almost exclusively without any musical accompaniment, also klapa singing, traditional polyphonic homophonic singing without accompaniment of instruments dedicated to love or community in which singers live, the art of preparing Zagorje struklji, salty or sweet dish made of dough stuffed with cheese, the most famous specialty of Hrvatsko Zagorje, and the folk song becarac is also described, which has the form of a couplet consisting of two tens whose last words rhyme. It is performed at weddings, but also at all other celebrations because the lyrics are humorous and cheerful.

It's good to add that using the Street View feature, people around the world can virtually navigate through many breathtaking places, and with just one click find out additional information about the Croatian treasure or immerse themselves in high-resolution photos. Visit the glittering coast and dive into the crystal clear Adriatic Sea, explore Korcula, the home of the Moreska sword dance, or travel to Omis, where the Festival of Dalmatian vocal groups takes place. Stop by the island of Lastovo, known for its natural beauty, Venetian architecture from the 16th century and visit a traditional event - Lastovo carnival. Be sure to visit Dubrovnik and its surroundings, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean.

Just click HERE

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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