Recent Campaign for Next Tourist Season Launched By Croatian Embassies Worldwide

Review of the new campaign of the Croatian embassies

January 04th, 2018
Sandra Bartol, CD News

Recently the diplomatic missions of Croatia all over the world started campaign for the next touristic season with the new promotional video by the Croatian National Tourist Board. But in addition to the promotion of Croatia as the potential travel destination, embassies and consular offices dedicated a lot of effort to bring out some bilateral and multilateral cultural activities in the last quarter as well.

Specifically, the Croatian embassy in Berlin supported an exhibition of works by Croatian sculptor and multimedia artist Ivan Kožarić opened at Gallery Gregor Podnar in Berlin. The exhibition includes sculptures, installations, drawings, paintings, textual works and photomontage. The exhibition curators, Danka Šošić and Žarko Vijatović, succeeded in choosing a relatively small number of exhibits, though presenting a broad spectrum of artist’s creative expression to the audience as well as giving them closer insight into his aspiration for the constant artistic inquiry. Ivan Kožarić undoubtedly contributed greatly to the Croatian and world art of the 20th century by his works, especially because, among other things, he began to experiment very early in moving and permeating the boundaries of figurative and abstract expression without accepting public and market expectations. The exhibition of the work of Ivan Kožarić can be seen in Berlin until February 14, 2018.

Furthermore, the activities of the Croatian embassy in the United States of America also leaned on the cultural exchange as the best way to continue a successful dialogue between Croatians and Americans. The fourteenth annual CroatiaFest was held in the Seattle Center Armory on October 1. CroatiaFest is already known annual gathering that celebrates heritage and culture of the Croatian community in the Pacific Northwest area. This year's festival program included live performances of dance and music, wine tastings, a new Croatian “Wine Cellars,” authentic Croatian cuisine, a new olive oil booth and live cooking demonstrations via Skype with Croatian chefs from Dubrovnik’s Konoba Dundo Maroje. One of the artistic CroatiaFest highlights was “Croatian Lighthouses” – the eye-catching Plovput traveling photography exhibition – a maritime art gallery, an antique costume display, travel lectures, Croatia travel booths, artisan Croatian textiles, ceramics and souvenirs, and a “Croatian Consular Day.”

Within the program of St Martin's Embassy Series, Croatian Embassy in London organised a concert by the Croatian violinist Bojan Čičić, which took place on 18 July 2017 at St Martin-in-the-Fields. The programme of the concert included Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber's Passacaglia in G minor for solo violin ‘The Guardian Angel’, Pavle Dešpalj 's Caprice for solo violin no 2 and Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata in C major BWV 1005.  Bojan Čičić graduated from the Academy of Music in Zagreb, Paris and London. He has been a guest leader and soloist with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Moreover, on 17 July the Croatian Embassy in London for the second time played the host for an exhibition by the Royal Photographic Society. Over 70 photographers participated in the project entitled ‘Breathing London’ from January 2016 to April 2017 by recording the diversity of life in London’s public green and open spaces. The theme of the exhibition is especially pertinent to the current public discussion about the pollution in London and the role of its green spaces. The exhibition runs until 11 August.

As every year in November, ambassadors of EU member states held lectures about the EU at high schools all over Japan within the “EU Comes to Your School” project. It is a very popular event that attracts applications from thousands of schools. This year Ambassador Hrastić held lectures at the ‘Sapporo Nihon University Junior and Senior High School’ and ‘Hokkaido Takikawa Nishi Senior High School` in the Hokkaido Prefecture for almost a thousand students and their teachers. This occasion was also used to hold presentations about Croatia and its history and culture.


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