Sinj Alka Museum Nominated for Prestigious European Award

It has been open less than two years but has already had over 50,000 visitors.

Located in the historic town of Sinj, the Museum Alka of Sinj is a modern, interactive museum capturing the historic importance of the 300-year tradition of the Sinj Alka knights tournament superbly. And others are noticing…

The only Croatian museum on the list, the Museum Alka of Sinj will compete against 40 museums from 10 European countries for the prestigious European Museum of the Year (EMYA) which is awarded by the European Museum Forum. The 40th anniversary of the prize will be awarded in Zagreb from May 3-6 this year.

The Sinjska Alka is an equestrian tournament that commemorates the victory of 700 defenders from Sinj against 60,000 Ottoman soldiers which took place on August 14, 1715. The tournament has been held on the first Sunday of August since 1717.

Motivated by the idea that further homage needed to be given to this important part of Sinj’s heritage, the Museum Alka of Sinj opened in 2015 just before the 300th edition of the famous Sinjska Alka tournament. The interactive museum is located in the heart of the Alka halls in the old Venetian republic’s Kvartiri which were the barracks for the Croatian cavalry.

The Museum of Alka Sinj now celebrates over 300 years of the competition with alkar’s uniforms, equipment and weaponry, historical objects, life-sized displays, rule books, statues, and even multimedia of the famous Battle of 1715. Upon entrance to the museum visitors can also view a documentary film displaying the history of the Sinjska Alka.

Since 1997, the European Museum Forum has operated under the auspices of the Council of Europe and is one of the leading non-profit organizations in Europe in developing the public quality of European museums. Since it’s foundation 40 years ago, the European Museum of the Year Award has become one of the longest-running and most prestigious awards in Europe that recognizes excellence in European museums while encouraging innovative processes for the benefit of society.

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Looking for a Blues Thrill? Head to Trilj!

Central Dalmatia is becoming known as a global music destination. This year will see the fifth year of the Ultra Europe Music Festival, which has helped to promote the region to a younger festival crowd.

But the music scene in Central Dalmatia is very diverse, and there are several other international festivals taking place in lesser known locations, and with less fans expected.

Interested in Blues? Then come for the thrill to Trilj, in inland Dalmatia, just 40 minutes from the centre of Split.

The first Thrill Blues Festival will take place on July 14, with a number of bands appearing alongside the headline act of Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, all the way from Los Angeles. More information as we get it.

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Are You ready for the Oxford Cambridge Split Boat Race? The Sv. Duje Regatta 2017

Which is the most famous rowing race in the world? Oxford versus Cambrige of course, a university challenge which dates back hundreds of years. Most people know about that?

Where is the only place in the world where Oxford and Cambridge race against each other outside of the River Thames? Central Dalmatia of course!

Yes, that’s right, and the Sv. Duje festivities in Split will once more include the university rowing teams of Oxford and Cambridge, as well as a growing number of university teams from all over Europe, for the annual Oxford, Cambridge and Split regatta on May 6-7, which will also include the traditional seniors race from former rowers from both universities and former rowers from the world famous Gusar Rowing Club in Split, the proud home to several Olympic medals over the years.

Learn more about this year’s programme here, and check out the impressions of one of last year’s participants in the video below.

New Split Tourist Palace to Open on May 4

After months of waiting and various setbacks, the famous Tourist Palace in Split has set a date for their grand opening. Located close to the ferry just in front of Diocletian’s Palace, the Tourist Palace has been constructed on the location of the popular F-Caffe.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 20:00, a commemorative program will open the Tourist Palace in Split.

The opening of the Tourist Palace, which is the only one of its kind in Croatia, is another effort put forth by the city to shine a light on the importance of tourism while emphasizing the most crucial characteristic of it – having a personal connection to the tourists.

The tourist palace will not only be a meeting point for all visitors to Split, but will also serve as a space for the citizens of our city to enjoy.

Split is thus setting an example for many cities throughout the country in their evaluation of tourism.

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The Feast of St Dominus in Split in Upon Us: Full Programme

The patron saint of Split, the biggest party of the year for locals. Your full Sv. Duje programme:

May 1, 2017
11:00 Labor Day Celebration – Marjan Park-Forest
20:30 KUD Brodosplit Concert – Riva
 May 2, 2017
9:00-14:00 Days of Health – Hygiene – Vukovarska 46 (through May 5th)
17:00 Split Words – Central Library: Department for Children and Youth
20:30 Party Sv. Kriza – Uvodica sirina
20:30 KUD Jedinstvo Concert – Riva
?? Sudamja Cup – Sport Field of the Archdiocese Seminary (through May 5th)
?? My Split – Library Trstenika
May 3, 2017
9:00-20:00 Mediterranean Book Festival – Big Sports Hall at Gripe
16:00 Storyboard and Workshop for Kids “My Split” – Library Trstenik
20:30 Party for Sv. Kriza – Uvodica sirina
20:30 KUD Filip Devic Concert – Riva
May 4, 2017
All Day Gastro Get Festival for Sv. Duje – Get
All Day Presentation of the project of the OS Pojisan Elementary School and the Ethnographic Museum Split “The Growth of Then and Now” – OS Pojisan
10:00 A solemn session: Children’s City Council of the City of Split – Banovine Atrium
11:00 Exhibition “BROD – CROATIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE” – Our naval heritage in the art, language and musical expression of the pupils from O.Š. “Marjan” Split – Croatian Maritime Museum
12:00 Placing the flag on the bell – Bell at Sv. Duje
17:30 Artistic Workshop “Our Sv. Duje” – Library Spinut
18:00 Opening of the exhibition “New research of the Split cathedral”- Skočibucic-Lukaris Palace
18:30 The poets of “The Dream of Culture” in honor of Sv. Duje – Library Brodarica
19:00 Šotobraco Split – KUD Jedinstvo – City streets and squares
20:00 Ivo Tijardović: SPLITSKI AKVAREL Director: Krešimir Dolenčić – HNK Split
20:00 Grand opening of Tourist Palace – Riva
 May 5, 2017
All Day Gastro Get Festival for Sv. Duje – Get
10:00 All of Split for Sv. Duje – Riva
12:00 Awards ceremony for graduates – Foyer HNK Split
17:30 Art Workshops “My Gulls” – Library Ravne njive
18:00 Art Workshop “Children’s Belfry” – Central Library Department for Children and Youth
18:00 “Sv. Duje” – Library Meje
18:00 “Bračko ča sv. Duje” – Central Library
18:15, 19:00, 20:00 “Split Moti”- high school students from the HNK to the Riva with the accompaniment of brass music, the dance of Split high school students – the asylum group Azil – Trg Gaje Bulata, Riva
19:00 Opening of the Forum Naronitanum Exhibition – Gallery Diocletian
18:00 Presentation of the book “Saints and sailors” – Institute for Scientific and Artistic Work of HAZU Split
18:30 Opening of the 42nd Flower Fair “Flower Art” – Gallery of Fine Arts
20:00 „Splićanke“ directed by Ivana Lea Leme – City Youth Theatre
20:00 “Maslina”, a thematic exhibition of 70 Croatian artists – Old Town Hall
 May 6, 2017
All Day Gastro Get Festival for Sv. Duje – Get
All Day Sudamje Fair – Riva
9:00 & 14:00 International Swimming Competition “Grdelina Sveti Duje” – SC Pool Poljud
10:00-12:00 42. Flower Day Morning devoted to children – Đardin
10:00 International Judo Tournament – St. Duje 2017 – Gripe
11:00 Three Little Pigs – City puppet theater
12:00 The 26th anniversary of the protest before Banovina – Banovina
18:00 The opening of the gala dinner – Cathedral St. Domnius
19:30 Klapa – City streets and squares
21:00 Lighthouse Disco – Gat Sv. Nikole
May 7, 2017
All Day Gastro Get Festival for Sv. Duje – Get
10:00 The ceremonial procession and the holy mass – Peristil/Riva
12:30 The eight-legged legendary race: Oxford-Cambridge-Split – City Split
12:30 Party with food and drink – Fish Market
13:30 Winners of the Oxford-Cambridge-Split – Peristil
17:00 The performance of Povist o ‘Split III dil – GKL Split
18:00 Humanitarian Action “Dina za moje dijete“ – Riva
19:00 Traditional Split tombola – Riva
20:30 Concert “Sv. Duje zvon zvona …” Fireworks – Riva
May 8, 2017
20:00 Ivo Tijardović: SPLITSKI AKVAREL Director: Krešimir Dolenčić – HNK Split
May 9, 2017
9:00 Raising the European Flag on the Day of Europe – Marjan Park-Forest
9:30 Olive planting – Marjan Park-Forest
10:00 Mali Dan Marjana – Marjan Park-Forest
12:00 Jumbo jumps with flags (European, Croatian and City) on the occasion of Europe Day – Riva
18:00 Opening of the exhibition of the sculptor Krun Bošnjak – Palace Skočibucic-Lukaris
19:00 Program of KUDs of Split National Minorities “Home is where the song is” – Youth House
May 12-14, 2017
International Veterans Handball Tournament Adriatic Cup – Gripe
May 14, 2017
10:00 Day of Marjan – Park-Forest Marjan

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