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Udruga Val kulture

National Network: 
Croatia
Address: 
Jurisiceva 19, Zagreb
10000 Zagreb
Croatie
Telephone: 
+38598202486
E-Mail (2): 
Organisation Type: 
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment: 
2001
General Information: 

About our association “Wave of Culture” (Val kulture) Association Wave of Culture has been active for 15 years as a promoter of the Croatian cultural scene. As such, our activities include organization of cultural and artistic events and activities, lectures, seminars and forums to valorize Croatian tangible and intagible heritage in new and creative ways. Our main objective is to recognize Croatian heritage yet unpresented, and to create new cultural and tourism products, all the while encouraging general public to actively participate in the process. These activities are accompanied by the publishing of books, magazines, video and audio records from the area of activity of the Association, and cooperation with related organizations in Croatia and abroad. One of our most successful products is the first and largest festival of legends, myths and narratives in Croatia - LegendFest. This year was the 12th year that the festival took place in the picturesque Istrian town of Pićan and the third year in the Krka national park. We are also currently participating as responsible partners for Croatia in the Interreg Slovenia-Croatia project, with a goal of creating a cross-border tourism product based on the itineraries that summarize the intangible cultural heritage of Istria. Through our projects we hope to offer platforms for cultural and artistic production, create cultural and social sustainability in local communities, encourage entreprenuership in their inhabitants and to evoke a feeling of pride for their heritage

Mission and Objectives: 

Val Kulture (Non Profit – HR) – Partner Aims and Objectives (1000 c max) Wave of Culture was founded as a non-profit organization in 2001 with its center in Zagreb. It contributes to the revitalization of intangible and tangible culture, and deals with the promotion of culture and arts. The organization has brought out three publications on the intangible culture of Croatia, as well as videos, artistic programs, tourist routes, lectures, workshops and fairs. Wave of Culture is proud to have continuously and very successfully worked on the LegendFest - a festival of legends, myths and storytelling. The first LegendFest was launched by the association in 2005 in Pićan, a small Istrian town, which is on the list of Croatian protected cultural goods. In the past two years the festival expanded into Zagreb, Šibenik-Knin Counties, as well as into the Slavonia region, continuing to bring an abundance of Croatian tangible and intangible culture into focus, and thus greatly contributing to its cultural preservation for many generations to come. Role in the project (1000 c max) We at Wave of Culture see the role of our organization in the partnership as a contributor by organizing and managing the overall event in Pićan, Croatia. Wave of Culture will work closely together with its local supporters, the Ethnographic museum in Pićan, the Municipality of Pićan, schools and tourism agencies in order to purport the goals of our European program specificities in Croatia. By putting the emphasis on crafts in the view of historical development, we will be able to show the development and the influence of different cultures onto Istrian crafts such as kažun arhitecture, the manufacture of barrels and combs as well as stone mining. During visits to these institutions we will involve young students in the translation process for the storytellers, so that each international storyteller has a student translator by their side to explain to

Main Projects / Activities: 

Wave of Culture has vastly contributed to the revitalization of traditional culture via the organization of the LegendFest - a festival of local legends, myths and storytelling. The first LegendFest was launched by the association's president Ivor Zidarić in 2005 in Pićan, a small Istrian town of his ancestors, which is on the list of Croatian protected cultural goods. In the past two years the festival expanded into Zagreb, Šibenik-Knin Counties, as well as into the Slavonia region. With the organization of LegendFests throughout the country, the Wave of Culture undoubtedly continues to bring an abundance of Croatian tangible and intangible culture into focus, and thus greatly contributes to its cultural preservation for many generations to come. The mission of Wave of Culture is to provide innovative festivals, which connect traditional culture in terms of storytelling, hand crafted goods, and traditional dance and song to be shared with the local communities and visitors. The aim hereby is to introduce domestic and foreign visitors to a wealth of Croatian tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Through interactive events, the visitors learn about the myths, legends and historical details of a particular place. Participants are famous local artists, theater companies, recognized ethnologists, historians, illustrators and others. In addition, visitors are offered food, drinks and souvenirs at the so-called LegendFair known for its locally homemade products. LegendFest has become a part of the international festival platform called ‘Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe’ (EFFE) and has been awarded an EFFE quality mark 2015 – 2016, thus being recognized as one of the best European festivals dedicated to art and community. In 2013 the festival was awarded with 'Simply the Best' award by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. The festival has provided means for excellent collaboration between the local community, residents and institutions in the host cities. Museums, tourist offices, media organizations and various private companies have all provided great assistance in organizing the festival.

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

We are looking for partners so we can apply on EU fionds together and work on projects.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Because we want to be part of your network and share the info about us and our work, so we can find partners from the World and maybe join in some project and funds.

Contact (1) Full Name: 
Ivor Zidaric
Job Title: 
President
Head of the organisation: 
Ivor Zidaric

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