Season of Contemporay Croatian Drama
15 -17 April 2013
RADA Studios, 16 Chenies Street, Lodnon WC1E 7EX
Presentation on Croatia and EU legislation
Croatian Embassy, 21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN
Thursday, 11 April 2013 at 5.30pm
Croatia Through The Lens
An exhibition of short-listed photographs at the end of the year-long 'Welcome Croatia' online competition and announcement of the winner.
Croatian Embassy, 21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN
The exhibition will be open from 6th to 19th February from 11am to 3pm weekdays.
A Festival Welcoming a New EU Member
Read about Welcome Croatia Festival in Croatia Traveller blog.
Croatia Traveller by Jeanne Oliver.
Shared Innovation is the first event of the Welcome Croatia festival, which is organised by the British-Croatian Society.
This exhibition is a celebration of partnership between the UK and Croatia at the beginning of a year when we Welcome Croatia to the EU.
The British Council is proud to host this exhibition in partnership with the Croatian Ministry of Culture.
Petr Krejci Photography www.petrkrejci.com
Photographs by Tom Smith
Shared Innovation is the result of a partnership developed by British Council Croatia between the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art, the Croatian Designers’ Association and the School of Design, University of Zagreb.
It showcases the success of the Extra / ordinary Design Workshops - a British Council project working in Croatia since 2011.
It has used mainstream design, led by UK expertise, and a design-led inclusive process to help transform organisations run by, employing or educating socially marginalised groups and supports their struggle in challenging economic times.
Please note that guided tours will take place on Saturdays at 11-00, 14-00 and 16-00 and to book a place on a tour it is necessary to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following is the Society's programme of forthcoming events (additional events may be arranged)
The British-Croatian Society is pleased to invite you to the launch of the book 'Chris Cviić: a memoir by his friends and himself' and a showing of the film 'Homecoming / Dom Zauvijek' on Tuesday December 4 at the Whirled Cinema, 259-260 Hardess Street, Loughborough Junction, SE24 0HN.The Whirled Cinema (www.whirledart.co.uk) opened in 2010 and is a comfortable cinema with a bar and lounge. It can be easily reached by public transport. The venue is booked exclusively for the British-Croatian Society from 18-30. The book launch will be at 19-00 (further information about the book is attached) and will be followed at 19-30 by screening of Homecoming (synopsis below), produced by Tina Galović, a young Croat who has set up the Bold Turtle Productions company in London. The film lasts one hour and afterwards there will be an opportunity to talk to Tina and have a drink at the bar.
Synopsis of Homecoming:
"I dream of giving birth to child who will ask 'Mother, what was war?'"
Structured in ten distinguishing yet complementary chapters, documentary film Homecoming takes us on an emotional journey through Croatian destiny in the last 20 years. The documentary introduces a number of characters of various age and background, from various parts of Croatia for whom the war of Croatian independence changed their lives forever.
Narrated with a voice of a young woman who was only a child when the war happened, intercepted with extraordinary personal stories and shocking and disturbing archive footages from early nineties, Homecoming delivers a unique and rounded journey of an unfortunate destiny of Croatian people, from the conception through labour to tragic consequences the Homeland War has brought about.
It charts the conviction of people for whom identity and survival were paramount.
Aside from strong, emotional personal stories of unthinkable horror proportions, the film is just the same one of hope and inspiration. It is a film about courage against adversity, faith against despair; reflections and remembrance, and ultimately hope for brighter future.
Through the voices of common people, Homecoming tells a story about the raise of a small, invisible Balkan country with enormous natural and human beauty from the ashes of terror; the country which still bears the scars, both physical and psychological, of the conflict during the War of Independence. It reflects upon a part of history that, although can never be changed, has moulded and influenced a generation in a positive way.
This film documents a remarkable journey through nostalgia to hope for the future and shows Croatia, its once destroyed places and despaired people in the already won fight for the brighter, promising future, and asks how other nations that have been besieged with war might see their way out of the ashes of aggression.
This year's British-Croatian Society annual dinner will be held in the Great Russell Room at the Montague Hotel (for details of the hotel see www.montaguehotel.com) on Friday November 23. This is a charming small hotel with excellent food situated next to the British Museum. It is easy to reach by public transport and from 18-30 there is parking on the road outside the hotel.
Places to attend the dinner are limited to 100. Reservations with payment must be made by Friday November 16 at the latest. The cost is £50 a person. This will include a 3 course dinner and coffee, as well as a welcome drink in the Conservatory.
Reservations should be made by email to Suzanna at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving the names of those attending and specifying if any guest requires a vegetarian option or has a special dietary requirement. If you would like to sit on the same table as others attending the dinner, please let Suzanna know and she will do her best to arrange the seating plan so this is possible.
Payment can be made by sending a cheque (made payable to the British-Croatian Society) to: Suzanna Dolata, 3 Chester Road, London N19 5DE or by bank transfer to the British-Croatian Society's account 60566500 at Barclays' Oxford City Centre branch, sort code 20-65-18, with your name as the reference, or you can pay using PayPal by selecting membership type AD£50 on the membership page of this website, with your name under ‘enter description’.April 17
The Croatian writer Robert Perisic will take a break from the London Book Fair to talk to the Society. This will take place at the Croatian Embassy at 7 pm. Further programme to follow.February 28
A festival to get to know a new EU member
The British-Croatian Society has come together with the British-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the Croatian National Tourist Office, the Croatian Students and Young Professionals Network, the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia, the International Trust for Croatian Monuments and the United Kingdom Association of Alumni and Friends of Croatian Universities to create a festival in 2013 to highlight Croatia in the UK as it joins the EU.A photographic exhibition by one of our members will launch the competition: Gordana Johnson: A 30 YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE CAMERA
Sir John Ramsden chairs the organising committee of Welcome Croatia and will talk briefly about the festival. The exhibition will remain open until March 9.January 17
Klapa Motuvun: A free lunchtime concert at St Martins. 1 pm start.January 16
Split and Trogir - Centres of Romanesque Art. A lecture by Dr Radoslav Buzancic, Head of the Conservation Department for Dalmatia, Croatian Ministry of Culture.