Welcome to the website of the British Croatian Society
Dobro došli na web stranice Britansko-hrvatskog društva
Croatia is a jewel, increasingly well known in Britain. We aim to further cultural understanding between Britain and Croatia by bringing like-minded people together for a series of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, dinners and other events throughout the year. Please see the events page for a list of forthcoming dates, as well as examples of events we've organised in the past.
Our members have varied interests and backgrounds, and while we have a cultural focus as a society, our events often recognise other aspects of Croatia such as its outstanding natural beauty and thriving tourism industry.
We like to keep our members in touch with items of news we believe would be of interest. Members automatically receive emails from time to time with news and information as well as invitations to events. We also keep our members in touch with additional items of news we believe would be of interest to them.
Becoming a member couldn't be easier. Please see the membership page for details on how to do that.
We hope you enjoy browsing our site, and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our events in the near future.
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BRITISH-CROATIAN SOCIETY - a review of 2018
In its own modest way, we hope the activities of the British-Croatian Society contribute to a better understanding of Croatia in the UK, as well as providing a welcome opportunity to share our love of Croatia.
We bring people together in different ways. The World Cup was a hectic time for us organising gatherings in the Hoop and Toy, as well as the Horse and Wig, (what extraordinary names British pubs have!) to watch the matches. Social events over the year also included the traditional annual dinner, this time in the sumptuous surroundings of the Savile Club in Mayfair, one of London's old established prestigious clubs.
This year we also managed to combine the necessary, but rather dull, need to have an Annual General Meeting with a food and wine event.
Serious matters were also part of the 2018 programme. With the help of Tulip Siddiq MP, we met in the Jubilee Room in the House of Commons to hear Gabrijela Kocjan talk on the theme 'the cells that unite us'. The British-Croatian Society is, of course, non-political, but members received enthusiastically Tulip's passionate introduction to the event. She spoke of her own family's experience of political asylum in the UK (Tulip was born in Bangladesh) and her support for her constituents' overwhelming wish to remain in the European Union.
This was an appropriate lead-in to Gabrijela's talk highlighting not only her experience as "a fortunate immigrant", but also highlighting the many things Croats like her have been able to contribute to the benefit of the UK.
As he completed his first year as Croatian Ambassador in the UK, Igor Pokaz addressed the Society. In a relaxed and open talk he reflected on the issues surrounding BREXIT that have made for a busy year for him, as well as issues that he is still working on, such as trying to strengthen trade and investment between the two countries.
Oversight of the planned renovation of the embassy premises to provide better consular services is also taking his time. Unlike most of our events, we followed his presentation with a glass of wine, but whereas we normally serve wines from Croatia, this time we had English wine. As you can expect, the view was decidedly that Croatian wine is better.
The 2018 Chris Cviić Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Vlatka Hlupić on the theme of her new book Humane Capital: How to Create a Management Shift to Transform Performance and Profit. The Chris Cviić annual event is an opportunity both to remember a fine contributor to Croatian-British relations.
Once again we have had a splendid avalanche of photographs submitted for calendarCroatia 2019. This year the calendar features just one image for each month so the pressure on the selectors was intense. The result is a wonderful calendar showing both the variety as well as the beauty of Croatia. For the first time, the exhibition will be in digital form and you can access it through our website.
For many of us, one of the highlights of the British-Croatian Society year was the performance of Klapa Nevera at St Ethelburga's in the City of London. The venue is atmospheric, the klapa group outstanding and the packed Centre for Peace and Reconciliation full. Klapa Nevera could only make a brief visit to the UK and to make one performance. However, they were kindly accommodated in Beaconsfield where their hosts introduced them to the local pub (claiming, not uniquely, to be the oldest pub in Britain). There, irresistibly, Klapa Nevera sang, at first to the astonishment of the local drinkers, and then to great applause. The British-Croatian Society has continued to send out information about a whole host of Croatian events that have taken place in the UK.
We have supported Croatian participation in the British Library's 'A New Europe in Film' so that Croatia was represented, as well as sponsoring the celebration of the life of writer Daša Drndić, who we worked with when she was in the UK for the London Book Fair.