The idea and conceptual basis of the Festival is the protection, safeguarding and promotion of maritime
tradition of sailors and captains from Stari Grad as
a pledge for the future of new generations and initiating an especially attractive maritime, cultural and tourist manifestation.
Four days of sailing in Stari Grad bay and Hvar
The festival program at the sea is designed as a sort of invitation to all lovers of traditional sailing to introduce, together with their crews and boats, the tradition of the region of their origin as well as their knowledge of maritime skills to the festival audience, the guests and the media. During the Festival days, the bay Vala will be the
stage for numerous Adriatic beauties: traditional boats batane, trupe, lađe, gucevi, pasare, gajete, leuti, falkuše, parance, and they will be joined by other types of traditional Mediterranean boats.
A special festival attraction will be the night boat
parade with traditional boats and classical wooden
sailboats, wooden family cruisers from the 50s and
the 60s and modern boats and sailboats present in
the Vala bay.
Socializing and exchanging experiences
The boats’ crews are mostly amateur sailors who are visiting the Festival with the goal of socializing, making new acquaintances, exchanging experiences and genuine maritime traditions and sailing in the magnificent Stari Grad bay – Vala.
The experience will be complete with the participation of boats from fraternal associations from other European countries, who also received an invitation to participate at the grand party.
Applications for the participation will be accepted from March 1st until September 10th 2022 at
the address: firstname.lastname@example.org or in the office of the Organizer at the sea promenade for the duration of the Festival.
Cultural-musical and advertising program
In addition to the program organized at the sea,
various cultural program will also be organized in the city for the duration of the festival. Concerts will be organized on the central stage during evening hours. ‘Days in the bay’ are the perfect opportunity for all-day introduction and advertisement of cultural creations of societies and associations from the island of Hvar.
On the stands and in tents positioned on the sea promenade Stara riva traditional Mediterranean products and delicacies will be presented and offered and the restaurants in Stari Grad will offer abundant menus with island culinary specialties as well as world-famous wines originating from the island Hvar.
Roundtable discussions – public forums
In addition to topics relating to national maritime heritage, also planned are lectures of renowned domestic and foreign scientists on cultural, sociological, economic and general social importance of national maritime heritage.
Representatives of shipping associations will participate at roundtable discussions and have the opportunity to express their views and proposals regarding the renovation and reaffirming of the almost extinct maritime crafts, and especially the nearly extinct traditional wooden shipbuilding. Special attention will be given to the discussion on the present Croatian nautical tourism where eminent tourist experts will express their thoughts and standpoints.
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