Wildflowers of Europe

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Stari Grad hosts a festival 'Wildflowers of Europe' as part of the European Project 'Wildflower Europe' from 24th - 26th June 2014.

Different exhibitions and events are spread over various venues in Stari Grad. The programme includes the exciting Moreška, the Saracen sword dance which is a special tradition from Korčula on 24th June in the Velo Podloža Square at 21:00. The festival opens at 20:00 on June 24th, and there are activities all day on June 25th, Croatia's National Day (Dan Državnosti). In the evening of June 25th at 19:00 there is are workshops showcasing wild flower arrangements created by people who attend Stari Grad's Day Centre for older citizens, and lavender bouquets made by the 'Trim' association, in front of the Stari Grad library (next to the Court and Town Council building). At 20:00 in the square in front of the Hektorović fortified villa (Tvrdalj) there is a fashion show highlighting the role of flowers in fashion. The evening closes with a concert by Hvar Island's increasingly famous band 'Levonda Kids' and 'Grupa Nex' at 21:30 at the same venue. On Thursday June 26th the festival reaches its climax with the tradition 'Fishermen's Night', a delightful combination of great fish dishes, local wines and singing, with Stari Grad's outstanding singing group Faroski Kantaduri rounding off the evening in the finest style with traditional Dalmatian harmony singing. Many different products are on sale, and all proceeds are being donated to the victims of Croatia's recent floods.

One of Hvar's famed topless VW Beetles was commandeered to advertize the event. As ever, it carried out its duties with verve and aplomb. With thanks to Chris Connor for the photograph.

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