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Beseda slovenske Istre study circle of Marezige

(Mentor: Nadja Rojac from Trieste, 7 members)
Proposer: Libris Bookshop, Koper

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"In Istria there is much talk about coexistence, about the multicultural nature of this area, but too little is done in the field of cultural heritage. We have riches that are just bursting to be discovered and recorded!"

In October 1995 Leda Dobrinja invited certain individuals, whom she knew to be writing a history of Istria, to a meeting at which they set up the study circle Beseda slovenske Istre [‘writing of Slovenian Istria']. At the meetings they read their compositions and poems written in the original Slovenian Istrian dialect. The activities of the study circle began rapidly expanding, especially with the decision to publish their compositions. They delved yet further into the ethnographic and broader cultural and historical sphere. Through their published work and cultural events they became increasingly recognised, and their work also gained recognition partly through contacts with study circles throughout Slovenia (they read their compositions at all stations of the Study Circle Caravan). "In Istria there is much talk about coexistence, and about the multicultural nature of this area, since two nations and one ethnic minority live here, but too little is done in the area of discovering and nurturing the cultural heritage of the original Slovenian population of Istria," says the new mentor of the study circle, Nadja Rojac. Slovenian Istria still conceals treasures that are desperate for someone to record them and thus rescue them from oblivion. This was the intention of Leda Dobrinja, who founded the circle as part of the activities of Hiša od čuda. The written material that started to be collected is published in the collection Brazde s trmuna, which comes out once a year, and provides invaluable testament to the history, Istrian customs, important personalities and so forth. Space is also devoted in Brazde to Istrian writers, who can publish their work either in literary Slovenian or in dialect. This autumn will see publication of the ninth issue, and work is already underway to gather material for the tenth jubilee issue. After the Second World War, Istria experienced a mass emigration of the population to Trieste and further afield. Members of the circle seek traces of these people, record their poignant stories and invite them to cooperate, while also cooperating with their cultural societies and institutions in Trieste, chiefly with the Ivan Grbec Cultural Society of Škedenj, with the Slovenian educational society Mačkolje, with the editorial office of the Radio Trieste Slovenian channel, with the Gorica Mohorjeva society and more. Of course they do not neglect their own environs. Alone or in collaboration with others, they organise various cultural events: for several years now they have been regular guests of thematic evenings at the Koper bookshop Libris, and in Ljubljana they have given a presentation at Celica, at the Slovenian Istria in poems and words meeting.



 
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