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Croatia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

Croatia has a large Diaspora around the world from North and South America, Australia and New Zealand to Western European countries particularly Germany, Switzerland and Austria. An independent organisation / institution "Croatian Heritage Foundation" (Matica iseljenika) established by the government in 1990 by a special Law on the Croatian Heritage Foundation (HMI), and funded through the Ministry of Culture, supports and coordinates cultural programmes for Croatians abroad. The Ministry of Culture also supports special radio programmes aimed at the Croatian Diaspora, as well as satellite programmes on Croatian television.

The focus of the Ministry of Culture is put on distributing grants for mobility, co-productions and programmes of cultural cooperation that are submitted by artists and cultural organisations through two public calls. However, the Ministry is also actively involved in planning and executing some large-scale international cooperation projects such as cultural seasons, weeks of Croatian culture, participation in book fairs, the Venice biennial and similar exhibitions. It is important to note that the government does not have an articulated Strategy for International Cultural Cooperation or Promotion.

As a result of cross-border cooperation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro succeeded in placing the first trans-border inscription of ‘stećci’ medieval tombstones on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These tombstones are found in all four countries. The process of nomination included close cooperation of experts from all four countries.

Chapter published: 04-05-2017

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