Kvarner newsletter / no 12

2009 – Year of the Glagolitic alphabet

"Speak with your heart" is the title of the project that will take place in 2009 in Baška, a renowned tourist destination on the island of Krk. The year 2009 will be dedicated to Glagolica (Glagolitsa), the old Croatian alphabet, through an all-year series of cultural, entertainment, sports and other events in the area of Baška.

The new Glagolitic attributes will be incorporated in all advertising materials of the Baška Municipality Tourism Office. Special programmes to mark the year of the Glagolitic alphabet will start at Easter and include various performances, round-table discussions, exhibitions and numerous cultural events. A special contribution to this event will be the completion of the Path of the Glagolitic alphabet in Baška with various Glagolitic stone monuments along the path.  

The Glagolitic alphabet is the old Slavic alphabet from the mid-11th century. The oldest Croatian Glagolitic monument is the Baška Tablet (Bašćanska ploča), a national monument of culture. Baška Tablet is a stone inscription containing 13 lines of Glagolitic text giving account on a donation by the Croatian king Zvonimir (1075-1089) to the church of St. Lucy (sv. Lucija) in Jurandvor, where the Baška Tablet was found.

In the year 2008, Baška realised a total of 823,000 overnight stays, which makes this town fourth best in Kvarner, right after Opatija, Mali Lošinj and Rab. In addition to a wide range of accommodation facilities and restaurants, a very special, recognisable landmark of Baška is the famous 1800-metre long Vela plaža pebble beach. 2009 will be the tenth year that this beach is awarded the Blue Flag by the Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe (Feee).