Kvarner newsletter / no 33

Marco Antonio de Dominis Festival on Rab
Under the patronage of UNESCO

To mark the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the birth of Marco Antonio de Dominis, a versatile scientist and one of the most famous people ever from the island of Rab, UNESCO has declared 2010 the Year of Marco Antonio de Dominis. From the 1st to the 3rd of October, the town of Rab will host a large three-day scientific conference.

In honour of the great Marco Antonio de Dominis, one of the most famous people ever from the island of Rab, the town of Rab will host a celebration to mark the 450th anniversary of his birth from the 1st to the 3rd of October. This three-day event will be organised under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Dr. Ivo Josipović, and UNESCO, which has declared 2010 the Year of Marco Antonio de Dominis.
Marco Antonio de Dominis (1560-1624) was one of the greatest minds from Croatia of all times. He was a scientist, professor of philosophy, logic and rhetoric, doctor of theology, diplomat, and legal adviser of the Venetian Republic. He also had several functions in the church – he was the bishop of Senj, the archbishop of Split, and the primate of Dalmatia and Croatia. He is remembered for his scientific achievements, most important being his research of the dispersion of white light and the explanation of the occurrence of rainbow, which was acknowledged by the great physicist Sir Isaac Newton. He also explained the influence of the Sun and the Moon on the tides on Earth.
At the end of 1602, Marco Antonio de Dominis attacked Rome in his work "Rocks of the Christian Wreckage". He advocated the reformation of the Catholic Church and return to the basics of Christianity, and saw papacy as an obstacle. Fearing the inquisition, he went to England, but returned later to Rome, where he again opposed the inquisition. After being declared a heretic and imprisoned, he died in Rome in 1624. His body was burned together with his works and the ashes were thrown into River Tiber.
In honour of this great man, the town of Rab will host a three-day scientific conference on which many renowned scientists will present their papers. The closing ceremony will be attended by the President of the Republic of Croatia Dr. Ivo Josipović.
After this great anniversary, Rab will start preparing for another closing ceremony – Kanata, which will mark the end of this year's tourist season. The ceremony will take place on the 8th of October in the town of Rab. Visitors will have the chance to enjoy performances by numerous local musicians, traditional vocal groups, and cultural and artistic societies, and to choose from the wide range of excellent specialities.