Thursday, April 14, 2005

Guide through events for April - Istria

Vinistra 2005 -( 29.04.-03.05.) Hall of SRC Veli Jože, Poreč
«Let us drink. Why wait for the lighting of the lamps? Night is a hair's breadth away. Take down the great goblets from the shelf, dear friend, for the son of Semele and Zeus gave us wine to forget our pains.» Thus spake Alkaios from the island of Lesbos, while wine-loving mortals can go to Poreč, to the 12th international wine fair of Vinistra, and delight their palates with the charms of the alchemic process of turning grape juice into Spiritual Matter and with the tastes of the best Istrian and other olive oils, brandies, prosciutto, cheeses and other products. If you don’t intend to sniff glasses, spit into buckets and make similar wine tasting tricks, but just want to creep in there to forget the factory-made, biochemical fusions of wine features that lead to the darkest synesthesias in our language, I believe you’ll come to the right place. You won’t have to imagine, like Bukowski, Scottish castles overgrown with moss, an azure sky and cumuli to gulp your favorite nectar. But take it easy, you don’t want to trade the wine vision for a cerebral fusion or fission.

CESARIA EVORA (10. i 11.4. u 20 h) Zagreb
KD Vatroslav Lisinski
10 and 11 April, 20 h
Tickets: 200, 240, 270 kn

The queen of morna is coming to Zagreb again and promoting her ninth studio album, awarded with a Grammy, Voz dAmor. Born in 41 in Cape Verde Islands, she was 47 when she made her first album with the help of the young Frenchman Josė da Silva. Her third album, Mar Azul, attracted the attention of European audiences and started what eventually became the global myth of a barefoot singer with a cigarette in her hand. She mostly sings in Creole Portuguese, a mixture of African and French dialects. She describes her music, morna, as blues because it expresses her painful life. Evora’s blues of her green islands often tells the hard tale of slave trade and isolation of her country. She blends sentimental folk melodies, full of yearning and sadness, with the sounds of acoustic guitar, violin and clarinet. Although most people in the audience don’t understand a word she is singing, Cesaria has found a unique language understood by all the suffering, loving, poor and melancholic people around the world, a language of a unique music that takes you to a small house near the ocean, among white sand and African rhythms…

16 - 17 April-OFF ROAD 4x4 BARBAN
The Istrian village of Barban welcomes the fans of mud and off-road vehicles for the seventh time. The organizer of the event, Klub Off Road 4x4 Barban, announced some new things: a largely changed route of the roadbook, a longer track, more "extreme" tests on the hard track and many small details that must remain the "organizer's secret" until the start of the race. For the owners of "ordinary" off-road vehicles, who will find satisfaction on the easier track, there is a changed and longer track with all kinds of natural surfaces.

16 April OLIVE OIL FAIR-House of Youth, Vodnjan
Our bonny peninsula is known not only for its truffles and wines, but more and more for its olive oil, as even the most obtuse people must have noticed over the past few years. One of such events, which never pass unnoticed, is the Vodnjan Olive Oil Fair. Experts believe that trees in southern Istria make the best olives, which are transformed by skilled peasants into the best and tastiest oil. For yet another year, the House of Youth in Vodnjan will give a warm welcome to all exhibitors and visitors.