One of the novelties is the educational and entertaining workshop Visible and Invisible Water World, organised by experts from Hrvatske vode and which has become part of the offer of all Sava fairs.
In Sisak’s Old Town a Sava Fair was held whose visitors were able to enjoy various dishes and beverages and they also had the opportunity to learn about this region’s tradition which is extensively linked to life along the Sava River. The fair was held within the framework of the traditional June Meetings, and it is one of a number of events within the framework of the Our Beautiful Sava project, whose finale will be held in Slavonski Brod on July 1.
Exhibitors once again offered visitors everything that makes this region special and the Sava River important for its day-to-day life. Original handicrafts made from wood or ceramics, nets and old fishing tools made by Mijo Vojković and used for fishing on the Sava River today, as well as knits made from linen convinced visitors that the tradition of this part of the country is certainly alive. Home-made wine, blackberries and cheese are only part of the fair’s gastronomic offer, while people could also taste fish stew by Ivan Kirin, the Croatian champion when it comes to the preparation of this traditional dish.
One of this year’s novelties is the educational and entertaining workshop Visible and Invisible Water World, which was organised by experts from Hrvatske vode and which has become part of the offer of all of this year’s Sava fairs. The workshop educates fair visitors about the importance to monitor water quality, while a magnifying glass used for the examination of live organisms and the drawing of pictures on what they had seen delighted especially the youngest visitors.
“It is a particular pleasure to see how the manifestation is growing by the year, how there is ever more content and visitors”, said Davorka Obradović, the curator of the Sisak City Museum, which enriched the fair with photographs about life along the Sava River over the past century. “Its position at the mouth of the Kupa next to the Sava and this manifestation are reviving this region which had been slightly forgotten and neglected in the past 15 years.
Sisak is a protected cultural and historical entity and connected to the protected natural entity Lonjsko Polje. It possesses all the preconditions to become a compelling place in continental Croatia’s tourism offer”, said Davorka Obradović, who is particularly proud of an eco village project which should highlight all the riches of the materialistic and non-materialistic traditions of this region.
Željko Milković, deputy navigation secretary of the Sava Commission, pointed out how this international body has been supporting the Our Beautiful Sava project since the beginning because its aim is to return people to the river. “Many people have told me that they have seen and experienced for the first time the treasures of this city thanks to the project. Sisak is a city next to three rivers and people have to be aware that the rivers are part of the town and that they town could not survive without them”, deems Milković.
“We initiated the Our Beautiful Sava project with the aim to promote awareness of the importance of water and water resources, and to promote the sustainable development of regions along Croatia’s longest river. It is nice to return to Sisak because here we become aware of how the people living in the Sava region, apart from the ever larger number of partners on a national and local level, have recognized the importance of this comprehensive project”, said Igor Ćutuk, Public Affairs Supervisor at Coca‑Cola HBC Croatia.
The social responsibility project Our Beautiful Sava began with the Sava Fair on Bundek Lake in Zagreb on June 3, it was continued with a fair in Županja on June 11, and after Sisak, the finale will take place in Slavonski Brod on July 1. The aim of the project is to promote awareness of the importance to protect Croatia’s waters and water resources and to encourage eco tourism and tourism content on sustainability bases.
The project was jointly initiated by the International Sava River Basin Commission, the Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management, the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure and Coca‑Cola Croatia, in cooperation with Hrvatske vode and the Agency for Inland Waterways.
Igor Ćutuk, Public Affairs Supervisor
Coca‑Cola HBC Hrvatska
phone 01 2480 167
fax 01 2480 505