As we announced earlier, Stari Grad Museum presented the maritime heritage of Stari Grad on the maritime festival Week of the Gulf of Morbihan (La semaine du Golfe du Morbihan) in the French region of Brittany. In the Croatian i.e. Dalmatian tent, as part of the festival’s “European Maritime Heritage Village”, Museum presented an exhibition of photographs Maritime heritage of Stari Grad and the figurehead of the pelig Il Giglio from the 19th century. The director of the Museum prof. Aldo Čavić held a lecture about Stari Grad’s maritime heritage. In addition, the exhibition also promoted the festival Days in the Bay, which will be held from 14 to 17 September 2017 in Stari Grad. We established numerous contacts, especially with associations from France and Italy, who are interested in coming to Stari Grad’s festival. Velimir Lojpur from Split also promoted Dalmatian maritime heritage with his models of traditional ships as well as the Palagruža Association from Komiža, who built the Komiža gundula.
On this occasion, we would like to thank the Cronaves Association, the organisers of the Croatian visit to Morbihan, for the invitation and help in promoting Stari Grad and its rich maritime heritage.
The Festival “Week of the Gulf of Morbihan”, held from 22 to 28 May 2017 in the “Little Sea” area in the French province of Brittany, is one of the most important European maritime, cultural and tourist events. Morbihan Bay is a natural harbour on the Atlantic Ocean coast located in the south of Brittany (north-western France). The name comes directly from the Breton language (Ar Mor Bihan) which translates into “a little sea”. Many world geographers describe the Gulf of Morbihan as one of the most beautiful bays in the world that stretches from Locmariaquer to the west to Port Navalo in the east.
The festival is organised by Grand Large Ltd. from Nantes, and the first edition was held eighteen years ago in the city of Vannes. Eventually, the festival grew, so today all sixteen municipalities in the Morbihan Bay participate in it. This year, more than 1300 different boats (rowing boats, old fishing boats, old motor boats, steamboats, traditional multi-mast sail-boats, classic and modern yachts…) have participated in the festival, with tens of thousands of visitors. Although the fleets are sailing on a daily basis in the bay, from city to city, the biggest event is certainly the Great Parade (La Grande Parade) in which all the boats at the festival participate. This magnificent event is hard to describe with words so we invite you to take a look at our photo gallery.