[ANNOUNCEMENT] Prix Marulić Festival in Stari Grad Museum

Prix Marulić 2019Dear visitors, friends and associates of the Stari Grad Museum,

we are pleased to announce that Stari Grad Museum will host the Prix Marulić Festival!

We invite you to the listening of selected radio shows from the Prix Marulić Festival programme on Tuesday, May 7th at 12 noon in the atrium of the Stari Grad Museum.

Prix Marulić is an annual International Festival of Radio Plays and Documentary Radio Dramas, which is held this year from 4th to 9th May in the town of Hvar, organised by the Croatian Radio Drama Department (HRT-HR).

This unique ambient festival is held under the slogan Old texts revisited since 1997, in the authentic spaces of the town of Hvar. In the Stari Grad Museum we will present two ten-minute short forms, The Vintage Postcard or The Time Suspended, Mirila – The Border Between Two Worlds and the documentary radio drama about Zastražišće This nothing means something to somebody.


1. The Vintage Postcard or the Time Suspended
Second-hand markets, held in the open air, are lively places full of hustle and bustle, but, at the same time, they are also the last place for most of the items that are offered for sale before being finally thrown in the rubbish. The postcard from 1921, found at Hrelić, the famous flea market in Zagreb, was written in German. The vendor, who cannot speak German, assumes that the postcard is a kind of love letter, a moment suspended in time by this piece of paper. A memento of time long gone and a relationship for which we have no idea how it developed. Yet, the postcard is a living proof of its existence.

Author: Nikica Klobučar
Actors: Vanda Winter and Sven Medvešek
Sound engineer: Lana Deban
Editor: Katja Šimunić
Duration 9:40


2. This nothing means something to somebody
The book of bells, the album of old photographs, a family tree of ten thousand names, books about Christmas and other customs of the island of Hvar, came from curiosity and love, but also about the main speakers of this show – writer Marica Buratović and married couple Barbarić sharing not only interest in tradition but also attachment to a small town in the interior of the island of Hvar, Zastražišće.

Authors: Lada Martinac Kralj and Marija Pečnik Kvesić
Duration: 46:53


3. Mirila – The Border Between Two Worlds
Mirila, resting places where two worlds meet, are memorials related to the funerary custom of people living on Velebit Mountain who, due to the distance between the parish church and the cemetery, had to carry their dead to the burial site. Taking a rest and putting the dead down on the ground was allowed at one chosen spot only – at mirilo. After laying the deceased down on the ground, the body was measured by length and the measure was marked with two stone slabs, hence the name – mirila (mirilo, coll. Croatian for measure, as well as word play mirilo, mir, Croatian for rest, peace) – therefore: a standard, a measure. While the deceased laid on mirilo or shortly after, the space between the two stone slabs was tiled with flat stones. An oblong stone was placed at the feet, and a similarly shaped, but slightly raised stone was placed at the head. This slightly raised headstone would usually be carved with bas-reliefs. Mirila are a unique blend of tradition, mysticism and religion, which can only be found in the area of Southern Velebit, and are witness of the ancient custom, which was practiced until the middle of the last century. According to popular belief, the tomb was only the resting place for the body, while mirilo was the place where the soul remained.

Author: Marija Pečnik Kvesić
Duration: 9:40

We look forward to your visit!