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The best experience: Open air gallery

Active break | 02. 10. 2019

As part of European cultural heritage days 2019, a gallery was created under the arcades in Bernardin: there's a unique exhibition of photographs under the title »Small stories of our heritage« and the main slogan »A walk and look in time”.

Gallery gala opening

On Saturday 5th October the arcades on the promenade by the sea between Piran and Portorož were buzzing as various members of associations that strive to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the past came together and presented their work. 

There were many participants: the association Anbot Piran and the Folklore association VAL Piran with “Small stories of our heritage”, the Italian community Giuseppe Tartini Piran, mandolin players “Serenate”, the group Saltmakers family with the massage that Piran was built on salt,  a group from Tartini’s time with their homage to the famous violinist Giuseppe Tartini and the association Rosa Klementina, which brings back to life the ways of rich tourists from 100 years ago with luxurious clothing. Credits and thanks for the idea of the gala opening and the creation of the photographic exhibition go to Ubald Trnkoczy.

The meaning of European cultural heritage days

European cultural heritage days are organised by numerous European countries under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The theme of 2019 is heritage, art and entertainment. The purpose of the current theme is to portray the different aspects of cultural heritage, which are dedicated to art and free time. With art we can have enjoyable experiences and relax every single day. Moreover, art also gives us the opportunity to explore history, so this year’s main theme is cultural heritage, which today can be found in many forms of entertainment.

The photographs on display depict Istrian culture

The photographs on display were captured so genuinely by the photographer Ubald Trnkoczy and they show Istrian culture and the traditions of our grandmothers.

… to satisfy your curiosity, these are the photographs of the “Small stories of our heritage” displayed on the Slovenian coast. Each photograph tells a story of Istria’s authenticity and of life as it once was. So come and have a stroll between Piran and Portorož, where you’ll be able to admire the photographs in person.

Traditional stone house became home to the salt-pan family during salt harvesting in summer.

Istria is home of the best virgin olive oil. Even women come out to help at the harvest time.

The Šavrini girls and women provided daily the coastal towns with homemade food.

The housewives of Piran used to do their laundry at town squares wells.

Fresh fish was sold at the Fisherman square next to the town’s inner port (mandracchio).

Istrian people still know how to weave the traditional baskets, made of beka (basket willow).

Due to the mild climate in Strunjan the persimmon trees bare the best golden apples as the locals call them.

At the end of the Jernej Channel in Seča wooden boats are still renovated in the traditional way.

At Easter the traditional palm weaving becomes a popular festive decoration.

Water was vital to Piran inhabitants especially in drought season. Wells became popular gathering places.

Istrian hinterland is the home of smoke-bush. The leaves turn bright red in autumn. Smoke-bush was traditionally used for fabric colouring.

Many healing plants, still used for medicinal purposes, grow in the unspoiled green Istrian hinterlands.

Mora, a loud traditional game of fingers and numbers, is still popular in Istria.

The Piran crier informed the townspeople about all the important events.

The Istrian hinterland has always been very important to supply fresh and high quality food for all coastal towns. 

Cold pressed olive oil in the torklja press was traditionally manual.

Photos: Ubalda Trnkoczya.

Gallery is supported by: Občina Piran, Turistično združenje Portorož, Hoteli Bernardin in Okolje Piran.