An exhibition presenting the famous Croatian Sinjska alka event will open tomorrow night in New York…
Inscribed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List, Sinjska alka is an equestrian competition commemorating the victory of 700 Croatian defenders against 60,000 Ottoman soldiers under Mehmed Pasha Celic on August 14, 1715. Last summer it was held for the 300th year in a row. Only men born in Sinj and surrounding villages are eligible to take part in the event and with it comes considerable prestige.
The exhibition, titled ‘Sinjska alka – 300 years’ will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York from 29 March to 8 April. Special guests will attend the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday night, including alkar’s Pero Tomašević and Ivan Domazet who will be dressed in the traditional alkar costume.
The exhibition is organised by The Chivalric Alka Society (VAD) in cooperation with Vladimir Drobnjak, Croatia’s Ambassador to the United Nations with financial support from the Croatian House Foundation of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Croatian Tourism Board.