8 July 2019 – After maintaining his own unique project “Story of the konoba” for more than 15 years, Miki Bratanić has launched a crowdfunding campaign seeking global support.
The campaign is live on the GoGetFunding platform and supporters can donate now on the link: https://gogetfunding.com/story-of-the-konoba-project-support/
Donations received from the campaign will be used to maintain the “Story of the konoba” project.
Konoba is the Croatian word for a traditional wine cellar, but Miki’s family konoba is more than wine cellar, it has the status of a “Protected cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia”.
The goal of the “Story of the konoba” project is to preserve and promote Croatian cultural heritage through various kinds of public activities like cultural events, presentations, and the publishing of books and articles. Miki has published three books so far dedicated to the konoba; “THE KONOBA”, “STORY OF THE KONOBA” and “STORIES FROM THE KONOBA – FOR KIDS”.
He has presented its story to audiences in New York, Boston, San Francisco, and many Croatian cities so far.
Many UNESCO cultural heritages connected to Croatia like “Mediterranean food”, “Dalmatian acapella singing”, “Starigrad plain” and “Following the cross-procession” are part of this story.
Miki has also written a song as part of the project titled “KONOBA BLUES”.
With this support, Miki and his family will be able to keep preserving and promoting this worldwide human heritage, and help build Croatian cultural branding.
Miki will organise a special donation evening event at his family konoba in Vrbanj on the island of Hvar on 31 July, 2019 for all locals who are able to come and give support.
“For many years, I have been promoting our tradition and heritage, emphasising the island of Hvar, Dalmatia and Croatia as a Mediterranean destination with unique values. In addition, I am promoting our winemakers and restaurants named “konoba” too, so it will be nice for all of them to respond to this campaign by supporting my activities. In a special way I am calling our Croatian diaspora members who still have a sense for traditional values to also join this campaign. Many thanks to all of them in advance,” Miki Bratanić, who has already attracted many well known and popular Croatians scientists and academics with his project, said.
Miki received a special award from city of Stari Grad on the island Hvar for his continuous effort in cultural heritage preservation and promotion.