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  28.01.2019, 11:28h

Innovations and the digital future at the Night of Museums 2019

The Public Institute of Krka National Park joined in celebrating the educational and, judging by the number of visitors, popular manifestation called the Night of Museums.

Under the common framework: "Museums – Innovation and the Digital Future", the museums of the cities of Šibenik, Drniš, and Knin gathered together, with program support from the Krka National Park, to present visitors with a wealth of museum material in the light of the innovative future, considering that success in promoting the cultural heritage in fact lies in the use of new technologies. A detailed program was presented at a press conference at the Municipal Museum of Šibenik.

On Friday, the 1st of February, from 2 to 5 pm, a visit to the Skradinski buk waterfall has been organized, where the visitors, in addition to enjoying the unique beauty of the Krka River in winter, will have the opportunity to become more familiar with traditional crafts and extensive industrial heritage along the Krka River. At the watermills located in Skradinski buk, there are presentations of an old kitchen, a mill, the miller’s rooms, a loom, a forge, and stables, and an exhibition about hydropower plants built along the Krka River is also on display.

The Night of Museums continues at 7 pm at the Municipal Museum of Drniš. An unusual experience of motifs featuring the Krka River, with its natural features, cultural and historical heritage and events is offered by the amateur photographers: Iva Matić, Ante Gverić, and Tomislav Prpa. Magnificent scenes captured by the careful eye of the photographic lens will blend into the museum walls, along with musical and light effects. Iva Matić was fascinated by the fairytale nature of the Roški slap, and the hints of ancient stories and legends spring from the river waterfalls, the backwaters, and the surrounding crags. The depictions of the aged watermills exude tradition and reflect the major ties and co-existence of the local inhabitants with the Krka River. The photo-story by Ante Gverić depicts the contrast of the deep, authentic spirituality of Visovec Island, inviting contemplation and prayer, with the pedestrian and bike trails on the lake banks, calling for active participation in nature. In such a small section of the river, two completely different experiences and emotional states ultimately lead to self-recognition and inner reconciliation. The third story presents extraordinary night scenes of the fortifications along the Krka River, transforming into daytime scenes of cliffs that only a skilled climber or mountaineer can reach, ending with fire jugglers during the Ides of Burnum. This story, full of scenes unavailable to the eye of the average visitor, full of adrenaline and dynamism, reflects the spirit of its author. Along with the photo exhibition, a culinary workshop will be held, where simple desserts will be prepared, energy bars made of homemade nuts, dried figs, and carob, while the rich dining table will offer some old recipes from ancient Rome in a modern form. Visitors will also be able to "peek" into the magic coffer that conceals the secrets of the traditional crafts along the Krka River. Modern technology will vividly evoke the atmosphere of a traditional blacksmith’s forge and an old mill.

The exhibition “Medieval fortifications on the Krka River in the light of new research” will be opened at 8 pm at the Knin Museum, as a result of cooperation between the Krka National Park and the State Archives in Šibenik. The exhibition focuses on the medieval fortresses within the Krka National Park, where the Krka National Park has systematically carried out archaeological excavations, architectural and geodetic surveys, and conservation work during the past few years. Knowledge about life on the Krka River and its fortified castles in the late Middle Ages is supplemented by valuable data from various historical sources. None of the four rivers in Dalmatia have as many forts on their banks as does the Krka: along its entire course, from its source to its mouth, there are numerous fortresses or fortifications. These medieval fortified castles stone fortresses were owned by Croatian noble families. In addition to having defensive functions, some of these forts also represented the nuclei of future settlements.