Bartulja – St. Bartholomew’s Fest 24. – 26.8.2017.
Bartulja in Žminj is the best known and the most popular today’s folk festivity in Istria with at least centennial tradition probably reaching back far into the past. It used to be celebrated on St. Bartholomew’s Day on 24 August, but in time people started gathering the last Saturday in August to meet in large numbers.
Nevertheless, St. Bartholomew’s Day is still celebrated with a mass held in the church of the saint right at the entrance to Žminj. The point of every Bartulja, both in the past and today, is actually the gathering of people from Žminj in their native place. It is the day when they return to their homes in order to gather around their fireplaces, meet their relatives and friends, have a talk and take a walk around the place. Older people recall that just before Bartulja they would clean their house every day after the harvest and after working in the field so that it would look nice and ready for their relatives and guests.
Thursday, 24th August 2017.
16.30-20.00 Bicycle run / start: in front of the old balance (Fairground)
18.00 A memorial meeting of veterans “Roberto Radetić”/ Football field FC Žminj
Friday, 25th August 2017.
12.00 -23.00 Traditional game ‘boćanje’/village Vidulini
18.00 Friendly football match FC Žminj – FC Smoljanci Sloboda – Svetvinčenat, seniors / Football field FC Žminj
19.30 Children’s theater: Theater Naranča: Veli Jože / Šterna, near the church of St. Michael
21.00 Live music & entertainment: Replay Band, DJ Nikola z Kukurini, Severina / Zad kaštela
(entrance 110,00 kn)
Saturday, 26th August 2017.
7.00 – 24.00 fair in the streets of Žminj
7.00-12.00 Livestock fair
8.00-12.00 Domestic animals exhibition / Fairground
8.00 – 21.00 Handmade fair / istrian souvenirs & local products / Square Marsal Tito
9.00 – 12.00 Friendly football match FC Žminj – FC Rudar Labin
10.00-15.00 Traditional istrian game / Sport area
10.00 „ŽMINJ TEČE(KA)“ Run / Square Marsal Tito
17.00-20.00 Public equestrian training „Bartulja 2017“ / field behing the Caffe Bar Gimino
17.30 Gathering of participants of the cultural program in front of the church of St. Michael
18.00-19.30 Traditional folklore show / playground by the school park
* FD Cere and guests, Marija i Milan Kranjčić, Dječji vrtić Rapčići, majorettes ‘Žminj’, elementary school Žminj and others
20.00 Live music & entertainment: Magnus Susret Generacija – T.T.R.T rock cover band, DJ Drago / Square Marsal Tito
21.00 Live music: Akord Live Band / playground by the school park
19,00 live music: Emanon Band, Proleteri, Mauro Staraj & La Banda / Zad kaštela
Saturday – live music – free entrance!