TO celebrate its long history and the remarkable journey of the community, the Australian Croatian Club will host a cultural festival, ‘CroFest Tasmania’, over a weekend in August.
The Australian-Croatian community has a proud history in the northern suburbs of Hobart since the 1940s, with the first formal club being opened in Eady Street during the 1950s and serving as the home of the community ever since.
The club has been committed to helping grow the Croatian culture through functions and events and has served as the home to many sporting clubs and associations.
Australian Croatian Club secretary Rob Bolonja said the club committee had been working for several months to coordinate the festival.
“It is a family-friendly celebration and everyone in the community is welcome,” he said.
“The cultural festival includes a picnic and barbecue day, exhibition soccer matches and the Zabava Dinner Dance as the gala feature.
“We have members of the Australia-Croatian community travelling from all over the country to attend.
“We encourage everyone to attend from both within and outside the Croatian community and experience traditional Croatian food and entertainment.”
Member for Elwick Josh Willie said he was pleased to support the cultural festival by securing a grant from the Premier and contributing personally to the Zabava Dinner Dance.
“CroFest and particularly the gala evening will be momentous, providing opportunity for the club to honour its life members and acknowledge the hard work and commitment they have shown to the club and the greater Croatian community,” he said.
“I wish the community every success in the future and applaud their community for its long involvement in the northern suburbs.”
The gala event will be held at the clubrooms on Eady Street on Saturday 10 August from 6pm.
Sunday’s proceedings will start at 1pm at the Croatian Club with barbecue lunches and soccer matches at the Eady Street reserve, located next door to the club.
For more information on celebrations or to book your place at the gala event, contact the Australian Croatian Club on 0422 491 700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caption: Australian Croatian Club committee members with Member for Elwick Josh Willie holding the Friendship Cup.