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Good Practices

Please note the following information is available in English only.
The toolkit of of good practices is one of the outcomes of the project ETNOFOLK that involved project partners from four countries of Central Europe (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Slovenia). The objective was to collect examples of good practices in preservation, promotion and utilisation of folk culture heritage. Browse the Good Practices below or read more about the toolkit.

  • Grondali – A Revitalized Homestead with a Winery in Slovenian Istria
    Slovenia | Traditional architecture, Traditional food and eating

    Abitanti, typical village in Slovenian Istria hinterland, bordering Croatia, was abandoned for twenty years. Many houses stood empty for fifty years or more. The inhabitants were left to live and work in Slovenian or Italian coastal towns or migrated to foreign countries. Traditional homestead of Grondali in the middle of the settlement was the first to be revitalised: farm buildings and yards were reconstructed, traditional viniculture reintroduced and supporting activities for sustainable agro-tourism were defined.

  • Ethnographic Collection Pr’ Mnčknih
    Slovenia | Farming

    Volunteers coordinated by the Slovene Ethnological Society, the Ethnographic collection Palčeva šisa and the Museum of Ribnica arranged an exhibition in the old barn in the Trava village. This was done upon the request of Marta Steiner, who decided to name the collection after an old house name Pr’ Mnčknih.

  • Grondali – A Revitalized Homestead with a Winery in Slovenian Istria
    Slovenia | Traditional crafts

    Abitanti, typical village in Slovenian Istria hinterland, bordering Croatia, was abandoned for twenty years. Many houses stood empty for fifty years or more. The inhabitants were left to live and work in Slovenian or Italian coastal towns or migrated to foreign countries.

  • Homestead Bežaj
    Slovenia | Traditional architecture

    Building interiors reflect general economic, social and cultural developments as well as natural conditions, which affect the form of the building, the way of life and its quality. The historical development is significantly connected with the use of fire and the development of the kitchen; in Slovenia, different historical types of kitchen (hearth, smoke room, black and stove kitchen, white kitchen) are still preserved.

  • Stories Today Festival
    Slovenia | Folk ceremoniousness and annual customs

    The beginnings of the Stories Today Festival (festival Pravljice danes) date back to 1998 when the storyteller, writer and poet Anja Štefan founded an event called the Fairy Tale Marathon.

  • Gradovi kralja Matjaža – The Castles of the King Matthias
    Slovenia | Folk ceremoniousness and annual customs

    “The castles of the King Matthias” is an event organized by the Municipality Črna na Koroškem. The responsible organization for its realization are local Tourist information center Park kralja Matjaža (Center 100, 2393 Črna na Koroškem, pkm@siol.net) and the snack bar Okrepčevalnica pri Matjažu (Podpeca 43, 2393 Črna na Koroškem, www.PriMatjazu.com).

  • Koliščarski dan – The Pile dwellers Day
    Slovenia | Weaving, Folk ceremoniousness and annual customs, Clay-industry

    Pile Dwellers Day (www.dejanveranic.wix.com/vdezelikoliscarjev), first organized by the local Association Fran Govekar Ig (www.drustvo-frangovekar.si/kolicarski_dan.html) five years ago (2008) in an area where people lived in pile dwellings 6600 years ago, is becoming a one-day living history festival with activities suitable for families.

  • Kranjska klobasa – The Kranjska Sausage
    Slovenia | Meat-based dishes - other

    Kranjska klobasa (Kranjska sausage) is a typical Slovenian meat product. This kind of sausage is mentioned in the beginning of the 19th century as the product of a butcher in Upper Carniola. Eventually it spread across all Slovenian territory. Recipes for preparing Kranjska sausage are well-known from the second part of the 19th century.

  • The Mohant Cheese
    Slovenia | Food and Beverages, Meal preparation

    The Mohant cheese is a traditional dairy product made in villages and on dairy mountain farms in Bohinj and its vicinity. Its distinctive, slightly tangy and bitter taste and a strong smell make it different from other cheeses produced in Slovenia.

  • The Frika festival: Competition in Cooking "Frika"
    Slovenia | Meal preparation

    The Frika festival is an annual event which happens every September since 2008. The idea for the festival originates in a proverb: "Each village has its own unique voice." And also Frika can be prepared in many different ways and has many different tastes (foresters’ frika, shepherds’ frika, wealthy people’s frika, etc.) even though the main ingredients are the same (locally produces fat, potato and cheese).