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Brganja – etimology of the term

Brganja is a traditional tool for harvesting shells. It was made of a square metal construction with a strong net for the shells. All the metal pieces for this tool – brganja were made in local blacksmitheries while the boat owners made the net themselves. In the older days net was made out of copper wire while today it is made of a fishing net. Brganja was very important for locals, for their daily eating routine. What’s interesting is that people in Betina had more shells on their daily menu than fish. Nowadays a celebration festivity is being held every August in Betina. Celebrating the Festivity of Brganja is a dedication to all the hardworking people in Betina in the older days and their will to make…

EMA Awards Ceremony, Skopje

During the weekend on the 28th September till the 01st October we visited Skopje in Macedonia for the annual EMA Awards Ceremony. We were so proud to be there among all other beautiful museums from all over Europe. It was a great achievement to find ourselves as one of the 10 best museums among all who applied for the award. This is what the judges said about our Museum: “Croatia has provided the MUSEUM OF WOODEN SHIPBUILDING at Betina, a small historic village of about 800 inhabitants on the island of Murter, where the main activities are fishing, agriculture, craftsmanship and tourism. The museum was officially opened in 2015 and is in a building of cultural, historical and architectural importance. It has close ties with…

Scale model of a Betina gajeta has won 1st prize as the best souvenir of the year

Recently held Festival of Croatian Island Products has surprised us in the most wonderful way – our scale model of the Betina gajeta has become the best souvenir in Šibenik – Knin County! Souvenir Betina gajeta scale model has been made by the original type of Betina gajeta – a firm, stable boat with a flat keel and a straight frame, made specially to meet the needs of islanders – the inhabitants of Betina and Murter village. The primary function of the gajeta was to transport all sorts of materials, including of course families and domestic animals. Everyone knew how to navigate the gajeta. The scale model is hand-made, requires a number of working hours, every tiny piece of detail tells the story. The materials…

Days of Small Wooden Shipbuilding

August is the time when our Museum is head organizer of the Days of Small Wooden Shipbuilding. The programme is dedicated to lovers of the sea and ships, maritime heritage and tradition. The intention organizing this event is to get a little closer to a wider audience and to point out the importance of preserving our maritime culture. The programme is divided into 6 days during which various lectures and workshops will be held. We’re expecting expert lecturers and presenters in various fields, interesting topics and, as an end to this event, the well – known Regatta “Za dušu i tilo” (For Body and Soul) will took place in Betina harbour. Regatta is the highlight of the summer in Betina for many reasons. We’re proud…

Summer in our Museum

A lot of happenings this summer in our museum. The street outside the museum is again full of interesting workshops, concerts, movie projections for kids… The programme is made in cooperation with other associations from our island. There’ll be a little something for everyone. Educative and creative workshops will be held for children, but we’re guessing that more interesting to them would be the cartoon projections on the big wall of the old community centre. The wall outside the museum will be a perfect spot for the projection of old photos few days before the most interesting local festivity – Brganja Day, dedicated to a shell – picking tradition of the village. The evening is pictured as a gathering with the elderly locals who would…

International Children’s Festival in Betina

This year we’ll take part of the International Children’s Festival and organize a workshop for kids here in Betina. We’ll make the Betina gajeta scale model.  The workshop will be held from 26th of June till the 01st of July in the evening hours – from 19:30 – 21:00. The job is divided into phases in accordance with the order of the work. First day will be the day of grinding and fine shaping of the wood, linking the main components together along with the keel and repairing of the surface. We’ll also draw parts for the second phase which follows the second and the third day of the workshop –  cutting and sawing all the small parts of the boat’s equipment. The parts need to be fine-shaped in…

Betina Week of Folklore 2017

Starting from Monday, the 19th of June, you can enjoy the week of local customs and traditions organized by Folklore Association Zora from Betina. There is plenty to see and experience… Rich cultural heritage through local songs, dances, children’s performances, traditional skills, some favorite islanders’ dishes, theater play and a traditional promenade where a large number of folklore associations will show their performance.

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