INTERNAUTICA International Boat Show always attracts many distinguished international guests, from yachting professionals, designers, entrepreneurs, maritime law experts to maritime enthusiasts, and other important people. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the ever amusing traditional Oldtimer parade of old time vessels and vintage cars. Boat show program will include many various events, seminars, conferences, maritime exhibitions with artwork by renowned artists, as well as sporting events.
This year, INTERNAUTICA's jury, composed of Slovenian and Croatian experts, will choose the Adriatic Boat of the Year in the following categories: Motor Boats, Sailing Boats, and three special categories: Adriatic Product of the Year, Adriatic Personality of the Year and Adriatic Nautical Project of the Year. Winners will be announced at the Exhibitors' Gala that will host numerous exhibitors and guests.
EXHIBITIONS and events
Mediteranum Intstitute: The Magical World of Shells
MEDITERANUM, Institute for revitalization of Mediterranean culture, Piran, will present the only and unique permanent exhibition of the Shell Museum entitled The Magical World of Shells. Furthermore, they will put on display their publications connected to Piran, Istria, the sea and boats. The exhibition location will also feature two models of traditional boats from the Slovenian coast. On Saturday, 11th of May, they will hold a lecture on shells and snails of all seas of the worlds, while on Saturday, 18th of May, Mediteranum Institute will present the latest elaborate monograph Traditional Boats of Istria.
Mediteranum’s mission is to explore, verify, educate and share knowledge from the field of the Mediterranean living culture. From its beginning, the Institute has connected all visible creators of cultural and natural heritage, tradition, ethnology, history and other similar content, which are engaged in all its programs and projects.
The Institute is one of the most penetrating and prominent agents for the existence and revitalization of authentic Mediterranean culture in this area. They conduct monthly philological meetings, featuring locals and experts, dealing with coastal living issues, explore and publish books on coastal culture, organize ethnographic events and exhibitions on cultural heritage, as well as criticize and confront inadequate projects.
Underwater Photography Exhibition and Presentation of Ecological Investigations in the Port of Koper Aquatorium / Author: Tihomir Makovec
The exhibition of underwater photography, by Tihomir Makovec, with its pronounced macro-zoobenthological motives also serves as a partial visualization of ecological investigations undertaken by Luka Koper (Slovenia), especially those focusing on the colonies of polyps and other developmental stages of medusae in the area of underwater columns or and pillars supporting the so-called second pier. In the course of the last three years these have been successfully researched by the Marine Biology Station Piran, a unit of the National Institute of Biology, and the results were published in eminent international scientific publications.
Tihomir Makovec, born in Koper in 1966, is one of the founders of the Ixobrychus Ornithological Society (1983) and a keen natural science photographer ever since his secondary school years. Working at the Marine Biology Station Piran, a unit of the National Institute of Biology, he is the head of the diving base and a diving instructor. He is a co-inventor in two patents on sampling, namely a soft seabed sampling device and a device for detection of macroplankton and medusae by rotational laser light.
His photographs were exhibited at the Alga Gallery in Izola (2008), the Marin Držić Theatre gallery in Dubrovnik (2008), the Glyptics Collection of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb (2010), the Biological Centre in Ljubljana (2012), and in Koper (2013). As a co-author and photographer he collaborated in the publication of the books Endangered Species and Habitat Types in the Slovenian Sea (ZRSZVN, 2006), Jadranske babice (Adriatic Blenny) (NIB, 2008), and numerous other specialist publications of the National Institute of Biology.
Mitja Zupančič: LIGHTHOUSES.XIX
Mitja Zupančič was born on 17 May 1967 in Ljubljana. He is a publisher and sailor, member of the World Lighthouse Society. Zupančič is a sea, sailing, literature, music and photography enthusiast. Due to his aspiring wish of dolphin preservation in the Adriatic Sea, he is a supporter of the Morigenos Society.
His second work, Lighthouses of the East Adriatic Coast, From Trieste towards Piran to Dubrovnik, 19. Century, is about to be published. The book that will be released in the middle of May will refresh the historical memory upon the 200th anniversary of Austro-Hungarian arrival to the Adriatic with the beginning of systematic building of lighthouses and piers.
As a result of decay of numerous lighthouses, in 2002, the international World Lighthouse Society was established in England. This society welcomes all lighthouse enthusiasts and explorers, who warn the global public on the importance of preservation of these »living« historical and cultural monuments. Furthermore, their preservation might be additionally encouraged by their new function, namely alternative holidays, or the so-called Robinson Crusoe tourism. However, this will be possible only if the users will manage the lighthouses with their soul, put their affection towards lighthouses above profit. Clear and strict legislation on the preservation of cultural heritage is certainly a necessary prerequisite for the existence of lighthouses, but a man is also certainly enough.
Through the course of history, the quality of Lighthouse construction has been at a high level, which is evident from the lighthouses, which still serve their purpose. Only the lighthouse keepers and their families are gradually withdrawing from these harsh islands back to civilization. Nowadays the Eastern Adriatic coast counts 52 preserved lighthouses from the 19th century, one of which is in Italy, one in Slovenia and the other 50 in Croatia. 17 lighthouses (year of 2013) still have their so-called keeper crew, each with their own stories, features and secrets.
The release of the book will be supported by the travelling photography exhibition Lighthouses XIX., which will have its premiere at Internautica 2013. In autumn, together with the Municipality of Piran, in the renovated Hotel Piran, Mitja Zupančič will organize an auction of photographs, in order to help the renovation of the Piran lighthouse.