KAJKAVIANA

is the cultural and historical region in North Croatia. It is located where mellow Alpine hills meet Pannonian valley. This geographic position within Central-Europe has defined its unique culture, architecture  and tradition.


Kaikaviana means green - green hills, wineyards, valleys and forests, so it is no wonder that oldest traditional Kaikaivan architecture is made of oak wood. There are still traditional wooden churches and even villas.

Kaikaviana also means flowers that are often presented on Kaikavian Volkstracht and in pentatonic folk songsIt means culture, where landscape, spiritual heritage and people become one, as presented in the world famous Kaikavian Art Naive.

Kaikaiviana is a region with more than 1500 years of continuity of culture.
And this is what this site is about - culture. Culture means heritageartscreative industries, and even language as vehicle of cultural expressions.

In Kaikaviana native language is of course Kaikavian, expressed in one of its 6 main dialects.
Kaikaviana has 9 main subregions, all of which share common Kaikavian language, culture and tradition. One of the goals of this site is to present this common heritage, making the subregions more coherent through raising awareness of their shared cultural assets, expressions and tradition.

 

HISTORY

We call the region in north Croatia with Kaikavian language Kaikaviana, since this name became the synonym with Kaikavian region and culture in 20th century. 

But from 18th ct. to mid of 19. ct. it was called for short time Horvatska. Its official language was what we call today Kaikavian.

Before that it was known as kingdom of Slavonia in Middle Ages, and its language was called Slovene. As you see, the exterior name shifted, but the content was always preserved - the culture and language.
At the very beginning of Europe as we know it, Carolingian sources know Kaikaviana, its rulers and its inhabitants very well, calling this land Lower Pannonia. We do not know how ancestors of Kaikavians called themselves at the time of Charlemagne and famous Kaikavian duke Ljudevit of Lower Pannonia, since there are no written sources from its kingdom left. But we know that they spoke the same Kaikavian language which they left us as living heritage. Kaikavian is spoken throughout Kaikaviana today, being similar to Slovene and Slovak. According to linguists Kaikavian language was already distinctly defined around 800 - during the 1st Kaikavian state!

Kaikavians preserved their unique culture and tradition in customs, mythology like tales and folk songs, and even in sacral architecture, that we present on this site for you to discover. Even today, pre-Christian and pre-Carolingian Slavic elements are alive in Kaikaviana.

Today Kaikavians are understood as distinct cultural and linguistic group living mostly in Kaikaviana, with a small part in Hungary.

Economically observed is Kaikavian region the most developed region in Croatia (along with Istria), since from its very begining Kaikaviana has been part of (Central) Europe, sharing and contributing to European cultural, societal and economic development.

 

PRESENT

Despite of all this, Kaikaviana, its history and culture are relatively unknown. This site is addressing the challenge of globalisation by presenting uniqueness of Kaikaviana to the public of whole world. 

 

FUTURE

A region whose development is based on culture and sustainable development, and a region that fully interacts with its closer neighbour regions and with broader European context.

This change is happening right now, through the usage of modern information technologies combined with expertise and vision of project-members:

In order to foster Cultural and Linguistic Diversity of Croatia as 4th pillar of sustaianable development, this site presents the unique Kaikaivan culture - material and immaterial heritage, tradition, arts, and its product that have cultural content or relation - authentic regional food & wine producers, preferably eco; interesting places to stay and to feel the mellow spirit of Kaikaviana.

Kaikaviana-Magica.eu site is made acording to UNESCO “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions”, fostering Cultural Diversity in Croatia; and based on Agenda 21 for culture -  understanding of culture as 4th pillar of sustainable development.

Kaikaviana-Magica.eu site and network ocuse on rural areas contributing to rural development, clearly showing at the same time that rural can be rich with culture.

MISSION of Kaikaviana-Magica.eu site

is to connect Kaikavians more with their own culture and heritage, and through this, to connect them with the whole world.
People interested in culture, cultural tourism and sustainable development use this site to explore and discover what is going on in Kaikaviana. They support local creative & cultural industries and foster sustainable development in rural regions of Kaikaviana - enjoying fresh locally grown eco food & wine, using traditional crafts products based on natural materials, learning about unique material and immaterial heritage of Kaikavians.