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So you landed in Zagreb, Varaždin or Samobor and are a bit surprised these are cities with lots of Central European architecture mixed with Slavic culture?
That's because you are in North-Croatia, or in Kaikavian region. It has been a part of Central Europe since Carolingians. First Sisek, then Zagreb were capital cities of medieval Kaikavian kingdom called Slavonia. Since 16th century, during Turk-wars then-Kaikavians have become closer with Croatia that shifted more north, and Zagreb became the capital city of both Croatian and Kaikavian kingdoms. Thus Kaikavians became Croatians, keeping their culture and unique language. This mixture of European North and Mediterranean South forms present-day Croatia!

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.

Slovenje 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.

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

Slovenje 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.

The native language of Slovenje is of course Slovenjski, today know under false name "Kajkavsi" which was imposed by external Croatian and Serbian linguists. Slovenjski language is expressed in one of its 6 main dialects.
Slovenje 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.



We call the region in north Croatia Slovenje, since it has been its original name for more than 1000 years! 

From 18th ct. to mid of 19. ct. the name Horvatska was imposed by Croatian nobility who fled from Croatia because the lost it to Turks. But official language of "Horvatska" remained the same Slovenski language.

Before that Slovenje was known as kingdom (Slovenski orsag or in latin Sclavonia) in Middle Ages.. Did you know that so-called "Kaikavian" writers called their language Slovene? We have numerous written sources that ancestor of today called Kaikavians never called themselves Croats. Their language however was different from todays language of Slovenia and denoted the Kaikavian literary langauge1. As you see, the exterior name shifted, but the content was always preserved - the culture and language. Also, inhabitants of Slovenje were always more similar to Slovenia than to Croatia with who they were geographically divided. Also language of Slovenje is more similar to language of todays Slovenia than the Croatian language. That is why there is also similar and almost same name like Slovenia,
At the very beginning of Europe as we know it, Carolingian sources know Slovenje, its rulers and its inhabitants very well, calling this land Lower Pannonia. Most probably ancestors of today called Kaikavians called themselves at the time of Charlemagne and famous Kaikavian duke Ljudevit of Lower Pannonia Slovenci. What we know for sure it that they did not call themselves "Croats", since already in 11th century writte sources speak of Sclavonia or Slovenski orsag. Croatian name start to appear in Slovenje with Croatian refugees in 15.-16th century. But we know that inhabitants of Slovenje spoke the same language spoken today in this historical region. A langauge which they left us as living heritage. Language that is spoken throughout Slovenje today, being of course similar to Slovene and Slovak (also called Slovenski!). According to linguists language of Slovenje was already distinctly defined around 800 - during the 1st state of prince Ljudevit Posavski!

Slovenjci 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 Slovenje.

Today folks of Slovenje are understood as distinct cultural and linguistic group living mostly in Slovenje, with a small part in Hungar, and distinct to folks of Slovenia in North.

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


Despite of all this, Slovenje, 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. 


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 Slovenje 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 Slovenje.

Slovenje.eu 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.

Slovenje.eu focuses on rural areas contributing to rural development, clearly showing at the same time that rural can be rich with culture.

MISSION of Slovenje.eu

is to connect people of Slovenje 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 Slovenje. 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.

1) Kaikavian literary language: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kajkavian_dialect#Kajkavian_literary_language

Responsible for the quality of Portal:

Kaikavian Renaissance takes great care to present you the most interesting and unique things from rich Kajkavian culture and region.
For that, there is a unique blend of experts who create culture or are involved in it, making www.Kaikaviana-Magica.eu happen:

Mario Jembrih has worked
in Vienna with clients like Deutsche Bank Geneve, China Trust Bank, Holland Ministry of Justice and US State Department institutions. He was responsbible for innovative projects which made these clients perform better. He also attented workshops on development of culture and cultural policies at Austrian Ministry of Culture and Education.

During his university studies he has led R&D in a Viennese start-up from scratch to international success. For his work he got an international award of excellence.
Instead of accepting offers from international companies to move into Senior Management, he decided it’s time create positive changes in society on cultural level, and moved to Croatia.

Mario initiated the Portal of Kaikavian Language, which reached 10k visits within 4 months and became the main resource for Kaikavian language on the Net.

He holds a MSc degree in Social and economic Sciences (with distinction) and BSc in Computer Science from Vienna University of Technology. He is active speaker of English, German and French, and of course of Kaikavian and Croatian.

Snježana Jurišić is an ethnologist and also holds mr. sc. degree in Economics in the fields Culture & Communication. As Head of Dept. for Ethnology at Museum of Prigorje she has safeguarded Kaikavian traditional architecture in Prigorje - houses built from wood and earth. She takes care that Kaikaviana-Magica-eu keeps high standards in ethnological and cultural matters.


Tajana Tkalčić is an architect with international experience at studios like COOP HIMMELB(L)AU. She is our counsellor for Kaikavian architectural heritage such as rural Jugendstil/Art Nouveau, and also when it comes to architectural context of villages and buildings.


Ivana Tkalčić is the artistic force behind the project. She is studying Fine Arts and is one of the best artists in her class. Currently she is visiting Academy of Fine Arts in München. She also holds MSc in Economics and is specialized in development of cultural tourism.


Goran Žurić is an architect and he made some graphic’s magic happen on the maps of www.Kaikaviana-Magica.eu.


Irene Sophia is an artist. Her style is inspired greatly by soft lines, serene scenes, creating a world of inner quietness an delicacy. She holds Fine Arts degree in painting, and has created a header for the site.

www.Kaikaviana-Magica.eu was made voluntarily by Association for cultural diversity and sustaianable development of society - Kaikaviana Renaissance.
If you like this project & idea, y
ou can help us cover the costs for hosting & creating this site.
You are welcome to donate:

Name: Kajkavska Renesansa
Description of payment / goal: Donacija
Bank: Privredna banka Zagreb
IBAN: HR20 2340 0091 1105 6625 5

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