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Piran, 22.4. - 23.4.2017
Cultural event

Saltpans Feast – on the name day of St. George 2017

The festival recreates the days of the departure to the saltpans and preparations for salt harvesting, which was for centuries the most important source of income for the whole town. On Tartini Square in Piran you can visit a fair dedicated to salt and other gifts of nature. Local societies, providers of culinary specialties and various artists will be on display at different locations. The fair will be complemented with a rich cultural programme including performances of folklore groups, musicians and presentations of a saltpan family. There will be workshops for children too.


Friday, 21 April

Mediadom Piran

18.00: Projection and a lecture on mussels

18.30: Memories of Piran – photomovie on the development of Piran from 1880 to 1980

Strunjan saltpans

11.00–17.00: Exhibition and a movie in the saltpan house in the Strunjan Nature Park Centre


Saturday, 22 April

Tartini Square 

9.00-19.00: Stands with local produce and products connected with salt, and an exhibition of antique salt-cellars

10.30-10.50: Dance with folklore groups: folklore group   

11.00-11.30: Procession of all participants, including the saltpan family and wind orchestra (from the lighthouse on Punta to Tartini Square)

11.30-12.00: Solemn opening with the blessing of the salt

                     Speech by the Mayor and blessing by the priest

                     Presentation of the saltpan family

                     Folklore dance by HKD Istra 

                     Folklore dance by the folklore group Val 

12.00-14.30: Workshops for children: painting with salt and creating with salt dough

                     The saltpan family will demonstrate games played by our grandparents 

                     Workshops with the Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum

14.30-16.00: Children’s merry-making "Little BU" 

16.00-17.00: Bingo

17.00-17.20: Group performance by choirs from the municipality of Piran

17.20-17.30: Rope traction

17.30-19.00: Concert: Tinkara Kovač and band

The hall of St. Peregrin (Georgios pastoral-culture centre)

13.00-14.00: Presentation of the bilingual children’s picture book “Miracle in Piran” written by Špela Pahor and illustrated by Laura Ličer.

Fishermen's pier 

10.00–19.00: Stands with culinary products

Župančičeva street

9.00–19.00: Antiques fair

Strunjan Saltpans

11.00–17.00: Exhibition and a movie in the saltpan house in the Strunjan Nature Park Centre

12.00–13.00: Guided tour of Strunjan saltpans, starting in front of the Strunjan Nature Park Centre (saltpan house)


Sunday, 23 April


9.00: St. George’s procession

10.00: Mass in the Church of St. George

11.30: Symbolic departure of the saltpan family to the saltpans

Strunjan Saltpans

11.00–17.00: Exhibition and a movie in the saltpan house in the Strunjan Nature Park Centre

Special offer during the festival:

Tartini House

Photo exhibition by the CIP Photoclub: Saltpans during winter

Presentation of the project Smells and Tastes of our Home - a saltpans lunch

Sečovlje Saltpans Nature Park

50% off the admission fee. With the purchase of one adult or family ticket you receive a bag of traditional salt.

Mediadom Pyrhani

50% off the admission fee.

Sergej Mašera Maritime Museum, Piran

50% off the admission fee.

Museum of Underwater Activities, Piran

Discounted admission fee. Free guided tour on Saturday, 22 April at 10.00a.m.

Magical World of Sea Shells, Piran

50% off the admission fee.

Piran Aquarium  

50% off the admission fee.


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