Verses on the Well

The idea for this manifestation was first born and realized in 1994. The meeting of Istrian Chakavian poets has become a traditional annual gathering and socializing with poetry. The meeting is called Histrijada and the collection of poems Verši na šterni (Verses on the Well). It takes place in the beginning of June in Vižinada. In 2010 the poets will gather for the seventeenth time.

Each year, the Poreč City Library announces a competition for poems on the Chakavian dialect. The emphasis is placed on the fact that the poems must be new, not yet published and this is what motivates the poets to write. To many this represents a stimulus for creation, for the production of new verses. A different selector is appointed each year and he/she chooses the most successful achievements, so far the selectors were member of academy Josip Bratulić, dr. sc. Milorad Stojević, Drago Orlić, Evelina Rudan, Milan Rakovac..., to mention just a few. The authors (more than thirty authors participate) utter their verses at the Meeting at the beginning of June, in Vižinada, on the picturesque square near the old well.

Beside their narration, the verses remain permanently noted in the collection called «Verses on the Well» that represents a valuable legacy of the poets using various Chakavian idioms.
Since each year the competition featured the poets coming not only from our County but from neighboring counties as well, in 2007 Poreč City Library decided to expand the competition to the entire Republic of Croatia in cooperation with the Committee of the Verses on the Well featuring Milan Rakovac, Milorad Stojević and Drago Orlić. Thus, this year the event featured the works not only from the County of Istria, but also from Split, Zadar, Komiža, faraway Australia, Sweden, and New York.