On the big stage on Ban Šokčević Square, a program entitled “Ex Slavonia” or “From Slavonia” was held, which officially opened the 52nd Vinkovci Autumn, which is held from 8 to 17 September in Vinkovci.Actors, singers, soloists on traditional instruments, tamburitza ensembles, cultural and artistic societies, singing groups and many others, were part of the stage and music event, which this year was conceived by the author Ana Cvenić, according to whom the script structure is ditiramb beauty of Slavonia plains expressed by the song of Vinkovci poet Vladimir Kovačić “Ex Slavonia” and a series of fragments through which the story of Slavonia. It is also a story about young people, for whom love and beauty are in the first place in terms of importance, explains Ana Cvenić.”Welcome to a city that has nurtured Croatian traditional history for more than half a century. I invite you to take a peek into the rich treasury of Croatian traditional culture and heritage this weekend, which is the crown of our event, and to experience all the beauty of the customs of the Homeland in our city, and on our streets and squares you can taste Slavonia with all your senses. The beauty of our tame Slavonian plain was crowned by this event which, with its optimism and unsurpassed beauty, always brings joy to the hearts of both the participants, of whom there are almost 10.000 this year, and I believe you who are here tonight. Slavonia provided the world with a great constellation of people who enriched their homeland with their words and vision, enriched a person’s life, stimulated his thoughts and quivered his feelings. I am convinced that the Vinkovci Autumns, through their half a century, have managed to evoke the past in its original forms, successfully show the present, and at the same time direct many young generations to the future who will nurture the customs of their ancestors and love for the Croatian land. ” – said Vinkovci Mayor and President of the Organizing Committee of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns Ivan Bosančić, and then the event was opened by Parliament Speaker Goran Jandroković, who stressed that this traditional Croatian folklore festival has become one of the most important events of its kind in Croatia, but also in this part Europe.The rich program was attended by 14 professional and four amateur actors, then KUD Šumari, HKUD Osijek 1862, KUD Šokadija from Stari Mikanovac, tamburitza ensembles Dike, Slavonske lole, Caprio, Đeram, Slavonski dukati, singing group Sinovi atara, Women’s singing group Andrijaševci , singing group Lipe, Šima Jovanovac, Stanko Šarić…The little folklorists in the procession showed that they are worthy guardians of the heritage of their ancestorsOver 2500 children from 58 children’s folklore groups from all Croatian counties marched through the streets and squares of Vinkovci last weekend and it was the culmination of this year’s Children’s Vinkovci Autumns, one of the most attractive events of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns held from 8 to 17 September. Passing in a procession, small folklorists performed parts of their program, and in front of the gymnasium in the Pedestrian Zone, each group stopped and performed a dance, a game, sang a children’s popcorn, a count or a custom and thus presented themselves to the audience who rewarded them with applause. by way of parade.Proudly wearing the folk costume of their place and region, the children showed that they are diligent and proud guardians of the heritage they inherited from their ancestors, and many spectators knew how to reward them with long applause.