Merlin Association for Promotion of Creativity

Since 2016, Merlin Association is organizing thematic medieval events in the rural areas of Istria and Liburnia. The goals of these manifestations are to preserve the cultural and historical heritage outside the tourist centers; to involve the participants from local community by motivating the population through a creative thematic story and by reviving the traditional crafts; to involve the family run farms (OPG) and local action groups (LAG) in the activities; to launch the international co-operation of organizations for revived medieval history; to develop the manifestation content and activities; to provide the visibility of manifestations in the media of Istria and Primorsko-goranska County.

The HEALTHY AS GRICKO project includes a series of workshops and campaigns targeted at pre-school children not covered by the regular pre-school program, focusing on the adoption of healthy nutrition and hygiene practices as a basis for general health and the improvement of the quality of life of pre-school children. Specific goals are: developing balanced nutritional habits, learning proper tooth brushing techniques, encouraging the development of children's self-confidence, developing the skills of communication, cooperation, conflict resolution and teamwork, encouraging the development of motor skills, especially the balance and agility in natural forms of movement (walking, running, crawling) as well as throwing and shooting skills, stimulation of arm and leg coordination and the flexibility of spinal cord, strengthening large muscle groups and development of fine motor skills.

Rojc Open Advocacy Platform is part of a broader platform - the Alliance of the Rojc Associations, and the members of the platform are at the same time using the rooms in the DC Rojc. The project deals with the social and cultural center Rojc as a building of the polyvalent type with wide program activities involving the users and the audience, for whom they work and who develop active and viable civil society dealing with democracy issues and who actively participate in the community. Project objectives: strengthening participatory governance of the DC Rojc by the associations and beneficiaries; raising the level of development of physical infrastructure for the activities of civil society organizations, citizens' initiatives and citizens, and for the sustainable development of the Rojc Center; raising the visibility of DC Rojc and activities of associations, strengthening the unity, cooperation and communication among organizations operating from the DC Rojc.

Members of an open platform: the Alliance of the Rojc Associations; Merlin Association for promoting creativity; Armazonex Association; Sunflower Association - Pula; Kontakt Association; City workshop; Magician's hat; Adriatic animation; Marine Scouts "Uljanik". The platform is supported by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development for a period of one to three years.

In 2001, Merlin Association has launched a continuing education project, with the following goals:

  • informal education in the traditional and artistic crafts: tailoring and sewing workshops, weaving workshops, molding, clay and plaster casts
  • inclusion and the encouragement of self-employment of the unemployed women, adolescents and women of various age groups
  • occupational activities for persons with special needs: weaving, clay and plaster casts, souvenir making…

The participants of sewing, weaving, handicraft and souvenir-making workshops are trained individually, depending on their skills and abilities. Workshop participants are people who wish to learn old skills, who do not only gain knowledge but also develop their sense of own worth ad self-confidence. When encouraging the creativity and the design of original handicrafts, we also cherish the traditional textile and artistic crafts. The motifs and objects created in our workshops are historically, culturally and aesthetically consistent with the Istrian, Mediterranean and Croatian tradition.

The ARTEKSTIL project is a work and occupational workshop for the wards of the Vila Marija Home for Adults, the Center for Inclusion and Support in the Community, the Association of Deaf and Hearing-impaired Persons, and the benficiaries of the Red Cross Homeless Shelter.

Many Croatian holiday resorts are faced with the problem of the illegal sale of the imported and non-authentic kitsch souvenirs made of plastic materials. In the scope of its creative workshops, Merlin Association has been organizing the sales-exhibition manifestation The Original Splendor Of Arena. The goal of this manifestation is to organize legal sale of quality souvenirs in front of the Pula's Amphitheater, and to encourage local population in the participation, design and production of the authentic handicrafts based on the cultural and historical inheritance of Pula. Project is implemented in the cooperation with the institutions and organizations in the sphere of social work and protection of marginalized groups, Bureau for Health and Social Welfare, the Bureau Of Culture, the department for Utility Order and the National Tourist Board in Pula.