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On Saturday, 27th September was the opening concert for the stone circle auditorium - a unique venue at the Gea Viva site, in an olive grove overlooking the sea. Further events will evolve in cooperation with artists and other organisations. The evening began in Milna, where about 100 local people and tourists, old and young, were greeted by Sabine Engelhardt and musicians from Tribal Jam Orchestra, who played while the group was walking to the auditorium.

In the auditorium, the artists who had created the carvings and members of Gea Viva - Manuela Kaniški, Urša Vidic, Ingrid Tasch, Annette Frederking, Ivana Petan and Sabine Engelhardt (Margan Kalb could not be present) presented the work of the association Gea Viva, explained the meaning of the stone circle and thanked all that have supported Gea Viva so far with donations and volonteering.

Gea Viva's work is about creating sustainable ways of living, empowering each individual to develop his or her talents and unique expression to jointly create a culture that is in balance with our natural environment and in which everybody's needs are met.

Klapa Mrduja from Milna warmed the hearts of our guests with traditional Dalmatian harmony singing. The band OPG from Dubrovnik then took the stage, with their original, 'natural' ingenious texts and sounds about Kurkuma, carrots etc. OPG were really enjoying themselves and this joy soon spread across the audience. In the break, pumkin soup, aubergine dip and sweets were on offer, prepared by the Gea Viva members and Lina Labetić with ingredients from the permaculture garden on site. Drinks were donated by the pubs and cafes in Milna.

The gong master Tea Smonker from Slovenia and Tribal Jam Orchestra from Zagreb rounded off the evening with their music to dance and meditate, played on wooden instruments from different cultures, amongst them flutes, drums and digeredoos. At the end the whole audience was on their feet! Manuela Kaniški created this beautiful film for you to relive the event.

All evening one could feel the synergy between the musicians and the audience, and the energy of all that have cooperated in this project. It was a beautiful reminder of the beginning, the geomantic research of different places on the island, which we continued this year with our Hercules project, the heart qualities the island embodies, carving the famous Brac stone, creating the stone circle, a successful crowdfunding campaign, the workshops to build the seating in the stone circle and to restore the dry-stone walling, the venus flower, the permaculture course and creating the giant mosaic dragon at the entrance of the auditorium.

Manuela Kaniški and Sabine Engelhardt