About Hrvatska Ura
HURA is open to all individuals who share sympathy and interest for Croatia regardless of their nationality or citizenship.
"Hrvatska Ura offers an extraordinary opportunity to all Croats, regardless of their political or religious affirmations, to gather at the Croatian Embassy and learn about Croatia and its political, religious, social, and cultural life through lectures, discussion, and conversation."
Mr. Sime Letina - HURA speaker 2010
Announcement on Croatian Radio HRT Radio about Croatian diaspora June 4 2015.
Hrvatska Ura (HURA) - the Croatian Hour - was founded in 2010 by a group of people belonging to the Croatian community in Washington, DC. with the intent of holding events to provide Croats who live, study, or work in the area with the opportunity to gather and socialize and to build cultural, economic, and scientific ties between the U.S. and Croatia by working with the Croatian-American community. Moreover, Hrvatska Ura would supplement the work done by the Embassy of Croatia, the Croatian Catholic Mission, and the Association of Croatian American Professionals (ACAP).
Former Croatian ambassador and current President of Croatia, Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar
Kitarović, spoke at the first HURA event in May 2010. Since then, HURA has hosted at least one
event per month (with an annual summer recess) as well as an annual
Christmas party in cooperation with the Croatian Catholic Mission.
Notable guest speakers include multiple ambassadors, several primary
investigators in the field of biomedical sciences, and a sitting
United States senator. Hrvatska Ura hopes to re-energize and
mobilize the Croatian diaspora by identifying and pursuing new
causes and projects that would serve to help Croats in Croatia and
the United States.
Hrvatska Ura functions primarily thanks to its organizing committee, chaired by HURA president Dr. Steven Zivko Pavletic. He will be succeeded by president-elect Igor Boras in 2018.
The Embassy of Croatia has generously offered its space and infrastructure support to HURA and the Croatian-American community, and we are grateful for this support. However, HURA and its program are independent of the Croatian Embassy and Croatian government.
HURA relies on contributions from its members to organize events, host guest lecturers and performers, and to provide wonderful refreshments for members. We fundraise through auctions and raffles at our events.