Thursday, May 9th 2019

  • 4.30 pm - Stalls opening
  • 4.30 pm - »Little Firefighters for a Day« with the Volunteer Firefighters Society Breg
  • 4.30 pm - Animation and workshops for children in collaboration with TerraSophia
  • 5.00 pm - Presentation of the volume »Parish Register of Dolina near Trieste (1605-1617)« in the Torkla Oil Bar
  • 7.00 pm - Inauguration of the exposition »Competition of ideas for the redevelopment of the main square Gorica and the historic center of the town of Dolina« in Kaluža in the Torkla Gallery
  • 8.30 pm - Concert with Ivo & the Tools

Friday, May 10th 2019

  • 6.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Conference »Introduction of Olive Oil into Alimentation« and guided tasting of olive oil by Marisa Cepach in the Torkla Oil bar
  • 7.00 pm - Vernissage of the Local Graphic Artists' exposition in the hall of the Valentin Vodnik Cultural Society, musical interlude by pianist Gaja Salvi from prof. Neda Sancin's class at Glasbena matica
  • 7.30 pm - Prize ceremony of the 63rd Municipal Wine Contest in Tabor
  • 9.00 pm - Concert with The Authentics and 4Pampel & Friends

Saturday, May 11th 2019

  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 5.30 pm - Classic car parade by Adria Classic Koper gentlemen drivers
  • 6.00 pm - Prize ceremony of the 22nd Municipal Extra-virgin Olive Oil Contest, the 15th Selection »L'olio di Muggia« and the 9th Provincial Extra-virgin Olive Oil Competition in Kaluža, followed by olive oil tasting
  • 8.30 pm - Solemn raising of the maypole

Sunday, May 12th 2019

  • 4.00 pm - 2nd Tasting of Table Olives in the Torkla Oil Bar
  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 5.30 pm - Concert by Mužika Sv.Lazar Brass Orchestra on the main square
  • 6.30 pm - Exhibition of the Folklore Society Prekmurje Lendava and the Zither group Pünkösdi Rózsa from Dolina near Lendava
  • 7.30 pm - Parterji and parterce enter the main square
  • 8.00 pm - Dances with Klapa iz Brega

Monday, May 13th 2019

  • 6.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Conference »Various Techniques in Table Olives Production« and tasting of olive oil in Torkla Oil Bar with expert Paolo Parmegiani
  • 7.00 pm - Prize ceremony of the 2nd Tasting of Table Olives in the Torkla Oil Bar
  • 7.00 pm - Exibition by the Children Dance Group and the Jazz Balet Group of the France Prešeren Cultural Society from Boljunec
  • 9.00 pm - Dances with Maniax and the humorous group Crampi Elisi on the main square

Tuesday, May 14th 2019

  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Concert by the Breg Brass Orchestra
  • 7.00 pm - Solemn abatement of the maypole

Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 2.2 MB).

Arts Expositions

  • in the hall of Valentin Vodnik Society: expositions of local graphic artists
  • in the Torkla Gallery in Kaluža: exposition »Competition of ideas for the redevelopment of the main square Gorica and the historic center of the town of Dolina«

Opening hours

  • Friday, May 10th 2019: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, May 11th 2019: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Sunday, May 12th 2019: 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Monday, May 13th 2019: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14th 2019: 6 pm to 7 pm

63rd Municipal Wine Contest in Tabor

Opening hours

  • Friday, May 10th 2019: 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Saturday, May 11th 2019: 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Sunday, May 12th 2019: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Monday, May 13th 2019: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, May 14th 2019: 6 pm to 9 pm

22nd Municipal Extra-virgin Olive Oil Contest and Tasting in the Torkla Oil Bar

Opening hours

Download the list of participating oil and wine producers (PDF - 680 kB) in Slovenian and Italian.

  • From Thursday, May 9th, to Monday, May 13th 2019, from 4 pm on

Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 2.2 MB).

What is Majenca

It was a long time ago since an impressive village fair was first held every first Sunday of May at Dolina. Majenca is an ancient tradition repeated year after year in the hearth of our town; it's a historical event without peers among our neighbors. Other Slovenian villages are known to erect a maypole, but the majenca of Dolina is by far in a separate class for its richness, depth and lasting. This festival of spring and youth, originating maybe from ancient pagan rites of fertility, has rooted itself into the hearths of Dolina, becoming a symbol of national identity over its significance as an event held since the depths of time.

At the first signs of spring the whole town is already working to prepare the maj, to be erected in the middle of the main square, and everything else related. All of majenca revolves around this fifteen meter fir trunk, carrying a whole cherry tree on top; underneath its shadow the dancing area for young and not so young guests, around it a rich agenda of exhibitions and cultural events and, of course, a still richer offering of traditional foods and drinks. So, you have no excuse left: just come to Dolina, to know the magic of majenca.

Majenca is a festival of youth, so it's natural that the organization is a privilege of the fantovska and dekliška, the gatherings of town's young boys and girls. Everybody who is unmarried over the age of fourteen rallies in late winter to the first fantovska in dekliška ura, where they elect a mayor, called župan, and form an organizing council. This is just the beginning of months of work, where everybody gets a duty related to his or her age and is personally responsible of carrying it out. Nothing can interfere with the preparations, but for two more ure: the second, where the županja is elected to represent the girls, and the third on the eve of May 1th, when the nearly majenca is announced by the boys erecting a poplar tree near to the town's fountain, kaluža.

A particular role is reserved to the parterji, boys aged eighteen, and parterce, girls aged sixteen, who will open the dances under the maj on Sunday, traditionally clad in white shirts.

As majenca has a special place in the hearth of everybody , the inhabitants of Dolina are always ready, should need arise, to lend a helping hand to the young organizators; with them, the organizators of surrounding events: the cultural society, the elementary school, the county and the local wine yards and olive growers.

Why should you come to majenca? If nothing else, because this is a rare tradition passing from generation to generation, without anybody knowing when it started at all; because the maj of Dolina is the big brother of all maypoles; because you appreciate some pleasant time in company of good-hearted people; because you heard about our generous traditional foods; because our country is producing a small, but precious amount of peculiar homemade wine; because the dances under the maj attracts young people from far and near; because our offering of cultural events is widely interesting; or just out of curiosity, how can majenca have such a grip on us all, making out of years just intervals before the next majenca.

Anyway, be careful! If you come just once, you too will come back year after year, every time spring chases the winter out of Dolina.

Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 2.2 MB).

Panorama of Dolina from above

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Local graphic artists' exposition in the hall of the Valentin Vodnik Cultural Society
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22nd Municipal Extra-virgin Olive Oil Contest and Tasting in the Torkla Oil Bar
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Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 2.2 MB).