Tradfest 2017.

What is TradFest?

TradFest is an annual international gathering of traditional and conservative leaders, thinkers and activists who through their endeavours promote the (re)establishment of traditional and conservative values in Croatia and the world.

TradFest is an unapologetic festival of traditional and conservative ideas in contrast to so called ‘progressive’ and militant secularist ideas and policies which have in a violent and revolutionary manner in the past subdued and are still today more than 25 years after the fall of communism actively working to deconstruct and do away with the traditional, conservative and Christian foundations and culture of Croatia, Europe and the Western world.

TradFest in a postive manner desires to provoke a thought process with follow on activities that will react to and counter negative ‘progressive’ developments in society and actively disseminate and promote a return to tradition, order, and conservative and Catholic values. The desire is to create a society that is attuned towards the family and the development of a creative and open disposition in civil society, politics and economics.

TradFest creates a space for the spreading of good ideas, personal contacts and networking of people with similar views and values. As such it works to help Croatia to throw off the destructive remnents of communism and to grow into a mature society by re-integrating its rich Christian heritage and culture.

Speakers

 
Chris Smith

Chris Smith
United States Congressman, R, New Jersey,
House of Representatives, Washington DC, USA

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dr. Vice John Batarelo

Msgr. Valter Župan
Bishop Emeritus of Krk
Former President of the Office for Family Life in the Croatian Bishops Conference

dr. Vice John Batarelo

Vice John Batarelo, PhD
Vigilare Foundation, president

Davor Ivo Stier
Member of Croatian Parliament

Marijana Petir

Marijana Petir
Croatian MEP

Stephane Mercier,
PhD

Ex professor of philosophy,
Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Jerzy Kwaśniewski

Jerzy Kwaśniewski
Ordo Iuris Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Roger Kiska

Roger Kiska
Christian Legal Centre, London, UK

Ivana Foretić

Ivana Foretić
Vigilare section for Motherhood
and the Family

don Damir Stojić

don Damir Stojić, SDB
Studentski kapelan, Zagreb

Tomoislav Čunović

Tomislav Čunović
Vigilare legal team & lawyer in Frankfurt, Germany

Mario Vojvodić

Mario Vojvodić
Vigilare legal team & lawyer in Ogulin, Croatia

Karla Ressler

Karla Ressler
Lawyer, Zagreb

Mons. Ivan Miklenić

Mons. Ivan Miklenić
Head Editor of Glas Koncila weekly Croatian Catholic newspaper

Krešimir Miletić

Krešimir Miletić
Association Bl. Alojzije Stepinac,
Catholic Lay Activist

Marijan Gubina

Marijan Gubina
Auxilium Association

Programme

Monday, 20 November 2017
19:00 Hotel Dubrovnik (Zagreb), Congress centre, Ban Jelacic Hall

Opening Ceremony

Welcoming Speeches
Introductory prayer and talk

Msgr. Valter Župan, Bishop Emeritus of Krk: “Importance of the Culture of Life”

Vice John Batarelo, PhD, President Vigilare Foundation

Davor Stier, Member of Croatian Parliament

Marijana Petir, Croatian MEP

 Keynote Speech
“Human Rights: The Duty to Protect the Weakest and Most Vulnerable”

Chris Smith, United States Congressman, R, New Jersey, House of Representatives, Washington DC, USA

Tuesday, 21 November 2017
18:00 Hotel Dubrovnik (Zagreb), Congress centre, Ban Jelacic Hall

“Human Dignity. The Current Legal Situation and the Struggle for Unborn Life and Against Gender Ideology”

Keynote Speeches

Jerzy Kwaśniewski, Ordo Iuris Institute, Warsaw, Poland

Roger Kiska, Christian Legal Centre, London, UK

Round Table Discussion

Moderator: Ivan Mihanović

  • Jerzy Kwaśniewski
  • Roger Kiska
  • Karla Ressler, lawyer
  • Tomislav Čunović, Vigilare legal team & lawyer in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Mario Vojvodić, Vigilare legal team & lawyer in Ogulin, Croatia
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
18:00 Hotel Dubrovnik (Zagreb), Congress centre, Ban Jelacic Hall
“Religious Freedoms and Militant Secularism”
Keynote Speeches:

Stephane Mercier, PhD, Ex professor of philosophy, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

Don Damir Stojić, SDB, Student Chaplain, Zagreb, Croatia

Round Table Discussion
Moderator: Vice John Batarelo

  • Stephane Mercier, PhD
  • Mons. Ivan Miklenić, Head Editor of Glas Koncila weekly Croatian Catholic newspaper
  • Ivana Foretić, Vigilare section for Motherhood and the Family
  • Krešimir Miletić, Association Bl. Alojzije Stepinac, Catholic Lay Activist
 

Annual Witness of the Year Award
Marijan Gubina, Auxilium Association

Special occasion speech

 

Closing ceremony

Award



”Witness of the year“ is an annual award of the Vigilare Foundation and granted at its TradFest Conference.
The prize is awarded to prominent individuals and organisations for a courageous, authentic and non-compromising commitment to the preservation and dignity of human life and the promotion of the truth about human nature.

The award consists a plaque and a medal.

The winners of the award:
TradFest 2016 – Ante Čaljkušić and the International Initiative ”40 days for life“
TradFest 2017 – Marijan Gubina and Humanitarian Nonprofit Association Auxilium

Support TradFest!

TradFest is financed only by voluntary contributions and donations from our friends and supporters.
If you wich to support us, you can place your donation on our bank account:

Vigilare Foundation
Ul. Janka Grahora 4
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR5423900011500106809

Bank Information:
Hrvatska poštanska banka, d.d.
Jurišićeva 4, HR-10000 Zagreb
SWIFT: HPBZHR2X

Organizer: Vigilare Foundation

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