Flying the Vegan Flags in Croatia
World Vegan Day is an event celebrated worldwide on November 1. It was established in 1994 to promote the ethical, health and environmental aspects of veganism.
The inspiration behind the vegan flag was nature preservation, love, respect, and compassion for all beings, regardless of the species, as well as sustainability. The green colour represents land animals, the blue stands for sea and sky animals, whereas white is a symbol of unity. The letter V is the first letter of the word “vegan,” and the inverted pyramid is a symbol of every individual’s capacity to make positive global change.
Animal Friends Croatia believe that promoting vegan flags in Croatia is an important step in the strengthening of a movement that aims at general well-being, while contributing to the environmental awareness of cities and their image as tourist destinations. For this purpose, they initiated a long-running project of displaying and promoting vegan flags on World Vegan Day.
On November 1, 2020, twenty-two vegan flags were displayed at the busiest and most popular points in Zagreb. For twelve days, the flags were flying at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, Republika Hrvatska Square, Žrtava Fašizma Square, Kralj Tomislav Square and Roosevelt Square. In addition to the flag displays, Meštrović Pavilion, and the fountains in front of the National and University Library were illuminated with vegan colours.
On November 1, 2021, together with Zagreb, also Pula, Opatija, Krapina, Čakovec, Makarska and Samobor saw vegan flag displays.
On November 1, 2022, alongside Zagreb, vegan flags were raised in Pula, Opatija, Krapina, Čakovec, Makarska, Samobor, Vukovar, Zadar and Slavonski Brod, totalling one hundred vegan flags flying in ten Croatian cities.
The aim of the project is to display flags in as many cities as possible in Croatia, in as many locations as possible. To secure the future success of the project, as well as for logistical reasons, vegan flag representatives have been nominated for each city.
Responsibilities of vegan flag representatives include:
– action needed to obtain permission to display vegan flags in their city, in cooperation with campaign promoters, Animal Friends Croatia
– delivery of flags to point of display
– collecting the flags when removed from the mast
– promotion of a vegan flag in their city in cooperation with the campaign promoters
– flag storage until the following year
– seeking permission for new flag locations/displays
– assistance in fundraising for flag production
Vegan flag representatives are proud of their roles and tasks, and they have been managing them with great responsibility. They are aided by the Project Promoter and the Chief Project Co-ordinator.
As the vegan flag project is ongoing, we are also looking for new representatives in cities where flags have not yet been displayed. We hereby call on anyone interested to contact us.
In addition, we are currently raising funds for making flags – any contribution is highly valuable. We ask anyone able to help to donate according to their wishes and means. Instructions for payment can be found HERE. Many thanks in advance!
Four flags displayed at Republika Square in Čakovec.
Čakovec Representative: Aleksandra Hampamer
Three flags displayed in front of Krapina Pučko otvoreno učilište
Krapina Representative: Petra Lebo
Three flags displayed at Fra Andrija Kačić Miošić Square
Fifteen flags displayed on public light posts from Maršal Tito, Dr Matko Laginja and Feliks Peršić intersection up to Vladimir Gortan Square.
Opatija Representative: Vedrana Vretenar
Five flags displayed at Veli vrh, at Pula entry point, and five flags on Dalmatinova Street in front of OTP Bank.
Pula Representative: Svjetlana Prodanović
One flag displayed at Samobor entry point and three flags at the old military barracks, the so-called Bunker.
Samobor Representative: Maja Jambrišak
Twenty-two vegan flags on Petar Krešimir IV Street.
Slavonski Brod Representative:
Ten flags displayed in the city centre on the Jean-Michel Nicolier Bridge.
Four vegan flags displayed.
Zaprešić Representative: Helena Ilijaš
One flag displayed at Narodni Square on Gradska straža.
Twenty-nine flags displayed at Ban Josip Jelačić Square, Republika Hrvatska Square, Žrtava fašizma Square, Kralj Tomislav Square, Roosevelt Square, Eugen Kvaternik Square, Većeslav Holjevac Avenue, Dubrovnik Avenue and Većeslav Holjevac intersection (at INA building).
Zagreb Representative: Emanuela Poturica
Vegan Flag Project Promoter:
Animal Friends Croatia
Vegan Flag Project Leader:
Vegan Flag Project Chief Co-ordinator:
Vegan Flag Project Ambassador:
Vegan Flag Project Friends:
- City of Zagreb
- Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU)
- Mimara Museum
- City of Pula and Pula Herculanea d.o.o.
- City of Opatija and Parkovi d.o.o.
- City of Krapina
- City of Čakovec and GKP ČAKOM d.o.o.
- City of Makarska
- City of Samobor and Komunalac d.o.o. Samobor
- City of Zaprešić and Zaprešić d.o.o.
- Grafko Caspar d.o.o.
- City of Slavonski Brod
- City of Vukovar
- City of Zadar
- FG Grafika d.o.o.
Vegan Flag Project Major Donors:
- Igor Drašković
- Katarina Kukučka
Vegan Flag Donors:
- TIMEP d.o.o.
- Dobrojević d.o.o.
- OPG Prpić