The Nikola Tesla Association - Genius for the Future organized in Zagreb a three-day event Tesla&friends to mark the first Nikola Tesla Day and Science,Technology and Innovation Day in Croatia as well as the 158th anniversary of birth of Nikola Tesla.
The Conference Tesla in Zagreb opened the celebration of Tesla's birthday and the Nikola Tesla Day. The eminent experts asst.prof. Božo Skoko, D.Sc.,prof. Mladen Martinis, D.Sc., the film director Mr. Roman A. Tolić, Mr. Renato Filipin, Senior Curator in the Technical Museum in Zagreb, Velimir Abramović, Ph.D., prof.Tomislav Petković, D.Sc. and Mr. Ivan Šimatović, D.Sc., held speeches about Tesla's heritage.
As in previous years, on Tesla's birthday,July 10, Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb, the representatives of the Ruđer Bošković Institute and Dragica Mihajlović, President of the Nikola Tesla Association-Genius for the Futre, laid flowers on the monument of Nikola Tesla in Zagreb. The program included the performance of young musicians Matej and Marko Mihaljević and a symbolical release of a white dove.
In the evening of the same day, the ceremony marking the first national Day of Nikola Tesla and Science, Technology and Innovation Day as well as the 158th anniversary of Tesla's birth was held in the Esplanade Hotel. On that occasion Nikola Tesla annual awards were granted in three categries. Sara Cepić, a high-school student from Sesvete, received the award in Physics and General Knowledge Quiz about Tesla. In the category of Creative and Innovative Product inspired by Tesla's inventions, Bernardica Gršić got the award for the souvenir – a stylized image of Nikola Tesla. The firm Genijator was awarded in the category of Tesla's Extended Activities for their orthohydrogen production system.
Mr. Josip Leko, President of the Croatian Parliament, Mr. Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb, Mr. Davor Bernardić, Member of the Croatian Parliament, Mrs. Andrea Doko Jelušić, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia and Ms Dragica Mihajlović, President of the Nikola Tesla Association-Genius for the Future, greeted the guests at the ceremony in the Esplanade Hotel.
The program included two short panel discussions. The experts Tomislav Petković, the physicist, Renato Filipin, Curator in the Technical Museum in Zagreb and Velimir Abramović, the philosopher, Rut Carek, Head and General Secretary of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and pupils from Zagreb primary schools Sara Cepić, Valentin Mabić, Ela Međed and Hrvoje Vraneš, discussed the heritage of Nikola Tesla. The video with birthday greetings Children of the World to Tesla for his Birthday, made by UNDP Croatia in cooperation with the Nikola Tesla Association was shown to the numerous guests. Mrs. Helena Bulaja Madunić, the film director, spoke about Tesla as an artistic inspiration.
On the third day of the event, a lot of visitors gathered in the Nikola Tesla Demonstration Room to attend the speech „Nikola Tesla – the inventor with a view into the future“, made by mr. Renato Filipin, Senior Curator in the Technical Museum in Zagreb.
As a part of Zagreb culture summer stage, this year celebration was planned to be closed with the program at the Lake Bundek in Zagreb, but due to bad weather conditions, the program was cancelled. The cartoon „The Secret Lab of Nikola Tesla“ made by Mr.Bruno Razum, the film director and „Mechanical Figures – Inspired by TESLA“, the experimental dance recital based on segments of the documentary film of the same name directed by Mrs.Helena Bulaja Madunić and performed by Ms Aleksandra Mišetić, Mr.Ognjen Vučinić and Ms Martina Nevistić of the Zagreb Dance Company, accompanied by Mr.Tomislav Babić, Ms Tena Novak and Mr.Mario Kovač of the electronic ensemble Nimbus Dei, should have been shown for the first time in public,but unfortunately they were cancelled.
Tesla&friends 2014 was held under the auspicies of Mr. Josip Leko, President of the Croatian Parliament, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the City of Zagreb, the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce-Zagreb Chamber.
Children of the World to Tesla for his Birthday – video link: video