Yarra Ranges  The Oldest vine 2002 event

With Special guests  "The Happy Girls from Stajerska"

Yarra Ranges  The Oldest vine 2002 event
With Special guests  "The Happy Girls from Stajerska"
The Vesele Stajerke group was formed in 1994 and the four members are: Marjana Hercog (keyboard, bass guitar),Vida Sadek (vocals, keyboard, bass guitar), Loti Zlaus (guitar, vocals), Mojca Čresnar (harmonica, bass guitar, vocals).

About Vesele Stajerke - The Happy Girls from Stajerska and The Oldest vine Festival

The ensemble Vesele Štajerke is renowned for its joyful and exuberant performances. They come from the eastern region of Slovenia called “Štajerska”. Their name translated from Slovenian is The Happy Girls from Stajerska.
Stajerska region is famous for the warmth, musicality and hospitality of its people. Vesele Stajerke personify this spirit and “joie de vivre”. Their repertoire includes Slovenian folk songs as well as contemporary popular songs. For the Australian tour they will perform programmes for the Slovenian and Australian communities. There are seventeen concerts, including performances at state schools around Melbourne and Adelaide. There are some 36 organisations and individuals contributing to the success of this years Old Vine event.
The group four members are: Mojca Čresnar (harmonica, bass guitar, vocals), Marjana Hercog (keyboard, bass guitar), Vida Sadek (vocals), (keyboard, bass guitar), Loti Zlaus (guitar, vocals). Formed in 1994, the group has toured: Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Canada, Seychelle Islands and the United States. Their music is available on: audio cassettes, CDs, and video cassettes.
The Mayor of Maribor, Boris Sovic, gifted a graft of the vine to the Shire of Yarra Ranges, in Victoria in 1999. After two years of required quarantine in Australia, the graft was planted at McWilliams Lillydale Vineyards on 23 September 2001 by Councillor Di Moore of the Shire of Yarra Ranges. This established the connection between the region of Stajerska, the association of winegrowers of the Yarra Valley and the Shire of the Yarra Ranges. The facilitator and the initiator of the Old Vine Project, Vinko Rizmal has, with the vital suoport of Australian and Slovenian participating organizations and individuals, made the festival into an important local community event; as well as of intercultural exchange, linking the two wine-growing regions – Stajerska and Victoria.
Vesele Stajerke were invited specially for the celebration of the Old Vine Festival of the Shire of Yarra Ranges in the eastern area of outer Melbourne, Victoria. The festival came about from the planting of the graft of the 400 year old vine, from Lent, in Maribor, capital of the Stajerska region. Stajerska is famed as a wine-growing area, produces the highest quality wines and has a long viticulture tradition reaching beyond Roman times.
The 2002 Yarra Ranges Old Vine Festival turned into a national promotional tour for the Yarra Ranges region. The Ensemble covered over 4400 km, performed 19 times to well over 4000 people. Happy girls performed in primary and High Schools in Adelaide and Melbourne to over 1300 pupils. The final performance was a great celebration at McWilliams Lilydale Vinery in Seville on 22nd September 2002 with over 600 guests attending.
It all started with planting a small graft of Velvety Black grapevine on the embankment of river Drava in Central Europe some 450 years ago...


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