Thursday, May 10th 2018

  • 11.00 am - Press conference of the 2018 Majenca edition in Torkla
  • 4.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 4.00 pm - Raising of the Unicef Child's Rights Tree, demonstrations of firefighting vehicles of the Volunteer Firefighters Society Breg and of the rescue dogs group
  • 7.00 pm - Inauguration of the exposition »Olives and Oil in Dolina 200 Years Ago« (document selection by Paolo Parmegiani in collaboration with Boris Pangerc) in the Torkla Gallery, musical interlude by guitarist Mateja Martini from prof. Janoš Jurinčič's class at Glasbena matica
  • 8.30 pm - Concert with Karburo

Friday, May 11th 2018

  • 6.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Conference on »Quality of Olive Oil in Crusher Processing« in the Torkla Gallery by Paolo Parmegiani, Glauko Petaros, Gianni Žerjul
  • 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 62nd Municipal Wine Contest and inauguration of the Wine under the tree showcase
  • 9.00 pm - Concert with Blek Panters and 4Pampel & Friends

Saturday, May 12th 2018

  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 5.30 pm - Classic car parade by Adria Classic Koper gentlemen drivers
  • 6.00 pm - Prize ceremony of the 21st Municipal Extra-virgin Olive Oil Contest, the 14th Selection »L'olio di Muggia« and the 8th Provincial Extra-virgin Olive Oil Competition in Kaluža
  • 8.30 pm - Solemn raising of the maypole

Sunday, May 13th 2018

  • 4.00 pm - 1st Tasting of table olives in Torkla
  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 5.30 pm - Concert by the Ribniški pihalni orkester Brass Orchestra from Ribnica
  • 6.30 pm - Folklore program by Oljka from Hrvatini
  • 7.30 pm - Parterji and parterce enter the main square
  • 8.00 pm - Dances with Nebojsega

Monday, May 14th 2018

  • 6.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Guided tasting of olive oil in Torkla with Franco Cerniz
  • 7.00 pm - Prize ceremony for producers of table olives in Torkla
  • 7.00 pm - Exibition by the Children Dance Group of the France Prešeren Cultural Society from Boljunec, and by the Dance Group of Studio Alfa Dance
  • 9.00 pm - Dances with ABC

Tuesday, May 15th 2018

  • 5.00 pm - Stalls opening
  • 6.00 pm - Abatement of the Unicef Child's rights tree
  • 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 - 3 MB).

Arts Expositions

  • in the hall of Valentin Vodnik Society: expositions of local graphic artists
  • in the Torkla Gallery: exposition »Olives and Oil in Dolina 200 Years Ago«

Opening hours

  • Friday, May 11th 2018: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Saturday, May 12th 2018: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Sunday, May 13th 2018: 4 pm to 10 pm
  • Monday, May 14th 2018: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th 2018: 6 pm to 7 pm

62nd Municipal Wine Contest in Tabor

Opening hours

  • Friday, May 11th 2018: 7.30 pm to 11 pm
  • Saturday, May 12th 2018: 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Sunday, May 13th 2018: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Monday, May 14th 2018: 7 pm to 10 pm
  • Tuesday, May 15th 2018: 6 pm to 9 pm

21st 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 - 2 MB) in Slovenian and Italian.

  • From Thursday, May 10th, to Monday, May 14th 2018, from 4 pm on

Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 3 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 - 3 MB).

Panorama of Dolina

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Local graphic artists' exposition in the hall of the Valentin Vodnik Cultural Society
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»Olives and Oil in Dolina 200 Years Ago« exposition in the Torkla Gallery
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20th Municipal Extra-virgin Olive Oil Contest and Tasting in the Torkla Oil Bar
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61th Municipal Wine Contest
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Drinks Stall
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Food and Drinks Stall
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Download the schedule flyer in Slovenian and Italian (PDF - 3 MB).