09/03/14 ZeGeVege Festival

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A rich program and plenty of interesting things at a two-day Croatian festival of sustainable living

- September 5 and 6, 2014, on Trg bana Jelacica; over 80 exhibitors, 26 performers, raffle with many prizes, restaurants offering vegan kebab and ice-cream, free make-up and hairstyling, tastings, children’s corner, eco innovations, lectures and workshops...

Would you like to taste great coffee made with soya or oat milk or a burger made out of hemp, some vegan stew, a kebab and ice-cream? How about taking a rest on an anatomical herbal pillow? What about listening to the useful and educational lectures and expert advice from interesting lecturers, nutritionists and other experts? Perhaps you’d like to learn how to prepare vegan meals and drinks at a cooking workshop? And how about introducing ecological themes to your child, bringing him/her in an eco toy workshop and taking him/her to see a magician? Then come to the ZeGeVege festival!

On Friday, September 5 from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturday, September 6 from 9 A.M. to 7 P.M., on Trg bana Jelacica in Zagreb, the 7th ZeGeVege Festival of Sustainable Living will take place, as a part of a well known international festival called Veganmania.

This unique festival in Croatia is appreciated and recognizable because it exhibits and promotes products made exclusively of plant-based origin, products that are not tested on animals and products that are environment-friendly, and it is dedicated to healthy and sustainable living in addition to the welfare of people, the environment and animals.

This year's ZeGeVege festival is a record-breaking one because over 80 healthy food exhibitors, eco-products and innovations, and cosmetics that have not been tested on animals will be introduced there. There will also be some foreign exhibitors, vendors with the V-label, various associations and humanitarian and ecological initiatives, and tourist information.

The ZeGeVege program starts on Friday, September 5 at 9 A.M., and it will be opened by the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, at 1 P.M. The ZeGeVege Festival will also be visited by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipovic, on Saturday, September 6 between 9.30 and 10.30 A.M.

Take part in a raffle with many valuable and attractive prizes, taste vegan beer, drive a smoothie cycle, check out innovations such as an electric bicycle and car, visit the veggie window and watch video screenings about animal rights and veganism, and check out the educational recycling yard and other attractions. The ZeGeVege Festival will offer plant-based foods for dogs and cats, eco fruit and vegetables, free make-up and hairstyling, numerous tastings, and brochures with recipes.

Relax while listening to a DJ, let jolly children's voices cheer you up and take delight in the fantastic performances of 26 performers of various styles of music, dance numbers and workshops, all of which will make for a fun and varied program on stage. Also, dance to the sounds of popular hip-hop and rock music by Croatian musicians.

Animal Friends invites all not to the miss cheerful and positive atmosphere of the ZeGeVege Festival. Beside various the various exhibitors and lecturers featured during the 22-hour musical and stage program, visitors will receive useful information about sustainable living and ways to have fun.

The ZeGeVege Festival is supported by the President of the Republic of Croatia Ivo Josipovic, the City of Zagreb Mayor’s Office, the City Office for Health, the Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency Fund, the Croatian Chamber of Economy - Tourism Sector, the City Office for Economy, Labour and Enterprises, the Croatian Environment Agency, the Croatian Agricultural Agency, the City Office for Agriculture and Forestry, the City Office for Energy, Environment Protection and Sustainable Development, the Zagreb Tourist Board and others.

The program for the ZeGeVege Festival is available at www.prijatelji-zivotinja.hr and www.zegevege.com and on the ZeGeVege Festival Facebook page. The ZeGeVege Festival is organized as a non-profit and volunteer-driven event and is made possible by Animal Friends.

Free make-up for visitors will be provided by Nives Spajic thanks to dm-drogerie markt for the assortment of vegan cosmetics alverde. Hair treatments will be carried out by the beauty & the beast studio with Paul Mitchell cosmetics. Restaurants featured at the ZeGeVege Festivals include Makam Naturokst and Bruna Natürlich Eis from Germany and Vegetarian Club Vegehop from Zagreb. Pellini bio coffee will be provided by Promet Aroma, and plant-based milk is provided by Alpro and Oatly. Besides Ozujsko Cool beer, visitors will be able to taste Vocko juices and freshen up with Cetina springwater.

The Electric Bicycle Greyp will be presented by Rimac Automobili and an electric car NEVO will be available from Electa Sol. The stage will be decorated by Zelena prica, and the third mascot Tofu, which appears along with Mrkvic and Graskic is created by Jasna Skiljan.

The official nutritionist of the ZeGeVege Festival is MA of nutrition Ivana Simic. The host of the festival is Maja Jozic. The official event photographers are a duo from MMM Photography. Also, Chillout Hostel Zagreb has provided affordable accommodation with a vegan breakfast to visiting guests.

Exhibitors at the 7th ZeGeVege Festival

dm-drogerie markt, Electa Sol, Rimac Automobili, Bruno's Vegan Concept, Greencajg, Rozic, Bioherba, AWT International, beauty & the beast, Makam Naturkost, Rumena, Bruna natürlich Eis, Zelena priča, Eko OPG Hujic, Art of Raw, Zlata Nanic, Sana delikatese, Nutristo.com/vegan, OPG Brolich, Larimar Essentia, Bokun, OPG Ira Branilovic, Vegetariana, OPG Jakopovic, OPG Vladimir Sinko, Enzita, OPG Paulik, HERBAS Jasmina Avbar, BoBo trgovina, ugostiteljstvo i usluge, Zrno bio bistro, Association Vestigium, OPG Željko Ilicic, Gala Natura, CannaBio, RODA - Roditelji u akciji, Planetopija, Spar, Internatioal Gabriele Foundation, Glas zivotinja, Organica Vita, Vegehop, bio&bio, Ekozona, Oatly, Zmajevna, OPG Roland Bakal, Garden, Social Cooperative Humana Nova, Naturo eko, OPG Pesa Marija, OPG Branko Cegec, Herbio plus, Zelena akcija – Friends of the Earth Croatia, Green Network of Activist Groups, Parkticipacija, Biodar, Agricultural cooperative POSTIRA , Advent, Konoplja & Co., Green Point, Ami cat and dog food, Shelter for Abandoned Animals of the City of Zagreb, Obrt za eko igračke, Sattva association for promotion of Ayurveda and vegetarianism, Bormax, Alpro, Encian, Sapunoteka, Slovenian Vegan Society, OPG Pereglin Tomislav, OPG Anto Juric, Association Victories (Udruga Pobjede), Drveni kutak, Sindikat biciklista, Dvostruka duga, OPG Marija Mudric, OPG Veselic, Melvita, OPG Cizmek Ljubica, K naravi, OPG OreSkovic, SMID - Mirjana Strancaric, Omegol, Annapurna, OPG Ana Kovacic, Vegetarijana Plus, Clavis Consultor, Animal Friends.

Performers at the 7th ZeGeVege Festival

NGO Perfect Circle, The triple World Champion in Gymnastics Lana Momirovic, Back to Swing, Dance group Sheherezade, Sebastian Doe, Vikend Revolucija, School of Bellydance Zuzana, Picksiebner, Band Navarro, Seine, Kim Verson, IFEEL, Jozo Bozo, Baby Blue, Juraj Jurlina band, Detour, Children’s Choir Kikici and Teen group Genijalci, School of Street Styles - SOSS, Zoran Misic, Dino Jelusic, Bojan Jambrosic, Dj Akademija, Atomic Dance Factory, U pol' 9 kod Sabe, KinoKlub.

Lectureres at the 7th ZeGeVege Festival

Lidija Jerkovic, Ivan Zokovic, dipl. nutritionist Jasmina Vrbanec and Danko Stančina (bio&bio), Tatjana Zajec, Nikolina Plenar, Cvijeta Biscevic, Dubravka Novotni, Ana Janjatovic Zorica (Makronova), Dunja Gulin, Gordana Dragicevic, Dragan Surlan, Moris Hoblaj, mag. nutritionism Ivana Simic, Mihaela Devescovi, Irena Miksic, Association Victories, Vedran Romac.

Sponsors and friends of the 7th ZeGeVege Festival

Vocko, Cetina, Promet Aroma, Vektor Grupa, Arto, Avalon, Europlakat, Chillout Hostel Zagreb, Ozujsko Cool, Design Studio Zale and Nova glazbala, Inki Dinki, Dj Akademija, Autoservis Dak, Trznice Zagreb and Cistoca.

Media sponsors of the 7th ZeGeVege Festival

Kvarner News, Zdravakrava.hr, Zdrava Televizija and TV Studio 7 d.o.o. Slovenija, Znano.st, Radio Martin, Radio Student, Zagreb moj grad, Aktual magazin, Index.hr, She.hr, Zagrebonline.hr, H-Alter.org, Vikendplaner.info, Glamour.hr, Drumtidam, Cable Direct, Žena.hr, Krenizdravo.com, Metro-portal.hr, Licke-novine.hr, Naturala.hr, Korzo.net, Zagrebinfo.hr, EkoMreza.org, CentarZdravlja.net.

Sponsors of the restaurant: Annapurna, Green Planet, Tomar, Advent, bio&bio, Ekopak, OPG Solina.

Sponsors of the raffle: Chillout Hostel Zagreb, Encian, Omegol, Melvita, Dvostruka duga, Bio&Bio, Humana Nova, Dobro-Petric, Sapunoteka, dm-drogerie markt, Sana Delikatese, Obrt za eko igracke, Bormax, Greencajg, SMID, Rumena, Annapurna, Bobo trgovina, Konoplja&CO, Zmajevna, SPAR, Bruno's Vegan Concept, Vegetariana, Association Roda, K naravi, Clavis Consultor, Vegan Society, Zlata Nanic, Garden and OPG Veselic, OPG Branko Cegec, OPG Pesa Marija, OPG Ira Branilovic, OPG Oreskovic, OPG Anto Juric, OPG Pereglin, OPG Roland Bakal, Eko OPG Hujic, OPG Tomislav Janusic and OPG Brolich.

Sponsors of the prize game for existing and future members of the Animal Friends

Prizes in the raffle for all existing and future members of Animal Friends are: three-night stay in an apartment in Makarska Vegehop for two people, two monthly membership fees for Zumba® with Jelena Diklic, three coupons for 20% off the entire range of vegan food for cats and dogs in pet store Ami "My Friend" of the firm Kresoja, three gift packages of L'Elbolario and personalized Le Piggy piggy bank Rudi.

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