One of the most important folklore festivals starts in five days
The International Folklore Festival, which has been held in Croatia’s capital city since 1966, will see many performances of numerous folklore groups and ensembles both from Croatia and other countries. A five-day folklore bonanza will also feature stage performances, workshops, concerts of folk and world music, church singing and exhibitions.
The festival will take place on Zagreb’s main square and Gradec as well as St. Catherine’s Church and Ethnographic Museum. The participants of the Festival will also perform outside Zagreb as well – in Sveta Nedelja, Zaprešić, Vrbovec and Beltinci in Slovenia. For the full list of events and locations click here http://www.msf.hr/Smotra/hr/hr-program.html (in Croatian only).
The special thematic programme of the festival will cover the ethnographic heritage of Banovina and Pounje as regions with unique singing and dancing, customs and handcrafts. There will be a total of 30 ensembles which will represent Croatia’s diverse folk heritage and 10 ensembles presenting the heritage of other nations and cultures.
The International Folklore Festival is part of the global movement to preserve the cultural heritage of mankind led by UNESCO. It was pronounced a festival of national importance by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb, so make sure to stop by the Jelačić Square or Gradec to witness this special cultural event.