Advent in Zagreb: Dalmatian Klapa Echoes Around Zrinjevac

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski/Josip Jakovinovic writes on the 1st of December, 2019, the beautiful sound of traditional Dalmatian klapa music filled the air at the opening ceremony of the heavily awarded Advent in Zagreb, in the very heart of the Croatian capital city, more precisely at the popular Zrinjevac park.

Following the traditional, ceremonial opening of the beloved Advent in Zagreb, which took place on Saturday the 30th of November, the honour of putting on a guest musical performance at 22:00 was done by the FDK (the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa).

Thus, the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa’s five award-winning vocal groups, VINCACE (m) – Novi Vinodolski, LUŠE (f) – Split, BOŠKET (m) – Zagreb, TERANKE (f) – Pula and STINE (m) – Zagreb, put on a great performance full of enjoyable music, officially opening the most wonderful time of the year and Advent in Zagreb at Zrinjevac.

With the aromas of fritule and mulled wine filling the crisp air, much loved award-winning Dalmatian klapa songs won the hearts of the residents of Zagreb as well as the audience who came from different parts of the country and beyond to the Croatian capital, which has become very well known for being a top European advent destination following numerous awards.

With the traditional Christmas songs performed by the Dalmatian klapa group, nobody in the crowd could go without being filled with a sense of festive cheer, loudly applauding this unusual klapa guest performance at Advent in Zagreb, far away from the coast and the roots of this type of singing.

Organised by the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Festival of Dalmatian Klapa from Omiš, the combination of klapa singing and the festive atmosphere of Advent in Zagreb has been going on since last year, when klapa songs were performed the opening of Advent in Zagreb on Tkalčićeva.

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