First Awards Presented at 54th Dalmatian Klapa Festival in Omis

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Omis, Croatia
Omis, Croatia

As Morski writes on the 18th of July, 2020, the first competition evening of the 54th Dalmatian Klapa Festival in Omis for this year, given the name the Evening of New Compositions, was held on Friday, July the 17th, at Stjepan Radic Square in Omis.

At the very beginning of this year’s Dalmatian Klapa Festival, with the sounds of the song Na omiskoj stini (On the rocks of Omis), the official anthem of Omis, the Dalmatian Klapa Festival flag was raised by Bozo Mimica – Điran, a longtime member of the Festival Council. The Mayor of the City of Omis officially declared the 54th Omis Dalmatian Klapa Festival open.

Eleven Dalmatian klapa bands performed twelve new compositions and the winners were decided by a jury consisting of Rajmir Kraljevic, Mirjana Siriscevic, Ivana Tomic Feric, Blazenko Juracic and Marijo Krnic. The well known Klapa Kase from Dubrovnik had the most reason to rejoice, winning the award for the best performance of the popular song Spanjola. The same composition was declared the most successful and its authors, composer Vicko Dragojevic and lyricist Vedran Bonacic, won the prestigious Golden Plaque.

The second prize went to the composer Zivko Kljuca, who composed the song U oni dan based on the text by Ruzana Kovac. The song was performed by Klapa Vincace from Novi Vinodolski. The third prize was shared by the song Dozivju nas glasi, the music and lyrics of which were written by Roko Radovan. The song was performed by Klapa Korda from Lumbarda. The composition Ne umiru kapetani/Captains don’t die, which was written by Vinko Didovic, with lyrics by Pjero Miric, was performed by the local klapa band Klapa Oneum.

The lyricist Pjero Miric is also the winner of the Drago Ivanisevic plaque for the best text. Due to the small number of spectators owing to the proper observance of the current epidemiological measures in force across Croatia as we battle the coronavirus pandemic, the award for the most successful composition according to the votes of the audience wasn’t awarded. The programme was hosted by Edita Lucic Jelic.

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