Dubrovnik will gather best klapa singers for the fifth year in a row
According to the press release received from the organisers on March 12, 2016, the fifth edition of the Aklapela Festival will take place in Dubrovnik, from 8 to 10 April 2016. Numerous acclaimed vocal groups from all parts of Croatia will perform as a part of this festival which fosters and respects traditional a cappella singing, recognized by the UNESCO as the world intangible cultural heritage. Twelve Croatian klapa (traditional a capella vocal groups), selected by Aklapela’s artistic director, dr. sc. Joško Ćaleta, will perform in the beautiful setting of the historic Lazareti on 8 and 9 April while the Festival’s final concert will take place on Sunday, 10 April, at the spectacular venue of St. Dominic’s Church.
On Friday, 8 April, the following klapas will perform: Kapric, Luka Rijeka, Orca, Nostalgija, Subrenum and Luka Ploče. The Festival will continue on the 9th of April (Saturday), when the performances of the following vocal groups will take place: FA Linđo, Dišpet, Sinj, Kaše, Tragos and Bunari. Traditionally, the Festival ends with the klapa performances on Sunday, the 10 of April, when the groups will perform at the St. Dominic’s Church.
The Aklapela festival is an authentic Croatian musical product that has been a great addition to the culture tourism of the city of Dubrovnik in the off the peak season for five years in a row.
In dr. sc. Caleta’s words, ‘the Festival is a humble sign of gratitude to generations of singers who left their hearts and souls in the klapa singing circles and handed down this tradition to new generations’, adding that he believes in preserving this authentic way of Croatian singing, as well as in further development of the Festival in the years to come.