Klapa Singing Presented at Virtual Celebration of the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity

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May 28, 2020 – Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is an occasion to promote culture and highlight the significance of its diversity as an agent of inclusion and positive change (https://www.un.org/en/observances/cultural-diversity-day).

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The Federation of World Peace and Love (FOWPAL) hosted a virtual event last Thursday, where many promoters of peace and love were invited to present the beauties of their cultures in support of the day. Srećko Mavrek, an internationally recognized educational expert and a member of a well-known klapa Astoria, presented the beauty and uniqueness of klapa singing as a significant part of the Croatian and world cultural heritage. In honour of this remarkable tradition, UNESCO inscribed klapa singing on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in December 2012.


Listening to Mavrek’s 3-minute video, every listener could be convinced that klapa singing is truly special, but also very complex. In the video, you can hear his own piece “Da mi je” recorded in Norway under the project Science of Music together with the top composer and arranger Kristijan Vodopivec. In the second part, klapa Astoria performs the American anthem by which they became famous last year performing it at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York during a basketball game between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. The video has been well noticed on social media, where it receives numerous compliments and likes.

You can see the video at the following links:





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