Vinkovci Autumn, Presenting Best of Slavonian Folk Customs for More than 50 Years

Daniela Rogulj


September 14, 2019 – For the 54th year, the Vinkovci Autumn event will proudly preserve and nurture the customs and cultural heritage of Croatia.

Goran Rihelj of HRTurizam writes that from September 13 to 22, Vinkovci Autumn will offer the best display of Slavonian customs in an effort to preserve them – and this renowned and well-known folklore, tourist, economic and cultural event will attract around 100,000 visitors.

In addition to the vibrant traditional and cultural program that is the foundation of the event, there is also an enticing gastronomy and entertainment program: from the best Slavonian specialties to souvenirs, a variety of accompanying programs, a wine town, craft beer festival, conferences and various concerts every day.

Since 1970, as part of Vinkovci Autumn, young folklore groups also have their place in cultural and artistic societies, and by learning from their elders, they nurture and preserve the tradition and heritage of their towns. 

In order to show what they learned and rehearsed during the year, and as worthy heirs to the older guardians of traditional heritage, children’s folklore groups from all counties of Croatia, as well as the diaspora, will arrive in Vinkovci, where two days are dedicated only to them. 

Thus, the Children’s Vinkovci Autumn, as this two-day event of children’s folklore groups is called, takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14th and 15th, featuring the most festive of folk costumes and customs. Rihelj adds that the Children’s Vinkovci Autumn guarantees the survival of this event as a whole, and that this year, the Children’s Vinkovci Autumn will feature 3,000 small participants, with over 60 children’s folklore groups.


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Vinkovci Autumn offers one of the biggest stages of original traditional Croatian folklore, with about 8000 participants in total. The theme of this year’s event is “Three dear words”, in regards to Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem.

The most spectacular event will take place on the last day, when 75 KUDs and folklore groups from the country and the diaspora, 30 horse-drawn carriages and about 50 riders, or almost 4,500 participants, will parade the streets of the city in a ceremonial march. 

Find out more about Vinkovci Autumn here.

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