12. May 2017.

Concert Hall Vatroslav Lisinski will organize 51 International Folklore Festival, 19 to 23 July 2017

The program is drawn up by experts, ethnologists and folklorists who also collaborate with the Ministry of Culture on recognizing and documenting intangible cultural heritage phenomena.

Following the previous scheme, the program of the International Folklore Festival will last for five days and will be comprised of stage performances, workshops, concerts of world music and church singing, exhibitions. Along with the stage on the Zagreb main square, performances will take place on the already known scene on Gradec (in the Upper Town). The participants of the Festival will perform outside Zagreb as well (in Sveta Nedelja, Zaprešić, Vrbovec, Beltinci – Slovenia).

A special thematic program will cover the ethnographic heritage of Banovina and Pounje, as the areas with specific ways of singing and dancing, customs and handicrafts, which are very diverse and rich yet far too little known to the public. The particularity of this thematic program will be realized in the special concert of the groups from Banovina and Pounje.

Apart from the scheduled performances by groups from Banovina and Pounje, additional performances by folklore groups and individuals who represent the diversity of the Croatian heritage, ethnic minorities, Croats from neighboring countries and emigration are also planned (a total of around 30 ensembles). A dozen ensembles will present the heritage of other nations and cultures.

We are happy to announce that the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb in 2014 have declared the International Folklore Festival in Zagreb an event of national significance, since it valorizes specific aspects of national culture, as well as regional dances, music, languages, and customs, but also the cultural heritage from around the world.