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Croatia, 17 to 21 July 2013
„CROATIA IN EUROPE – EUROPE IN CROATIA!“
The 47th International Folklore Festival will take place from July 17-21, 2013 in Zagreb. It will be dedicated to the Croatian accession to the European Union, hence its title “Croatia in Europe – Europe in Croatia”.
The central theme of the festival will accentuate the dance and music heritage that is shared between many European nations and cultures. Those dances and music originated in different parts of Europe and later spread across the continent, and even beyond. The beginnings of this dance and music movement were associated with high class, royal and nobility palaces, but with time the movement also spread to lower social classes, the population of cities and villages. Coming into contact with different local environments, both urban and rural, certain dances and their musical accompaniment have experienced changes and adjustments and survived in numerous variations of dances such as promenades, contra dances, quadrilles, cotillions, mazurkas, furlanas and manfrinas, but also waltzes, polkas and swing dancing. Nowadays, that heritage is still alive - taught, cherished and presented by folklore and other dance and music ensembles throughout Europe.
This repertoire is constantly present in the program of the International Folklore Festival, but it has not been, until now, emphasized as a link of the common European heritage. The repertoire will be indicated by stage performances together with the side events of the Festival, especially dance and music workshops, an accompanying exhibition and concerts of church folk music and world music.