he International Folklore Festival has been held in Zagreb since 1966 with objective to present and affirm traditional culture and folklore of numerous local and international participants from all continents. It continues the old tradition of festivals organised from time in between the two World Wars. It gathers a wide public and folklore connoisseurs for decades. Nowadays, it has become a part of the global movement led by the UNESCO that aims to safeguard and promote the intangible cultural heritage. In 2014, the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb pronounced it as a festival of national significance.
The 53rd IFF will present the theme VIA THE KAROLINA AND LUJZIJANA HISTORICAL ROADS TO RIJEKA to meet the next year's European Capital of Culture and its program will be comprised of stage performances all around the city, music and dance workshops, folk theatre, ethno music concerts and church folk singing. The diversity of Croatian ethnographic heritage will present thirty folklore groups while 15 ensembles will represent the heritage of other peoples and cultures.
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The International Folklore Festival is one of the top events of folklore expressions in Croatia, namely an event representing amateur folklore groups dedicated to preserving and presenting local heritage. The event has been taking place in Zagreb since 1966, continuing the tradition of the Festival of Croatian Village Culture that was organized in the 1930s. The International Folklore Festival aims to present and promote traditional values of all nations and cultures, contributing to the efforts of preserving cultural diversities in the globalized world.
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. Ethnologists and folklorists are in constant contact with contemporary life of the phenomena and their bearers, trying to safeguard Croatian traditional culture as heritage.
MSF / IFF office +3851 4501 194 | Public relations +3851 4501 209
INTERNATIONAL FOLKLORE FESTIVAL IN ZAGREB IS SUPPORTED BY:
Ministry of Culture Republic of Croatia http://www.min-kulture.hr
City of Zagreb, City Office of Education, Culture and Sports http://www.zagreb.hr
Zagreb Tourist Board http://www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr
Croatian Tourist Board http://www.htz.hr
HDS - ZAMP http://www.hds.hr
The Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall is the organizer of International Folklore Festival in Zagreb.
"The Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall has long surpassed the confines of Zagreb and Croatia, and is now a place where Croatian culture encounters other cultures. For more than 40 years, the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall has been synonymous with the finest musical performances.”
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.