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49th International Folklore Festival, Zagreb, 15 to 19 July 2015


th International Folklore Festival is dedicated to the folklore of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which includes the South Dalmatian islands, the peninsula of Pelješac and the city of Dubrovnik with its surroundings (Dubrovačko Primorje, Župa Dubrovačka, Konavle), as well as the area along the Neretva River bordering with Herzegovina. The folk dance and musical heritage is marked by relationships with the wider Mediterranean and Central European cultural circles, through which cultural events of different origin and age entered this area and, while changing over time, maintained their presence to this day.


The dance heritage primarily includes chain dances, that is, dances with swords (Korčulan dances kumpanija and moreška, White Masks from Pelješac, the Pokladari circle dance from Lastovo). Related dances will be displayed by the ensembles from Germany, Portugal, Malta and the United Kingdom.

Linđo, the most famous dance of the selected area, has preserved traces of Spanish influence, which will be evident from the performances of the ensemble from Spain. Versions of Linđo will be displayed by the folklore groups from Dubrovačko Primorje, Župa Dubrovačka and Konavle.

Urban culture is manifested through contra dances from Dubrovnik and its rural surroundings, as well as the newer dances of civil origin known throughout the area; these are typically folklorized in rural communities or adapted to rural style of dancing (folk ensembles from the Island of Mljet, Župa Dubrovačka, Dubrovačko Primorje (Orašac, Smokovljani - Visočani) and Metković. The further inland shows influences of the Dinaric (Herzegovinian) areas, its folk repertoire being similar to but stylistically different from the one in the mentioned territories.

The vocal interpretation emphasizes the tradition of singing koleda / kolenda, klapa singing is also popular, while ballads as a general Mediterranean tradition have been preserved in the form of solo female singing. Known and cherished is also the tradition of rhetoric, especially wedding toast, as well as the gusle tradition. Older customs of secular and religious traditions (Carnival, Passion) have also been preserved.

An instrument that stands out is lijerica, especially as an accompaniment to dance. It is also among the features that connect the selected area with other cultural areas, on the Mediterranean and further (Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Portugal). Along with musicians from these countries, the Festival will also include performances from participants of long-time organized lijerica courses in the Dubrovnik-Neretva county, both adults and children.

In addition to numerous folk ensembles, church choirs who cherish the traditional religious ways of singing and take pride in their distinctive repertoire are also active, especially those performing Marian songs. The concert of popular church music will introduce the church choir from the area of the Neretva river. The concert of klapa singing will demonstrate the diversity of the genre in the selected county, while the participants of the Croatian Musical Youth's summer camp from Grožnjan will perform on the first day of the Festival at the concert "Ethno on the Road in Croatia". Aside from stage performances, dance and music workshops with national and international coordinators will also take place.

This Festival will also feature folk ensembles from other Croatian regions and foreign countries. In cooperation with the Ethnographic Museum Zagreb, an exhibition and lectures on music and wedding heritage will be held.

49th International Folklore Festival will feature performances by twenty folklore ensembles and vocal groups from Croatia, dozens of folk ensembles from abroad and several solo musicians and singers. The program will run on the normal scheme, from Wednesday to Sunday, on two open-air stages and indoors. The festive event of the Festival will introduce the most prominent content and participants from the Dubrovnik-Neretva county, as well as foreign ensembles with a repertoire of related traditions.


Artistic Director of the International Folklore Festival, Zorica Vitez, PhD.

  • Promotional video clip taken at the 48th IFF, July 2014
  • "A Whirlewind of Colors"



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.


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Zagreb Concert Management is the organizer of International Folklore Festival in Zagreb.
"Zagreb Concert Management, as the traditional organizer of the Festival, has been contributing to the efforts of presenting and ensuring the affirmation of heritage and of promoting the idea of cultural diversity as one of the general human values.”

We are happy to announce that the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb have recently 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.

Photograph for the 49th IFF visual: Dancers from the village Doli, taken in Opatija 1951
Photo: Tošo Dabac / Tošo Dabac archive / Museum of Contemporary Art