50th International Folklore Festival, Zagreb, 20 to 24 July 2016
he program of the 50th International Folklore Festival should, on the occasion of its golden jubilee, worthily mark the festival’s contribution to the national culture, for which it was declared a national festival under the decision of the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb in 2014. The festival’s 50th edition should recall the history and role of folklore festivals in Croatia, as well as the changes the festival has undergone over time.
The program will include performances by folklore groups and individuals who represent the diversity of Croatian ethnographic heritage (three cultural zones and a number of smaller areas with distinctive dance and music traditions, costumes and customs), along with the representatives of national minorities, Croats from neighboring countries, emigrants and the old Croatian Diaspora. Furthermore, a dozen ensembles will present the heritage of other nations and cultures.
ZAGREB SUMMER OF CULTURE / MEMORIES ON THE FIRST FESTIVALS
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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.
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
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 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.