20 to 24 July 2016

The 50th International Folklore Festival is held in Zagreb from July 20 to July 24, 2016. The anniversary event will consist of staged shows, workshops, meetings with performers, concerts and an exhibition. The participants include folklore groups and individuals representing the diversity of Croatian ethnographic heritage: three cultural zones and numerous smaller areas with characteristic dance and music folklore, traditional costumes and customs. Other participants include representatives of ethnic minorities in Croatia, as well as ethnic Croatians from neighboring countries and from old Croatian emigrant communities. The participants of the 50th International Folklor Festival will also include representatives from once surrounding villages of Zagreb in the Prigorje area that have now become part of the city as well as heritage groups active in the city itself.

Croatian participants include a group composed of representatives from several folklore groups of Cvelferija in

Županja’s Posavina area, who managed to renew their traditional costumes destroyed in the fl ood with the assistance from the Croatian Ministry of Culture. A total of 37 folklore groups and two individuals (gusle and diple players) will perform in the Festival, joined by eleven international folklore ensembles: seven from Europe and four from other continents.

The performers include participants of the folk church singing concert (from the Parish of Our Lady of Good Health in Podstrana), of the traditional music concert (from Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka), as well as the world music concert (participants of Jeunesses Musicales Croatia’s Ethno Croatia camp in Grožnjan). Staged shows will be held in two places: in the Josip Jelačić Square (in the morning and evening daily) and in the Upper Town on the Gradec Stage (evening shows from Friday to Sunday). The show on the Gradec Stage will be followed by dance workshops for performers and audience, while the remaining workshops will be held in the high school building in the Upper Town. Festival participants will hold meetings with the audience in the Zagreb Dance Center, the folk church singing concert will take place in St. Catherine’s Church, and the church singers will also take part in the Sunday Mass at the Zagreb Cathedral.

The central formal event of the 50th International Folklore Festival will be held in the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall on Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 pm. The event will be broadcast live by the Croatian Television, while the Croatian Radio will record some of the other Festival shows as well.

In May this year, the Croatian Ethnological Society held a professional and scientific symposium on the festivalization and staging of folklore and the use of heritage in tourism dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the International Folklore Festival. The Ethnographic Museum, Zagreb will complement the 50th International Folklore Festival with an exhibition named Folklore Festivals and Symbols of Identity held from June 16 until the end of October with supplemental shows and workshops. The 50th International Folklore Festival is held under the auspices of the Croatian Parliament.



BARBAN, Istria County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Barban“ –  video 
BLATO (Island of Korčula),Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Viteško udruženje „Kumpanjija“ – video 
BOROVO, Vukovar-Srijem County, Kulturno-umjetnička udruga „Branislav Nušić“  video 
DONJA BEBRINA, Brod-Posavina County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Kolo“ –  video 
DRAŽ, Osijek-Baranja County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Sloga“ –  video 
ĐELETOVCI, Vukovar-Srijem County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Grančica“ –  video 
GALIŽANA / GALLESANO, Istria County, Folklorna skupina zajednice Talijana / Gruppo folkloristico della comunità degli Italiani di Gallesano –  video 
GLJEV, Split-Dalmatia County, Karnevalska udruga „Didi s Kamešnice-Gljev“
GORJANI, Osijek-Baranja County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Gorjanac“
GORNJE SELO (Island of Šolta), Split-Dalmatia County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Šolta“
JELENJE, Primorsko-goranska County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Zvir“ –  video 
KALINOVAC, Koprivnica-Križevci County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Grgur Karlovčan“ –  video 
KOROĐ / KÓRÓGY, Vukovar-Srijem County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Ady Endre“
KUPLJENOVO (Zaprešić), Zagreb County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Kupljenovo“
LIČKO LEŠĆE, Lika-Senj County, Kulturno-umjetnička udruga „Gacka“ –  video 
MOLVE, Koprivnica-Križevci County, Kulturno-umjetničkO društvo „Molve“ –  video 
OSIJEK, Osijek-Baranja County, Hrvatsko kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Osijek 1862.“ –  video 
OSOJNIK, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Sveti Juraj Osojnik“ – video 
POLAČA, Zadar County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Gradina“ –  video 

POSAVSKI BREGI, Zagreb County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Ogranak Seljačke sloge“ –  video 
PUNAT (otok Krk), Primorsko-goranska County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Punat“ –  video 
REČICA, Karlovac County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Rečica“
VIŠKOVO, Primorsko-goranska County, Halubajski zvončari
VOLODER, Sisak-Moslavina County, Kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Moslavac“
ZAGREB, Grad Zagreb, / Ensemble of Javanese gamelan “Terbangun Matahari”, Čučerje HKPD „Bosiljak“ –  video , Gračani HSPD „Podgorac“, Markuševec HKUD „Prigorec“, Remete KUD „Frankopan“, Grupa za međunarodni folklor SKUD „Ivan Goran Kovačić“, Zavičajno društvo „Sinac“, Zavičajno društvo „Lička Plješevica“ –  video 
/ŽUPANJSKA POSAVINA, Vukovar-Srijem County, Dance Group „Cvelferi“ –  video


USTRIA, VIENNA, „Kolo slavuj“ –  video 
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, GUČA GORA, Izvorna folklorna skupina „Sloga“ –  video 
SERBIA, VOJVODINA, TAVANKUT, Hrvatsko kulturno-umjetničko društvo „Matija Gubec“


PODSTRANA, Split-Dalmatia County, Pučki pivači Župe Gospe od zdravlja


AZERBAIJAN, Shirvan, Ensemble „Shirvan“
BULGARIA ,Bistritsa, Folklore enseble Bistritsa
EGYPT, Cairo, Al Tannoura Folklore Troupe
FRANCE, La Garde, Folklore ensemble „La Farigouleto“ (Provence)
IRELAND, Rosinver, Dance group „Emerald Revellers“
ITALY, Cori, Storici Sbandieratori Contrade Cori
CANADA, Vegreville (Alberta), Sopilka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
MACEDONIA, Skopje, Folklore ensemble „Etnos“
SLOVAKIA,Skalica, Folklore ensemble „Skaličan“
SLOVENIA, Ljubljana, Ensemble “Lasanthi”
SPAIN, Mallorca, Dance group „Escola de ball de bot Calabruix“