The traditional Croatian Heritage Foundation Summer School of Croatian Folklore kicked off in Biograd na Moru Thursday, 16 August, featuring the dances of the Dinaric region.


The school aims to educate the leaders and members of the Croatian folklore and tamburitza ensembles. The school is led by Andrija Ivančan. Joining him to hold lectures are top Croatian folklore experts: Vido Bagur, Josip Forjan, Bojan Pogrmilović, Goran Knežević, Nenad Milin, Miroslav Šilić and Tibor Bün.

This year the School will teach the dances, folk garb and instruments of the Croatian Dinaric region (the folk dances of Lika, the Podvelebit Canal, Ravni Kotari, Bukovica, the Zadar littoral, the islands of Pašman, Pag, Ugljan and Dugi otok, the Šibenik and Primošten littoral, islands and Zagora region, the broader Drniš, Sinj and Imotska Krajina areas, Poljice, Zabiokovlje, the Neretva valley, Herzegovina, Završje, Kupres, western Bosnia and the central Bosnian highlands). Along with the practical dance instruction, there will also be classes on folk garb and the songs of the Dinaric region, lectures on kinetography (dance notation), the basics of children”s folklore, folklore in stage productions, the methods of working with village folklore ensembles and with ensembles performing existing work (reproductive).

The people attending this year”s Summer School of Croatian Folklore come from Austria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Hungary, Germany, the United States of America, Serbia (Vojvodina) and from across Croatia.

The School runs to 25 August well all of the participants will perform at the Summer School of Croatian Folklore Closing Concert traditionally staged in the evening on the stage of Biograd na Moru Town Hall.
(Srebrenka Šeravić)