At the Susedgradfest event the group performed three numbers: the dances of the Lašva region of central Bosnia-Herzegovina, a tamburitza number and a choreography of Austrian folk dance. The appearance was realised thanks to collaboration with the CHF, the Amateur Folklore Community of the City of Zagreb and the Susedgrad Centre for Culture and Education.
The folklore ensemble of the Croatian House (Hrvatski dom) in Linz spent the past weekend in Zagreb learning about the historical and cultural points of interest in the Croatian capital. This visit, long in the planning, was rounded off with the performance of a folklore concert on Saturday, October 25th, where the group participated as a special guest of the Susedgradfest 2014 culture event in the town of Susedgrad.
The appearance was realised thanks to collaboration with the Croatian Heritage Foundation, ZAFAZA (Amateur Folklore Community of the City of Zagreb) and the Susedgrad Centre for Culture and Education.
Performing at this year’s Susedgradfest were the Stenjevec Culture & Arts Society of Stenjevec, the Repušnica Culture & Arts Society of Repušnica, the Prigorec Culture & Arts Society of Markuševec, the Vrapčanci Folklore Ensemble of Gornje Vrapče and the Orač Culture & Arts Society of Mala Mlaka, each performing one dance choreography; with the guests from Linz performing three numbers: the dances of the Lašva region of central Bosnia-Herzegovina, a tamburitza number and a choreography of Austrian folk dance. This selection of music and dance demonstrates the desire of the members of the Croatian House in Linz to preserve and nurture the values of their own traditional culture, but also to adopt and learn the cultural traditions of their new homeland Austria in the process of their successful integration.
The performance of the ensemble of the Croatian House in Linz was received with the ovations of the audience. A reception was organised after the concert at the Susedgrad Centre for Culture and Education for all of the concert participants, an opportunity for socialising and meeting.
The Croatian House in Linz was founded in 1992 and now gathers a great number of members in various sections: athletic, folklore, tamburitza, men’s and women’s recreation groups, women’s activists and so forth. Some ninety children are active in dance, instrument playing and singing, while the athletic section numbers some thirty football (soccer) players. Since 2004 Miroslav Jakić has served as the Croatian House president, and Siniša Čavar as the secretary.
“The Croatian House in Linz is in the twentieth year of its successful path of supporting mutual understanding and support. For our membership we wish to create the conditions for happy lives and a venue to discovering a personal identity. Happy children, satisfied parents, happy youth and the elderly are our best reward. Volunteer work is our core principle,” they say.
Text and photos by: Srebrenka Šeravić