Preserving the National Heritage: 51 years of the International Folklore Festival

This year brings us the 51st installment of the International Folklore Festival. Dating back from 1966, this half a century long tradition is here to remind and show off the rich cultural heritage. It is a festival of national importance and has become a part of the global movement to preserve the cultural heritage of mankind led by UNESCO.

The program of the International Folklore Festival will last for five days – from 19th to 23rd July. Festival will bring stage performances, workshops, various concerts and exhibitions to the stages on Zagreb main square, Upper Town (Gradec), and some outside of Zagreb as well (Sveta Nedelja, Zaprešić, Vrbovec and more).

Many performances by folklore groups that represent all the different flavors of the Croatian heritage and ethnic minorities, with appearances from neighboring countries and their ensembles, are also on the program.

The program is specially tailored to cover the ethnographic heritage of the regions Banovina and Pounje, which have rich and diverse, yet not so known tradition. Groups from the regions will show their ways of singing, dancing, and handicrafts.

All in all, it is a festival of presentation and affirmation of folk culture from numerous Croatian and international participants.