Print this page
Moreska Sword Dance Moreska Sword Dance Zvonimir Barisin

Korčula looking forward to a busy summer of events

By  Jun 16, 2016

Korčula hosts numerous cultural events in the summer: exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances, promotions and the Korčula Sword Dance Festival; also the Korkyra Baroque Festival which attracts musicians of world repute. The ancient sword dance of Moreška, an officially protected intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia, has been performed in Korčula for more than 400 years. Two kings and their armies fight for a beautiful girl (Bula) in a dramatic seven-figure dance accompanied by a wind orchestra.

The Moreška sword dance summer performances are performed through June every Thursday at 9pm and then through July and August twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays at 9pm. In September the Moreška sword dance is again held once a week, on Thursdays at 9 pm, for more information on the events in Korčula visit http://www.visitkorcula.eu/events.html

One of the biggest events in the Korčula calendar is the Sword Dance Festival, which traditionally holds its opening ceremony on the 17th of June at 8:00 pm in the town of Korčula. All of the Korčula island sword dance groups will perform at this interesting festival, including Moštra, Kumpanija and the Moreška sword dance. It is truly a magical night. The Festival of Sword Dances was started in 1997 by the Korčula Tourist Board with the goal of promoting all of the different sword dances that are cherished throughout the island. Over the years since that first festival the event has gone and is now one of the most important dates on the Korčula event calendar. This year there will also be a guest performance by a sword dancing group from the island of Lastovo “Lastovski poklad.”