Thank you everyone for such an amazing weekend! To the hosts @toks_vancouver, @pajdasi , @grah_i_jecam , and all the folklore groups- it wouldn’t have been the weekend it was without each of you. That’s a wrap for Festival 2019... see you next year in Edmonton!
Friends, good times, and memories! Festival is a time for all of us to reunite and have the weekend of our lives. We hope you’re so excited that your suitcases may already be packed... or are we being too ambitious here? Either way, 2 DAYS TO GO!!! 🎉
Introducing your 2019 Festival Host Group- TOKS Vancouver. They are honoured and excited to present a wedding suite from the region of Baranja. The lively dances, including a master of ceremonies called the “stari svat” and dances such as “Oj, Curice, Marice” and “Jabucice” represent a wedding traditionally conducted in the region. A portion of their performance will feature members of TOKS Skola for the dance “Jabucice”. As they are a Tamburica Orchestra they will be back on stage to perform “Zvuci Panonije” (Sound of the Panonian region) – a medley of folk songs “Suhe šljive i orasi” and “Oj Lolo moja” (arrangements by John Morovich) and completed with “Šokačko Kolo“ composed by Franjo Bertić in 1938. Swipe to see a snippet of their final preparations!
Introducing Domagoj - Middle Group! They will be performing a dance from Zelinsko Prigorje, where the shaking dance (drmeš) was accepted a long time ago and is still danced today. The ancient tremble dance (’’trninica’’) was very popular until recently in the villages around Zelina (particularly in the village of Psarjevo), a small town Northwest of Zagreb. This is the first time the middle group is traveling outside of Alberta for Festival!
Introducing Hrvatski Vitezovi- Intermediate Group! They will be performing a dance suit from Lika which is performed under the command of a single “kolovoda”, who shouts commands and reprimands those who make mistakes throughout the dance to assert his control. Creating tempo and beat with the sounds of their feet and voices through a predominately a cappella number, we will see the group conclude their performance with a dance to a traditional instrument called the “dangubica”. Swipe for a photo with their instructors Valentina and Jadranka Dugandzic want the performance to be a suprise, so looks like you’ll have to come out to see all the hard work they put in with the children!
We can’t believe that a week from today and at this time, our concert program will be underway! We are SO excited to watch all groups share their cultural heritage and to remind ourselves just how fortunate we are to have roots from a beautiful country with rich tradition!!
Introduction Klapa Lasta - Calgary! Since 2012 the ladies of Klapa Lasta have been sharing the Croatian tradition of acapella klapa singing from Dalmacija. This year they are pleased to be in Vancouver performing two of their favourite songs - “Izresla Ruza Rumena” and “Pismo Moja.” Swipe to hear some beautiful voices prep for their Festival performance!
Introducing Hrvatski Vitezovi- Beginner! These young dancers are very excited to be sharing their culture and performing together on this big stage, many for the first time. Their suite will focus on the songs and dances from the Croatian region of Slavonija.
Introducing TOKS Klapa! Which was added into the TOKS repertoire in 2014! They will be performing two acappella songs: “Sjećanje na Velu Luku” (Memories of Vela Luka), composed by Branko Žuvela and “Sutra će te ponit“ (Tomorrow they will carry you) composed by Klapa Cambi. Both song were arranged by our very own Ante Prpić. Swipe left for a sneak peak into their preparations- it will give you goosebumps!
Introducing Domagoj Alumni from Edmonton! They will be performing dances from the region of Lika in Croatia. These dances are usually not accompanied by music but rather of the dance leader that calls out instructions and is responsible for keeping order during the dance. Swipe to see a snippet of their preparations! 10 days to go until our Concert Program!!