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Aklapela Festival 2015

 ... celebrating the most Mediterranean of music phenomena

If someone wanted to exemplify the most Dalmatian, or the most Mediterranean of music phenomena, he would probably mention a capella or „klapa“ singing. UNESCO agreed, when they added this traditional multi-vocal form to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Klapa literally translates as “a group of friends”, coming together pour out in song the good and the bad life has to give, the emotions and the history of the region.
To enjoy this traditional form you don't need to understand the Croatian language. The human voice is the most wonderful and versatile of all music instruments. If you immerse yourself into the harmony of klapa singers and the rhythm of the words, your soul will be healed, your mind eased and your heart filled.

Therefore we extend an open invitation to the fourth edition of the Akapela Festival in Dubrovnik, which gathers some of the best klapa vocal groups together for performances from:

April 10th – 12th,

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Male Klapas
: Braciera (Bol, Island of Brač), Kaleta (Zadar), Mriža (Split), Petrada (Zagreb), Subrenum (Župa dubrovačka)
Female klapas: Armorin (Zagreb), FA Linđo (Dubrovnik), Narenta (Mostar), Neverin (Kaštel Lukšić), Ventula (Split)
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Schedule:

Marin Držić theatere, 10.04.2015 at 20:00 - more info
Marin Držić theatere, 10.04.2015 at 20:00 - more info
St. Dominic Church, 12.04.2015 at 12:00 - more info,  a gift to the City, free entrance

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Find more on the festival pages: http://www.aklapela.hr/index.php
For a taste of klapa, watch this excerpt from previous festivals:

About klapa singing:

The Omiš festival captured quite nicely the emotions and stories behind  klapa singing:

Friendship is one of the most important and the most precious things a man can have in his life. Friendship is woven into the history of “klapa” singing which had existed hundreds and hundreds years before the Festival in Omis emerged. Song is the most beautiful speech of heart, the heart which had so little time to speak because of the hard life it lived. When garden tools  were put away into the storage rooms called “konoba”s, when nets were pulled out from the sea after a hard day’s work, friends would meet in a “konoba” or by the sea and a song would well forth. It is that song that incorporates the recorded history of the region. How old is the first “klapa”? It is as old as are the first friendship and the first congenial souls whose hearts gave birth to a song…

 

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