Kvarner newsletter / no 7

Jabuka ethno-eco festival
Croatian heritage made closer to the visitors

The festival promotes the modern interpretation of traditional music, but it also introduces visitors to products made of natural materials and in traditional way, as well as products based on Croatian heritage.

The Jabuka ethno-eco festival continues the success of the last year's Ethno Festival Omišalj 07 and takes place in July in Omišalj on the island of Krk, in the town of Rijeka, in the town of Bakar and on some other locations. The aim of the project is to promote the region as an interesting tourist destination with respect to its culture by presenting cultural heritage from Croatia and other countries – making the festival an international event. The festival will include performances of ethnic music artists from Croatia and abroad and the promotion of original useful products made of natural materials in traditional way. The organisers wish to tell their visitor interesting stories about olive oil and cosmetic products based on it, traditionally produced jam, clothes and many other everyday items.
Town squares and other open-air places will host performances by numerous artists, including the Croatia's best known ethno singer Dunja Knebl, the S.o.M band which performs traditional songs from the Međimurje region in a very special way, and the singer Nikolina Romić.
A special attraction of the festival is the so-called “Fešta pres štrumienti”, a performance initiated by the Histriart arts society, in which musicians play on items that were originally not designed for playing music, such as combs, tree bark, leaves, various tools etc.
The Kočani Orchestra ensemble from Macedonia, the international concert attraction and one of the most highly esteemed Gypsy orchestras worldwide, shall also appear at the festival. Form the Italian region of Romagna comes the La bottega del folklore orchestra, founded by Edilio Nicolucci, son of the maestro Ivan Nicolucci, a renowned musician and composer who successfully combined his own style and traditional music. Many other ensembles will take part at the festival, such as the KUD Primorka from Krasica, KUD Eugen Kumičić from Križišće, and Težaki i težakinje from Praputnjak.
The festival, organised by Jabuka ethno-eco association in collaboration with the Municipality of Omišalj, the Town of Bakar, the Centre for Culture of the Municipality of Omišalj, the Njivice – Omišalj Tourist Board and the KUD Bašćinski glasi society, this year supports the humanitarian action by the Adamović family from Ivanić Grad and the Association of visually impaired persons from Sisak. They produce eco-toys with the aim of collecting money for buying birthday presents to twenty eight children suffering from spinal muscular atrophy and tracheostoma. More about the action at the websites www.ekoigracke.com and www.smat.hr.