More than 1,200 American-Croatian tamburitza players will arrive in Zagreb to showcase their talent at the 52nd Annual Junior Cultural Federation Tamburitza Festival which gets underway at the end of this month.
15 tamburitza ensembles from the United States and one each from Canada and Croatia will perform over 3 days at the Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb from 29 June – 1 July 2018.
Organised by the Croatian Fraternal Union in America, the festival has been held in different cities around America since it started in the 1960s. This will be the 7th time that the popular festival has been held in Zagreb, Croatia.
Combined with officials from the Croatian Fraternal Union in America as well as family and friends, a tour party of over 1,500 is expected to arrive from America for the festival.
The festival will kick-off on 29 June with rehearsals before the Welcome Concert featuring the Zagrebački Folklorni Ansambl Dr. Ivan Ivančan – Lisinski Hall. After the concert, a Welcome Reception by Hrvatska Matica Iseljenika will be held at Lisinski Hall.
On Saturday 30 June, a reception will be held for group leaders of participating Ensembles before the festival opens at 1 pm with performances.
The Croatian Anthem will be performed by KUD Sveti Juraj from Ogulin, Croatia, with the American and Canadian Anthems by American-Croatian Waukegan Jr. Tamburtizans of Waukegan, IL. At 9 pm there will be a social and dance in the Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel.
On Sunday there will be a Mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, followed by a picnic at Bunčić Klet for all performers and travelers.
Each ensemble will perform for 12 minutes. The ensembles performing are:
American-Croatian Waukegan Jr. Tamburitzans, Waukegan, IL
Jadran Beaver Valley Jr. Tamburitzans, Aliquippa, PA
Sveti Lovro Jr. Tamburitzans, Steelton, PA
Hoosier Hrvati Jr. Tamburitzans, Merrillville, IN
Sloboda Jr. Tamburitzans, Chicago, IL
George Jr. Tamburitzans, Cokeburg, PA
KUD Sveti Juraj, Ogulin, Croatia
Cleveland Jr. Tamburitzans, Cleveland, OH
Anthony’s Tamburica & Kolo Club Croatia, Los Angeles, CA
Folklore Ensemble Hrvatski Tanac, Pittsburgh, PA
Croatian Jr. Tamburitzans, St. Louis, MO
Rankin Jr. Tamburitzans, Rankin, PA
Okolitza Jr. Tamburitzans, Pueblo, CO
Seattle Jr. Tamburitzans, Seattle, WA
Milwaukee Croatian Jr. Tamburitzans, Milwaukee, WI
Happy Hearts Jr. Tamburitzans, Youngstown, OH
Detroit Star Tamburtizans, Detroit, MI
American-Croatian Zagreb Jr. Tamburitzans, Cleveland, OH
More details on the link here.