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Croatian cultural group ‘KUD Tena’ visiting Milwaukee in August

(Photo: KUD Tena)

MILWAUKEE, 30 July 2019 – On August 8th and 9th, “KUD Tena” from Đakovo, Croatia will spend two days with the Croatian community of Milwaukee. Kud Tena will host two Croatian Cultural Workshops for all ages in Milwaukee, WI. 

One workshop will be on Thursday August 8th from 4:00 pm – 7:00pm at Croatian Park in 9100 S 76th St, Franklin, WI. The second one will be on Friday from 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Sacred Heart Croatian Parish located at 917 N. 49th Street, Milwaukee, WI. On Friday evening at 7:00pm they will have a concert at Sacred Heart Croatian Parish. Following their concert, there will be music played by the combo, food and drinks will also available for purchase.

They are lead by a very successful dance and art director dr. Enrih Merdic and music instructor Tomislav Klasan. They give artistic and educational advice to about 70 members, singers, dancers, and musicians, gathered in a representative ensemble Slavonske kraljice (Slavonian queens), with about 300 active members in other groups (tamburitza band, children’s folklore group, male vocal group). Special attention is given to traditional solo instruments, such as bagpipes, dvojnice, samica, sopele and lijerica.

Kud “Tena” is a Croatian Folklore Ensemble from Đakovo, Croatia. Đakovo is located in the Slavonia region of Croatia. Kud Tena is part CIOFF – International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts. They travel throughout the world representing Croatian Folklore and Traditions and have participated in many festivals not only within Croatia but also throughout the world, including Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Mexico, Egypt, and China.

Their main reason for visiting the United States is to participate in the Magic Valley Folk Festival in Idaho and the World Folkfest held in Springville, Utah. They will be visiting the Milwaukee area August 8th and 9th as part of their visit to the United States in hopes of building relationships and connections with the Croatian communities here in the United States.

Kud Tena was founded on May 10, 1985. It relies on the rich folklore tradition of Slavonia and the town of Đakovo itself. The cultural, artistic and social program of the ensemble is focused on the basic principles of musical and stage amateurism, as well as organized educational gathering and practicing of young people from Đakovo and the surrounding areas. Furthermore, a foundation of the ensemble’s work is the preservation of not only the Slavonian folklore tradition, but the traditions of other Croatian regions, as well as teaching the youth the significance of maintaining Croatian traditions in a modern world.

(Photo: KUD Tena)

All dance choreographies are based on customs, songs, and dances, as well as traditional instruments coming from particular regions. Good dance technique, expressive singing, and virtuoso-playing characterize this ensemble, making their performances pleasurable to watch. Their program consists of music and dance from all four folklore regions of Croatia (Pannonian, Alpine, Dinaric and Adriatic). Original and colorful costumes make the program even more attractive.

KUD TENA CONCERT & SOCIAL

August 9th, 2019
At Sacred Heart Croatian Parish
927 N. 49th Street
Milwaukee, WI

Adults: $12
Children (12-17): $5 & Under 12: free
Doors Open 6:00 PM
Concert 7:00 PM

CROATIAN CULTURAL WORKSHOP

An interactive workshop to learn more about Croatian folklore, customs, and traditions lead by KUD Tena. All ages welcome.

Reservation preferred so we can have an approximate count of attendees. The workshop is free, but donations would be appreciated to cover any costs.

Thursday August 8th at Croatian Park : 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday August 9th at Sacred Heart Croatian Parish : 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

More information about KUD Tena can be found on their website http://www.kud-tena.hr/

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