Friday, 13 August 2021

Velika Gospa COVID-19 Measures Around Croatia: No Procession in Sinj, Masks in Trsat

August 13, 2021 - Velika Gospa COVID-19 measures are being prepared around Croatia. While Erdut will not limit the number of pilgrims, Sinj will not hold a procession for the second year in a row, and Trsat will recommend masks even at outdoor mass. 

Preparations are underway to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption (Velika Gospa). The largest number of believers is expected in Sinj, Marija Bistrica, Aljmaš, and Trsat. 

"It is, as we know, the most visited day in our sanctuary by pilgrims who will flow into this valley from all sides like a river," said Rev. Ante Markić, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Refuge for Dnevnik Nova TV.

The number of pilgrims is not limited, but the celebration, as last year, takes place under epidemiological measures. One of them is the ban on touching the statue and the painting.

"There will definitely be a disinfectant next to drinking water, and we ask citizens to adhere to the measures and to think of themselves and everyone else who comes after them," said Darko Barjaktarevic from the Erdut Tourist Board.

"Masks are only taken off when pilgrims find their place."

Special measures will also apply to the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat.

"While the faithful are moving, even though all the masses are outside in Trsat, they must wear, or it is recommended, to wear masks. And when they find their place, when they sit down, they can take it off," said Krunoslav Kocijan, guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Trsat.

There will be no procession in Sinj again.

"Unfortunately, this is impossible to achieve if we want to be responsible, if we want to save as many people as possible from infection or, God forbid, from death," said Fr. Ante Čovo, guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of Our Lady of Sinj.

One of the specifics of the shrines in Sinj and Aljmaš is touching Our Lady's image or statue. "It is strictly forbidden on these occasions," Čovo noted.

"I always emphasize that even when there was no corona. They can perform their devotion without touching it," believes Ante Markić, pastor of the Shrine of Our Lady of Refuge.

For everything to go well, Friar Kocijan urges the faithful to adhere to epidemiological recommendations.

"We will not count how many people will come; everyone is welcome," concluded Kocijan.

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Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Battle of Sinj 1715 Reenactment Held in Two Acts on August 12!

August 10, 2021 - Hop into a Sinj time machine and go back to 1715 when it all started! Organized by the Sinj Tourist Board, on August 12 at 8:30 pm on King Tomislav Square, the famous and artistically immortalized battle of Sinj 1715 reenactment will take place for the fifteenth time. 

The historical spectacle takes place in two acts.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The first act is staged on the Market Square, the main square of Sinj, when the Ottomans conquered the town of Sinj in a dramatic and violent raid, set fire to the church, and took the people into slavery. Extremely realistic light and sound effects contribute to the authenticity of the scenes.

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Ivana Pavcic

The second act takes place in the original ambiance of Alkarski dvori. Despite the almost hopeless situation, the Defense Council does not even think of retreating and decides to defend its city from a more numerous, superior, and stronger enemy. According to tradition, with Our Lady's help, the Ottomans were defeated, and Sinj was freed from the threat of the enemy, leaving the walls of Christianity.

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Zeljko Zrncic

Led by Fr. Pavle Vučković (embodied by high school professor, scientist, writer, editor, and publisher Fr. Gabrijel Hrvatin Jurišić, a priest and an inexhaustible source of wisdom), joyful and grateful believers have since celebrated their patron saint with even greater zeal. The author of the dramatic template is prof. Velimir Borković. The play was realized in cooperation with the Shrine of the Miraculous Lady of Sinj and the Alkar Knights Society. Numerous actors from amateur theaters are participating, and the main characters are Gabrijel Jurišić, Marko Duvnjak, Bruno Barać, Marijan Grbavac, Damir Žane Alebić, Saša Miletić, Bobo Delonga, Dijana Ivić Kundid, Bože Pavić, Vedrana Vrgoč, Sanja Gojun, Anđelka Vučković, Marko Jelinčić, Anđelka Vučković, Dino Vuković, Dubravka Vuković, Marija Mandac, Dušan Roguljić, Tihana Jelić, members of KU Marko Marulić, GZ Brodosplit, historical units of Kliški uskoki, Veterans' Cooperative Patriot, Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, dance theater Marica Apučić, Sinj majorettes, Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, Rera and Gusle from Otok, Sinjski ferali, horses of the Alkar stud farm led by Marko Vuković, while Vesna Bader and Branka Marinović take care of the scenography and Miki Nopling of the soundstage.

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Zeljko Zrncic

The director is the prominent theater, television, and film actor Robert Kurbaša, the assistant director is Bruno Barać, and the playwright and producer is Luka Perković. After last year's first performance, this year, the famous Brodosplit City Choir performs under the direction of maestro Vlado Sunko, a famous music pedagogue, conductor, and composer, with the performance of the cantata Our Lady of Sinj.

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Zeljko Zrncic

Battle of Sinj 1715 is a unique stage spectacle - under the auspices of Sinj's August nights, the entire city becomes a stage that, with its originality, transports the viewer to 306 years into the past!

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Ivana Pavcic

The Sinj Tourist Board asks all visitors to adhere to the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ. The volunteers will take care of all the necessary measures to all be safe and responsible to each other.

Admission is free!

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Monday, 9 August 2021

11th Sinj Village Fair Successfully Held Last Weekend!

August 9, 2021 - The 11th Sinj Village Fair was successfully organized by the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County.

The 11th Sinj Village Fair was held on Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square on August 6th and 7th. More than 35 exhibitors attended, including renowned producers of prosciutto, cheese, honey, soparnik, liqueurs, and brandy, and autochthonous old crafts were presented, such as the making of folk costumes, opanak, peka, copper, garden tools, and other handicrafts from wood made traditionally.

The fair was opened by Miro Bulj, Mayor of Sinj. In the entertainment part of the program, the Sinj majorettes performed with their unique choreography, magnifying every event they participate in. Visitors to the fair had the opportunity to follow the performances of faithful guardians of Sinj traditions and customs through tunes and dances of Inland Dalmatia, on the list of the intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia. The Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, KUD Vrilo - Obrovac Sinjski, KUD Glavice, and KUD Dicmo, performed with a traditional rera. Members of the klapa Cetinjanke from Hrvace and the vocal group Rusulica performed several klapa compositions.

To preserve traditional crafts, special workshops were held this year as well. On the first evening of the Fair, visitors could see how pottery is created under the skillful hands of master Ivan Knezović, a representative of traditional handmade pottery from Potravlje, which has had the status of intangible cultural property since 2013 and was nominated for UNESCO protection by the Croatian Ministry of Culture. An attractive presentation of the almost forgotten skill of making opanaks and weaving was led by Ljiljana Vojković, while the Dragodid Association presented the art of making drywall. Blacksmithing was presented by Josip Evačić from Koprivnica. Finally, members of KUD Cetina introduced the visitors to the processing of wool and customs.

 

All visitors to the fair could taste čobanac prepared by the hunting association Srnjak from Vrbanja free of charge. Valuable members of the association donated 1000 portions of this Slavonian delicacy to the 11th Sinj Village Fair visitors, while Sinj specialties - uštipak, prepared free of charge on both evenings of the fair, were made by members of the Old Crafts Association.

In the final musical part of the program on the first evening, top bands performed: Kopito, an attraction from the island of Vis, with Sinj's Ljuta kuća, and on the second night of the fair, the popular Giuliano and Diktatori.

Also, at this year's Sinj Village Fair, numerous KUDs were guests who presented the customs and traditions of their region through the Evening of Knighthood and Folklore: KUD Dusina from Vrgorac, KUD Pleter from Dugopolje, Goran Mikas - Poljica, and the hosts of the Cetina Region Heritage Preservation Association. and KUD Cetina.

 

The host of this two-day fair was Branimir Romac. The fair was held following the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the applicable measures of the CNIPH.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks everyone who helped in the realization of the event, especially the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County, the Alkar Knights Society, employees of Čistoća Cetinska krajina and KUS-Sinj, members of the hunting association Srnjak from Vrbanja and the Beauty of Tradition association, Branka Marinović, and Maja Kovačević.

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Sunday, 8 August 2021

Debutant Mihovil Župa Wins 306th Sinjska Alka!

August 8, 2021 - Debutant Mihovil Župa is the winner of the 306th Sinjska Alka, which was held on Sunday afternoon in the Inland Dalmatian town of Sinj. 

Mihovil Župa thus won the 306th Sinjska Alka with three hits 'u sridu' (in the middle) with five hits 'in two'.

This year, 17 Alkars competed, including four debutants. With this event, the people of Sinj mark an important moment in their history, when they defended themselves from the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.

The Alka festivities were attended by the Croatian state leadership, the President of the Republic Zoran Milanović, who is also the patron of the Sinjska Alka, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, and the President of the Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković. Among others, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Croatian Veterans Tomo Medved, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Gordan Grlić Radman, and Minister of Agriculture Marija Vučković were present.

Furthermore, Olympic gold medalist Martin Sinković (half of the celebrated Sinković brothers), taekwondo gold medalist Matea Jelić, and bronze medalist Toni Kanaet were also present and received a standing ovation from the crowd when their attendance was announced at the beginning of the event. 

Due to epidemiological circumstances, this year's Sinjska Alka was held with a limited number of spectators.  

Sinjska Alka is a Croatian knight's game held every year on a Sunday in August, in Sinj, to mark the anniversary of the victory over the Turkish invaders on August 14, 1715. On that day, 700 Croatian soldiers from Sinj, with the protection of their patron saint, the Miraculous Lady of Sinj, heroically resisted and managed to repel the onslaught of Turkish serasker Mehmed-pasha Celic's army, which was made up of 60,000 soldiers.

On November 15, 2010, Sinjska Alka was inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage in Europe.

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Thursday, 5 August 2021

11th Sinj Village Fair Aims to Preserve Traditional Crafts of Region

August 5, 2021 - After last year's break due to the pandemic, this year, from August 6 to 7, the Sinj Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Sinj and Split-Dalmatia County, and in cooperation with the Beauty Tradition Association, the 11th Sinj Village Fair will be held on Dr. Franjo Tudjman Square.

More than 30 exhibitors from the Cetina region, Kaštela, Marina, Split, Vrgorac, and Zagorje, will present and offer various products - from decorations and handicrafts to gourmet delicacies and products of the villages and islands. They will be presented during the fair to preserve the traditional crafts of Croatia. 

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Branko Covic

Visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the traditional hand wheel pottery from Potravlje under the skillful hands of master Ivan Knezović. This traditional craft has been nominated by the Ministry of Culture for UNESCO protection. The Tourist Board, under the auspices of the Ministry, organizes extremely well-attended educational workshops every year. It is important to mention the almost forgotten skill of making opanaks, the only footwear that our ancestors knew and that served them faithfully and for a long time in all activities, which Ljilja Vojković will demonstrate.

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Ante Zizic

Visitors will try their hand at making and thus have a valuable opportunity to get closer and connect with the customs of the region through indigenous products, traditional crafts, and skills such as building drywall with the Dragodid Association, the skills of blacksmith Josip Evačić from Koprivnica, and a wool processing workshop that members of KUD Cetina will present. The fair will also host exhibitions of student works from the Split School of Crafts on "Women in Alka," participants of this year's Sinj photo workshop "World in Colors," and a screening of a film and exhibition of travel writers and photographers Angela and Davor Rostuhar entitled "Love around the world".

 

Numerous tastings of local products and dishes (fry bread, young cheese) will be organized as part of the fair, and friends from Vrbanja will prepare specialties of their region for visitors. In addition to the exhibition and enogastronomic part, visitors will be able to enjoy the entertainment program with concerts by bands: Kopito, Ljuta kuća, Guiliano and Diktatori; Sinj majorettes, numerous klapas, associations, and cultural and artistic societies, for example, KUD Cetina, KUD Vrilo, Association for the Preservation of the Heritage of the Cetina Region, KUD Dicmo, KUD Glavice, KUD Dusina, URIG from Otok, KUD PLETER, Goran Mikas, klapa Cetinjanke from Hrvaca and Rusul's vocal ensemble.

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Branko Covic

By organizing the Sinj Village Fair, the Sinj Tourist Board enables interested citizens and visitors in Sinj to taste and buy high-quality traditional local products that are difficult to find in stores. At the same time, it helps small and medium-sized agricultural farms from the rural area of ​​Sinj and its surroundings and other parts of Croatia to promote and sell their products. Instructed by the previous experience of exceptional attendance, this year, more exhibitors from all over Croatia are expected, and a minimum of 20% of local producers. As the organizer, the Sinj Tourist Board is obliged to provide more space and more tables for exhibitors to ensure the fair is top quality and meets the expectations of all participants.

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Branko Covic

This year's 11th Sinj Village Fair will follow all applicable epidemiological measures and recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters and the NZJZ.

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Friday, 30 July 2021

Nebesa Fest - A New Alternative Music Event in Sinj!

July 30, 2021 - Nebesa Fest is held on Saturday, July 31 at the Sinj Hippodrome!

The town of Sinj, as the center of Inland Dalmatia, abounds in interesting musical events. However, this type of event, such as the festival of alternative music "Nebesa Fest", certainly expands and enriches the offer. The idea for this festival, as well as organizational support, was given by young artists from Sinj, Bruno Delonga, and Bruno Marković.

"Nebesa Fest is conceived as a festival of alternative approaches to rock, country, punk, metal, and other musical expressions. This festival would promote the City of Sinj as the host of presentations of Sinj and other local artists of these genres, but also a place of rapprochement of Sinj's young music scene, with a guest performance by Split and other Croatian musicians. We hope that this festival will grow and attract a large audience as well as musicians of similar musical expressions," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

The following bands will perform:
-Štakori
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-Neman
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-Obsidian
-The Countess
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-Krucificadores
-Delirij
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-Cidium
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The location of the Hippodrome, where the festival will take place, is located near the city, with landscaped promenades and beautiful nature. The concert will be held in compliance with all recommendations of the CNIPH and the Civil Protection Headquarters, and the number of visitors will be adjusted to the epidemiological situation.

Admission to the concert is free, and in accordance with current epidemiological measures in the county, it will be possible for anyone who does not have a Covid certificate to perform antigen testing (valid for 48 hours) at a good price.

The Sinj Tourist Board thanks all the volunteers and people of goodwill who did everything to make this concert happen!

Thursday, 29 July 2021

Sinj Village Fair 2021 Announced on August 6 and 7!

July 29, 2021 - After last year's break, the Sinj Tourist Board is organizing the "Sinj Village Fair 2021" event for the 11th time as a fair event that includes exhibiting, tasting, and selling Croatian traditional products: food, drinks, and souvenirs.

The "Sinj Village Fair 2021" is held during the Alka festivities on August 6 and 7, 2021. The fair is traditionally held in August when Sinj becomes the center of cultural, religious, and tourist events in Split-Dalmatia County and beyond.

By organizing the event, the Sinj Tourist Board allows interested citizens and visitors to the city of Sinj to taste and buy local traditional products that consumers have a hard time finding because most products are not readily available. At the same time, small and medium-sized farms from the rural area of ​​Sinj and its surroundings, and other parts of Croatia, would help in the promotion and sale of their products.

"Instructed by the experience so far, we expect an even larger number of exhibitors this year. Therefore, this year as an organizer we have an obligation to provide more space and a larger number of tables for exhibitors, because the participation of exhibitors from all parts of Croatia is expected, of which at least 40% will be local producers. The fair will be held according to the recommendations of the Civil Protection Headquarters in compliance with all recommended epidemiological measures," said the Sinj Tourist Board. 

The importance of this Fair is for the promotion of rich tourist and cultural heritage, as well as the rich offer of agricultural producers and souvenir producers, all for the tourist, cultural and economic development of the city.

"In this way, all visitors will have the opportunity to supply their tables with quality products of the Croatian village during these festive days in our city (Alka festivities and the feast of the Assumption) and give their personal contribution to Sinj's economy and tourism," added the Sinj Tourist Board. 

Applications for exhibiting at the Fair are submitted via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., contact phone 021 / 826-352 or in person at the office of the Sinj Tourist Board at Put Petrovca 12, 21230 Sinj.

The application must contain the name and surname of the exhibitor, i.e., the name of the association, trade, family farm, etc., the number of registration plates of the delivery vehicle, the contact number, and the number of days for which the exhibitor is applying.

Due to the limited number of exhibitors, applications will be accepted until August 4 at 12 noon or until capacity is filled.

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

12th Memorial Regatta in Sinj - Boat Descent on the Cetina River

July 20, 2021 -  The 12th memorial regatta in Sinj was held last weekend!

The Association of Split-Dalmatia County Homeland War Juvenile Volunteers and the Patriot Veterans' Cooperative organized the 12th consecutive traditional memorial regatta-boat descent on the Cetina river.

On Sunday, July 18, the 12th memorial regatta was held, dedicated to the fallen and deceased defenders of the Cetina region.
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Due to special epidemiological measures, the regatta divided the participants into three groups that descended in three terms, starting at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. This year's regatta was attended by numerous members of associations from the Homeland War and civil associations, Ivana Serdarević Bravić - Ministry of Croatian Veterans Split, Božena Romac - City of Sinj, Jakov Titlić - Municipality of Hrvace, Monika Vrgoč - Tourist Board of Sinj, Ivana Žanko - LAG Cetina region and others.

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The start of the Regatta was in Panj in the municipality of Hrvace. The regatta took place on the beautiful Cetina, under the bridges on Panj and Han, and the final destination was in the settlement of Gala, Otok municipality, where the last participants arrived around 5 pm.

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A total of 73 vessels (boats, canoes, dinghies) were used. Namely, in order to implement all the necessary epidemiological conditions, in accordance with the recommendations and valid measures, the organizer did not announce the Regatta through the media and apologizes to all who would like to participate, announcing that next year, they hope the epidemiological situation will allow more participants with a larger number of vessels.

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The organizer would like to thank Split-Dalmatia County, the Ministry of Croatian Veterans, associations from the Homeland War, civil associations, the Municipality of Hrvace, the City of Sinj, the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County, and the Tourist Board of Sinj.

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All photos by Monika Vrogoc

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Sunday, 18 July 2021

Sinjska Alka Lancing Tournament to Take Place on 8 August

ZAGREB, 18 July, 2021 - This year's Sinjska Alka lancing tournament will be held in the southern town of Sinj on 8 August in accordance with the COVID-19 measures in place.

Up to 5,000 spectators will be allowed into the race track area provided that they meet the epidemiological requirements, namely that they have a COVID vaccination certificate or a document proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours, Alka Knights Society president Stipe Jukić said earlier this week.

The Sinjska Alka tournament commemorates a victory over 60,000 Ottoman soldiers on 14 August 1715 by 700 Croatian defenders of Sinj, about 30 kilometres inland from the southern coastal city of Split.

The final of this three-day competition is held on the first weekend in August. The event features period-clad horsemen riding at full gallop and aiming their lances at an iron ring, called the alka, which is suspended from a rope above the race track.

The Sinjska Alka tournament was inscribed on UNESCO's world intangible cultural heritage list in 2010.

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Saturday, 17 July 2021

2021 Sinjska Alka and Velika Gospa Announced in Sinj Next Month!

July 17, 2021 - The 2021 Sinjska Alka and Velika Gospa events have been announced in Sinj for next month! 

Thanks to the traditionally rich and diverse program of the umbrella event, Alka Days and the Assumption, this summer in Sinj will be lively and full of hats. Despite the difficult and uncertain times we are in, the Alka city is ready and hospitable to welcome its guests, offering interesting events among which everyone will find something for themselves.

The summer of events will be opened on July 16 by the great jazz band Black Coffee in the unique space of Alkarski dvori (Alka courtyard). The former Venetian quarters are an exceptional ambient stage - they will host a summer music school, numerous performances, and concerts, and it is worth mentioning the play 'The Battle of Sinj in 1715' (August 12), which faithfully and effectively revives the circumstances of the glorious battle that determined the history of Sinj.

A favorite setting with the starry sky and Old Town in the background, musical notes will also take off on summer nights at Kamičak. On August 21, as part of the Musical Evenings at Kamičak, four fantastic saxophonists, Papandopulo Quartet and Split jazz duo Željko Brodarić Jappa and Sara Brodarić, known as Sara & Jappa, will take the stage. A week later, on August 28 and 29, guests will enjoy the Kamičak Ethno Festival. The artistic eco-installation Kašetarnica, organized by the UPSUS association, will take place in Kamičak and the City Park from August 27 to 29.

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Željko Zrnčić

Apart from the central events - the Alka festivities on August 6, 7, and 8 and the Feast of the Assumption - it is important not to miss the oldest children's Vučković Alka and many exhibitions and literary presentations.

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Ivan Alebic

You should definitely mark your calendar for August 6 and 7 for the traditional and popular Sinj Village Fair. In addition to the permanent exhibition and excellent gastronomic offer, you can experience the spirit of the past through workshops of precious old crafts that should not be forgotten - skilled blacksmiths, wool processing skills, pottery, and more. Visitors will surely be delighted by the performances of bands Kopito, Ljuta kuća, Guiliana, and Diktatori and colorful local cultural and artistic societies.

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