INTERNATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL KARLOVAC
International Folk Festival (under the patronage of CIOFF®, UNESCO® i FIDAF), was founded in 1998 in the Karlovac County with headquarters in Karlovac. By organizing this festival, every July, the city of Karlovac becomes the home of traditional culture of various nations of the world. Apart from the Karlovac and Karlovac County, the festival program has also been present in Sisačko-moslavačka county, Primorsko-goranska county, Ličko-senjska county, Zagrebačka and Istarska county. The festival audience got acquainted with 54 different countries, with a total of 3,450 participants attending the Festival. The Festival became an attractive and well-attended event in the celebration of Karlovac’s birthday. Every year, more than 10,000 viewers enjoyed concerts, animation programs and social gatherings. We are also organize a new program under the title “Tastes and Movies of the World”, which further deepens the cultural exchange, creating a new tourist product, giving visitors a unique experience. Attractive and comprehensive program includes presentation of traditional culture of intangible cultural heritage, audiovisual activity through movie repertoire, children’s literature and customs, an exhibition of traditional instruments and an authentic international cuisine of each guest country with an educational and entertaining gastronomic show. By organizing this festival, we are promoting Croatian tourism, culture and economic opportunities of our country more than anything else. We believe that the International Folk Festival opens the spaces of our homeland to the world, but also brings the world closer to our people, encouraging the spread of friendship and mutual understanding, celebrating diversity, encouraging cultural interplay and involvement, and contributing to the preservation of world cultural heritage.The festival is under the patronage of the City of Karlovac, the Karlovac County, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Karlovac Tourist Board and the cities in which the Festival is held.