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Listing Type : Events
Event Category : Tradition
Organizer : Moreška Kulturno-umjetničko društvo Korčula

The enchanting town of Korcula, other than its impressive beauty, known also for Moreška Sword Dance. It is a traditional sword dance and drama, common in the 12th century, reaching Korcula in the 16th century from Dubrovnik. It combines spoken word, dance, and pantomime. The dance originates from Spain and it is associated with the conflict between Moors and Christians, although in Dalmatia was linked to the struggles of Christians against Ottoman Empire. In the Mediterranean countries, there is no more trace of Moreška and it can only be found in Korcula where it is performed for over 400 years. It is Moreška sword dance in 2014 joined the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

Moreška sword dance through the years became one of the most important tourist attractions and it was performed yearly on the day of St Theodore (27.07), but due to its popularity, the event has been transformed into a regular summer event. The event is held every Monday and Thursday in the Open air cinema (Ljetno kino) located on the edge of the old town.

Photo credit: Stjepan Tafra/Shutterstock, Inc.

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