The 2018 Aklapela Festival will be held in Dubrovnik from April 6 to 8. The festival will once again host some of the best Croatian klapas, a cappella groups, at two of Dubrovnik’s historic landmarks. Klapas are traditional groups dedicated to preserving the authentic regional klapa singing, without instrumental accompaniment and little to no help of amplifiers.
Klapa singing was included on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012 and is unique to Dalmatia and Dubrovnik. With origins in littoral church singing, klapa singing emphasizes melody and harmony over rhythm and the songs usually celebrate love, the sea, the homeland and wine. A klapa group typically consists of a first tenor, second tenor, baritone and bass. Female klapas are also quite popular, but generally male and female groups do not mix.
Klapa singing is very popular in Croatia, with several major festivals and countless smaller concerts held throughout the year. Amateur klapa singing is often heard on the streets of Dalmatia in the evening, as it is traditionally sung over food and wine at various gatherings and on special occasions.
The seventh edition of the Aklapela Festival will host 12 klapas from Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Zagreb and other Croatian cities for two evenings of performances at the Dubrovnik Lazzarettos and a sacral music concert at the Dubrovnik Cathedral on the final evening. The klapas performing at this year’s festival include Kampaneli from Donja Kaštela, Cesarice and Stine from Zagreb, Fa Linđo and Skontradura from Dubrovnik, Reful from Split, Porat from Lumbarda, and Ankora from Podstrana.
The Lazzarettos of Dubrovnik are one of the city’s many unique locations that showcase its rich history and culture. Situated just outside the city walls, the group of interconnected buildings built between 1590 and 1642 once served as a quarantine station for the Republic of Ragusa, protecting its citizens against the spread of the plague and other infectious diseases brought by sailors, merchants and goods arriving from other countries. The buildings were later also used for military purposes. Today, the Lazzarettos are a popular venue for concerts, entertainment and a variety of other events.
Tickets for the 2018 Aklapela Festival will be available from the Dubrovnik PartneR Agency on Tuesday, March 20. The festival is sponsored by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Dubrovnik Airport, EMAC – Illyrian Land Funds and Dubrovnik-Neretva County, among others.
Dubrovnik Riviera accommodation
Guests looking for luxury accommodation near Dubrovnik can book their stay at Villas Srebreno. Situated in the village of Srebreno near the old city, the three villas offer spacious, fully equipped 4-star apartments overlooking the sea or a lush Mediterranean park.
Those looking for rooms in the centre of Srebreno will find luxury single and double bed suites at Apartments Srebreno. The apartments are part of a business and residential centre located near the sea and a picturesque promenade. Guests are welcome to use the recreational facilities of the nearby Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel, which include a spa, a fitness centre, large heated indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts and a children’s playground.
Images: Aklapela.hr, Pixabay (Dubrovnik Cathedral), Wikimedia Commons/Hons084 (Lazareti)