The Croatian Canadian Folklore Federation West (CCFFW) http://www.ccffw.com
promotes, enhances and preserves Croatian folklore ensuring cultural awarness within the Canadian context. CCFFW collobarates and collects resources to organize festivals, seminars and various events.
CCFFW was established by Croatian folklore groups from accross western Canada. One of it's main objectives is organizing the folklore festivals!! Western Croatian Canadian Folklore Festival provides an opportunity for Croatian ensembles from all over western Canada to showcase their Croatian heritage through traditional dance, music and costumes. Festival also provides a forum where young Croatian-Canadians from accross the country can meet to share their cultural heritage with all Canadians.
Host of the 2009 Western Folklore Festival
is Kardinal Stepinac.
The festival will be held on the weekend of May 15th-17th in Calgary, Alberta.
Recent and future Western Croatian Canadian Folklore Festival hosts:2001 Hrvatska Zora, Winnipeg 2002 Zbor Jele, Vancouver2003 Ban Jelačić-South Okanagan Croatian Society (Penticton) 2004 Domagoj, Edmonton 2005 Hrvatski Vitezovi, Vancouver 2006 Hrvatske Zlatne Zice, Calgary 2007 Hrvatska Zora, Winnipeg2008 Sarajevo, Vancouver2009 Kardinal Stepinac, Calgary
Hrvati" (Croatians) are one of the oldest cultural groups in Europe. Since the early centuries, as ancient Croatian tribes moved accross Europe, they adopted, and adapted characteristis and traditions from many regions. The result is that Croatian culture today is uniquely distinct yet diverse. The diversity is particularly evident in the wealth and variety of Croatian folklore. From the intricacy detailed handicrafts and art, to the variety of music, song and dance, Croatian folklore has a richness that today still captivates audiences.
The most popular, and prevalent, folk dance in Croatia is kolo, a circle dance. These dances, either in the city or the village are usually accompanied with instrumental music, usually featuring the Croatian national instrument the tamburica, and singing. Over hundreds of years the kolo has symbolized the united strength and lively spirit of the Croatian people.
The diversity of Croatian folklore is readily evident in the traditional Croatian costume or nosnje. Although there are some common charactersitcs in Croatian national costumes, each region, and in some cases even every district has its own original embroidery, designs and color combinations. Multicolored threads, intricate handwork, and unique fabrics are used to create what is not only clothing, but pieces of art.
Croatians have continued to honor their culture by practising and preserving Croatian folklore. Lively music, melodic voices, intricate dance steps, and colorful costumes will blend harmoniously to offer the audience a visual feast.http://www.ccffw.com