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ISTRE I KVARNERA

FESTIVAL S DUŠOM - A FESTIVAL WITH SOUL

 

In 10 towns of Istria & Quarner, June 18 - June 30, 2008

 

 

Gračišće: Perfection in Hospitality


 

"Mala općina za vele fešte" did it again! The smallest and newest MIK host town won the vote of MIK team in competition for best organization (along with Mali Lošinj) for the 2nd year in a row. The attendance in Gračišće was five times the population of the town. The effort and imagination that went into making MIK participants feel welcome, appreciated, and comfortable were unforgettable, and (with all due respect to other towns), refreshing. Their guests were clearly refreshed in the true sense of the word also, and despite the extreme Summer heat. Gračišće is too small to have its own folklor groups or wind orchestra, so they brought them from Tinjan and Pazin. The happy Feštari from Trsat were also on hand to cheer thing up even more.

The road through Gračišće was closed for all non-MIK traffic

 

Balun on main road by guests from Tinjan

 

Trsački feštari

 

Caravan heads for the town

 

Balun dancers from Tinjan

 

Approaching the town gate

 

Mayor Mijandrušić greets the participants and invites them into the town

 

MIK participants enter first

 

Inside, a wonderful display of old fashioned hospitality

 

Kroštule or fritule? Few of each and you can't go wrong!

 

Guys from Klapa Maslina: This is worth showing in Šibenik

 

Some late arrivals... Missed balun & fritule...

 

...but made it for some refreshments at Konoba Marino

 

Lead by their general... or admiral, or something...

 

...Trsački feštari take positions around the bar... and the singing continued

 

...while the pros head for rehearsal

 

All big feštas end with fireworks. MIK was no exception

 


 

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