A meeting of folklore enthusiasts from around the world. (Photo: Ann Lebar/Facebook) A meeting of folklore enthusiasts from around the world. (Photo: Ann Lebar/Facebook)

Croatian ethnologist and ethnographer Dr. Ivan Ivančan founded the school in 1963 and has since uninterruptedly provided services. All present-day lecturers were once students. The school of folklore is run by the Croatian Heritage Foundation, which as such has the task reconnecting with Croatians abroad. The exchange of experiences and friendships, and the joining of ensembles from  around the world with those within Croatia are the greatest achievements this school has to offer.

Numerous dancers and singers return for years. To them, folklore is a way of life, and the school an opportunity to visit Croatia, while gathering with colleagues for a professional experience. After ten days of song, dance and Croatian customs, they return to their homes and ensembles enriched with new knowledge and experiences.

Zimska škola folklora u Koprivnici

School of folklore for Croatian Emigrant

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Ann Lebar from Milwaukee, USA, made four visits in one year to the School of Croatian Folklore and Croatia. Learning the words to the songs she will perform with her vocal group Korijeni when she returns to the USA. The winter school was held in Crikvenica for 25 years, however two years ago they moved the program to Podravina. The move provided an opportunity to learn about a new place and the rich cultural heritage of the region. A closing ceremony was held to conclude their gathering.