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LANDSCAPES OF NATIONAL MINORITIES AT FESTIVALS (MANIFESTATIONS OF CULTURAL AMATEURISM) IN CROATIA

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Institute of Ethonology and Folklore Research
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Keywords
  • Nacionalna Manjina
  • Glazba
  • Festival
  • Etnicitet
  • Multikulturalnost
  • Zajednica
  • Hrvatska
  • National Minority
  • Music
  • Festival
  • Ethnicity
  • Multiculturalism
  • Community
  • Croatia
Disciplines
  • Linguistics

Abstract

Starting out from the financial components underlying the realization of the rights and freedom of national (ethnic) minorities in Croatia, the structure and conception of minority cultural amateurism (mostly performing groups) and important manifestations (mostly festivals) financed by the minorities themselves and from other sources are analysed in the article, along with the minority content within the framework of important majority manifestations. Today, mono-minority manifestations dominate. With their basic structure, the venues where they are held and the audiences they address, they contribute to the detachedness of minorities – both among themselves and in relation to the majority. There are only a few multi-minority manifestations of which the Manistefacija "Kulturno stvaralaštvo nacionalnih manjina u Republici Hrvatskoj" (Manifestation "Cultural Activities of National Minorities in the Republic of Croatia") stands out as the most significant and most visible. Its structure and concept (principles of equality and representativity of minorities, the quality and dignity of the content presented, the predominance of folklore stylisation) are compared with the conceptualisation of minorities within the 37. međunarodna smotra folklora (37th International Folklore Festival) of 2003 and the approach of the 3rd Zagreb World Music Festival “Nebo” of 2004. The focus of attention is placed on the question of how multiculturality in the sense of richness of diversity and in the sense of the intercultural and interethnic dialogue is manifested in the reality of the discourse and the reality of practice, at the level of structuring the events and the level of performances.

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