Croatia Issued Stamps on  Cultural Heritage

croatia cultural heritage stampsThe Alka of Sinj (Sinjska alka):The Alka of Sinj is a chivalric game symbolically connected with the liberation of Sinj – a small town in the hinterland of Split and in the surrounding area known as Sinjska Krajina – from Turkish rule in 1715. Alka is a name for the tournament and the target.

A yearly carnival procession of Bell Ringers from Kastav:The Bell Ringers of Kastav Region were entered into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2010. Kastav is a smaller territorial, historical, cultural and administrative region encompassing the hinterland of Opatija and today’s municipalities Kastav, Matulji and Viškovo. The bell ringers are in costumes dressed or masked participants of carnival processions which take place in winter period until the last carnival day – a Tuesday before the Ash Wednesday. 

Traditional singing and playing (bećarac) in regions of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem:Bećarac is the best known and most widespread traditional, vocal and instrumental musical form in the region of Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem which serves to establish communication, express one’s thoughts and feelings which cannot be expressed in everyday, decent conversation.

 Dalmatian a cappella choir singing (Klape):A cappella choir singing is a specific way of singing in a group (klapa), characteristic for Dalmatia and Croatia. It is considered that this kind of singing developed about the middle of the 19th century in Dalmatian towns. It was influenced by Gregorian choral, church folk and Glagolitic singing Mediterranean – particularly Italian music and singing and other factors.  Klapa singing is singing in three or four voices without instrumental accompaniment and with recognisable movement of melody lines, harmony and text content.

Issue Date: 27.07.2015 Designer: Orsat Franković, designer from Zagreb Illustrator: Photographers: Mario Romulić (Traditional singing and playing in Eastern Croatia –Slavonia, Carnival bell ringers from Kastav), Ivo Pervan (The Alka of Sinj), Archives Aklapela festival (Dalmatian a cappella choir singing)
Printer: AKD d.o.o., Zagreb Process: Multicoloured Offsetprint  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 35.50 x 35.50 mm Values: 3.10 HRK x 4

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