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Moreska Sword Dancing

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Address: Ljetno Kino, Korcula Town, Korcula Island, Croatia
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Really impressive - do not miss!

I must admit that I wasn't too sure when my partner suggested this, as I thought it was going to be like Russian sword dancing - it is not! A lot fiercer, faster, and exciting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 October 2016
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On the one hand, I'm glad I experienced the women's choir and the dancing/sward fighting men. On the other hand, it lacked passion and felt like a show put on for the tourists rather than something that might still happen in Croatian communities. The idea of a Christian/Muslim battle, balanced by knightly respect, was interesting to see play out in... More 

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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I must admit that I wasn't too sure when my partner suggested this, as I thought it was going to be like Russian sword dancing - it is not! A lot fiercer, faster, and exciting! You could see the sparks fly off the swords and the physical energy of the players to make it look realistic was impressive. A slow... More 

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Korcula Town, Croatia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Traditional sword dance of Korcula Island. If you have a chance go and see it. It is the best experience that you can get.

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Emsworth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

The moreška is a series of sword dances telling the story of a kidnapped girl, her captor's attempts to woo her and the battles that eventually lead to her release and restoration to her first (and true) love. It's alternately dramatic and stately. The tradition goes back several centuries and may well symbolize cultural and political conflicts. Especially connected with... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We read about the famous 400 year old traditional sword dancing and happened to be in town on a Thursday evening. Tickets are 100kn/$15usd. We arrived about 15 min early with many seats left in the middle to back rows. The show started a little after posted 9pm start time. A woman made announcements in 5 different languages. Took a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Great experience, stunning to watch, lots of sparks from the clashing swords flying. It is a great show but you better come earlier to get a good seat.

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

It was lovely to see the Moreska sword dance and experience some local tradition. It was so energetic and great fun to watch! Highly recommend.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

I hardly dare to say it because all local people like it very much. But for us it was a nice thing but a bit overrated. Anyway, if you are in town for more Ghana night, you should visit it

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Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

A real spectacle performed every Thursday night at 9pm by Croatian male dancers wielding lethally sharp swords with which they enact a battle between Crusaders and Moors (very topical!) to rescue a damsel in distress. It is absolutely stunning to watch and listen to the accompanying folk music telling the story. This tableau is set on the harbour in Korkula... More 

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Wallasey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Brilliant really enjoyed this show so did my 15 year old son. Get there early to get a good seat as when we got there first there was lots having to stand and sit on the floor. Apparently this was because the band was down stairs instead of up on the verandah. Really entertaining and although not in English you... More 

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