Folklore ensemble Ivan Goran Kovačić
Croatia is located between Central, Southern and Eastern Europe. Its strange shape, which resembles a crescent or a horseshoe, creates many neighboring countries and long borders: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and, via the Adriatic Sea, also Italy. The culture of Croatia has a history longer than the fourteen centuries during which the Croats inhabit what is now Croatia.
The ensemble was founded in 1948 as one of the first chapters of the Student Cultural and Artistic Society of the same name, under the auspices of the University of Zagreb. This with the aim of preserving the rich cultural diversity of Croatian folk and urban traditions. Generations of “Goranians” have gradually established their own identity in the broad field of Croatian culture, at the same time maintaining their love for tambura music, dance and song, as well as the costumes.
In recent years, the identity of the group has grown into a proud ambassador of Zagreb and they perform on major national and international stages. The group has created a complete body of choreographed Croatian dances with an interplay of beautiful songs and music.