Moreška and Kumpanjija

Moreška and Kumpanjija

Each one of our islands had its own story to tell and Korčula is not an exception. Not only it is known as a birthplace of famous traveller, explorer, and writer Marko Polo, but also home of two exciting traditions – sword dances of Moreška and Kumpanjija.

The dances recognized and protected as intangible cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia are representative of island’s towns – Moreška for City of Korčula and Kumpanjija for Vela Luka, Blato and Pupnat among few more.

The dances represent battles between the local army and the conqueror, and Moreška specifically is a representation of a battle between white and black king (Turkish and Moorish king) and their armies, for the love of a girl named Bula.

Traditionally held during the sacral festivities in each of the towns, today the dances are staged and held as a part of the Sword Dances Festival during the summer season staring in June.

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