Traditional Croation Sword Dance Festival on Korcula Island: Annual Moreska Dance for 400 Years
A traditional sword dance festival fascinated tourists Monday on the Croatian island of Korcula. The annual event always opens on August 6. Performed on the island for more than 400 years, the sword dance in Korcula is one of the oldest traditional European dances performed to this day. Accompanied by drums and bagpipe-like instrument misnice, the Moreska dance involves a fighting sequence between rival tribes before culminating in the unfurling of a large-sized national flag.