This year's Festival (#51.) will take place from 30. June - 22. July
Omis is famous for its Festival of Dalmatian Klapas. Estabilished in 1967, it soon became the central meeting place of Dalmatia's musical heritage and has grown into a cultural institution of great importance and reputation.
So called Dalmatian "klapa" songs are at the core of this music. "Klapa" in Dalmatian dialect means company or group, while in musical terms it refers to five-to-eight member ensembles. Its basic characteristic and distinction are, and remain, solely vocal harmony-singing, only rarely discreetly and quietly accompanied by instruments. The klapa singing has very long tradition derived from medieval church songs. Sang by fishermen and peasants, it leaves the listeners astonished by the beauty and gentleness of their voices, expressing the true heart and soul of Dalmatian people.
There are no words to describe these marvelous sound echoing on the small square in Omis, the St. Michael's square. Those who have not experienced it can hardly imagine it. The Festival of Dalmatian Klapas is truly special and unique event and it is no wonder that Omis has been chosen to host it. With it's beauty, heritage and soul, Omis makes Klapas feel at home.