The Jelsa Cultural-Artistic Society
GDINJ, DUGI DOLAC – NEAR BOWLING AREA AT 8 PM
The Society’s commitment and enthusiasm are always in evidence throughout the year, with new members welcome at any time. In their first year, they launched an event titled “Jelšonske užonce – da se ne zaboravidu” (“Jelsan customs, lest we forget”), which is a musical stage play featuring life and customs in Jelsa at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The costumes are faithful replicas of the clothing worn on the island in the second half of the 19th century. In the play one can see the full scope of KUD ‘Jelsa’s’ activities: it starts with a cheerful children’s song, followed by an authentic Dalmatian harmony piece sung by ‘Klapa Frecija’. The folk dancers perform traditional Hvar dances, accompanied by mandolin players and an accordion. These old dances used to be performed with slight variations in different parts of the island, but they had a characteristic dance step (three-step) and pronounced shoulder movements.