Sword dance programs
There are two types of sword dances on the island of Korčula.
One of these is Moreška, a double-sword battle dance between two armies to liberate a “bula” female. This clashing sword dance/drama is performed only in the town of Korčula and is accompanied by a brass band. The opening of the symposium on July 7 includes a performance of Moreška.
In addition to Korčula town, there are six villages on Korčula island with single-sword dance groups (Žrnovo, Pupnat, Čara, Smokvica, Blato, and Vela Luka). The single swords (17th century vintage) are held between the men as they perform linked formations, accompanied by a bagpipe and drum. Within the symposium schedule, there are excursions to observe kumpanjija sword dances in Smokvica, Pupnat, and Blato villages.