February 8, 2019 - Winter Carnival Festivities in Kotor begin on Saturday, 23 February, and last until Sunday, 3 March, including a large number of events.
The Winter Carnival, with its long tradition of over half a millennium, is a unique folk event held in the area of the Kotor Municipality.
In a multitude of carnival groups and masks from Kotor, Montenegro and the region, numerous visitors can enjoy the colors of original costumes, the carnival rhythm and the Mediterranean spirit of the domicile population.
The program of this year's Carnival begins at the opening ceremony of the Arms Square on Saturday, February 23, with the performance of Klapa Contra from Split.
The day after, there will be a Children's Masquerade in the Business Centre Vuksic starting at 3 pm, while the Great Traditional Costume Ball will be held on 2 March from 8 pm in the same place.
To improve the promotion of the Traditional Carnival, this year, except in Kotor, the Cultural Center Nikola Djurkovic and the NGO Feste foresee Abrum in Budva and Tivat. Abrum in Budva is on the programme for 25 February from 5 pm, and in Tivat the day later, 26 February from 5 pm. On the same day, a joyful procession will also pass through the streets of Kotor, where they will animate citizens and guests from 6.30 pm. The second Abrum will be held the day before the carnival, 2 March at 11 am. Announcing Carnival, Abrum is realized by the Kotor City Music Festival and dance groups of the clubs Festa and Alisa.
Kotor's Winter Carnival Festivities will include a series of stage programs. On the big stage of the Cultural Center, on 27 February, at 7 pm, the dance studio "Alisa" will perform. The same scene will host the concert of the NGO Feste's majorette group with the support of the acrobatic group, under the title "We are all the Feast".
In the glass gallery of the Cultural Center Nikola Djurkovic, 28 February at 7 pm, the opening ceremony of the Carnival Costume Exhibition will be held.
The program of the Winter Carnival ends on Sunday, 3 March with the Great Carnival Procession, starting at 3 pm.
At the end of the carnival parade, the "Terraross", the famous festival orchestra from Puglia, will perform on the main town square, followed by Goran Karan and Vagabundo band concert.
On the day of the carnival, a satirical bulletin of "Karampana" comes out traditionally from the press. The box intended for the submission of texts, which contains the contents of this publication, is located at the Tourist Information Office in front of the main city gates.
The organizers of the event are the Cultural Center "Nikola Djurković" Kotor and the Tourist Organisation Kotor, the NGO Festa is the official partner, and the Municipality of Kotor traditionally, sponsor the greatest winter manifestation Kotor Winter Carnival Festival, here with tradition longer than half a thousand years.