Pag Winter Carnival

time: 14.02.2010. - 17.02.2010.
place: Isle Pag, Croatia
The town of Pag on the northern Dalmatian island of the same name hosts the annual Pag Winter Carnival in February. People from the area dress up for the event, with the principal act of the carnival being the story of a female slave character called Robinja.

Robinja is a singing performance consisting of a dance with wooden axes accompanied by verse. The female slave character is played by a man dressed as a woman wearing a kerchief and accompanied by two young boys, a salesman, a musician and other characters from the time of Turkish rule.

Participants form a crowd in front of the parish priest's house or in the main square and when the group comes together the performance begins.

The plot is based on on selling the female slave wheras the characters on opposing sides argue and recount past events before the crowd shrinks and the slave escapes.

(Source: Croatia Exclusive

(D.H., 03.02.2010)