Numerous tourists and Omiš-lovers will tell you that July is the month when you’ll see Omiš at its best and will be able to get the true spirit of the town. One of the most important reasons for this is by all means the famous Festival of the Dalmatian klapa , that during warm summer nights of July fills the squares and narrow alleyways of the old town with pleasant sounds of authentic Dalmatian klapa music (UNESCO heritage) , which remains the first thing many of its visitors remember when thinking of the town on the Cetina mouth.
The festival takes place annually ever since 1967 and has over the years become the central event in the world of klapa music. During the four summer weeks of the festival, Omiš is the world centre of amateur a capella singing, attracting a growing number of singers from all over the map each year – starting from South America, to Africa and Australia!
But although it is sung all over the world today, the origin of authentic klapa song is solely Dalmatian. It developed several hundreds of years ago from spontaneous gatherings of groups of friends, who ended their laughter- and wine-filled evenings with song. Over the decades, the klapa song grew more popular, klapa groups became more professional and the singers’ voices more polished. However, one key ingredient of true and authentic klapa song has remained the same throughout the centuries – it is never sung from the throat, but solely from one’s heart.