75 years of activity


Since LADO was founded, its successful performances have resulted in numerous awards and significant recognition. The first of these was in 1954, when LADO won first prize at the Llangollen International Festival in the United Kingdom. This was followed by honours being bestowed upon them in the cities of Santiago, Punta Arenas and Antofagasta, as well as letters of appreciation being given to them in Los Angeles and Frankfurt. They were given the key to the City of Cleveland and a Diploma from the Cork International Festival in the Republic of Ireland.

LADO has received plaques and awards from the City of Zagreb and other Croatian cities. In the last fifteen years or so, the Ensemble has received 24 Porin Awards, among which was the 2002 Porin Lifetime Achievement Award.

LADO also received an Orlando Award in 2003 for outstanding artistic accomplishment at the 54th Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Two Ivan Lukačić Awards LADO received in 2004 and 2014 for the highest achievement in performance at the 34th Varaždin Baroque Evenings and ethnomusicological work and preservation of Croatian musical tradition at the 44th Varaždin Baroque Evenings.

In 2002 LADO was Europe's representative at the 6th World Choir Singing Symposium in Minneapolis, USA and in 2000 LADO won a Golden Doruntina for outstanding folklore performance at the International Festival of Professional Folk Dance Groups in Albania. Last in a row of great recognitions was INA's 2006 Award for Advancement of Croatian Culture Internationally.

In 2009. LADO won two awards: The STATUS award given by the Croatian Musicians Union for a special contribution to Croatian music as a recognition for 60 years of public artistic activity, and Charter of the Croatian President.

In 2011 President of Croatia awarded the Order of Croatian Danica with the image of Marko Marulić to renowned LADO soloist Anđela Potočnik, and the Croatian Composers' Society awarded the Franjo Ksaver Kuhač award for lifetime achievement to Božo Potočnik. In the same year LADO received a special Plate of Appreciation from Shanghai EXPO Bureau for performance at The World EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.

In 2015 Croatian President Ivo Josipović awarded the Order of Croatian Danica with the image of Marko Marulić to LADO’s soloist Aleksandra Ptičar. Retired Artistic Director Ivan Ivančan and Dance Captain Ljiljana (Janja) Ivančan were awarded the same Order by president Kolinda Grabar Kitarović two years later

Mojmir Golemac, former Principal Dancer Singer of the LADO Ensemble, was decorated with the Order of the Croatian Interlace in 2019. The award was presented to him by the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, for his outstanding achievements and and services in the field of culture and for its development and promotion in the Republic of Croatia and in the world.

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"Folklor je kao i livada, puna raznobojnog poljskog cvijeća, ništa u njem nije isto, uvijek je sve novo, uvijek je malo drugačije i još ljepše..." - Zvonimir Ljevaković