Korcula – friendship city of Fremantle

Korcula is an island and historic city off the coast of Croatia and has also been a friendship city with Fremantle since 1999. The Deputy Mayor and I took the opportunity while in the region to catch a ferry from Italy to Korcula to meet with Council officials and to reestablish this relationship. It was a trip that was well worth the time.
This post will focus on the official side but I also will post separately on how some the visit more generally has relevance to Fremantle.
The official part of the visit involved attending Council and meeting with Council members including discussing how we might enable the friendship city relationship to be utilised to benefit both Fremantle and Korcula.
The deputy Mayor Franc was especially welcoming and generous and spent many days showing us parts of the City that average tourists would not get to see. Once again the challenges that face Korcula had many similarities to Fremantle so it was great hear about their innovative approaches to addressing these. I’ll share some of these ideas in the next post.
On the first evening we attended a performance of the Moreshka fighting dance that is specific to Korcula. The tradition of the dance is kept alive by community groups and the support of the Council. Doug’s account on YouTube sums it up: “We went to watch the dance which is physically demanding and even hazardous for the participants and as was explained to us also sometimes to spectators. In the dance we saw if they had the AFL was blood rule at least two of the dancers would have had to come off. It was very spectacular and all the participants were community members. This short video shows us visiting the community group in part of the 13th century council building that the Council provides for their use. They were very welcoming and enthusiastic.”

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Korcula also took us to watch a Croatia v Russia friendly water polo match. The water polo club is situated on the coast and is basically a sea water pool with outlet at each end which allows the sea water to flow through. Simple, sustainable and effective.

Enjoy, Brad