Eight folklore groups, orchestras, majorettes, modern dance groups, choirs, music bands from 5 countries took part in Music Festival in Istria, Croatia. From 2nd to 5th of July the musical formations and individual performers from Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia and Turkey presented their culture and national traditions in the top cities of Croatia – Porec, Umag and Pula. The festival is not a competition, but all participants received diplomas and gifts. Istria is one of the most popular destinations for foreign visitors in Croatia and the towns of Umag and Porec are continually at the top in annual polls of the best holiday resorts in Croatia, organised by the Croatian National Tourist Board and Croatian TV. With a strong Italian influence (the region used to be a part of Italy during the early part of the 20th century), this certainly is a beautiful region of Croatia both along the coast and inland, with its pretty hilltop towns. Rovinj is a true gem of a town, and Pula is also well-worth a visit – home to the Arena, a very well-preserved Roman amphitheatre. The one thing that Istria does lack, compared to more southern coastal regions are large islands. The Brijuni group of islands (near Pula) is the exception and great for a day-trip.