Dalmatian Cultural Society, Auckland, New Zealand
Let us introduce you to our Society – The Dalmatian Cultural Society Inc or alternatively Dalmatinsko Kulturno Drustvo Inc has been around for over 90 years and is filled with Friends, Fun & Laughter.
The Club was formed to promote and preserve our Culture & Heritage. Our Society caters not only to the Croatian Dalmatian Community in New Zealand, but all of the people from the states that made up the former Yugoslavia.
Our society welcomes everybody to celebrate our people and heritage from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
We celebrate our culture and traditions through food, events, folklore, and language classes.
Our museum collects and preserves important records and memorabilia, to pass on to our future generations.
We enjoy frequent concerts and events, which showcase our members, both young and old, sharing and celebrating our language and traditional dances.
Our Society was founded in Auckland back in 1930 when there were two organizations, namely the Yugoslav Club Inc and the Yugoslav Benevolent Society Inc which later joined to become the Yugoslav Society Inc. With the demise of Yugoslavia as a country, the Society changed its name to the Dalmatinsko Kulturno Drustvo Inc. ( Dalmatian Cultural Society Inc ).
From its modest beginnings with Clubrooms in the heart of the city, the Society is now situated about 3km from downtown Auckland. The premises we own and occupy consist of three levels, with about 50% (approximately 1600 sq.m) dedicated to Society activities and the balance leased out to other companies. With recent upgrading, we can now boast of having, possibly the most modern and up to date premises, occupied by any ethnic Society in New Zealand. We have a variety of kolo, music and language lessons, functions, and open days. Plus our member’s lounge is open Friday evenings for good food, drinks, and conversation.
We encourage all Croatians, and peoples from the former Yugoslavia, in the Auckland area to become involved and join us in preserving our heritage. We offer an environment of service and camaraderie. We provide a comfortable place and a family-oriented environment, where friends and family can gather to enjoy good food and entertainment.