Knight’s society Kumpanija is a folk ensemble that keeps traditional dances and customs of Blato of where the most interesting is the sword dance Kumpanija . It is accompanied with a drum and a bagpipe. During the summer Kumpanija and other dances are performed weekly on the square in front of the parish church. The traditional sword-dance Kumpanija or ‚the battle dance‘, represents the spirit of the local militia that used to protect the town in the past. Because there were no walls around it to keep the invaders out, the people of Blato formed the militia. The practice and exercise of that militia led to the sword dance.
Accompanied with the drum and the bagpipes, the dancers follow the captain performing different combination, culminating in the sword duels. Highly impressive is the dance of the flag-bearer swinging a flag three meters long and two meters high.
The main performance of Kumpanija takes place on the Day of Blato, 28th April. On that occasion Tanac, a couples’ dance from the end of 17th century, is followed by the sword dance. During the summer Kumpanija and Tanac are performed weekly on the church square, as well as other dances in picturesque costumes.
Knight’s society Kumpanija was founded in 1927 and has been constantly active on preserving Blato’s folklore heritage. It collects and preserves tangible and intangible heritage of Blato: costumes, music instruments, songs, dances, recipes etc. The society often performs in Croatia and Europe.