With the fusion of two choral groups which had performed in the period of 1943 to 1945 the ‘Marco Garbin’ Cultural Artistic Society was founded on the 13th of December 1947, which to date, for over 60 years, has not just been the foundation of the artistic and musical activities of Rovinj’s Italian community, but has also been an important pivot in the context of Rovinj’s socio-cultural preservation. Currently under the same name of ‘Marco Garbin’ male and female and mixed choirs work, along with Rovinj’s folklore unit and the group ‘Bitinadùri’ who nurture the origins of Rovinj’s musical heritage. The ‘Marco Garbin’ Cultural Artistic Society has received various awards, among which worth mentioning is the Plaque of Rovinj, awarded on the 16th September 2007 for their 60 excellent years of successful work.
The choir has always had a dominant role in the cultural life of the town. Even today, besides the classical performance of the choir, it nurtures and performs typical Rovinj songs: arie da nuòto, arie da cuntràda, as well as the suggestive bitinàde songs. Their repertoire is based on already existing traditional musical productions, amongst which must be mentioned the famous song by maestro Carlo Fabretto (Vien Fiamita, Vignì sul mar muriede among others), and songs of other prominent composers such as Domenico Garbin, Jerko Gržinčić, Piero Soffici, Dušan Prašelj, Riccardo Bosazzi, Biba Benussi and especially Vlado Benussi. Numerous songs are based on the texts and poems of Eligi Zanini, Giusto Curto, Matteo Benussi and others.
The ‘Marco Garbin’ Cultural Artistic Society has always deservingly represented Rovinj’s Italian Community and Rovinj at all the most important cultural-artistic events in Rovinj, as well as at cultural reviews of the Italian Union and has made numerous appearances and won success abroad, especially in Italy, delightfully entertaining audiences with their original repertoire.
At the musical events at Spacio Matika the ‘Bitinadùri’ group appear, which consists of: Riccardo Sugar (Bugialòn), the group’s mentor; Riccardo Vidotto (Màmo), Riccardo Malusa' (Ceî∫bo), Germano Ettorre (Manceîna), Gianfranco Santin (Gnègno), Sergio Ferrara (Maravìa) (Massimo Ferrara (Maravìa), Claudio Malusà (Malòn), Branko Poropat (Kokica), Davorin Poropat, Antonio Curto (Mulchièra) and Giuseppe Bruni (Bièpi Tuòla).