In 2014 the whole island celebrated an 800-year anniversary (1214-2014) of the oldest known legal charter-Statut in Europe. Also noteworthy is the capture of Marco Polo by the Genoese in a sea battle at the island (1298), marking 716 years precipitating the chronicle of his experiences in the far eastern part of Asia.
The oldest written evidence of sword dances on Korčula are dated in the 17th century: the Kumpanjija is 1620 in the village of Žrnovo, and a journal entry in 1666 with the earliest evidence of moreškanti in Korčula.

The Symposium's daytime sessions

with 90 research papers were supplemented with evening performances of sword dances: Moreška in the town of Korčula and Kumpanjija in three villages (Smokvica, Pupnat, and Blato), an all-day excursion was made to Lastovo island to watch a small part of their Carnival sword dance and to watch a part of a documentary film (year 1924) of Lastovo's carnival sword dance.

After a ten-year pause of the annual Korčula Sword Dance Festival (1997-2004) the occasion of the 2014 ICTM symposium provided an incentive for Dr. Goran Oreb with the Korčula Tourist Board to revive Korčula's sword dance festival with all eight sword dance groups of the island.
In this way the symposium of ethnochoreologists was able to have visual and comparative contact with all sword dance groups of Korčula as well as with a guest dance group from eastern Spain, d'Algemesi, a UNESCO-recognized group for their dances with wooden sticks (in place of swords) and small round metal shields.