22 February 2012 – 24 June 2012
Having failed in the attempt to conquer the Đurđevac Fortress in a single attack, Ulan Beg decided to lay siege to the town and wait until hunger brings the defenders down and forces them to surrender. When no more food remained within the fortress walls but a single cockerel, the people of Đurđevac devised a desperate plan. They fired their last bite of food at the Turkish army out of a cannon. Ulama Beg fell for their plan and, seeing that the defenders are shooting cockerels from their cannons, convinced they have an inexhaustible supply of food, he pulled his army back. While retreating, he put a curse on the people of Đurđevac, referring to them as cockerels. Towards the end of June, the folk of Đurđevac celebrate this legend by a unique outdoor stage performance. It takes place at the authentic location, where the legend actually happened, and involves hundreds of extras, cultural amateurs, horsemen and professional actors. This event has been given the status of a non-material cultural good of Croatia.