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Dear Visitor, welcome to Croatia! We are pleased you have decided to visit our country and learn about a part of our rich cultural heritage. Croatia abounds with various cultural & tourist events and festivals all year long. Some of them are a result of the long-standing tradition and diligent dedication of each region, some are organized to revive our ancestors’ customs and festivities, and some follow the contemporary cultural developments. Many of them include creative workshops where one can acquire many interesting experiences, meet other people and have a good time. Having been a part of Europe for a very long time, Croatia has numerous and widespread links and forms of cooperation, and is being visited by numerous internationally renowned artists and performers. We hope the cheerful and exciting atmosphere of each event will enrich your stay in our country, and that our hospitality will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Welcome to Croatia!
www.croatia.hr THE MEDITERRANEAN AS IT ONCE WAS OF CULTURAL AND TOURISTIC EVENTS CALENDAR 2010 Dear Visitor, welcome to Croatia! We are pleased you have decided to visit our country and learn about a part of our rich cultural heritage. Croatia abounds with various cultural & tourist events and festivals all year long. Some of them are a result of the long-standing tradition and diligent dedication of each region, some are organized to revive our ancestors’ customs and festivities, and some follow the contemporary cultural developments. Many of them include creative workshops where one can acquire many interesting experiences, meet other people and have a good time. Having been a part of Europe for a very long time, Croatia has numerous and widespread links and forms of cooperation, and is being visited by numerous interna- tionally renowned artists and performers. We hope the cheerful and exciting atmosphere of each event will enrich your stay TABLE OF CONTENTS in our country, and that our hospitality will make you feel comfortable and relaxed. Welcome to Croatia! SPECIAL EVENTS IN CROATIA 4. ISTRIA 5. - 15. Yours truly, KVARNER 16. - 29. Croatian National Tourist Board LIKA - KARLOVAC 30. - 36. DALMATIA - ZADAR 37. - 47. DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK 48. - 54. DALMATIA - SPLIT 55. - 63. DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK 64. - 72. CENTRAL CROATIA 73. - 94. SLAVONIA 95. - 112. CITY OF ZAGREB 113. - 121. INFORMATION 122. - 123. NIGHT OF MUSEUMS 29 January Photo: Croatian Museum Association Forty-five Croatian museums join in the celebration of the Night of Museums, a night when museums do not close their doors after the usual opening hours, but stay open until late at night. Until 1 a.m., to be precise. This way, the mu- seums, as a part of the cultural side of night life, adapt to new trends, modern- ize their activities, and popularize visits to museums. In addition, all museums offer entry free of charge, thus making their exhibitions more accessible than ever. www.hrmud.hr I STR I A 4 www.croatia.hr SPECIAL EVENTS IN CROATIA LITTLE ACADEMY OF ASTROFEST PULA SUPERIORVM ZLATNA SOPELA (THE GOLDEN FLUTE) - PILCHARDS’ FISHING Višnjan Pula THE MEDITERRANEAN 21 - 22 June 25 - 26 June FOLKLORE FESTIVAL Fažana 1 May - 15 September Poreč, 27 June - 3 July Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Tourist Board of the municipality of Višnjan Photo: Tourist Board of Pula Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County You don’t need to pass an entry test On 21 June, the summer solstice, all The people of Pula are rightfully proud In the early summer, Poreč plays host to enrol at the Sardine Academy in enthusiasts of astronomy come togeth- of their glorious Roman history. Mag- to folklore groups not only from Croatia Fažana. All you need is a sound appetite er at the hill near the famous Višnjan nificent edifices preserved from ancient but also from other Mediterranean and a desire for new gastronomic ex- observatory. The day with the shortest times amaze guests from all over the countries, and beyond. The programme periences. A stroll down the Pilchards’ night in the year which, many a legend world. However, it is especially in- takes place in the main town square - road will take you to restaurants and would have it, is linked to numerous teresting to visit Pula at times when Trg slobode (Liberty Square), and fas- cellars that will introduce you to over a mystic beliefs, is celebrated in a special scenes from ancient history walk the cinates the audience with its diversity. hundred ways of preparing this oily fish. way. Astrofest is an all-night program streets right in front of our eyes. For a The vibrant atmosphere and melodies During the month of May you can also of music and performing arts com- few days, the streets of Pula are turned imbued with tradition will draw you into partake in the special Fažana School mencing with the last sun rays in the into a stage of the picturesque Roman the endless space of music typical of of Pilchard pickling, and learn every- evening and ending with the first sun theatre - the centre of ancient tragedies this part of the world. thing about packing fish into tins, about rays in the morning, accompanied by and comedies. The Arena remembers condiments and oils. With this kind of the hypnotic rhythm of drums. Astrofest its days of glory when gladiators fought www.musicistra.org know-how you will be a welcome guest is a unique event that is proving very at- within its stone walls. Beautiful women at whichever Pilchards’ Festival along tractive for lovers of the skies, the stars wearing dresses and hairstyles of those the Adriatic coast you may happen and spiritual New Age Music. ancient times, historical spectacles upon. of sound and light leave us breath- www.astrofestival.com less at almost every corner, while Ro- www.istria-fazana.com man feasts and the indigenous Istrian mouth-watering specialties refresh our palate. To put it into a nutshell - in May all roads lead to Pula. www.pulasuperiorum.hr 6 www.croatia.hr ISTRIA ISTRIA www.croatia.hr 7 THE LABIN ART EVENINGS OF THE FILM FESTIVAL MALMSEY FIESTA REPUBLIC FISHERMEN TRADITION Pula Brtonigla Rovinj, 9 July, 17 - 24 July 18 July Labin 1 July - 31 August 20 and 27 August Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Neven Lazarević Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County In July and a good part of August Labin The town of Rovinj remembers the Thanks to its screenings in the historical Though Malmsey may not be a wine turns into a veritable small republic of tradition of its elders through three the- locations of Kaštel and Arena, the Fea- automatically linked to the Istrian pe- arts. Its Little Theatre, the church, the matic manifestations. Notably, it was ture Film Festival in Pula is one of the ninsula, the true connoisseurs of Is- old square, streets and stairways take not all that long ago that life in Rovinj most attractive outdoor film festivals in trian wines are fully aware of its superb on the role of a stage. A variety of thea- was inconceivable without batana – a the world. In fact, few are the festivals quality. It makes one’s palate tingle, tre groups and musicians come to per- local type of boat which became fa- which can boast a stage of such histori- and fills one’s heart with joy. The rea- form on those “stages”. The sounds of mous throughout the world. To feed cal depth and atmosphere. Continuing son for this lies in the specific method “klapas”, of orchestras of classic and their families, the fishermen sailed their its rich, long standing tradition, this if its production, where the Istrian wine folklore music, and jazz bands resound batanas out at dawn and returned in year the Festival will offer its visitors, makers skilfully combine the traditional through the narrow streets of Labin. In the evening with their catch. Evenings film enthusiasts, various programmes and the modern ways of both grapevine August, during the Festival of visual of the Fishermen Tradition is a mani- of international and domestic film nov- cultivation and wine production. Come theatre, the musicians relinquish their festation which celebrates not only the elties divided into several programme and treat yourself to a glass, or more, places to actors. Do not miss the op- old customs but also the building of a sections. The screenings at Kaštela of this superb wine. portunity to enjoy the ambience of this batana, the launch of which attracts the should be highlighted, where as an town which imbues theatre with a com- entire town to the port. Come and be a overture to the festival, films from the www.istria-brtonigla.com pletely new visual identity. part of the revival of the traditions that international programme will be shown, are a part of the people of this beauti- as well as screenings from the national www.istria-rabac.com ful town. programme. This will also include film screenings of current Croatian produc- www.istria-rovinj.com tions in the Arena. Of course, this year Pula will once again be host to numer- ous attractive film hits. www.pulafilmfestival.hr 8 www.croatia.hr ISTRIA ISTRIA www.croatia.hr 9 MOTOVUN FILM ATP STUDENA THE LEGENDFEST THE LUNAS FESTIVAL CROATIA OPEN Pićan ASTRO PARTY 30 July - 1 August Motovun Umag Novigrad 26 - 30 July 26 July - 1 August 1 August Photo: Motovun Film Festival d.o.o. Photo: Neven Gerenčir Photo: Mladen Sever Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Over the last few years a particular Top athletes and their thrilling sport du- The medieval streets of the small town Just picture the town bell-tower vanish- norm has become a rule - come the be- als, the seaside and the inimitable Istri- of Pićan are filled with an atmosphere ing before your eyes, and its place be- ginning of August, every self-respecting an ambience along with a carefully cho- which seems to be out of this world, an ing taken by the star speckled sky. For film enthusiast must come to Motovun, sen evening entertainment programme atmosphere reminiscent of fairy tales that is what the bell-tower of Novigrad when this small Istrian town becomes - all this is waiting for you in Umag, the and stories of which we know neither is going to look like when, using projec- the Croatian film Mecca. Enchanting host of the prestigious tennis tourna- the author, nor the time when they tors, they immerse it into the infinity of and simply beautiful, perched atop a ment, the Croatia Open. The best ten- were written. Istria is replete with such a starry sky. Lunas is the ancient Celtic steep mount, it is an idyllic setting for nis players in the world gather in Umag stories, legends and myths the plots of name for the first day of summer which the Festival, which has ignored the at the end of July and offer all visitors which take place in its picturesque for- the Celtic culture celebrated on the 1st increasingly present commercial char- seven days of first class sport, excite- ests and hills. The Legendfest provides of August. In one of the Novigrad parks, acter of the film industry. Instead, it ment. Through its tournament Umag the opportunity for all these stories dimmed lights will celebrate August 1st, appreciates independent film produc- has proven itself in the international to be told in one place. Many theatre just the way the ancient Celts did. All tion, in other words, films that set new circles, not only as multiple winner of groups and associations come to Pićan those who enjoy romantic and mystic standards of innovative and artistic the Awards of Excellence for organisa- to participate in the Legendfest and things should not miss this event. expression. In Motovun you can watch tion, but also because of its increas- through their productions they uncover professionally selected films within ingly impressive list of tennis players, the world of literary and folk stories of www.istria-novigrad.com the current world production of vari- such as Thomas Muster, Marcello Rios Istria. During the Festival, the entire ous genres. The five-day marathon of and Carlos Moya. However, Umag of- town is specially decorated with tradi- daylong film projections will surely sat- fers its guests more than just sport - in tional Istrian fabrics, while giants, štrige isfy even the most demanding film ap- addition to the afternoon matches, they - or rather witches - as some might call petites, and the Motovun Film Festival can enjoy the beauty of the Mediterra- them, pirates, fairies and other fairy certainly offers top entertainment even nean, the sea, the sun, and the vibrant tale characters walk the streets. when your eyes are not focused on the atmosphere in the evening, created by screen. prominent musicians and singers per- www.valkulture.hr forming in the town square. www.motovunfilmfestival.com www.croatiaopen.hr 10 www.croatia.hr ISTRIA ISTRIA www.croatia.hr 11 SEPOMAIA VIVA NIGHT OF THE MONTRAKER DOLPHIN OF POREČ Umag ST. LAWRENCE SCHOOL OF SCULPTING Poreč 2 - 4 August Vrsar 4 September Rovinj 12 August 30 August - 11 September Photo: The Umag Town Museum Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Igor Zirojević Not far from Umag is an archeological On the night of August 12th, trails of Usually, an abandoned quarry is a sad For all those who prefer sports compe- site of the ancient Sepomaia, with ruins numerous comets streak across the sight. Yet, if you were to imagine such titions in natural surroundings this is a of a rustic villa dating back to the 1st sky. As this day is also the feast of St. a quarry to be opened to sculptors, and far more enjoyable experience than any and 4th centuries AD. A mere sight of Lawrence, this celestial phenomenon those sculptors were given freedom swimming pool competition can ever those ancient remains from Antiquity became known among the people as to express their creativity in the stone be. In Poreč, competitors who come to leaves one in awe of such priceless the tears of St. Lawrence. To make the that surrounds them, there would be find out whether they are as swift as a cultural heritage. In honour of this her- experience of the sky criss-crossed no room for sadness. That is precisely dolphin, swim in the sea regardless of itage, Umag stages the Sepomaia Viva, with falling stars still more special, the what is taking place in the Montraker temperature, currents or waves. The an annual event, a veritable festival of public lighting on the Rovinj water front stone quarry in Vrsar during the School Dolphin of Poreč is the central event Antiquity during which all visitors have is turned off so as to allow the stars to of Sculpting. The quarry comes to life, of the swimming festival, attracting the opportunity to experience the spirit shine still brighter. The catering es- and out of its unused stone, sculptures recreational swimmers who compete in of times long gone. Dressed in robes of tablishments also turn off their lights, are born. Come and see for yourself several disciplines. The Marathon offers those times, the visitors can enjoy the making their premises romantic, and the magic of the moment at this year’s three options: 1500, 3000 and 5000 tastes of antique times, meet gladiators creating an atmosphere which imbues School which is to be led by the re- metres, but there are also the swim- and legionaries, dance ancient dances one’s soul and relaxes just about eve- nowned sculptor Peruško Bogdanić. ming sprint races, water polo tourna- and engage in some antique arts and ryone. ments - both professional and recrea- crafts. Come to Umag in August and we www.istria-vrsar.com tional, a sailing regatta and the Croatian promise you will forget all about your www.istria-rovinj.com Jet-ski Championship. This is how the 21st century daily routine - at least for people of Poreč celebrate their union three days. with the sea, the source of their life and livelihood. Come and join them. www.istria-umag.com www.poreckidelfin.com 12 www.croatia.hr ISTRIA ISTRIA www.croatia.hr 13 GIOSTRA DAYS OF TRUFFLES TRADITIONAL ISTRIA MTB TRUFFLES Poreč 11 September - SUBOTINA TOUR - PARENZANA 10 - 12 September 14 November Buzet CANNONDALE 12 September 24 - 26 September Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County Photo: Tourist Board of Buzet Photo: Tourist Board of Istria County The historical festival of Giostra takes No true gourmet in the world should re- A visit to the small town of Buzet at the Parenzana was once a narrow-gauge us back to the distant history of Poreč. gard her or himself as such if, at least start of September will take you for a railroad which, going deep into the To be more precise, back to the year once in their life, they have not wanted time voyage into history. The fiesta Istrian peninsula, from Poreč to Trst, 1672 when, according to the archive to taste truffles - the gourmet crown called Subotina has been held in early provided a link for 33 Istrian towns. records of the Regional Museum of jewel of Istria. Truffles, these odd look- September since ancient times. Aimed Today, its former track is the venue for Poreština and the National Archive in ing mushrooms that grow underground, at bringing life to the old-town streets a marathon cycling race which, due to Pazin, a popular fiesta known as Fiera are a trademark of Istria, and the folk of of Buzet, Subotina is still celebrated in the beauty and picturesque quality of franca friudana took place in the streets Istria show their gratitude by jealously its original form, successfully taking us its surroundings, has been included in of Poreč. Its participants competed in guarding the recipes specific to their back to the times and the environment the calendar of the World Cycling Asso- crossbow shooting, a variety of dances peninsula. Come autumn, however, the in which the people of Buzet used to ciation in the Category. Bearing in mind and popular games, but the main at- whole of Istria celebrates the Days of work and live a long time ago. On the that participation in this race brings traction was the Giostra horse race. Truffles which provide the opportunity day it is held, the streets are filled with world rating points, it is expected that Visit Poreč and experience for yourself for all to savour the wealth of truffles in traditional scents and sounds, and the the best cyclists in the world will at- this return into history. every possible combination of flavours people of Buzet are dressed in original tend, making Parenzana a superb and to learn about the wonder of truf- folk costumes and peasant and town sporting event, and one which sports www.giostra.info fles. Do not take our word, come and dress from the end of the 19th century. enthusiasts should not miss. taste for yourself. To put it in a nutshell, the entire Old Town becomes a museum of customs www.parenzana.com www.istria-gourmet.com and traditional crafts, games, musi- www.istria-bike.com cians and food. www.istria-buzet.hr 14 www.croatia.hr ISTRIA ISTRIA www.croatia.hr 15 CARNIVAL IN RIJEKA DAYS OF Rijeka APOKSIOMEN 17 January - Mali Lošinj 17 February 24 - 27 April Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Sergio Gobbo A tradition reaching down the centuries There are only seven preserved statues to ancient times when ferocious masks, of the ancient Greek athlete Apoxiomen so legends tell us, banished the forces in the world, and one of them - a bronze of evil through hilarious rejoicing, has statue - was found in 1999 in the turned Rijeka into the Carnival Capital Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea, close of Croatia. Throughout the carnival days to the island of Lošinj, stuck between the city gates are firmly closed to any two rocks at the depth of forty-five solemnity and soberness, and are wide meters. The athlete, over two thousand open to colourful and carefree merry- years old, was lifted from the depths of making. It will be no different this year. the sea and restored in detail. Towards Once the keys of the city are handed the end of 2010, the Apoxiomen will be over, the carnival revelry will sweep permanently exhibited in the Kvarner the streets and all those who happen to Palace in Mali Lošinj. To celebrate this be in Rijeka. The sea of masks, which significant archaeological discovery, allow their wearers to forget their sor- during this time, the people of Lošinj rows, at least for a moment, will spread will organise Apoxiomen days where good humour for days, while the climax visitors can look at a variety of exhib- of the Carnival comes on its closing day its covering the theme of Apoximen: a when the grand parade - known as the photographic exhibition, a pottery and International Carnival Parade - makes jewellery exhibition, archaeological div- its thunderous way across the city. ing, antique gastronomy, antique hair styles, Greco-Roman wrestling, special www.ri-karneval.com.hr hotel offers of Roman baths and mas- sages... and thus bear witness to the importance of this discovery for our cultural heritage. www.tz-malilosinj.hr K VA R NE R KVARNER www.croatia.hr 17 THE FROG-CATCHERS’ INTERNATIONAL HARTERA 6 FIUMANKA NIGHT FESTIVAL OF SMALL Rijeka Rijeka Lokve STAGE 10 - 12 June 12 - 13 June 25 - 26 April Rijeka, 3 - 11 May Photo: Bojan Grgurić Photo: Petar Fabijan Photo: Darko Vaupotić Photo: St. Valter Residents of neighbouring villages used This Festival has become one of the If you are after new experiences, expe- The view which will leave one quite to refer to the residents of Lokve, a flavourite gathering points for European riences which break down the bounda- breathless is undoubtedly the view small village in Gorski kotar situated in theatre enthusiasts with a special love ries between music and adventure, then of the Bay of Rijeka streaked with a a rather wet area full of pools (lokva be- for an unconventional approach to the the Hartera music festival is just the myriad of white sails. Yachtsmen from ing the Croatian word for a pool of wa- stage and performing arts. At the inter- place for you. When you wander throu- across the world gather once a year ter) as Frog-catchers, or indeed Frog- national level, the name of the Festival gh the entrances and halls of the former at the Great Fiumanka regatta, which eaters. Once upon a time young men stands for provocation and challenge. paper factory in Rijeka, which is how follows the route between Rijeka to reacted angrily to such mockery and Independent theatre production has for the festival got its name, you will hear Omišalj and back, and takes every many a bitter battle was fought over it, many years been in full swing and the dance music in the mystical atmosp- ounce of strength from even the most but with time the folk of Lokve learned audiences have recognised it. It there- here of the factory architecture, which experienced. This year, a press regatta to live with jokes at their account, and fore comes as no surprise that some of has been refreshed by contemporary called NCPress Fiumanka will be held then went a step further by turning it the most stirring theatre productions artists. Plus, you will be surrounded by within the main regatta. A real must for into their trade mark. Now, come spring have been produced by the creative the smiling faces of the people who are all sport and adrenaline addicts. time, they organize a fiesta which cel- energy of small theatre stages. In ad- dancing. Hartera is independently bu- ebrates not only the frogs, but also all dition to theatres from all the neigh- ilding up its image amongst European www.fiumanka.hr the people of their region. In addition bouring countries, theatres from the festivals, and anyone who wants a good to a variety of dishes the main ingre- UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany time is more than welcome. dient of which are frogs, the fiesta of- and other European countries have also fers what has become its claim to fame performed in Rijeka. Among the many www.hartera.com - a competition in frog leaps. Owners famous names, we should highlight the brings their pets and, to the huge mer- performance of the leading lady of the riment and cheering of the gathered Italian Theatre, Emmy Dante, and the crowd, encourage them to jump as long winner of the European award for new a distance as possible. Without a doubt, theatre realities, Alvis Hermanis. We an experience difficult to forget. believe this year’s Festival will surprise us in a pleasant way with its guest per- www.tz-lokve.hr formers and various shows. www.theatrefestival-rijeka.hr 18 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 19 SUMMER IN SUMMER OF SUMMER ON LOUISIANA SUMMER AT GRADINA FUŽINE CULTURE AND CAROLINA (FORTRESS) Fužine, 13 June - Malinska, 15 June - Delnice Rijeka, 19 June - 22 August 30 August 19 June - 18 July 12 September Photo: Marinko Jakovljević Photo: Nediljko Vučetić Photo: Ninoslav Pleše Photo: St. Valter In summertime, the banks of the at- Malinska on Krk offers its guests an im- Once upon a time, important interna- During all three summer months, visi- tractive Lake Bajer become a venue pressive cultural programme, enriching tional routes went through Gorski kotar. tors to Rijeka have the opportunity to for entertainment events such as con- their summer holiday and making it In the early 18th century, the Carolina participate in various cultural pro- certs or sporting events. The hosts in even more precious and memorable. Road was built as an important route grammes, which take place at Trsatska Fužine provide these events to supple- Sounds of classical instruments spread connecting Karlovac with the town of gradina (fortress), built in the place of ment their visitors’ stay in this beautiful from the Monastery of St. Mary in June, Bakar. However, the terrain it passed the former Roman observation post as mountainous region. While the pleasant July and August. Some of the most through was rugged, which prompted a means of defence against the Turkish temperature of Saturday nights in the talented Croatian musicians choose the construction of a new road at the army. Within the walls of this historic mountains caresses your skin, and Malinska as a place to demonstrate the beginning of the 19th century - this one edifice, a cultural and entertainment music stars provide a delight for your wealth of their talent. In addition, the St. being named Louisiana after Napoleon’s programme takes place, hosting nu- ears, the gastronomic offer, including Nicholas Gallery exhibits works painted wife Mary Louise. At the time, Louisiana merous famous Croatian actors and unusual and mysterious dishes of the by numerous recognized artists such as was one of the most modern roads in singers. Find your place, cool down Croatian mountains, will attend to your Aleksandar Forenbaher, Mauro Stipanov Europe, and it brought significant ben- from the summer heat among the for- palate. and Antun Haller. Don’t let your holiday efits to the population of Gorski kotar. tress walls, and enjoy the productions in Malinska go by without enriching Today these two roads no longer hold and concerts. www.tz-fuzine.hr your soul with a touch of culture. their former significance, but the mem- ory of their golden age is still preserved www.bascinskiglasi.hr www.tz-malinska.hr by this summer event. During these days, caravans of travelers dressed in keeping with the times travel up and down the Louisiana and Carolina, music can be heard from behind every corner, while the hosts take every opportunity to ply one with homemade food and pastries. Come and join the procession of princes and other nobility and their sumptuously decked coaches. www.lujzijana.com 20 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 21 SUMMER NIGHTS SUMMER CARNIVAL LIBURNIA THE KASTAV SUMMER IN RIJEKA Novi Vinodolski JAZZ FESTIVAL OF CULTURE 2 - 3 July Kastav Rijeka Opatija 30 June - 24 July 2 - 4 July 4 July - 30 August Photo: Dražen Šokčević Photo: Tourist Board of Novi Vinodolski Photo: Davor Hrvoj Photo: Vjekoslav Šabarić During the summer months, the In the summer months, parades of If you happen to be passionate about On a hill above Rijeka lies the small squares, streets and terraces of Rijeka masked people make their noisy way jazz, then summer in Opatija is both town of Kastav, a town of culture and are turned into theatre stages. Popular through some of the towns in the the right time and the right place for education. In keeping with this tradi- town locations, but also places that the Kvarner area. Novi Vinodolski is no ex- you. If you don’t see jazz as a com- tion, summers in Kastav offer a rich citizens of Rijeka themselves find dif- ception - in July, it opens its gates to plex and self-contained musical form cultural programme where visitors can ficult to envisage as possible stages for the masked revelers and temporarily intended solely for musicians, rather find a wide range of drama, music and actors and theatre props, are for a few cedes power to the summer carnival. than a broader audience, the Libur- art events. Numerous plays, concerts weeks turned over to artists of widely Needless to say, that is a time with no nia Jazz Festival addresses you even featuring local and international musi- diverse styles of musical and scenic room for serious faces and dark glares, more than hardcore jazz buffs. This is cians, and various exhibitions enhance expression. The Festival programme a fun and laughter infectiously spread exactly what the event is about: bring- still further the romantic atmosphere comprises everything, from classical through the town. Leave your worries ing jazz music closer to a wider music that charms those who come to the drama productions, premieres of more behind, hide behind a mask and remind audience. Thanks to this, you can enjoy Kastav Summer of Culture. recent works for drama theatre and yourself how beautiful life really is. the music-playing skills of some of the concerts of classical music, to street most talented jazz virtuosi within the www.kkl.hr theatres and concerts by pop stars. One www.tz-novi-vinodolski.hr festival and actively participate in jazz of the crucial elements of the Festival is workshops aimed at demonstrating that probing into the contemporary relations jazz is one of the music styles open to between the industrial architecture and anyone’s affinity. Come to Opatija and theatre, which is why some of the pro- become a part of the international jazz ductions are staged on the premises of community. old industrial plants. www.liburniajazz.hr www.rijeckeljetnenoci.com 22 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 23 MUSIC EVENINGS VINODOL SUMMER KAISERNACHT THE FJERA OF RAB OF OSOR EVENINGS Opatija Rab 16 - 18 July 25 - 27 July Osor Bribir, Grižane, Tribalj and 12 July - 22 August Drivenik, 14 July - 23 August Photo: Bojan Purić Photo: Dino Lovrić Photo: David Kurti - Foto Luigi Photo: Goran Novotny While walking the narrow streets of Summer guests of the Vinodol riviera The magnificent architecture and beau- The holidays of the St. Jacob, St. An- small picturesque towns on the island of should be prepared for a holiday which tiful parks of the Jewel of the Adriatic thony and St. Christopher take Rab way Lošinj and Cres, hearing music coming will, apart from the sun and blessings can take you to another world, a world back to its medieval past. Competitions from behind closed shutters, seems to of the Adriatic coast, provide a true of fairy tales in which princes are still in the ancient games of chivalry are be the most natural thing in the world. musical experience. In historic loca- riding white horses and proposing presented through the magnificent Rab The small town of Osor, which hides tions around Novi Vinodolski, such as to their princesses. That is because Crossbow Tournament where knights an ancient theatre among its buildings, the Francopan fortresses in Bribir and Opatija is a piece of heritage left by the compete and fight for the award, tra- exudes a special artistic atmosphere. Drivenik, concerts which, with their Austro-Hungarian Monarchy for whose ditionally presented by the Prince Elect If you stop for a moment outside the variety, broaden our horizons, are held courtiers it was the favourite place of of Rab. The atmosphere is enhanced renaissance Church of the Blessed Vir- throughout the summer. In compli- rest. This royal resort has always been by musicians and flag bearers, while gin Mary in Osor, you will hear music ment to the atmosphere of moonlit appealing to kings, emperors, princes, all the participants dressed in medieval that seems to have been composed ancient wooden landmarks, the Vinodol counts and baronesses, and very often costumes are free to join the great pro- specifically for that place and that mo- Summer Evenings offer top class per- to artists searching for inspiration. You cession through the streets. The Rab ment. However, the music will not be formances of classical music pieces. can meet them all again in the month Fjera revives the memory of what the imaginary - a concert is actually given Individual evenings are reserved for of July on the streets of Opatija when, town used to be like in the times when in the church, just one within a series Croatian ethno music, which uncovers with the aim of reviving this atmos- it was celebrating its freedom and its of summer concerts given by our best the roots of our culture. Yet, do not be phere, the people of Opatija dress up in independent municipality. musicians who come to take part in the surprised if instead of musicians, ac- court clothes and take part in an event Music Evenings of Osor. tors take to the stage; from this year, which takes the entire town back a few www.fjera.hr the people of Vinodol are preparing nu- centuries into the past. www.osor-festival.hr merous theatrical surprises, with which your cultural holiday will be fulfilled. www.opatija-tourism.hr www.tz-vinodol.hr 24 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 25 KRK FAIR - LITTLE ROSE OF VINODOL PILGRIMAGE ON THE FEAST LIBURNIA FILM OF THE ASSUMPTION OF LOVREČEVA Grižane 13 August, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FESTIVAL Bribir 14 August, Krk Novi Vinodolski 19 - 21 August Ičići Rijeka, Trsat 8 - 10 August 27 - 30 August 15 August Photo: Ivica Brusić - Brujo Photo: Tourist Board of Novi Vinodolski Photo: Tourist Board of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County Photo: Dino Summers on the Adriatic islands rarely A story from ancient times has survived One morning back in 1291, the lum- Make yourself comfortable and enjoy surprise us. We are prepared for everyt- among the residents of Novi Vinodolski, berjacks of Trsat saw a cottage in the the recent productions of Croatian doc- hing that the imagination can conjure handed down the centuries by word of woods that had not been there before. umentary films under the bright starry up. Yet the Krk knights and their ladi- mouth. Traditionally, during the grape Frightened and puzzled, they notified skies above Ičići. This is provided by es actually manage to go beyond our harvest, in which all the young took part, Pastor Jurjević of the miracle, and he the programme within the Liburnia Film expectations. It is precisely such scenes special attention was paid to girls, and calmed them down, telling them he Festival - in addition to a few premieres, from the past that are waiting for you on which one among them was the most knew what it was all about. This hap- all local documentaries awarded at do- Krk – the knights compete in a variety hard working. Once the harvest was pened to be the Nazareth cottage of the mestic and international film festivals of contests of knightly skills, maritime completed, the prettiest and the most Blessed Virgin Mary, which the angels during the previous year are regularly battles occur in the town port, and pira- diligent girl was selected and crowned had moved to Trsat in fear of the Turk- shown here. Such a selection provides tes search for long forgotten treasures. with a crown made from the grapevine, ish conquerors, where it had stood for the visitors with the best of documen- You need not be afraid of being harmed and the whole celebration of a success- a full three years and seven months. taries produced in Croatia. After the by any of them; on the contrary, you will ful grape harvest was dedicated to her. Then came the time for the cottage to projections, share your impressions be able to follow all the events in peace The people of Vinodol decided to revive continue its journey to Loreto where it with other people while enjoying the and enjoy the blessings of original coo- this tradition, and celebrate their past was destined to be in the first place. performances of superb music guests king from Krk. This is Lovrečeva. in a manner suited to present times. To console the locals, Prince Martin of the Festival. Guests of the festivity can savour in- Frankopan decided to build a Fran- www.tz-krk.hr digenous dishes of Vinodol, enjoy the ciscan monastery in the same place. www.liburniafilmfestival.com local eco-products, partake in different Today, Trsat has its Shrine of the Vir- popular games and relax to the sound gin Mary, known for many answered of tambouritza music. prayers and pilgrimages involving many people, especially on the Feast of the www.tz-novi-vinodolski.hr Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. www.rijeka-nadbiskupija.com 26 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 27 DAYS OF THE DAYS OF OLIVES THE CHESTNUT NEW YEAR SPEAR KRK WINES FESTIVAL FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP Punat 10 - 19 October Mali Lošinj Vrbnik Lovran 28 - 29 August 15 - 31 Ocotber 28 - 30 December Photo: Rino Gropuzzo Photo: Ernest Bonifačić Photo: Ana Slamek Photo: Miro Andrić Whenever we introduce our wines and It is hard to imagine the Adriatic Sea The quality of chestnuts in the Lovran The best confirmation of how highly rich tradition of Croatian winemaking without recalling the scent of olives and area is known to be among the high- the people of Lošinj regard the spear on the global market, something this the taste of olive oil. Olives are highly est in the world. This variety of chest- fishing skill is the monument to a spear country is very proud of, winemakers appreciated in our cuisine, so it is no nut is endemic to the Kvarner region, fisherman erected in one of the town from Vrbnik on the island of Krk invari- wonder that Punat on the Island of Krk because it is the product of hybridiza- squares. The mild Mediterranean cli- ably find their place in that company, has its Days of Olives, an event pre- tion between the chestnuts brought mate the island is blessed with enables and take great pleasure in accepting senting the guests with the complete home from the Far East by sea fearers its inhabitants to provide spear fisher- the honour. Every year in the month of benefits of this healing fruit. This is a of Lovran and the local varieties. Being men with the unforgettable experience August, they invite all those who delight unique opportunity for you to take part very proud of their chestnuts, the folk of competing just before New Year. The in wine - either in making it or simply in the olive harvest and experience a of Lovran dedicate three weekends in New Year Championship comprises two enjoying a drink of it. The gathering small part of the islanders’ daily rou- October to them - the first weekend in cups: New Year Cities Cup and Europe- enables guests to enjoy daylong wine tine. While you are picking, the hosts Lovran itself, and the other two in the an Nations Cup; both cups are equally presentations and sampling, to buy will serve you a home-made snack to nearby villages of Liganj and Dobreč, attractive because each dive-in takes quality wines directly from produc- the sound of sopile (a woodwind instru- where the festivity called Marunada one’s breath away and results in loud ers, as well as to taste autochthonous ment similar to oboe), while a true feast takes place. You will find various prod- cheering by the audience. It is an op- gastronomic products of the Island of is served come evening with the best ucts made of chestnuts - from the tra- portunity to celebrate the New Year in Krk. In addition to the pleasures of the cooks from all over Croatia competing ditional roasted chestnuts and other the company of extremely brave people palate, be they induced by food or by in preparing olive based dishes for you dishes prepared with them, to a variety and a truly sportsmanlike environment. drink, one can view attractive exhibi- to try. of deserts, gateaux and pastries. There tions of winemaking and winegrowing are also other delights to be enjoyed, www.cres-losinj.net/udica equipment of Krk, and the magic of the www.tzpunat.hr such as meads, honey based brandies winemaking process that cannot be and local young wine. found in modern industrial production facilities. www.tz-lovran.hr www.vrbnik.hr 28 www.croatia.hr KVARNER KVARNER www.croatia.hr 29 NOBILITY FAIR NOVALJA CULTURAL Dubovac SUMMER 17 May - 4 June Novalja June - September Photo: Igor Čepurkovski Photo: Eugen Rebernišak For two weeks every year the small In order to celebrate their town’s pa- town of Dubovac returns to the Middle tron saint, St. Anthony, on June 13th, Ages. Celebrating the long and interest- the people of Novalja start the long hot ing history of a town which has lived a summer with a wide range of cultural - vibrant trading life long before Karlovac artistic and entertainment events. The was established, the people of the area Novalja cultural summer is made up of, organize a Great fair. Passing through amongst other things, the “Novaljski the streets of that fair one learns about trijatar”, which this year will play host medieval customs, crafts, arms, games to a series of drama events, classical and food. Costume entertainment is musical concerts performed by local provided by actors and musicians, mer- and visiting musicians, a variety of art chants and craftsmen who, like medi- exhibitions, a special exhibition of Pag eval court jesters, do their best to entice sheep and Pag cheese, and an ethno visitors to their stands, while knights in evening which will include a Festival of shining armor and soldiers from historic Nakanat Songs from the island of Pag. units fight for their attention. One never With such events, the summer in Nova- knows, good fortune might decide that lja lasts even longer. some lucky chap gets to ride a white steed and free his maiden from the www.tz-novalja.hr black tower. www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr LIKA - K A R L O VA C LIKA - KARLOVAC www.croatia.hr 31 THE OGULIN FAIRY MIDSUMMER NIGHT KARLSTADT FESTIVAL SUMMER IN SLUNJ TALE FESTIVAL BONFIRE Karlovac Slunj 23 June - 6 September July - August Ogulin Banija and Gaza - banks of the (weekends) 10 - 14 June river Kupa, 23 June Photo: Ankica Puškarić Photo: Vedran Skukan Photo: Tourist Board of Karlovac County Photo: Ivančica Cindrić A mere mention of the name of Ivana On the night before the festivity cel- The Karlstadt Festival encompasses all The townsfolk of Slunj spend their Brlić Mažuranić brings sparkles to chil- ebrating the birth of St. John the Bap- the cultural events taking place in June long summer days having fun. In July dren’s eyes. Her name reminds them of tist, a magical lightshow takes place on and July in the town of Karlovac. How- and August, a number of sports & rec- the countless adventures of characters the banks of the river Kupa. The folk of ever, 13th of July is quite a special day reation events take place in Slunj. The from Croatian fairy tales, and among Banovina and Gaza, each on their own – the day regarded as the birthday of Summer in Slunj begins with the tradi- them Šuma Striborova (Stribor’s For- side of the river, seem to compete in the town of Karlovac, also known as the tional games on the Korana River, and est), the playful Tintilinići and curious who will make the most magnificent town of four rivers - which is why it has continues with the upcoming weekends Potjeh searching for truth. Ivana Brlić bonfire. Their bonfires light up the night been designated as the central point in all kinds of directions - from standard Mažuranić is one of our most famous sky filling everyone around with the of the Festival. This year the citizens sports such as soccer, beach volleyball and most translated authors of fairy sense of the Lord’s presence. Sighs of Karlovac are celebrating the 431th or bowling to those less traditional such tales, which enchant children and de- of amazement spread among the visi- birthday of their town. The occasion is as paintball, weight lifting or the moun- light adults with their imaginativeness. tors, and carried by a gentle breeze the to be marked by a real birthday party tain games - the traditional Olympics of To celebrate the life and work of their sparks fly high into the dark skies. that is going to be enhanced by a va- old sports. In addition to all these sport- famous citizen the people of Ogulin riety of entertainment and gastronomic ing events, the locals are also focused organize the Fairy Tale Festival which www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr programmes. We are expecting you to on culture, arranging a whole range transforms their town into a fairyland. come too, to wish a happy birthday to of exhibitions, nights of young bands, Theatrical groups, writers and musi- our town and join this wonderful party. book promotions and art colonies. Enjoy cians come to Ogulin to perform plays, your Summer in Slunj! give cartoon projections and organise www.karlovac-touristinfo.hr workshops for children, thus stimulat- www.tz-slunj.hr ing their creativity and imagination. Forget about reality for a few days and walk down the road accompanied by fairies, dwarfs and other creatures, in- cluding of course, ugly evil witches. www.ogfb.hr 32 www.croatia.hr LIKA - KARLOVAC LIKA - KARLOVAC www.croatia.hr 33 USKOČKI DANI KARLOBAG SUMMER EKO-ETHNO GACKA INTERNATIONAL Senj Karlobag Otočac SUMMER CARNIVAL 9 - 11 July 20 July - 20 August 24 July IN SENJ Senj, 2 - 7 August Photo: Dino Lovrić Photo: Tourist Board of Karlobag Photo: Tourist Board of Otočac Photo: Foto Kebar Senj is a coastal town under the brow If you want to spend your summer ho- The Gacka valley is a true natural health For the people of Senj their Summer of northern Velebit, and its celebrated liday enjoying total peace and doing resort. The clean mountain air and the Festival is probably the most important history is marked by the bravery of the absolutely nothing, then don’t think of abundance of healing herbs, which you event of the year. For weeks before the Uskok knights. On the most famous visiting Karlobag because the people can literally pick by the side of the road, start, the carnival atmosphere pen- days of its history, the people of Senj of Karlobag have thought up an active are values that the locals have culti- etrates into the most hidden corners remember these past times with the summer full of events and opportunities vated for centuries. Each visit to the re- of the town. When it starts, the carni- Uskok Days – a three day event of hi- for their guests. Aside from being able gion is a reward for both body and soul, val fun lasts the whole week, without story revived. Knight’s tournaments and to enjoy the tastes of the local food and while the traditional fair in Otočac is an stopping – masked groups compete in processions are held on these days in drink in Karlobag, on the main square opportunity to take some of these val- the carnival games, there is a masked Senj, and the entire town is under si- – on the old “Baška placa” - you can ues home with you. People living on the motorised Alka, dance performances, ege all day and all night. Visitors can enjoy dance evenings or a fish party slopes of Velebit are very familiar with street performances, pavement paint- find sanctuary from this excitement in two evenings a week. Those who want recipes for numerous products made of ing and so on. Amidst all the events the knight’s inns where medieval spe- a little more serious fun can enjoy the honey and healing herbs, various jams that accompany it, the carnival parade, cialities are prepared, or they can lose sounds of classical music that can be and brandies, wool and wood products, with as many as 3000 masked revel- themselves in the medieval comedies, heard in the church of St. Jospeh. The and the Gacka fair offers them all in one lers, is undoubtedly the peak of the entertainers and renaissance players. sun and sea will look after everyone place. whole week. else. www.tz-senj.hr www.tz-otocac.hr www.tz-senj.hr www.tz-karlobag.hr 34 www.croatia.hr LIKA - KARLOVAC LIKA - KARLOVAC www.croatia.hr 35 AUTUMN IN LIKA Gospić 2 - 3 October Photo: Ivica Šubarić The beauty of the mountains of Lika can make us forget where we come from and where we are going, and their magic often takes us back to a different time, a feeling which can also be ex- perienced at the manifestation organ- ised by the people of Gospić under the name of the Autumn in Lika. The central event is an exhibition where the visitors can testify to and learn about the skills and potentials of small farms and en- terprises in Lika. The exhibition also presents some traditional features of the region such as food, and utility and decorative items that have been made by the locals for ages. The exhibition is enhanced by cultural groups and clubs whose music rounds off the full experi- ence of Lika. www.licko-senjska.hr D ALM ATI A - ZADAR 36 www.croatia.hr LIKA - KARLOVAC FLOWER FESTIVAL PILGRIMAGE OF OUR FOLLOWING THE TRAIL A FESTIVAL OF LOCAL LADY OF ZEČEVO OF WINNETOU FOOD, DRINK, SOUVE- Sv. Filip i Jakov 23 - 25 April NIRS AND FOLKLORE Zadar, 5 and 10 May, Starigrad - Paklenica 5 August 29 May - 5 June Biograd n/m, 4 - 6 June Photo: Tourist Board of Sv.Filip i Jakov Photo: Marija Dejanović Photo: Tourist Board of the municipality of Starigrad Photo: Saša Samac For nine years now the month of April Long ago, in 1516, the Blessed Virgin Brave Chief Winnetou rode around our A six hundred metre long table? This in Sv. Filip and Jakov has been dedi- Mary appeared to shepherds on the is- Paklenica National Park (as well as Krka sounds a little unrealistic, but in Biograd cated to flowers. Come and abandon land of Zečevo, which is located at the and Plitvica Lakes) but only on film – na Moru, this table really does exist. It is yourself to the intoxicating fragrances heart of the Parish of Nin. The numerous the natural beauty of these parks were traditionally put up, and it is impossible rising from the field of flowers and en- witnesses of this apparition encouraged used for a film made forty years ago, to imagine all the things that are on it. joy the magnificent collage of colours. Bishop Juraj Divnić to form the holiday, and based on the famous book by Karl There is food and drink as far as the eye Take a deep breath and allow yourself Our Lady of Zečevo, on the day of the May. Today, thanks to this event, you can see, and these are local products to be swept by the sumptuous beauty apparition, the 5th of May, which the ar- can enjoy the locations where the film that are made according to original re- of nature aided by human hand. In ad- eas surrounding Nin still commemorate, was recorded, enjoy the natural beauty cipes and are prepared for visitors by dition to offering a feast for one’s eyes, even today. The faithful come from dif- of Croatia, try out horse riding or ar- the restaurant owners of the county of The Zadar County Flower Festival also ferent areas and go on a pilgrimage for chery, or sit around a camp fire in the Zadar. On the table are also souvenirs enables the visitors to take part in the the Blessed Virgin Mary because of the evening, tasting a variety of delicacies that have been gathered from all over eco- workshops, presentations, adviso- miraculous events which occurred over and enjoying country music. All this fo- Croatia and neighbouring countries ry sessions and lectures, competitions the last five hundred years. On the 5th llows the trail of Winnetou! such as Slovenia, Hungary and Italy. in flower arrangements, exhibitions and of August, a statue of the Virgin Mary There are a total of 232 exhibitors all fashion shows. A flower has always is carried by boat to the site where the www.rivijera-paklenica.hr on the same table. A sight that should been, and will foreever remain the gift apparition occurred. Let the spiritual definitely not be missed. most dearest to our soul. experience of this pilgrimage become a part of your life! www.biogradnamoru.hr www.sv-filipjakov.hr www.nin.hr 38 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ZADAR DALMATIA - ZADAR www.croatia.hr 39 FESTIVAL OF THE THE ZADAR SUMMER SUMMER OF CULTURE MUSIC EVENINGS ROYAL CITIES OF THEATRE THE ISLAND OF UGLJAN IN ST. DONATUS Biograd Zadar Preko, Ugljan, Kali, Kukljica Zadar 26 - 27 June 29 June - 4 August 1 July - 31 August 5 July - 11 August Photo: Tourist Board of Biograd on the sea Photo: Željko Karavida Photo: Valentin Bakota Photo: Vladimir Ivanov Last year, Biograd won the prestigious Historical buildings of Zadar that have If you choose to spend your holiday on The Church of St. Donatus is the most Silver Flower of Europe award, by which impressed guests on the Adriatic coast the Island of Ugljan, one thing is certain, distinctive cultural monument in Za- the town was successfully presented as for centuries are the venues of a pro- it is going to be an active one. The is- dar. Its magnificence and impressive one of the most attractive tourist des- gramme that will add a special touch land is teeming with all kinds of events acoustics are the main reasons why tinations of the old continent. Biograd of culture to your summer holiday. The taking you to a different place every such a serious festival takes place on participated in the competition for the programme is dedicated to stage piec- day. Among them, some deserve spe- its premises. The Music Evenings in the award with its summer festival held on es, which means the visitors are able to cial mention: Poetry Evenings at Brižić Church of St. Donatus include medie- the streets of its beautiful old town core follow a gripping plot of a theatre play dvor, Regatta in Ugljan, the Čeprdljen val, renaissance and baroque concerts, - the Festival of Royal Cities, a rather one evening, and enjoy a dance chore- Night of Fishermen Lanterns, Boat thus offering the visitors a chance to unique presentation of sustainable de- ography the next. However, the Zadar Procession and Antiques Fair, while enjoy all the values this type of music velopment. The participants present old Summer of Theatre is just as open to brodettos and all kinds of seafood has to offer. The concerts held in such crafts, eco-products and souvenirs, and music, so you can be sure to have the delicacies are available within the Kali a sacral ambience also provide the lis- the event is also adorned by flower ar- opportunity to enjoy superb perform- Fishermen’s Nights in Kali. Kukljica has teners with a spiritual experience. The rangements exhibited at the flower and ances from Croatian and international its Festival of the Our Lady of Snow in- melodies reach deep into one’s soul, landscaping exhibition. musicians. volving up to a hundred boats in their their harmony taking us to a different traditional procession, while the fiesta world. Close your eyes, take a deep www.biogradnamoru.hr www.hkk-zadar.hr known as Priješka legrica, taking place breath, and surrender to the relaxing in Preko, is something you are bound to energy of the music. hear about when you get on the ferry leaving from Zadar. The temptations www.donat-festival.com full of fun and entertainment provided by the island of Ugljan are not intended for those seeking a solitary holiday, but those who wish to learn about the local culture will feel as though they were in heaven. www.preko.hr www.ugljan.hr www.kali.hr www.kukljica.hr 40 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ZADAR DALMATIA - ZADAR www.croatia.hr 41 THE NIN ŠOKOL NIGHT OF THE KALELARGART - SUMMER CARNIVAL FIESTA FULL MOON FESTIVAL OF STREET IN PAG Nin Zadar ARTISTS Pag 18 July 26 July Zadar, 29 - 31 July 30 - 31 July Photo: Tourist Board of Nin Photo: Tourist Board of Zadar Photo: Tourist Board of Zadar Photo: Josip Fabijanić The tradition of šokol - a dish prepared During the Night of the Full Moon, the Streets are a place of freedom and It should be pointed out that the Sum- with dry-cured pork neck in the region Zadar quay celebrates the happy co- unfettered expression. This is why it mer carnival on the Island of Pag is the of Nin, reaches back to the 17th cen- habitation of the island and coastal is always nice to see artists and other oldest carnival on the Adriatic. This fact tury. To this day, the tradition is going cultures. The harmonious cohabitation creative individuals performing in them, alone is a guarantee to all visitors of a strong, so much so in fact, that each of these two cultures is something the particularly in the old parts of cities and rather special experience should they family is said to have its own recipe for residents of the Zadar region are par- towns – like for instance in Kalelagra choose to take part in the Carnival. The this tasty dish, and it is this variety that ticularly proud of - for centuries they in Zadar. For three days, countless ac- Carnival goes on for two days - the pa- has given the rise to the organization of have lived by trading with one another. robats, jugglers, fire eaters, magicians, rade takes place on the first day - and this delectable manifestation. Prepara- Today, this celebration is an invitation wire dancers, all kinds of performers, culminates on 26th August, when the tions for the competition begin in Janu- to all to come and find out what life artists, designers and graffitists turn best and most attractive masks are cho- ary with the treatment of meat. The used to be like. Public lighting on the the Zadar peninsula into a world barely sen and rich awards presented. Cultural competition is accompanied by a hot quay is shut down, lanterns and can- edging with reality. The unhindered clubs and children’s choirs keep the at- atmosphere resembling that of the big- dles are lit, and people meet under the street culture is bound to have some- mosphere bubbling, and those among gest sporting events, culminating with full moon, chatting and enjoying the ir- thing for each and everyone of us, so the visitors who succumb to the mer- the presentation of the Šokol-maker of resistible tastes of local specialties and do not miss to award it with a warm riment of the carnival are welcome to the Year award and tasting of the food quality wines. The picturesque game applause. join the traditional wheel-dance of Pag, prepared. Strictly guarded from the out- of shadows created at the occasion is accompanied by the town Brass Band. side world, the Šokol Fiesta is a unique something you will never forget. www.rmc-zadar.com The Carnival reaches its climax at the opportunity to try this autochthonous closing ceremony when the Carnival dish. www.tzzadar.hr Prince Marko is burnt on the main town square, which, according to the local www.nin.hr belief, should cast away all evil forces for the whole of the following year. www.pag-tourism.hr 42 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ZADAR DALMATIA - ZADAR www.croatia.hr 43 SUMMER IN PAG THE BIOGRAD THE SALI FIESTA SUMMER GAMES Pag NIGHT Sali, Dugi otok IN PAKOŠTANE 1 - 10 August 6 - 8 August Biograd Pakoštane 4 August 7 - 8 August Photo: Josip Fabijanić Photo: Tourist Board of Biograd on the sea Photo: German Grbin Photo: Jakov Đinatić In August, the small renaissance town Wherever they are held, the summer When ships from Sali sail into the port Pakoštane shakes with fun and cheer- of Pag plays host to the Festival of festivals along the Adriatic coast are of Zadar, bringing with them the sounds ing when the first competitors, some Classical Music organised and man- something you should not miss. The of “donkey music”, it is a sign to all of whom are not in the best of shapes, aged by our world-famous pianist atmosphere prevailing at such festivals that the Sali Fiesta, popular across the appear on the field of play, be it on dry Lovro Pogorelić. Guided by the idea of cannot be felt anywhere else in the whole of the Adriatic, has begun. Lark- land or on the sea, and start competing enriching and ennobling both the lives world, and the Biograd Festival only ing about through the streets of Za- in traditional games. Games like rope of the locals and the holiday time of confirms this. Come to Biograd and dar and playing “donkey music”, the pulling, the donkey race, fetching sea their guests by quality programmes, dance till dawn to the music performed merry parade invites everyone to join cucumbers or the sack race are always Pogorelić launched the Festival that for you by cultural clubs, harmony- the three-day celebration in a relaxed hilarious. What is particularly interest- now brings top musicians to Pag. This singing groups and bands. A whole atmosphere. The following evening the ing is that the competitors are usually year will be no different, already an- range of various dishes will be on offer, mouth-watering aromas of the Fish- tourists, visitors to Pakoštane who de- nounced is the arrival of the Julliard bringing the original tastes and aromas ermen’s Night will make your palate cided to taste the legendary Dalmatian Quartet from the United States, the cel- of the Dalmatian cuisine closer to you. crave for food. It will not be easy to de- competitive spirit up close. Of course, list Kajana Pačko, the Brahms Trio from The Biograd Festival is bound to relax cide what to try first among the many the winning team always gets an award Moscow, and the Capella Istropolitana you, feed you, and provide you with specialties like brodettos, pilchards and which they often share with all the Ensemble. carefree fun. tuna dishes, surrounded by the mel- viewers. low atmosphere of Dalmatian nights www.pag-tourism.hr www.biogradnamoru.hr still further enhanced by the melodies www.pakostane.hr of Dalmatian harmony singing groups. Sport-inclined visitors interested in try- ing new and unusual sports will get into their own on the third day of the Fiesta, which comes to an end with the popu- lar Night of Sali when entertainment is provided by well known pop stars. The Fiesta ends on Sunday with the traditional Donkey Race, a spectacular event and a barrel of laughs. www.dugiotok.hr 44 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ZADAR DALMATIA - ZADAR www.croatia.hr 45 PILGRIMAGE ON THE FEAST HOW OUR ANCESTORS THE ZADAR SEA THE BIOGRAD BOAT OF THE ASSUMPTION OF LIVED AND WORKED AND CHARTER SHOW THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Zadar Sv. Filip i Jakov October Biograd Starigrad-Paklenica 30 August 21 - 24 October 15 August Photo: Šime Strikoman Photo: Klara Eškinja Glavan Photo: Filip Brala Photo: Tourist Board of Biograd on the sea The magnificent ambience of the Velebit Through song and dance the cultural What is it like to live by the sea, live by The autumn nautical show in Biograd Mountain and the direct contact with clubs of the area of Sveti Filip i Jakov the tidal cycles and depend on the di- is a place where one can obtain plenty nature that believers experience dur- (St. Philip and Jacob) depict for their rection of the wind? Perhaps it sounds of information regarding sailing, close a ing this pilgrimage enriches them spir- visitors the life and customs of their ungrateful, but people living by the sea lucrative deal or have a good time. As itually in a manner they find difficult to forefathers in the area of Sveti Filip i want nothing more. The sea is their life, it happens, the events within the show convey through words. Celebrating the Jakov. A first class experience is guar- their greatest love and their best friend. are scheduled in a way which makes Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed anteed by performances of more widely The event celebrating the tradition of room for both business and pleasure. Virgin Mary, believers join in a pilgrim- known culture clubs Sv. Ivan Glavosijek living by the sea aims to demonstrate During the day, the show is focused age to the small Church of Our Lady, from Raštane Donje and Maslina from all this. It is celebrated with pictures, on professional seminars and nautical a votive shrine of the people from the Turanj, as well as the local harmony verse and music, or rather with exhi- associations’ meetings. When the ex- foothills of Velebit and of mountaineers, singing group Cantus. Young talent of bitions of old boat models, poetry and hibitors close their tents, all available which is located on Veliki Rujan - the the area is demonstrated by Đardin - harmony singing evenings. It is cel- areas in town are filled with concerts largest plateau of Velebit, and a place the Students’ Cooperative. Needless ebrated by aromas and flavours of sea- and similar events, ensuring relaxation safely removed from any intrusion by to say, the whole event is spiced up by food specialties prepared in the main for visitors at the end of a hard busi- civilization. Upon their return from the local cuisine. square, and through the presentation of ness day. pilgrimage, the believers are welcomed traditional crafts and forgotten skills - with a traditional festivity that takes www.sv-filipjakov.hr traditional boat repairing, netting, rope www.marinakornati.com place on the main quay in Starigrad. tying and knotting, and of course, by After being spiritually fulfilled, this is a conquering the open seas, which you perfect opportunity to refresh your body can experience if you join the Zadar- with some good local food and dance ska Koka regatta where anyone brave till dawn. enough is welcome. www.rivijera-paklenica.hr www.tzzadar.hr 46 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ZADAR DALMATIA - ZADAR www.croatia.hr 47 ECO & ETHNO FAIR INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Skradin 1 - 2 May Šibenik 19 June - 3 July Photo: Duško Jaramaz Photo: Ante Baranić The small town of Skradin, a distinctive In June and July, Šibenik becomes a city and romantic Dalmatian town where of children, a city celebrating children’s people are open and friendly, is situ- imagination and creativity. This year it will ated at the point where the Krka River be host to children of the world, for the fif- joins the Adriatic Sea. You can enjoy tieth year in a row, and its streets will be their hospitality yourself if you visit the taken over by children’s creations. Just Skradin Eco & Ethno Fair where you can as every year for the past four decades, learn everything you have ever wanted those who value this children’s world to know about the culture and history of games, joy and goodness will surely come and visit. Notwithstanding the rich of the region. The fair presents the tra- tradition of this city, it is the children and ditional crafts of Skradin, production of the now traditional International Chil- jewelry, folk costumes, handicrafts and dren’s Festival - a unique cultural event ecological food products. of world proportions during which the city squares are surrendered to children and www.skradin.hr dedicated to the development of all the artistic forms of their creative drive - that have become the trademark of Šibenik. The festival has three basic programmes: a festival of domestic and international children’s ensembles, the workshop pro- gramme directly and publicly involving children in the act of creation, and the educational part where a symposium ad- dresses issues such as aesthetic educa- tion of children. During these two weeks, Šibenik should be an inevitable destina- tion to those who never forget their play- ful side, and even more so to those who have completely forgotten it. DA LM AT I A - Š I B ENI K www.mdf-si.org DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK www.croatia.hr 49 DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 49 JAZZ FESTIVAL TRADITIONAL VODICE PARTY PRIMOŠTENSKE Vodice DONKEY RACES Vodice UŽANCE 29 - 30 July 4 August Tribunj Primošten 1 August 7 - 8 August Photo: Šime Strikoman Photo: Šime Strikoman Photo: Šime Strikoman Photo: Josip Matošin Vodice is definitely most famous for its Every town has its festival. Likewise The Vodice party is like the icing on In the middle of the summer tourist wild night life. Those visitors who want each festival has something specific, the cake. Whilst you are thinking that season, when the beaches are packed a wild party and a wild time increasin- making each of our towns special. For you are having fun like you have ne- and the hotels are full, the people of gly choose Vodice for their summer the people of Tribunj and their guests, ver experienced before, you get to the Primošten take the opportunity to show holiday. However, Vodice also offers it is the Donkey race, a source of all- icing and realise that the real party is their guests how they used to live and equally interesting events to those gu- round laughter and merriment and an just starting. It is difficult to overstate what their ancestors used to do. Primo- ests who want something a little more event which attracts many people to what the Vodice night life offers during štenske užance, a very famous festival, serious. One of them is the Vodice Jazz Tribunj on the first day of the month of the summer months, but the Vodice is a traditional folk celebration that Festival, where the most eminent Cro- August. Seemingly an easy task, all you party manages this. The fourth night aims to preserve and nurture the tradi- atian and international jazz musicians need to do is get your donkey to reach in August offers the maddest night in tional ethno-heritage of Primošten. Vi- take part. The styles in this festival ran- the finishing line first. However, you the summer. Music can be heard on sitors can enjoy the sights of Primošten ge from the classical rhythms of swing first have to get it moving, a task of- all the town squares and waterfronts, weddings, boules tournaments, donkey and Dixieland to contemporary genres ten impossible to achieve, which turns songs blare out from all the cafes, and races, regattas, and finally all the deli- such as fusion and free jazz. This wide every ride into a hilarious event. fireworks fill the night sky. There are ghts that are offered by a fish evening: stylistic range and the confirmed status not many events that you can compare locally caught fish and top quality wine. of the performers is one of the reasons www.tz-tribunj.hr this to. Let’s hope you will be lucky and find why the Vodice festival attracts more yourself in the Primošten surroundings and more jazz fans. www.vodice.hr during this period! www.vodice.hr www.tz-primosten.hr 50 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK www.croatia.hr 51 50 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 51 EVENINGS OF RURAL CULTURE ADRIATIC BOAT INTERNATIONAL DALMATIAN CHANSON FESTIVAL SHOW MEDIEVAL ŠIBENIK FAIR Šibenik Knin, Rape Šibenik Šibenik 20 - 21 August 28 - 29 August 16 - 19 September 17 - 19 September Photo: Jozica Krnić Photo: Damir Mijakovac Photo: Ante Baranić Photo: Ante Baranić There is no place in the world where This festival is ideal for people who are It is only possible to enjoy all the beauty The famed cannons on the Šibenik one can hear music remotely close to fed up with the urban lifestyle, who like that is hidden in the Adriatic Sea by boat. quay are firing once again, their bar- our Dalmatian songs. This is only one a natural environment and appreciate Only then can you discover its hidden rels smoking this time not in anger, of the many reasons why it is so ap- traditional rural culture. The festival is coves, places that you cannot get to by defending the city from an enemy at preciated, not only among musicians fully open and dedicated to stress-free foot or access using land based tran- sea, but as a part of the Fair in the Me- but among the wider population. The living with no tight schedules. You can sport. This is why small boat building is dieval Šibenik. It is an event that takes melodies of Dalmatia are one of the learn about the rural activities and the extremely important. In recent times it place through the streets and squares trademarks of the Adriatic Sea, remind- fruits of nature rewarding the human has become possible to find everything of the old town by way of which the ing us of waves hitting the rocks, the effort, participate in workshops and that is related to boat building and sai- locals demonstrate the wealth of their sun that burns our skin and crickets learn traditional singing, playing and ling in one place – the Šibenik boat fair, city’s cultural and historical heritage. tirelessly chirping their symphony of dancing, or you can join the villagers of which attracts an increasing number of The Fair programmes offer a unique relaxation. To Dalmatian people, the Rape in their daily rural chores. How- sailing fans and has given our nautical presentation of life, work and gastro- song is a symbol of life, their history ever, if you prefer, you can spend the tourism a new lease of life. nomic achievements in the times when and tradition. The song of a Dalmatian entire time resting under old oak trees Šibenik was the largest city in Croatia. ‘klapa’, or harmony singing group, is a or wandering around wide flower cov- www.adriaticboatshow.com Special attention is therefore paid to sound of their everyday life, but Dal- ered fields. The important thing is that the features of the traditional culture matians are not reluctant to modernize you allow nature to seep into you and and old craft production of Šibenik. their melodies and adjust them to the calm your soul. Numerous local and visiting actors tell modern pop expression. Find out how stories of the medieval Šibenik, harmo- they do it at the Evening of Dalmatian www.eu-krka-knin.hr ny-singing groups and dancing troupes Chanson established in honour of the accompany the strollers dressed in tra- 700th anniversary of the Šibenik Abbey ditional costumes and uniforms while and the official proclamation of Šibenik jugglers, fanfare, archers and knights as a city. lark around to recreate the atmosphere of the fairs of those times. www.sansona-sibenik.hr www.sibenik.hr 52 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK www.croatia.hr 53 52 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 53 BIG GAME LATIN SAIL FISHING REGATTA Jezera Murter 19 September 26 September Photo: Mladen Šćerbe Photo: Boris Kragić Big boys come to catch big fish at the The Latin sail is a sail that they has been Big Game Fishing. This is not a game, used for centuries in the Murter area. things here become serious and offer For the people of Murter, it is today still an unforgettable experience for spec- a protected symbol. To give thanks to tators. The best fishermen in the world their sail, on the day of St. Michael, the gather at the lake in order take part in patron saint of the parish of Murter, the this Big Fish fishing competition. The people of Murter organise a regatta of fishing competition lasts for a week traditional boats “leut”, “gajeta” and where everything, of course, revolves “kaić”. The regatta’s route follows the around fish, and what is caught, is ea- labourers’ routes of the former genera- ten. tions of Murter who sailed to their lands on Kornati on a daily basis. This sight of www.summernet.hr/jezera the open sails on the sea fills the hearts of all visitors with joy, and the regatta itself is, of course, followed by a variety of events. There are workshops in ma- ritime skills, lectures, and exhibitions, and also the traditional snacks with fried sardines. www.latinskoidro.hr D ALM ATI A - SP L IT 54 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - ŠIBENIK 54 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR CROATIA “FOLLOWING THE THE HVAR SUMMER DAYS OF THE BOAT SHOW CROSS” THE EASTER EVENTS HVAR THEATRE Split PROCESSION Hvar Hvar 28 March - 5 April Jelsa, 1 April May - October 1 - 3 May Photo: Ante Verzotti Photo: Paulo Bunčuga Photo: Boris Kragić Photo: Ivan Lepen - Lupino For those who prefer to use boats as a If you choose to celebrate Easter on The town of Hvar is proud of its art The Croatian literature has found one means of transport and are openly pas- the island of Hvar, you will partake in heritage. The picturesque ambience of of its sanctuaries on the Island of sionate about sailing, the Croatia Boat a celebration that has not changed for this island town with a millennium-long Hvar. Every year, the Days of the Hvar Show is a must event. Year after year it five centuries. The Great Thursday and history and rich culture has a special Theatre, dedicated solely to our written attracts all local and international boat Great Friday procession called Follow- charm to which all artists gladly re- word, take place in the town of Hvar. companies and builders exhibiting their ing the Cross, undertaken every year by spond. This is the reason why, during For those few days, Hvar is totally products, vessels of all kinds and sizes, the folk from the interior of the island, summer months, Hvar hosts numerous committed to the call of the footlights. as well as the equipment needed by sea has indeed been held for five hundred theatre troupes, musicians and folklore Numerous plays are given on the stage travelers. In addition to all the details consecutive years. This religious cus- ensembles from Croatia and abroad. A of the old Hvar Theatre and many other concerning vessels and sailing availa- tom provides everyone around it with a diverse cultural programme within the sites in the town, and the common ble at the show, you can learn about the unique spiritual experience. It is there- Hvar Summer Events will enrich the thread linking them all is that they are nautical tourism arrangements on offer. fore no wonder the good word about the days spent under the bright sky of this all adaptations of works by Croatian au- It is expected to be the most interesting procession attended by the inhabitants sunny island for many visitors. thors. In addition to their artistic side, nautical event in the Mediterranean. of Jelsa, Pitva, Vrisnik, Svirče, Vrbanje the Days of Hvar Theatre have their and Vrboska has spread a long way and www.tzhvar.hr scientific side, as the central event of www.croatiaboatshow.com attracted numerous believers. Proces- the entire manifestation is a conference sions start simultaneously from all six dealing with issues concerning our lit- locations, and though they all walk in erature. The results of the conference, the same direction, they never actually with participants being experts from meet. If you join any of the processions across the world, are published later in you will never realize you are a part of a specially edited Collection of Papers. a much greater whole, but you will feel The sun and the mild climate are just an it in your heart. additional motive for you to learn more about the literature of a people that www.tzjelsa.hr have many things to write about. www.tzhvar.hr 56 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - SPLIT DALMATIA - SPLIT www.croatia.hr 57 56 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 57 MAKARSKA CULTURAL THE TROGIR SUMMER CULTURAL SUMMER KAŠTEL SUMMER SUMMER OF CULTURE ON VIS OF CULTURE AND Makarska Trogir Vis, 21 June - ENTERTAINMENT June - September 21 June - 31 August 12 September Kaštela, 1 July - 31 August Photo: Željko Fistanić Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Damil Kalogjera Photo: Mario Alajbeg Makarska Riviera is an inevitable part The streets of Trogir are alive with The Island of Vis exudes a special The summer programme offered by the of our coast for everyone who wants a myriad of cultural events all sum- Mediterranean ambience. Owing to its town of Kaštela is open to all cultural to experience its charms in full. How- mer long. All visitors to Trogir will find specific positionon the Adriatic Sea, this tastes. Those who love things classic ever, the beautiful beaches and clean something for themselves. Serious art island has an interesting history and and traditional can enjoy concerts of sea are not everything the locals have enthusiasts can enjoy concerts given tradition. As one of the remotest islands classical music and exhibitions in the in store for their guests. Spend an ac- by classical and chamber ensembles, on the Adriatic, Vis has witnessed many Vitturi castle. Those fond of the cultural tive holiday in Makarska and enjoy the exhibitions at the Modern Gallery, and historical battles in the past. Its good traditions of Dalmatia will come into cultural programmes. For example, you theatre plays staged within the old town strategic position made it interesting in their own in the old part of the town can listen to harmony songs at the Har- core. Guests who prefer entertainment many wars. In addition to its rich his- and the Evenings of Dalmatian Song mony Singing Festival with mandolins events will be entertained by Croatian tory, a unique culture has developed where the famous klapas perform. For and guitars, or you can enjoy theatre and international stars all summer long, which, in combination with unspoiled those in search of fun and entertain- plays and exhibitions. If you like the ex- while the all round merriment is provid- nature and a clean sea, makes the is- ment, Kaštela has ensured visits by the citement of sporting events, then cheer ed by public festivals such as Fisher- land a true lure for modern-day tourists. greatest stars of Croatian show busi- on your favourites at a variety of sports men’s Nights, when seafood specialties The Cultural Summer on Vis is a festi- ness throughout the months of July and tournaments such as the swimming are available on the streets of the town, val that combines it all: music, theatre, August. In other words, there will be marathon or the fun match between and the fiesta celebrating the Day of history and architecture. The event something for all. “fatties” vs “thinnies”. Finally, once you Trogir. takes place in attractive venues: Kut, have fulfilled your cultural and sporting Baterija, the Church of St. Nicholas… www.kastela-info.hr needs, relax and have fun at one of the www.tztrogir.hr The island’s ambience intertwined with fiestas in Makarska such as the Fisher- centuries-old culture provides a truly men’s Nights, where every local man unique holiday. claims his brodetto is the best in town, the Night of Kalelarga, or the Summer www.tz-vis.hr Carnival. www.makarska-info.hr 58 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - SPLIT DALMATIA - SPLIT www.croatia.hr 59 58 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 59 DALMATIAN HARMONY THE SPLIT OMIŠ CULTURAL THE ALKA SINGING FESTIVAL SUMMER SUMMER OF SINJ Omiš Split Omiš Sinj 2 - 31 July 14 July - 14 August 25 July - 22 August 8 August Photo: Vlado Zemunik Photo: Ante Verzotti Photo: Vlado Zemunik Photo: Sergio Gobbo Harmony singing has seen a true ren- Come summertime, Split is transformed In summertime, Omiš abounds with As a traditional tournament of tilting at the aissance over the past few years. Ow- into a city of stage arts. The Split Sum- cultural programmes. From serious ring the Alka of Sinj competition is a living ing to the numerous festivals cultivating mer focuses mainly on opera produc- programmes, such as concerts and monument to the victory by the people of the autochthonous Dalmatian music, its tions, presenting the Split audiences recitals in churches and the cloister of Cetinska Krajina over the many times larg- popularity has spread far beyond Dal- with prominent opera productions by the Franciscan Monastery, drama plays er Turkish army in the year 1715. In hon- matia. One of the events that takes hand-picked theatres from across the in town squares and various exhibitions our of this heroic event in their history, the credit for this is the Omiš Dalmatian world. Famous singers appear before and literary evenings, to public festivi- people of Sinj conceived a game in which those who took part in the battle played Harmony Singing Festival, which has the audience, inspired by the ancient ties and entertainment events like the every year on the anniversary of the vic- fostered the traditional sound of our ambient of the old part of the city, Pirates’ Nights, Crazy Dives, Swim- tory. Later, the tradition was carried on coast and islands for three decades. while the streets within the Diocletian ming Marathon, Omiš Carnival and the by their heirs and by those who matched Every year, the best of harmony singing Palace provide an ideal setting for the International Labor Day, Omiš offers its their courage, and so to this day. At au- groups come together in Omiš - both to acoustics. In addition to operas, the guests a truly wide range of interesting thentic locations, such as Grad, the old preserve and promote Dalmatian melo- Split Summer offers its visitors numer- events in summertime. The most popu- fortress of Sinj, the back-up fortification dies and to modernize them, because ous plays, ballets and exhibitions. In lar among them is the Dalmatian Har- of Kamičak, the Alka Halls and the Alka harmony singing compositions attract recent years, the organizers have also mony Singing Festival, which is highly race course - numerous Alkars and their more and more young talented musi- begun to promote certain forms of con- respected along the Adriatic coast, and pages have proudly maintained the three- cians bringing a breath of fresh air to temporary art such as jazz concerts, the winners invariably achieve superb centuries-old tradition symbolizing brav- this art. film projections, and street theatre and careers, even outside Croatia. If you ery and desire for freedom. The three-day performances. An ideal choice for peo- want to see and hear the elite of har- event culminates with the popular compe- www.fdk.hr ple who like to enjoy both the sea and mony singing, the Festival in Omiš is tition for Alka. Of course, the knights do premium art. the right place to go. not fight each other, they test their skill by tilting at the ring, attempting to hit the www.splitsko-ljeto.hr www.tz-omis.hr centre of the Alka with a long spear while riding a horse at full gallop.The contestant who collects the highest number of points is the winner, entitled to all honours of his heroic ancestors. As a reminder to one of the most glorious events in Croatian his- tory, the Alka of Sinj holds a special place in our programme of culture tourism. www.alka.hr 60 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - SPLIT DALMATIA - SPLIT www.croatia.hr 61 60 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 61 PILGRIMAGE ON THE FEAST BATTLE OF TEN DAYS OF FAROS - THE SWIMMING OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE MARATHON BLESSED VIRGIN MARY PIRATES DIOCLETIAN Split Stari Grad Omiš Sinj, 15 August 28 August 18 August 20 - 30 August Photo: Tourist Board of Sinj Photo: Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County Photo: Ante Verzotti Photo: Tourist Board of Stari Grad Every year, hundreds of thousands of In one segment of their history the pi- Diocletian’s palace is a memento of the All marathon swimmers in the world believers gather in Sinj for the Feast of rates of Omiš ruled the Adriatic Sea. magnificent history of Split, and we all are undoubtedly familiar with our Stari the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Every fleet feared their attack. They know it, but the citizens of Split wish to Grad. Faros, a 16 kilometre Swimming Mary, because this is where the biggest were particularly “fond” of the Vene- emphasize the significance of the 1700 marathon held in Stari Grad Bay, has a Marian shrine of the region - the Shrine tian ships which they frequently inter- years of their lovely city in a still more worldwide reputation and has attracted of Our Lady of Sinj is located. The shrine cepted along the route to their trading symbolic manner – hence this mani- the best swimmers from around the has become the centre for all Dalmatian destinations. Indeed, Omiš was the only festation. For ten days the city takes a world for years. There are countless believers who walk for hours from their thorn in the side of Venice on its rise journey into the Antiquity. The streets of reasons why these superb athletes homes to Sinj, a town that wrote our to world domination. Documents show the former palace are filled with stroll- come to Stari Grad - for the beauty of history of defense against the Turkish that pirates of Omiš were building ships ers dressed in togas and tunics, the the route and the wonderful nature sur- armies. Join them in the all-night wake, which remain unique in the history of waterfront provides the venue for the rounding the town, and for the love of the morning mass and the magnificent the shipbuilding industry to this day. procession of ancient style carriages the local population whose hospitality procession through the streets of Sinj. Needless to say, the folk of Omiš are ferrying Emperor Diocletian and his is difficult to match. Another reason is Join them in hearing the words of the very proud of them. With this manifes- suite to the Peristyle where His Impe- certainly the passion of the supporters Holy Mass and take with you the spir- tation - which also includes guests from rial Eminence addresses his subjects who always come in great numbers itual wealth that has lain here for three Korčula – the “Moreška” Society of St. – just as he used to so many centuries and fiercely support all competitors, centuries. Cecily, and from the town of Klis – the ago. The narrow streets are filled with thus creating an amazing sports at- “Ukoks” – they pay tribute to their his- mouth-watering aromas of Mediter- mosphere. www.gospa-sinjska.htnet.hr tory, and delight all those present. ranean dishes – and for a moment it seems as if one had never stepped into www.hsdp.hr www.tz-omis.hr the 21st century. www.visitsplit.com 62 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - SPLIT DALMATIA - SPLIT www.croatia.hr 63 62 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 63 THE FEAST OF THE FOLKLORE FESTIVAL “MOONLIGHT SHINES DOWN ST. BLASIUS ON THE NERETVA RIVER” Dubrovnik 3 February Metković, 13 - 16 May Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Ivica Puljan For over a thousand years now the peo- When moonlight shines down upon the ple of Dubrovnik have been celebrating Neretva estuary, the game of shadows the Feast of St. Blasius. It is the day on and light under the bright sky surpass- which the doors of the City are thrown es even the most amazing stage sets. It wide open. In honour of St. Blaise, and seems as if nature is playing with our the Day of the City of Dubrovnik, numer- feelings, showing us how little is need- ous cultural, entertainment, musical ed for perfect harmony and accord. The and sporting events are held. The city is people of the area are fully aware of specially decorated and lit, and thepro- that, and they took the natural light as cession of inhabitants from around the the starting point of their Festival which city attracts much attention with their enhances the beauty of Croatian nature rich original folk costumes. Following with the beauty of Croatian music. Thus the flight of white doves our eyes reach Metković becomes the gathering point the heavens, reminding us of the price- for folklore groups coming both from less values of freedom. On that day the Croatia and abroad, and their singing mass is celebrated in the church of St. and dancing is a hymn to the Moon Blasius, from which a festive procession above their beloved Neretva River. starts its passage through the streets of the old city. The Feast of St. Blasius is www.metkovic.hr the bridge across which we travel back www.neretva.info through time to the centuries old glori- ous history of Dubrovnik. www.tzdubrovnik.hr DALMATIA - D U B R O VN I K DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK www.croatia.hr 65 DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 65 “WORD AND MUSIC” LUKA SUMMER CAVTAT SUMMER THE FESTIVAL OF FESTIVAL Vela Luka Cavtat CHIVALRY GAMES 24 June - 31 August 26 June - 5 September Konavle Korčula 19 June - 9 July 1 July Photo: Tourist Board of the municipality of Vela Luka Photo: Tourist Board of the municipality of Vela Luka Photo: Tourist Board of the municipality of Konavle Photo: Sergio Gobbo Traces of the long and turbulent history Songs and films are sung and recorded Enjoy the peace of the hidden coves, a The people of Korčula have maintained on the streets of the towns and villa- about Vela Luka and everyone who long walk by the sea, experience one their tradition of warrior dances over ges have been preserved in a thousand visits it will quickly realise why this is hundred years of history – all this ma- the past four centuries. One of them is stories, stories which only need one the case. Vela Luka simply impresses kes a visit to Cavtat so peaceful that it a dance called Moreška, a war dance small incentive to become alive again us with its untouched spirit of the Me- is almost meditative. Yet the moment with sabres, which used to be per- and start new lives. This is exactly what diterranean. If this is not enough in you feel that you have filled your soul formed throughout the Mediterranean, the Konavle Artists Association - Art itself, summer holidays for guests in with enough introspection, is the time but has only been preserved and is has done with its “Word and Music” Vela Luka turn into an endless adven- to fill it with culture. You can freely cho- regularly performed here, in the town festival. By staging musical, theatrical ture of cultural events. Starting with the ose from classical or jazz concerts, A Korčula. This is why Moreška has be- and dance performances in different holiday of St. John and the reinstated cappella songs and dances by folklore come the most distinctive symbol of atmospheric locations around Konavle, rowing race, “Luško lito” offers us for- groups. The Cavtat summer carnival is Korčula throughout the world. Enriched such as the villages of Močići, Čilipi, ty evening cultural programmes – Vela held at the end of June when the town with a medieval ambience of the streets Molunat, Pridvorje and Gruda, this fe- Luka dances and knight’s games, A is filled with street performers, jugglers of Korčula, this dance takes one back to stival reawakens long forgotten stages cappella evenings, classical music and other performers. The long hot the glorious times of the stories of chiv- and discovers newly designated ones concerts, fishing festivals, exhibitions, summer in Cavtat traditionally ends alry. However, Moreška is not the only for the purpose of the arts. drama performances and entertaining with the A cappella “Na me pogled svoj traditional war dance game preserved music concerts. An active holiday in the obrati” [Now cast your eyes on me] ga- on the island. There are other attrac- www.konavle-art.hr middle of a Mediterranean paradise. thering, where the best A cappella gro- tive dances, such as Kumpanija and ups from all over Croatia perform. Moštra, performed in other towns on www.tzvelaluka.hr Korčula - Vela Luka, Smokvice or Blato. www.tzcavtat-konavle.hr The dances remind us that honour and courage were once virtues appreciated above all others. www.korcula.net 66 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK www.croatia.hr 67 66 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 67 LIBERTAS FILM THE MLJET SUMMER DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL OF CULTURE FESTIVAL Dubrovnik Otok Mljet Dubrovnik 2 - 6 July 10 July - 16 August 10 July - 25 August Photo: Željko Tutnjević Photo: Đelo Jusić Jr. Photo: Damil Kalogjera The offer of Dubrovnik’s cultural pro- The National park on the Island of Mljet The Summer Festival of Dubrovnik is as the atrium of the Ducal Palace – gramme is extremely wide. Conse- is what makes Mljet the most beautiful the oldest and most famous of all the imbue this festival with a very special quently, film has also found its place island in the Adriatic Sea. In addition to Croatian festivals. From 1956 the Festi- charm. Needless to say, this year the within the programme in the form of its natural beauties, guests can enjoy val has been building its reputation and walls of Dubrovnik are again going to the Libertas Film Festival. The Festival the Mljet Summer of Culture. Going on has, by way of the prestigious Associa- resound with the sounds of its long and brings Dubrovnik’s public and its guests for forty days in the middle of the tourist tion of European Festivals, become an fascinating history. This year again, and some of the most interesting independ- season, the event, featuring numerous integral part of European integrations. for the 61st time, the Dubrovnik Sum- ently produced films. The Festival guest performances by eminent musi- Imagine yourself enjoying the most be- mer Festival – taking place from 10th programme, which includes feature- cians, exhibitions of works of academic autiful pieces of classical music and the July to 25th August – will draw the very length films, documentaries and short artists, theatrical performances and best of the theatre performances the best of the world stage of performing films, promotes messages of freedom folklore shows enriches the stay of the world stage has to offer, while sitting arts. Once again will the inimitable be- which belong to the whole of humanity, island’s guests. In addition, the event comfortably surrounded by ancient city auty of the streets, squares, parks, pa- regardless of where one might come plays a humanitarian role. The entire walls. That is precisely what Dubrov- laces, medieval fortresses and isles of from. The ambience of the Dubrovnik proceeds of the programmes are do- nik offers. Within its Summer Festival, Dubrovnik become the proud and equal walls enhances the mood of humane- nated to the St. Mary’s Foundation for classic theatre pieces and ballet perfor- partner to the artists of the world. ness during projections of such films, maintenance of the ancient St. Mary’s mances are staged in the streets and since all films are shown outdoors. Dur- Benedictine Monastery, the highest plazas of this proud Renaissance-cum- www.dubrovnik-festival.hr ing a break between two projections, category monument situated on the Baroque city. Only high quality art can you can have an inspiring discussion Great Lake on the Island of Mljet. By find its place in this city built of stone with some of the eminent guests of the visiting an event, you will make a direct and light that holds so much beauty. Festival, film experts who regularly ac- donation for the preservation of our cul- In that art, numerous actors, dancers cept the invitation to Dubrovnik. tural heritage. and musicians will find inspiration for both themselves and their public thro- www.libertasfilmfestival.com www.mklj.net ughout the lovely Dubrovnik summer. www.mljet.hr Year on year the Dubrovnik Summer Festival hosts the renowned names of the world elite of the art world. Compo- sers, soloists and orchestras, and their performance in and among the buildin- gs within the old city, which possess exceptional acoustic properties – such 68 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK www.croatia.hr 69 68 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 69 SUMMER IN STON FESTIVAL “LASTOVO - THE LAĐA EPIDAURUS Ston ISLAND OF MUSIC” MARATHON FESTIVAL 18 July - 29 August Lastovo Metković Cavtat, 29 August - 7 - 8 August 14 August 21 September Photo: Tourist Board of Ston Photo: Festival “Lastovo - island of music” Photo: Ivica Puljan Photo: Epidaurus festival The Diocese of Ston is the oldest In a short time, this festival, which star- Throughout history, the traditional Ner- In September, musicians from all over Croatian diocese. This is the reason why ted a few years ago as a humble jazz etva boat, known as the lađa, has played the world gather in Cavtat to take part in each visit to the town of Ston is a direct festival, has grown into a much larger a crucial role in both the economy and the Epidaurus festival – an international contact with ancient times and events. event with a wide range of different transport for the people of the region. It festival of music and arts. The festi- Situated on the beautiful peninsula of styles. Today, the Lastovo festival is an has been the main means of transpor- val offers a variety of artistic content: Pelješac, which has frequently been the event that young people from all over tation for centuries. In celebration of the classical music concerts, jazz, courses target of conquerors, the walls of Ston central Dalmatia eagerly look forward lađa, an amateur race of these boats is for young artists, exhibitions, theatre bear marks of the centuries of struggle to as the musical event of the season. organized every year. The participants productions and lectures. Alongside for the survival of its indigenous cul- Up until now, musicians of various di- race down the Neretva River, starting concerts by established musicians, the ture, the results of which are best seen rections have performed at Lastovo from the town bridge in Metković all the Epidaurus festival offers the opportu- during the manifestations organized – from blues players to representati- way to the finishing line in Ploče, some nity to young musicians in the making within the Summer in Ston. In summer ves of world music from Croatia and twenty two and a half kilometres fur- to have their first solo concerts, and months, the streets of Ston ring with abroad, and the army of young people ther down the river. There are several to perfects their skills at the courses the sounds of Dalmatian harmony sing- who camp under the olive trees for four teams and some three hundred rowers combined under the name of Scuola ing groups and concerts, and serve as days eagerly awaits them. The Lastovo participating in the race. The rowers Epidaurus, taught by their more expe- a stage for fashion shows. And bearing festival is at the same time a place of give it their best, but winning the race, rienced colleagues. When the August in mind the tradition of shell farming relaxation and a place for fun. prestigious as it may be, is not the most sun softens a bit, Cavtat becomes the and salt harvesting, the event offers important thing. The most important musical heaven on Earth. just as good an opportunity for a visit to www.lastovo-festival.com thing is to be courageous and willing to the Ston restaurants and taverns where uphold the tradition, to remember the www.epidaurusfestival.com delectable, and yes, exotic dishes of the lives and efforts of our ancestors. Croatian Adriatic can be savoured. www.maraton-ladja.hr www.ston.hr www.neretva.info 70 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK www.croatia.hr 71 70 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 71 “JULIAN RACHLIN & FRIENDS” FESTIVAL Dubrovnik 1 - 15 September Photo: Željko Tutnjević Can you imagine the honour extended to the citizens of Dubrovnik by Julian Rachlin, one of the world famous vio- linists when, during his guest perform- ance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in the year 2000, he came up with the idea of organizing a festival of chamber music in their city? And the idea did not remain merely an idea, but became reality when master Rachlin brought many of his fellow musicians to Du- brovnik, including some of the most prominent names of classical music, like the cellist Maischea Maisky and violinist Janine Jansen, pianist Itamar Golan and cornist Radovan Vlatkovic. Enchanted with the atmosphere of the historic town centre, the most beautiful stage for playing music, Rachlin and his friends perform for Dubrovnik’s audi- ence year after year, thus creating a festival that, in addition to the friendly atmosphere, offers its visitors a high quality experience, incomparable to any similar music event. www.rachlinandfriends.com CE NTR AL CR OAT IA 72 www.croatia.hr DALMATIA - DUBROVNIK 72 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR INTERNATIONAL THE FEAST OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF SAMOBOR PERCUSSIONIST WEEK ST. VINCENT’S DAY THE PEASANTS’ REVOLT CARNIVAL Bjelovar Međimurska vinska Gornja Stubica Samobor 14 - 16 January cesta, 16 January 31 January 5 - 17 February Photo: Foto video Pal Photo: Rudi Grula Photo: Mladen Kukas Photo: Goran Ternjej Rhythm is in the foundation of each The people of Međimurje also have their Back in 1573, the peasants of Hrvatsko The most anxiously awaited event in piece of music. Consequently, per- customs and ceremonies concerning Zagorje led by Matija Gubec, revolted Samobor is definitely the local carni- cussion instruments are most often winemaking, some of them dating back against the oppression of their feudal val, a rampant manifestation by which used as a group providing a rhythmic to ancient times, some even to the time lords. This revolt is remembered as one the people of Samobor chase away evil background to soloists, but sometimes, before Christ. One of the very old cus- of the most important events in the his- spirits from the year that just ended, bid they also create the complete entity of toms is Vincekovo, or rather the Day tory of the area and is celebrated with goodbye to winter, and open their hearts a piece. Percussion ensembles are very of St. Vincent, celebrated in late Janu- numerous manifestations. One of them and hopes to the upcoming spring. Since dynamic and attractive, so it is no won- ary, a time marking the beginning of a takes place at the Museum of Hrvatsko long gone 1855, Samobor has been the der that percussion festivals are be- winegrowing year. Traditionally, people Zagorje, which is housed in the manor carnival centre of this part of Croatia. During the carnival days, the town streets coming increasingly commonplace and celebrate St.Vincent’s Day in the belief of the Oršić family, built in 1756. The are filled with complete carefree joy, popular. One such festival is the Inter- that it will ensure a fruitful year for space, exuding the atmosphere of old thousands of masks conceal laughter national Percussionist Week in Bjelovar, grapevine, but today the manifestation times, is an ideal setting for the staging and merry songs, and dancing is a way hosting some of the greatest percus- has been adapted to numerous visitors, of the famous battle. Visitors can view to welcome new life. On the other hand, sionists from Croatia and abroad. Gain lovers of wine and nature. The snow- original costumes, take part in work- not everything is so carefree - uncer- insight into the very essence of music covered hills of Međimurje create an shops and playshops, and learn how tainty goes on until the Fašnik, or rather - the rhythm - with the help of superior idyllic atmosphere for a daylong walk to handle weapons such as maces and the Prince of the Carnival, is put to trial, artists of rhythm. during which you are offered choice bows and arrows which were typical of which is the central event of the carnival. wines and traditional dishes of the re- the era. In the main town square, a performance www.tzbbz.hr gion for sampling at every step, and all is staged where Fašnik, guilty of all things in the company of the ever boisterous www.mhz.hr bad that happened in the last year, is and joyful local band of mužikaši (musi- tried. All the anger, sorrow and misery cians). is vented upon him, and then on Shrove Thursday he is burned in a spectacular www.tzm.hr ceremony, the ancient belief being that www.tic-strigova.hr this rids us of everything negative in the coming year. Once the Fašnik has been punished, a riotous celebration begins which should set the tone for the whole coming year. www.samoborski-fasnik.com 74 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 75 74 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 75 FROM KAPTOL FISHERMEN TO THE DAY OF THE CENTRE THE FEAST OF ST. TO KAPTOL THEIR TOWN OF THE WORLD GEORGE IN TUROPOLJE Zagreb - Čazma Ludbreg Velika Gorica Koprivnica 21 March 1 April 25 April 27 - 28 March Photo: Davor Kirin Photo: Sports Fishing Club Koprivnica Photo: Darko Gorenak Photo: Drago Kolarec Come out into the sun on the first Sun- Freshwater fish is a true gourmet de- Have you ever spread the map of the According to many, the Feast of St. day of spring, and lend your support to light, alongside which fresh water fish- world to try and find out which town is George, the patron saint of land, crops the tireless runners joining two cathe- ing spells a romantic atmosphere. Find- the nearest to the centre of the world? and all vegetation and cattle, marks the drals with their race. Having started the ing a good and comfortable spot on the This is not an April Fools’ joke! The actual beginning of spring. On 26 April race at the Zagreb Kaptol, which is to bank of a river and waiting for the right people of Ludbreg have believed since 25th, festivities based on ancient folk say in front of the Zagreb Cathedral, the one to bite is a form of relaxation and ancient times that the ancient circles customs are held throughout continen- participants in this international athletic fun cherished by many who live in the of the earth issued from this Croatian tal Croatia. Particularly striking are the marathon test their stamina on a race- Koprivnica-Križevci County. This is why town, and that all major European cit- traditional Bonfires of St. George - huge track over sixty one kilometres long. dishes made with their catches are par- ies were situated around their edges. bonfires, their light turning the night The fittest ones will reach the finishing ticularly delicious, and the opportunity According to the belief, Ludbreg has sky above meadows and hills into day. line, which is in front of the cathedral in to taste some of the best ones is pro- its antipode on the opposite side of the Youth gathers around the fire, girls and Čazma. Due to the distance, this race vided by the Fishermen to their Town planet - a small island called Antipodes boys dance and sing traditional songs, is extremely demanding, providing the event litres should not be missed. Up to in the South Pacific, which is the rem- while the bravest engage in jumping spectators with an extraordinary op- six hundred liters of traditional paprika nant of the ancient ante-Podravina. In over the fire. Come and feel yourself the portunity to witness the achievements seasoned fish stew are prepared in gi- line with that story, every year the citi- joy brought by the beginning of spring. of top athletes. Come and support the ant pots. The most skillful cooks com- zens of Ludbreg add another tile bear- runners and enjoy the beautiful coun- pete in who is going to make the most ing the name of one of the cities of the www.tzvg.hr tryside between Zagreb and Čazma. delicious fish stew, and the results of world to their main square. The custom their skills are there for you to savour. was established on the Town Day when www.cazma.hr Though do not limit yourself to eating the birthday of Ludbreg is celebrated, www.tzbbz.hr only what other people have caught - and when slices of the celebration cake grab a rod and catch your dinner in a are served to all visitors born on that special fishing pool. day, and domestic wine of Podravina is poured directly from the town’s foun- www.koprivnicatourism.com tain. All who believe themselves to be cosmopolitan, simply must visit the centre of the world. www.tz-ludbreg.hr 76 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 77 76 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 77 DAYS OF THE SAMOBOR THE FESTIVAL THE “SVETA HELENA” DAY OF WICKERWORK CUSTARD SLICES OF THE IRIS INTERNATIONAL TOUR- AND FISH Samobor NAMENT OF KNIGHTS Donja Stubica Kotoriba 7 - 9 May 15 May Sveti Ivan Zelina, 16 - 17 May 23 May Photo: Petra Zrinka, Foto Juranček Photo: Nikola Sinković Photo: Mario Dukarić Photo: Rudi Grula In addition to its Carnival, Samobor is In ancient times, the iris thrilled peo- Brave knights struggle for your atten- The people of Kotoriba in Međimurje also popular among gourmets for its ple with its beauty. Myths and legends tion. Their combat is just a part of the celebrate their two traditions in a sin- homemade custard slices - delicious about it were popular among the ancient games they stage, so you need not gle event. The celebration of the Wicker cake made of flaky pastry and delicate Greeks and likewise, numerous fair worry about somebody getting hurt. Day introduces the visitors to Kotoriba cream. What makes Samobor custard tales have through centuries been wo- However, they still manage to evoke to the old custom of making baskets slices special is the fact that they are ven around this lovely flower. In fact, in the ambience of medieval tourna- out of wicker. In addition to being use- served warm rather than cooled like Croatia the iris has been adopted as the ments of knights. Sparks fly under the ful, basket weaving is also an attrac- everywhere else. During the celebra- national flower and the Festival of the blows of the swords, while the ladies, tive skill for producing practical items tion of the Days of Custard Slices, the Iris, which takes place in the Croatian squires and pages hold their breath at out of wicker. It is interesting to know local pastry shops will serve this pastry Garden of the Iris, demonstrates how each swing. In the knights’ camps one that guests can take part in the basket- which, according to the local custom, much we cherish our natural wealth. can see the entire arsenal of medieval weaving workshops. The people of Ko- opens all doors. In other words, should Come and enjoy different varieties of weapons, colorful shields and metal toriba decided to draw attention to the you have a problem or a disagreement these beautiful flowers of all colours costumes. If you get hungry, you will necessity of preserving our rivers and with someone, give them a custard slice and the wonderful scent it enchants us find refreshment in hot kasha made freshwater fish species on that same and believe it, the locals say, everything with. This entertaining event, a gath- of the now almost forgotten cereals, day, which means that the Wickerwork will be forgiven. The gates of Samobor ering of all flower enthusiasts, will be or duck with honey prepared accord- Day is also the Fish Day. The ensuing are wide open to you. Come and taste enriched with classical music concerts, ing to medieval recipes. A siege of the result of such a combination is that the the custard slices and have some fun romantic floral dances, traditional food town, rocks flying from catapults and event is greatly enriched by a delecta- at the culture and entertainment events and natural fruit juices. battering rams trying to break down the ble selection of gastronomic delicacies taking place in the main town square. solid town gate - all this will take place prepared with fresh water fish - and www.tzdonjastubica.hr right in front of you. You don’t have to all of it to the accompaniment of the www.samoborske-kremsnite.com be a mere observer at the Sveta Helena sounds of indigenous folklore and pop tournament, join in the games, test your music. archery skills, take a ride in a carriage or get on a horse. www.kotoriba.hr www.tz-zelina.hr www.vitezovi-zelingradski.hr 78 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 79 78 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 79 THE LOVRAK DAYS THE GREAT TERESIANA KNIGHTS’ OF CULTURE GET-TOGETHER Bjelovar TOURNAMENT Veliki Grđevac OF KRIŽEVCI 11 - 13 June Gornja Stubica 29 May - 6 June Križevci, 4 - 6 June 12 June Photo: Dragutin Olvitz Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Franjo Jagatić Photo: Croatian Zagorje Museum Archives As a favorite Croatian children’s writer Back in 1242, in front of the Tatar Teresiana is a cultural event lasting sev- In medieval times, taking part in the whose stories have been a loved com- invaders, King Bela IV and his army eral days, which is dedicated to the 18th Knights’ Tournament was a great hon- panion to generations of the youngest found shelter within the walls of Kalnik century, the time when the Habsburg our. Only the bravest and most skilled readers in Croatia, Mato Lovrak most - a burg located on the slopes of the Monarchy ruled the Croatian lands. would go in front of their competitors, certainly deserves this event. This gift, mountain of Kalnik. The persistence of Maria Theresa, the Empress of the and only the most daring would come in the form of a cultural programme the Tatar army in trying to penetrate the Habsburg Monarchy, implemented nu- away as winners from these tourna- organized in Veliki Grđevac, has been walls and defeating the royal army was merous significant changes and reforms ments. These days are, of course, long bestowed upon him by the folk of this upset by the Kalnik villagers who sus- during her lifetime. She abolished witch forgotten, but it is as though the Stubica town. The event is largely dedicated tained the brave soldiers with domestic hunts, introduced mandatory schooling, knights’ tournament has woken up the to children, and for a few days Veliki plums. The nourishing fruit gave the and in 1756, she issued a decree by knights’ honour that has been slum- Grđevac becomes the town of chil- King’s soldiers strength to persevere way of which the town of Bjelovar was bering for centuries. The results of the dren, who gather in the Lovrak Centre, and ultimately beat off the Tatar attack. founded. Today, the residents of Bjelo- knights’ struggles are today perhaps its concept based on motifs from the In a gesture of gratitude, King Bela IV var celebrate the foundation of their not as unpredictable as they were be- writer’s works. The Kukavica Centre is knighted all the villagers who gave their town with this manifestation, during the fore, but the excitement definitely still the venue for various sporting events help. The gesture angered the burghers course of which the streets become a remains. Visit the museum of the villag- for primary school pupils, the presenta- of Križevci, and their anger persisted large stage for numerous guests from ers uprising in Gornja Stubica and learn tion of awards and acknowledgements for years until the chance marriage of the world of music, theatre and sports. more about these heroes from medieval to primary school pupils for participa- a Kalnik plum grower and a town girl. The most attractive segment within times. tion in the ‘I Love Croatia’ campaign, Their wedding was the crucial step in the Teresiana is certainly the staging and creative workshops for the produc- the reconciliation. The event is deemed of the Empress’sarrival into town. This www.viteski-turnir.com tion of traditional souvenirs and items of such significance that today, the play presents the history of the region www.mhz.hr inspired by Lovrak’s stories. Come citizens of Križevci stage it, and during at a time when Croatia was ruled by and bring your little ones to familiarise this scenic presentation the keys of the the greatest among the European royal themselves with the stories of the fa- town are handed over to the town mag- families. vorite Croatian children’s author. istrate, which is followed by three solid days of revelry. www.tzbbz.hr www.tzbbz.hr www.krizevci.net 80 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 81 80 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 81 THE SISAK TOURNAMENT THE MILLER’S DAYS AND THE COCKEREL DAY OF THE EUROPEAN OF CHIVALRY INTERNATIONAL “SPUST STORK VILLAGE Đurđevac Sisak MURSKIH LADJI” 25 - 27 June Čigoć 19 June Sv. Martin na Muri, 25 - 27 June 26 June Photo: Željko Rakarić Photo: Rudi Grula Photo: Siniša Milašinović Photo: Edvard Bogović The residents of Sisak often recall Not all that long ago mills used to be a Having failed in the attempt to conquer It may be hard to believe, but the small events from their long history, a history common sight on the rivers. Bread put the Đurđevac Fortress in a single at- village of Čigoć has more winged in- reaching all the way to the 4th cen- on tables was made with flour ground tack, Ulan Beg decided to lay siege to habitants than human ones. Čigoć has tury B.C., when Celtic and Illyric tribes in just such mills by the skilful millers. the town and wait until hunger brings a population of 120 people and around populated the area. This Tournament, Today, the situation has changed, and the defenders down and forces them 200 storks, which are regarded as per- which takes place beneath the old the number of mills has decreased dra- to surrender. When no more food re- manent residents of the village. Due to fortress of Sisak, under the old Sisak matically. Indeed, they are now just a mained within the fortress walls but a their harmonious cohabitation, Čigoć fort, celebrates a single, but undoubt- reminder of the old times when men lived single cockerel, the people of Đurđevac was proclaimed the First European edly the crucial moment in the history in a much closer harmony with nature. On devised a desperate plan. They fired Village of Storks. To celebrate this, a the Mura river, at the northernmost point of Sisak; the moment when the brave their last bite of food at the Turkish manifestation is now organised, within of our country, stands a mill known as a knights of Sisak stopped the dominant army out of a cannon. Ulama Beg fell which the visitors can take a ride on unique specimen of the traditional archi- Turkish army in its march towards the for their plan and, seeing that the de- a tour boat or a horse carriage, take tectural heritage, which is also the centre west. Before the eyes of the viewers, fenders are shooting cockerels from part in a cycling race or take a tour of of the Miller’s educational tour, an imagi- the modern-day knights fight for the af- their cannons, convinced they have an Lonjsko polje (the Lonja Range). Those natively designed promenade through the fection of their maidens and the fortress forest surrounding it. During the course of inexhaustible supply of food, he pulled not so keen on the said activities can walls provide their contests with an the miller’s days, a stroll down this trail his army back. While retreating, he put enjoy concerts and a fine selection of original medieval ambient. The visitors offers a special experience since new a curse on the people of Đurđevac, re- food specific to the region. Come and are entertained by renaissance musi- surprises and presentations of old crafts ferring to them as cockerels. Towards find out for yourself what life is like in cians in passages within the fort, and and traditional architecture await in each the end of June, the folk of Đurđevac the village the storks have chosen as the youngest warriors can sign up for part of the tour. The Miller’s days are an celebrate this legend by a unique out- their home. the children’s tournament. Forget the ideal choice for all nature enthusiasts. At door stage performance. It takes place benefits of modern civilisation and join the same time, for those who like a little at the authentic location, where the www.pp-lonjsko-polje.hr us in a world where chivalry and honor adrenalin, conserved natural surround- legend actually happened, and involves were the highest of values. ings and traditional culture, there is the hundreds of extras, cultural amateurs, “Spust murskih ladji”. This is a three day horsemen and professional actors. This www.sisakturist.com event where fifty wooden traditional boats event has been given the status of a start from Bad Radgersburg in Austria, non-material cultural good of Croatia. travel through Slovenia and sail to Sveti Martin na Muri. www.tz-djurdjevac.hr www.tzm.hr www.eol.hr 82 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 83 82 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 83 SUMMER IN THE TOWN PODRAVINA COMMANDMENT DOŽINKY - HARVEST OF THE ZRINSKI FAMILY MOTIFS BENEATH THE FESTIVAL Čakovec Koprivnica LINDEN TREE Daruvar 1 July - 5 August 2 - 4 July 24 July Čazma/Miklouš, 9 - 11 July Photo: Rudi Grula Photo: Tourist Board of Koprivnica Photo: Franjo Jagatić Photo: Tourist Board of Daruvar The people of Čakovec are grateful to Naive painting is an autochthonous July is the month when the residents There is only one occasion when you the Zrinski family, whose reign in the Croatian style, a style dealing with of Miklouš and the surrounding villages can meet all twenty-eight Czech mino- region brought a strong economic and motifs of rural living in harmony with celebrate their ancient customs and cul- rity groups in one place in Croatia, and cultural rise to Čakovec. To show their nature and all its beauties. It is the life tural tradition. Out into the light of day, witness all that the Czech minority has lasting respect, and honour their mem- of Podravina villages, wide meadows, the residents bring a variety of lovingly achieved in Croatia: the Daruvar event, ory, the summer programme of culture forests and fields. This is the main rea- preserved old items and folk costumes, Dožinky, the oldest, largest and most is organized in the town, where one son for which, in the first weekend of houses and streets are decorated with attended event of the Czech minority can enjoy numerous performances and July, Koprivnica transforms into a huge traditional ornaments, and everything in Croatia. This event has taken place productions, concerts end exhibitions. exhibition area dedicated exclusively is prepared for a merry get together, since 1925 each year celebrating the In addition to all that, one of the most to naive art. Benath the clear skies shared with the visitors who come for successful autumn harvest. It gathers attractive events is the changing of the of Podravina, a hundred or so promi- a daylong stay. While men-folk demon- more than a thousand participants each guards, the traditional Zrinski Guard, nent painters exhibit and create their strate the use of old tools, women offer year celebrating the successful autumn which takes place every Saturday in paintings, celebrating the enchanting cheese and egg pies and other savoury harvest. It harvest march past. An es- front of the Eagle - the monument to plethora and artistic achievements of and sweet cakes they baked for the oc- pecially attractive part of the event is Nikola Zrinski. The summer of culture the Hlebine School of Painting. casion. Then, in a festive procession, the old Czech fair which shows off old ends with the Fiesta of Our Lady of An- they all go to the old linden tree where forgotten skills, as well as the gastro- gels, popularly known as Porcijunkula, www.koprivnicatourism.com the village elder reads them a tongue- nomic, ethnographic and cultural heri- the main parish fair in Čakovec where in-cheek commandment which, in a tage of the Czechs, who have managed the entire population gathers to enjoy witty and humorous, and yet traditional to carefully preserve their tradition in manner, comments on all the current concerts, presentations of old crafts, art migration. problems and events, thus demonstrat- colonies, but also archery and eques- ing how people used to deal with issues trian competitions. www.tzbbz.hr that bothered them. The commandment www.tz-daruvar.hr always ends with an invitation to the www.tourism-cakovec.hr www.savez-ceha.hr young to rejoice and chase away gloomy thoughts by dancing and singing. Like contagious disease, such mood spreads to all the visitors of this celebration. www.tzbbz.hr www.cazma.hr 84 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 85 84 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 85 SUMMER WITH THE DAYS OF NOBILITY PILGRIMAGE O THE FEAST ŠPANCIRFEST NEANDERTHALS OF OF THE ASSUMPTION OF (STROLLERS’ FESTIVAL) KRAPINA Gornja Rijeka THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 13 - 15 August Varaždin Krapina, 1 - 29 August Marija Bistrica, 15 August 20 - 29 August (Sundays) Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Antun Premelč Photo: Sergio Gobbo Photo: Siniša Sović One of the most striking symbols of The notion of nobility, formerly denot- The Pilgrimage to Marija Bistrica is a Year after year an increasing number of Krapina is certainly the primeval Nean- ing the highest social rank, has always magnificent religious event. The Marija guests want to join the Varaždiners, or derthal man of Krapina, a unique source been associated with refinement and Bistrica Shrine is our most renowned rather the citizens of Varaždin in their of pride and a witness to the town’s an- sophisticated taste. The lives of noble- Marian shrine. Every year, over 500 celebration of what for them is, one can cient and rich history. Therefore, a visit men and noblewomen of Gornja Rijeka thousand believers take part in around safely say, a traditional way of spending to Krapina is not merely a visit to a town, were characterized by an esteemed fifty traditional pilgrimages starting leisure time - a casual stroll through the but a visit to a well known archeologi- status and their reputations relied on a from White Sunday in early April and streets of the city, or as the Varaždiners cal site, one of the cradles of humanity keen sense of beauty and justice. See continuing to Thanksgiving Day in late themselves would say - a špancir. Every in this region. In order to highlight the for yourself, visit Gornja Rijeka on the October. One of those is the Pilgrimage year, come August, Varaždin is trans- town’s values, various programmes slopes of the Kalnik Mountain and feel on the Feast of the Assumption of the formed into a colourful street entertain- organized under the common name the spirit of nobility that is still there. Blessed Virgin Mary, and partaking in it ment venue for a week or two, a town of Summer with the Neanderthals of Resplendent noble gowns flutter to the is a treasured testimony to the venera- of laughter and merriment. Numerous performers, musicians, actors and en- Krapina take place during the month of sound of waltzes, and young men and tion shown by Hrvatsko Zagorje for its tertainers come out into the streets, and August in the streets of the town. For women attract looks by competing in religious festivities. the entire town serves as a public area those who wish to attend the events in elegance, aiming to be elected the best to present Croatian tradition. The stands the summer, there is a train departing nobleman or best noblewoman of the www.svetiste-mbb.hr are full of traditional craft products, ar- from Zagreb. After arriving in Krapina, Sub-Kalnik region. Feel the enchant- tifacts made by artists of applied arts, guests may take a sightseeing tour ment of castles that used to be, stand food and beverage prepared in traditional with an expert guide, visit the parish up straight and delve into the times ways, and various souvenirs. During fair on Trški vrh or join an excursion to when all doors were open to those of the Špancirfest, it is easy to get lost in the nearby hill of Strahinjčica. In addi- noble blood. Varaždin. Sailing the endless sea of im- tion, during the five Sundays in August, agination, and constantly attracted at topical programmes are organized on www.tz-koprivnicko-krizevacka.hr every step by a different event, one does Hušnjakovo: the Sunday of the Burgh- not realize how fast the time goes by. You ers, Then and Now, the Sunday of the can just stroll around the whole day and Krapina Neanderthal, the Ethno Sunday then ask yourself how come it is night- and the Festival Sunday. time already, and why you have to go to sleep already. www.krapina.hr www.spancirfest.com www.tourism-varazdin.com 86 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 87 86 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 87 WHAT OUR THE CELTIC NIGHT THE RENAISSANCE A WEEK OF FOREFATHERS ATE FESTIVAL KAJKAVIAN CULTURE Sisak Vrbovec 4 September Krapina Koprivnica 27 - 29 August 4 - 6 September 5 - 12 September Photo: Dražen Breitenfeld Photo: Igor Palotay Photo: Tourist Board of Koprivnica Photo: Željko Frankol Continental Croatia is well known for When the young September moon ap- In September, a true historical specta- During the week of Kajkavian Culture, the wealth of variety of its cuisine. pears and night falls over the town of cle takes place on the walls of Koprivni- visitors to Krapina will see just how Each small town has its own traditional Sisak, an uninformed visitor could think ca’s old town. Knights sharpen their much the kajkavian culture is still alive recipes and a way of preparing indi- they were in a time loop, traveling back swords inside their tents to win the and topical. All those attending the ex- vidual dishes. The residents of Vrbovec in time through many centuries to a hand of their maiden in a dual, hunting hibition Kaj in words, pictures, songs present their traditional gastronomic faraway past when rafts sailed the hawks circle around, executing their and dancing and The youngest Kaj is offer in late August within the mani- Kupa River, and knights and fairies masters’ orders, while tradesmen and the sweetest Kaj will be able to confirm festation appropriately called What Our walked the streets of Sisak. Don’t get craftsmen shout loudly to try and attract that. These exhibitions are clear exam- Forefathers Ate. Those are the days spooked, it’s just a show. With this one customers to their stalls full of all kinds ples of the kajkavian dialect being an when the entire town is simply awash hour play, and the River Kupa as stage, of handicrafts and products typical of essential part of the Croatian written with mouth savouring aromas of tradi- the locals remind us of what their town those distant times. The streets are culture, a language of illustrative poetry tional dishes prepared with a great deal looked like once upon a time. A pro- filled with alluring aromas of the Ren- and countless enlightening stories. In of care and love so as to ensure they cession consisting of five rafts, twenty aissance cuisine and exotic ingredients the same period, Krapina also hosts the remain a delicious memory on one’s riverboats and three hundred floating that were once used. The only rule of fair aptly named Where can you still buy palate. The folk of Vrbovec compete in torches sails down the Kupa. Scenes the Renaissance Festival is that nothing it?, and the festive atmosphere is fur- cooking the best traditional dishes. Visi- from the lives of Celts and Romans are should give away the fact that we are ther enhanced by the concerts present- tors keen on competing themselves can played out on the vessels in front of actually in the twenty-first century. ing Twenty new kajkavian songs. This do so in a number of sports on offer. the visitors. All vessels are abundantly is only a small part of the programme, Others can enjoy the music programme decorated with torches and similar or- www.koprivnicatourism.com which will take place in Ljudevit Gaj which is also available. naments, and the spectators are guided Square, at the Krapina Town Gallery, at through the events by a voice coming the Museum of Evolution at Hušnjakovo www.vrbovec.hr from a PA system mounted on the and at the Festival Hall. However, a Pogorelac side of the Kupa, where the mere walk through the town will make Celts once lived. you feel the well-known hospitality of Zagorje. www.sisakturist.com www.kajkavske-popevke.hr 88 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 89 88 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 89 VOLODER THE INTERNATIONAL VARAŽDIN BAROQUE THE JELAČIĆ DAYS AUTUMNS FESTIVAL OF LACE EVENINGS Zaprešić Lepoglava 3 - 17 October Popovača Varaždin 11 - 12 September 16 - 19 September 24 September - 4 October Photo: Zdenko Cvetko Photo: B. Težak Photo: Helena Huet Photo: Dražen Breitenfeld When the first bunches of grapes are It is believed that the Paulines, also The concerts within the Varaždin Ba- Josip Jelačić is the Croatian ViceRoy cut in the vineyards of Voloder, it is time known as the white friars, brought lace roque Evenings will take you a few whose name symbolizes the Croatian for the Voloder Autumns to begin. The to this part of Croatia a few centuries centuries back into the past, to an era people’s aspiration toward autonomy people of the Sisak-Moslavina County ago. Having recognised its beauty, the when music was a highly aestheticized and independence from imperial con- have been marking the beginning of the rural population accepted lace as its art. The numerous concerts at which querors. After a turbulent life spent in grape harvest in their region for 41 con- tradition, one which is cherished to this renowned Croatian and international the struggle for Croatian national in- secutive years. In addition to the wine day, particularly in the town of Lep- ensembles present all contemporary in- terests, he was buried in 1859 in St. and must fair, the event also features oglava. Proud of their lacemaking tradi- terpretations of baroque pieces create Joseph’s Chapel in Zaprešić. That is why numerous folklore groups from across tion and skill, the people of Lepoglava a romantic atmosphere in this baroque the residents of Zaprešić celebrate the Croatia, art exhibitions and exhibi- organize the International Festival of city. The evenings also have a very seri- life and achievements of this great fig- tions of winegrowing and fruit growing Lace every September, thus success- ous side in terms of musicology because ure in our history on the same day they equipment and tools, as well as various fully promoting the value of lace as their programmes often include pieces celebrate their town. The event, which handicrafts, folk costumes and tradi- their ethnographic treasure. Although that have only just been discovered, or in May commemorates the death, and tional trades. The evening programme prestigious lace creations from numer- those that have not yet been played. By in October celebrates the birth of Josip is adjusted to the younger generations, ous European countries are available at presenting such pieces, as well as the Jelačić, includes the Jelačić Ball, the with performances by numerous pop the festival, the visitors always find the contemporary interpretations of pieces hurdle riding tournament Josip Jelačić singers, while the event as a whole is local works from original Croatian lace already famous, the Baroque Evenings Cup and economic fair. Visitors can also brought to an end with a grand fire- centres particularly attractive - in addi- achieve enviable results in their profes- take a tour of the New Jelačić Palace, a works display. We warmly recommend tion to Lepoglava, such centres include sional approach to baroque music. Let valuable example of preserved cultural to all true wine enthusiasts visit Voloder Pag, sv. Marija and Hvar. the strings of violin and cello touch your and historic heritage. in mid-September and take part in the imagination and take you on this long feast of the palate. www.lepoglava-info.hr musical journey. www.zapresic.hr www.popovaca.hr www.vbv.hr 90 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 91 90 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 91 THE CHESTNUT DAYS OF MUSHROOMS ASSITEJ ST. MARTIN’S DAY IN THE FESTIVAL IN STUBIČKE TOPLICE ZAGREB COUNTY Čakovec Stubičke Toplice 18 - 23 October Dugo Selo, Samobor, Sv. Ivan Hrvatska Kostajnica 8 - 10 October 16 October Zelina, V. Gorica, Jastrebarsko 11 November Photo: Antun Pavičić Photo: Zrinka Košić Photo: Mario Jakšić Photo: Nada Kozić There is not a single dish including The Days of Mushrooms (Gljivarijada) Once a year, Čakovec hosts local In November, on St. Martin’s Day, must chestnuts that cannot be found at the has become a traditional gathering of theatre actors who have devoted their turns into wine. The popular St. Mar- Chestnut Festival in Kostajnica. In ad- mushroom hunters. Visitors are guar- professional lives to the most grateful, tin’s Day celebration is a wine holiday dition to trying various dishes made of anteed a good recreation in nature, but at the same time the most demand- deeply embedded in the tradition of baked and boiled chestnuts and sweets fresh air, relaxed atmosphere in good ing audience - children. Watching the northwester Croatia, and as such it made of delicious chestnut puree, all company and singing all around. Ex- performances of some of our most tal- is celebrated in a special way. In the visitors are invited to take part in the cursionists arrive at the meeting point ented young actors, for an hour or two, Zagreb County, St. Martin’s Day is cel- chestnut harvest. This is an opportunity in Pila by a specially organized tourist the children simply forget everything ebrated in many towns and villages. to take a walk through chestnut woods, train and eagerly start the mushroom that may worry their little heads. During Standing out among them, both with spend some time in good company, sing hunting. At dusk the results of a day- those five days, dedicated exclusively their special features of that tradition a song or two and do all other things long mushroom hunt are brought to the to children, the atmosphere in Čakovec and the variety of their programmes, guaranteeing a good atmosphere. central station for determination, and is joyful, reverberating with children’s are Dugo Selo - whose patron saint is the entire event is brought to a close laughter and play, a mood that adults St. Martin is, as well as Samobor, Sveti www.hrvatska-kostajnica.hr with an expert lecture given by Mladen are easily infected with. Bring your kids Ivan Zelina and Velika Gorica. Strižak, and a jolly get-together which and let them enjoy an excellent theatri- includes the tasting of mushroom deli- cal event together with the children of www.tz-samobor.hr cacies prepared over an open fire. Međimurje. www.tzvg.hr www.dugoselo.hr www.stubicketoplice.hr www.assitej.hr www.tz-zelina.hr www.tzgj.hr 92 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA CENTRAL CROATIA www.croatia.hr 93 92 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 93 THE MINERS’ DAYS THE CHRISTMAS IN IVANEC STORY IN ČAZMA Ivanec Grabovnica 4 - 5 December 19 December - 6 January Photo: XMEDIA d.o.o. Photo: Davor Kirin The Miners’ Days in Ivanec demonstrate All Christmas stories are romantic and the importance the people of this area educational, especially if you are a attach to keeping alive the memory guest of the Salaj family in Grabovnica. of their traditional ways of social and At Christmas time, the Salaj fam- cultural life, as well as to teaching the ily prepares a special treat for all the young people to cherish their cultural Christmas time enthusiasts, when their and historic heritage. This also provides garden is alight with thousands of mul- all visitors with an exceptional opportu- ticolored lights, offering all who come a nity to see the exhibition of the old tools magical sight and an idyllic atmosphere. and other equipment used by miners in The Christmas stable, the manger and the old days, and thus learn about the the decorations all over the garden, hardships of our ancestors. The exhi- including the multicolored Christmas bition is supplemented by children’s lights and ornaments shining in the works on the subject of mining, and night, offer an unforgettable sense of a by the miners’ sculptures. Undoubtedly deep dream followed by awakening in the most attractive part of the event is a world of fairy tales, a world of a true the procession of the historical Ivanec Croatian Christmas story. Miners’ Company that is in charge of receiving the guests and ensuring that www.tzbbz.hr everyone feels welcome. www.cazma.hr www.salaj.net www.ivanec-turizam.hr SLAV O NI A 94 www.croatia.hr CENTRAL CROATIA 94 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR THE FESTIVAL DORF - FESTIVAL IN THE FAIRY TALE ON THE TRAIL OF THE OF ŠOKCI OF DOCUMENTARY WORLD OF IVANA TRENK TROOPERS Županja ROCK FILM BRLIĆ MAŽURANIĆ Kutjevo 12 - 23 February Vinkovci, 4 - 7 March Slavonski Brod, 12 - 18 April May Photo: Franjo Andrašević Photo: Tourist Board of Vukovar-Srijem County Photo: Josip Perčević Photo: Zlatko Burivoda All the hard work and dedication that If a music documentary links a picture Ivana Brlić Mažuranić, a Croatian au- The citizens of Kutjevo never miss a the people of Županja invest into pre- and a sound into an ideal form, then thoress who wrote some of the most chance to share their good times with serving their priceless cultural heritage DORF provides links between film lov- beautiful children’s fairy tales, spent a their guests. Hence the celebration of become evident during this festivity ers and music lovers in the best pos- part of her life in Slavonski Brod. Every the visit of Maria Theresa who stayed in stemming from the wealth of the Sla- sible way. Amidst the inspirational sur- year, the citizens of this town celebrate Kutjevo back in 1741. The locals never vonian tradition. Sumptously appointed roundings of Vinkovci, one can enjoy the her birthday and enjoy the opportunity forgot the honour she thus bestowed horse-drawn carriages, which look as if unconventional Festival of documentary to abandon themselves to exuberant on Kutjevo, and they celebrate it with they were taken from a museum, ride rock film from Croatia and other coun- imagination. For a full week, the entire a grand extravaganza that easily takes across the town with their proud coach- tries. The genres of diverse, innovative town becomes a venue for children’s us back three centuries into the past. men dressed in most beautiful Slavoni- film stories about music idols are sure encounters and events such as literary, A formal procession of historical forma- an folk costumes. Always attractive to to impress not only the fans of docu- theatrical, art and photo workshops. tions, brass music and various associa- guests regardless of where they come mentaries, but also the lay persons in This children’s gathering begins with tions marches through the town, and a from, the Carnival parade is invariably the field of film art, who will again be a play taking place at Ivana Square, theatre production is staged in front of accompanied by appropriate customs able to enjoy numerous workshops, right in front of the house where their the Kutjevo Castle. - brandy distilling and pig slaughtering. exhibitions, promotions of books and of famous citizen used to live. It ends with This year, all the colourful diversity will course concerts. the returning of the town keys to the www.tz-kutjevo.com once again be enriched still more with mayor and a formal production in the folklore groups coming from other parts www.dorf-vk.com Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Primary School, a of Croatia and abroad. school known as the “colourful school” in Croatia as it is painted with charac- www.tz-zupanja.hr ters from Ivana’s fairy tales on the in- side and the outside. www.slavonski-brod.hr 96 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 97 96 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 97 THE FESTIVAL OF QUEEN’S OR “LJELJA’S” THE CROATIAN FESTIVAL THE WHEEL DANCE THE ACTOR ANNUAL SPRING OF ONE-MINUTE FILMS OF BROD PROCESSION Požega Vukovar Slavonski Brod 15 - 24 May Gorjani, 23 May 29 - 30 May 29 May - 13 June Photo: Dražen Bota Photo: Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County Photo: D. Mirković Photo: Darko Janković We always admire actors - sometimes The tradition of “ljelja”, which in Gorjani Film makers regard the one-minute film Slavonski Brod is renowned for its tradi- they make us laugh, sometimes they is held on the Pentecost, dates back to format as a special challenge. Such for- tional events, the most famous among make us cry, and sometimes they just the beginning of the last century. A gro- mat requires significant adjustments in them being the Wheel Dance of Brod. take our breath away. However, beside up of village girls dressed up as kings the conception and implementation of The townsfolk used to gather in the main the applause at the end of the show, and queens gather in front of the chur- ideas. The film has to squeeze in all town square to celebrate St. Stephen’s they seldom receive proper acknowl- ch at Mass after which they dance in a required elements of the story into a Day and dance the great wheel dance edgement for their work. Fortunately ring to the music of tambourine players. single minute - the plot, the culmina- of Brod, a wheel dance often involving enough, the Festival of the Actor has After leaving the church area, they go in tion and the outcome. In addition, one- hundreds of joined hands of resplend- changed this. For a whole week, the en- a procession around the village and vi- minute films often attract film amateurs ently dressed girls and boys. The whole tire Vukovar-Srijem County is the venue sit the homes of their fellow inhabitants who do not have the opportunity to en- town lives for the wheel dance, but the for performances recognised, one way who have said they want to be visited. gage in major film projects, which does programme for the event has become or the other, as special achievements The “ljelja” procession through the vi- not necessarily mean they lack the somewhat different. The visitors are by actors in the preceding year. The ar- llage results in a happy atmosphere, required quality. A formidable collec- now able to visit various ethnographic tistic touch is felt throughout the area, smiling faces and dancing. Normally a tion of films of all genres, on all kinds and art exhibitions, attend children’s the audience anxiously waits for actors bag pipe player follows them, as well of subjects and with all kinds of mes- shows, see - and indeed taste - the to step onto the stage, and gives them as two male beggars. When compa- sages, their only common feature being cake fair, enjoy the horse team shows, an even more tumultuous send-off at ring today’s “ljeja” with photographs the minute length, can be viewed at the equestrian hurdle and two-horse team the end of the show. Applause echoes of the processions from the beginning one-minute film festival in Požega, a competitions. In addition, the whole over the plains. Artistic passion and of the 20th century, you can notice that festival that has gained an international town resounds with music performed bohemian spirit halt the time, carrying today’s version of this tradition has not reputation over the past few years. at the festival of indigenous folk songs the daily routine away like a tornado. greatly changed from how it was at the and folklore groups. One of the most Finally, as an epilogue, actors award beginning. www.crominute.hr attractive events is the Miss Croatia in actors. The award committee consists a Folk Costume pageant. Relax, stretch of three actors and the Festival reaches www.tzosbarzup.hr out your arms, hold tight and don’t let its climax at the awards ceremony. the wheel dance break. www.hddu.hr www.brodsko-kolo.com www.fa-broda.hr 98 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 99 98 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 99 THE SPRING IN THE KUTJEVO THE BARANJA SUMMER IN ORAHOVICA GRAND PRIX BEĆARAC PAKRAC Orahovica Kutjevo Draž Pakrac 31 May - 6 June June 5 - 6 June 15 June - 1 July Photo: Vladimir Grgurić Photo: Zlatko Burivoda Photo: Antonio Sobol Photo: Tourist Board of Pakrac The town of Orahovica opens its gates The Kutjevo Grand Prix is an interna- The people of Baranja are well known The citizens of Pakrac celebrate their to visitors from across the world withits tional show jumping tournament. Top for their gatherings that always turn medieval heritage with the Summer in multi-day event The Spring in Orahovi- jockeys and the long-standing tradition into all-round merriment. There is not Pakrac, a multimedia event both in pro- ca. The event marks the official open- of breeding thoroughbred horses make a single festivity in Baranja where you gramme and in character. In addition ing of the summer tourist season in this tournament popular and extremely could get bored. The Baranja Bećarac to theatre productions and concerts of Orahovica. The programme is diverse, well visited. Jockeys from Austria, (Bećarac being a typical amusingly various genres, the visitors are able to offering a little bit for everyone. Sports Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ger- ribald folk song of Slavonia) in Draž watch numerous sporting events such enthusiasts will look forward to the soc- many all love this tournament and look only proves this. In addition to perform- as the cycling race, soccer tournament, cer and boccie tournaments, while visi- forward to visiting. Side by side with ances of many folklore groups, wheel mountain bike marathon or martial arts tors seeking cultural programmes will the local jockeys, they all try hard to dances and an abundance of food and seminar. All the events are organised find a quiet corner in one of the theatre impress the jury and the audience to drink, you can partake in the election in the manner of the Middle Ages, the productions.The music audience will be get the highest possible score for their of the most beautiful girl or newly-mar- time when the Templar Knights and the able to enjoy performances by folklore show jumping skills. The gracefulness ried woman, see interesting working Hospitallers resided in Pakrac, and the groups and concerts given by local pop of motion and harmonious relation be- clothes shows and exhibitions of nee- town played an important economic & rock stars. tween the horse and the jockey in many dlework, old furniture, tools and some role thanks to its mint, the first and the ways verge on art, and the Kutjevo really mysterious items from grandma’s only one in the whole of Croatia at the www.orahovica.hr Grand Prix is an ideal chance for you to chest. Bull’s eye if you are interested in time. see it personally! the tradition of the Baranja region, and great fun, of course! www.pakrac.hr www.tz-kutjevo.com www.tz-pakrac.hr www.draz.hr 100 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 101 100 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 101 FESTIVAL OF THE THE ĐAKOVO SUMMER NIGHTS SUMMER IN “SONGS OF PODRAVINA EMBROIDERY OF OSIJEK VALPOVO AND THE DRAVA VALLEY” Đakovo Osijek, 25 June, Valpovo Pitomača, 18 - 19 June 21 June - 5 July 30 July and 27 August 28 June - 4 July Photo: Gordana Jakupec Photo: Saša Pjanić Photo: Tourist Board of Osijek Photo: Predrag Matijanić Beautiful landscapes of the Podravina In summertime, Đakovo celebrates its The summer months in Osijek come to In summertime, the entire Slavonia region and the love that people of the long standing and rich tradition, by pre- an end with a festivity which brings joy is bursting with joy and celebration. area have for their country has often senting three different aspects of Sla- to all ages. A variety of performances – Come the last week of June, Valpovo been described in the countless verses vonia’s cultural tradition, integrated into theatrical and musical – are dedicated proves itself not to be an exception. For of Podravina. Likewise, some of our a single event in July: folklore, which to adults and children. A special experi- forty two years now, various amateur most beautiful folk songs were written the visitors can enjoy within numer- ence during those days is provided by a art clubs have been presenting them- by authors from Podravina, which is ous music programmes; gastronomy, walk along the Drava river. All the while, selves to the visitors of Valpovo during why this festival is an excellent oppor- the highlights of its diversity being the the catering establishments are prepar- those seven days. On this, the fortieth tunity for all to get to know something famous fish stew, čobanac (shepherd’s ing the famously delectable Slavonian anniversary, the streets will feature a about the rich and wonderful heritage stew) and Đakovo kulen; and the horse dishes. So come to Osijek and savour parade of indigenous folklore related to of music and poetry of the area. On two breeding tradition, its splendor present- the warm hospitality of Slavonia. horse-drawn carts, choirs and amateur evenings in June, the greatest talents ed in the equestrian competitions at the singers. Needless to say, a Slavonian of the area perform on the stage in Đakovo hippodrome. This year, all lov- www.tzosijek.hr festivity would not be complete without Pitomača. The first evening is reserved ers of Slavonia’s and Baranja’s cultural its rich gastronomic offer of traditional for fresh and unproven performers, heritage will once again be able to en- food and drink. All this is a guarantee of while the second evening is reserved joy thousands of folk costumes, music, a superb atmosphere and great fun for for the performances of bands and dances and customs, all of which are all those who come to rejoice and enjoy singers who have already achieved en- a great source of pride for this region. the rich tradition of Valpovo. viable careers. They will all take part in the colourful and merry festive procession. www.valpovo.hr www.pitomaca.hr www.tz-valpovo.com www.tz-djakovo.hr 102 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 103 102 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 103 OSIJEK SUMMER FIŠIJADA HARVEST AND THE MIHOLJAC OF CULTURE Slavonski Brod THRESHING IN FESTIVAL Osijek 2 July THE PAST Donji Miholjac 29 June - 21 July 9 - 12 July Županja, 3 July Photo: Marin Franov Photo: Danko Dorić Photo: Zvonimir Tanocki Photo: Melia Vidaković The Osijek Fort, which used to be the “Fiš”, a spicy fish soup, is a protected The works associated with the annual In June, Donji Miholjac becomes the site of turbulent historical events, turns gastronomic symbol in Slavonia. If you harvest are so deeply embedded in the venue of a traditional Slavonian folklore into a venue for premium art pro- are visiting Slavonia, it is a dish that social and cultural lives of Slavonian festival for four days. Culture and art grammes in summertime. The Osijek you simply must try. In so far as your people that, with time, they became not associations from Slavonia and other Summer of Culture takes place on its trip takes you to Slavonski Brod at the only a vital necessity, but a symbol of parts of Croatia come together on the very squares and streets, where the beginning of July, you won’t be able to their diligence. This is why it is always streets of Donji Miholjac. It is a rare op- baroque ambiance enhances numer- avoid the scents that spread along the a special experience to participate in portunity to have such a number of vari- ous theatre productions, artistic per- length of the river Sava. You won’t be events which, in addition to the hard ous folklore groups in one place at the formances, exhibitions, concerts, and able to resist them either because the labour, also celebrate the beauty of the same time. The parades and perform- literary and film evenings. Of course, greatest masters at making “Fiš” gat- harvest customs. For example, during ances of these folklore groups are filled special emphasis is placed on pre- her in order to see whose fish recipe is July, visitors to Županja can see some with joy, singing and dancing, while the senting local artists from Osijek, but better. Around one hundred competitors folklore garments intended for this kind art exhibitions and ethno exhibitions performances by guests from all parts attend the Brod “Fiš” festival, and their of labor, as well as savour some food show the daily routine as it once was. of Croatia and abroad have also been friendly cooking competition, is of co- and drinks typical of that time of year. The aromas spilling through the air will announced. urse, most enjoyed by the visitors. The Along with the customs associated with inevitably attract you to taste some of atmosphere is made all the better by harvest, there is also an exhibition of the popular Slavonian specialties. http://ljetokulture.osijek.hr/ the Slavonian wine and joyful melodies needlework and handicrafts, from Bos- played by the tambourine players. nian embroidery to Graištane’s small www.tz-donjimiholjac.hr pumpkins (graištanske tikvice). Visitors www.tzgsb.hr can also take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Come and visit Županja and let the spirit of these diligent people embrace you. www.tz-zupanja.hr 104 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 105 104 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 105 THE POŽEGA SUMMER THE FEAST OF THE SLATINA SUMMER PILGRIMAGE ON THE FEAST OF CULTURE OF CULTURE OF THE ASSUMPTION OF ST. ROCH THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Požega, 15 July - Virovitica Slatina 15 August 5 - 30 August Aljmaš, 14 - 15 August 31 July - 23 August Photo: D. Mirković Photo: Ivan Šemper Photo: Željko Juras Photo: Antonio Sobol The Stari grad (Old Town) promenade St. Roch is the patron saint of the town Summer guests of the town of Slatina On the Feast of the Assumption of the is the favourite place of strollers in of Virovitica. It is therefore no wonder will be pleasantly surprised with a va- Blessed Virgin Mary, thousands and Požega, particularly in July and August, that the people of Virovitica decided to riety of cultural events, which turn this thousands of believers join in the pil- when the pedestrian zones offer plenty celebrate the day of their town on Au- town into a real treasury of culture. grimage to the Aljmaš Shrine, the most of cultural events such as concerts gust 16th, and made this day the central Events that take place in the streets renowned Marian shrine in the Osijek- and theatre productions. While walk- part of the multi-day festival called The and parks change the town and give Baranja County. Over the past few ing along, you can enjoy the sounds of feast of St. Roch (Rokovo). As the peo- the visitors a new sensibility towards years, the shrine has had some of the classical music, attend local pop stars’ ple of Virovitica like to say, the event culture and art. Variety is the key to most glorious moments in its four-cen- concerts or visit an exhibition or a show. grows year after year. Once, this mani- success. To be more precise, during turies-long history. According to many The culmination of the Požega Cultural festation was merely a modest fair, but those days in Slatina, you will be able believers, the new Church of the Visita- Summer is the Contemporary Croatian today its programme has transformed it to find a form of cultural expression that tion of the Virgin Mary, built in the same Literature Festival, where a dozen into a true marathon of festivities. Dur- suits you best - theatre productions, place where the old one used to stand, prominent Croatian writers present ing those days, the whole of Virovitica concerts, film screenings, exhibitions, is even more resplendent. Make sure their works and create a collection of lives in an atmosphere of omnipresent presentations of old crafts or culinary you don’t miss the amazing spiritual works with the help of the audience. joy, with and cultural programme and specialties. The recently published experience provided by this shrine. unpredictable sports competitions live cultural-tourist guide featuring all these www.pozega-tz.hr up to the atmosphere. The Feast of St. events is now at your disposal. www.svetiste-aljmas.hr Roch combines the new and the old in an attractive way. Come and see the www.slatina.hr wealth of Virovitica’s tradition and enjoy the performances of great entertainers. www.virovitica.hr 106 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 107 106 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 107 VUKOVAR FILM THE INTERNATIONAL VISITING THE SILK IS RUSTLING, FESTIVAL NIGHT OF BATS OLD TIMES EMBROIDERY IS Vukovar Papuk Otrovanec SPREADING 25 - 29 August 28 August 29 August Podvinje, 29 August Photo: Vukovar film festival Photo: Vlatka Dumbović Photo: Josip Mikolčić Photo: Josip Perčević The river of films flows again. The river Bats - mammals circling the night sky Although celebrating the crafts and cus- During the 19th century, the silk fac- Danube is the grand symbol which links above our heads in search of food - are toms, the people of Podravina celebrate tory in Podvinje had its golden years. all the countries through which it flows, the main characters in many horror sto- them in a very modern way. To be spe- In memory of the former silk-making or upon which it bears influence due to ries. However, bats play an important cific, the festival aptly named Visiting custom to which the locals have re- its proximity. Consequently, the Vuko- environmental role. They happen to be the Old Times, and which cultivates the mained loyal to date, a public festival var Film Festival becomes a significant the best indicators of an environment’s tradition of Podravina, is practically like is held where visitors can see how presentation of one of the most vibrant cleanliness. The fact that thirty-five an interactive outdoor museum. Evolv- silk was once handled. Young women film industries in the world – the films out of a total of forty-five bat species ing before the eyes of the visitors are dressed in silk dresses with scarves on made in the countries of the Danube known in Europe inhabit Croatia indi- old stories in which they may actively their heads blind with their beauty, and basin. The screening of films on the cates that the Croatian air is still among participate. Everyone is given a chance whoever fails to join in the merry wheel banks of the river, on the Danube barge the cleanest in Europe. A particularly to knead bread, build a fire in the bread dance with all the folk of Podvinje will or in the house of the Nobel prize win- large number of bats inhabit the Papuk oven or pound pumpkin seeds in a miss the unique opportunity to feel the ner Ladislav Ružička, combined with nature park, where the international mortar. Naive painters of Podravina sincere joy of the people of the region. the hospitality of the local population night of bats is celebrated. Visit Papuk, paint their landscapes on glass on the In addition to silk, the event is dedi- and the indigenous gourmet delica- see its beauty up close and listen to a spot, hackney-carriages circle around cated to other customs enriching life in cies, provides an ideal atmosphere for lecture given by one of our recognised inviting you for a tour, and the sound Podvinje. Freshly distilled plum brandy socializing, and conveys the message experts in the field of the intriguing bat of instruments such as tamburitzas and flows from a huge caldron, while home- that Vukovar and the Danube have that kingdom. cymbals are waiting to carry you away made jam prepared according to old ‘something’ which cannot be described with rapturous wheel dancing. There recipes is available to those who want by words. It can only be experienced. www.pp-papuk.hr are also numerous honey traders, far- to sweeten their day. The locals truly riers, potters and others, but we will not know how to combine entertainment www.vukovarfilmfestival.com disclose everything - come to Pitomača and health. and see it for yourself. www.tzgsb.hr www.pitomaca.hr 108 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 109 108 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 109 THE OLD SPORTS AUTUMN IN THE FESTIVAL OF THE THE VINKOVCI OLYMPICS BARANJA “GOLDEN STRINGS OF AUTUMNS SLAVONIA” Brođanci Beli Manastir Vinkovci 30 August September Požega, 3 - 6 September 17 - 19 September Photo: Marin Janković Photo: Ivica Bela Photo: Foto Knajs Photo: Darko Puharić What kinds of sports did our ancestors In autumn, Baranja is dotted with a If you want to learn about the original The people of Vinkovci often say: “Once practice to match their strengths and collage of colours. Wherever you look, Slavonian music, your search ends you’ve been to the Vinkovci Autumns, skills? Written history does not provide the image blurs in shades of red, yel- at this festival. As it happens, The you will always return!” Indeed, it is the information. To discover them, you low and brown. This is a time when Golden Strings of Slavonia is a festival hard to resist the charms you are im- will have to listen to your grandfather’s chimneys in Baranja spill the mouth- nurturing only the music of the end- mersed in during those ten autumn or grandmother’s stories, or visit the watering aromas of homemade food, less Slavonian plains, the sounds of days. The whole town and its visitors Old Sports Olympics. Brođanci is the when brandies are distilled, and veg- tambouras and love verses about fam- live for the songs and dancing. The venue for a competition in various etables are pickled for the upcoming ily, loved ones and the homeland. The Vinkovci Autumns is a folklore festi- ancient sports that were once prac- winter. Those are the days when the festival programme will take you on an val nurturing not only the tradition of ticed by shepherds while tending their entire wealth of traditional Baranja cui- unforgettable journey through the long Slavonia, but also other customs from herds, farmers during their breaks, sine is available in one place - in Beli standing musical tradition of Slavonia, across Croatia, thus celebrating the and children at play. Young men used Manastir. While you’re trying to decide and provide you with the opportunity to time of year when nature rewards our to engage in such sports to try to im- which pot to dip into, check out some hear some modern music, songs that yearly efforts. The louder the singing press their chosen ones or to compete of the stands where the hosts present never leave the top of the radio charts. and laughter the greater the gratitude with boys from a neighbouring village. ancient crafts and trades. The pleasant Since the Golden Strings of Slavonia is of people for good crops - you are in- Today, sports disciplines such as rope atmosphere is enhanced still further by a successful combination of traditional vited to join them and experience the pulling, rock throwing, horseshoe toss- numerous folklore groups performing and entertainment events, each visitor atmosphere of times gone by. ing or partaking in a sack-race do not authentic Baranja songs. is guaranteed a good time. have a serious competitive character, www.vk-jeseni.hr but provide great fun for both the par- www.tzbaranje.hr www.pozeskifestival.hr ticipants and the supporters. www.tzobizovac.hr 110 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA SLAVONIA www.croatia.hr 111 110 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 111 THE ROMBERG MUSIC EVENINGS Belišće, 5, 12, 19 and 26 November, 3 December Photo: Darko Jančikić Sigmund Romberg is one of the most significant composers of the early twentieth century. While residing in the USA, he composed many operettas and scores for movies, some of which be- came very popular worldwide, such as the film the White Lilac. The list of his music associates includes George Ger- shwin. Romberg happens to have spent a part of his childhood in Belišće, and the locals gladly remember their most famous fellow citizen. You can see how they do it by visiting the Romberg Music Evenings dedicated to the promotion of amateur theatre. www.belisce.net CI TY O F ZAG R EB 112 www.croatia.hr SLAVONIA 112 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR AUDI FIS WORLD CUP FESTIVAL ZAGREB TIME WEEK OF “VIP SNOW QUEEN OF ST. MARK MACHINE MODERN DANCE TROPHY” Zagreb Zagreb, 17 April - Zagreb Zagreb, 3 and 6 January 15 April - 8 May 25 September 24 May - 2 June Photo: Croatian Ski Association Photo: Luka Gusić Photo: Tourist Board of Zagreb Photo: Festival Week of Modern Dance Female and male skiers competing in The Upper Town of Zagreb, its old town As soon as the April sun finds its way The Festival of Modern Dance always the World Cup often describe the Za- core and the national political and ad- through the remnants of the winter brings new and delightful surprises, and greb race as their favourite, partly be- ministrative centre, and downtown Za- clouds, the streets of Zagreb become that is what modern dance is all about, cause of the quality of the ski track on greb, representing a broader centre of the venue for a whole array of happen- an artistic expression completely open Sljeme, and partly because of the un- the city, are abundant with centuries- ings which last until the autumn chills to creativity and expressive innovation. forgettable atmosphere. For those few old sites - the driving force behind start, and which take us back through Dancing is an art in which you cannot days, the whole of Zagreb lives for ski- the cultural life. There are countless the history of the city. Walking through follow the trends - dancers always ing. A variety of entertainment events facilities that seem to have been built the streets of the Upper Town, the old perform the way they feel the music staged in the ban Jelačić square, the for high art, especially music. Keep- part of Zagreb, you are certain to come they dance to. This is why the festival central square, as well as in several ing that in mind, the organisers of St. across characters that made Zagreb fa- is an opportunity for you to fully open venues around the mountain of Sljeme, Mark’s Festival decided to use all these mous – singers of old parlour ballads, your spirit to all potential surprises lying make this World Cup even more excit- concert and sacral facilities to provide bohemians or peasant women from the within the free artistic expression and ing. Needless to say, however, all of the the residents of Zagreb and their guests village of Šestine. Meanwhile, from the limitless abilities of the human body. attention is aimed at the races where with a few days of virtuosic music. This pavilion in the Zrinjevac park in the cen- However, one thing is for sure: the sur- both men and women fight hearty bat- year, we are once again expecting both tre of town, the enchanting sounds of prise factor is not about the substance, tles of skill and sportsmanship. local and visiting soloists and ensem- the waltz and tango will be heard again, but the form of performing the sub- bles, whose performances will leave just as depicted in old films and senti- stance, because the Days of Modern www.vipsnowqueentrophy.com you breathless. mental photographs. Dancing always host superior artists. If you like dancing and the harmony www.festivalsvmarka.hr www.zagreb-touristinfo.hr of human motions, this programme is something you should not miss. www.danceweekfestival.com 114 www.croatia.hr CITY OF ZAGREB CITY OF ZAGREB www.croatia.hr 115 114 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 115 FLORAART CEST IS D’BEST ROKAJ FEST EUROKAZ - THE INTERNATIONAL FESTI- Zagreb Zagreb Zagreb 26 - 31 May 3 - 13 June 4 - 6 June VAL OF NEW THEATRE Zagreb, 15 - 25 June Photo: Floraart Photo: Cest is d’best Photo: Rokaj Fest Photo: Eurokaz A part of Zagreb referred to as new There is not a single spot in the city Zagreb’s Jarun Lake is host to another Theatres from across the world have for Zagreb stretches along the south bank centre that cannot be used by street great musical event – Rokajfest. The years been participating in Eurokaz, a of the Sava River. Different parts of entertainers, merry and wonderful peo- primary aim of Rokajfest is to promote popular theatre festival in Zagreb. The new Zagreb are dotted with green oa- ple taking every chance to brighten the urban and rock music. That this aim is festival provides both the citizens of ses. Bundek, a lake with a promenade daily routine for passersby hurriedly car- being successfully implemented at Ro- Zagreb and their guests with access to around it and a children’s playground rying out their daily chores. Stop for a kajfest is visible by the increasing num- recent trends in the art of contemporary nearby, is one of those oases. Thanks while and let a silly clown bring tears of ber of visitors. Despite the imposing theatre. Luxurious productions, superb to its beauty, Bundek is a perfect lo- laughter to your eyes, reward the effort list of international guests, Rokajfest performances and international coop- cation for the international gardening of a man dedicating his life to spread- places its focus on performers from eration are merely some of the factors show Flora Art, a flower exhibition of- ing good vibrations with a laugh. Close Croatia and the region. Up until now, that have made this festival an interna- fering endless combinations of colours your eyes and get into the spirit of music unforgottable performances at Rokaj- tionally important event. Don’t take too and scents coming from diverse and played by the street musicians or let an fest have been given by the Zagreb long to choose which production you interestingly arranged flowers. acrobat convince you that the human punk rockers “Hladno pivo”, “Majke” are going to see, because tickets for body is much nimbler than you thought from Vinkovci, garage rock performers all plays within the Eurokaz programme www.floraart.net it was. Let the jugglers and fire eaters and the always artistically extravagant are hard to come by. hypnotize you with their street specta- “Let 3” from Rijeka. cles, let mimers and magicians extend www.eurokaz.hr the scope of your imagination and make www.rokajfest.com an effort to reward them by a sincere ap- plause and toss a coin or two into their hat. They are all here during the Cest is d’best, a festival transforming the streets of downtown Zagreb into a bright world of circus and street theatre for a week or two. The city is never so colourful and never so full of positive spirit of careless- ness as when clowns and entertainers walk its streets. Believe us, they come to the Zagreb festival from the remotest parts of the world. www.cestisdbest.com 116 www.croatia.hr CITY OF ZAGREB CITY OF ZAGREB www.croatia.hr 117 116 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 117 T-MOBILE INMUSIC ZAGREB SUMMER INTERNATIONAL PIF - THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL EVENINGS FOLKLORE FESTIVAL FESTIVAL OF PUPPET THEATRE Zagreb Zagreb Zagreb Zagreb 22 - 23 June 2 - 31 July 21 - 25 July 29 August - 5 September Photo: T-Mobile InMusic festival Photo: Zagreb Concert Management Photo: Vido Bagur Photo: Ivan Špoljarec The island of young Croatian people at From classical music, to jazz and folk- Zagreb has its own festival of folklore, Perhaps it is true that puppets bring Zagreb’s Jarun Lake has in the last few lore, lovers of serious musical genres a traditional culture very appreciated most delight to children, but the pro- years really justified its name. For two will come into their own when summer in Croatia for its values, and lovingly gramme of this particular festival suc- days in June an army of young people in arrives in Zagreb. Walking through the passed on from generation to genera- cessfully demonstrates that puppets search of a good time and good quality streets of Zagreb’s Downtown and Up- tion. Inspired by similar festivals from can entertain adults as well. Although music appears, and this is exactly what per Town, the romantic sounds can be the 1930s, the Zagreb Folklore Festi- intended for the youngest ones, the the T-Mobile InMusic Festival offers heard from practically every corner. In val is conceived thematically. You can beauty of the puppets and skills of the them. In the last five years, the Jarun the course of its tradition of a quarter learn about traditions associated with puppeteers performing in PIF can attract festival has made it onto the list of key of a century, the Evenings have hosted specific dates, customs such as wed- the attention of any art enthusiast. You European summer festivals, as much not only the established artists but also dings, carnivals and harvest festivities, can see for yourself that this pertains due to a guest list that includes many the young and up and coming, and and traditions typical of individual parts to all continents in the world because famous names from the global music undoubtedly enthusiastic musicians of Croatia. Visitors to Zagreb thus have premium puppet theatres from all over scene, as to the great atmosphere. whose vibrant approaches ensure that the opportunity to see and learn about the world respond to PIF’s invitation. the programme always remains fresh numerous cherished customs of other www.inmusicfestival.com and topical. Croatian regions. www.mcuk.hr www.kdz.hr www.msf.hr 118 www.croatia.hr CITY OF ZAGREB CITY OF ZAGREB www.croatia.hr 119 118 www.hrvatska.hr DALMACIJA - ZADAR DALMACIJA - ZADAR www.hrvatska.hr 119 I.A.A.F. - INTERNATIONAL THE MEDIEVAL DAYS ZAGREB FILM ATHLETIC MEETING ON MEDVEDNICA FESTIVAL Zagreb N.P. Medvednica Zagreb 1 September 26 September 17 - 23 October Photo: Tourist Board of Zagreb Photo: Medvednica Nature Park Photo: Zagreb film festival This year numerous top class athletes The life of a miner is often used as a Zagreb Film Festival is a venue not just are going to come to Zagreb again – metaphor for a hard life full of hard toil for film buffs, but for many other visi- winners of Olympic medals,, world and sacrifice. A visit to the old mines tors to whom the festival programme champions and world record breakers. represents much more than walking successfully opens up new horizons With a tradition of over half a century into the dark bowels of a mountain. It into the field of film art. The Festival the Zagreb Meeting enjoys a high rat- means paying respect to people whose programme includes films that are not ing in the world of athletics. These are job is undoubtedly among the most de- necessarily of a commercial charac- just additional reasons why the lovers manding and hazardous of all human ter, but lean towards artistic creation. of sport should not miss it. The other endeavours. In the Middle Ages, miners However, the films presented at the reasons will be justified by the athletes, were digging for lead and zinc ore at an Zagreb Film Festival invariably become their sporting spirit and skills. altitude of 830 m. The remains of the hits among serious film audiences. As mine have been preserved and, having these are often films having no regular www.zagrebhanzek.com been attended to, the mine now repre- distribution, the festival also represents sents an attractive tourist destination. a unique opportunity to even see the Visit the old mine, get a feel of what life films. 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