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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!

More Info                                                   THE MEDITERRANEAN AS IT ONCE WAS

                                    OF CULTURAL AND
                 TOURISTIC EVENTS
                                          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!
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.
  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

                                                          I STR I A
 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
 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
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-
                                                                   less at almost every corner, while Ro-                                                                             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.


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  THE LABIN ART                                EVENINGS OF THE                              FILM FESTIVAL                               MALMSEY FIESTA
  REPUBLIC                                     FISHERMEN TRADITION
                                                                                            Pula                                        Brtonigla
                                               Rovinj, 9 July,                              17 - 24 July                                18 July
  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
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                         ful town.                                    programme. This will also include film
                                                                                          screenings of current Croatian produc-
                                                           tions in the Arena. Of course, this year
                                                                                          Pula will once again be host to numer-
                                                                                          ous attractive film hits.


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 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
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-
                                               forming in the town square.

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  SEPOMAIA VIVA                               NIGHT OF                                    THE MONTRAKER                               DOLPHIN OF POREČ
  Umag                                        ST. LAWRENCE                                SCHOOL OF SCULPTING                         Poreč
  2 - 4 August                                                                            Vrsar                                       4 September
                                              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                                                                 tional, a sailing regatta and the Croatian
promise you will forget all about your                                                                   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.

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  GIOSTRA                                          DAYS OF TRUFFLES                              TRADITIONAL                                  ISTRIA MTB TRUFFLES
  Poreč                                            11 September -                                SUBOTINA                                     TOUR - PARENZANA
  10 - 12 September                                14 November
                                                                                                 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                                 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    
                                                               and traditional crafts, games, musi-
                                                                                               cians and food.


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                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
                           hotel offers of Roman baths and mas-
                                                           sages... and thus bear witness to the
                                                           importance of this discovery for our
                                                           cultural heritage.


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  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
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
- 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-                              formers and various shows.


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  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.                              your soul with a touch of culture.             their former significance, but the mem-
                                                                                             ory of their golden age is still preserved
                                                                 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.


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  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
theatres and concerts by pop stars. One                  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.

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 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
                                           the people of Vinodol are preparing nu-    centuries into the past.                       merous theatrical surprises, with which
                                           your cultural holiday will be fulfilled.


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 KRK FAIR -                                   LITTLE ROSE OF VINODOL                      PILGRIMAGE ON THE FEAST                                 LIBURNIA FILM
                                                                                          OF THE ASSUMPTION OF
 LOVREČEVA                                    Grižane 13 August,
                                                                                          THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
                                              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-                               digenous dishes of Vinodol, enjoy the        ciscan monastery in the same place.          
                                            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
                                                      Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


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 DAYS OF THE                                 DAYS OF OLIVES                              THE CHESTNUT                               NEW YEAR SPEAR
 KRK WINES                                                                               FESTIVAL                                   FISHING CHAMPIONSHIP
                                             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,
equipment of Krk, and the magic of the                              such as meads, honey based brandies
winemaking process that cannot be                                                       and local young wine.
found in modern industrial production

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                          NOBILITY FAIR                                  NOVALJA CULTURAL
                          Dubovac                                        SUMMER
                          17 May - 4 June
                                                                         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   
                        black tower.


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 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
 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                  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                                          
workshops for children, thus stimulat-                                                                                        
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.

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 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.

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 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.

                                               D ALM ATI A - ZADAR
  36     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                               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!                                                                        

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  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                                               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 
                                                                                             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


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  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.                                The Carnival reaches its climax at the
opportunity to try this autochthonous                                                                                                     closing ceremony when the Carnival
dish.                                                                                                             Prince Marko is burnt on the main town
                                                                                                                                          square, which, according to the local                                                                                                                                belief, should cast away all evil forces
                                                                                                                                          for the whole of the following year.


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 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                                        still further enhanced by the melodies
                                                                                        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.


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  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                       traditional boat repairing, netting, rope
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.                                                       

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                               ECO & ETHNO FAIR                              INTERNATIONAL
                                                                             CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL
                               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
                                                   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.


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  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                          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.                                                                                             during this period!                                                                                                                

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 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-                      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                                                                        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.

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 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                    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.


                                                                                         D ALM ATI A - SP L IT
 CROATIA                                     “FOLLOWING THE                              THE HVAR SUMMER                            DAYS OF THE
 BOAT SHOW                                   CROSS” THE EASTER                           EVENTS                                     HVAR THEATRE
                                             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                             scientific side, as the central event of                     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
                                                                                                          have many things to write about.


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  MAKARSKA CULTURAL                            THE TROGIR SUMMER                            CULTURAL SUMMER                              KAŠTEL SUMMER
  SUMMER                                       OF CULTURE                                   ON VIS                                       OF CULTURE AND
  Makarska                                     Trogir                                       Vis, 21 June -
  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…
needs, relax and have fun at one of the                              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                                           

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 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-                                  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
                                                                             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.


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  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
  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.                   tory, and delight all those present.            ranean dishes – and for a moment it
                                                                                             seems as if one had never stepped into
                                                                     the 21st century.


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                     THE FEAST OF                                 THE FOLKLORE FESTIVAL
                                                                  “MOONLIGHT SHINES DOWN
                     ST. BLASIUS                                  ON THE NERETVA RIVER”
                     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
                   the bridge across which we travel back
                   through time to the centuries old glori-
                   ous history of Dubrovnik.


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  “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-                                      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
                                                                                                                                           Korčula - Vela Luka, Smokvice or Blato.
                                                                                                                                     The dances remind us that honour and
                                                                                                                                                                      courage were once virtues appreciated
                                                                                                                                                                      above all others.


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 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-
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-                                       ughout the lovely Dubrovnik summer.
                                                                   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

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  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                      thing is to be courageous and willing to
the Ston restaurants and taverns where                                                     uphold the tradition, to remember the
delectable, and yes, exotic dishes of the                                                  lives and efforts of our ancestors.
Croatian Adriatic can be savoured.

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  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.

                                                CE NTR AL CR OAT IA
 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                               gion for sampling at every step, and all                                                is staged where Fašnik, guilty of all things
                                           in the company of the ever boisterous                                   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
                                                                                                               ceremony, the ancient belief being that
                                                                                                      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.


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  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
  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
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                                  Though do not limit yourself to eating      the birthday of Ludbreg is celebrated,                                  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-
                                                       tain. All who believe themselves to be
                                                                                          cosmopolitan, simply must visit the
                                                                                          centre of the world.


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  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
                                                           right in front of you. You don’t have to     all of it to the accompaniment of the                                                              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.                 


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 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
tion of traditional souvenirs and items     of such significance that today, the        play presents the history of the region
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.                  

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 THE SISAK TOURNAMENT                         THE MILLER’S DAYS AND                        THE COCKEREL                               DAY OF THE EUROPEAN
 OF CHIVALRY                                  INTERNATIONAL “SPUST                                                                    STORK VILLAGE
 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
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                         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.                     


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  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,                     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.                                                                                                            
                                                                                           that bothered them. The commandment
                                                                                           always ends with an invitation to the                                                                                                         
                                                                                           young to rejoice and chase away gloomy
                                                                                           thoughts by dancing and singing. Like
                                                                                           contagious disease, such mood spreads
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  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

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  
                                                                                                                                       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                                                          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.

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  WHAT OUR                                    THE CELTIC NIGHT                            THE RENAISSANCE                               A WEEK OF
  FOREFATHERS ATE                                                                         FESTIVAL                                      KAJKAVIAN CULTURE
  Vrbovec                                     4 September                                                                               Krapina
  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-                     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                               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

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  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.                                        musical journey.                                                                                     

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 THE CHESTNUT                               DAYS OF MUSHROOMS                          ASSITEJ                                     ST. MARTIN’S DAY IN THE
 FESTIVAL                                   IN STUBIČKE TOPLICE                                                                    ZAGREB COUNTY
                                            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                 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
                                           cacies prepared over an open fire.         Međimurje.                        

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  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
everyone feels welcome.             

                                                                                          SLAV O NI A
  THE FESTIVAL                                 DORF - FESTIVAL                                 IN THE FAIRY TALE                           ON THE TRAIL OF THE
  OF ŠOKCI                                     OF DOCUMENTARY                                  WORLD OF IVANA                              TRENK TROOPERS
                                               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
once again be enriched still more with                                                        mayor and a formal production in the
folklore groups coming from other parts                                 Ivana Brlić Mažuranić Primary School, a
of Croatia and abroad.                                                                        school known as the “colourful school”
                                                                                              in Croatia as it is painted with charac-                                                                             ters from Ivana’s fairy tales on the in-
                                                                                              side and the outside.


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 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.                                                        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                                                                           out your arms, hold tight and don’t let
its climax at the awards ceremony.                                                                                                      the wheel dance break.                                                                                                                   

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  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                             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!              

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 FESTIVAL OF THE                             THE ĐAKOVO                                    SUMMER NIGHTS                                SUMMER IN
 “SONGS OF PODRAVINA                         EMBROIDERY                                    OF OSIJEK                                    VALPOVO
                                             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-                              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.                                                                                                                                                                 

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  OSIJEK SUMMER                               FIŠIJADA                                    HARVEST AND                                  THE MIHOLJAC
  OF CULTURE                                  Slavonski Brod                              THRESHING IN                                 FESTIVAL
                                              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.               the Slavonian wine and joyful melodies      needlework and handicrafts, from Bos-
                                             played by the tambourine players.           nian embroidery to Graištane’s small
                                                                                         pumpkins (graištanske tikvice). Visitors
                                                                   can also take a ride in a horse-drawn
                                                                                         carriage. Come and visit Županja and
                                                                                         let the spirit of these diligent people
                                                                                         embrace you.


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  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                             up to the atmosphere. The Feast of St.       events is now at your disposal.    
                                             Roch combines the new and the old in
                                             an attractive way. Come and see the
                                             wealth of Virovitica’s tradition and enjoy
                                             the performances of great entertainers.


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 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.                              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                                                              disclose everything - come to Pitomača        and health.
                                                                                         and see it for yourself.

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 THE OLD SPORTS                              AUTUMN IN                                   THE FESTIVAL OF THE                        THE VINKOVCI
 OLYMPICS                                    BARANJA                                     “GOLDEN STRINGS OF                         AUTUMNS
 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,                                                                                    
but provide great fun for both the par-                  
ticipants and the supporters.

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  110 DALMACIJA - ZADAR                                                                            DALMACIJA - ZADAR          111
 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.

                                                CI TY O F ZAG R EB
 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                  you breathless.                            mental photographs.                          Dancing always host superior artists.
                                                                                                                                    If you like dancing and the harmony
                                                                 of human motions, this programme is
                                                                                                                                    something you should not miss.


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 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                          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                                             
                                          the scope of your imagination and make
                                          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.


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  116 DALMACIJA - ZADAR                                                                              DALMACIJA - ZADAR           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                     and topical.                                Croatian regions.                  


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  118 DALMACIJA - ZADAR                                                                             DALMACIJA - ZADAR           119
  I.A.A.F. - INTERNATIONAL                     THE MEDIEVAL DAYS                             ZAGREB FILM
  ATHLETIC MEETING                             ON MEDVEDNICA                                 FESTIVAL
  Zagreb                                       N.P. Medvednica
  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                         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. Film screenings are accompa-
                                             was like for those men, and relax in the      nied by excellent concerts, so you are
                                             beauty of the nature surrounding you,         guaranteed a great time in addition to
                                             but also in the traditional cuisine of the    new films.
                                             Grafičar mountain lodge.

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  120 DALMACIJA - ZADAR                                                                                DALMACIJA - ZADAR   121
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