Thursday, 3 September 2020

PHOTOS: Pula Amphitheatre and Zagreb Arena Lit Red for Events Industry

September 3, 2020 - Three of Croatia's most internationally famous venues in the events industry were lit in spectacular red on Monday. Pula amphitheatre, Zagreb Arena and Fort Punta Christo were bathed in light from sunset until after dark

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Three of Croatia's most internationally famous venues used by the events industry were lit in spectacular red on Monday. Pula amphitheatre, Zagreb Arena and Fort Punta Christo, also in Pula were bathed in light from sunset until after dark.

Though the change in appearance was enjoyable and visually impressive, the action was undertaken to send a strong message. It was part of a worldwide campaign to highlight the effects of Coronavirus on the events industry and those who work within it.

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Some of the most famous historical buildings, concert venues and event halls in the world joined the Red Alert campaign and were similarly lit on the same night.

Large public events have been put on hold over most of the world under epidemiological guidelines. Seating arrangements in theatres, conference halls, sports and music halls are simply not compatible with social distancing regulations – many such venues could not make a profit by holding events at 50% capacity.

This has affected millions around the world who work in the events industry, from musicians and performers to technicians, bookers, agents, the media, PR representatives, venue management and general staff. Freelancers operating within the events industry are some of the hardest hit and have had all of their income sources removed completely. Many who operate in the events industry are highly trained and skilled, so diversifying into other industries can be problematic.

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Pula amphitheatre (also known as Pula Arena) is a massively popular open-air venue in warmer months. It holds spectacular opera, ballet and classical music events as well as hosting a film festival. Like Zagreb Arena, it attracts some of the biggest names in pop and rock music. Fort Punta Christo has become famous all over Europe and further over the last decade, thanks to the internationally renowned Outlook and Dimensions festivals. Those events were supposed to take place in Tisno, at The Garden festival site. But, along with seven further festivals due to be held there this year, they chose to cancel in order to safeguard the health of their attendees and locals.

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Fort Punta Christo in Pula is widely known as a host site for international music festivals

The Croatian events industry alone is comprised of 2000 business entities, has more than 12,000 employees, and annually generates HRK 4.5 billion. Autumn/winter 2021 is the soonest estimated point at which large scale events could return to normal. The Red Alert campaign has been undertaken to highlight the plight of the events industry as many sections within it face total collapse if deprived of work until then. 

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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Dimensions Festival Completes 2020 Lineup for New Chapter in Tisno

February  5, 2020 - This summer, the Dimensions Festival will be held for the first time in Dalmatia, from August 13-17, in three locations; The Garden Resort in Tisno, St. Michael’s Fortress in Šibenik, and the after-party at the cult Barbarella disco in Pirovac. 

T.portal writes that the 9th edition of the Dimensions Festival will showcase a carefully selected mix of top emerging artists and music pioneers, with a lot of attention paid to production details. The introduction to the festival will be the opening concert at St. Michael’s Fortress in the center of Sibenik, where the main guest, Floating Points, will present his latest album "Crush" in an audio-visual show, along with other classics. He will be supported by Mafalda, with his dance mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian music. Other opening artists will be announced shortly.

The final list of festival guests to perform at The Garden Resort include techno pioneers Underground Resistance, Atlanta DJ and music journalist Ash Lauryn with her timeless house, intergalactic sound machine Freakenstein, rhythm innovator Batu, legendary dub techno don Moritz von Oswald, king of minimal house Voigtmann and favorite house, soul and disco selector Red Greg. Dimensions will be hosted by Michael Upson, known for his Love Muscle events in Leeds, the cult Dutch VBX team that regularly organizes programs at the Amsterdam Dance Event, and the Stamp The Wax music magazine with its own DJ discovery trove.

The best performers of the region are inevitable as well, with resident status on Dimensions already held by Peter Dundov and Elijah Rudman, joined by Le Chocolat Noir and Zarkoff, and the latest acquisition from the region, Belgrade band Bella Technika, which will perform their long-running debut "Section" released with the cooperation of the Belgrade label Odličan Hrčak (sub-label Bravo Boys) and PDV.

All these names have been added to a great list of electronic music stars that have already been featured, like DJs Stingray, Zip, The Hacker, Tikiman & Scion, dBridge, Mafalda, Helena Hauff, Pearson Sound, Skee Mask b2b Stenny, Surgeon, Marcellus Pittman, Francesco Del Garda, Detroit in Effect, Margaret Dygas, Darwin, re: ni, Awesome Tapes from Africa and many others.

Regional visitors have the opportunity to buy a cheaper early bird regional festival ticket this year, both through the Entrio system and at Entrio outlets. In the coming months, details of the opening concert, line-up at the festival beach and party boats will be announced.

You can find the full lineup here.

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Thursday, 7 November 2019

One of World's Largest Music Festivals Coming to Pula? TZ Istria Director Optimistic

November 7, 2019 - Over the last 15 years, Tomorrowland has grown to be one of the world's largest and most notable music festivals - and we might see a version of it in Pula in the future. 

Next to the Pula Arena, one might say that some of the most recognizable products of the town are its music festivals - Outlook and Dimensions. Sadly, 2019 was the final year that Outlook and Dimensions festivals would be held in Pula after they announced a relocation to Sibenik in 2020. The departure of Outlook and Dimensions was expected to be a considerable hit to Pula’s tourism, though it might not be all that bad for this Istrian city in the end. A version of one of the biggest festivals in the world could be calling Pula its new home. 

Namely, Glas Istre first wrote about the possibility of Tomorrowland coming to Pula two months ago, and now the story has been confirmed by the director of the Istria Tourist Board, Denis Ivosevic.

Ivosevic told Glas Istre that he is optimistic about Tomorrowland's arrival in Pula, but that is still not a definitive confirmation that this international spectacle will come to the largest city on the Istrian peninsula. In any case, if it did happen, Pula would again be on the map of the most attractive festival destinations in the world. 

Ivosevic added that a music festival, whether it be Tomorrowland or another, would surely make Pula their home. 

Tomorrowland is one of the largest and most famous dance and techno music festivals in the world. The first edition took place in 2005 in the Belgian town of Boom near Antwerp, where it is traditionally held during the last weekend of July. Two years ago, the festival was visited by as many as 400,000 people, which are attracted to its mega stages and visual splendor.

Tomorrowland often ranks first in the world's top music festivals, ahead of Austin City Limits in Texas, Glastonbury, Rock in Rio, Chicago's Lollapalooza, Burning Man (Black Rock Desert, Nevada), Tennessee’s Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival in Los Angeles, Coachella, and Ultra Music Festival in Miami. Tomorrowland in Belgium, which has versions in other countries as well, could spark up a new edition in Pula. 

You can read more about Outlook and Dimensions leaving Pula here

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Dimensions and Outlook Festivals Announce Move to Sibenik, The Garden Tisno

October 9, 2019 - The organizers of Dimensions and Outlook festivals announced a new location and festival term.

Everyone wondering whether the wildly popular Dimensions and Outlook festivals would continue after their stretch and Pula can now relax, for we finally have an answer. 

Namely, Glas Istre reports that Croatian organizers Pozitivan Ritam announced on Tuesday that, after an unforgettable decade spent at the incredible Punta Christo Fortress, the Dimensions Festival and Outlook Festival is heading south to central Dalmatia.

The release explains that the festival dates have also changed and will no longer be held at the end of August and early September, but at the peak of the summer season, from late July to mid-August. The first names to come will be announced shortly.

The festivals will take place at three locations: the stunning St. Michael's Fortress, built on a cliff above the center of Sibenik, in the beautiful bay of The Garden Resort in Tisno, and on the open terrace of Barbarellas Discotheque, where unforgettable all-night parties will be powered by Sinai Sound System, explained Pozitivan Ritam, revealing that the Outlook Festival will undergo a name change and concept, creating "Outlook Origins", which promises a return to the original roots and foundations on which the world's largest celebration of sound system culture is built.

“After eight unforgettable years at Fort Punta Christo, we are excited to embark on the next step of the journey for Dimensions Festival. Heading down the Croatian coast, Dimensions 2020 will take place between the 13th–18th August across three stunning locations; a fortress-top Amphitheatre in Sibenik, the idyllic Garden Resort in Tisno, in addition to star lit dancing at the world famous Barbarella’s Discotheque.

Dimensions’ next chapter will be a continuation of the festival’s heritage, with the same commitment to programming, sound quality, spirit, and a continued nurturing of a close-knit community of labels and club partners will remain – adding the signature Dimensions touch to the Garden Resort.

While we leave behind our beloved fortress home, we also leave behind a number of challenges we faced that come with holding a festival in such a unique space. This change is an exciting prospect for us, giving us an opportunity to present our audience with something new, both as the Dimensions brand and for the Garden Resort – while hopefully achieving a feeling of home to those that have joined us over the years.

A slice of paradise nestled on the Dalmatian coastline, the Garden is blessed with crystal clear azure Adriatic waters, baking sunshine and star-lit night skies. It’s an intimate setting that has become a sought-after destination for a global crowd of music lovers. Located just a ten minute walk away, the local town of Tisno is a lovely fishing village, blessed with beaches, great restaurants bars and bakeries and high quality hotel and apartment options. It’s the ideal base from which to do Dimensions in style.

One of the world’s most unique nightclubs, Barbarella’s is located just a short drive from the main festival site. Boasting the stars as its ceiling, it’s a truly magical space that has to be experienced, adored by artists and festival-goers alike. Adding a Dimensions twist on the venue, Sinai Sound System will power the space - bringing with them their mighty stacks, providing warm, deep sounds the system is famous for.

We’re also delighted to announce that in 2020 we’ll be presenting a special live event alongside the festival; an opening concert in an amphitheatre in Sibenik - held on top of a fortress nestled along the coast.

Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale at £100 and hope you’ll join us for the next step of the journey next August,” Dimensions directors Jack, Joe, Johnny, Noah, and Simon wrote on Facebook

The Outlook directors also took to Facebook to share their thoughts. 

“After 10 incredible years at Fort Punta Christo, Outlook Festival is delighted to reveal something brand new for 2020; Outlook Origins.

Outlook Origins sees us return to the Dalmatian coast, the region where we first started our Croatian festival adventure. In addition to the change in location, Outlook Origins will take place one month earlier: from 30th July until 4th August.

Over the last decade, the festival has grown to incredible heights and welcomed thousands of people annually from across the globe. Throughout the course of this journey, we’ve really loved building such a worldwide community. However, in recent years, we’ve wanted to revisit the original vibe, ethos and size that made the event so special. Outlook Origins will take things back to where it all began for the festival and celebrate the artists, labels, parties and genres that for us have been integral in driving sound system culture forward.

Outlook Origins will be music for the heads. For 2020, the festival line-up is being carefully curated by a handful of the scene’s most influential artists and tastemakers. Linchpins in their respective genres, these curators will represent the key foundations that made Outlook Festival what is is: Dubstep, Dub & Reggae, Drum & Bass and Jungle and Grime. A festival line-up with our heroes leading the way; working side by side to ensure the sounds remain underground.

We’ll be announcing the festival curators in the coming weeks.

In addition to the exciting developments in the artistic programming, for 2020, we’re honoured to be taking the festival to a selection of amazing locations.

Our opening concert will be held in an Amphitheatre, sat on a spectacular cliff-top fortress by the sea. St. Michael’s Fortress in Sibenik is without doubt one of the most awe-inspiring venues we have ever laid our eyes on, and the ideal location in which to begin Outlook Origins 2020.

Following an opening night in Sibenik, the festival will then run for 5 days across the stunning venues operated by The Garden. Originally located in Petrcane, The Garden was the spot where Outlook Festival began its adventure way back in 2008.

Now situated just down the coast, The Garden Tisno sits in its own private bay with an amazing beachfront, hosting a number of stages across its pine covered setting. Additional late night action will take place at Barbarella’s Discotheque, one of the world’s finest outdoor venues. To ensure the Outlook vibe and spirit is maintained, we’ll be installing the mighty Sinai Soundsystem to take us into the early hours each night.

Outlook Origins will be an intimate party, with a heavily reduced festival capacity, for the real heads of the scene. We can’t wait for you to join us."

Outlook Origins will run from July 30 to August 4, while Dimensions will follow from August 13 to August 18, 2020. 

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

New Outlook and Dimension to Underground Music

Europe's biggest celebration of sound system culture, Outlook Festival returns to beautiful Pula from the 5th of September to the 9th of September, 2018, with the promise of this, the eleventh festival, being even more underground than ever before.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Dimensions Festival Returning to Pula!

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Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Kraftwerk to Open Dimensions Festival in Arena Pula With Spectacular 3-D Show

The pioneers of electronic music are taking their trademark 3-D show to Pula in August

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Outlook and Dimensions in Pula: How Do Music Festivals Affect the Host City?

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Monday, 18 July 2016

Telegraph UK Best and Don't Miss Music Festivals in Croatia for 2016

Croatia’s music festivals are in the news again as Belinda Maude, travel writer for the Telegraph, has listed Croatia’s coolest new music festival, and 5 more you shouldn’t miss this summer.

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