Sunday, 11 July 2021

72nd Edition of Dubrovnik Summer Festival Kicks Off

ZAGREB, 11 July, 2021 - The 72nd of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival began on Saturday evening at the traditional ceremony which included the hoisting of the festival's Libertas.

The ceremony was addressed by Mayor Mato Franković who, among other things, spoke about the importance of freedom.

In attendance at the ceremony were Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Josep Borrell, as well as some of the guests who had participated in the Dubrovnik Forum earlier in the day.

This year's festival will run through 25 August, and its programme includes over 60 plays, concerts, dance and folklore performances that will take place at a dozen venues,

The budget of the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival is nearly HRK 8 million, which is HRK 1.5 million more than in 2020. The festival's own funds, including revenues from sponsors, donors and tickets, account for 30% of the budget.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival was founded in 1950. Unique ambiance of indoor and open air venues of the historical City of Dubrovnik makes a perfect stage for many theatre, music, opera and dance performances during the festival.

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Saturday, 10 July 2021

Obuljen Koržinek Praises Dubrovnik Summer Festival programme

ZAGREB, 10 July 2021 - Culture and Media Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said on Saturday that the organisation of the challenging programme of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival during the present health crisis and great uncertainty deserved all the praise as it continued the most beautiful festival tradition.

Speaking at a formal session of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival Council, Obuljen Koržinek recalled the exceptional circumstances of the organisation of the festival.

"I hope the audience will see how much effort and expertise it has taken to have such a programme," the minister said.

She added it was not easy to keep cultural institutions in Croatia open during the pandemic, unlike in other European countries.

"It was not easy for us who tried to ensure financial support. But also for artists who often demonstrated in situations that posed a risk to their health that art was their life, and for us art is a vital need. That is the message we sent to Europe and the world. I am proud of the artists but also of the audiences who attended cultural events," said Obuljen Koržinek.

She said there was no artistic life without interaction with the audience and called on people to get vaccinated.

"Amazing things took place online, but we were all touched when we could come to theatres and cinemas. The more citizens get vaccinate, the more cultural events will be able to be organised as before," Obuljen Koržinek said.

Dubrovnik Summer Festival director Dora Ruždjak Podolski said the greatest value of the programme was the insistence on their own theatrical performances, noting that this is what makes the festival stand out.

She added that the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the first in Croatia to get the opportunity to open to the audience with performances of international stars.

Director of Dubrovnik Summer Festival public institution Ivana Medo Bogdanović said the institution was ready to support this year's rich programme in the technical, organisational and logistical way.

"We are also prepared in the epidemiological sense because last year we proved that we can cope with those challenges and I hope everything will go well," said Medo Bogdanović.

The 72nd edition of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival starts on Saturday evening with an opening ceremony in front of the Church of St Blaise. Nearly 70 drama, music, dance, folklore and other events will take place at 15 locations in 47 days of the festival by 25 August.

The budget of this year's festival is nearly HRK 8 million, which is HRK 1.5 million more than last year.

The audience will have to wear face masks and maintain physical distance of one seating space.

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Saturday, 10 July 2021

Dubrovnik Summer Festival Will Have Its Grand Opening Today

July 10, 2021 - Everything is ready for the start of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in the walled city, which opens tonight. Take a look at what the latest rehearsal looked like and more details about the event.

By raising the Libertas flag on the city bell tower and with the verses of the Hymn of Freedom in front of the church of St. Vlaho, the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be officially opened on Saturday night, reports

Over the next 47 days, until August 25, nearly seventy drama, music, dance, folklore, and other programs will be performed at fifteen stage and ambient locations.

The opening ceremony is directed by Hrvoje Korbar and features the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Stjepan Vuger, percussion ensemble Percussion Club and Folklore Ensemble Linđo with the participation of the Festival Drama Ensemble, which will be joined by acting and dance students from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Attendance at the ceremony will require an EU digital covid certificate or other valid evidence of vaccination, a negative test result, or recovery from infection.

The drama program of the festival will also include two premieres. The first is 'Out of Yourself', the work of Nataša Rajković, Ivan Penović, and the acting ensemble, as part of the EU project 'Port of Dreamers'. As part of it, the Games will also feature the play 'Celebration' of the Slovenian National Theater from Maribor by Ivor Martinić and directed by Jan Krmelj, and the play 'Under the Same Roof' directed by Ivana Janošev and co-produced by the civil society organization Kulturanova and Újvidéki Színház, a minority Hungarian theater. from Novi Sad.


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The second premiere will be 'The Lion's Head', based on the novel of the same name for the first time by Ivan Salečić, adapted by playwright Marijana Fumić and directed by Aida Bukvić. The plays "Hamlet", "Mara and Kata" and "Grižula" will be shown again, and the Student Theater Lero will perform the play "Jugo" by the author and director Davor Mojaš.

The music program of the festival will include, among others, the Percussion Club, the HRT Choir and Jazz Orchestra, Lovre Marušić, Julija Ležnjeva with the ensemble La Voce Strumentale, Eva Šulić with the chamber ensemble of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and quartet, Martina Filjak, Felix Klieser, Andrej Bielow, Lawrence Brownlee with Vesna Podrug Kossjanenko, Petrit Çeku, Goran Filipec, Richard Bona, Alfred Rodríguez.


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The unique music program "Dubrovnik on the music cliff" brings performances by Lovro Mercep, Marija Grazio, and Dubravka Separovic Musovic.

The festival will close with an opera gala concert by the HRT Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ivan Repušić with Diana Damrau, Nicolas Testé, and Roko Radovan.

According to the financial plan, the budget of the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival is almost 8 million kunas, which is 1.5 million more than last year.

The audience will follow the performances by maintaining a physical distance from one seat with the obligatory wearing of face masks.

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Sunday, 16 May 2021

72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival to Feature over 60 Events

ZAGREB, 16 May, 2021 - The 72nd edition of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be held from 10 July to 25 August, with over 60 plays, concerts, dance and folklore performances taking place at about 10 venues, the organisers announced earlier this week.

The budget of the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival is nearly HRK 8 million, which is HRK 1.5 million more than in 2020. The festival's own funds, including revenues from sponsors, donors and tickets, account for 30% of the budget.

It is expected that online ticket sales will start after new epidemiological guidelines for events are released.

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Sunday, 9 August 2020

Dubrovnik Summer Festival Receives EU Money For #synergy Project

ZAGREB, Aug 9, 2020 - The Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been given HRK 320,000 for co-financing a project aimed at strengthening cultural cooperation and the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries in the Western Balkans, in which the festival will invest HRK 108,000 of its own money as well.

The "#synergy: Sharpening the capacities of the classical music industry in the Western Balkans" project was one of 300 which were submitted for funding from the Creative Europe programme and one of the 13 that have been given €410,000 in total.

The main partner on the project is the Don Branko Sbutega Foundation from Montenegro. Besides the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the other project partners are the Belgrade Festivals Centre from Serbia, the Ljubljana Festival from Slovenia, the Frederic Chopin Association from Kosovo, and the Vox Baroque Organisation from Albania.

The duration of the project is 34 months.

Over the past two years, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has received HRK 7 million in EU funding for three projects.

(€1 = HRK 7.46)

Saturday, 7 July 2018

69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival Begins Soon

Are you ready for the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival?

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

From Pula to Dubrovnik: Award Winning Films

The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will screen some of the Pula Film Festival's best international films this month.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Dubrovnik Summer Festival: Homage to Beethoven in Rector's Palace

Italian ensemble Umberto Giordano is performing a concert-show about the life and work of the great composer

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Majestic Beginnings: Grandiose Carmina Burana at 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival

A grand opening to the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival!

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