Friday, 24 September 2021

Fiumare Festival, Rijeka Boat Show Open

ZAGREB, 24 Sept 2021 - The ninth Kvarner Fiumare festival of the sea and maritime heritage and the Rijeka Boat Show, featuring nautical and boat equipment, opened in Rijeka on Friday.

The Fiumare festival, taking place at several venues in downtown Rijeka, will be open until 29 September while the Rijeka Boat Show will run until 26 September at the Caroline of Rijeka pier.

The Rijeka Boat Show's theme is "The City is the port, the port is the city", and visitors can see new small vessels made in Croatia as well as world brands and nautical and fishing equipment.

"Rijeka's potential has been recognised by the world's largest groups - the attractiveness of the marina in Porto Baroš has been recognised by the Lürssen Group, the world's biggest producer megayachts. The Zagreb Pier future container terminal has been recognised by Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world. That means that in the next three to four years, Rijeka will definitely change its face as seen from the sea," Mayor Marko Filipović said.

The Fiumare festival will feature lectures, exhibitions, interactive workshops, rowing demonstrations, presentations of historical events and a fair of autochthonous products from the Kvarner region.

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Sunday, 16 May 2021

European Short Story Festival to be held in Zagreb, Hvar and Vis on 6-11 June

ZAGREB, 16 May, 2021 - The 20th European Short Story Festival will be held on June 6-11, and the event will be held both online and live in Zagreb and on the islands of Hvar and Vis.

US authors Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt, Lydia Davis and Lorrie Moore will discuss this year's festival topic, "Islands", with Croatian authors.

The festival has so far taken place in Osijek, Beli Manastir, Hvar, Zadar, Rijeka, Split, Dubrovnik, Pazin, Varaždin, Šibenik and other cities.

"We are exploring topics that are more relevant than ever - what kinds of isolation are we faced with and how do we overcome separation in a post-pandemic world? Is travel really necessary? Is technology a cure for loneliness or does it contribute to it? Is each one of us an island and what are the new languages the human need for closeness is beginning to express itself in?" reads an announcement of the festival.

In addition to online sessions with the four US authors, the festival will also feature live meetings with a number of regional and domestic authors.

The festival is organised by the Croatian Writers Society, with the help of the Culture and Media Ministry, the Zagreb City Office for Culture and partner cities, as well as a number of cultural institutions and foreign embassies in Croatia.

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Tuesday, 20 April 2021

VukovART 2021 to Return Art, Culture and Joy to the City of Vukovar

April 20, 2021 - With a five-year tradition already in place, VukovART 2021 promises a month of fun and exciting activities for Vukovar with visual eye candy as souvenirs to last.

A unique concept in the culture and art of Vukovar, the VukovART festival will be held from May 15 all the way to June 15, writes HRTurizam.  

With a five-year tradition, the streets and squares of Vukovar will once again host numerous exhibitions and workshops, debates, children's programs, film, and literary programs, panel discussions, colorful lectures, and concerts. This event, organized by the City of Vukovar and Val Kulture association, co-financed by the European Social fund, promotes Vukovar as a Port of Art, changing the visual identity of the city making it a beautiful place to live. In addition to the local community, tourists also enjoy the eye candy of the city's open-air gallery. Artists Boa Mistura (Spain), BustArt (Switzerland), Jana Brike (Latvia), Mr Woodland (Germany), Victor Splash (Russia), Artez (Serbia), Juandres Vera (Mexico), Kerim Musanović (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marion Ruthardt from (Germany), and Croatia's own Forest are ten artists who will come this year to give their contribution to the growing visual content of the city.

The festival will be opened by a beloved Croatian band Vatra (Fire), with performances of Mia Dimšić, musical composition CLUE, and vocal composition Watercolor in the following days too. During every larger event of the festival, „a superb craft scene and street food“ offers will be offered to visitors too. 

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Famous Croatian singer from Psihomodo Pop with a neck in painting as well, Davor Gobac will exhibit his paintings and also host Motivational and Art Workshop for children.

„There will also be an active weekend led by the Vukovar Half Marathon, and for a slightly more relaxing activity, a bicycle race will be organized to tour previous works of art“, says HRTurizam article.

Domagoj Jakopović Ribafish, Dusan Bučan, and Robert Knjaz will host travel lectures and the full program and more details can be found on VukovART official website and on social networks.  

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Friday, 28 August 2020

Split Open Jazz Fair 2020 Begins!

August. 28, 2020 - On Thursday, August 27, 2020, with the opening of the exhibition "Jazz Greats in the Ethnographic Museum", the Split Open Jazz Fair 2020 began. It is a photographic exhibition of portraits of jazz musicians by Davor Hrvoj from Zagreb, the doyen of Croatian jazz journalism ("It's time for jazz").

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Hrvoj started working in journalism in the 1980s and published his works in numerous Croatian newspapers, such as Jutarnji list, Vijenac, and Gloria. He was a member of the international jury for the  European Jazz Prize and is currently a member of several cultural councils and a leader of jazz events in Croatia. Besides, he is a permanent member of the Croatian Journalists' Association as a freelance journalist and the Croatian Music Union, the Croatian Society of Composers, and the Croatian Association of Independent Artists.

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"Why portraits? Because in this way, with the help of a telephoto lens, it's possible to get closer to the gestures of artists and the spirit of jazz music and what musicians feel and the way they think. Unlike most other photographers, I like to wait for the end of a concert, when artists are already losing control of their behavior and their gestures. Then I catch them in those moments when they are truly natural when they are truly what they are", the author explains.

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After the opening, there will be two concert evenings at Đardin as part of the Urban Culture Review - EVO RUKE 7 with, as always, free admission. The exhibition is open to visitors until 18.09.

"Since jazz is my life, as is theirs, this is how I try to capture the essence of jazz", Hrvoj concludes.

The program for two evenings of the concert program can be found below.

On Friday, 28.08.2020. perform:

21:00 - Peter Smith & The Hosters, Split,
22:00 - Elena Stella & A.J.Jazz Trio, Zadar/Biograd

On Saturday, 29.08.2020. perform:

21:00 - Doringo, Zagreb,
22:00 - Just Jazzy, Split

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Zagreb Film Festival Breaks Attendance Records

As reported by zagrebinfo, tickets for films from the main competition program of this year's Zagreb Film Festival sold out during the first three days of the festival, and the audience is requesting 'additional tickets' for both morning and afternoon screenings.

The festival’s organizers also reported that they have sold ten percent more pre-sale tickets at the beginning of the festival. In addition to requests for additional tickets, they are continually getting inquiries as to whether the films will receive cinema distribution.

They note that the considerable interest once again shows that the Zagreb audience is very eager for new quality titles and is not ready to abandon the tradition of watching movies together.

The first sold-out season of tickets was opened by Taika Waititi's film “Jojo Rabbit” from the “Together Again” program, and all five screenings of the films from the main feature film competition at Tuškanac Cinema were sold out within the first three days.

"We are extremely pleased that our audience welcomed directors Ena Sendijarević and Ivana Mladenović on Friday and Saturday with such large numbers and interest at the screenings of their debut works 'Take Me Somewhere Nice' and 'Ivana the Terrible'." The organizers also noted that the films “Monos”, “Beanpole” and “Patrick” received an enthusiastic response and they expressed their gratitude to the audience.

The seventeenth edition of the Zagreb Film Festival offers more than a hundred films across 12 programs and runs through November 17th. There are 11 feature films, 10 international films and 10 Croatian short films from the “Checkers” program, which are in the race for the festival awards. The festival takes place in as many as eight Zagreb venues, and is being hosted in some twenty cities across Croatia.

A complete festival program and schedule can be found on the 2019 Zagreb Film Festival website.

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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Fiumare Festival: Eighth Edition Starts in Rijeka

Thanks to a group of tireless enthusiasts - people who love the sea and maritime tradition have been working hard on organising the Fiumare festival - The Kvarner Festival of the sea and naval tradition. It's an exciting event for both local people and visitors to Rijeka, taking place for the eighth time, with the final goal of reviving the hundred-year-old maritime tradition of the city. During the festival, Rijeka is taken back one hundred years, when the area around the Dead Channel was the location of the intensive merchant traffic every day. 

It's a unique festival of the sea and maritime tradition, and numerous events are held offering visitors a look into Rijeka's merchant past, still connected with today's everyday life. Thirty partners participated in the creation of the program, ten associations are guests in the organisation of the festival, and it will take place in 25 locations throughout the city. 

Traditional wooden sailboats are moored in the Dead Channel, merchants and crafts-people are wearing traditional outfits from all parts of Kvarner, and there are interactive workshops of various maritime and fishing skills. There will be ship modeling workshops as well as promotions of old traditions, photos and pictures, traditional songs and dances, and traditional and indigenous food and drinks. Organised tours of the theatre and historic locations in the centre of the town, regattas by traditional sailboats - all of this will be a part of the collage of the Dead Channel through the centuries. 

The festival started on Tuesday, May 28th, with the presentation of a traditional boat which was rebuilt using the funds given for that purpose by a European project, and a parade by the participants of the festival. On Friday and Saturday, the people of Rijeka are invited to participate in the programs which will be organised on the Pier of Karolina Riječka, mostly for children and young people, including lectures, education, musical events, and exhibitions. 

Rijeka's Mayor Vojko Obersnel stresses that the primary value of the Fiumare festival is the fact that it brings to the attention the true roots of the area related to maritime tradition which helped form Rijeka into an open, cosmopolitan town which attracts many new people, boats, and ideas, which it is today. 

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Circus Street Festival CU'FUS to be Held in Samobor

2019 is the ninth year that the Circus Street Festival CU'FUS will be held in the town of Samobor, a well-liked weekend-visit destination located just west of Zagreb. The festival, in Croatian called Cirkuski ulični festival u Samoboru (which abbreviates to CU'FUS) will take place over three days in May, on the 17th, 18th and 19th at the several locations in the town. Most notably, you will be able to see the circus street performers at the Kralj Tomislav Square and in the park next to the Samobor Museum - both of those locations are very close to the centre of the town.

Addition programs will be a part of the festival as well: CU'FUSEK includes children's program, performances and animation, CHILLBAR AT CU'FUS is the everyday musical program which will be paired with the circus street performances at the park all day, CU'FUZIK - live music to be performed at the festival, numerous workshops (CU'FUSARIJE), a circus cabaret night, various presentations designed to attract as many various types of visitors, from those who know a lot about circus to those just learning more about the art. There will be an eco-corner, different foods and drinks offered to the visitors (and there is always good food in Samobor, especially the traditional sweets) etc. Some of the more prominent names performing at the festival will be SelfIgniting Italian, UnbelievablyBalancingVenezuelan, Niki Beluči - you're forgiven if you've never really heard of them, but that only means you need to go to Samobor to find out more about them!

The artists participating in the festival this year are discovering the various spheres and limits of the circus performance art, which includes experimenting with different new media, such as music, contemporary dance, miming, physical theatre, digital arts and many others. That way all of the participants will see what the most modern circus experience has to offer.

The program at the CU'FUS Circus Street Festival is free, but it is polite to leave a donation in the artists' hat if you've enjoyed the performance. More info and a detailed program of the festival can be found on www.cufus.net. You must come to CU'FUS! (yes, it rhymes better in Croatian)

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Mediterranean Festival of Books to Offer More Than 10,000 Titles

As Morski writes on the 15th of April, 2019, the Mediterranean Festival of Books, a book fair with a sales and festival nature will be organised by the Association of Publishers and Bookstores of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) and under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Split-Dalmatia County and the City of Split, will be held from the 8th to the 12th of May, 2019.

A record 100 exhibitors will be offering discounted books with up to seventy percent off, with around 10,000 titles to choose from.

As always, entrance is free and during the five days of the festival, you will be able to see the latest publications covering a space of more than two thousand square metres in the large hall of ŠC (Arena) Gripe, and there are also three other stages where the Mediterranean Festival of Books program will take place.

In addition to the well-known Bookvarij and Mali Bookvarij locations where children's workshops, panel discussions and a professional program will be held, the evening part of this event related to all things books will also be located at the "Cukarin" hospitality facility in Gripe.

Fifty program activities have been prepared, and the expectation is for as many as 35 promotions of the latest works of some award-winning and acclaimed authors to take place.

 

Among other things, this year's Mediterranean Festival of Books program will include panels consisting of prominent lecturers who will talk about important local topics, and there will of course be a multitude of workshops for the youngest among the festival's visitors on offer. Numerous promotions for new children's editions are also being planned.

All information and a detailed oveview of the Mediterranean Festival of Books 2019 program with its workshop schedule is available here, as well as having been published on the event's official Facebook page and on Instagram.

The Mediterranean Book Festival is being organised with the support of numerous partners such as the Split Tourist Board, Split University, Split Student Centre, the Split Sports Facilities public institution, Hotel Zagreb - Split, Cukarin Gripe, Slobodna Dalmacija, Europlakat, Mandis, CineStar, Barcaffè, CedevitaGo, and Kala.

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

11th Fig Festival to be Held in Zadar This Month

September in Zadar is always worth experiencing, especially if you happen to be a fan of figs...

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Two New Attractions for Koprivnica Renaissance Festival

While exposure has unarguably improved recently, continental Croatia still doesn't get anywhere near the amount of praise it deserves.

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