Sunday, 23 January 2022

Japanese Drumming Sensation Kodō to Perform in Zagreb on 6 February

ZAGREB, 23 Jan 2022 - The world drumming sensation Kodō will play Zagreb on 6 February with its new performance "Tsuzumi", a part of the Kodo One Earth Tour 2022 featuring masterpieces that have marked the troupe's 40-year-long career.

Based on Sado Island, Japan, this professional taiko drumming troupe has had a role in popularising taiko drumming, both in Japan and abroad. They regularly tour Japan, Europe, and the United States.

The traditional Japanese drum taiko, the heaviest weighing as much as 300 kilograms and spans a meter and a half wide, constitutes a link between nature and man that can not be illustrated better or more precisely than with the art forms of the exceptionally dedicated Kodō drummers, said the "Vatroslav Lisinski" concert hall, where the troupe will perform.

In Japanese, the word "Kodō" conveys two meanings: "heartbeat" and when read in a different way, "children of the drum".

Since its founding in 1981, Kodō has held more than 6,000 concerts in 50 countries worldwide.

Admission to the Zagreb concert will be possible exclusively with valid EU COVID certificates (electronic or paper form) and an ID document. Fast antigen testing at a price of HRK 50 will be available on the day of the concert at the concert hall from 6 to 7.30 pm.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art Exhibition on Former Zagreb Mayor Većeslav Holjevac

April 4, 2021- Following the 50th anniversary of the death of Većeslav Holjevac, the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition on the former and historically significant mayor is an excellent opportunity to meet the guy who shaped Zagreb in the previous century.

Apart from the horror of the pandemic and earthquakes, 2020 was the 50th anniversary of the death of Većeslav Holjevac – who is considered to be one of the greatest mayors in Zagreb's history.

As ZG Portal reports, last month an exhibition dedicated to Holjevac started in the gallery of the Museum of Contemporary art, and you can view it until May 20.
The Zagreb of Većeslav Holjevac 1952 to 1963 – Urbanist Vision And Architectural Reach is an exhibition that takes a look at the eleven-year mandate of this significant mayor who transformed Zagreb in the post World War 2 era. Fifty themes and representative examples of urban and architectural achievements which were built, projected, or planned in Holjevac's term. This included three key Strategic urbanistic documents which played a key role in the development of Zagreb and were decided at that time.

The authors of the exhibition are architect Ivan Mlinar which conducted Urbanistic research on Zagreb in the time of Holjevac, and historian Hrvoje Klasić who was in charge of biographical research.

The exhibits were donated by the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Zagreb City Museum, Architecture Museum of Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Faculty of Architecture on Zagreb University, Jadran Film, and Zagreb film studio.

The 35th Zagreb mayor and the total number of mayors in Zagreb throughout its history includes 52 names. Today, Većeslav Holjevac has his own avenue at the entrance to Most Slobode (Liberty bridge), which allows citizens to cross the Sava river and enter Novi Zagreb (New Zagreb), and the statue of Holjevac overlooks the area of Zagreb he built in what is commonly known as „Jump Over Sava“.

Apart from being mayor, Holjevac took various different roles in the former Republic of Yugoslavia. Known as a bold person with vision, competence, and bravery, he made Zagreb one of the most developed cities in Yugoslavia, and despite having various rivals, he enjoyed the support of Yugoslavian president Marshall Josip Broz Tito, which allowed him to make his projects a reality.

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Pandakon 2019 - Convention of Asian Culture in Zagreb

Pandakon 2019, the Asian culture convention will be held again this year in Zagreb, on the weekend of September 14, 2019, at Zagreb's Močvara club. 

The theme of this year's conference is based exclusively on the Japanese culture, and it's inspired by the Edo period of Japanese history. This period of Japanese history is mostly identified by samurai in the general public, and it lasted from 1603 until 1868. The most famous ruler (shogun) of the period was Tokugawa Ieyasu. The strong economic growth of Japan, strict social order, isolation from foreign influences as well as the stable population growth, no wars periods and enjoyment of arts and culture characterize the period. Tokugawa shogunate is also famous for the rulers, their soldiers (samurais), the tales that arose in that period of Japanese history and the Bushido way of life. 

Makoto and Ichidan Associations will participate in this year's convention, and they will help guide the public through certain aspects of the Edo period. They will give lectures on samurai, Edo period origami, and overview of the Japanese anime that deals with the topic of the samurai. Talus association will hold a board-game room, Crouch Guard will provide a multimedia game room, and KCE Events with very popular dance workshops will also participate. 

The organizers of SKON from Sisak will throw a pub quiz on the Japanese topics. On Sunday two separate presentations of martial arts will take place: KIAI Japanese Swordplay Society, one of the sponsors of the convention this year, and Kyokushinaki Karate Masoyama Zagreb-Gajnice will promote their skills. In addition to two panel discussions and several interactive activities, the unavoidable cosplay competition will take place (which always attracts the biggest crowds), where the winners will be given prizes by the sponsors: "Here be Dragons", "Evergreen Sushi", "Time Restaurant and Bar", as well as "Exit Games - Escape Rooms". 

The evenings will see karaoke and Just Dance workshops, followed by a dance party. The entrance fee for the Pandakon 2019 convention is symbolic 15 kuna (around 2 euro) per day, and you can find more info on the program and schedule at the convention website:

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

PSSST! Silent Film Festival Starts Soon

The festival will take place November 9 - 11.