Musical Evenings Successfully held at Kamičak Fort in Sinj

Daniela Rogulj


August 19, 2019 – On Saturday, August 17, within the Musical Evenings at Kamičak Fort, organized by the Sinj Tourist Board and with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Sinj and the Tourist Board of the Split-Dalmatia County, a magnificent concert under the stars was held featuring Ratko Zjaca, Stefan Benetti with Nocturnal4.

On August 17, in the unique and beautiful setting of Kamičak Fort, the people of Sinj were able to witness a true ambient and musical spectacle under the starry sky, a virtuoso performance by top jazz musicians Ratko Zjaca, Stefan Benetti and Nocturnal4.


Thanks to the rich material and intangible cultural heritage, as well as a number of diverse cultural events, Sinj and the Cetina region have long been engraved on the tourist map of Croatia. Thanks to the pursuit of sustainable tourism, the coexistence of carefully thought out activities enjoyed equally by the hosts and guests alike, the events in the Alka city are always captivating and attracting a growing audience.


One of these events is the Musical Evenings at Kamičak Fort. The fortress, below which the present-day Sinj developed, was built in 1712 as a star-filled bastion filled with earth. On the fort itself is a tower that used to be an observation post, and on it is a clock, still fully functional, with a bell cast in one of the most famous foundries of Colbachini in the province of Veneto, Italy. 

At the authentic and unique fortress Kamičak with a beautiful stage under a sky, concerts of classical and traditional and jazz music are organized. This approach is popularizing these, perhaps somewhat neglected, musical expressions, and where better than in Sinj, a city of rich musical tradition?


The Sinj Tourist Board has organized successful and extremely well-attended concerts for several years. The following concerts have been held at this authentic location so far: Academic accordion orchestra “Ivan Goran Kovačić”, Sara Renar, Jazz swing quintet “Repassage”, Wind quintet “Kalamos” and since 2017, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the unique Samobor percussion ensemble “Sudar” Percussion”, ethno musician Dunja Knebl with Kololira and an ethnic composition by Veja. All the performances were awe-inspiring, and the ambiance of the old fortress under the stars turned out to be the true essence of Sinj.


This year, an extraordinary program was held on August 17, 2019, when the best of jazz music was presented to the people of Sinj and its guests by renowned international performers, Ratko Zjača – Stefano Bedetti and Nocturnal Four.


Ratko Zjača is a giant of modern jazz and improvised music. An innovative guitarist and author of numerous solo and collaborative albums, he has studied in Zagreb, Rotterdam and New York. As he says, he is open to all styles of music, starting with American jazz, Indian classical music, English rock, and European classical music. It would be a sin to miss his performance accompanied by the Nocturnal Four band – Renato Chicco, Stefano Bedetti and Antonio Sanchez.


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