Split: The First Croatian City to Ban “Cajke” Music at a Major Event

Daniela Rogulj

Just a few days ago the famous Christmas Fair opened in Split, an event that will span nearly a month and a half. Because catering prices were increased, forcing many to budget or not participate at all, a much simpler music program was also introduced for the locations at the center of the Riva and at the bottom of Marmontova.

Before the first kućica was even set up there was a lot of criticism of the concept of this year’s fair, but music program coordinator Marija Stančin Mijanic says that she wanted to avoid some of the controversial situations they faced in previous years, reports Mixmag Adria.


“The music program is delivered from 5pm to midnight, half of which has not been realized. Therefore, we initially wanted to prepare a program that was completed in November. We believe that in the program for this year we have a happy combination of music in which everyone will find something for themselves. Split as a destination must have the highest standards, but this year we gave a chance to young artists and bands,” says Stančin Mijanic.


As far as music is concerned, this year everything is under absolute control and there will not be any unpleasant surprises.


“All musicians are members of the Croatian Music Union, and all of the DJs who will perform have a license for performance ZAMP. We were looking for a list of songs that would not be patriotic (Cajke-Folk Music), and in the previous years we had bands playing anything and everything. We do not want a program that does not fit Split,” revealed the coordinator of the music program of the Christmas Fair in Split.


Over the next few days on the Riva groups such as Aura, VIS Coveri, The Mad Catz, Harpoon Blues Band, Prva liga, Ljuta kuća, Pacific Bullets, Azil, and The Dreamers will take the stage.


Split has thus become the first city in Croatia that has banned “Cajke” at an event that is important for the city, perhaps an example that could soon be followed by other cities?


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