Zagreb – City of Poetry Festival Kicks off on Saturday

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Take part in an event celebrating the life and works of Tin Ujević in his favourite restaurants on November 11.

In addition to August Šenoa days that we wrote about this morning, Zagreb is hosting another great literary event, this time dedicated to poetry.

The traditional programme called “Remembering Tin” will open the festival dedicated to the great Tin Ujević in an interesting way – visiting all bistros and restaurants from Vinodol in Teslina to Blato in Masarykova Street on Saturday, November 11, to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of his death.

“These were the locations of all crucial restaurants Tin Ujević and his fellow writers visited frequently, from Vinodol, Pula and Korčula in Teslina, Vis and Dingač in Masarykova, which no longer exist, ending in Blato,” said Goran Matović, author and director of the festival at a press conference held at Tip-Top, formerly known as Blato, one of Tin’s favourite bistros.

“Tin’s life was a street and restaurant theatre; wherever he went, new worlds would open, presenting the magnificent Ujević Theatre,” Mr Matović said, adding that the Festival wants to honour Tin’s streets, restaurants, his life and his works.

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“Hewas a man who spoke 12 languages and who knew everything about everything. Even though he is often mentioned as a drunk, his mind was undoubtedly very sharp,” Mr Matović concluded.

Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić said that Teslina and Masarykova Streets will be renamed during two hours on Saturday. “This will be done every year to refresh the memory of our great poet, with Mr Matović, who dedicated his life to Tin, will guide us on this historical tour,” Mayor Bandić said.

Numerous artists will participate in the event, using poetry, music and anecdotes at every location to illustrate the fact that Tin Ujević is still one of the most interesting Croatian poets.
Starting with 5 p.m. and ending at 7 p.m., every restaurant and bistro will host an event designed by famous artists, including Rade Šerbedžija, Perica Martinović, Tonko Maroević, Vesna Tominac, Nikša Marinović, Bogdan Žižić, Sara Renar, Irena Šekez Sestrić and Zoran Kelava, to celebrate and remember Tin Ujević.

Get your tickets here.

The Festival is organised by Teatar poezije.

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