August in Grožnjan – the Center of the Arts World

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Tportal writes about the series of events, organized by the International Cultural Center of the Croatian Musical Youth (HGM). Currently, The Musica Antica, an early music workshop, the Michael Chekhov Summer Mentor Training Academy and the International School of Architecture are underway. Before August is over,  the Summer Piano School and seminars on horn, saxophone, oboe and clarinet will be held.

The Early Music Workshop, also called the “Musica Antica” Campus is organized by the HGM and the University of Ljubljana – Academy of Music/Department of Early Music. The Campus follows the growing artistic-performance and educational trend of studying historically aware performance practice and interpretation of the great oeuvre of secular and spiritual music from the Middle Ages until the beginning of the 19th century, taking into account the care of the musical cultural heritage of Istria County and northern Istria, musical ethno- cultural studies, historical musical instruments of the county and region. One of the programme’s future goals is the production of original musical and musical-stage productions, performed on authentic instruments and with respect for historical performance practice. The artistic directors of Campus Musica Antica are Tonči Bilić and Egon Mihajlović, and the lecturers are Mihajlović, Bettina Simon, Lucia Rizzello, Franjo Billić and Chiara De Zuani. The final concerts of the Campus participants will be held on August 11 at 9:00 p.m. in the Kaštel hall and on August 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the church of St. Vida, Crešencija and Modesta.

The International School of Architecture, led by the award-winning architects Takaharu and Yui Tezuka and Jim Njoo, is also underway. The Japanese couple Tezuka are experienced in designing spaces for children, which was recognized by the OECD and UNESCO by declaring their Fuji Kindergarten the best school in the world, while Jim Njoo is a two-time winner of the International Urban and Architectural Competition Europan. The final presentation of the school’s work will be held on August 13 at 3:00 p.m., through a walk through Grožnjan, and the formal lecture will be held on August 14 at 10:00 a.m. Architect Tezuka’s lecture will be available via live streaming on HGM’s YouTube channel on August 9, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The programs of the HGM in Grožnjan are supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Municipality of Grožnjan, the County of Istria, the Tourist Board of the County of Istria, the Music School in Varaždin, the Center for Culture and Information Maksimir and others.


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