EVO RUKE! Summer Music Festival Begins in Split

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August 10, 2020 – On Friday, August 7, the 7th EVO RUKE! summer music festival began at Đardin park in Split.  This modern urban music festival turns Đardin into an oasis of jazz, blues and rock’n’roll. 

Visitors can enjoy the live performances of local performers on 29 summer evenings, starting every day at 21:00. And the best part? The entrance is completely free.

The festival was opened by the band Atomsko Sklonište and it will last until September 6th, when it will be closed by the famous hip hop band from Split, TBF.

„At the first edition of the festival, I came across an Irishman in the audience who asked me what #evoruke means and what is its translation in English. At that point, neither he nor I were able to agree on anything meaningful or similar in English. We discussed for more than half an hour and I don’t even remember how many different interpretations I presented to him in Croatian“, explains Stevo Vučković Stivi, the founder and executive producer.

Vučković spent his whole life making music, both in rock and blues bands, such as Vukojarac and Stividen and he also played in the world tours with Goran Karan’s band.

„My life choices are music and art, but not overly molded/commercial, but the other one that would like to ‘fix things’. I don’t need any special motivation, I just hope I’m doing it OK, for general well-being and my motives are not material ones“, Vučković adds.

As for the audience, it depends on the performer. Considering that the band who was performing at the opening of the festival sing in Croatian, the audience was mostly local. The next day, when the Pink Panther Band was performing, with the repertoire of world hits, 75% of the audience were tourists.

„Last year’s edition of EVO RUKE! festival was visited by approximately 220,000 people and the ratio was fifty-fifty. But it’s all inaccurate because I’m not dealing with counting, but looking to push the quality to the top“, Vučković says.

Considering the current situation with the coronavirus, the festival has adapted to the measures and recommendations of the Croatian Institute for Public Health.

The number of visitors is limited to 1,000, with maximum respect for physical distance, hand disinfection and other necessary measures to combat the spread of the virus.

„In the first place is the health and safety of visitors, and the further issues is how to achieve the audience-performer interaction and that indescribable energy and love for which we come to watch live concerts. But this is a problem that all artists/performers in the world currently have. We mobilized to the maximum to make visitors feel comfortable as possible, as if there is no epidemic“, Vučković concludes.


The program for this years’ edition of EVO RUKE! festival can be found below.

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