Sixtieth Summer Carnival Successfully Begins on Island of Pag

Lauren Simmonds

Visiting the island of Pag any time soon? You’re in for a treat…

Summer in Croatia isn’t short of events. From live music and film festivals in Pula to to the famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival which celebrates all things to do with the Arts and everything in between, the warmer months along the coast are far from boring.

Croatia’s many islands often also have their own individual shows to put on, and one of the best loved of all is the Pag Summer Carnival, held annually on the other-worldly-looking island of Pag. 

As Morski writes on the 23rd of July, 2019, last night, the sixtieth jubilee summer carnival officially kicked off in the crowded square of Petar Krešimir IV. This is the oldest summer carnival (not to be confused with summer festival, of which there are several in Croatia) in the whole of the Republic of Croatia and is certainly one of the most attractive and full summertime entertainment events on the popular island.

In the Rector’s Palace, under the organisation of the Markov Kumpanija Association, an exhibition titled ”60. lita litnjeg karnevala” (colloquial: 60 summers of the summer carnival) and on the piazza, groups of masked performers and local lovers of the celebrated Pag Summer Carnival performed.

Pag City Music held a concert on the square performing various hits with accompaniment, dancing and the singing of carnival groups, as well as amateur singers and dancers.

The visitors to the opening of the Pag Summer Carnival, both local and foreign, enjoyed a real carnival atmosphere, and at the end the local folklore group Paško kolo danced for the audience. Warming up and opening the Pag Summer Carnival appears to have gone excellently, and much more can be expected of this much-loved island event as the warm summer goes on.

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