Šibenik’s ”Light is Life” Lights Spectacle Held for Third Time

Lauren Simmonds

Šibenik marks an important anniversary.

As Morski writes on the 30th of August, 2018, the popular Dalmatian town of Šibenik’s ”Light is Life” spectacle was held for the third time on the occasion of the 123rd anniversary of the city of Šibenik, which was otherwise among the first cities in the world, obtaining public lighting on an alternating current.

The Jaruga hydroelectric power plant was put into operation way back on August the 28th, 1895, just two days after one of the most well-known and most visited hydroelectric power plants in the world, Niagara Falls, was put into use.

For the musical part of the program of this event, local Šibenik folk music, mezzosoprano Nera Gojanović, and singer Đani Stipaničev, accompanied by Gordana Pavić on piano, performed live for visitors and onlookers.

During the duration of the concert, 123 floating balloons were set into the sea with the backdrop of the night sky lit up by the lights as a symbol of the marking of the anniversary of the 123 years that have passed, and sailing boats from JK Val decorated with lights sailed along the harbour. The program ended with a spectacular firework display to firmly mark the memory in the minds of all visitors to the city’s historic anniversary celebrations.

Jaruga, otherwise one of the very first hydropower plants in the entire world, was built at the initiative of Croatian engineer and Šibenik native, Ante Šupuk (1838 – 1904) who also served as the city’s mayor, his son Marko, and the respected engineer Vjekoslav Meichsner.

The organisers of this year’s event marking the anniversary of such an incredible and somewhat lesser known Dalmatian achievement are the City of Šibenik, the Šibenik Tourist Board, and Sailing Club Val (Wave).


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