The Eve of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Lauren Simmonds

A cultural summer extravaganza in Dubrovnik is once more upon us. 

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovacke Ljetne Igre) is a magical time of the year for the city. Dubrovnik is drowned in culture, the Arts and indeed in talent, it is very much an integral part of life here and it only seems right that a celebration of Dubrovnik’s unique relationship with the Arts is showcased throughout the summer, every summer.

The Festival, for those who don’t know, is an annually held summer festival of performances which was instituted in 1950, it is proudly held every single year, beginning on July 10, 2016 and ending on 25th of August. It is a very special harmonisation of both the renaissance and baroque atmosphere(s) of Dubrovnik and the immortal spirit of performing arts. Derived from the deeply artistic and intellectual soul of the City of Dubrovnik, the festival showcases the intangible tradition, culture and talent Dubrovnik has bestowed upon Croatian cultural history, especially within the world of theatre and literature (i.e Marin Drzic), and keeps it continually in touch with contemporary, artistic currents all over Europe.

This year, the raising of the festival (Libertas) flag and the verses of Himna Slobode will begin tomorrow night at 21:00 in front of the Church of St. Blaise, to mark the opening of the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Traditionally, many names from all over Croatia and the world attend the opening ceremony, and this year appears to be no different, some attendees include Branko Bacic, MP, as an envoy of the President of the Croatian Parliament, followed by Andrej Plenkovic, Member of the EU Parliament, Blaise Orepic, Minister of the Interior, and Zlatko Hasanbegovic, Minister of Culture. Other distinguished guests include Elizabeth Kancevska-Milevska, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia, Paul Goranovic, Minister of Culture of Montenegro, Svitlana Fomenko, Deputy Minister of Culture of Ukraine, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Kosovo, Rexhep Hoti.

From the 10th of July to August the 25th, in almost twenty ambient locations in Dubrovnik, more than 2,000 artists from all over the world will perform 70 different performance programmes to an international audience of approximately 60,000 local and foreign visitors.

See you there.


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