Europe’s Oldest Public Theatre, Hvar’s New Culture and Fashion Hot Spot

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May 30, 2019 – There is a new entertainment hot spot on the island of Hvar, one which is more than 400 years old – the multi-functional oldest public theatre in Europe.

It was closed for almost 20 years for renovation, but it seems that Hvar fully intends to make maximum use out of its newly renovated cultural treasure, the oldest public theatre in Europe, which dates back to 1612.

The theatre, which lies on the first floor of the imposing Arsenal building which guards the entrance to Hvar Town’s majestic main square, reopened earlier this month with a series of plays in the first few days. 

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But the theatre, which is open to visitors during the day, is already showing its potential as a multi-functional meeting point and entertainment centre. 

The latest event to be held at the theatre was a fashion show from the island’s leading fashion designer, Toni Caric Rico.

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A glorious setting for his innovative work, and the evening was by all accounts a great success.  

Fashion for the future and traditional dance from yesteryear, the theatre also recently hosted a Hvar Theatre Ball, where guests were also invited to dress up and participate. Many thanks for to Katia Zaninovic Dawnay for the video footage. 

Looking to enjoy the theatre and its spectacular location from the comfort of your living room? Take a drone tour with Jaksa Kuzmicic in the this excellent video.

To learn more about the island of Hvar, check out the Total Croatia Hvar in a Page guide.  




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