We’re slowly creeping towards the end of peak season, but it seems like things are only now heating up on the entertainment front
If you haven’t had your festival fix this summer, you’ll have more than enough opportunities in the coming weeks. Here’s one: right this moment, Krk island is hosting the Velvet Festival, a three-day manifestation dedicated to arts and music.
Laid-back in character and aimed at a free-spirited audience, like any proper island festival should be, Velvet returns to Punat town after the successful first edition held last year. The festival kicked off yesterday in the centre of Punat with a couple of music shows: the jazz quintet from Rijeka named Salty Tails broke the ice, followed by the singer-songwriter Stephany Stefan and the afrobeat ensemble Nesesari Kakalulu.
For the arts part, you just have to take a walk around town and you’ll see works of talented young artists hanging in the air everywhere you turn. Photos, paintings, mixed media… bright pops of colour at every corner, literally right under your nose.
Tonight the festival moves from the main square to Punta de Bij beach with Them Moose Rush and Vanishing Twin taking one stage, At Pavillon and Chui playing on the other. After the end of the concert programme, multiple DJs will make sure the party goes on until 4 in the morning.
If you can’t make it today, you still have time to drop by tomorrow, August 15, and hear the rest of the great lineup: the Hungarian garage rock band The Beans, the local macho-pop wonder Svemirko, Jaakko Eino Kalevi from Finland, Trip Ice, and the Slovenian band persons from porlock, who describe themselves as garage psych pineapple pop.
The festival aims to put Krk island on the map of destination appealing to young travellers, and hopes to expand in time, becoming one of the island’s brands. Check out their Facebook page for more information, and hurry to Punat town to enjoy a couple of days of good vibes and even better music!
Photo credit: Erik Paladin