Croatia is where summer is celebrated with much pomp, music, dance and food. We have captured here some of the most happening festivals across Croatia.. plan your trip to coincide with these!
Stars descend on Pula
When: July 9 – 16
The Pula Film Festival also know as the Pulski film festival is the oldest Croatian film festival held annually in a Roman amphitheatre known as the Pula Arena since 1954. The festival showcases critically acclaimed local and national films and screenings are open to the general public. The Pulski festival is also the venue for the annual Croatian film industry awards. The Golden Arenas awards are said to be the Croatian equivalent of the Oscars. Watch stardom descend on Pula at this film festival.
Dubrovnik announces summer
When: July 10 – Aug 25
The Dubrovnik festival is how Croatia celebrates summer. With programs that extend over a month, the annual festival has been a tradition since 1950. More than 70 open-air venues are put up across the city of Dubrovnik, highlighting its Renaissance architecture. An extensive mix of classical music, theater, opera and dance performances are presented throughout the month long festival.
At its cultural best
When: July 20 – 24
Zagreb hosts Croatia’s International Folklore festival, held annually to highlight the country’s cultural heritage. This year the festival is into its 50th edition and will have the folk bands not just from Croatia but across the world. Every year, a region of Croatia is identified and folklore from that region is promoted in the festival. Croatia’s folk music has distinctive styles of church singing traditions, while contemporary ethnomusic is also popular. Stage performances alongside workshops will be put up across the venue. Take a crash course in Croatian art or craft forms right here at Zagreb.
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When: August 4- 8
One of the ten best music festivals in Europe, Soundwave has been creating a buzz among music lovers around Europe. The festival brings together a unique blend of music genres ranging from reggae, soul, jazz and more. Adding to the magic of the event is the beautiful venue – the hitherto low-profiled city of Tisno, along the Dalmatian Coastline. Not just music, Soundwave Croatia also features film screenings showcasing the best Croatian films of the year for the film buffs in attendance. Music, movies and history – and you would think that Soundwave is perfect. More entertainment lined up with the International Donkey racing event!
History in Togas
When: Last week of August
Where: Split, Croatia
The history town of Split relives its past with its streets becoming a Roman legion of sorts with the ‘Days of Diocletian’ festival. People dressed up as Roman soldiers in togas play football and entertain masses with its gladiator flights. The city center becomes a venue for music and dance with Dalmatian choir, Klapa taking center-stage. Enjoy the entertainment while feasting on a Roman-inspired food lineup.
When: September 1 – 4
Where: Pula, Croatia
The Outlook festival is more than just a music festival. It is the largest Sound-system Culture festival in Europe. An annual event hosted in Pula, the festival is set against the picturesque backdrops of a fort above the Adriatic Sea. Camp alongside the beach, sample the cuisine of Pula and check out the local wares on display – the Outlook festival is an experience to be enjoyed and is an adventure in itself.