The 2018 Dubrovnik Summer Festival has ushered in another summer of arts – music, dance, theatre, poetry and movies – on one of the most spectacular stages of the Adriatic coast. The city of Dubrovnik once again hosts a series of Croatian and international productions in the city streets and squares, inviting locals and visitors to enjoy a rich cultural program throughout the months of July and August. The 69th edition of the festival kicked off with a traditional opening ceremony, the raising of the Libertas flag to the verses of the Hymn to Liberty in front of the Church of St. Blaise, on July 10 and it will close on August 25 with a concert of the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.
Over the course of the 47 days, the festival will host about 80 theatre, music, folklore, dance and other performances at 20 locations across the city. Approximately 2,000 artists from around the world will take part in this year’s program and perform to an audience of 60,000 Croatian and foreign guests. Festival venues include the squares in front of St. Blaise’s Church and the Dubrovnik Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, Gradac Park, the Island of Lokrum, the Art School Park, Great Onofrio Fountain, Minčeta Fort, Lazareti, Revelin Fort terrace, Rector’s Palace, Sponza Palace, and the University of Dubrovnik Campus Park, among others.
The highlights of the 2018 festival are Dark Mother Earth, a recent hit production of the Zagreb Youth Theatre, performed on the Island of Lokrum, and Michelangelo, based on Miroslav Krleža’s play Michelangelo Buonarotti, a co-production of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Croatian National Theatre of Ivan pl. Zajc of Rijeka and the first premiere at this year’s festival. The Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb will stage a production of Mate Matišić’s Men of Wax at Gradac Park, and a selection of Ranko Marinković’s prose works titled Under the Balconies will premiere at the University Campus Park. The play Correcting Rhythm, a co-production with the Croatian National Theatre of Zagreb written by Goran Ferčec, will have its Dubrovnik premiere at the Gruž Harbour warehouse in mid-August.
Ballet enthusiasts will also have much to enjoy, including Macbeth performed by the Bitef Theatre, Death and the Dervish, produced by the Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre of Split, and the interdisciplinary play Title, choreographed by Clément Layes. Croatian folklore, dance and music heritage will be presented by LADO, the National Folk Dance Ensemble of Croatia, and the Linđo Folklore Ensemble with performances on the Revelin Fort Terrace.
The musical part of the program will feature the performances of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, the Schumann Quartet, Ensemble 1700, as well as numerous renowned Croatian and international soloists.
The film program will bring screenings of films featured at the Motovun Film Festival. The audience will also get a chance to see the best Croatian film of the year, the winner of the Grand Golden Arena at the Pula Film Festival.
Travellers visiting Dubrovnik at the time of the festival can find holiday accommodation at the Villas Srebreno in the village of Srebreno near Dubrovnik. The villas offer comfortable, modernly furnished and exceptionally functional accommodation in spacious 4-star apartments with views of the Adriatic Sea or a lush Mediterranean park. The picturesque village of Srebreno is ideally located between Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik International Airport and the villas themselves are located close to the beach and surrounded by a number of restaurants and bars. Guests staying at the villas can also use the outdoor tennis courts of the nearby Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel.
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