Fort Lovrijenac dubrovnik

67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, taking place from July 7 to August 25, 2016, will treat locals and visitors to a summer-long series of festivities with a versatile range of theatre, opera, dance and music events, film screenings and art exhibitions held at different venues across the city.

An embodiment of the living spirit of music, drama and performance, Croatia’s oldest cultural festival is unique among similar events in Europe in that it has traditionally maintained a very high artistic standard while simultaneously presenting a rich, vibrant and entertaining program that draws multitudes of visitors of all ages to Dubrovnik during the peak summer season.  Dubrovnik itself plays an integral part in the festival, with its ancient walls and Renaissance and Baroque buildings lending a unique atmosphere to the celebration of the city’s living cultural and creative tradition.

Festival venues and program

The performances at this year’s Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be held at a number of open-air venues in and around the Old Town. These include the locations in front of St. Blaise’s Church and Rector’s Palace, the Sponza Palace and Rector Palace atriums, the Art School Park, St. Stephen’s Church, the Franciscan monastery of St. Blaise, the Revelin Fort terrace, Lokrum island, and Fort Lovrijenac.

Rector's Palace

In addition to featuring the works of Croatian playwrights and poets Marin Držić, Ivo Vojnović, Nikola Nalješković and Ivan Gundulić, which have become a mainstay of the festival’s program, the 2016 edition will present productions of Molière’s Le Malade Imaginaire at the Art School Park, Goldoni’s La Bottega del Caffè in front of the Sponza Palace, and Shakespeare’s Othello at Fort Lovrijenac.

The music program will welcome a number of notable performers and orchestras to the streets of the Old Town, including the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, the Nordic Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Ensemble Vienna, the Henschel Quartet, pianists Enrique Bátiz, Philippe Entremont, Ivo Pogorelić, Andrew Tyson and Michele Campanella, and violinists Davide Alogna and Stephen Waarts.  The 2016 Dubrovnik Summer Festival also marks the 50th anniversary of Linđo performances at the event, with several performances by the Linđo Folklore Ensemble taking place at the Revelin Fort terrace.

walls at night

Holidays on the Dubrovnik Riviera

Travellers visiting Dubrovnik during the festival season and looking to both enjoy the festivities and have a peaceful, relaxing holiday away from the crowds can find comfortable accommodation with lovely sea views and all the modern amenities at Villas Mlini. The lovely complex of apartments is located in Mlini, a village near Dubrovnik, and makes a wonderful destination for guests travelling with families. The complex offers a home away from home with spacious terraces overlooking the sea, and a special 20% discount for visitors who book a stay of 7 or more nights.

Hotel Astarea, located next to Villas Mlini, has a special offer for families visiting the Dubrovnik Riviera. Guests who book a minimum of 5 nights can enjoy comfortable accommodation in two rooms with connecting doors or next to one another, buffet breakfast, a family lunch at the Astarea tavern, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Kids under the age of 12 can stay at the hotel free of charge if they are sharing a room with their parents.

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