The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival kicked off with The Hymn to Liberty and the raising of the Libertas flag in front of St. Blaise’s Church in July and will once again host a diverse program in the streets of the Old Town and locations across the city. The 2017 edition of Croatia’s oldest festival will welcome almost 2,000 performers and artists from all over the world to more than 15 ambient locations and present about 80 performances to 60,000 Croatian and foreign guests.
Festival Dates and Locations
The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival runs from July 10 to August 25, 2017. The venues for this year’s program include stages in front of the Sponza Palace and St. Blaise’s Church, the Franciscan Monastery, Gradac Park, Lovrijenac Fort, the atriums of Rector’s Palace and Sponza Palace, Lazaretto, Art School Park, Revelin Fort Terrace, the island of Lokrum, the Museum of Modern Art, and St. Stephen’s Church in Pustijerna.
68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival Schedule
The festival’s rich music program opened with Carmina Burana performed in front of St. Blaise’s Church by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Ivan Goran Kovačić Academic Choir and soloists. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will give two additional concerts at the Rector’s Palace in August. Rector’s Palace will also host a number of recitals this year, with prominent guests including cellist Monika Leskovar, guitarist Petrit Ceku, pianist Lovro Pogorelić, violinist Stefan Milenković and pianist Rohan de Silva.
The music and stage program included Händel’s Orlando in late July, and the Folklore Ensemble Linđo will give its traditional performance on the Revelin Fort Terrace on multiple dates. British jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane will treat attendees to a concert at Revelin Fort Terrace on August 24.
The play Messrs Glembay by Miroslav Krleža will be performed for the first time at the festival at the Modern Art Museum in early August.
To commemorate the 450th anniversary of Marin Držić’s death, the festival will present a performance of Marin Držić – Victory over the Enemies in late August with some of the most prominent younger Croatian actors playing emblematic characters from Držić’s plays. Držić’s The Miser will be staged at Fort Lovrijenac on August 14.
Last year’s hits, Carlo Goldoni’s La bottega del caffè and William Shakespeare’s Othello were back on the repertoire this year. The festival also featured a guest performance of the Croatian National Theatre’s production of Tena Štivičić’s Three Winters at Gradac Park. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, produced by the Croatian National Theatre and choreographed by Vladimir Malakhov, was also performed at Gradac Park in July.
The 2017 Dubrovnik Summer Festival will close with a concert by the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio Television in front of St. Blaise’s Church on August 25.
In addition to concerts, plays and folklore, Dubrovnik hosts a number of other events during the festival every year. A selection of the best films screened at the Pula Film Festival, including the Golden Arena winner A Brief Excursion, is part of the accompanying program in Dubrovnik and will treat audiences to special screenings.
A presentation of the book Father Stanko Lasić – Writings and Memories of a Parish Priest will take place on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of priesthood of Father Stanko Lasić, Pastor of the Dubrovnik Cathedral.
An exhibition of the works of Antun Masle will commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death, featuring some of the artist’s never-before-seen works. Other exhibitions at the festival include A Summer in the City by Nikolina Šimunović, a photography exhibit by Aljoša Rebolj titled Sculptured Time and the sculpture exhibition Waste Scherzo by Jagoda Buić.
Best Hotels in Dubrovnik
The best hotels for a relaxing vacation with easy access to Dubrovnik are found in the vicinity of the old city, where guests can enjoy the sights and sounds of the Adriatic away from the summer crowds.
The Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel offers 5-star accommodation in Srebreno, only a short ride from Dubrovnik. The hotel is located in a secluded bay and surrounded by a stunning beach. The hotel’s restaurant and bars offer guests plenty of dining options and relaxing spots to enjoy the surroundings over good food and drinks.
The nearby Hotel Mlini has a romantic package for couples that includes buffet breakfast, complimentary use of the Astarea Spa zone, a candlelit dinner for two, and chocolates and a bottle of wine upon arrival.
Images: Dubrovnik-Festival.hr (logo), Wikimedia Commons/ Leszek Leszczynski (Stradun), Harlekess (Fort Lovrijenac), JoJan (Rector’s Palace atrium)