The Dubrovnik Summer Festival, an annual open air festival taking place between July 10 and August 25, will once again host a series of performances at a number of venues across the city. During the 47 days of the festival, Dubrovnik will welcome more than 2,000 artists and performers from around the world, who will take part in more than 70 performances and events.
The 66th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which opens with the raising of the Libertas flag on Orlando’s Column on July 10, will feature a rich program of theatre, dance, opera and classical music, along with several exhibitions and literary events.
This year’s program, entitled Woman, War, Love: The French Are Passing Through, will celebrate the year of French culture in Croatia. The festival will welcome French writer and philosopher Pascal Bruckner as an honorary guest and stage a performance of The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq at the Kupari beach. The Elementary Particles will be the opening play of the 2015 festival. The event will also present a number of surprise guests, feature several performances of French chansons, and screen French films at the open-air cinemas Jadran and Slavica.
The theatre program at the 2015 Dubrovnik Summer Festival will also feature the plays Allons Enfants, based on The Trilogy of Dubrovnik by the playwright Ivo Vojnović, Equinox, also by Vojnović, performed by the Festival Drama Ensemble, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and Alessandro Baricco’s Ocean Sea. The plays will be performed at the Rector’s Palace, in front of St. Blaise’s Church, at the Skočibuha Summer Residence, and on the Šulić beach.
The project Writers at the Festival, started in collaboration with the Croatian Writers’ Association, will return this year and feature a performance of Pascal Bruckner’s novel Bitter Moon, with the author in attendance. Bruckner will hold a literary evening for the audiences as part of this year’s program. Other authors participating in the project include the Croatian poet and essayist Dražen Katunarić, guitarist Miroslav Tadić, and the actor Rade Šerbedžija, who will start his evening with Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, “To be, or not to be,“ at Fort Lovrijenac.
Ballet performances at the 66th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will include the neo-baroque ballet Dangerous Liaisons, choreographed by Valentina Turcu and Leo Mujić, and Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, choreographed by Edward Clug. Both performances will be held at Bošković Square.
The 2015 edition of the festival will also welcome a number of world-famous musicians, including the pianists Ivo Pogorelić, Alexander Kutuzov and Itamar Golan, violinist Guy Brauenstein, and soprano Lana Kos. The venues for the festival’s music program will include the Rector’s Palace Atrium and St. Blaise’s Church.
The Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter will perform on the Revelin Fort Terrace and audiences will also get a chance to hear the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Octet, and the Arensky Piano Trio.
Tourists arriving to the city during the Dubrovnik Summer Festival can find 4-star accommodation at Hotel Mlini, located in the village Mlini, not far from Dubrovnik. Mlini is an excellent location for visitors looking to explore Dubrovnik and the surrounding area, while avoiding the crowds in the city itself during the hectic festival season. Hotel Mlini offers luxury accommodation and everything one needs for a relaxing summer vacation, from seaview balconies and secluded beaches to recreational facilities, unique dining experiences, and a variety of special offers.