Five Summer Festivals in Croatia

The summer in Croatia is a rush of activity. While it’s the good weather that makes the country a popular Europe destination, Croatia also hosts a number of impressive culture events during this period. My travel trip is finding time for at least one such festival in your schedule, a fairly easy task considering how many events are held at this time. Here’s a small sample of the summer festivals on offer in Croatia:

The Motovun International Film Festival, Motovun – July-August

Movie buffs can’t ask for more – Motovun, a hilltop town, is an idyllic setting for open-air screenings of world class movies screened over five days. Held every year between July and August this festival focuses on small, break-through cinema from across the world.

Photo: Motovun Film Festival

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Dubrovnik– July 10–August 25

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular tourist destination. It also hosts the country’s most well known summer festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Every year since 1950 the old city walls light up for the many open-air concerts, plays and dance performances that take place at various historic locations like the old town squares, churches and ancient courtyards. The music, lights and firework displays add a touch of magic to an already stunning setting.

The Histria Festival, Pula – July-August

The Histria Festival in Pula is an annual high profile event. The performances take place after sun down, with Pula’s ancient heart, the amphitheatre, being the main venue. The festival draws the best international and local talents, with the likes of Pavarotti, Zubin Mehta, Sting, Elton John, Norah Jones, and the Imperial Russian Ballet having performed here in the past. Other festival locations include the island of Brijuni and Kastel.

The International Folklore Festival, Zagreb – July

Croatia has rich and diverse folklore, and these can be experienced at the International Folklore Festival in Zagreb. Most events take place in Zagreb’s old town and on the main square. Here, through ethnographic exhibitions, traditional folk events, films, music and dance workshops, these traditions are kept alive. In addition to local folklore, international traditions are also represented at the festival.

Rapska Fjera, Rab – July

If medieval times fascinate you, head to Rab for the Rapska Fjera, a medieval week held every July. The Rapska Fjera is a week long look at an older way of life. Participants flock to the oldest part of town dressed in elaborate and authentic period costumes and celebrate medieval arts, crafts, trades and put on historical re-enactments – setting up medieval homestead and cross bow tournaments.

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