The Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2013
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Croatia’s oldest and most famous cultural event, will be held for the 64th consecutive year from July 10 to August 25, 2013. Over a period of 47 days, the historic Old Town of Dubrovnik, its palaces, fortresses, the island of Lokrum and many other spectacular locations near the Old Town will become the unforgettable stages upon which more than 2,000 artists from around the world will perform. More than 100 musical and theatrical performances, including ballet, opera, folklore, and other genres, will delight and entertain visitors to the city. Although surrounded by walls of stone, Dubrovnik’s heart is dedicated to artistry. This living artistic spirit is sure to capture the heart of every visitor, as they fall in love with the city and its festival.
The festival begins with the traditional opening ceremony on July 10 in front of the Church of St. Blaise, followed by a spectacular fireworks show. In the days and weeks that follow, a wide variety of musical and dramatic performances will be presented, including Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte,” performed in honour of Croatia’s accession to the European Union. This operatic spectacle is presented by the Music Without Frontiers foundation of London, and will be performed in the park of Dubrovnik’s School of Art, directed by Sally Burgess, and featuring the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Oliver Gilmour.
This year’s music program celebrates the 200th birthdays of renowned composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. The entire program has been conceived with the years 1813 and 1913 in mind. For example, the concert “Stravinsky vs. Ravel” with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Kodaly Choir from Debrecen, directed by Mladen Tarbuk. The festival also proudly presents celebrated Italian cellist Enrico Dindo, pianist Elena Bashkirova, and distinguished Croatian mezzosoprano Dubravka Musovic, accompanied by Dorde Stanettija on the piano. A concert by the noted London Sinfonietta, and jazz evenings by the Croatian artist Matija Dedic with contrabassist Scott Colley and drummer Antonio Sanchez, are just some of the highlights of this diverse programme.
The theatre programme includes a premiere performance of Allons enfants, an original project of Bob Jelcic and Natasa Rajkovic, in which residents of Dubrovnik participate along with the actors. Otac hrabrost (Father Courage), by Boris Bakal, draws inspiration from Bertolt Brecht, and will be performed simultaneously in five locations. Plato’s monodrama, “Apology” (Socrates’ Defense) by Slovenian Tomi Janezic, will be staged on the incredible Lovrijenac Fortress. With performances of Ekvinocijo, by legendary Dubrovnik writer Ivo Vojnovic, on the island of Lokrum, Kate Kapuralice and Euripides’ Medea directed by Tomaz Pandur, this year’s festival will host some of the finest performances from Croatia’s previous theatrical seasons as well as Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” performed by the Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor.
Visitors to Dubrovnik will also delight in the Triko circus theatre with its series of street shows, including stilt walkers and other street performers. A diverse film programme includes some of the best works from prestigious international festivals, and appearances by numerous cinematographers. Fine art by eminent Croatian artists Jagode Buić and Duška Šibla will be exhibited at the Sponza Palace, which will also host a literary evening with literary critic and dramaturge Mani Gotovac.
No summer visit to Dubrovnik is complete without the experience of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – a magnificent collection of international arts and culture, featuring universally loved classics and emerging new artists in spectacular settings. This festival is a must for everyone who loves art and the spirit of artistic creativity.