As Shakespeare famously wrote, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players.” If one single event throughout the year is synonymous with the city then the Dubrovnik Summer Festival absolutely tops the list.

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the most important date on the cultural calendar of the city. From the 10th of July to the 25th of August the cobbled streets, squares and facades of this historic city form the stages for drama, music and art. The city lives for the Festival and the Festival comes alive with the city.

Over a period of 47 days, the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, its palaces, fortresses, the island of Lokrum and many other spectacular locations near the Old City will become the unforgettable stages upon which more than 2,000 numerous 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 and locals. 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 the 10th of July 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 are presented.

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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.

From the elegance of the Revelin Fort Terrace and Sponza Palace Atrium, the atmospheric surroundings of the island of Lokrum, the iconic Stradun, all of Dubrovnik is a stage, let the Festival begin.

Photo credit - Leading photo: Archive Tourist Board Dubrovnik / Photographer: Milan Kovač

Photo credit: DSF Archive / Arhiva Dubrovačkih ljetnih igara

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