The Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2016
As Shakespeare famously wrote, “all the world’s a stage and all the men and women are merely players.” 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, ballet, music and art. The city lives for the Festival and the Festival comes alive with the city.
This year the festival, or as the locals call it “The Summer Games,” will be held for the 67th time, this is a festival with history and tradition. Every year the festival has a world-class line-up with an international feel and 2016 is no different. We can look forward to some classic dramas and innovative productions.
As the world is marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the great William Shakespeare it is fitting that this year the festival will feature the tragedy Othello. This Shakespeare classic will be held in the premier location in the city, the atmospheric Lovrijenac Fortress. These performances will certainly be evenings to remember. And from one world master author to one of the legends of Dubrovnik literature, Ivo Vojnović, and his masterpiece Dubrovnik Trilogy, a festival favourite and well worth attending.
The whole of the city is transformed into a stage, but it isn’t only the city, the island of Lokrum and its wondrous gardens are also on the repertoire this season. Ballet lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance of a Debussy tour de force “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.” This coproduction between the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor will be one of the highlights of the 67th festival.
And finally one of the most imaginative productions and we could add most complicated, will be held in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, on the Stradun. Goldoni's comedy “La Bottega del caffee,” or “The Coffee House,” will be staged on the most beautiful street in the world.
The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will prove to one of the most impressive, and most challenging, of recent years. Over eighty performances during the forty-seven days of culture in Dubrovnik, a magical time to be in the city, and with the world famous tenor José Cura opening proceedings the festival will begin with a bang on the 10th of July.
From the elegance of the Rector’s Palace, the atmospheric surroundings of the island of Lokrum, the iconic Stradun, all of Dubrovnik is a stage, let the games begin.