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The Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2017

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival 2017

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, 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 68th time. This is a festival with history and tradition; every year the festival has a world-class line-up with an international feel and 2017 is no different. We can look forward to some classic dramas and innovative productions.

Last year Dubrovnik Summer Festival marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the great William Shakespeare so it is fitting that this year the festival will also feature the tragedy Othello. This Shakespeare classic will be held in the premier location in the city, the atmospheric Lovrjenac Fortress. These performances will certainly be evenings to remember. And from one world master author to one of the legends of Dubrovnik literature, Marin Držić, and his masterpiece Skup, 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. Opera lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a performance of a Croatian Baroque Ensemble „G. F. Händel: Orlando“. And finally brilliant production and we could add most complicated - Krleža's “Messrs Glembay,” will be staged at the Museum of Modern Art.

Alongside the Festival's official theatre, music and ballet programmes, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy rich Croatian dance, music and folk heritage presented by the Linđo Folklore Ensemble of Dubrovnik, and Croatia's most prestigious Lado Ensemble. In collaboration with the Pula Film Festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will organize screenings at the Jadran open-air cinema, while the Sponza Palace Atrium will play host to numerous exhibitions.

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.