The Libertas Flag was raised in front of the St. Blaise Church for the 69th time last night as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival officially opened. From the 10th of July to the 25th of August Dubrovnik is in the hands of art and artists as the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival fills the squares, the streets and the stone facades with culture from all over the world.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, opened the festival, “The city must first be the place of life, work, gathering and development of its citizens. If the city is tailored to its inhabitants, it will be more appealing to our guests and visitors alike. As a mayor, I will therefore continue to restore Dubrovnik to its citizens, to restore our young people to the city, to create a frame for a pleasant and fulfilled life, accompanied by quality infrastructure. We in our city know best what we need, what our problems are and how we want them and we can solve them.”
And added “In this respect, art is an indispensable part of a society's development. Technology and art today, almost partners, share the same fateful space of man's civilization development. Therefore, let us open, change, adapt to the times, be courageous, moderate and wise.”
After the raising of the Libertas flag, up until 25 August, 20 site-specific locations of Dubrovnik become a place of encounter of approximately 2,000 artists from all over the world with domestic and international audience of around 60,000 visitors.