Festa Dubrovnik is a multi-day event that will be held for an impressive 17th time in Dubrovnik! It’s a traditional introduction to one of the most important festivities in Dubrovnik – St. Blaise Festivity (Dubrovnik patron saint) and it collects money for restoration of the church of St. Blaise.
-We can't say no to Saint Blaise! – said one of the organizers Slobodan Vlasic at the press conference held at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel, adding that every year they try to enrich the program, without any personal interest. And it's a rich program indeed. It was presented by Darija Mikulandra.
BOOKS, ROCK, BEATLES, DIVAS…
-Dubrovnik lives during the winter too! Program is colorful and rich – Mikulandra explained. Festa Dubrovnik will all start on January 20th at 6 pm in Bursa Theatre with rather special event – presentation of one of the classics of Dubrovnik literature ‘Dundo Maroje’, which was translated by Filip Krenus.
-This is an important, praiseworthy project – Marin Ivanovic, director of MOMA Dubrovnik emphasized, adding that more classics should be translated.
Five days later, on January 25th, Vocal group festivity will be held at 8 pm in the Marin Drzic Theatre.
Vicko Dragojevic, founder of vocal group Kase, said that almost every vocal group from Dubrovnik will be a part of this festivity and that he’s really proud because of that.
Vocal groups that will take part at this concert are: Amfora, Atlant, FA Lindo, Karaka, Kase, Dubrovnik Airport vocal group, Kolafjaka, Kurenat, Ladeste, Maestral, Ostro, Ragusavecchia, Skontradura, Subrenum. Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will also be a part of this concert with their quartet.
Dubrovnik Rock Parade will be held again in the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMA Dubrovnik) on January 26th at 7 pm, and as Zarko Dragojevic stated, will gather musicians of almost every age group. There will be Dariva/Toboggan, Valetudo, Embassy 516, Ad Libidum, Lapadske Tratincice, Banditen Strasse, D&F and Dapal Band.
-Rock Parade was a great event last year because it brought us new guests-explained the director Ivanovic, adding that they were the most visited cultural institution in 2017.
The Beatles Revival Orchestra is one of the most interesting events of this festivity. It will be held by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and their guests on January 27th at 8 pm in Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik. The guests will be: Radojka Sverko, Neno Belan, Buco Pende, Stijepo Gled Markos, Ines Trickovic, Maja Grgic, Doris Kosovic, Mia Negovetic and musical producent Olja Desic.
The director of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchesta (DSO), Damir Milat was really proud because DSO takes a big part of this FESTA.
-The orchestra is a part of this City and it’s not only for people who enjoy classical music – Milat said, adding that these events are a proof that Dubrovnik is the city which works during the whole year.
NOTHING WITHOUT FOOD AND WINE
On 28th of January at 9 pm you will get a chance to listen to Divas in the church of St. Blaise. DSO Quintet will perform alongside with Jelena Stefanic (soprano), Andrea Maric (soprano), Dubravka Separovic Musovic (mezzo-soprano), Diana Hilje (mezzo-soprano) and Stefani Grbic at piano.
And what is a festivity with a little bit of food and wine?
On January 31st at 11 am there will be a workshop with traditional meals for St.Blaise Festivity (in cooperation with Desa Dubrovnik Association and Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik) at Mimoza restaurant.
On February 1st you can enjoy an exhibition ‘Nas sveti Vlaho’ (Our St. Blaise) in the lobby of Marin Drzic Theatre.
And to end successful Festa Dubrovnik, the last day is reserved for a toast – Wine Festivity at Sponza Palce and Gradska Kavana at noon. Cheers!