It is an extra special year for the jewel in the crown of the Croatian cultural calendar. This year the iconic Dubrovnik Summer Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary and, of course, has prepared an outstanding program to mark the birthday. From the 10th of July to the 25th of August the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will bring drama, ballet, concerts, exhibitions and much more to a plethora of venues in and around the city. For Dubrovnik, especially the historic Old City, act as perfect locations and backdrops for the cultural cornucopia. 47 days of magic, with a special birthday twist, this summer in Dubrovnik.
The programme brings together the best Croatian artists and top performances by international artists, it disintegrates the mythology of the European cultural heritage, the myths of Dubrovnik and the myths of the Festival, at the same time questioning the past and the future of site-specific performance practices and nurturing the relationship between tradition and modernity. Its own production remains the backbone of its theatre programme, thus confirming the national, cultural and historical identity built by the Dubrovnik Summer Festival during its long existence, with the model of the Festival Drama Ensemble as its specific feature - Artistic Director Dora Ruždjak Podolski pointed out in her introduction.
Highlights of the 70th anniversary programme include -
Hamlet, directed by Paolo Magelli by the Festival Drama Ensemble on the mythical Lovrjenac Fort from 27 to 31 July.
The premiere of Geranium, directed by Marina Pejnović, based on Ivo Vojnović's short story of the same name and Antun Šoljan's short story Island from the collection Prayer in the Promenade, will take place in August.
The Little Prince at the Rector's Palace Atrium, based on the most famous work of the celebrated French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, which will be composed and conducted by Ivan Josip Skender, and directed by Hrvoje Korbar.
Ballet lovers will be presented with The Four Seasons, ballet in two acts choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi to the score of Max Richter based on Vivaldi and performed by one of the world's best ballets, the Russian Mariinsky Theatre.
A Love Supreme, a piece for four dancers based on the music of John Coltrane by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Salva Sanchis, performed by Rosas.
Bass-baritone Krešimir Stražanac accompanied by pianist Danijel Detoni, will perform at the Bunić-Kaboga Summer Villa on 12 July.
The Zagreb Soloists will perform at the Rector's Palace Atrium on 14 July with pianist Martina Filjak.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Franz Anton Krager will also hold a concert at the Rector's Palace with distinguished soloist, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger.
The famous pianist Yuja Wang and clarinettist Andreas Ottensamer will perform together at the Rector's Palace on 6 August.
Avishai Cohen Trio, a unique jazz group known for their unforgettable concerts, led by the famous bassist, vocalist and composer Avishai Cohen, will prepare a jazz treat on the Revelin Fort Terrace.
The spectacular closing ceremony of the Festival will take place on 25 August with the concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Radio and Television under the baton of Italian conductor Enrico Dindo, alongside another Italian, a virtuoso percussionist Simone Rubino.
Check out the Dubrovnik Summer Festival website for more info and to purchase tickets online