The 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival opened last night in front of the St.Blaise Church in the heart of the Old City with the raising of the Libertas flag to the verses of the Hymn to Liberty.
During the 47 days of the Festival, audiences will be able to enjoy almost 70 drama, music, dance and other performances on some 15 stages and site-specific locations in and around Dubrovnik.
In addition to numerous domestic and foreign guests from political, social and cultural life, members of the diplomatic corps, the ceremony was attended by Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, members of the Government, and also EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell Fontelles.
Directly after the official opening ceremony a traditional fireworks display was held in front of the Old City. As ever the hills of the Srd mountain, the Adriatic between Lokrum and the coast and all other spots with a good view were packed with people as the first firework lit the night sky at around 10.15.
And as ever the fireworks display was spectacular as it lit up the night sky and the walled city of Dubrovnik, a really special night in Dubrovnik.