It’s on, it’s off and now it’s back on again. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, has announced today that the Dubrovnik Winter Festival 2016 is back on again.
The festival had been cancelled by the Mayor on Saturday after the Ministry of Culture had forbidden the placement of the festive stands along the Stradun as it feared cooking oil from the stands would damage or block the drains.
But today, speaking to Dubrovacki Vjesnik, the Mayor has stated that the festival is on again. He added that the Deputy Minister of Culture, Davor Trupkovic, will visit Dubrovnik next week to discuss the festival and problems that have arisen in the organisation. It is believed that all outstanding issues around the festival will be discussed and that a solution will be found.
On the 28th of October the Ministry of Culture released a decision banning the preparation of food on the Stradun due to fears that the cooking oil used would be poured into the historic sewers of the Old City. They therefore proposed that the food stands be moved to other squares in the city or just outside of the city walls. On learning this decision the Mayor decided that such restrictions would make the Dubrovnik Winter Festival impossible and cancelled the whole festival on Saturday. However the news that the festival would be cancelled caused an uproar in Dubrovnik and with the local elections so close and the massive negative publicity it seems that a deal has been done to solve the issues.