An exhibition entitled ‘The Cultural Life of Russian Emigrants in Dubrovnik and the Legacy of Ballerina Olga Solovyova’ opens at Villa Čingrija (Pera Čingrije 1) on Saturday, 16 November at 13:00 as part of the project ‘Port of Dreamers’, co-funded by the ‘Creative Europe’ programme of the European Union, while the lecture by Drago Župarić-Iljić ‘The Challenges of Admission and Integration of Foreigners in European and Domestic Context’ will be held at the Festival Palace (
Continuing the theatre programme of the anniversary 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, the monodrama Room For A View based on the Virginia Woolf short story The New Dress and directed by Marina Petković Liker, will be performed on the Bokar fort by Ivana Buljan Legati, on Saturday, 17 August at 9.30pm.
The second premiere title of this Festival season is the Little Prince which had its first performance last night, 8 August, in the Rector’s Palace atrium, supported by the Caboga Stiftung foundation and Tekstilpromet. The musical theatre play based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novella The Little Prince is directed by Hrvoje Korbar while Ivan Josip Skender did the musical score.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with Ivo Lipanović and violinist Katarina Kutnar in the Rector's Palace
In their second concert of this Festival season, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be performing with the violinist Katarina Kutnar, under the baton of maestro Ivo Lipanović on Monday, 12 August, at 9.30pm in the Rector's Palace atrium. On the evening's programme are Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major or ‘Eroica’ by Ludwig van Beethoven. Furthermore, music-lovers will surely be delighted by the first-ever performance of the Ciklus.mp3 composition by the Dubrovnik pianist and composer Ivan Violić.
The legendary Mariinsky Theatre, one of the most exalted and well-known ballets in the world, have performed last night, 4 August, for the first time ever on the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – in the summer of its grand anniversary no less – awing the sizeable crowd of ballet-lovers from all over the region gathered in the Gradac park which had, for two days, been transformed into a ballet stage for the Four Seasons, a ballet choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi and based on the Max Richter recomposition of the eponymous Vivaldi piece.
The musical-theatre play based on the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry novella The Little Prince is the second premiere title at the anniversary 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival. As it was announced today after the children’s workshop “How Plays Are Made” by the cast and crew – led by director Hrvoje Korbar and composer Ivan Josip Skender, The Little Prince will be performed on 8, 9 and 10 August at 8.30pm in the Rector’s Palace atrium, supported by the Caboga Stiftung foundation and Tekstilpromet.
The Zagreb Quartet and guitarist Ana Vidović had their first performance together last night, 2 August, in the Rector’s Palace atrium, dazzling the Festival audiences with their virtuoso renditions of the evening's impressive classical programme which consisted of Beethoven’s String Quartet in D major, Vivaldi's Concerto for guitar and strings in D major and C major as arranged by Karl Scheit for guitar and string quartet, Ruždjak’s Classical Garden and Ravel's String Quartet in F major.
The Linđo Folklore Ensemble performances at the Festival have always been well received, with thunderous applause and ovations from the audience – as was the case in their memorable performance with KUD Jedinstvo in July. Linđo will be giving three performances at the 70th Festival, the first of which is on Saturday, 3 August and the following on 7 August and 13 August, all starting at 9.30pm on the Revelin fort terrace.
The Italian pop-opera trio Il Volo held an unforgettable two-hour concert last night, 1 August, accompanied by their backup band the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra members on the open-air stage in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The tickets for this highly anticipated event were much in demand, while Dubrovnik streets teemed with delighted local and international music fans.
One of the premier world ballets, the historic Mariinsky Theatre, will be performing for the first time ever at the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, on its grand anniversary. This unique event of regional as well as national significance will see the magnificent Mariinsky artistes performing The Four Seasons, a ballet in two acts choreographed by Ilya Zhivoi based on the Max Richter recomposition of the well-known eponymous Vivaldi concerto. They will be performing two evenings in a row, on 4 August and 5 August, in the Gradac park at 9.30pm. Tickets for both have been sold-out.
The Italian operatic pop trio Il Volo, consisting of baritone Gianluca Ginoble with tenors Piero Barone and Ignazio Boschetto, will be performing in front of the Cathedral on 1 August, along with their backup band, while orchestral accompaniment will be made up of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra members. The concert, which has attracted a lot of public interest, will start at 9.30pm.
The talented young musicians of the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein have, in just four years, won numerous awards and acclaims, as well as published three records - they are the Esperanza Ensemble. Along with violinist Sara Domjanić and pianist Dmytro Choni, they will be holding a concert in the Rector's palace atrium on Tuesday, 30 July, at 9.30pm.
Tonight’s performance of Hamlet is cancelled due to bad weather and an actor’s minor injury. A notice about a potential repeat performance will be posted as soon as possible. Reimbursement for bought tickets will be available at the box office at the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1, Old City), starting tomorrow, 29 July (9am to 9.30pm).
Standing Ovations for the First Premiere Theatre Production of the Anniversary 70th Festival, Hamlet
The first premiere title of this Festival season, Shakespeare’s Hamlet as directed by Paolo Magelli and performed by the Festival Drama Ensemble, was put on last night, 27 July, on the Lovrjenac fort. The outstanding cast led by the first-ever Hamlet from Dubrovnik, Frano Mašković, and the breath-taking Lovrjenac as Elsinore more than justified the high expectations. The play attracted people from all over the region and many Croatian dignitaries attended the premiere, including Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek.