Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by Paolo Magelli and performed on the Lovrjenac fort by the Festival ensemble will premiere on Saturday, 27 July, as was announced on today’s press conference held in the Festival palace. Artistic Director of the Festival Dora Ruždjak Podolski, her Assistant Artistic Director for drama Saša Božić, along with the play’s director Paolo Magelli, dramaturge Željka Udovičić Pleština and Hamlet himself, Frano Mašković, and other cast members. The sponsor of the production is HEP (Hrvatska elektroprivreda), the national energy company.
In collaboration with the Pula Film Festival and the Dubrovnik Cinemas, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be showing the best Croatian feature film from Pula at the Jadran Open-air Cinema, on Wednesday, 24 July at 9.30pm. This year, the traditional free screening of the winning Croatian film brings the smash hit of the 66th Pula Film Festival, the Diary of Diana B, a “true story about the best of people and the worst of times,” by director Dana Budisavljević.
A spectacular concert was held last night, July 20 by The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the virtuoso trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, in the jam-packed atrium of the Rector’s Palace. The distinguished maestro Franz Anton Krager conducted the evening’s programme, comprised of Aaron Copland’s Music for the Movies, Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E Major, Zoltán Kodály’s Summer Evening, Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel and, finally, Robert Nelson’s arrangement of The Lone Star Pageant.
As a part of the anniversary 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival theatre programme, last year’s acclaimed hit play “Under the Balconies” by director Dario Harjaček and dramaturge Vedrana Klepica, based on the works of Croatian literature luminary Ranko Marinković, was performed for the final time last night, 18 July, in the University of Dubrovnik campus park. Two performances were given previously at the 70th Festival, on 16 and 17 July also at 9.30pm in the verdant campus park.
The music programme of the anniversary 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival brings a stellar musical treat – the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra joined by the virtuoso trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger under the baton of maestro Franz Anton Krager; Saturday 20 July at 9.30pm in the Rector’s palace atrium. The evening’s exceptional programme will include Aaron Copland’s Music for the Movies, Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E Major, Summer Evening by Zoltán Kodály, Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel and finally the five-piece suite dedicated to Texas The Lone Star Pageant as arranged by Robert Nelson.
Last night, the audience in the Rector's Palace was wowed by the outstanding performance The Music of Dubrovnik Summer Villas, led by brilliant soloists Bojan Čičić and Dmitry Sinkovsky on violins, and Tomislav Fačini on harpsichord. The performance also included the excellent Elene Davidove, Hiwote Tadesse, Fran Petrač, Lea Sušanj Lujo, Stjepan Nodilo, Manuela Marija Mitterer, Hermann Ebner, Atay Bağcı and Izidor Erazem Grafenauer, who were rewarded with enthusiastic applause.
The Future of Ambiance Symposium is a project headed by the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on the 70th anniversary of its exploration of ambiance and site-specific performances, and as a part of the 2-year Future Epics project which is supported by the European Commission’s Creative Europe programme –Culture subprogramme. From 18 to 20 July, the Symposium will gather relevant European and domestic artists, scientists and experts in contemporary site-specific performance in a number of locations around Dubrovnik. A special emphasis will be put on the history of Dubrovnik’s ambiance, on the challenges of festivalization and of festivals as cultural destinations, and on new ambiance.
The Zagreb Soloists and pianist Martina Filjak performed Papandopulo, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Schönberg last night, 14 July, in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace in front of a large crowd of foreign and local music lovers. The two-hour concert by beloved Festival and Dubrovnik guests delighted the audience.
Lauba’s Fascinations – the first exhibition at the anniversary 70 Dubrovnik Summer Festival – was opened on July 12 in the atrium of the Sponza palace. The works of seven contemporary artists were presented to the Festival audience: Gordana Bakić, Marija Ujević Galetović, Duje Jurić, Alem Korkuta, Kristijan Kožul, Đuro Seder and an artistic duo from New York TARWUK. The Siniša Majkus work Red Rock is also showcased.