The 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will feature three premiere plays: Miroslav Krleža's "Michelangelo Buonarroti", a coproduction with the Ivan von Zajc Croatian National Theatre of Rijeka, directed by Sebastijan Horvat; a selection of prose by Ranko Marinković "Under the Balconies", directed by Dario Harjaček; and "Wedding Plays", a collaboration with the Zagreb Academy of Theatre Arts
25th Croatian Theatre Award – 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival productions nominated in five categories
Best Play in DRAMA category nominees include "Marin Držić – Victory over the Enemies" first performed at the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on 20 August 2017. Best Play in OPERA Category nominees include Georg Friedrich Handel "Orlando", premiered at the Festival on 28 July 2017 at the Benedictine Monastery Cloister on the Island of Lokrum.
Theatre director Saša Božić has been appointed Theatre Programme Director, conductor Tomislav Fačini has been appointed Music Programme Director, and musicologist Karolina Rugle has been appointed Innovative Cultural Practices Director.
Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia Nina Obuljen Koržinek appointed Dora Ruždjak Podolski the new Artistic Director of the Festival.
The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival has been closed with the Gala concert and the Orlando Award giving ceremony for the best performances in the drama and music programme, last night, 25 August in front of St Blaise's Church. The Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alberto Veronesi, featuring last year's Orlando Award winner, the young Ukrainian violinist Aleksey Semenenko performed for the festival audience.
This year too, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has gathered together about 2.000 artists from all over the world, who have performed 72 theatrical, concert, opera, dance, folklore, film and exhibition programmes within 47 days, from 10 July to 25 August, in 16 site-specific venues in Dubrovnik and its surroundings. On that occasion, on the Festival’s last day, a press conference was held at the Sponza Palace Atrium. Iva Hraste Sočo, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Mato Franković, Mayor of Dubrovnik, and Žaklina Marević, Deputy Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, commented favourably on the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival programme. Kazimir Bačić, General Manager of the Croatian Radio and Television, talked about the collaboration between the two institutions, while the Festival executives, Mladen Tarbuk, Acting Artistic Director, and Ivana Medo Bogdanović, Executive Director, elaborated on this year's Festival programme and its financial results. Mladen Tarbuk used the opportunity to thank his associates and bid them farewell at the end of his mandate.
Marin Držić - Victory Over the Enemies is the second drama premiere of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival which is on the festival programme on 20 August at the Music School Park - it was announced at the press conference by the following speakers: acting artistic director Mladen Tarbuk, director Ivica Boban, author of the dramaturgical concept Hrvoje Ivanković, executive director Ivana Medo Bogdanović and Ante Režić, director of Dubrovnik’s Business Center and South Dalmatia OTP Bank which made a donation for the play.
Traditional Linđo Folklore Ensemble performance at Revelin Fort Terrace, this summer with enriched programme, will be held on Wednesday, 16. August at 9.30 pm which will be their last performance at the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
Key to the Future - Young Laureates of International Music Competitions festival programme continues with guitarist Srđan Bulat on Sunday, 13 August at 9:30 PM in the Rector's Palace Atrium. The repertoire consists of Giulio Regondi's Étude No. 8 u G major, Antón García Abril's Dos Cantares, Francisco Tárrega's Capricho arabe, Joaquín Rodrigo's En los trigales, Marko Ruždjak's Double, Stjepan Šulek's The Troubadours Three, Isaac Albéniz's Mallorca and Željko Brkanović's Suita Mediterranea.