3D video and sound mapping projection on the Festival Palace as a reminder of the destruction of war

Date created: 05.12.2017.

Today, on 5 December and on Wednesday, 6 December, on the occasion of marking the Dubrovnik Defenders Day, the Pixel Design company will organise a 3D mapping screening on the Festival Palace, located in the street Od Sigurate 1.

The screening on the Festival building facade will include a video of the Festival building shelling, and the fire and damages caused by it, as a reminder of the major attack on Dubrovnik during the Croatian War of Independence which took place on St Nicholas' Day, 6 December 1991. During the attack, this 17th century Baroque palace burned down almost completely and suffered heavy damage.

The screenings will be held according to the following schedule:

• Tuesday, 5 December, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm;

• Wednesday, 6 December, from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm (sound video)*

* Please note that the screening scheduled for 6 December from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm contains sounds (of shelling, sirens, fire…) that some residents may find disturbing.

It is worth noting that on 6 December 1991, during the heaviest Serbian and Montenegrin shelling of Dubrovnik, the Festival Palace burned down together with eight historic buildings within Dubrovnik's Old City. The fire consumed the complete interior above the first story level. The parts that were totally destroyed included the roof and ceiling structures, up to the first story's floor. Almost all partition walls collapsed, and both plaster and wooden parts were destroyed. As an inextricable part of the Old City, the Festival Palace was the first building to undergo a complex restoration procedure, owing to its public function and cultural importance. The exploration, conservation, restoration and eventually renovation works were carried out in accordance with conservation methods and guidelines, and following recommendations of international experts. The building was restored thanks to funds and donations by numerous institutions and individuals. In 2004, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival moved back to its old headquarters, the Festival Palace in the Stradun restored in an exemplary manner (Maja Nodari).