It was announced that the 72nd Dubrovnik Summer Festival will take place on a number of stages and site-specific locations in Dubrovnik from 10 July to 25 August 2021. Although it is not possible to plan the programme at this moment due to uncertain epidemiological situation and funding, the Festival’s leadership remains active in its efforts to have one of Europe’s oldest festivals take place this summer and provide its audiences with a varied theatre, music, dance and folklore programme.
The last part of the two-year project supported by Creative Europe will be held in an online form from 23rd till 28th November. During the week partners will participate in the intensive program with the idea of summarizing the results of the project and presenting them to the wider audience.
Despite the global pandemic and difficult conditions in which it was held this year, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has successfully reached the end of its 71st season, which included nearly 50 theatre, music, dance, folklore and other programmes performed on 13 site-specific locations in Dubrovnik during 47 days, from 10 July to 25 August, it was stated at the press conference held today at the Sponza Palace, in which the media were addressed by the Croatian Minister of Culture and Media Nina Obuljen Koržinek, Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković, Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić, the Festival’s Artistic Director Dora Ruždjak Podolski and Executive Director Ivana Medo Bogdanović.
The Croatian radio-television has announced the winners of this year's Orlando Awards and handed them their prize for the best achievements in the drama and music part of the 71st Dubrovnik Summer Festival programme. The awarding ceremony took place on Tuesday, 25 August in the Sponza Palace Atrium.
A performance of Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Ivo Lipanović and with international opera stars, soprano Lana Kos and baritone Željko Lučić will close the 71. Dubrovnik Summer Festival on Tuesday, 25 August at 10.25 pm in front of the Cathedral. The closing ceremony will be live broadcasted on the HRT3 programme of Croatian National Television.
Marin Držić’s play Grižula directed by Saša Božić and Petra Hrašćanec will have its premiere tonight, 20 August in Gradac Park,. This last premiere of this year’s Festival will be performed by the members of the Festival Drama Ensemble with the participation of Acting and Dance students of the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb.
The dance performance "Embrace" produced by the Vitlycke - Centre for Performing Arts in Sweden based on joint choreography of three dancers Meleat Fredriksson, Adam Seid Tahir and Lydia Östberg Diakité had its premiere, as part of the "Future Epics" EU project, last night 17 August in Lazareti.
Croatian OTP bank has donated HRK 180,000 for the drama premiere ''Grižula'' by Marin Držić, and with the donation continued almost a three-decade-long tradition of supporting the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Josipa Vodenac, director of the Dubrovnik and Southern Dalmatia Business Cente for OTP bank, presented the check to director of Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Ivana Medo Bogdanović.
Papandopulo Quartet known as the most significant Croatian chamber ensemble, prepared a real musical treat for the festival audience last night, 16 August, in the Rector's Palace atrium, performing selected music of the "iron" repertoire for saxophone quartet and the music of Croatian contemporary composers Boris Papandopulo, Petar Obradović and Gordan Tudor.
The concert entitled Dubrovnik on a Rock of Music which brings together an exciting ensemble of Dubrovnik musicians, an unusual selection of instruments and prominent personalities will be held, with the support of Caboga Stiftung, on Tuesday, 18 August at 9.30 pm in the Rector's Palace atrium. Tickets are sold out.