67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival
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Croatia’s oldest art festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, this year, celebrates its 67th anniversary and will take place from 10 July to 25 August in the site-specific venues of the Baroque and Renaissance city of Dubrovnik.
67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Its audience will have the opportunity to attend rich and diverse theatre, music, ballet, folklore, film and other programmes. Following a rich and living heritage, the Festival promotes its site-specific quality, the correlation between tradition and modernity, and the amalgamation of local, national and international as its programme guidelines. A place of exchange of ideas and new artistic creations, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has promoted Dubrovnik as a world cultural centre for more than half a century.


This season's premiere plays include two projects. In the year 2016, when England and the entire world mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will join this great celebration with its production of Othello, translated by Vladimir Gerić and directed by Ivica Boban.
Carlo Goldoni's La Bottega del caffee, translated and adapted by Frano Čale, is one of cult plays from the Festival's golden age, which – directed by Tomislav Radić at Gundulić Square – remained in the repertoire for ten consecutive years. In 2016, theatre director Vinko Brešan will stage this comedy in the Stradun, also using Frano Čale's translation and adaptation. The plot takes place in a small café, a small world in which all rules of the big world are applied, where curiosity and envy interchange with sweet love adventures.
This year's theatre programme also includes repeat performances of Ivo Vojnović's Dubrovnik Trilogy, directed by Staša Zurovac, and a number of guest performances.

On the nearby Island of Lokrum, ballet lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy C. Debussy's Prélude à l'apr ès-midi d'un faun, a ballet diptych choreographed by Edward Clug; and Rodion Shchedrin's Carmen, choreographed by Valentina Turcu, a co-production of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Slovenian National Theatre of Maribor.

The 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival's music programme will be opened by the world famous tenor, José Cura, whom music critics often call "the fourth tenor", alluding to The Three Tenors. At the Opening Ceremony directed by Ivan Miladinov, he will appear as both conductor and singer, while the following day – on 11 July – he will perform some of the finest operatic arias in the gala concert taking place in front of St Blaise's Church. The rich musical programme will comprise recitals of the most distinguished national and international pianists of all generations such as Ivo Pogorelić, Philippe Entremont and Michele Campanella, as well as the young talents Andrew Tyson and Aljoša Jurinić. Matija Dedić will dedicate a recital to his late father Arsen Dedić and appear in front of the Rector's Palace in the concert entitled the Four Seasons for Three Pianos alongside Matej Meštrović and Hakan Ali Toker, the renowned Turkish pianist, composer and music pedagogue. This will be the world premiere of the piece whose name alludes to Vivaldi's The Four Seasons arranged for three pianos by Matej Meštrović, and a rare opportunity to see three pianos on the stage. The Croatian Radio and Television Choir will perform under the baton of Tonči Bilić in the Friars Minor Church, while Roman Simović - the world famous violinist and concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra - will appear in a recital with pianist Ratimir Martinović. The Rector's Palace will play host to the Vienna Philharmonic Ensemble, violinist Davide Alogna, pianist Alexander Frey, and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with the renowned conductors Amos Talmon and Ertug Korkmaz, clarinettist Marija Pavlović, bassoonist Pieter Nuytten, violinist Stephen Waarts and cellist Jelena Očić. On 25 August, last year's Orlando Award winner, the Henschel Quartet, will appear in the Closing Concert with the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra in front of St Blaise's Church.

The music programme will also present young laureates of prestigious international competitions.

Alongside the Festival's official theatre, music and ballet programmes, the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy rich Croatian dance, music and folk heritage presented by the Linđo Folklore Ensemble of Dubrovnik, and Croatia's most prestigious Lado Ensemble. In collaboration with the Pula Film Festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will organize screenings at the open-air cinemas Jadran and Slavica, while the Sponza Palace Atrium and the Lazaretto will play host to numerous exhibitions of paintings and photographs.




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