Dubrovnik in 2024 celebrates its UNESCO status

Over 1,050 years of cultural heritage of St. Blaise and 45 years of UNESCO in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik in 2024 celebrates its UNESCO status

Dubrovnik has concluded an exceptionally successful year, earning numerous accolades and awards, reaffirming its status as an outstanding tourist and congress destination. As we enter 2024, this proud centuries-old city anticipates significant historical anniversaries marked by rich cultural, educational, and social programs. These programs present unique opportunities for planning incentives or additional social programs for congresses and conferences in 2024, offering participants an experience found nowhere else in the world.


Year of UNESCO World Heritage in Dubrovnik

Did you know that the historic core of Dubrovnik was among the first sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979? Indeed, it stands as one of the world's first cities to boast such a distinction. With its monumental walls, distinctive structures, and exceptionally rich heritage, Dubrovnik is a unique masterpiece of medieval architecture and urban planning—a testament to human creativity. It represents a complex of extraordinary value that fulfills the conditions of authenticity and integrity, constituting a place of universal value.

Moreover, this year marks the 1052nd celebration of the city's patron saint, St. Blaise. The Festivity in his honour has been included on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2009, marking its 15th jubilee. In November of the previous year, archival collections from the period of the Dubrovnik Republic were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World list, providing an opportunity to commemorate this significant achievement. Preserved in the State Archives in Dubrovnik, these archives are an invaluable source for a detailed study of Dubrovnik's history. The continuity, quantity, age, and value of the preserved material make the Dubrovnik Republic archives one of the richest in this part of Europe.

To appropriately commemorate all these significant dates, the City of Dubrovnik has declared 2024 the "Year of UNESCO World Heritage" in Dubrovnik. The year will be filled with meaningful events and diverse programs, beginning with the authentic and unique celebration of the city's patron - the Festivity of St. Blaise, held at the beginning of February.


Festivity of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is unique in many ways, especially in its traditional celebration of the City Day and its patron saint. For over 1050 years, this day has been celebrated in the same way. Despite modern events and trends introducing new habits and customs into our lives, this celebration remains unchanged and is celebrated in the same way among both the young and the old. Therefore, the Festivity of St. Blaise is an event worth attending to experience genuine tradition and feel the true values of this city. For those seeking an incentive program that will provide participants with an authentic destination experience, the Festivity is undoubtedly one of the more interesting options.

This year's program for the Festivity of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik will run from the 22nd of January to the 4th of February, featuring a variety of events, from church ceremonies to a series of artistic and educational workshops, exhibitions, lectures, performances, programs for children and youth, concerts, and special traditional events.

The main celebration of the city's patron traditionally begins on Candlemas Day, the 2nd of February, with the release of white doves, symbols of freedom and peace, in front of St. Blaise's church and the hoisting of his banner on Orlando's Column. On the day of the Festivity, the 3rd of February, Stradun and the streets of the city are filled with the relics of St. Blaise in a procession of banners, attended by a multitude of citizens from all over the wider Dubrovnik region and church dignitaries. In front of the Church of St. Blaise, the banners are specially unfurled and bowed, expressing respect for the saint who has watched over Dubrovnik for centuries. It is an opportunity to showcase this special skill, as well as beautiful rich folk costumes that captivate with their originality and beauty.

The Festivity of St. Blaise is also the Day of the City of Dubrovnik, and various city events are held. At the solemn session of the City Council, held in the baroque Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić, city awards are presented. Dubrovnik is visited by numerous dignitaries from the Croatian business and political world, as well as Europe.

View the entire program of this year's Festivity of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik here.


Festa 2024 Dubrovnik

As an introduction to the Festivity of St. Blaise, an entertainment event has been organized for more than two decades, bringing an interesting and entertaining program leading up to these festive days in Dubrovnik. This year, from the 23rd of January to the 2nd of February, Festa 2024 Dubrovnik will take place.

The program begins with the presentation of Žarko Dragojević's debut novel "Prolaz na jugoistok" (Passage to the Southeast in English) at the Art Workshop Lazareti, followed by a concert by the Dubrovnik band Embassy 516 with guests, the vocal group Klapa Kaše and a string quartet at the Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić. An exhibition of illustrations by a long-time band collaborator Igor Jurilj, artistically known as Yellow Yuri, will also be on display.

The rich music program includes the traditional Festa of Klapa (or Vocal Group) at the Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić, the central gala charity concert dedicated to the legendary Frank Sinatra entitled "Dear Mr. Sinatra by Marko Tolja" at the Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić, and Divas in St. Blaise, where in collaboration with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the concert will feature performances by Diana Hilje, Terezija Kusijanović, Sara Žuvela, Marija Kristina Tomić, and Valentina Elizabeta Šilje, accompanied by pianist Stefani Grbić.

There are also performances by the Theatre Company Kolarin, which will stage a children's charity play "Carevo novo ruho" (or "The Emperor's New Clothes" in English) at the Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić, as well as the comedy "Do posljednje kapi krvi."(or "To the Last Drop of Blood" in English). An exhibition "Sveti Vlaho - znamen u kamenu" (St. Blaise – a Symbol in Stone) by members of the Dubrovnik Association of Visual Artists will be opened in the foyer of the Dubrovnik Theatre Marin Držić.

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