Raising of the Libertas flag to the verses of the Hymn to Liberty in front of St Blaise’s Church on Tuesday, 10 July at 21:00 will mark the opening of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which will traditionally last until 25 August. In 47 days, at 20 site-specific venues, approximately 2,000 artists from all over the world will present around 80 drama, music, dance, folklore and other programmes to the international audience of 60,000 domestic and foreign guests, it was announced today at the press conference held on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior.
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is an annual festival recognized all over the world as a unique cultural event and is one of the oldest European festivals. Every year it gathers and connects various national and international artist that all collaborate in the period from July 10th till August 25th, the traditional dates of the festival. It is a time when the Old Town is transformed into a big open-air theatre with numerous historical locations. The historical sites of the town are cleverly used for theatrical, acoustic and artistic purposes.
Old palaces, squares, parks and the island of Lokrum all play important role in the ambiance of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the way performances are presented to local and foreign audiences. And that is what makes the festival unique, along with the high-quality performances and talented artists from all over the world. The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is very important to local people as part of their cultural heritage, but also many tourists come every year specifically because it is a rare opportunity to see many modern and classical performances in the open air.
The trademark of the festival is Shakespeare’s tragedy ‘Hamlet’ that was first performed in the fort Lovrijenac in 1952. Since then the fort is recognized as an irreplaceable stage for all Shakespeare’s tragedies and comedies. The role of Hamlet has been taken by numerous famous actors; among them were Derek Jacobi, Daniel Day-Lewis, Goran Višnjić and others. Other famous stars that came to Dubrovnik and had their role in the musical part of the Festival are performers like Montserrat Caballe, jazz stars Duke Ellington and the Dizzy Gillespie Quartet – and numerous others.
This year, the Festival once again provides numerous discounts and affordable package deals for its audience. Tickets can be purchased through the Festival website http://www.dubrovnik-festival.hr/en, through ticket service www.ulaznice.hr, at the Box Office of the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) every day from 9:00 to 21:30, and at event venues two hours prior to the announced start of the programmes.
The whole programme is available here.