There’s less than a week to go to the inaugural FOR 2013 Festival on the beautiful island of Hvar – and we can hear many of you getting really rather excited at the thought of partying on such an idyllic location in less than a week’s time!
Taking place on three of the top venues in Hvar Town – Carpe Diem Beach, Veneranda and Amo Beach Bar – the Festival has a wonderfully diverse and canny line-up of some top artists. These include Tame Impala, Solange, Horse Meat Disco, James Blake, DJ sets from 2ManyDJs and James Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Tensnake and numerous other top names. In addition to this great line-up, another plus is that only 2,000 tickets have been made available which means that FOR 2013 will truly be one of the most intimate festivals to take place this summer.
The party gets started in the late afternoon each day at Carpe Diem Beach, with matters then switching over to club Veneranda in the evening to get the vibe really ramped up. Carpe Diem Beach – part of the famous Carpe Diem club on Hvar, which this year celebrates its 15th birthday – then takes over proceedings once more, keeping the party going until the very early – and we do mean very early – hours of the morning. But in such a paradise-like setting, and with temperatures reaching a night-time low of about 22C (yes, you did read that right) we can imagine that everyone will keen and eager right until the final beat gets played each night.
FOR 2013 announced their set times today, which you can see at forfestival2013.com/line-up.htm. Check out that page to start planning where you’ll want to be when.
To get you in the mood, take a look at this teaser FOR 2013 video, produced by Croatian creative agency PHOLA:
The team behind FOR 2013, Australian label Modular Recordings, have also been producing regular modcasts featuring some of the acts on the bill – lend your ears to the ones by Tensnake and Croatian label Burek for a little preview of what all you lucky revellers will be experiencing this weekend.
A small number of tickets are still available for FOR 2013, so if you fancy heading to Hvar, be sure to snap these up quick! Three-day passes – which allow you entry to all of FOR’s venues for the entire weekend cost £130, whilst one-day passes cost £45. There are special discounted ticket prices for passport holders of the ex-YU nations. More details on FOR’s tickets page.
We’ve also got a brief guide to FOR in our Festivals in Croatia 2013 section – FOR 2013 – which provides some useful practical info, including how to get to Hvar.
But for all the details on FOR 2013, do make sure to take a look at their website, which also covers discounted accommodation options at local hotels. Be sure to also check out all the festival news on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2013
It may be no surprise to our regular readers that Croatia enjoys a very healthy cultural calendar each year, with some wonderful film, dance, theatre, art and other events taking place each summer, all across the country. We’d like to use this post to highlight the Boombarstick Festival which will take place for the first time in July in Vodnjan, Istria – an independent, urban arts and music festival that will feature a full line-up of art exhibitions and concerts, as well as featuring workshops and also showcasing locally made products.
Of great importance to the festival and something that plays a large part in its background is the setting in Istria. This particular region of Croatia is one has a very vibrant history – having been under the rule of numerous tribes, leaders and countries over the centuries – but one that has also been peaceful, meaning that today, different ethnic groups and cultures coexist in harmony. Boombarstick’s aim, in a year that Croatia is to join the EU (on 1st July), is to show that Istrian and European cultures can (and should) influence and enrich themselves, but also that Istrian people should treasure their culture – one that is unique and constantly evolving – and share it with others, and not seek to replace what they have with some kind of European dream. Boombarstick will offer up a kind of “momento” for Istrian collectivity, but also show that the town of Vodnjan has much to offer artistically, musically and culturally – three “languages” that can be understood by anyone, wherever they are from.
What’s on at the Boombarstick Urban Arts and Music Festival
The art programme at Boombarstick will see a fantastic collection of outdoor wallpaintings, showcased in some of the less fancy spots in town, plus installations set up in hidden parts of Vodnjan. An indoor art show will also exhibit the works of some of the local artisans. Artists exhibiting their works include Croatian sculptor Franco Manzin; underground, UK-based comic-artist Phlegm; street artist OKO from Croatia; Sam3, a wallpainter from Spain; Italian graphic designer and urban artist Giorgio Bartocci; Ukrainian wall-painter duo Interesni Kazki; graphic artist Ludo; NeSpoon from Poland; and Croatian illustrator Miron Milic. Below you can see the works of some of these artists (click on any image to enlarge).
Local bands and artists will make up part of the musical element to the festival, which will also see international DJs and acts perform…with a few secret parties thrown into the mix too! Acts appearing include funky, punky hip hop outfit Debout Merci!; Croatian DJ Sisma; folk-poet Ardzen; French beatboxer Spleen; Brixton, London-based ska-gypsy band Drunken Balordi; swing/rock ‘n’ roll band Minima Social Club; and Croatian hip hop band Soundcheck Regaz.
As mentioned, Boombarstick will also host workshops during the Festival’s run, and these will be dedicated to local students although some will also allow entry to all. These seek to teach culture and explore creativity, whilst also establishing a connection between the people attending and some of the artists taking part in Boombarstick.
“Local heros” from Vodnjan will also be on hand, showcasing their tasty products – from food to oil and wine, and more!
It’s free to enjoy all the events at Boombarstick – how fantastic! If you can make it to Vodnjan in July, we’d highly recommend you visiting and joining in with this arts and music festival!
Accommodation for Boombarstick
For those attending the festival, there are a number of easy accommodation options available to you. An improvised campsite will be set up a short distance from the Festival; the site will have full facilites including toilets and showers, food and beverages, and will also provide tents to rent. Camping will be a great way of mingling with fellow festival-goers, allowing you to get to know each other!
It will also be possible to rent apartments and private accommodation in Vodnjan, for those looking to explore and experience the town a little better.
The above options can all be booked via the Boombarstick Accommodation page at www.boombarstick.com/accommodation. There’s a whole host of different packages on offer, including those that offer airport transfers, boat trips, excursions and a beach chill out day, so be sure to check these all out!
The above link also lists all the ‘extras’ that are available in addition to the Festival – from the aforementioned boat trips and beach chill out day, to a Cheese Appreciation Day and a Arts of Istria Tour!
Boombarstick is a fully independent festival (and, as mentioned above, there’s no entry charge to any of the events), so if you’d like to help support its first edition and the great team behind it, check out their Indiegogo campaign: www.indiegogo.com/projects/boombarstick-street-art-music-festival. There’s a number of great perks on offer if you contribute to their campaign.
More on Boombarstick
For full details about the Festival and all of the artists and musicians taking part can be found on the official Boombarstick website. Do also keep with with the latest Festival news on their Facebook page!
3rd – 7th July 2013
Vodnjan (Digano), Istria
Join the contemporary dance festival – Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti – in Istria this July!
The Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti returns this July for another wonderful event! Now in its fourteenth year, this contemporary dance festival will take place from the 19th to the 22nd July in the very pretty town of San Vincenti (known as Svetvincenat in Croatian), which is located in inland Istria. A number of wonderful and varied performances of contemporary dance, physical theater, mime, circus performances and street art will take place, as well as educational seminars and workshops, with artistic groups from both Croatia and abroad both being featured.
The Festival was founded in 2000 by the Zagreb Dance Company, a contemporary dance group who have performed at many top events in Croatia, including the very famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival, one of the country’s most well-known events. The group have also performed at a number of festivals abroad, including events in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Korea and Egypt.
Over the years the San Vincenti Festival has seen more than 150 Croatian and international dance groups perform 190 plus productions. The Festival’s aims to promote contemporary dance in Istria and Croatia for the enjoyment of both locals and visitors have clearly been realised, and the event has also helped promote creativity and inter-cultural dialogue.
Last year saw a full programme of events, with dance groups from Croatia (of course!), Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and France all take part. Performances included the circus show De pied ferme by Belgium group Wazovol; Animal by Spanish choreographer Daniel Abreu; and Sad Sam Lucky by Croatian artist Matija Ferlin, a piece that evolved from the Festival’s residential programme.
All performances take place in three venues in and around San Vincenti – in the Renaissance Square (where free performances take place); at the Art Centre; and also in the wonderful Kastel (Castle) Grimani. Tickets for performances at the latter two events can be obtained in advance via the Festival website, or on the day of the performance.
This year’s programme is due to be revealed very shortly, so stay tuned to the Festival website for full details: www.svetvincenatfestival.com.
Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti
19th – 22nd July 2013
Those in London who are interested in enjoying a bit of rock – Croatian style – may be very pleased to hear that new young band Gruhak are to perform at the 100 Club on Oxford Street on 27th March 2013.
With elements of Led Zepplin, The Doors, Pink Floyd and The Who, Gruhak are the first Eastern European band that compose their own music and lyrics for English speaking audiences. Having previously achieved cult status on YouTube – they were voted as “The Best Ever Classic Rock Cover Band” in 2010 – they are now branching out with their own material, which will be featured at this promotional concert in London. Their album ‘Make A Stand’ has also been very well received in the UK music press, acquiring a number of top mark reviews.
Tickets for the gig cost £13.50, and can be purchased online at http://www.wegottickets.com/100club/event/200243.
In the meantime, check out the band’s official website where you can stream songs from their album, or join the mailing list to get updates on future gigs, albums and free downloads. They also have a Facebook page - www.facebook.com/GruhakClassicRock - which is a great way to keep in touch with the band.
Do also check out their YouTube channel - www.youtube.com/gruhak - for live performances of the band’s own material, as well as some of their twenty famed live video covers. These videos really showcase their extraordinary live music talents.
For a limited time only (until 27th March 2013), Gruhak’s UK fans can download some material for free! The exclusive download link of ‘Make A Stand’ – Gruhak’s first album of their own material – is at http://db.tt/LQBtgT2d, whilst at http://db.tt/V1TjnGXy there’s audio of their famed music covers.
Spread the word about Gruhak, and come enjoy their music at the London gig!
7.30pm – 11pm, 27th March 2013
100 Oxford Street
Europe’s leading independent film festival, the Raindance Film Festival, is now in its 20th year and is returning to London from 26th September to 7th October 2012. The festival has been listed by Variety magazine as one of the world’s top 50 “unmissable film festivals” – so make sure you come and enjoy the excellent line-up of films this year!
Featuring independent films from across the world, this year’s festival will also include screenings of a number of interesting films from the Balkans – from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montengro.
Croatia’s entry is Vegetarian Cannibal - thought-provoking to the point of shocking, Vegetarian Cannibal is a riveting character study of a ruthlessly amoral gynaecologist aided by a society that prefers not to look too closely. The film will be screened on Saturday 29th September at 1pm, and Saturday 6th October at 9pm.
Slovenia has several entries at the festival, including The State of Shock – a film set in 1986 Communist Yugoslavia where socialist worker Peter falls into a shock-induced catatonic state after winning ‘Worker of the Year’. 10 years later he awakens to a radically different world, where everything he once knew is now history. This will be screened on Friday 28th September at 3.30pm, and Sunday 30th September at 5.45pm.
Shanghai Gypsy is a love story a love story about four generations, narrated by gypsy king, Lutvija Belmondo Mirga, whose business goes bad after the downfall of Yugoslavia. He must decided whether to protect his own family or sacrifice his personal happiness for business ambitions. Screening on Tuesday 2nd October at 8pm.
Good Night Missy tells the tale of Hannah and Sam, a young couple with a house, a wonderful daughter and well paid work. Then the comfortable family routine starts cracking because of lies, a lack of trust and jealousy… Showing on Thursday 4th October at 1.15pm and Saturday 6th October at 8.30pm.
Serbia’s entries include Loveless Zoritsa (joint with Poland/Cyprus and Greece), which is being screened on Friday 28th September at 5.45pm and Monday 1st October at 3.15pm. Is Zoritsa a serial killer or just a girl bearing an extraordinary curse?
The Practical Guide to Belgrade With Singing and Crying (Serbia, Germany, France) is a contemporary romantic comedy about the trials of finding the right person – told through four completely different love stories. Showing on Saturday 6th October at 6.15pm.
All films are to be shown at the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema (19 Lower Regent Street, SW1Y 4LR) in Central London You can book tickets either online on the Apollo Cinemas website or by calling 0871 224 0242.
Full details about the festival and a listing of all films to be screened can be found at www.raindance.co.uk.
Raindance Film Festival
26th September – 7th October 2012
19 Lower Regent Street
This year’s Dodgeball Supercar Rally – which kicks off in London on 26th June – will be making its way down Croatia’s gorgeous coastal roads for the first time ever!
Bringing together some of the world’s finest and rarest cars, the Rally makes an annual visit to Saint Tropez in the South of France after navigating a scenic route through some of the prettiest parts of Europe. This year, the route will first take in a country chateau in the Rhone Valley; a drive through Italy (and a stop at Ferrari’s factory), including a night in Venice; heading through Slovenia on to the stunning Croatian coastline (including a stay in a beach hotel); and a cross-Adriatic ferry over to Ancona and a drive on to Rimini before reaching its usual final destination. The last part of the Rally will see the drive to St Tropez for the opening party of the VIP Rooms, as well as viewing the FIA GT Championship & The Blancpain Endurance series and the opportunity to race around the Paul Ricard track.
For those interested in entering, the fee is £3,250 per person, based on two sharing – although if you’re in possession of a supercar, that’s seems like very good value! The price includes everything on the rally, including 5-star accommodation, lunch stops, ferries, parties and more.
Full details about the Dodgeball Supercar Rally can be found at www.dodgeballrally.com.
We know that we whet the appetites of many of you party animals out there with our previous post on the brand-new-for-2012 Echo Festival that’s taking place in Makarska on the weekend of 22nd to 24th June – and we’re sure that many of you have already got your ticket orders in.
But here’s more good news – Echo Festival have announced their line-up! Names on the bill include Koreless (Live), Pariah, Midland – who are all appearing on the Simply Stage – and Inxec, Droog and Cozzy D., who will be on the DJ & Sound Stage as well as many, many more – plus further names that are to be announced in due course.
There will also be showcases and daily beach parties from the likes of Krankbrother, Creche, Moody Disco, Simply Vinyl and more.
Oh, and – as if this wasn’t enough good news – there are still tickets available for £35 for the weekend (which is truly mind-bogglingly good value) for only a short time more, so do make sure you and your friends snap them up soon.
For full line-up details (as announced so far) and other information on the festival and to purchase tickets, please go to www.echofestival.com.
Great news for the dancers out there – the 8th Croatian Summer Salsa Festival will be in Rovinj this June! Held from 19th to 24th June, the festival is being billed as a “unique sea, sun and salsa” event where participants of all abilities can learn to dance or show off all their dancing skills, as well as relaxing and enjoying a great time in a beautiful setting.
This year’s Festival will feature many exciting components, including open air dance and music points throughout the town of Rovinj; over 90 hours of workshop dance classes; a live music concert on 21st June; some of the best salsa DJs in the world; three different dance floors (each with their own different salsa style); indoor and outdoor parties; a special post-festival boat party; passes for both the girls and guys (for classes and parties); and much more! With over 2,000 dancers and dance-fans gathering in Rovinj, it’s sure to be a very fun Festival!
For those looking for something a little different, the Summer Sensual Days – a sensual dance festival – will also be held in the same town from 15th to 17th June 2012. (For the very keen dancers amongst you, why not combine the two events for eleven fun-filled days?)
For more details and to find out how to attend the Croatian Summer Salsa Festival, check out the full details on the official website at www.crosalsafestival.com.
Croatian Summer Salsa Festival
19th – 24th June 2012
Fantastic news for all those revellers looking to party it up on the Croatian coast this summer – a brand new festival has joined the very extensive list of festivals taking place in the country this year. The Echo Festival is the latest addition to the Croatian festival line-up, taking place in the beautiful town of Makarska on the weekend of 22nd to 24th June 2012.
This intimate and friendly festival is perfect for those who love their dance and electronic music and want to enjoy it on Croatia’s wonderful coastline. As anyone who has been to Makarska can attest, the Festival will have a fantastic location (as well as being easy to reach from the nearest airport in Split) in one of the most beautiful spots on the Adriatic coastline, with plenty to enjoy in the town and nearby . The actual Festival site itself is a short walk from the centre of Makarska, on a bay with a private pebble beach that will boast two sound systems – the main beachside stage (so you can actually dance it up on the beach or even in the sea!) and in the licensed bar which has a fully shaded dancefloor.
The music programme will run from 12pm to 5am (that’s 17 solid hours!) with a mix of funk, disco, soul and reggae plus the best of UK bass, garage and deep house well into the night. Acts that have already been confirmed on the line-up include Cozzy D, Alexis Raphael, Lee Brinx and Max Chapman, with many more to be announced.
News reaches us of a fantastically fun charity rally event that will take place through Europe this year, winding up in Croatia!
Sucata Rallies organise a number of “old banger” charity rally events that take place across Europe each year (others include runs through Europe down to Portugal and Budapest), with their fabulous Sucata Split event returning for 2012.
This year, the event will take place from 31st May to 4th June (a Bank Holiday weekend in the UK!), starting in Bruges in Belgium and ending – of course! – in the wonderful Croatian city of Split on the Dalmatian coast. Inbetween, participants will travel through seven countries; as well as the starting and end points in Belgium and Croatia, the route takes in France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria and Slovenia with the Alps also getting a visit.
Teams must participate in old bangers that cannot cost more than £350, and are highly encouraged to dress up both themselves and their vehicle in fancy dress as much as possible! Each team is required to pay a very reasonable £25 per person (with a limit of £100 per vehicle) to register, and is then set a target of raising £250 per person that goes to the charity Gemin-i, who are involved in organising the event.
Gemin-i is an educational charity that helps children around the world share ideas and work together for a brighter future, with the aim of encouraging them to take action, thereby promoting positive change around the world. They bring together over 40,000 children in 2,700 schools across 120 countries to educate them about some of the world’s biggest issues such as malaria, HIV and AIDS, human rights and conflict resolution. The charity does this through online resources and by helping children share their ideas via internet forums and debates.
In particular, money that will be raised by those taking part in the Sucata Split rally will support the HIV360 project. With someone becoming infected with HIV every 12 seconds, the HIV360 project raises awareness, connects people around the world and supports them to take action on HIV and AIDS. The project will reach tens of thousands of children across the world, and every £250 raised will help schools raise the understanding by their students of HIV as well as increasing their chances of avoiding infection. More on the charity can be found on their website www.gemin-i.org.
If you’re interesting in taking part in what’s no doubt going to be a fantastically fun event, read up more about it on the Sucata Rallies website and register yourself and your team – what are you waiting for?!