Anyone thinking about attending one of Croatia’s (many) great festivals may have seen the announcement not so long ago the site used in the village of Petrcane – home to The Garden Festival, Electric Elephant, Soundwave, Suncebeat and Stop Making Sense – was a no go for 2012. Concerns from the owners of the site, the Hotel Pinija, on how the festivals impacted guests staying at the hotel meant a new venue had to be found for these festivals for next year.
These concerns by the site owners were perhaps not entirely justified, but that’s not an issue I’m going to discuss here! I did read a number of articles in the Croatian press, however, about the negative impact (i.e. loss of tourist revenue) that losing these festivals from the Zadar region would have. (So it’s good to see they haven’t moved that far – read on below.)
Today, many of these festivals announced a new venue for 2012 – in the village of Tisno, which is roughly halfway between the town of Zadar and the city of Split. My immediate thought is that this will mean a significant number of additional travel options for partygoers attending any of these festivals, as there are many, many flights from the UK (and from elsewhere in Europe) to Split. (Of course, attendees in previous years could also have flown to Split too – but this just makes things a little easier!)
This news on the change of venue is “hot off the presses”, so I’d advise taking a close look at the festivals’ websites and Facebook pages (and Twitter too) for additional information as and when they release it.
Check out the latest news from the following sites – more is surely still to come very soon.
- The Garden Festival (4th – 11th July): The Garden Tisno Facebook group
- Soundwave (20th – 23rd July): their Facebook group should have news today!
- SunceBeat (27th – 29th July): updated website
- Stop Making Sense (2nd – 6th August) updated website
There’s also some news from Electric Elephant (12th – 16th July) via their Twitter feed.
And for some early travel planning check out the following pages from Visit Croatia:
- Getting to North Dalmatia (which includes a list of airlines that fly to Zadar)
- Getting to Split (likewise – look how many!)
Alternatively, check out what other festivals are taking place in the country in our Festivals in Croatia section – more information being added all the time!
Other than that – start thinking about partying it up in the summer of 2012. It’s going to be a good one!