Kalypso - Color Sensation

The 2015 party season at Zrce Beach’s Kalypso club, including brand new Stereo Forest Festival

Novalja’s Kalypso Club – the very first beach club in southeast Europe that now has nearly thirty years of clubbing experience – has announced a very exciting party season for 2015! Alongside a number of exciting festivals – including the first edition of Croatia Rocks, little sister to Ibiza Rocks, Kalypso will be hosting its own festival for the first time this year. Named Stereo Forest, the festival will held on the dance floors, stages and party pools of Kalypso from 2nd to 6th August 2015, bringing together some of the best names from the electronic dance music scene.

Another special announcement for 2015 is that every Monday Kalypso will also host Garden of Art, a spectacular cirque performance art experience that will mix top DJs and live acts with talented dancers in extravagant costumes, amazing artistry and fire shows – everything to delight both your eyes and ears. Catch the spectacle as you chill at Kalypso by day, or dance away to EDM beats by night. Garden of Art will be rounded off for the summer by a BIG closing party on the 22nd August.

Kalypso - Stereo Forest

Stereo Forest Festival

Not just a festival…but a whole festival event! Top name DJs are guaranteed, as are party events day and night…you’ll barely have enough time to catch your breath!

Garden of Art will also be held during the Stereo Forest Festival (on Monday 3rd August), whilst the following day (4th August) will see a Color Sensation party. This Indian-style colour celebration will see the sky turned pink, yellow and blue as colourful ‘paint’ rains down – and with the glimmering Adriatic sea behind you and the sun or stars above, you’ll get lost in an immense party vibe. (The Color Sensation party is included in the price of a Stereo Forest ticket, although you can also purchase tickets just for the party itself.)

The first line-up announcements for Stereo Forest include R3HAB – Holland’s hottest artist, who’s been catapulted into the limelight with a string of successful original material and remixes – and Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, two young and very promising producers from Sweden that have received a great deal of attention for their remix of Coldplay’s The Scientist, plus their new single Roll The Dice.

Kalypso - Color Sensation

Watch out for more line-up announcements plus Stereo Forest ticket news at kalypso-zrce.com.

About Kalypso

The first ever club to open on Novalja’s (and Croatia’s!) famed Zrce Beach almost thirty years ago, club Kalypso is now a world renowned party and festival destination. With a huge open-air dance floor, go go platforms, plenty of different levels and numerous bar areas, there’s something to delight everyone and plenty of space for you all! Kalypso is of course also open by day – you can lounge by the pool sipping cocktails and relaxing in the sun whilst you gear up for the party night ahead!

Kalypso Club

Kalypso has been home to some of the best festivals in Croatia for a number of years now, with Hideout, Sonus, Barrakud and Fresh Island Festival all also taking place this summer as well.

As mentioned above, this year Kalypso will host its own festival for the first time; Stereo Forest will merge the brand new visual identity of the club with its lush natural surroundings, alongside an art sculpted stage and the club’s party pools.

Kalypso Club

Latest Kalypso news

  • Kalypso has been named in the top three of Beatport’s 13 Mind-Blowing Festival Destinations from around the world! Check out the article here.
  • Croatia Rocks recently unveiled the second phase of their festival line-up, which now includes names such as Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, Kate Tempest, Rudimental, Gorgon City, Zane Lowe and special guest Fatboy Slim. More details at www.croatiarocks.com.

Stereo Forest Festival
2nd – 6th August 2015
Kalypso Club
Zrce Beach, Novalja, Pag, Croatia

Stop Making Sense 2015

Win festival and boat party tickets to Stop Making Sense!

Update: The competition is now closed! Thanks very much to all those who entered. We will be in touch with the winners very soon!

Here’s an exciting bit of news for all keen festival goers…a competition to win festival tickets and boat party tickets to one of the most popular festivals in Croatia, Stop Making Sense!

About Stop Making Sense

Held in Tisno from the 16th to 19th July 2015, Stop Making Sense brings together all the elements that make up a perfect festival – an idyllic setting; a top-notch line-up; lush beaches and the twinkling Adriatic sea; a chilled, family-friendly vibe; and the opportunity to party under the sun by day and under the stars at night.

This year’s event will see headliners Skream, Jackmaster, Anja Schneider, Martyn, Nick Höppner, Sebo K and Anthony Naples all perform, with other acts such as Jasper James, Miss Jools, Tessellate, Twinkat Soul and Mullen also on the bill…and there’s still many more names to be announced. (Watch this space!)

Stop Making Sense 2015

A big part of any Croatian festival are the boat parties – and Stop Making Sense is no exception! Their legendary boat parties will set sail twice a day and will be hosted by a variety of crews and artists. And don’t forget the Beach Bar for day time amusement and the famous Barabarella’s Discotheque for partying away until the early hours – there’s absolutely plenty to fun practically round the clock at Stop Making Sense!

The competition

Two lucky winners will each win a pair of festival tickets and a pair of boat party tickets – so start thinking about which of your lucky friends will be joining you if you win!

It couldn’t be simpler to enter the competition – just email webmaster@visit-croatia.co.uk with your name, country of residence and the answer to this question:

Where is Stop Making Sense held?

a) Tisno
b) Split
c) Zagreb

We’re sure you know all about Stop Making Sense, but if you want to be reminded of the latest news about the festival, check our our recent blog post: Stop Making Sense 2015 back in Tisno – but now in July! and our guide to the festival. And to get yourself in the proper Stop Making Sense spirit, here’s a video of last year’s event:

Stop Making Sense 2014 @ The Garden, Tisno from Anomalous Visuals on Vimeo.

Competition rules:

1. The competition is open to those resident in Europe only.
2. Only one entry allowed per person.
3. There will be two winners to the competition – each winner will receive a pair of festival tickets and a pair of boat party tickets.
4. The competition will run until 12pm (GMT), 11th April 2015. Winners will be notified by email shortly after the closing date.

Soundwave Croatia 2015

Latest artists added to the bill for Soundwave Festival 2015 – get all the details!

This year’s Soundwave Festival – which is already in its seventh year – recently revealed the latest acts to be appearing at the event in Tisno this August. This builds on plenty of exciting news about new elements of the festival, as well as the announcement of the ‘Run to the Sun’ tours that will be held in Europe in the week leading up to the festival.

Names such as Detroit hip-hop group Slum Village; British producer and DJ Mr Scruff; one of the UK’s finest voices, Andreya Triana; and 6 Music’s Craig Charles, who’ll be playing the best in funk and soul, have all recently been added to the line-up of this year’s Soundwave Festival. That’s in addition to acts such as Alice Russell & Fatima; LTJ Bukem and DJ Marky; Channel One Soundsystem; Alexander Nut; and Mala that are already on the bill.

Soundwave Croatia 2015

This year’s Soundwave also has a number of exciting additional elements to it – including an art programme and film scrennings. Street artists, mural artists and illustrators from across Croatia and the rest of Europe will be on hand to transform the walls of apartments and buildings in the festival site, turning them into living and evolving pieces of art. Point273 from independent art collective BestJoinedUp and Sri McKinnon (an affiliate of The Institute of Contemporary Arts and the The Hayward and Tate Britain Galleries) are two of the artists that will be working their magic during the run of Soundwave.

The festival will also be home to an open air cinema that will show a programme of independent and Croatian cinema over the five days. This means there’s absolutely plenty to do day and night at this year’s Soundwave, besides enjoying the main line-up of acts, the club nights at the legendary open-air Barbarellas Discotheque, the boat parties, beaches and all the usual fun!

Soundwave Croatia 2015

And just in case you’re after something a little ‘kitsch ‘n’ Croatian’ – the annual and long-running Tisno International Donkey Racing Championships take place in town on the same weekend as Soundwave. Why not pop along and cheer along the entries at this global competition?!

Even more than that, in the week leading up to the Festival the five route ‘Run to the Sun’ party tours will take place. They follow five specific routes in Europe… all ending at the festival itself, of course. The routes include:

Route 1 – London (3rd August) > Amsterdam (4th August) > Munich (5th August) > Soundwave (6th)
Route 2 – London (3rd) > Paris (4th) > Milan (5th) > Soundwave (6th)
Route 3 – Berlin (4th) > Prague (5th) > Soundwave (6th)
Route 4 – Krakow (4th) > Budapest (5th) > Soundwave (6th)
Route 5 – Zagreb (4th) > Zadar (5th) > Soundwave (6th)

The parties are a great way of fully getting into the Soundwave mood; what better way of cranking up the festival spirit than by starting your holiday early and tracing a party route down to Croatia? Full details of the events taking place on each day of each route can be found at www.soundwavecroatia.com/travel-accommodation/the-run-to-the-sun.

Soundwave Croatia 2015

Soundwave also takes slightly later this year – in early August – which means the summer holidays will have well and truly started by then. That’s great news for revellers you and old!

Tickets for Soundwave Festival 2015 cost £125/€165 (sorry – early bird tickets have sold out!); you can also buy group tickets (5 tickets for the price of four) or packages that include entry and accommodation. See the festival’s tickets page for full details: www.soundwavecroatia.com/.

There’s a range of accommodation available – from camping to apartments to airstream trailers, Shikar tents and wooden yachts – with something for all tastes and budgets. And Soundwave’s incredibly easy  to get to as well, as Tisno is located roughly halfway between Zadar and Split which are both linked to the UK and the rest of Europe with a whole heap of flights.

What have others said about Soundwave?

“One of the highlights of the Festival season” FACT
“A beach party with incredible music” GRAZIA
“Soundwave is rapidly emerging as one of the finest boutique festivals that Europe has to offer.” CLASH
“One of Europe’s biggest parties.” DAZED & CONFUSED
“More than just a festival, Soundwave is a great way to go and experience a beautiful part of the world. ” STYLIST
“One of Europe’s hottest festivals.” GQ
“You will not want to miss this extended weekend of hedonism’ TIME OUT

Do also check out our guide to Soundwave for more info on reaching the festival.

Otherwise, get all the latest Soundwave news on their website, or on Twitter and Facebook!

Soundwave Festival 2015
6th – 10th August 2015

Sonus Festival 2015

Sonus Festival 2015 returns to Novalja with a stunning line-up!

Techo festival Sonus will be returning to the island of Pag this August, with an exciting line-up for its third edition! Names such as Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Dixon, Joseph Capriati, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, Sven Väth and others have already been unveiled, with plenty more to come!

Taking place from the 16th to the 20th August in Croatia’s prime party spot – Zrce Beach in Novalja – 10,000 people will be partying the day and night away to some of the most respected artists from the international house and techno scenes.

Sonus Festival 2015

Sonus Festival 2015

There will be the minimal electronica of Barac; the deep-tech of Parisian super-group Apollonia and the incredible mixing skills of Berlin mystery man Binh. Hot talent Dan Andrei, who draws on influences that range from hip-hop, soul and funk will be playing, as will worldwide favourite Dixon, FUSE head-honcho Enzo Siragusa, eclectic duo Hold Youth and emotive masetro Guti.

Founding father Sven Väth will be providing dark blends, with innovator Ricardo Villalobos and driving force Richie Hawtin both also providing immense techno sets; Chris Liebing also returns for 2015 after last year’s incredible appearance. Pan-Pot and Loco Dice will both also be on board, whilst there’s also even more global artists appearing, including Cadenza frontman Luciano; climbing star Mariano Mateljan; Slovenian tech hero Valentino Kanzyani and DJ and Panaroma bar resident Zip.

Sonus Festival 2015

The first two years of Sonus have delivered a top notch five day and five night event, with artists such as Luciano, Laurent Garnier, Richard Villalobos and Dixon all previously featuring on the bill. The festival is brough to you by Cosmopop – who are behind Time Warp – and the Croatia Sonus team; it’s an event that is carefully curated to provide a holiday and a full-blown party to discerning music followers.

Sonus Festival 2015 Boat Party

Sonus Festival 2015

To get a little preview of the festival, check out this video from last year’s event:

As early bird tickets have already sold out, first release tickets for the festival cost €149 (€169 for second release) with VIP tickets priced €229. Check out the Sonus website for more information and to buy.

There are also travel packages available which include a festival ticket, accommodation and transporation. Packages start at €279 – more information can be found on the Sonus website.

For some further details on the festival, including information on which airport to fly to and how best to reach the festival site, please see our Sonus Festival guide.

Keep up to date with all the latest news on the Sonus Festival on their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter!

Sonus Festival 2015
16th – 20th August 2015
Zrce Beach, Novalja, island of Pag

Sonus Festival 2015

Stop Making Sense 2015

Stop Making Sense 2015 back in Tisno – but now in July!

One of the most popular festivals in Croatia, Stop Making Sense, returns to its now usual home of Tisno this year – except the festival is now in an exciting mid-July slot, 16th to 19th July 2015. Perfect for those who can’t wait to get the party going in Croatia!

Stop Making Sense 2015In the idyllic setting of The Garden Tisno, Stop Making Sense will provide four days and four nights of dancing, feasting, lounging and partying in the sea and sun and under the stars. With a relaxed and free-spirited family vibe, this festival offers up a variety of eclectic underground tastes – from house to disco, techno to electro, soul and funk and much more.

Stop Making Sense 2015

Music will run through the festival site for 18 hours each day, with the on-site Beach Bar being the main setting for the revelry from day into night, with famed Barbarella’s Discotheque the spot for late-night partying until the early hours.

As ever, there’s also the legendary boat parties (an absolute must for any ‘proper’ Croatian festival) which will set sail twice daily, and will be hosted by a variety of crews and artists.

Promoters involved in this year’s Stop Making Sense include London favourite Corsica Studios, Scottish institution Sub Club, and deep-house upstarts Get Diverted, plus collectives Tessellate, Warm and more.

One of the best elements of Stop Making Sense is how truly affordable the festival is. There’s a variety of ticket packages available, whether you want the festival only option that costs just £80, or the DIY camping and festival ticket for £128 – these include access to all festival areas and Barbarella’s Discotheque. Fantastic prices for an amazing festival in an idyllic setting, with near-guaranteed sun – no need for wellies here! Do take a look at SMS’s Tickets page for information on all the available ticket packages.

There’s also plenty of different options for accommodation as well – whether you can only make the four days of the festival, or want to spend a week at the location, lapping up the sun and chilled vibes. Accommodation ranges from on-site camping to air-conditioned apartments, with more special options such as luxury Shikars, incredible airstream trailers or wooden yachts moored nearby all also available. Some accommodation is limited, so we advise booking very soon.

Stop Making Sense 2015

The full line-up of names performing at Stop Making Sense will be announced in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled on the official SMS website – as well as on Facebook – for all the latest news.

We’ve also got a little guide to Stop Making Sense on the Visit Croatia site with more details on all of the above, plus info on how best to reach the festival.

To really get a feel for the festival, take a look at this video of last year’s event:

Otherwise, see you in Tisno!

Stop Making Sense 2015
16th – 19th July 2015
Tisno, Croatia

Electro Dance Madness

New festival for 2015 – Electro Dance Madness, part of Spring Break Croatia

Those looking to plan out their ‘Croatia party timetable’ for 2015 need to pay attention to this news! There’s a brand new festival for 2015, taking place in the party hotspot of Zrce Beach in Novalja, on the island of Pag – Electro Dance Madness, to be held from the 17th to the 21st June. This festival is part of an event called Spring Break Croatia which will also be held 3rd to 7th June and makes up ten days of revelry in one of the prime party destinations in Croatia.

Electro Dance Madness

What makes Electro Dance Madness rather unique is its ‘main party platform’ – which is set upon the surface of the Adriatic sea, no less! This means that while you party the night away on the platform – with its two stages – you’ve got an amazing view of the twinkling sea and can really live it up in style; this is also the first electro music festival to be hosted in this way, so it’s a really unique experience.

There’s plenty more to the festival than just the party platform – the main venue will be Noa Beach Club, where you can enjoy a central pool area and exclusive bars, plus parts of the beach in Novalja as well. The festival itself will make sure things really get into the swing of things with a state of the art sound system plus 3D projections and laser shows; there’s also exclusive VIP areas, lounge chairs, massage tables, yacht berths and a docking area and more.

The festival has capacity for 5,000 and will hosting some of the biggest DJ names, with everything from mainstream EDM, trance, progressive, electro, house and techno and more. Watch carefully for announcements of acts performing!

As mentioned, Electro Dance Madness is part of Spring Break Croatia which sees a whole host of fun events by day – pool parties, games, beach contests, water sports and more – and clubbing by night. Find out more on Spring Break Croatia at www.croatiaspringbreak.com.

We’ve got our own little guide to Electro Dance Madness in our Festivals in Croatia section, which gives full details on how to obtain tickets and how best to travel to the island of Pag. Check it out now to start planning for Pag in June!

Electro Dance Madness
17th – 21st June 2015

Visiting Croatia in September

Who would have thought it? We’re over halfway through August, which means we are most definitely hurtling towards the end of summer. (Although, personally, I definitely think summer runs until the seasons change in September. But then, I like to be an optimist about the weather.)

Some of you who are perhaps yet to take your summer hols, or are looking for a late summer trip to ease yourself back into autumn ways, may be thinking of visiting Croatia in September. You may be pleased to learn that September is considered the best month to visit amongst those in the know – the weather is still good (yes, you will – most probably – still be able to swim in the sea!), the high season crowds will have departed for home by the end of August, but everything – tourist-related – is still very much open.

Visiting Croatia in September

The island of Vis

However, you probably have a whole list of questions – what’s there to do? Where shall we go? We’re here to help you with these questions and more if you’re considering visiting Croatia in September!

The weather in Croatia in September

First things first. This is something we always get asked – is the weather in Croatia still good in September? Yes, very much so. It may come as no surprise really – as a Mediterranean country, the summer weather continues long into September. The last few years have seen very hot summers in Croatia, and this glorious weather definitely hung around in the ninth month of the year. (In fact, even into early October too!) This year there’s also been a rather hot summer in Croatia with temperatures in so many places reaching the very high 30s celsius. In fact, during July, temperatures for practically the entire country were classified as being “very warm” or “extremely warm” (poor Vis was the only place in Croatia to simply be “warm”), whilst most of the country was considered to be either “dry” or “very dry”.

All in all, we expect the weather in Croatia to be great this September! The Croatian Meteorological Society has plenty of forecasts in English – at the moment, they obviously don’t show much data for September, but take a look at their seven-day forecasts a little closer to the time.

The sea off the coast of Croatia – having had all summer to warm up – will be great, temperature-wise, in September. Yesterday, for example, temperatures reached around 23/24C for many places, with the sea a few degrees colder in the north of the coast.

Disclaimer: Yes, of course, the weather everywhere is starting to turn a little crazy. So don’t hold it against us if conditions in Croatia inexplicably turn winter-y during September. That’s definitely not supposed to happen. And it’s very, very unlikely to happen. But if anything insanely crazy, weather-wise, happens…don’t blame us! 

What’s on in Croatia in September?

Croatia has established itself as something of a prime festival destination in the last few years, with more and more dance festivals being added all the time to each year’s calendar. September is when the festival season winds down, but there’s still a couple of events taking place, both in Istria. The brand-new-for-2013 Unknown is being held in Rovinj from 10th to 14th September, with names like Jessie Ware, The Horrors, Jamie xx and SBTRKT all on the bill. Now in its second year, the electro festival Dimensions will be on in Pula from 5th to 9th September, making use of Fort Punto Christo that’s close to the town. (Dimensions is the “little sister” of Croatia festival favourite Outlook, which is on itself in Pula from 29th August to 2nd September.)

For the less dance music type events, there’s the Split Film Festival on from the 14th to the 21st September. The historical festival Gioistra – now in its seventh year – will be held in Porec from 13th to 15th September, with assorted costumes, revelry, sports, street entertainers and products on sale, all re-enacting 18th century times. The second Korkrya Baroque Festival is an international music festival on the island of Korcula, being held from 7th to 13th September. Zagreb hosts both the general entertainment festival RujanFest (literally, ‘SeptemberFest’) from the 13th to the 22nd September, as well as the 46th edition of the International Puppet Theatre Festival (9th to 14th September).

For those more keen on sports events, Croatia will host the Davis Cup tie against Great Britain in Umag (which means clay!) on the weekend of 13th to 15th September. And yes, Wimbledon champ Andy Murray is expected to play. Tickets can be bought on the ticket portal Eventim.hr.

Be sure to pop into the tourist office of wherever you are to ask for events taking place locally!

Where should I go in Croatia in September?

As we’ve covered so far, the weather will be great in September, so it’s hard not to pick a location on the coast. Dubrovnik should be as busy it always is, and there’s certainly a large number of cruise ships scheduled to dock during that month, bringing thousands of (day trip) passengers at a time. Split has had a great season so far, so it wouldn’t be any surprise to see this place as bustling as it has been. (Seeing as it’s Croatia’s second largest city, it is relatively lively all year round!) Some of the more popular islands, such as Brac and Hvar, and other popular locations on the coast (the Makarska Riviera) are still likely to receive a good number of visitors, even whilst the season starts to wind down.

If you’re after something a little quieter, perhaps consider the most outlying of all the larger Croatian islands – Vis. As a quieter and slightly mystical destination any time of year, we think this place would be divine in September. Other islands to check out include those in the Kvarner bay  such as Krk, Cres, Losinj or Rab, all of which are perhaps not as well known amongst non-Continental European visitors.

Istria is of course one of the most popular destinations in the whole of Croatia, with delights such as Porec, Rovinj and Pula all located here. The county has suffered a slight fall in visitor numbers this year, but will still see good numbers overall. If you’d like to visit, why not consider something like a foodie or activity-based holiday – two things the region does very well! Check out Istria Tourist Board’s guides to gastronomy and sport.

From a logistical point of view, almost all flights from the UK to Croatia still operate in September – and well into October too. The one exception to this is Ryanair’s flights from London Stansted to Rijeka Airport stopping at the end of August. See our Flights to Croatia page for details of all routes to Croatia from the UK.

Do note that in almost all cases, ferry schedules will still be running to summer timetables until the end of September. Certainly, almost all of Jadrolinija‘s local routes remain the same until the end of September, as does their twice-a-week coastal route that runs Rijeka – Split – Stari Grad (Hvar) – Korcula – Mljet – Dubrovnik and vice versa. The exception lies with some of their international sailings (to Italy) that reduce in frequency in September, and again further in October. Venezia Lines‘ sailings between Istria and Venice will only operate from Porec and Rovinj during September.

Or check out Adriagate – they offer last minute discounts on accommodation for destinations all over Croatia!

All in all, if you’re visiting Croatia next month, we hope you enjoy your stay! Why not drop us a line on email, Twitter or Facebook to let us know how it went – we’d love to hear from you!

For Festival

Countdown to this weekend’s FOR 2013 Festival on Hvar!

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.

For Festival

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.

FOR 2013
Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd June 2013

Events in Istria - Boombarstick

Boombarstick Urban Arts and Music Festival in Vodnjan, 3-7 July 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.

Boombarstick Art and Music Festival Croatia

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.

Boombarstick Festival Croatia

Boombarstick Festival Croatia

Boombarstick Festival Croatia

Boombarstick Festival Croatia
The above series of images show the first wallpainting of 2013 in Vodnjan, created by Aec from Interesni Kazki for the Boombarstick preview a few weeks ago (click on any image to enlarge)

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).

Boombarstick - Eme

Boombarstick - Sam3

Boombarstick - Giorgio Bartocci
Giorgio Bartocci

Boombarstick - RemedRemed

Boombarstick - Emilio Cejalvo
Emilio Cejalvo

Boombarstick - Franco Manzin
Franco Manzin

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/. 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!

Support Boombarstick

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.

Dance & Non-Verbal Theatre San Vincenti Festival Istria

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 & Non-Verbal Theatre San Vincenti Festival Istria
In front of Castle Grimani

Dance & Non-Verbal Theatre San Vincenti Festival Istria
Renaissance Square

Festival Istria - PROmjene, Zagreb Dance Company
PROmjene, Zagreb Dance Company

Festival Istria - Fragments, LesSlovaKs
Festival Istria – Fragments, Les SlovaKs

Festival Istria - Memory of Water, Masa Kolar
Festival Istria – Memory of Water, Masa Kolar

Dance and Non-Verbal Theatre Festival San Vincenti
19th – 22nd July 2013