Today is officially 'blue Monday' - the most depressing day of the year. Brighten up the start of your week by tuning into this official video from Lika-Senj Tourism Board. The wanderlust-inspiring video showcases the varied landscapes of Lika-Senj County, from the dazzling Plitvice Lakes to Pag island and the Velebit mountain range. Take a look and get holiday-planning.
The Sea Star Festival, held in Umag, Istria, has announced the first wave of headliners for its 2019 edition. German techno and tech house maestro Sven Väth (main picture), the hugely popular Exit Festival favourite Nina Kraviz and Italian Drumcode and Cocoon recording artist Ilario Alicante lead the charge. 2019 will be the third year for Sea Star Festival in Umag. The festival is organised by the same team who produce the internationally recognised Exit Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Their experience in running such a renowned event has ensured that the headliners and production values they bring to Sea Star have immediately placed Umag on the map within Croatia's plentiful festival scene. Further names Enrico Sangiuliano, Lawrence Klein plus locals Petar Dundov, DJ Jock and Unique will also play this year, with further lineup revelations taking place over the forthcoming weeks. Sea Star 2019 will take place in its regular site, by the Stella Maris lagoon in Umag, between 24 and 25 May, with a welcome party taking place on 23 and a closing/afterparty occurring on the 26 May. Some 80, 000 people are expected to attend and tickets are currently priced 229 kuna, which is around 50% of the price at which regular tickets will be sold closer to the event date.Sven Väth and Nina Kraviz
Seasplash Festival has announced it will utilise a new site for its 2019 event. The reggae, dub and bass music extravaganza's 17th edition will take place in Šibenik between 18 and 21 July. The festival simultaneously revealed three of its headlining attractions, reggae legends Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mad Professor and Scientist. Seasplash is one of Croatia's oldest, continuously-running music festivals. It is the country's first festival dedicated to reggae music and its sub-genres. In previous years, the festival has used three different locations, all in the Istrian seaside town of Pula. In more recent years it was strongly associated with the festival site at Fort Punta Christo, which it shared with international festivals Outlook and Dimensions. The move to Šibenik could be good news for the Seasplash audience, as attending the event at the new location could be considerably cheaper than attending a festival in Pula. Seasplash prides itself on being an accessible event, within the price range of young people in Croatia and succeeds in drawing many domestic attendees. As a result, it boasts one of the best atmospheres of any festival in Croatia and has a more authentic Croatian feel compared to many imported events. Unfortunately, in Pula, its domestic audience has frequently been treated in exactly the same way as visiting international audiences, with everything from accommodation rates to taxi prices and food being at such a high price that homegrown fans have sometimes
Jared Leto and his band have announced that they will hold an intimate new festival for their fans in 2019. Mars Island will take place on a small island in the Šibenik archipelago (thought to be Obonjan) from 9 – 12 August 2019. The event looks to be aiming to provide a chilled, boutique festival experience, which takes advantage of the island's beautiful natural surroundings, rather than a full-on, exhausting raveathon. Attendees are promised a relaxing and restorative experience that takes in yoga sessions amongst the trees, midnight movie screenings and two intimate performances from Thirty Seconds To Mars. More widely known as an actor, Jared Leto formed the band Thirty Seconds To Mars with his brother in the late '90s. To date, they have released five albums and gained considerable success, particularly in America. The band's success has run parallel to Leto's incredibly successful film career, which also started in the '90s. Some of Jared Leto's more high profile appearances have included roles in Requiem For A Dream (2000), Panic Room (2002), Suicide Squad (2016), Blade Runner 2049 (2017) and Dallas Buyer's Club (2013), in which his portrayal of a transgender woman earned him an Oscar and a Golden Globe. A hugely recognisable figure, he has also modelled for the likes of Gucci, lives a strict vegan lifestyle and is an outspoken advocate of gay rights.
Blessed with unseasonably good temperatures, Croatia is taking advantage of the crisp weather and basking in winter sun this January. From the inland capital to the dazzling Adriatic coast, here's our favourite pics of the sunny spell in Croatia this winter. View this post on Instagram A post shared by DNEVNO.HR (@dnevno.hr) on Jan 16, 2019 at 1:28am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Plitviceblog.com (@plitviceblog) on Jan 14, 2019 at 10:13am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Croatia Full Of life (@croatiafulloflife) on Jan 15, 2019 at 10:25pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Milan.P (@bubimirzg) on Jan 1, 2019 at 12:08pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by INCREDIBLE HOTEL (@incrediblehotel) on Jan 15, 2019 at 10:02pm PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nevio Marasovic (@neviomarasovic) on Dec 28, 2018 at 1:57am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Ivica Skočić (@photoskole) on Jan 11, 2019 at 10:13am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Serena Karamizrak (@serenakaramizrakk) on Jan 15, 2019 at 3:02am PST View this post on
Krka National Park hopes to entice adventure-seekers to the 75km-long river with freshly announced plans for a high suspension bridge. The park is set to build a nerve-rackingly high bridge over the river canyon, connecting the medieval fortresses of Nečven and Trošenm, reports Croatia Week. The 800-metre-long waterfall of Skradinski buk, the picture-postcard main draw of the Krka National Park, leaves onlookers in awe with its 17-step series of cascades. Holidaymakers dip in its pure pools beneath waters crashing down from 45 metres over their heads. But this key attraction, surrounded by boardwalks for easy access, is only one of many in this most versatile and surprising of Croatia’s eight National Parks. The plans revealed today suggest the bridge will be 462.5 metres long - the third longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. The wiggly walkway is designed as a path for pedestrians as well as a viewpoint to admire the natural surroundings.
Bad news: cult cinema and café-bar Kino Grič is closing down to make way for a new hotel development in the city centre. Kino Grič has screened films for 75 years at its dinky cinema near the main square on Jurišićevo 6. Grič café-bar is also one of Zagreb’s hipper watering holes, filled daily with eager young arty types earnestly exhaling billows of cigarette smoke. The iconic cinema was designed by famous Croatian architects Drago Ibler and Stjepan Planić in 1940 and was renamed Grič in 1990, reopening in 2005 as a cinema and event space for performances alongside film screenings. The cinema has screened exclusively European films since 2016 - its much-loved European film programme will move to a new location this year.
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Love International have released the full line up for their 2019 festival. Their event will take place in Tisno between 3 and 10 July. The festival previously announced that DJs such as Midland, Shanti Celeste, Call Super, Ben UFO and Beautiful Swimmers would be appearing this year. The complete line-up announcement adds names such as Balearic disco maestro DJ Harvey and fast-rising house DJ Peggy Gou to those already revealed. Belgrade raised DJ Vladimir Ivkovic will also debut at this year's festival, playing a back-to-back set with Ivan Smagghe. Other debutants include HAAi, Leon Vynehall, DMX Krew and CC:DISCO. Other DJs appearing at this year's event include Joy Orbison, Prosumer, Young Marco, Gerd Janson, Optimo, Horse Meat Disco and Paranoid London.
American alternative rock band Garbage have been added to the line up of this year's INmusic festival. They join the likes of The Cure, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Foals, LP, Frank Turner plus Peter, Bjorn and John in appearing at Croatia's biggest rock and alternative music festival. Garbage exploded onto the scene in the mid-'90s, their debut album scoring huge hits with the singles 'Stupid Girl' and 'Only Happy When It Rains', their follow up album 'Version 2.0' being just as successful. After some time away from the music industry the band reformed in 2011 and have since produced two more albums. INmusic will take place at Lake Jarun in Zagreb from 24 to 26 June.