Awesome things to do in Zagreb this April

Your ultimate guide to the best events, exhibitions and things to do in Zagreb this April
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Spring has well and truly sprung, and with the Easter bank holiday behind us, here are some awesome things to look forward to in Zagreb to keep you ticking over till May. Discover the hottest happening in the capital with our round-up of upcoming events, exhibitions and concerts this month.

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Dance, Ballet

Elisabeth of Austria: Sissi

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A night of opulence and drama at the world premiere of Patrice Bart’s ballet Elisabeth of Austria – Sissi. Based on the work of the German dramaturge Christine Theobald Gabler, the ballet follows the turbulent life of one of history’s most intriguing empresses, soundtracked by the scores of Neo-romantic Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.

!!! (CHK CHK CHK)
!!! (CHK CHK CHK)
Music, Dance and electronic

!!! (CHK CHK CHK)

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Californian !!! (CHK CHK CHK) are bringing their gloriously camp, groovy brand of indie-punk to Zagreb. Their 7th album 'Shake and Shudder' released last year, draws inspiration from all over the place: disco, punk, breakbeat, house, afrobeat and funk. Celebrating Zagreb based radiostation Yammat's third birthday, expect a night of electric energy and fabulous vibes. A limited number of presale tickets will be available Friday 23 Feb.

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Film

Festival of Tolerance - JFF Zagreb

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Founded by Osijek-born Auschwitz survivor and producer of Schindlers List Branko Lustig, the Festival of Tolerance/JFF (‘Jewish Film Festival’) focuses on broad issues of human rights and civic freedom, with a different theme each year. There’s an accompanying programme of concerts and educational events for young documentary-makers. The festival will be held in Kino Europa, Tuškanac and Kinoteka.  

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Music, Classical and opera

The Magical Music of Walt Disney

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Zagreb's Philharmonic Orchestra tip-toe into the nostalgic world of Walt Disney. Based on the compilation 'The Magical Music of Walt Disney' featuring well-loved classics from The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book, expect orchestral adaptions of favourites from the Disney back-catalogue. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Catherine the Great: Empress of all Russians

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Galerija Klovićevi Dvori presents a rich array of objects and artworks from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg - over a thousand items in all. The exhibition is devoted to one of the most powerful women in history, Catherine the Great, who founded the Hermitage in 1764. Featuring magnificent paintings by leading European artists like Peter Paul Reubens, official coronation portraits and items from the jewellery collection, you can also glimpse at the everyday life of the Empress, shown tellingly by jazzed-up quotidianitems like her gleaming gold cutlery set.

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Ivan Kralj
Museums, History

The Changing of the Guard

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This popular ceremonial parade takes place every Saturday, Sunday and during bank holidays. Croatian soldiers in historical regalia set off from Banski dvori with another regiment departing from Kuševićeva ulica and along Cirilometodska accompanied by a military band. Kicking off at noon with the firing of the Grič cannon from Lotrščak Tower, the ceremony lasts around 10-15 minutes. The event forms a key part of the ‘Zagreb Time Machine’ season of historical recreations.

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The Sixties in Croatia: Myth and Reality

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It’s often thought that the cultural and political turbulence of the Sixties was something that happened in London, Paris, Prague or West-Coast USA, leaving other parts of the world to passively watch from the sidelines. What this major exhibition reveals is that countries like Croatia were not on the fringes of a revolution happening somewhere else, they were themselves at the centre of the whirlwind. Then a constituent republic of the communist-ruled Yugoslav federation, Croatia enjoyed an unprecedented economic boom in the 1960s. People had money in their pockets, feeding the kind of consumer industries that employed designers, marketing strategists, advertising executives and stylists – the very people we call “creatives” today. Cracks in communist discipline unleashed increased dissonance in political views and a relaxed attitude to censorship, while relative cultural freedom allowed avant-garde artists to explore any avenues they wanted. Navigating its way through politics, art, pop music and film, the exhibition is a lavish visual treat: examples of magazine layouts, clothing patterns and swanky domestic furniture will provide stacks of inspiration for anyone interested in modern design. Sudden shifts in lifestyles are signalled by exhibits such as the “Fića”, the Yugoslav-made version of the Fiat 600 that brought car ownership to the masses; a pair of Rifle jeans, the most popular purchase for Croatian shoppers popping over the border to Trieste; and arguably the mo

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Art, Performance art

Zagreb Time Machine

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From Spring until early Autumn, history consumes Zagreb. Zagreb Time Machine sees the city celebrate its heritage, with droves of enthusiasts donning fancy dress and performing in the street. Walking through the Upper Town, you might encounter Marija Juric Zagorka – the first female journalist in Croatia – or the poet Antun Gustav Matos. A newsboy will update you on local events, while the city guard will oversee your security. In the Zrinjevac park pavilion, in the centre of town, you’ll hear the strains of waltzes and tangos. A brilliantly, quirky way of bringing history to life.

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