Editor's note: the events are cancelled until further notice.
The city is brighter and buzzier with summer just around the corner. Festivals of every stripe take place in May with major animation, literature, queer and political events brightening up the cultural calendar. Discover the hottest happenings in Zagreb with our round-up of the best gigs, events and exhibitions this month.
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Brilliant things to do in Zagreb this May
Starting as a playfully ironic art installation and subsequently an international touring exhibition, the Museum of Broken Relationships has become one of Zagreb's most unusual and most popular museum attractions since opening in 2010. Housed in one of the Upper Town's finest Baroque mansions, the thematic display takes visitors through a series of different emotions associated with a break-up, illustrated by objects donated by members of the public. An electric toaster donated by a jilted American is accompanied by the laconic comment: ‘When I moved out, and across the country, I took the toaster. That'll show you. How are you going to toast anything now?’ Many exhibits are captioned with the kind of surreal narratives that frequently flow from fraught emotional states. Funny, tragic, fascinating, it was named 'most innovative museum' at the European Museum Awards of 2011.
Just arrived in Zagreb by plane and wondering what all those wonderful pictures are hanging in the baggage claim area? Well, it's an exhibition entitled 'Croatia, full of colour' by well-travelled, Zagreb-based writer and photographer Davor Rostuhar. Welcome!
Founded in 1953, Zagreb Film is a Croatian film company known throughout the former Yugoslavia for its animation work. They have produced hundreds of animated films, as well as documentaries, television commercials, educational films and feature films, their most famous characters being Professor Balthazar and Inspector Mask. This multimedia exhibition will showcase the studio's successful history and many of the authors and artists who have worked on its animation from 1956 until today. A selection of over 200 animated films, documentaries and live-action works makes up the sizeable exhibition.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. Zagreb’s annual flower show brings spring blooms to the Bundek park, with riotously colourful flowerbed arrangements, a display of garden design and plenty of potted seedlings for you to take home.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. This free springtime music festival, taking place outdoors in the area between city centre parks Zrinjevac and Tomislav, has live music from local bands plus craft beer and street food. Also this year the Festival will use biodegradable cups which will make them the very first in Zagreb to not use plastic.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. Bribirska glavica in Šibenik - Knin county is one of, if not the, most significant archaeological sites in Croatia. Initially it was a Liburnians fort, which was supplanted by a Roman one and later became the Breberium, headquarters of Šubić Bribirski. They were the most powerful noble family of medieval times in the region. It is therefore of little surprise that at such an important historical site a lot of interesting things were left for us to discover. This exhibition covers the site's amazing history using historical texts, as well as paintings, pictures and found objects, portraying a period from prehistoric times to the early new-age.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. Organised by the Croatian Society of Aesthetic Surgery and Cosmetic Dermatology, this conference dives deep into the subject of anti-ageing methods and everlasting questions of how to battle the years, and remain young and healthy-looking. Panel discussions from renowned experts in the field including Dr Paul Harris, President of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), renowned oral surgeon Dr Alex Karkhi and local, but globally-recognised Dr Nikola Milojević, head of the Milo Clinic in London and the Milojević Polyclinic in Zagreb.
Editor's note: the event is cancelled until further notice. Held above the clouds, on the high peak of Medvednica mountain overlooking Zagreb, this suitably-named conference brings a swarm of IT experts - including programmers, software engineers, and developers, both local and international - to discuss clouds and multi-cloud information storage systems.
Founded in Zagreb in 2002, the Festival of the European Sort Story has in recent years become a two-city festival, a significant chunk of which is hosted by Rijeka. Featuring leading writers from all over the world (and not just the Old Continent), it’s an outstanding opportunity to get to grips with the international short-story scene. It’s nothing if not accessible: there is often a significant contingent of English-language writers; and writers in other languages usually have their stories translated into English (and projected onto a screen behind the stage) for the benefit of an international audience. There will also be question-and-answer sessions with some of the bigger literary stars. With all events conducted in an informal mingle-friendly atmosphere, it’s a wonderful counterpoint to some of the more formal literary festivals elsewhere in the world.