Welcome to the weekend with our guide to the best events in the capital. The week is over and it's time to attend concerts, exhibitions and more fabulous events over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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A treat for your inner child (or your actual child), this exhibition focuses on the work of American Modernist Alexander Calder – also known as the man who invented the hanging mobile. Calder was the most playful of the great 20th century sculptors, obsessed with movement and theatricality. His mobiles seem to have a life of their own, and watching them as they spin and cast shadows on the walls is joy incarnate.
Interliber is the largest literary event in Croatia and is a platform for the promotion of books, writers, reading, science, knowledge and teaching tools. It brings together the most important publishers and book stores in the country and is attended by avid readers and members of a wide variety of teaching faculties. This is the event's 42nd occurrence.
Croatia’s capital plays host to a week of non-stop, high-quality films in one of the city’s biggest cultural events, culminating in the award of the prestigious Golden Prams to filmmakers. There’s really something for everyone here, with current art-house productions, documentaries, retrospectives, and after-show DJ events. Dokukino KIC, Museum of Contemporary Art and Lauba are just some of the venues where the festival will be held.
Zagreb Jazz Festival and its partner events in Croatia have been welcoming legendary names from the world of jazz for the last decade and a half. The list of previous guests is simply staggering, including Archie Shepp, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Chick Corea and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The event's 2019 edition similarly holds some extraordinary treats. Bassekou Kouyate is one of the world's leading players of the ngoni, a traditional lute used across western Africa. He has toured with Mali's greatest modern music stars including kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and with Ali Farka Toure on his final tour in 2005, after which he formed his own band, Ngoni Ba (pictured). They appear at Tvornica Kulture on November 17. Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated American musicians of the last decade, a pianist and composer who has already produced twenty-three albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, most recently for the legendary ECM label. He appears at Zagreb Music Academy on November 22 alongside friend, mentor and blues veteran Wadada Leo Smith, with whom he recorded the stunning 2016 album 'A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke'Virtuoso jazz pianist and Harlem resident Aaron Diehl is a serial award winner, critics favourite, intriguing collaborator and part-time aircraft pilot. He appears with his trio at Zagreb Music Academy on November 24. The festival's final key performance, with the ethno-influenced Israeli-American bassist Omer Avital and band, a
Over 100 images taken during Croatia's War Of Independence are presented in Up Close and Personal: War in Croatia, the first official exhibition at the new Image Of War Photography Museum. The exhibition holds not only the work of professional Croatian, Serb and world-renowned photographers such as Peter Turnley, Dragoljub Zamurović, Ron Haviv, Christopher Morris, Romeo Ibrišević and Matko Biljak, but also photos donated by the public. Alongside the photographs are the testimonies of those who were caught up in the conflict. The exhibition depicts not only the actual conflict and those who took part, but also the aftermath and the people who existed within that environment. Photographs of disturbed and injured participants in the war stand next to those of the distraught and grieving, plus those of children who make a playground in the scorched earth, destruction and rubble.