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.
Now 69 years old, to say walled city Dubrovnik's Summer Festival is something of an institution would be an understatement. Once again, visually and auditorilly stunning performances will take place at venues around the city, including but not limited to classical concertos from prominent orchestras, plays from directors both local and foreign and award-winning films screened under the open sky.
Between 1897 and 1914, Austrian jurist and famed photographer Karl Kaser visited Croatia's coast, returning many times to take pictures of cities like Opatija, Rijeka, Dubrovnik and Kotor. His considered photographs depict a beautiful bygone era, offering a window into the past and into the lives of those who lived there. This particular exhibition shows just a small part of his 450 photograph legacy.
Marking the centenary of the Austrian painter’s death, this exhibition brings together a handful of original pencil drawings, plus reproductions and posters of some of Klimt’s capital works. Some of the reproductions will be hung in the Villa Camellia, part of the Grand Hotel 4 Opatijska Cvijeta. It’s a great chance to get a feel for Klimt’s work, perhaps, especially if you can’t get to the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, where most of the originals are to be found.
Istra Inspirit offers genuine insight into the history, gastronomy, architecture, culture and literature of the fascinating region of Istria with a series of events from June to September. Here you can learn something new and really get under the skin of Istria, whether it’s learning about the dining habits of peasants in Rovinj, witch-hunts in Svetvincent, or the legend of pirate captain Henry Morgan and what bought him to Dvigrad.
Get ready to regress. Running for almost two months, Zagreb Fair is to host an extensive exhibition of giant Lego models. There will be 12 themes areas with Superheroes, Star Wars, Fantasy, Fairytales, Sport, Buildings, Culture and the Human Body all represented. There will be a huge indoor expanse used for the exhibition, with average visiting times expected to be two hours, although fans may stay for as long as they like. Here the universes of DC Comics and Marvel will collide for once. DC Comics' coolest character Batman is well represented by appearing in a life-size model. A seven-foot replica of his Batmobile will accompany him, plus models of the fictional city of Gotham which he inhabits. That model alone uses 270 000 bricks. There will also be models of the Batcave and the Wayne Tower skyscraper. Not to be outdone, the Marvel Universe will be represented by Iron Man, Thor, Spiderman and with a model of the famous Helicarrier from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. One of the other areas will be devoted to a completely different movie franchise. The Star Wars section will house models of all your favourite characters and vehicles from the movies. In the Human Body area, young people can learn about anatomy. Iconic buildings shown will include the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House and there will be an 11 metre long model of the Titanic ship. There is an area dedicated to robots and there will be Lego statues of famous icons from history, sports and culture too. The exhibit
A more grown-up affair than the get-rinsed-and-repeat dance festivals, Obonjan (pronounced oh-bon-yan) takes a holistic approach to the art of partying. A self-styled Adriatic Shangri-La, its ten-week programme is curated by artists, labels and cultural institutions – and music isn’t necessarily centre-stage. Fully embracing its ‘boutique’ label, the wellbeing workshops and gastronomy are talked up as much as the music is. Events aren’t ticketed, instead punters book from a range of fancy accommodation packages, sleeping under the stars in a bell-tent or plush forest-lodge.
Tucked away from the hubbub of the city centre, Pop Up Summer Garden is a fresh retreat from the summer heat, located in the cool, leafy Tuškanac. The faint pitter-patter of disco, techno and house music emanates from the DJ booth, as attendees luxuriate in giant deckchairs, sipping bright cocktails conceived up by Swanky Garden team. The music programme changes daily, check the Facebook page for updates and special events.
Occurring this year on the Saturday following Velika Gospa, the 'Feast of St Helene the Crusader' is again marked in Supetar by a solemn mass at the Župna crkva (Parish church) and a procession through the streets. This year's mass and procession begins at 18.30. From 22.00 there will be a public feast in the streets, accompanied by music. This year, music will come from popular Croatian singer Jasmin Stavros, who has been active since the '70s and is perhaps best known for his "Dao bi sto Amerika" (I Would Give a Hundred Americas) hit and his collaborations with Josipa Lisac, Arsen Dedić and Mišo Kovač.
UB40, Soul II Soul, The Brand new Heavies, Parni valjak, Dubioza collective, SARS, Urban&4, Josipa Lisac and many more. Varaždin's annual 'festival of good feelings' takes place in the historic town every year. Anything and everything goes on, from street performances to art exhibitions to workshops to a circus.