Great things to do in Croatia this September and October
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.
A gastronomic treat for all lovers of good food and drinks as the sixth edition of the festival takes place across, and outside of, many of Dubrovnik's top eateries. Growing in stature and appreciation year upon year, the festival has now expanded to last a full seven days. Several workshops and talks will take place during the festival, including the preparation of Dubrovnik sweets, traditional Croatian dishes, food styling, food photography, creating cocktails and craft beer. The central event of the festival will be the traditional Dinner with a Famous Chef, which features a gourmet program that is accompanied by a music programme. The highlight of the Good Food Festival is the famous Dubrovnik Table which occurs on 21 October. This table stretches along the entire span of Stradun in the city, with many Dubrovnik hotels and restaurants, winemakers, pastry chefs and top kitchens presenting food, all of which can be sampled for an extremely low price. All proceeds from this event will go to charity, namely the Down Syndrome Association and Association for People with Intellectual difficulties.
This event sees top drawer restaurants slash their menu prices by half. Some of the country’s best restaurants offer a three-course meal plus a glass of wine for 100 kn. At this 18 edition of the event, more than 50 restaurants across Croatia will take part. Find a restaurant taking part by checking the event website.
A century of Croatian graphic art, from the vaults of the National Library's Graphic Collection.
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.
Organized by the Student Cultural Centre of the University of Rijeka and non-profit organization Filmaktiv, STIFF (Student international film festival Rijeka) is an international film festival dedicated to student films. Launched in 2014, the festival attempts to bring the very best student film productions from all over the world and present them in Rijeka, hopefully inspiring local audiences, especially Rijeka's sizeable student body, from where it's hoped the next generation of filmmakers will come. As well as inspiring young future filmmakers of the region, the festival is also a catalyst in the development of the local film and video industry. The city of Rijeka has in recent times regained its position as a favoured filming location, not least in the hit TV show 'Novine'.
If the Mediterranean Film Festival marks the start of the summer season, the Split Film Festival comes at the end. SFF is one of the oldest film events in Croatia and is dedicated to more experimental works, with new video art, non-mainstream works by masters of full-length arthouse films. The only criteria is creativity. In previous years some of the most prominent filmmakers have been guests here, such as Jonas Mekas, Béla Tarr and Lars von Trier. All films are sorted by category and shown at independent cinemas around town, including the atmospheric Cinematheque, and all screenings are free of charge.
Traditional gastro event celebrating the home-cured ham for which the region is famous. It’s very much an international event, offering the chance to taste delicacies from northern Italy and Spain as well as the succulent porky pride of Istria.
Starting point will be in different places in the area between Split and Omiš. From there, extreme runners will take their routes in four differ- ent length categories - 20, 60, 110 and really killing 165 kilometres along Dalmatian mountains. This event might become a strong competition to other similar Croatian races, especially 100 Miles of Istria, or Velebit Ultra Trail. Hurry up with registrations: runners from around Europe are already listed.
Matthias Paul aka Paul van Dyk was one of the first superstar DJs of the trance music sound, although over recent years he has preferred not to be limited by association with this specific genre. Hailing from Germany, he was the first-ever DJ to receive a Grammy nomination, has several times been regarded as the world's leading DJ and has sold over 3 million albums, his latest being the life-affirming 'From Then On', which was released in 2017. In 2018 he was the only DJ invited to perform at the official World Cup manifestations and he appears in Zagreb following a summer-long residency undertaken in Ibiza.