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Great things to do in Croatia this weekend

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By Marc Rowlands

Welcome to the weekend with our guide to the best events happening across Croatia. The week is over and it's time to attend concerts, sports events, exhibitions and more fabulous happenings over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Great things to do in Croatia this weekend

Franjo Kresnik
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With the Violin Beyond the Borders/Stradivari in Rijeka: Kresnik and Cremona

Music Classical and opera Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, Rijeka

Classical musical connoisseurs will adore this commemoration of a truly remarkable man - Dr. Franjo Kresnik. Dubbed ‘the man who can read violins’, Kresnik was an intellectual whose passion was the crafting of violins, and who is widely credited with restoring the art of Cremona Liuteria (that’s ancient string-instrument making, to non-aficionados). In a program to mark the 150th anniversary of Kresnik’s birth, world-class musicians will perform on their Stradivari and Guarneri violins. Though he was born in Vienna, Kresnik spent much of his life traveling through Central Europe and Croatia, considering himself to be a man beyond borders. What better place to celebrate his life than the Port of Diversity? 

Gabriele D'Annunzio
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D'Annunzio's Martyr / D'Annuzijeva mučenica

Things to do Exhibitions Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, Rijeka

On 12 September 1919, Italian commander Gabriele D’Annunzio swept into Rijeka and declared that it belonged to Italy. What followed was one of the city’s most turbulent periods, where D’Annunzio’s proto-Fascist regime saw Croats - or anyone resistant to Italian rule - persecuted. In paintings of the period, Rijeka is often depicted as a martyred woman; yet women’s stories of the time have largely been left untold. This original and insightful exhibition changes that, by exploring the female experience of D’Annunzio’s rule. We hear moving first-hand accounts from native Rijekan women, who saw their home occupied and transformed. But there are also stories from women that had supported D’Annunzio, and some that had even been his lovers. It all adds up to a complex and human picture of one of the darkest times in Rijeka’s past.


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