Boundary-breaking art collective Pimp my Pump originally teamed up with street art studio Lapo Lapo to turn a run-down urban park, located between Tomić street and Strossmayer promenade in the heart of Zagreb, into a vibrant open-air museum and green event space. So successful was the project that in 2019 it was moved to the larger Ribnjak park, where you can peruse the make-shift sculptures, watch the artists at work, or even get involved yourself. An array of fun events, workshops and open-air exhibitions take place throughout summer and there are craft beers, food and other consumables available too. Entrance to this creative oasis and all events, talks and workshops are totally free.
Annual event with a 53-year tradition featuring parades, concerts and dances by local and international folklore societies. Here, costumed dancers and musicians offer you a taste of historic traditions, some of which you simply could not see elsewhere. And it is charming throughout. Festival contributors practice for months on end before their appearances and are bussed to Zagreb from every corner of Croatia (and further still), arriving to showcase the unique aspect on folklore from their particular region. The festival features parades, concerts and dances by dedicated local and international folklore societies and this year’s theme is the old transport route between Zagreb and Rijeka, in honour of the latter’s 2020 European Capital Of Culture status. Costumes and music from regions along the route will be represented. A family-welcoming event that is not easily forgotten, performances take place on Zagreb’s main square and elsewhere around the city.
One of the most popular sights on Zagreb’s Upper-Town promenade is the silvery metal statue of poet, journalist and travel writer Antun Gustav Matoš (1873-1914), whose seated effigy has played a co-starring role in any number of selfies. In summer the statue serves as centerpiece for this cluster of open air bars with retro furnishings, retro music, and a fantastic panorama of the Lower Town.
Some of the Upper Town’s most beautiful back yards, many of which are not normally open to the public, are opened up for a ten-day festival of music, food and wine. Concerts and DJ events will liven up proceedings on most nights, although the main attraction is the opportunity to mingle ad enjoy the ambience of some of Zagreb’s most magical places.
A wealth of artefacts and photographs illustrate the tumultuous events of 1918,when the Habsburg Empire disintegrated and Croatian politicians opted to joinwith Serbia in creating the new state of Yugoslavia. The Croats were to someextent forced into this new arrangement by an urgent and unique set ofcircumstances, a narrative convincingly told in this display.
An apt title for a season of events that almost literally sends you spinning back through the centuries, Zagreb Time Machine is the umbrella term covering a series of happenings that take place every weekend from late-April until the first week in October. Period costumes and traditional music are the main ingredients in a sequence of street performances that take over various parts of the city. Key invents include the Upper Town in History (Saturdays 5-8pm) when actors dressed in 19th-century garb will act out scenes from the daily life of the capital in times of yore; the Upper Town Musical Panorama (Saturday and Sunday 10am-noon), when similarly clad musicians well belt out traditional tunes; Promenade Concerts in Zrinjevac park (Saturdays 11am-1pm, Sundays 11am-noon), when walzes and polkas will waft down from the old-school bandstand; and a Folklore Stage at various locations in the city centre (Saturdays 10am-noon, Sundays 11am-1pm) when singers in authentic folk costume will treat you to a performance of traditional songs. Also included under the Time Machine banner is the impressive pageantry of the Changing of the Guard of the Cravat Regiment (Saturdays and Sundays just before noon). The cravat was invented in Croatia and popularized by Croatian soldiers during the Thirty Years War in the 17th century. It is still a symbol of national pride, hence the modern-day recreation of a ceremonial regiment complete with appropriately seventeenth-century uniform. The impressiv
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.
The wooded hillside suburb of Tuškanac, just north of central Zagreb, is perfectly suited to this fresh new take on the idea of the al-fresco summer party. Food and drink stalls are set out on the access path to the Tuškanac open-air cinema, where there is also a summer programme of filmsThe Summer Garden is open every night except Monday from 5pm.
This cabaret-style tour storms through the city's streets, reenacting grizzly scenes from Croatian history that visitors can get involved with. This interactive, theatrical tour is based on Zagreb's historical past with plenty of mysteries and urban legends lurking around the corner.
Despite quite sizeable line-up changes, Pennsylvania band CKY (Camp Kill Yourself) soldier on, plying their loyal audiences with a punchy rock punk sound beloved of skaters and fans of the Jackass show.