Brilliant things to do in Zagreb in October
Leading international chamber music festival with soloists from home and abroad and a wide ranging classical repertoire.
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.
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.
Austrian duo Kruder and Dorfmeister came to prominence in the '90's, their trip hop and chillout sound capturing the electronic energy and post-rave euphoria of the old-school dance scene. They incorporated melodic piano arrangements, deep soul, hip-hop, funk and drum and bass into that sound, notably shifting up the tempo and variety of flavours in their live appearances. Remixing everyone from Gregory Isaacs to Madonna, they've sold millions of records, and their mellow mixes aren't bereft of contemporary relevance - expect lashings of jazzy new house tunes alongside the classics.
This celebration of the silent screen is accompanied by live background music, just like the old days. Films screened in the programme compete for the Brcko Grand Prize, named after the protagonist of Croatia’s first feature film 'Brcko in Zagreb' shot back in 1917.
An evening of spoken word entertainment in the company of one of the greatest heavy metal vocalists of all time. As lead singer of Iron Maiden since the early 1980s, Bruce Dickinson has acted as frontman to one of the most famous and most popular of live bands to have ever hit thje stage. In time away from the band, he has recorded several solo albums, written books, hosted a long-running radio show on the BBC, represented his country in the sport of fencing and learned how to pilot aeroplanes as large as the Boing 747, a role he undertakes for Iron Maiden on their world tours. His 2017 autobiography 'What does this button do?' has, in the last year, been translated into Croatian and this highly acclaimed spoken word presentation accompanies this release. The first half of the show sees the very able storyteller deliver a monologue covering various stages of his life and career, accompanied by projected photographs chosen by Dickinson. In the second half, the show is open to questions from the audience.
One of the original bands of a London-based, late '80s musical movement dubbed Acid Jazz, which revived older jazz, soul and funk styles and combined them with then-current hip hop and dance music styles, The Brand New Heavies have recorded and toured continuously for the last 35 years. Along the way, they've released several hits such as 'Never Stop', 'Dream On Dreamer', 'Back To Love', 'Dream Come True', 'Stay This Way' and a cover of 'Midnight At The Oasis' and worked with a series of lead singers. Their latest single 'Getaway' was released in early 2019 and featured favourite, original singer N'Dea Davenport up front. This was followed by the 'TBNH' album, which included contributions from singers such as N'Dea Davenport, Siedah Garrett, Angie Stone, Beverley Knight and Angela Ricci. This is the band's first visit to Zagreb in over 10 years.
Regarded as the natural successor to his Raw Elements label and 'Da Minimal Funk' compilation, when previous Tanzen guest Steve Bug founded Poker Flat Recordings in 1998 he established himself as one of the top taste-making DJs of the era. Its deep, minimal, techno-edged sound stood in stark contrast to the fuller, more pop-orientated electroclash of the time and a new legion of clubbers and DJs immediately latched onto the new style. This sound, often dubbed tech house, has been one of the defining musics of European clubbing ever since, dominating in Germany and on Ibiza. Poker Flat Recordings continues to lead the field in this arena and, such is the good relationship the Germanophile Tanzen have with the club culture of Berlin, it's only natural that Poker Flat should hold one of their 20th birthday parties in Zagreb. Representing the label on the night will be Romanian producer/DJ Mihai Popoviciu and mainstay Markus Homm. Last time there was such a close collaboration between Germany and Croatia it definitely wasn't cause for as much celebration as these brilliant nights Tanzen continue to supply, so rejoice!
The seventeenth annual International Animation Day will be celebrated over a whole weekend here in Zagreb. Tuškanac cinema will play host to the event, screening animation shorts and films from 10am until 10pm, enabling younger guests to visit in the daytime and those older to stay up for a little longer. Along with projections of animated films, there will be fun workshops for kids and organisers will talk to some filmmakers whose work is included in the presentations. There will also be an exhibition and a music listening section.
A serial visitor to Croatia over the last two decades, Dave Clarke is one of the UK's longest-standing champions of techno. He rose to popularity in the mid-'90s and although he released the massively popular Red EPs and other brilliant singles like 'Southside', it is for his Djing that he is best known. Notable for incorporating hip hop DJ techniques like cutting and scratching into his techno sets and staying true to the infusion of funk into techno, set by the Detroit template, he has also consistently assimilated electro into his sound. This action was perhaps less universally accepted at the start of his career, particularly by ravers in thrall to the 4/4 beat, but having stuck to his guns he has, in later years, become something of an icon to a whole new, young audience for this faithful obstinacy.