Brilliant things to do in Zagreb in October
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.
Mysterious London group gathered little over a year ago, quickly caught the attention of critics and audience with their tense music that shifts between post-punk, jazz, electronic and math rock.
Gerd Janson is the big boss at one of Europe's most consistent house music labels of the last 15 years, Running Back, who have released music by the likes of Deetron, Redshape, Theo Parrish, Radio Slave, Todd Terje, Leon Vynehall and KiNK. He's also one half, alongside Phillip Lauer, of Tuff City Kids, who are among the busiest and most prolific remixers around. But, most of all, Gerd Janson is a brilliant DJ, drawing on many years of experience in records shops, in journalism, behind the decks and just from an unending enthusiasm, to string sets together that take in disco, Balearic grooves, jazz, house, vintage electronics and techno.
From their university days in Manchester, mining the city's eclectic club sounds and invented a bold, breakbeat-based style that went on to be dubbed 'big beat', to the release in 2019 of their ninth studio album, 'No Geography' and their triumphant live return to the Glastonbury Festival, UK duo The Chemical Brothers have been at the top of the electronic scene for over 25 years. Classic singles like 'Chemical Beats', 'Galvanize', 'Block Rockin' Beats' and 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' are evergreen rave anthems, the duo have remixed the likes of Boys Noize, The Charlatans, Primal Scream, The Prodigy and Saint Etienne and they continue to imaginatively push the boundaries of the audiovisual experience of their live shows to great acclaim. The duo visit the grand arena of Dom Sportova for what will surely be one of October's highlights.
13 years and 6 albums in, multi-instrumentalist Zach Condon and his comrades in Beirut continue to combine indie, rock and pop elements with a huge dose of world musics, including the traditional folk and dance sounds of France, Italy, Mexico and other Latin American countries. Since day one, there's also been a hefty Balkan influence at present in their work. The band's name is obviously derived from the Lebanese capital, a city where musics and cultures collide. Such collisions in the Balkans have similarly enabled a massively rich stream of traditional musics to emerge and it's perhaps this familiarity that has made Beirut such a popular band in this region. The group's 2019 album 'Gallipoli' was recorded, as you might expect, in Italy and this European tour is undertaken to promote its new songs, like 'Landslide'
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.