New York Ska Jazz Ensemble were formed in the mid '90s by a group of musicians who were simultaneously in love with both the jazz that permeated the streets of their home city and the sounds of ska and reggae imported from Jamaica. They set out to pay tribute to the former, by playing jazz standards in new reggae and ska arrangements constructed by themselves. Over two decades and ten albums later, the band have become firm festival favourites and have entertained audiences all over the world, including some of the most prestigious jazz events such as The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival and The Festival de Musique Quebec. Instantly recognisable and instantly enjoyable, their offerings of reggae-fied jazz classics is often added to by bona fide reggae and ska classics.
The eighth edition of this art and crafts fair, organised by the Croatian Artists’ Association (HDLU) and held over the course of a pre-Christmas week in the HDLU’s impressive, doughnut-shaped headquarters on Trg žrtava fašizma. Deliberately pitched towards the alternative side of Christmas shopping, it’s a great place to browse for unique jewellery, alternative-designer fashion, one-off accessories and a host of genuine artworks. Over 70 artists are displaying work that lies at the forefront of contemporary design and art in Croatia. The popular event changes format somewhat this year, attempting to hold more of a small festival vibe. A new edition to the event, ArtOmat Spotlights, will see discussions between artists, designers and curators. The enlarged exhibiting area for this year's event will hold a new concept of the ArtOmat Walk, with modern and historic art subjects, studio visits and interaction between audience and artists taking part along the route, as well as DJs soundtracking some of the exhibition space.
This area of artistic expression, just outside the incredible Croatian National Theatre, will hold a full live music programme featuring classical, soul and jazz musicians, DJs and acapella groups. Seasonal and regional food and drink options are also available.
After impressively kicking off their new season with Tiefschwarz, Zagreb's Tanzen collective return with their second installment. And it's again another showcase of German music. Hardly surprising really, as Germany has been responsible for some of the key trends and sounds in electronic music during the last 20 years and throughout that time, the Cologne-based Kompakt label has been at the forefront. This showcase invites two outstanding, associated DJs, Marc Romboy (pictured) and Sascha Funke, to represent the sound, alongside a live set from longstanding electronic producer Thomas Fehlmann. One not to miss for house and tech house fans.
Formed in 1975, Sham 69 were one of the most successful of UK punk bands, scoring more UK hit singles than eith The Clash or The Sex Pistols. Still lead by original members, singer Jimmy Pursey and guitarist David Parsons, expect the band to plough through hits like 'If The Kids Are United', 'Hurry Up Harry', 'Borstal Breakout' and 'Hersham Boys' on what will be the fifth and final day of celebrations for Vintage Industrial Bar's birthday.
Set in the gorgeous Habsburg-era old town, Advent at the Klovićevi Dvori is very much a family affair with daily workshops to keep the kids busy and plenty of free concerts. A cluster of wooden kiosks serves mulled wine and traditional festive fare, with sweeping views over Zagreb Cathedral and the Upper Town.
'Caffe de Matoš' on Strossmayer's Promenade will celebrate the advent period with music and pop-up shops. Discover ancient Zagreb in coffee-houses of days long gone and immerse yourself in the warm atmosphere in the company of street bands, dancers and entertaining comedians. Live music from street-style musicians is on from 18:00 to 20:00 on week nights, and during the weekend from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 20:00.
Zagreb's 120 year old Art Pavillion pays tribute to its founder, famed Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac and Alexandre Cabanel, the important French painter under whom Bukovac studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.The French teacher played an important role in Bukovac’s art education and this is the first ever exhibition in which pupil and teacher has been shown together. Alexandre Cabanel has never previously been exhibited in Croatia or any surrounding countries. The exhibition holds more than 140 paintings, including many of Bukovac’s best known, loaned from galleries and museums throughout Croatia and neighbouring countries, plus from private collections. The works of Alexandre Cabanel will come to the exhibition from five French museums – Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Musée Inguimbertine, Carpentras, Palais de Compiègne Musée et domaine nationaux, Compiègne and from Musée Fabre, Montpellier, which is the Art Pavilion’s partner for the exhibition. The exhibition features an accompanying program which includes professional lectures, documentaries, concerts and other content, held at the Modern Gallery in Zagreb. Visitors who purchase a ticket for the exhibition at the Art Pavilion will also be able to visit the Modern Gallery to view a monumental painting by Bukovac 'Gundulić Imagining Osman' which cannot leave the Modern Gallery.
Members of the Cenacolo Community, a group dedicated to fighting addiction, perform the birth of Christ on Kaptol. In their deeply felt performance of the birth of Christ they dramatize the struggles of addiction, and the possibility of being reborn free.
Consistently voted the best Christmas market in Europe, Zagreb has ploughed its efforts into reviving this aspect of its Austro-Hungarian past. Stalls on the pedestrianised streets around Cvijetni trg sell everything from craft toys to traditional sweets, fruit preserves, speciality biscuits and gingerbread hearts. The music programme features a month-long season of outdoor gigs and DJ high-jinks. The main square, Zrinjevac, Europski trg and the 'Fuliranje' alley of food and drink stalls are the main venues. The whole thing kicks off in the last week of November and carries on right into the New Year.