Now in its fourth year, this adventurous art and music weekend is an easy 35 minute train ride from Zagreb's centre and a great option for clubbers and music fans let down by August's relatively barren calendar of events in the capital. Taking place in Ivanić-Grad, the focal point of the festival is the leafy town's never used, centrally located swimming pool, which DJs, live bands, artists and the audience will inhabit. Every year, the walls of the pool are redecorated by local graffiti artists as the festival progresses, with Petra Šabić, Fozvald Narf and kontigenciJA taking responsibility this year. This year's musical theme is electronic meets jazz. On Friday evening, proceedings begin with an all vinyl DJ night which will showcase the enviable collections of Zagreb's Ilija Rudman and Rijeka's Dr. Smeđi Šećer. On Saturday, an afternoon in which most of the painting should take place will be followed by live music performances from 7pm. Bands Litošt and Container Doxa both visit from Slovenia, the former a fresh, contemporary jazz trio from Ljubljana, the latter a more extensive combo who perform futuristic jazz-edged sounds and in multi-media format, with an often stunning visual backdrop. The line up is completed by esteemed Zagreb duo Jan Kinčl & Regis Kattie, whose live combination of techno, deep house and jazz has previously graced the stages of some of Croatia's most high profile music festivals, such as Dimensions in Pula. Jan Kinčl & Regis Kattie's appearance come
Croatia's capital is a great place to go shopping. Fine homegrown food and drinks are among the best produce you can buy here. Zagreb's central Dolac market is a must-see, early in the morning when it's in full swing, but it's not the kind of place you might stay for very long. The Little Picnic shares some attributes with that of Dolac; all of the producers of the delicacies, foods and drinks are local, indeed at the Little Picnic all are also organic. But rather than the fast pace of Dolac, The Little Picnic is a place to relax. Take your shoes off and lie down on the rugs provided, enjoying the greenery and peace of this small, little-visited park in the Upper Town. From your vantage point, you'll be able to look down on much of the city. It's a great place for a change of scenery and a market where you can chat with the families of farmers, find out more about what they sell and how they make it.
The summer calendar of this fantastic independent cinema in Zagreb city centre continues throughout August. Every Tuesday there are subtitled films, welcoming international visitors. The programme also includes Victoria and Abdul, Loving Vincent (Aug 1), Lady Bird (Aug 3), Wind River and Andrey Zvyagintsev's Loveless (Aug 4), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Aug 6), Call Me By Your Name, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Aug 7), Phantom Thread (Aug 8). Every Wednesday there is a free programme for young children. Evening film programmes begin around 18.00 daily, with further screenings starting around 20.00
This popular ceremonial parade takes place every Saturday, Sunday and during bank holidays. Croatian soldiers in historical regalia set off from Banski dvori with another regiment departing from Kuševićeva ulica and along Cirilometodska accompanied by a military band. Kicking off at noon with the firing of the Grič cannon from Lotrščak Tower, the ceremony lasts around 10-15 minutes. The event forms a key part of the ‘Zagreb Time Machine’ season of historical recreations.
Taking advantage of Zagreb's balmy late summer evenings, a month of outdoor cinema selections is set in the medieval Gradec. The large outdoor area can attract many moviegoers and there's a music programme attached to the film showcases. The series opens with American musical/comedy La La Land (2 Aug), continuing with Liam Neeson in thriller The Commuter (3 Aug), The Death Of Stalin (5 Aug), Woody Allen's The Wonder Wheel (6 Aug), comedy I Feel Pretty (7 Aug) and Amy Winehouse documentary Amy (8 Aug) with the following weeks programme yet to be confirmed. Attendance is free for all. Prior bookings can be made to ensure you take a spot you prefer. You can make a booking by visiting the actual cinema and making a reservation or online by following links on their Facebook page.
Between 1897 and 1914, Austrian jurist and famed photographer Karl Kaser visited Croatia's coast, returning many times to take pictures of cities like Opatija, Rijeka, Dubrovnik and Kotor. His considered photographs depict a beautiful bygone era, offering a window into the past and into the lives of those who lived there. This particular exhibition shows just a small part of his 450 photograph legacy.
Banja Luka-born artist Zlatan Vehabović is a highly regarded contemporary painter living in Zagreb who won First Prize for Zagreb Salon 2010 and The International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Award 2010. In 2016 he participated in a one-month sailing expedition along the coast of the Svalbard Islands. One of the world’s northernmost inhabited areas, this Norwegian, polar archipelago is known for its rugged, remote terrain of glaciers and frozen tundra. During Vehabović's five-week stay he explored uninhabited coastal areas and abandoned buildings and settlements. His explorations were documented in photographs, the final 19 of which are presented at ‘Dark White Country’.
Tucked away from the hubbub of the city centre, Pop Up Summer Garden is a fresh retreat from the summer heat, located in the cool, leafy Tuškanac. The faint pitter-patter of disco, techno and house music emanates from the DJ booth, as attendees luxuriate in giant deckchairs, sipping bright cocktails conceived up by Swanky Garden team. The music programme changes daily, check the Facebook page for updates and special events.
From Spring until early Autumn, history consumes Zagreb. Zagreb Time Machine sees the city celebrate its heritage, with droves of enthusiasts donning fancy dress and performing in the street. Walking through the Upper Town, you might encounter Marija Juric Zagorka – the first female journalist in Croatia – or the poet Antun Gustav Matos. A newsboy will update you on local events, while the city guard will oversee your security. In the Zrinjevac park pavilion, in the centre of town, you’ll hear the strains of waltzes and tangos. A brilliantly, quirky way of bringing history to life.
Galerija Klovićevi Dvori presents a rich array of objects and artworks from the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg - over a thousand items in all. The exhibition is devoted to one of the most powerful women in history, Catherine the Great, who founded the Hermitage in 1764. Featuring magnificent paintings by leading European artists like Peter Paul Reubens, official coronation portraits and items from the jewellery collection, you can also glimpse at the everyday life of the Empress, shown tellingly by jazzed-up quotidianitems like her gleaming gold cutlery set.