With Chris Barnes's latest band, Six Feet Under, having visited in April, Zagreb is currently being spoiled with the very best in American death metal. Now, Cannibal Corpse, one of America's longest-running exponents of the genre visit. Barnes fronted the band from '88 to '95, but since then George Fisher has been on vocal duties. They continue to release hugely appreciated albums within the death metal genre and play to legions around the world, drawing from the 14 studio albums they have so far produced. If death metal is your thing, this is not to be missed.
Bosnian painter Berber (1940-2012) was enormously popular in the Eighties, when he was one of the highest-earning artists in then-Yugoslavia. Although popular with collectors, his dreamy mélange of lifelike portraiture and surreal background detail was overlooked by the contemporary art establishment, and it’s now high time his work was given a second look.
Having released four albums in just over a decade and having toured the world, either as support act or headliners, Portland's Red Fang have pretty much got their stoner rock sound down to pat. Combining classic rock elements with heavy metal aesthetics and attitude, they make a sound familiar to many through their well watched videos on Youtube.
As befitting one of the world's most popular operas, Giuseppe Verdi's 'Don Carlos' has been performed in multiple versions and famously in both French and Italian. In the tale, love is both the key and the complication to the cessation of fighting between the kingdoms of France and Spain.
The Cure, Foals, Suede, Garbage, LP, The Hives, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Johnny Marr, Thievery Corporation, Frank Turner & Sleeping Souls, Sofi Tukker, Peter Bjorn & John, Skindred, Zeal & Ardor and many more Zagreb’s city festival INmusic offers three days of rock and indie fun next to a man-made lake in the large Jarun park, west of Zagreb's city centre. Croatia's premier international live music event, INmusic has put Zagreb definitively on the music map. Each year organisers coax some of the best modern rock and indie bands, cult heroes and world musicians to the city, along with many international attendees. There’s a great modern campsite open for eight days during the festival. And there are plenty of afterparties and activities happening in and around the city.
This outdoor season of (free) classical concerts is really quite a treat, with top-class opera and orchestral concerts performed in a quite gorgeous park setting. The plastic chairs are soon snapped up; bring a blanket and picnic on the grass.
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.
Images of food (and the lack of it) in painting, sculpture and multi-media art from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the politics of nutrition as well as the aesthetics of a good feed.
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
This summer-long series of outdoor events offers an outstandingly varied programme of concerts, art-and-craft stalls and downright unusual happenings (the best mongrel dog show, finest wine-and-soda spritzer competition) in the lovely, leafy setting of the Upper Town’s Strossmayer Promenade. There’s usually a local band playing every night, and a couple of al-fresco bars at the scene make this a great place to hang out on balmy evenings.