Discover the hottest happenings in Zagreb from the latest art exhibitions, museum shows, DJ dates, gigs and live concerts to food and drink events, here you'll find the very best Zagreb has to offer over the next several days. If you've got a tip for something fun happening in Zagreb, get in touch by email or Facebook and help spread the word.
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Whether you've been converted while on holiday or you're an avid fan making note of the winners at international wine conventions, the secret of Croatia's excellent wines is out of the bag. At VINOcom, you can sample hundreds of local wines, from the dark, powerful reds of southern Dalmatia, to the sharp Grasevinas and Sauvignon Blancs of Slavonia to the pristine Malvasias of Istria. Alongside sparkling wines and other varieties, they will all be presented alongside tasty delicacies of dried ham, cheeses, bread and olive oil. Local experts will be on hand to guide you through varietals and great vintages pulled from dusty wine cellars and you'll be able to meet many of the winemakers themselves, with over 300 domestic and international makers attending the convention.
An annual HIV-awareness concert taking place over two nights, over the last decade and a half Positive Concert has become one of the most eagerly anticipated music events in Zagreb's autumn calendar. In more recent years the event has forgone international guests in preference of bringing the very best of the regional music scene to participate. 2019's edition treads the same path. Longstanding ska-punk combo Dubioza Kolektiv, Manntra, Mile Kekin from Hladno Pivo, former Haustor frontman Darko Rundek, the afro beat-infused Antenat, subtle Slavonians Krankšvester and Croatian hip hop legends Tram 11 appear this year. This is the event's 15th occurrence.
This annual event, at one of Zagreb's top hotels, brings together wine exhibitors from all over Croatia and further afield. Taste hundreds of wines and drink them alongside tasty delicacies of dried ham, cheeses and olive oil. Let the experts guide you through great vintages, pulled from dusty wine cellars to the fresh, crisp taste of organic or biodynamic wines. Whether you enjoy a mature blend, a flirty sweet variety, or an inky liquorice vino you will be spoilt by the range on offer. Vincom brings together 300 of the finest winemakers from Croatia and abroad. You'll sample all the Croatian greats here: Plavac Mali, Pošip, Malvazija Istarska, Graševina, plus plenty of produce from smaller-scale wineries. The paid-for workshops are a highlight: run by expert sommeliers and winemakers, you are guaranteed to leave feeling more knowledgeable - and probably a little woozy.
Zagreb Jazz Festival and its partner events in Croatia have been welcoming legendary names from the world of jazz for the last decade and a half. The list of previous guests is simply staggering, including Archie Shepp, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Chick Corea and Dee Dee Bridgewater. The event's 2019 edition similarly holds some extraordinary treats. Bassekou Kouyate is one of the world's leading players of the ngoni, a traditional lute used across western Africa. He has toured with Mali's greatest modern music stars including kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté and with Ali Farka Toure on his final tour in 2005, after which he formed his own band, Ngoni Ba (pictured). They appear at Tvornica Kulture on November 17. Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated American musicians of the last decade, a pianist and composer who has already produced twenty-three albums covering remarkably diverse terrain, most recently for the legendary ECM label. He appears at Zagreb Music Academy on November 22 alongside friend, mentor and blues veteran Wadada Leo Smith, with whom he recorded the stunning 2016 album 'A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke'Virtuoso jazz pianist and Harlem resident Aaron Diehl is a serial award winner, critics favourite, intriguing collaborator and part-time aircraft pilot. He appears with his trio at Zagreb Music Academy on November 24. The festival's final key performance, with the ethno-influenced Israeli-American bassist Omer Avital and band, a
One of the key annual clubbing events of the autumn/winter season, FSOZ has been reflecting the changing face of Zagreb's afterhours scene for two decades by shining a light on local talent and tastes. Occurring over two nights at Boogaloo, Friday's opening session sees longstanding locals Frajman, Toxic, Kiki, Mary and Damir Ludvig take charge with techno and house. Saturday night's session is a three-floored marathon which runs until midday on Sunday. Techno will rule the roost in the biggest room, with world-famous Spanish DJ Cristian Varela (pictured) acting as the international headliner. He will play between sets provided by leading local lights Insolate and Marko Nastic, while another room will play psy-trance. The third space offers a mixed musical bag, but notable locals Tom Bug, PEZNT, Felver, Pepi Jogarde, Herya, Bronski and Matya will ensure a high quality of sounds
Club collective Tanzen can usually be found holding monthly nights at the Aquarius club, on Jarun lake, where they have their love of the German house and techno scene taken to levels of near obsession. In the past 12 months, they've played host to Berlin's Wagergate club, leading label Get Physical, the amazing Roman Flügel, the Tiefschwarz duo and pivotal tech house player Steve Bug and also his label, Poker Flat Recordings. Things head off in a more minimal house and techno direction at this next session as renowned German label Kompakt visit, with Cologne producer Jonathan Kaspar, UK-based DIY electronics freak Rex The Dog (pictured above in the Kompakt store in Cologne) and fast-rising new Kompakt associate Ańii. The last Tanzen of 2019 will be on December 20 with former Trouw resident Patrice Baumel.
Icelandic multi-instrumentalist and producer Ólafur Arnalds is part of an established new wave of artists combining electronic music and its aesthetics with more traditional sounds usually found in classical music. Melding pianos and strings with loops, effects and beats he creates a sound that is as at home at the raver's afterparty as it is within a TV or movie soundtrack. He was brought to wider attention in 2007 / 2008 with the release of his debut album and a live support slot to Sigur Rós. Since then, he has collaborated with peers like Nils Frahm. This tour date features a uniquely wired string quartet, a live drummer/percussionist and Ólafur on piano, synthesizers and effects.
Taking their name from a black and white Japanese biker documentary from 1976, this Canadian experimental rock and post-rock outfit are just about as big as you can get within such a leftfield area of music. Over the course of two and a half decades and despite a 10-year hiatus they have produced six full-length albums including 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!' (2012), 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress' (2015) and 'Luciferian Towers' (2017) while watching their small cult of theatre audiences turn into throngs within fields at some of the world's leading music events. Their walls of noise are presented in concert before a backdrop of distressed and at times distressing images which are often political in nature. As well as the standard rock band instruments, the group famously utilise multiple tape loops, double bass and violin within their profound performances. This show will be the band's first performance in Croatia in over 15 years.
Interliber is the largest literary event in Croatia and is a platform for the promotion of books, writers, reading, science, knowledge and teaching tools. It brings together the most important publishers and book stores in the country and is attended by avid readers and members of a wide variety of teaching faculties. This is the event's 42nd occurrence.
Cult Japanese garage rock trio Guitar Wolf have been around since the mid-'90s and in that time have managed to knock out 15 albums, including 2019's 'LOVE & JETT'. They return to Zagreb after an absence of six years for an evening of fiery, punk-edged riffage of Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The 13th Floor Elevators, The Stooges and MC5 inspiration.