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Nikolas Pfanner

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Advent in Zagreb ‚Ästsee these amazing photos!

Advent in Zagreb ‚Ästsee these amazing photos!

Advent festivities have hit Zagreb big, with nearly every street and public space decorated and filled with stands selling gifts, street food and much more. Here's a glimpse at the biggest Advent celebration ever staged in the city. 

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Croatian painter Stipan Tadińá returns to Zagreb for new exhibition

Croatian painter Stipan Tadińá returns to Zagreb for new exhibition

For a small country, Croatia has a cultural scene that¬†punches way above its weight. Examples include globally influential artists¬†such as modernist sculptor Ivan¬†MeŇ°trovińá, and up and comers like award-winning filmmaker¬†Juraj Lerotińᬆand the painter¬†Stipan Tadińá. Tadińá is one of the rising stars in the Croatian visual arts scene. His moody but vibrant cityscapes expose a clear authorial¬†voice, where dynamic and colourful human figures and shimmering distant lights contrast with gloomy streets. His out-of-balance and expressionist style uniquely combines emphasised¬†lines of perspective with flat but deeply coloured textures.¬† Recently returned to Croatia from a residence in New York, the artist now has his work being shown in his home country again after his long exile. Titled The Apple Shrinking,¬†18 urban scenes¬†are on view until February¬†5 at the¬†Josip Rańćińá Gallery¬†beside Cvjetni trg in central Zagreb. For more¬†details,¬†see the gallery¬†website.¬† Address: Margaretska ulica 3. Open: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-1pm.¬†Admission:¬†‚ā¨6.50.

Zagreb‚Äôs Kino TuŇ°kanac hosts a major Michael Mann retrospective

Zagreb‚Äôs Kino TuŇ°kanac hosts a major Michael Mann retrospective

Known for his intense and realistic style, Michael Mann has body of work that includes some of the best crime films of the 1980s and '90s. 1995's Heat is probably¬†his most widely¬†seen feature, with a¬†career high-water mark performance by Al Pacino. The climax, a shootout after a bank robbery in central Los Angeles, is the stuff of legends for its edge-of-your-seat tension and incredible sound design, which utilised the real sound of blanks on set. His films are more than¬†schlocky action and violence though, with strong emotional cores, well rounded characters, and each with a tightly tuned colour palate and visual style. Beginning Wednesday, January 25 and running for the next week, Heat, along with eight other Mann films, including Manhunter (1986), The Insider (1999), Miami Vice (2006) and Thief (1981), will show at the Kino TuŇ°kanac, as part of a portrait of the filmmaker's work.¬†TuŇ°kanac is one of Zagreb's best art theatres, and this¬†series¬†should not be missed by any lover of film.¬† For the full schedule, visit the theatre's website. Films are screened in English¬†with Croatian subtitles. Tickets for¬†each showing¬†cost ‚ā¨4 and are sold in the lobby at TuŇ°kanac¬†1.

Best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Croatia

Best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Croatia

New Year's is fast upon us, and to help you celebrate one more circuit around the Sun, here‚Äôs our list of¬†best options¬†to celebrate¬†New Year‚Äôs Eve in Croatia. MeŇ°trovińá Pavilion, ZagrebThe Zagreb arts centre will host its annual NYE bash starting at 9pm. Renowned Croatian cellist Ana Rucer will perform alongside a line-up of Croatian DJs, who will be taking the party into the morning. Regular tickets include unlimited drinks,¬†while VIP tickets add a table. For more information, visit the event‚Äôs Facebook page. BSH events Sljeme, ZagrebIf you're looking for a more chill place to experience New Year's in Zagreb, consider Sljeme, the mountain¬†just the north of the city. The panoramic views from the peak are a perfect place to watch the fireworks without the crowds.¬† Trg slobode, Poreńć, IstriaIf you‚Äôre a fan of Yugoslav New Wave and are in Istria on the 31st, head to¬†Poreńć, where legendary Croatian 80s' band Prljavo kazaliŇ°te¬†are playing a free concert.¬† Istria Tourist Board Stradun, DubrovnikThe New Year's party starts early in Dubrovnik, with local klapa, brass and rock bands kicking off the party in the¬†Old Town¬†at 11am. The following day at noon, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra¬†play¬†their traditional free concert on Stradun. Korzo, RijekaRijeka's main¬†street Korzo¬†welcomes a who's who of Croatian alternative rock bands and rappers for New Year's Eve,¬†including Nord, Whiteheads and Vojko V. Trsat Castle, which has been lit up for Advent celebrations, will also host a Chil

Project Ilica brings a pop-up street fair to Zagreb’s historic avenue

Project Ilica brings a pop-up street fair to Zagreb’s historic avenue

With only a¬†week and a half until Christmas, Advent celebrations in Zagreb are in full swing, and this Sunday, December 18, the city's¬†revered retail hub will close for a massive street fair, Project Ilica. Starting at 9am, this historic thoroughfare will host dozens of events and hundreds of street vendors. Zagreb's prestigious Academy of Fine Arts will open its doors to all visitors for a free exhibition of student sculpture and painting. A shortlist of local bands and DJs will perform live. Zagreb police and fire departments will¬†run a youth workshop, local artisans will sell their work, and caf√©s and restaurants will open¬†out onto the pavement. With over a kilometre of the city's busiest street reclaimed for pedestrians, Project Ilica is one of the most unique and lively Zagreb events. For more information and¬†Sunday's schedule, visit their website.¬† Where: Ilica,¬†between Gundulińáeva and Franje TuńĎmana Park When: Sunday, December 18, 9am-3.30pm

Advent Fun Run kicks off in Zagreb this Sunday

Advent Fun Run kicks off in Zagreb this Sunday

So you've already eaten the sausages and drank the mulled wine, maybe you've skated on Trg kralja Tomislava. Think you've seen everything this year's Advent in Zagreb has to offer? Think again! Streets will be closed to traffic¬†throughout central Zagreb this Sunday, December 11, for the yearly Advent Fun Run. Open to both professional and recreational runners, this charity event¬†will donate all proceeds to the non-profit¬†Udruga Veliko srce malom srcu, a foundation for healthy hearts in children.¬† Both beginning and ending at the Westin Hotel in the south-west of the city, the route snakes past several landmarks, including¬†main square Trg bana Jelańćińáa and the MeŇ°trovińá Pavilion. Zagreb Advent Run There are 5km and 10km events happening simultaneously, with the 10km splitting off at¬†MedveŇ°ńćak and doubling back near Mirogoj Cemetery.¬† The registration period¬†to participate has passed, but if you want to see Santa or the gingerbread man running through the streets of Zagreb, don't miss¬†the fun! Start time:¬†noon, December 11.¬†Start & Finish: Westin Hotel,¬†KrŇ°njavoga 1.

Kinńć not kitsch ‚Ästcelebrating Croatia‚Äôs own Christmas decoration

Kinńć not kitsch ‚Ästcelebrating Croatia‚Äôs own Christmas decoration

A new¬†exhibition at Zagreb‚Äôs Ethnographic¬†Museum focuses on a unique Christmas decoration¬†few outside the region may¬†know¬†of. Recently added to the official¬†Croatian list of intangible cultural assets, kinńć is a Yuletide ornament¬†found¬†throughout Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. Often comprising intertwined fir, spruce or pine branches, kinńć can also be made of ivy, mistletoe, juniper or holly. It is usually attached to the ceiling above the table in the corner of the room and decorated with coloured-paper ornaments, mostly roses and chains, Christmas apples, gold- and silver-painted walnuts, straw decorations, parlour candy and biscuits ‚Äď similar to¬†those used for the Christmas tree itself. Nikolas Pfanner | Time Out Croatia A striking example of this unique Christmas-time phenomenon is on display on the second floor of the Ethnographic¬†Museum. The museum is one of Zagreb‚Äôs better kept secrets, so while you‚Äôre there, with the same ticket, check out the temporary exhibition of hats and head coverings or the permanent collection of artefacts from across the world, including a set of genuine samurai armour.¬† Zagreb Ethnographic¬†Museum¬†Trg Antuna, Ivana i Vladimira MaŇĺuranińáa 14 (facebook.com/etnografskimuzej).¬†Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-1pm. Admission 30kn.

See the new Polar Dream art installation in Zagreb‚Äôs Grińć Tunnel

See the new Polar Dream art installation in Zagreb‚Äôs Grińć Tunnel

Advent festivities are transforming the whole of Zagreb until early January 2022, and¬†nowhere more so than¬†the¬†Grińć Tunnel. Originally built as a bomb shelter during World War II, this passageway is frequently used by locals as a useful shortcut to bypass the Upper Town above. But Grińć is much more than a pedestrian walkway ‚Ästits central location and the large cavern-like space¬†in¬†the middle have made it a unique location for numerous music performances and¬†art¬†installations. ¬† Nikolas Pfanner | Time Out Croatia This year's Advent celebrations in Zagreb¬†are the¬†biggest ever, leaving¬†few spaces in the city untouched. Accordingly,¬†the¬†impressive new¬†installation in the¬†Grińć Tunnel is called¬†Polar Dream.¬† Composed of hundreds of pieces of hanging fabric, lit by ever shifting coloured lights and a subtle ambient soundtrack, the¬†piece creates a strong¬†impression,¬†making it one of the most unique places to visit during this year's festivities. A banner in front of the entrance instructs visitors to¬†use the artwork to reflect upon themselves and the year now passing. So if you need a break from the crowds and excitement of the street vendors and the ice skating, or perhaps if you just want to get out of the cold, check out the Polar Dream exhibit.¬† Address Radińáeva ulica 2.¬†Open¬†until January 7.¬†Admission free.

Sean Scully career retrospective opens at Zagreb’s MCA

Sean Scully career retrospective opens at Zagreb’s MCA

The Irish-American artist Sean Scully attended the opening of a new retrospective on his career at Zagreb’s Museum of Contemporary Art this week. With a body of work stretching over 50 years, Scully has created in many mediums and periods, from geometric minimalism and Rothkoesque abstract expressionism to monumental stone sculpture and much more. His work has placed him among the most significant painters active today. Scully has won the Guggenheim Fellowship and twice been nominated for the Turner Prize. He has been featured several times at the Venice Biennale, and his 2000 show Follow the Heart: The Art of Sean Scully was the first major exhibition by a western artist in China. Nikolas Pfanner | Time Out Croatia Before the retrospective opened, Scully spoke for more than an hour, remembering his career and the development of his interests. He spoke about a visit he made to Dubrovnik in the 1960s and the strong influence that the forms and spaces of the Lovrijenac Fortress had on his work, particularly his 1980 painting series Fort. Scully also discussed his process and the tools he uses in his work such as aluminium as a painting surface and spray-paint guns in relation to his working-class background. Nikolas Pfanner | Time Out Croatia After the lecture, the doors to the gallery spaces opened and attendees were free to walk through the exhibition. The works here are representative of Scully’s whole career, with sketches from his youth all the way through to his lates

Jimmy Carr sells out Lisinski Theatre

Jimmy Carr sells out Lisinski Theatre

Famous British comedian Jimmy Carr is playing Zagreb‚Äôs prestigious Lisinski Theatre for one night on Tuesday, November 15. Carr is known for hosting the Channel 4¬†hit¬†8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, other appearances on¬†popular¬†British talk and game shows, and his provocative stand-up specials. Carr's 2021 Netflix special His Dark Material was the most streamed¬†comedy show of the year. Hot off his¬†Netflix special, Carr's¬†latest Terribly Funny 2.0 tour is all new material and will also take in London's huge O2 Arena and many stops around Europe. Tickets are sold out. Where:¬†Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall,¬†Trg Stjepana Radińáa 4 When: 8pm, November 15 ¬†

Zagreb’s New Wave Museum pays homage to a golden age

Zagreb’s New Wave Museum pays homage to a golden age

Communist countries are not usually remembered as hotspots¬†of avant-garde arts and culture, but for a brief time in¬†Yugoslavia in the late '70s and into the '80s, a young music scene flourished and produced a raft of legendary punk and new wave bands. Drawing influence from the music coming out of the UK and the US, new groups sprouted across Yugoslavia, Zagreb¬†the hub¬†of¬†one of the most vibrant scenes. The city was the home town of acts such as Prljavo kazaliŇ°te, Haustor and, probably most famously, Azra. Many bands satirised¬†the Socialist government in their lyrics,¬†with little censorship as Yugoslavia was a comparatively more open society compared to its neighbours. The state even sometimes supported the¬†burgeoning scene, calling it a ‚Äúuseful and friendly critique‚ÄĚ.¬† Nikolas Pfanner / Time Out Croatia The music from that period is still cherished in Zagreb today, and a new museum has just opened in the city centre paying homage¬†to the bands, clubs and years of cultural awakening. The museum offers a glimpse of what it felt like to live through that vibrant moment in Zagreb before the collapse of Communism and the war that followed.¬†¬† Its opening¬†on Friday, November 4 saw¬†a¬†queue of people stretching into the street to see the¬†wealth of memorabilia, photos and song lyrics. The New Wave Museum¬†is a must-visit for any fan of Yugoslav punk¬†and¬†new wave. And if you somehow weren't aware of this corner of the genre, this is your cue to start exploring.¬† Muzej Novog Vala¬†VlaŇ°ka

Interliber, Zagreb’s enormous book fair opens

Interliber, Zagreb’s enormous book fair opens

Now in its 44th year, Zagreb’s largest book fair Interliber is drawing huge crowds of readers from across the city. Hundreds of vendors have tens of thousands of books for sale in four large exhibition halls. The titles are largely in Croatian, but there are also many in English, German and other languages. These include recent releases by hit writers like Sally Rooney and George RR Martin, to non-fiction, poetry, comics, history, philosophy, textbooks and many more. Taking place on several stages spread out through the venue, there will also be lectures, workshops and panel discussions. A full schedule can be found on Interliber’s website and Facebook page. The Zagreb Fair is a large multi-hall complex in Novi Zagreb. If you need a break, there are food trucks and cafés near the exhibition halls. Where: Avenija Dubrovnik 15, Zagreb When: 8am-4pm until November13  Tickets: FREE

Pakistani director Saim Sadiq wins top prize at Zagreb Film Festival

Pakistani director Saim Sadiq wins top prize at Zagreb Film Festival

The 20th annual Zagreb Film Festival wrapped up this Sunday. This year‚Äôs programme¬†was¬†especially¬†strong, with competing films that have previously won awards at¬†Toronto and Berlin. The jury comprised Croatian actor Zlatko Burińá Kińáo, Belgian film producer Annabella Nezri and¬†the art director of the Trieste Film Festival, Nicoletta Romeo. Joyland The main prize, the Golden Pram, went¬†to¬†Joyland by Pakistani director Saim Sadiq, a winner at Cannes earlier this year. The jury was impressed by its powerful acting, and lucid depiction of family life and the queer community in Pakistan. The film also marks Sadiq's debut in directing a full-length feature. Special mention was given to Safe Place by director Juraj Lerotińá, Croatia‚Äôs nomination¬†for this year‚Äôs Oscars. The jury cited the film for its minimal but precise use of film language, and the tenderness and subtlety of its writing. And So The Summer Ended by Slovenian director MatjaŇĺ IvaniŇ°in won Best Short Film. Jurors applauded the film for its ambition despite the short running time, its maturity and vision. In this writer‚Äôs opinion, the best film he saw at the festival was Triangle of Sadness, for its juvenile humour and cutting class commentary.

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