The Dubrovnik Summer Festival opening ceremony was held last night in the Old City piazza in front of Sveti Vlaho Church and everyone was there. It seemed like the entire city population showed up and were joined by many guests who participate in this annual summer event. Artists come from all over the world to perform during the next 45 days. The rich program of classical music, dance performances, and theatre will be presented in seventy open air venues in the middle of this historic city.
This festival is one of the oldest in Croatia. Instituted in 1950, it has become one of Europe’s many significant summer events. More than 60,000 guests are expected to attend this year from 10 July until closing night on 25 August for the culmination of watching our Libertas flag being raised as the entire ensemble of voices sing the Hymn of Freedom.
The beginning of that glorious fun evening includes meeting old friends at one of our many local outdoor cafes. My evening always ends with a glass of our Mrgudic red wine from the Bura winery on the Peljesac peninsula as the magnificent fireworks display, held over the twinkling lights of the Dubrovnik old harbor, is the grand finale.