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Zagreb Festivals and Cultural Events

Numerous festivals, shows and exhibitions are held annually in Zagreb. Search our what's on guide to arts & entertainment.



 

The Long Night of Museums / January

Croatian Museum Association has been organizing Museum Night since 2005, and since 2007 it has become a national event with over 70,000 visitors and more and more museums and cities taking part. Today, Museum Night is an event that tries to accomplish one of the basic strategic goals of the Croatian Museum Association which is to implement activities which deal with the perception of museums as heritage institutions, institutions of identity and important participants in the sustainable development of tourism.

Zagreb Dox / February

This international documentary festival, which established itself in 2005, is held annually in Zagreb in February. It is one of the biggest of its kind in south east Europe showcasing quality documentary films as well as providing a meeting point for reputed writers, photographers, directors & movie makers. The festival also organizes workshops, pitching forums and presentations to help striving film makers to continue develop their projects.

Queer Zagreb FM Festival / April

During the last days of April, Zagreb hosts one of Europe's biggest gay festivals, The Zagreb Queer Festival. The event features many world artists who show tolerance to alternative sexuality through their art. The festival features a variety of theatre, dance and visual art events which promote tolerance without any discrimination on the basis of creed, colour or sexual orientation.

Festival of Tolerance / April

The Festival of Tolerance – Jewish Film Festival is a unique film festival focused on Holocaust education through an extensive film programme comprising many screenings, thematic exhibitions, music programme, a host of discussions and workshops. The Festival aims to emphasize the necessity of raising awareness and accepting tolerance in our everyday lives in this day and age.

The Croatian Film Days / April

The Croatian Film Days are a national festival founded in 1991 devoted to showcasing Croatia’s annual production of short- and medium-length feature, documentary, experimental, animated and commercial films. The festival is of a competitive nature, with awards handed out by the festival jury, members of the Croatian Film Critic’s Association, and the audience.

Festival of Alternative Theatrical Expression – FAKI / May

Alternative theatre takes an altogether different meaning when artists and companies who do not work under institutional theatre come together for the FAKI festival. Cultural events and theatre performances by street performers, musicians, dancers, jugglers and actors are the main attraction of this festival.  

Dance Week Festival / May - June

The Dance Week Festival is one of the most significant dance festivals in the Croatian regions of Zagreb and Rijeka. Established more than 25 years ago, it is held annually in May or June, international dance theatres / companies and their choreographers come together to present a theatrical & musical extravaganza.

Eurokaz / June

The International Festival of New Theatre Eurokaz is considered one of the most important cultural events in this part of Europe. After the first edition in 1987, which was part of the Zagreb Universiade`s (World University Games) cultural programme, the festival became an annual event, taking place in Zagreb in the second half of June. It has featured numerous artists and companies from all over the world, and thanks to the authenticity of its selection which contributed to its international reputation, its role has been crucial for Croatian presence on the theatrical map of Europe for more than a quarter of a century. The concept behind the programme emphasises the impulses that change our habits of perception and push with innovative procedures the developments in theatre forward. 

Zagreb World Festival of Animated Films – Animafest/ June

Known internationally as "Animafest Zagreb", Zagreb World Festival of Animated Film is Europe's second oldest animation film festival. It started in 1972 and as the name suggests, the festival is a get-together of like minded animation film lovers and filmmakers. The festival's main aim is to promote the skill, dedication and production of producing animated films through various thematic programs, in the form of exhibitions, lectures, debates and other events. It is held annually, usually during the first week of June.

Cest is d’ Best / June

This is an international multimedia street festival, which preserves Zagreb’s identity, enlivens city streets and squares, bringing them back their charm and optimism. It erases the borders between the established forms of culture and alternative culture, brings closer all generations of citizens through various cultural preferences because each and one of them can take part in the programme.

INmusic Festival/ June

Croatia's biggest international open-air festival held annually in June which takes place on Youth Island (Croatian: Otok hrvatske mladeži) in the middle of Zagreb's Lake Jarun. The festival was started in 2006 and is usually held over two or three days. It includes several genre-specific stages with internationally renowned indie rock, heavy metal and electronica artists. In 2008 The Times included INmusic among the top 20 European summer festivals.

Zagreb International Folklore Festival / July

The International Folklore Festival organized in mid-July, is a cultural presentation of all folklore groups belonging to Croatia, other European countries and from remaining continents. The festival showcases various music concerts, performances of folklore groups, exhibitions, and presentations either live or on screen. Participants of the festival perform in the Upper Town, Ban Jelacic square and also in Zagreb area.

International Puppet Festival / September

The PIF or International Puppet Festival is an event organized by professional theatre companies who use puppets as a means of expressing emotion. Till now, more than 500 puppet groups from all around the world have participated in the festival, which is held annually in mid-September. The festival has been held since 1968, so has a long standing tradition & reputation behind it. Seminars, puppet exhibitions and puppet shows are a part of the celebrations.

Zagreb World Theatre Festival / September - October

Right from the beginning, The World Theatre Festival has always attracted international attention from lovers of innovative and experimental theatre. Each year in September-October, masters of theatre production, actors and performers gather together to enthral the audience with some unique theatrical offering.

Perforations / October

The Perforations Festival takes place annually in three Croatian cities; Zagreb, Rijeka and Dubrovnik and presents a range of Balkans artists working in performance art, theater, and dance, whose diverse approaches to art-making blurs the borders between these genres.

New Circus Festival/ October

Zagreb's contemporary circus festival, held in late October is of international standing with participation from countries like France, Canada, Italy, USA, and Germany along with local performers. For two whole months, the circus is an entertaining treat to audiences who look forward to numerous dare devil performances, magic shows and comic acts.

Zagreb Film Festival / October

Since its inception in 2003, the Zagreb Film Festival has reached the pinnacle of success in the international film market. The festival screens films in three separate international competition programs for feature films, short film and documentary film plus a separate competition for short films made only by Croatian authors. The screenings and events of the Zagreb Film Festival take place every year in mid-October.

The International Festival 'Funny Comics Show' / November

The International Festival 'Funny Comics Show' tries to explain the creative thinking and process that go behind creating a comic. They do this by arranging events such as workshops, premiers, exhibitions, lectures, concerts, debates, book promotions, cinema screenings and one to one talks about comics. The festival is held in the last week of November.

One Take Film Festival / November

The One Take International Film Festival, arranged in November, is one of a kind because it promotes only those films that are shot in one take i.e. from the time the camera is turned on to the time the camera is turned off. This excludes the cinematic editing processes of editing, cuts, fades in/out and transitions etc.

Human Rights Film Festival / December

Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) is an annual Zagreb-based film festival run by two prominent Croatian independent cultural organizations – Multimedia Institute and Culture Development Association „CDA“ (both organizations being publicly most visible for their respective venues: net.cultural club MaMa and club Mochvara).

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Nagrada ''Sedmica & Kritična masa'' – uži izbor

Nakon šireg izbora slijedi uži izbor sedmog izdanja nagrade ''Sedmica & Kritična masa'' za mlade prozne autorice i autore. Pročitajte tko su finalisti.

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Robert Aralica: Gugutka

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Robert Aralica (Šibenik, 1997.) studij hrvatskoga i engleskoga jezika i književnosti završava 2020. godine na Filozofskom fakultetu Sveučilišta u Splitu. U slobodno vrijeme bavi se pisanjem proze i produkcijom elektroničke glazbe. Svoje literarne radove objavljivao je u studentskim časopisima Humanist i The Split Mind. 2022. kriminalističkom pričom Natkrovlje od čempresa osvojio je prvo mjesto na natječaju Kristalna pepeljara. Trenutno je zaposlen u II. i V. splitskoj gimnaziji kao nastavnik hrvatskoga jezika.

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Iva Esterajher: Priče

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Iva Esterajher (Ljubljana, 1988.) živi i radi u Zagrebu. Diplomirala je politologiju na Fakultetu političkih znanosti. Aktivno se bavi likovnom umjetnošću (crtanje, slikarstvo, grafički rad), fotografijom, kreativnim pisanjem te pisanjem filmskih i glazbenih recenzija. Kratke priče i poezija objavljene su joj u književnim časopisima i na portalima (Urbani vračevi, UBIQ, Astronaut, Strane, NEMA, Afirmator) te je sudjelovala na nekoliko književnih natječaja i manifestacija (Večernji list, Arteist, FantaSTikon, Pamela festival i dr.).

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Nikola Pavičić: Suncem i vremenom opržena tijela

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Nikola Pavičić (Zagreb, 2004.) živi u Svetoj Nedelji. Pohađa Pravni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu. Piše, napose poeziju i lirsku prozu, te sa svojim tekstovima nastoji sudjelovati u literarnim natječajima i časopisima. U slobodno vrijeme voli proučavati književnost i povijest te učiti jezike.

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Luca Kozina: Na vjetru lete zmajevi

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Luca Kozina (Split, 1990.) piše prozu, poeziju i književne kritike. Dobitnica je nagrade Prozak u sklopu koje je 2021. objavljena zbirka priča Važno je imati hobi. Zbirka je ušla u uži izbor nagrade Edo Budiša. Dobitnica je nagrada za poeziju Mak Dizdar i Pisanje na Tanane izdavačke kuće Kontrast u kategoriji Priroda. Dobitnica je nagrade Ulaznica za poeziju. Od 2016. piše književne kritike za portal Booksu. Članica je splitske udruge Pisci za pisce. Zajedno s Ružicom Gašperov i Sarom Kopeczky autorica je knjige Priručnica - od ideje do priče (2023).

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Ana Predan: Neke su stvari neobjašnjivo plave

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Ana Predan (Pula, 1996.) odrasla je u Vodnjanu. U šestoj godini počinje svirati violinu, a u šesnaestoj pjevati jazz. Po završetku srednje škole seli u Ljubljanu gdje studira međunarodne odnose, a onda u Trst gdje upisuje jazz pjevanje pri tršćanskom konzervatoriju na kojem je diplomirala ove godine s temom radništva u glazbi Istre. U toku studiranja putuje u Estoniju gdje godinu dana provodi na Erasmus+ studentskoj razmjeni. Tada sudjeluje na mnogo vrijednih i važnih projekata, i radi s umjetnicima i prijateljima, a počinje se i odmicati od jazza, te otkriva eksperimentalnu i improviziranu glazbu, te se počinje zanimati za druge, vizualne medije, osobito film. Trenutno živi u Puli, gdje piše za Radio Rojc i predaje violinu u Glazbenoj školi Ivana Matetića-Ronjgova. Piše oduvijek i često, najčešće sebi.

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Eva Simčić pobjednica je nagrade "Sedmica & Kritična masa" (6.izdanje)

Pobjednica književne nagrade "Sedmica & Kritična masa" za mlade prozaiste je Eva Simčić (1990.) Nagrađena priča ''Maksimalizam.” neobična je i dinamična priča je o tri stana, dva grada i puno predmeta. I analitično i relaksirano, s dozom humora, na književno svjež način autorica je ispričala pamtljivu priču na temu gomilanja stvari, temu u kojoj se svi možemo barem malo prepoznati, unatoč sve većoj popularnosti minimalizma. U užem izboru nagrade, osim nagrađene Simčić, bile su Ivana Butigan, Paula Ćaćić, Marija Dejanović, Ivana Grbeša, Ljiljana Logar i Lucija Švaljek.
Ovo je bio šesti nagradni natječaj koji raspisuje Kritična masa, a partner nagrade bio je cafe-bar Sedmica (Kačićeva 7, Zagreb). Nagrada se sastoji od plakete i novčanog iznosa (5.000 kuna bruto). U žiriju nagrade bile su članice redakcije Viktorija Božina i Ilijana Marin, te vanjski članovi Branko Maleš i Damir Karakaš.

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Eva Simčić: Maksimalizam.

NAGRADA "SEDMICA & KRITIČNA MASA" - UŽI IZBOR

Eva Simčić (Rijeka, 1990.) do sada je kraću prozu objavljivala na stranicama Gradske knjižnice Rijeka, na blogu i Facebook stranici Čovjek-Časopis, Reviji Razpotja i na stranici Air Beletrina. Trenutno živi i radi u Oslu gdje dovršava doktorat iz postjugoslavenske književnosti i kulture.

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Jyrki K. Ihalainen: Izbor iz poezije

Jyrki K. Ihalainen (r. 1957.) finski je pisac, prevoditelj i izdavač. Od 1978. Ihalainen je objavio 34 zbirke poezije na finskom, engleskom i danskom. Njegova prva zbirka poezije, Flesh & Night , objavljena u Christianiji 1978. JK Ihalainen posjeduje izdavačku kuću Palladium Kirjat u sklopu koje sam izrađuje svoje knjige od početka do kraja: piše ih ili prevodi, djeluje kao njihov izdavač, tiska ih u svojoj tiskari u Siuronkoskom i vodi njihovu prodaju. Ihalainenova djela ilustrirali su poznati umjetnici, uključujući Williama S. Burroughsa , Outi Heiskanen i Maritu Liulia. Ihalainen je dobio niz uglednih nagrada u Finskoj: Nuoren Voiman Liito 1995., nagradu za umjetnost Pirkanmaa 1998., nagradu Eino Leino 2010. Od 2003. Ihalainen je umjetnički direktor Anniki Poetry Festivala koji se odvija u Tampereu. Ihalainenova najnovija zbirka pjesama je "Sytykkei", objavljena 2016 . Bavi se i izvođenjem poezije; bio je, između ostalog, gost na albumu Loppuasukas finskog rap izvođača Asa 2008., gdje izvodi tekst pjesme "Alkuasukas".

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Eva Simčić: U pisanju se volim igrati perspektivom i uvoditi analitički pristup u naizgled trivijalne teme

Predstavljamo uži izbor nagrade ''Sedmica & Kritična masa''

Eva Simčić je u uži izbor ušla s pričom ''Maksimalizam.''. Standardnim setom pitanja predstavljamo jednu od sedam natjecateljica.

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Maja Marchig: Izbor iz poezije

Maja Marchig (Rijeka, 1973.) živi u Zagrebu gdje radi kao računovođa. Piše poeziju i kratke priče. Polaznica je više radionica pisanja poezije i proze. Objavljivala je u brojnim časopisima u regiji kao što su Strane, Fantom slobode, Tema i Poezija. Članica literarne organizacije ZLO. Nekoliko puta je bila finalistica hrvatskih i regionalnih književnih natječaja (Natječaja za kratku priču FEKPa 2015., Međunarodnog konkursa za kratku priču “Vranac” 2015., Nagrade Post scriptum za književnost na društvenim mrežama 2019. i 2020. godine). Njena kratka priča “Terapija” osvojila je drugu nagradu na natječaju KROMOmetaFORA2020. 2022. godine objavila je zbirku pjesama Spavajte u čarapama uz potporu za poticanje književnog stvaralaštva Ministarstva kulture i medija Republike Hrvatske u biblioteci Poezija Hrvatskog društva pisaca.

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Juha Kulmala: Izbor iz poezije

Juha Kulmala (r. 1962.) finski je pjesnik koji živi u Turkuu. Njegova zbirka "Pompeijin iloiset päivät" ("Veseli dani Pompeja") dobila je nacionalnu pjesničku nagradu Dancing Bear 2014. koju dodjeljuje finska javna radiotelevizija Yle. A njegova zbirka "Emme ole dodo" ("Mi nismo Dodo") nagrađena je nacionalnom nagradom Jarkko Laine 2011. Kulmalina poezija ukorijenjena je u beatu, nadrealizmu i ekspresionizmu i često se koristi uvrnutim, lakonskim humorom. Pjesme su mu prevedene na više jezika. Nastupao je na mnogim festivalima i klubovima, npr. u Engleskoj, Njemačkoj, Rusiji, Estoniji i Turskoj, ponekad s glazbenicima ili drugim umjetnicima. Također je predsjednik festivala Tjedan poezije u Turkuu.

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