57. Hvar Summer Festival

Hvar Summer Festival

June 10th - September 28th

Hvar Summer Festival is an annual event which has occupied some of the town’s most prominent historical locations since 1961 when it was first organized. Apart from the Franciscan monastery, Hanibal Lucić’s summer residence, Veneranda summer stage, Hvar fortress (Fortica), the Cathedral of St. Stephen, and St. Stephen’s Square, it also delivered performances to the nearby villages of Velo Grablje and Malo Grablje. Organized by the Town of Hvar, this festival has a long tradition of offering exceptional cultural events, particularly music performances, for which it has been recognized both locally and internationally. With performances traditionally beginning soon after Easter and ending in mid-October, this festival has been the longest-lasting festival on the Adriatic coast. During the period of almost six months, the festival has featured renowned Croatian and international performers, offering musical and theatre performances to the people of Hvar and their guests. As such, it has been an oasis of carefully selected, premium-quality music and plays, which make an integral part of the overall cultural repertoire in the summer months in Hvar.

Hvar Summer Festival’s stage has been equally open to renowned (mostly, but not exclusively classical) musicians from Croatia and other countries, and to young professional musicians, who choose either the Franciscan monastery or the Cathedral as the venue of choice for an important step in their careers. Our Festival also pays special attention to the preservation of Croatia’s musical heritage, so it frequently features pieces written by Dora Pejačević, Boris Papandopulo, Igor Kuljerić, Mladen Tarbuk, and Hvar’s own Sandro Zaninović, Dinko Fio, and others. By incorporating a cappella performances by Dalmatian klapa groups – a form included in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, by inviting local groups that nurture traditional song and dance, and enabling the staging of works written by Croatian Renaissance authors, this festival also caters to talented amateur enthusiasts. Between 1974 and 2015, the festival’s concept was devised and executed by its director for many years, Prof. Milan Lakoš, who deserves immense credit for organizing and preserving the festival.

The concept of Hvar Summer Festival will be somewhat changed before it takes place for the 57th time. While famous names from the world of music will occupy historical locations for the central part of the festival in July and August, together with some of the best plays staged in the previous years, its early and late parts, in June and September, will focus on presenting traditional songs and dances, as well as other forms of cultural heritage from Hvar town.


JULY 1ST 2018 (SUNDAY) AT 21:30

Opening ceremony of the 57th HSF

Location: Saint Stephen’s main square (Pjaca)

JULY 14TH 2018 (SATURDAY) AT 21:30
Merima Ključo & Matija Dedić

Accordion and piano concert

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

Matija Dedić & Merima Ključo Klikam studio photosession
Božo Vrećo
AUGUST 11TH 2018 (SATURDAY) AT 21:30
Božo Vrećo

Sevdah author, interpreter and artist concert

Location: Veneranda

Gospoda Glembajevi
AUGUST 31ST 2018 (FRIDAY) AT 21:30
Gospoda Glembajevi, Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

Ballet (closing ceremony)

Location: Veneranda

10th June at 21:00 – Arsenal

Hvar Brass Band

Gradska glazba Hvar
June 13th 2018 at 21:00
Fishing and Fishermen's Talk, Hvar Public Theatre

Location: St. Mark's Church

June 23rd 2018 at 21:30
Stories of wisdom, Hvar Youth Drama Studio

Location: Little Summer Stage - Propuh

June 24th 2018 at 21:30
Female Vocal Group "Bodulke"

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

1st July at 21:30 – Saint Stephen’s main square (Pjaca)

Opening ceremony of the 57th Hvar Summer Festival

Trg svetog Stjepana
July 2nd 2018 at 21:30
Zora Riđokosa, Trešnja Municipal Theatre Zagreb

Location: Veneranda

July 5th 2018 at 21:30
Hinkemann, Zagreb Youth Theatre (ZKM)

Location: Veneranda

July 8th 2018 at 21:30
Duo Art MM

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 11th 2018 at 21:30
Ana Domančić, flute & Srđan Bulat, guitar

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 14th 2018 at 21:30
Merima Ključo & Matija Dedić

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 16th 2018 at 21:30
Kalamos Quintet

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 17th 2018 at 21:30
Ardemus Quartet

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 18th 2018 at 21:30
Domagoj Dorotić, tenor

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

July 22nd 2018 at 21:30
The Real Deal Brazil

Location: Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

July 25th 2018 at 21:30
Oxygene, Sudar Percussion

Location: Veneranda

July 28th 2018 at 21:30
Lampedusa Beach, Hotel Bulić

Location: Veneranda

July 30th 2018 at 21:30
Trio Lur

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

1st August at 21:30 – Francisian Monastery (cloister)

Mia Grubišić, cello

August 2nd 2018 at 21:30
Tamara Obrovac & Transhistira Ensemble

Loaction: Veneranda

August 4th 2018 at 21:30
Vedran Ružić project, Spiritual Market

Location: Veneranda

August 8th 2018 at 21:30
Aljoša Jurinić, piano

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

August 9th 2018 at 21:30
Lela & Joe Kaplowitz

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

August 11th 2018 at 21:30
Božo Vrećo

Location: Veneranda

August 13th 2018 at 21:30
Latica Anić, cello & Lovre Marušić, piano

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

August 17th 2018 at 21:30
Ricardo Luque & Amigos

Location: Malo Grablje

August 19th
Bossa Banda & Marco Antonio da Costa Trio

Location: Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

August 21st
Jasna Bilušić & New Deal

Location: Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

August 25th 2018 at 21:30
Staging a play: Tartuffe, Zagreb Dance Company

Location: Veneranda

August 27th 2018 at 21:30
Ljubomir & Danijel Gašparović, piano four hands

Location: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

August 29th 2018 at 21:30
B's FUNstallation

Location: Velo Grablje

12th September at 20:30 – Hanibal Lucić Summer Residence

Folklore Association “Šaltin”

September 16th 2018 at 20:30
Female Vocal Group "Bodulke"

Loaction: Francisian Monastery (cloister)

September 23rd 2018 at 20:30
Hvar Mixed Choir

Loaction: The Arsenal Gallery

September 28th 2018 at 20:30
Chaos Before the Opening Night
Stella Maris

Loaction: Arsenal

September 30th 2018 at 20:30
Male Vocal Group "Galešnik"

Loaction: The Arsenal Gallery