[Video & Photo Gallery] The Start of the 73rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival

The Traditional Raising of the Libertas Flag to the Verses of Ivan Gundulić’s Hymn to Liberty

The traditional raising of the Libertas flag to the verses of Ivan Gundulić’s Hymn to Liberty in front of St. Blaise’s Church, marked the start of the 73rd Dubrovnik Summer Festival, opened from 10 July to 25 August with performances staged on almost twenty site-specific locations in Dubrovnik. Tonight, actors and artist were warmly welcomed to the Old  Town, to perform and spread the word libertas, freedom.

– The opening ceremony is always a great honor and a great responsibility. It is something that is eagerly awaited, in Dubrovnik, as well as in the rest of Croatia. It is my pleasure, after two years of the opening ceremonies not being in at their full capacities, that this year we have the orchestra, the choirs and a large team of amazing actors who will be entering the City – points out the director of the grand opening Aida Bukvić, who also wrote the script for the ceremony along with dramaturge Marijana Fumić.

The ceremony featured, under the baton of maestro Ivan Hut, the soprano Kristina Kolar, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Pro musica Mostar Academic Choir, Libertas Mixed Choir, Dubrovnik Chamber Choir and Blasius Choir, with the Festival Drama Ensemble joined in their performance by the Acting students of the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as the Linđo Folklore Ensemble.

Enjoy our photo gallery and videos & find the Dubrovnik Summer Festival programme here.