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Dubrovnik Winter Festival Unveils Spectacular 10th Edition


The Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepšić, unveiled the highlights of the 10th Jubilee Dubrovnik Winter Festival during a pre-holiday gathering with journalists, sponsors, and everyone involved in organizing this year's event. Starting on December 2, 2023, with the decorative holiday lighting, the festival extends until the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, 2024, culminating in the grand finale concert.

The festival kicks off with Prljavo kazalište's enchanting performance on Stradun, offering a rich musical, entertainment, and gastronomic program for Dubrovnik's residents and visitors. Emphasis is placed on the Children's Winter Festival. The highlight of the entire program will be the spectacular New Year's Eve celebration featuring Zdravko Čolić, one of the greatest living musical legends in the region.

The program, running until January 6, 2024, features performances by numerous music stars, including Gibonni, Tomislav Bralić with klapa Intrade, klapa Šufit, Đelo & Gelo band, Queen Sensation tribute band, Detour & Nipplepeople, 4 Tenors, and Jelena Rozga. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will host a Christmas concert and a New Year's concert on January 1st in front of the Church of St. Blaise, while classical music concerts at Knežev dvor and the Kaboga summer residence will round out the program, catering to diverse musical tastes.

The city will illuminate in winter attire, adorned with over 1,200 decorative lighting elements and a thousand meters of decorative laurel gracing the city's facades. More than 50 trees on green spaces and over thirty large and small Christmas trees will bring holiday warmth to every urban settlement.

The program spans various attractive locations throughout Dubrovnik, featuring the decorated North Pole Station in Luža and the thematic program "Baš Baština" in Lazareti. The Colorful Winter in Uvala, complete with a popular train and ice rink, is designed to delight, and this year, the ice rink extends to the largest urban settlement, Mokošica. The Children's Winter Festival kicks off with a meeting with Santa Claus from Lapland, leading to encounters with moto-Santas on Stradun, captivating performances, including the magical Nutcracker by the Marin Držić Theatre, and concluding with a children's New Year's celebration on Stradun featuring the Ante Gelo band.

The 10th Dubrovnik Winter Festival program includes Advent at Vojnović with a concert lineup featuring various performers. Alongside traditional offerings at the Christmas huts, hospitality establishments have joined forces to prepare additional musical programs at Bunićeva poljana and Placa. A special program for teenagers, titled "Tip top TUP - Winter Holidays," is organized in the TUP space in Gruž.

With performances by FA Linđo on Saturday mornings, carols for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, and a Cabrio-bus circulating the city with musicians spreading festive cheer, the festival ensures a vibrant atmosphere at every turn. Free thematic guided tours on Dubrovnik carols, listed as a protected cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia, are also organized. Dubrovnik residents and visitors will enjoy a two-day guest appearance by the HNK Split with the play "Tiha noć," based on the works of Miljenko Smoje and Ivica Ivanišević, directed by Goran Golovko.

The gastronomic offerings include the unmissable Cake Party featuring Mija Dimšić and Cod Days organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, with local restaurants featuring this traditional holiday delicacy. Visitors to the Winter Festival will also delight in specially designed and decorated "Lantern Posts," providing memories through various photos capturing the unique atmosphere of winter in Dubrovnik.

To facilitate attendance at the Dubrovnik Winter Festival events, the city administration provides free bus transportation on Libertas city lines in the afternoon and evening for all residents and visitors. Additionally, the DU Pass, a joint ticket for Dubrovnik's key attractions, is reduced from 35 to only 15 euros, along with a discounted entrance fee for the city walls.


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