Events in Dubrovnik

A city of culture, art and music, Dubrovnik is the capital of events in Croatia. The world-famous Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a 60-year-old institution that showcases an eclectic mix of music, theatre and dance in July and August. Performed on around 30 unique stages throughout the city, ranging from palaces and churches to monasteries and forts, the event encompasses both classical and contemporary shows, and local and international talent. Dubrovnik also offers a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year, including classical and jazz concerts, opera, ballet, plays and folklore performances.

Dubrovnik’s history is etched into the landscape, so it’s no surprise that it is known as a museum city. Top of your list should be the Marine Museum, Dominican Monastery, with its impressive Renaissance paintings, Rector’s Palace (now the city museum) and War Photo Limited gallery, where some of the world’s most famous war photographers capture the gritty reality of conflict.

A valuable collection of solid-gold relics from the end of the 11th and the beginning of the 12th century are on show in the baroque Assumption of Mary Church. There is also the Rector’s Palace, located on Stradun, where you can step back in time and learn about the city’s history, with exhibits from the Dubrovnik Republic era on show. The Gothic-Renaissance Sponza Palace houses the state archives, the oldest of which dates from 1022. Only a few metres away, within the Little Brothers monastery, is one of the oldest pharmacies in Dubrovnik, which first opened its doors in 1317.

The city’s famous winter programme starts with the St Nicholas holiday. At the beginning of February, the city honours its patron saint, St Blaise – the protector of Dubrovnik – with a procession through the streets. The celebrations go on for almost a week.