By raising the festival flag Libertas with verses Hymns of freedom July 10 at 21:00 in front of the church of St. Vlaho, the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be officially opened, which will be traditionally held from July 10 to August 25 this year as well. In 47 days, at almost twenty ambient locations, more than 2.000 artists from all over the world will perform more than 60.000 drama, music, ballet, folklore and other programs in front of an international audience of 70 domestic and foreign visitors.Two titles await the festival audience in the premiere drama program. Cafeteria Carlo Goldoni, translated and adapted by Fran Čale, is one of the legendary plays of the golden age of the Games, directed by Tomislav Radić and played for a full ten years on Gundulićeva Poljana. At the 67th Games, director Vinko Brešan will have his Cafeteria, also in translation and adaptation by Fran Čale, set in front of Sponza as a comedy with singing and dancing in which his faithful collaborator is Mate Matišić who signs songs. The playwright is Mira Muhoberac, the set designer is Marin Gozze, the costume designer is Doris Kristić, and the choreographer is Anamarija Bogdanović. Fran’s coffee maker will be played by Nikša Butjer, and Mr. Lukša by Pierre Meničanin. The celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is joined by the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with the installation of Othella translated by Vladimir Gerić and directed by Ivica Boban. At the Lovrjenac Fortress, Othella will play the national champion of the HNK Drama in Zagreb, Dragan Despot, Jaga Rakan Rushaidat, and Desdemona Anja Đurinović. The premiere is on August 20th.”Othello on Lovrjenac will deal with a motif that seems very current to me, he will deal with the emergence of manipulators, the manipulators of today. These are the ones who seem cute, little angels, but they will find ways to take power and destroy the one next to them. It’s Jago and there’s no such character anywhere else in Shakespeare. Because Othello on Lovrjenac. Jago destroys the nobility, the beauty, the value that Othello offers. ” pointed out Mani Gotovac, assistant intendant for the drama and accompanying program.In addition to the regular drama, music and ballet program, the festival audience will be able to enjoy the rich dance and music of Croatian folklore heritage performed by the Folklore Ensemble Linđo from Dubrovnik, which will hold regular ceremonies in front of the church of St. Vlaho and thus celebrate fifty years of performing at the Games, and the most prestigious Croatian ensemble LADO. Film screenings realized in cooperation with the Pula Film Festival will take place in the Jadran and Slavica summer cinemas, while the atrium of the Sponza and Lazareti palaces will be turned into gallery spaces for art and photography exhibitions by José Cura, Tihomir Lončar, Jagoda Buić and Mare Bratoš and Dejan Stokić. A monograph by Ivo Dulčić, author Igor Zidić, will also be presented Pava Urban’s war diary editor Dubravka Vrgoč. Contemporary performance practices are also brought to the festival audience by the BADco art collective. Project Stranac it premiered in June 2015 as part of the Perforation Festival, and at the 67th Games it will be performed on the Revelin terrace.”On behalf of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, I would like to thank all the financiers and sponsors who have recognized the value of our program. These are primarily the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia osiguranje, HEP, Kraš, Croatia Airlines and many others. Thanks also to all citizens, all Dubrovnik hotel houses and city institutions that help us realize programs with their resources. And not only in Dubrovnik, but also in Zagreb. Without the wholehearted help of the Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Zagreb Puppet Theater and the Zagreb Youth Theater, where rehearsals for our performances took place throughout June. Therefore, thank you to them in Zagreb who understand what we are doing and support us“Are the words with which the conference was concluded by the attorney of the director of the Games, Paulina Njirić.Program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival 10.07-25.08.2016.Drama program In the drama program, the audience can expect reruns Dubrovnik trilogies Ivo Vojnović, directed by Stasa Zurovac, as well as several dramatic guest appearances. A contemporary play comes from the Zagreb Youth Theater #radninaslovantigona Argentine author team of Jazmina Sequeira and Luciano Delprato, directed by Renata Carola Gatica, which represents a plot in the city of Thebes, shaken by a terrorist attack, and in it a young and rebellious internet activist Antigone, determined to expose the conspiracy behind the tragedy. The play premiered in April 2015, and at the 30th Gavella Evenings it was awarded Best Director. Molièrov arrives from the Gavella City Drama Theater An imaginary patient, comedy-ballet in three acts, directed by Krešimir Dolenčić, premiered in September 2015. Sophocles Antigone – 2000 years later directed by Lenka Udovicki, produced by the Ulysses Theater and the MESS Sarajevo Festival, is a play that tries to draw a parallel between Sophocles’ heroine and our space, twenty years after the war, and premiered in August 2015 in Mali. Brijuni. Professor and director Mira Muhoberac with students from the University of Zagreb set Dunda Maroja as he imagines that Držić himself could have originally shown it in 1551 in the City Hall of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Two performances are in the Art School Park.Ballet lovers For ballet lovers, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in co-production with the Slovenian National Theater from Maribor is preparing a ballet diptych Prelude for the afternoon of a fauna Claude Debussy choreographed by Edward Clug, which will also be the premiere of this ten-minute piece, and Carmen Rodion Ščedrin, choreographed by Valentina Turcu, who will be performed on the island of Lokrum, accompanied by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Simon Krečič. Contemporary dance will be presented by the Zagreb Dance Ensemble with the work of renowned Spanish choreographer and dancer Daniel Abreu Anything, performed by six dancers. The guest performance was realized through the Dance Network of Croatia. Lokrum will also be the place where, within the program Writers at the Games, through two author’s evenings Milana Vuković Runjić and Daniel Rafaelić to tell a hitherto untold story Maximilian and Carlotta on Lokrum about the unhappy and brave Archduke, his restless and sensitive wife, and the dreams they had on that island. An evening of poetry by Igor Zidić A summer night’s dream will be held accompanied by a lute in the newly renovated church of St. Stephen in Pustijerna, and the author’s evening of the versatile artist – playwright, screenwriter, composer and musician – Mate Matišić will be seen in the Rector’s Palace. Within the same program, Mani Gotovac will be shown in stage adaptation and adaptation Preface, guitar and 7 pages from the novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by GG Márquez.Music program Right at the beginning of the 67th Games, the music program opens with a big name – tenor José Cura – whom critics often called the “fourth tenor” alluding to the famous Three tenors, who will perform as a conductor and singer at the Opening Ceremony, directed by Ivan Miladinov, and the day after, on July 11, in front of the Church of St. At the gala concert, Vlaho performed the most beautiful arias with soprano Linda Ballova and the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Mladen Tarbuk. The rich music program, which includes more than twenty concerts, is dominated by piano recitals with the most distinguished domestic and foreign pianists of all generations. Ivo Pogorelić, Philippe Entremont, Michele Campanella and young Andrew Tyson and Aljoša Jurinić will hold recitals in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace. In addition to the evening dedicated to his father Arsen Dedić, Matija Dedić will perform with Matej Meštrović and the famous Turkish pianist, composer and pedagogue Hakan Ali Toker in front of the Palace at a concert called Four seasons for three pianos. It will also be the world premiere, as the name suggests, of a cover of Vivaldi’s seasons for three pianos signed by Matej Meštrović, which is also a rare opportunity to see three pianos on stage. World-renowned violinist and concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra Roman Simović will perform with pianist Ratimir Martinović, and violinist Davide Alogna with pianist Alexander Frey. Among the chamber concerts, the performances of the Nordic Chamber Orchestra with Radovan Vlatković, one of the world’s greatest cornists, and the performance of the Vienna Philharmonic Ensemble stand out. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will play in Dvor for two evenings with renowned conductors Amos Talmon and Ertug Korkmaz and soloists: clarinetist Marija Pavlović, bassoonist Pieter Nuytten, violinist Stephen Waarts and cellist Jelena Očić. It will be premiered at a concert in August dedicated to the late maestro Ivo Dražinić. Symphony composer Fran Đurović, and the 67th Games will be closed by the Croatian Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ivo Lipanović, with mezzo-soprano Dubravka Šeparović Mušović, soprano Valentina Fijačko and last year’s winners of the Orlando Henschel Quartet.Towards the future Thinking about the future of the festival and wanting to promote young artists, the Games devised a new program called Towards the future which includes six concerts at which the audience will be introduced to the laureates of prestigious international competitions. American pianist Andrew Tyson can boast of prizes from the Competition Queen Elisabeth i Géza Anda in Zurich. Violinist Stephen Waarts is also a laureate of the competition Queen Elisabeth te Menuhin competition in 2014 while Russian pianist Andrei Gugnin in 2014 won first prize at the International Competition Valsesia in Italy and Ludwig van Beethoven in Vienna in 2013. Ukrainian violinist Alexey Semenenko won second prize in the competition last year Queen Elisabeth, and will perform at the Games with pianist Inna Firsova. Russian pianist Yury Favorin has won awards at competitions Olivier Messiaen in France, the Austrian Foundation Gyorgy Cziffra i Nikolai Rubinstein competition for young pianists, and is also a laureate of the competition Queen Elisabeth in Brussels. The program of young music stars would not be complete without the Croatian representative Aljoša Jurinić, a finalist of the 17th International Piano Competition Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw in 2015 and this year’s winner of the competition Queen Elisabeth. A novelty in the program is getting out of the city walls and discovering forgotten places throughout the county. Thus, the great Mexican pianist and conductor Enrique Bátiz will hold a piano recital at the Franciscan Monastery of St. Vlaho in Pridvorje, and the Henschel Quartet will perform in the Pinakothek of the Church of St. Nikola in Cavtat.