Croatia’s oldest cultural festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival takes place at open-air venues in this Baroque-Renaissance city. The programme includes more than 70 vibrant theatre, classical music, ballet, dance, opera, jazz and folklore performances. Inspired by Dubrovnik’s rich heritage, the festival’s site-specific programme blends tradition and modernity, and connects local, national and international creativity. The Orlando Award is given to the festival’s best drama and music programme.
European Festival of Humour and Satire KREMNICA GAGS is a unique international multigenre event with a long tradition of presenting cultivated humour, independent satire and lively fun. It is held annually for 3 days at the end of August in the centre of the medieval mining and coin-producing town Kremnica. Around 300 established authors, musicians, mimes, dancers, clowns, reciters and street artists from many European countries perform their best productions on stages indoors and out.
BRQ Vantaa Festival is the most important early music festival in Finland. The main focus of BRQ Vantaa is on musical delights. Organizers strive to keep the programme fresh, innovative and experimental by extending its focus from the Baroque era to encompass Medieval, Renaissance and even Classical to modern periods. Leading artists place special emphasis on works not previously heard in Finland, and in 2015 the festival featured its first Fringe series to showcase emerging young musicians. The unique historical milieu of the Medieval Church of St. Lawrence provides the chief venue.