ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The festival is coming to town
After the successful first edition of the festival with a prestigious Capra d’Oro prize awarded by the Istria County Tourist Board under the festival category, Poreč Open Air is back on the streets and squares of the old Poreč city centre and Sveti Nikola Island with a new, better and even more entertaining program! From 23 June to 16 September, Poreč will yet again become a great stage in the open air. Daily programs, good music and urban rhythm, movie theatre and classical theatre programs, special events and concerts help create a summer experience and unforgettable memories for visitors.
The festival’s motto is to celebrate life and the little moments that come with it – and what better time than the summer to do that?
The Valamar Riviera hotel group has turned its vision “to provide each guest with memories for a lifetime” into reality by becoming the initiator, partner and main sponsor of the Poreč Open Air Festival. Valamar buildings in the Poreč historical city centre and on Sveti Nikola Island make the perfect stage for most of the festival’s events. The Poreč Open Air Festival is supported by the host sponsors, the City of Poreč and the City of Poreč Tourism Board, whose joint aim is to further promote the city image as a leading tourist destination in Croatia.
The Festival programs can be divided into 4 categories: Street Performance, Street Music, Cinema and Theatre and Special events.
This year, the music evenings program is expanded to include hidden and forgotten city areas for a more intimate ambience. This is how, as well as the current locations, several city squares will come to life with music. The music will follow you through the Old City Centre, it will greet you behind each and every corner and in all the squares of Poreč, so that the entire city can live and dance to the same rhythm.
Street performance will offer a range of events so everyone can find something they enjoy. Circus in the City – Performed by Cirkobalkana on Mondays will turn the entire city into a giant open-air circus. The streets will be teeming with jugglers, stilt walkers, acrobats and fire-eaters and the entire event will culminate in a final performance on the summer stage on the Riva. Every Thursday, as part of the Princess Ball program, you can enter into a fairy-tale world of famous animated characters and dance at the ball with the “real” princess and prince.
As part of the Cinema and Theatre program, all cinemagoers will find something to their liking and enjoy the Open Air Cinema program offering films in a range of genres. Sundays are reserved for the interactive, educational and entertainment program Istria InSpirit – a program for the whole family that displays all the elemental parts of Istria and Poreština, from myths and legends to gastronomy.
There are also special events in store. Starting directly after the Festival opening concert, with Vatra & Pavel, week after week, during July and August, you will be entertained by the Queen tribute band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band, U2 tribute band, and Coldplay tribute band! The end of August is reserved for MTV Summerblast, the best party for the end of the summer. Mid-September offers a gastronomical event, the Tunalicious Street Food Festival, which gathers all lovers of tuna fish specialities and offers great fun before the festival ends with the one of the greatest Croatian music performer, Gibonni!
Do not miss out on summer events that you will never forget!
See you in Poreč!