Kvarner newsletter / no 8

33rd Osor Musical Evenings
Musical performances in a unique ambience

The small town of Osor on the island of Cres traditionally hosts the Osor Musical Evenings festival. Taking place from the 12th of July to the 20th of August, this festival includes concerts by renowned ensembles and soloists from Croatia and abroad, with particular emphasis on Croatian musical heritage.

This year's Osor Musical Evenings festival is dedicated to the Croatian composer Stanko Horvat (Zagreb, 1930 – 2006). The programme includes ca. twenty concerts with soloists and chamber orchestras from Croatia, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Argentina, Brazil and Japan.

The programme of the 33rd Osor Musical Evenings festival includes a series of interesting performances by renowned artists and ensembles that will undoubtedly provide a very special musical experience to all visitors during the forty days of the festival. A detailed programme of the 33rd Osor Musical Evenings can be found on the Kvarner Tourism Office website at www.kvarner.hr 

The host of this festival is the small town of Osor, located in the south-west part of the island of Cres, on a narrow strip of land that connects the islands of Cres and Lošinj. Its commitment to Croatian music, Osor also demonstrates with statues and sculptures of composers on its streets and squares. Osor, a town with rich history and a former important traffic junction, now has only ca. hundred inhabitants. One could claim that the whole town is really a kind of open-air museum, whose visitors can enjoy the wonderful ambience of its historic square, magnificent antique villas and museums. The town's unique ambience is the ideal venue for many cultural events, most renowned being the Osor Musical Evenings. The town offers accommodation in private rooms, while the island of Cres – the largest Adriatic island – offers various accommodation facilities in hotels, campsites, private rooms and apartments.

The island of Cres is extraordinarily interesting for its natural wonders, the most striking one being the freshwater Lake Vrana (Vransko jezero) that covers an area of almost 6 square kilometres. It is interesting to mention that the surface of the lake lies above the surface of the surrounding sea, while its bed is beneath the level of the seabed.