Kvarner newsletter / no 17

The island of Rab
Summer rich in cultural events

All visitors to the island of Rab will have the chance to enjoy a variety of cultural and entertainment events throughout the summer. The list is long and impressive, but it's worth highlighting here the Rab Musical Festival, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary!

This year's Rab Musical Festival start on the 21st of June with a concert by klape singing groups in the Church of St. John the Evangelist. On the 2nd of July there will be a concert by Goran Filipec (piano), one week later by Ivana Novačić (alt) and Zoran Novačić (piano), and one week after that by Vitomir Ivanjek (piano). The Croatian Baroque Ensemble will perform on the 23rd of July, and Bojan Šober (baritone) on the 30th of July. In August there will be performances by the Gatfot bassoon quartet and the Duo Balik (harmonica, mandolin and domra). The renowned organist Ljerka Očić will give a concert on the 20th of August. The Rab Musical Festival ends one week later with a concert by the Preisinger Trio. All concerts will take place in the Church of Holy Cross.
However, this is just a part of the comprehensive programme of events that will make your stay on this Kvarner island even more interesting. Apart from the mentioned concerts, there will be folklore and rock evenings, various entertainment programmes, promenade concerts and much more.
From the 25th to the 27th of July, on the occasion of the feast of  St. James, St. Anne and St. Christopher (patron saint of the town of Rab), there will be a traditional summer medieval festival called Rapska fjera, which will include a procession with St. Christopher's relics, a medieval fair enacting old handicrafts and workshops, and fireworks. This three-day event ends with a party that will last until early morning hours.
At the beginning of August, more precisely on the 6th and 7th of August, there will be a Rab Summer Festival, which will include several entertainment programmes, and the making of the world's largest cocktail.
We would also like to highlight the Rab Crossbowmen Festival, which takes place four times a year. This knight competition is preceded by a medieval ceremony, which is announced on the day before by a messenger with a drum. On the day of the ceremony – which was inspired by an old knight game that dates back to the 14th century and brought back to life in 1995– the Duke and his entourage are welcomed in the Town Loggia by crossbowmen, musicians and flag carriers, which is preceded by the raising of the flag. The highlight of the event is the competition of twelve crossbowmen. The winner is the one who hits the target most times; the award ceremony is followed by fun and entertainment. The tournament was traditionally held on the 9th of May and the 27th of July, and now it also takes place on the 20th of May and the 15th of August.