Kvarner newsletter / no 29

Kastav Summer of Culture
For the lovers of music, tradition and romantics

From the beginning of July to the end of August, visitors to the historical town of Kastav will once again have the chance to enjoy a wide range of events based on music, tradition, culture, arts and drama. We are talking about the start of yet another Kastav Summer of Culture festival.

From the beginning of July to the end of August, the Kastav Summer of Culture offers the visitors to this town various musical and cultural programmes in the picturesque ambience of the old town of Kastav. This unique historical place, located on a hill overlooking the Kvarner Bay, with its ambience and architecture of a typical defensive town, has always been particularly interesting to visitors. In the summertime, when the old town becomes venue of various artistic performances, the atmosphere is really unique.
The programme of this year's 19th Kastav Summer of Culture will include numerous musical, painting, theatre and other performances and events. There will also be two festivals: the 14th International Guitar Festival (from the 23rd to the 25th of July), and the 6th Čansonfest chakavian chanson festival, which will mark the end of this summer event on the 27th of August.
Kastav will host different events almost every day: concerts of various musical genres, modern pop music or classics. The 4folk saxophone quartet concert is scheduled for the 1st of July, and the concert of the popular musician from Rijeka, Neno Belan, entitled "Rhythm of your steps... on Crekvina", for the 15th of July. The Kaliningrad Chamber Philharmonic from Russia is giving a concert on the 1st of August, and on the 13th of August, the old town of Kastav will be the venue of a romantic concert under the title "Stranger in the night". In addition to musical programmes, there will be numerous theatrical performances and various exhibitions of paintings. The first event dedicated to visual arts starts already at the beginning of June with the opening of the ambient installation of a local artist under the title "In the bosom of mother Kastav".
Interesting events in the romantic town of Kastav start already before summer: the Kastav 2010 International Brass Band Festival starts on the 5th of June, and the Kastav Film Festival will take place from the 18th to the 20th of June. Not to forget the Kastav Blues Festival, which this year takes place for the third time. It will last four days, from the 6th to the 9th of August (two days in Kastav, one day in Viškovo, and one day in Matulji) and include performances by the renowned artists such as Eddie Martin, Elizabeth Lee, and Tomislav Goluban.