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12 Nov

Korkyra Baroque Festival

From 6th till 15th of September, Korčula hosted the second International Baroque Music Festival, within the impressive monuments of the town’s architectural heritage.

The Korčula Baroque Festival represents a unique cultural event on this island, marrying world class music with wonderful historical and natural surroundings, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. It all started with English entrepreneur and investment banker, Michael Unsworth, who ten years ago decided to invest in Croatia. His wife, Maša, and him bought a complex of properties in the centre of the old town of Korčula, dating from the medieval times and created a luxury hotel called the Lešić Dimitri Palace, the only hotel of that standard on the island. A few years ago, encouraged by his wife and Saša Britvić, the festival’s artistic director, the first seeds were sown in the creation of this ambitious artistic event. The island’s natural beauty and its historical heritage became a unique baroque stage for the first edition of this new international classical music festival in Croatia. Providing artistic excellence with a unique tourist offer, the Korčula festival attracted leading baroque artists from Europe and the rest of the world.

The music giving vivid new life to the rich and turbulent history of the town of Korčula. The marriage of top caliber art with a top tourism offer gave Korcula a genuine musical glow. The Academy of Ancient Music (Great Britain), Locke Consort (Netherlands), European Union Baroque Orchestra (Great Britain), Le Parlement de Musique (France), La Venexiana (Italy) i Red Priest (Great Britain)... were just a few of last year’s festival participants, who, with their magical performances made the Korčula Baroque Festival a must-do experience for high quality classical music enthusiasts. Even the president of the Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, has recognized how special and important the festival is for Croatian culture and is Patron of the event.

Korčula once again came to its fullest musical-life this September, with intoxicating baroque art from the most prestigious international and domestic ensembles, soloists and baroque music specialists. Arte dei suonatori (Poland), Odhecaton (Italy), Dialogos (France), Imaginarium (Italy), Suonar Cantando (Great Britain), Capella de ministrers (Spain), Franco Pavan (Italy), Enrico Onofri (Italy) and Croatian Baroque enseble are just a some of those in the line-up.

extracted from Yachts Croatia magazine