Split Music Festival
If you’re passing through Old Town Split on from 4th of July to the 8th, you’re sure to see quite a flurry of preparations. The reason is Split music festival, a traditional summer show dedicated to a very specific type of Dalmatian pop music. Rarely has a city given as much musical talent to its country as the Dalmatian capital has to Croatia. And as a consequence, one of the most valued and famous summer music festivals has been thrilling fans of Croatian pop music for 57 years running, right here in Split.
This summer extravaganza has traditionally been held at the town square Prokurative, one of the loveliest squares in the town center. Some of the most famous authors, producers, and artist have gotten their start at the Split Music Festival. And the winning songs from 1964., Nima Splita do Splita, has gone on to become the theme song of the festival, and an unofficial theme of the city itself.
Though the themes of the songs are traditionally geared towards Dalmatia, the sea, family ties, etc that make a stereotype of a Dalmatian native, lately they’ve become more pop oriented. Split music festival is to this day a place for finding new talent while enjoying the legendary singers and performers.
This year’s musical feast is scheduled to happen from July 6th to July 8th. And to modernize this old school festival, 2017 has brought some changes. Out of the three festival days, two will be spent in acknowledgment of Split music, as well as Croatian music as a whole. And the last day will be set aside for the competition part of the festival, with more than 20 songs (out of 326 submitted) entering the contest.
Day one is set to host a concert of one of Split’s current music greats, Zlatan Stipišić Gibonni. Gibboni has been a part of the Croatian music scene for more than 25 years, and has either written or sung some of our biggest hits. Day two is the starting point of the new Croatian music award, ‘Cesarica’, which is named after one of the biggest hits penned by the aforementioned Gibboni, and sung by one of Split’s living legends, Oliver.
The 8th of July, final day of the festival, is the day that everyone is waiting for, though. This is the day the competition is being held, and all the songs are to be performed for the first time ever. There’s a mix of already known talent, and some who are hoping to break the music scene. Either way, be sure this festival is something that makes Split a must be place in July!