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Split is a dynamic city; there's rarely a season when the calendar is empty. For concerts, plays, ballets and operas, you'll have a good selection. Here are the best festivals and events in Split to enjoy during your visit. Although online booking and reservations are not possible, the Split tourist office can tell you what is playing when and how to get tickets.
The traditional pre-Lent Carnival is celebrated enthusiastically in Split. More information.
Held around April 22, this festival celebrates Split's most renowned playwright, Marko Marulic who completed Judita, the first truly "Croatian" literary work on April 22, 1501. The festival brings together theatre troupes from around the country to compete for top prizes in various categories. Surrounding the theatrical productions are a number of conferences discussing the state of current Croatian theatre. More information.
Every year it gets bigger, lusher, better organized and better attended. If you're batty about boats this is the place to be. Read more.
The basement halls of Diocletian's Palace are filled with flowers during this festival. Florists compete for the most beautiful and artistic displays and the cool, damp atmosphere of the basement halls keeps the flowers fresh. More information.
Held on May 7, this festival celebrates Split's patron saint, St Duje (St Dominius). The town turns out for a big procession and there are various games and prizes as well as a ceremony in Split's Cathedral of St Duje. Often, a giant risotto is cooked in the town centre! More information.
Radunica is the oldest part of Split (north of Bacvice) and this ancient festival refers to traditional St John and St Peter celebrations. Much takes place in and around the neighbourhood's streets and squares in the last week of June. More information.
Also around the end of June or beginning of July, this festival is where to catch up with the latest Croatian pop stars. More information.
Concerts, plays, ballets and operas are performed on open-air stages throughout the summer in this venerable festival that accents theatre. The Peristyle and the Basement Halls of Diocletian's Palace are favorite venues. More information.
This fun festival celebrates the old Roman who gave Split its calling card, Diocletian's Palace. The town rounds up the most celebrated citizen it can find (usually an actor or sports star) to play the Emperor in a series of tableaux. Music, fashion shows, Roman dining, music, gladiators and a procession of toga-clad citizens would make Diocletian proud.
Avant-garde filmmakers, experimentalists and visual radicals have a chance to exhibit their creations in venues around Split. The best works garner prizes and money. More information.
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