Zagreb’s impressive menu of cultural events includes a range of festivals that attract prestigious international participants. Most of these have their own websites; otherwise, advance information can be obtained from the Zagreb tourist office.
Late February/early March. Impressive survey of international documentary films a week of screenings in venues across the city.
April or May. Not just a film festival but also a series of discussions and debates focusing on left/radical issues; it tends to attract big international names.
(Festival Evropske kratke priče) Late May/early June. Readings, panel discussions and drink-fuelled party evenings involving top authors from Croatia and abroad. Some readings are in English; others come with big-screen English translation.
(Tjedan suvremenog plesa) May/June. Varied, often challenging programme of modern choreography from around the globe, held in various venues across the city.
Late May/early June. Week-long festival of street performers augmented by a big range of live music, taking place on outdoor stages positioned throughout the city centre.
June. Zagreb was a major centre of animated film in the 1950s and Animafest helps to put the city back on the map, with a review of the year’s best animation from Croatia and abroad.
(Ljeto na Strosu) Late May to early Sept. Season of open-air concerts and events in Zagreb’s Upper Town, with nightly happenings all summer long.
Late June. Three-day rock-and-pop fest on the shores of Lake Jarun with three stages, early-morning DJ tents and plenty of food and drink. Guests in recent years have included Kraftwerk, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire and many more. Camping available.
Late June/early July. Fantasy, sci-fi, noir and cult trash cinema, celebrated with screenings in outdoor locations.
(“D Day”) July. Weekend-long design festival with stalls, shows and DJ events, usually held in one of Zagreb’s numerous semi-deserted postindustrial spaces.
(Dvorišta) July. The semi-hidden courtyard spaces of the Upper Town are opened up to the public in a ten-day festival of live music, wine and food.
(Međunarodni festival kazališta lutaka) Sept. A great chance to catch some of the best puppet productions from all over Central and Eastern Europe, with shows for both kids and adults.
(Festival svjetskog kazališta) mid-Sept. Big names in international contemporary drama.
October. Initiated in 2003 and attracting outstanding documentaries and art movies from around the world.