After a successful second edition of the festival, the prestigious award of the Istrian County Tourist Board, the Golden Goat (Capra d’Oro) won in the 2016 festivals category, and being in the top 3 finalists for the "Tourist Event of the Year" on Tourism Days in Lošinj in 2017, the Poreč Open Air Festival returns to the streets and squares of the old town Poreč core and of Sveti Nikola Island this summer with a new, higher quality, and even more entertaining program. From July 1 to September 15, Poreč becomes a large open-air stage again. The daily program, good music and urban rhythms, the cinema and theatre program, and special events and concerts enrich the summer experiences and create unforgettable memories for visitors.
The festival motto is to celebrate life, the beauty of life and the little life pleasures, and which season is better for that than the summer?
The hotel company Valamar Riviera has transformed its vision to “give every guest unforgettable memories every day” into reality by becoming the initiator, partner and main sponsor of the Poreč Open Air Festival. Valamar’s buildings in the historic city centre of Poreč and on Sveti Nikola Island create the perfect backdrop of many festival events. The Poreč Open Air Festival is supported by sponsors, the host city of Poreč and the City of Poreč Tourist Board, whose common goal is to continuously improve the image of the city as a leading Croatian travel destination.
The festival consists of a total of four categories: Street Performance, Street Music, Cinema and Theatre, and Special Events.
The music evenings program will enrich various town spots by providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate ambience or to have fun on the city squares and streets. The music will follow you on the way through the old town core so that all of Poreč can live and dance in the rhythm of music.
The Street Performance offers a host of various events so that everyone can find something they like. The Circus in the City – Performed by Cirkobalkana turns the city into an outdoor circus on Mondays. The streets are taken over by jugglers, stilt walkers and acrobats, and the culmination of the program is the final cabaret performance on the Riva Summer Stage. Every Thursday, as part of the Princess Ball program, you can enter the fairytale world of famous animated characters, and dance at the ball with a “real” prince or princess. On Fridays, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the Poreč Lungomare and experience the magic of the Illuminated Walls.
As part of the Cinema and Theatre program, all film lovers will feel right at home because they can enjoy Open Air Cinema every day during the festival with films of various genres. Sundays are reserved for an interactive education and entertainment program called Istria Inspirit created for the whole family, showing all the particularities of Istria and Poreč, from myths to legends.
Also, there are special events week after week in July and August. On the Riva Summer Stage, you will be entertained by some of the world’s finest tribute bands including James Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queen, Abba, The Beatles, David Bowie, and Beyoncé tribute bands. In mid-September, we will be greeted by a gastronomic experience called the Tunalicious Street Food Festival, which brings together all tuna lovers and offers a top-notch party for closing the festival with one of the top regional music scene names S.A.R.S.
Don’t miss summer experiences that you will remember forever!
See you in Poreč!