After Igor Geržina and Vanda Winter last week opened a new concept for the Poreč Open Air Festival, Beats & Bites, Zsa Zsa arrives at this week’s edition in the Villa Polesini garden. The talented young singer Jelena Žnidarić, who made a name for herself in a duo with Damir Kedžo, “Sve u meni se budi”, which also won at the Zagreb Festival in 2017, will create, together with her band, the most comfortable summer night atmosphere. “Kada budemo sami”, “Tragom tvojih tragova” (another great duet in which Zsa Zsa joined forces with Vanna), “Pruži mi ruku” and “Sve što hoću” are her hits, which will surely be followed by many other well-known domestic and foreign hits.
Beats & Bites is a new festival concept held once a week in the gorgeous garden of the Villa Polesini, when bands play carefully selected jazz and pop songs. Although it usually takes place on Tuesdays, this week it will exceptionally take place on Wednesday due to bad weather. Since it is conceived as a romantic picnic and, as they say, the way to one’s heart is through the stomach, this musical programme is complemented by a culinary one that will cater to everyone’s tastes. The True Bites of Istria package includes prosciutto, sausage, dried pork loin, cheese, anchovies and olives, while the Sweet Mediterranean Bites package includes three types of dessert, fruit salad and fresh fruit. This offer is accompanied by a range of summer drinks, including gin and tonic, Aperol spritz, sparkling wine, wines and various beers. In the garden of the Villa Polesini, which offers a beautiful view of the sea and the sunset, the guests can make themselves comfortable on pillows and carpets and enjoy great acoustic music. Following Zsa Zsa, during the summer, the same stage will host the Matija Cvek Trio, the Vesna Pisarović Quartet, The A!, Mia Dimšić Acoustic and the Iva Smojver Acoustic Trio.
Thursday is Poreč Open Air day for the youngest and all lovers of fairy-tales. The Princess Ball takes place against the enchanting backdrop of the castle on Sveti Nikola Island. There children can meet the prince and princess, take photos with their favourite cartoon characters and enjoy a variety of zones, such as Dress Up (face painting, tattoo, hairdressing and manicure), Hocus Pocus, Photo and sweet corner, a dance workshop, the little school of fencing, balloon twisting and a mini “alka” tournament. The number of seats is limited though, and applications are on the official web site of the Poreč Open Air Festival.
The icing on the cake for the end of the week will be this year’s first 3D Video Mapping. As our festival is called “the Festival of Life” the Town Hall will also come alive on Fridays when it joins the hustle and bustle in the town and moves to the beat of the music echoing through Poreč. After giving Poreč a makeover with last year’s Wall Lighting show, this year, the interplay of lights and colours will put a new sheen on the Town Hall. This visual spectacle will be achieved with 3D Mapping, a novel method that combines architecture, design and AV technology, easily transforming any surface into a dynamic video wall. The spectacle starts at 9:30 pm.
In addition, every day, within the Open Air Cinema programme, the visitors can enjoy projections of family movies, comedies and blockbusters in the Villa Polesini garden or on the meadow at Lungomare promenade.