Varaždin is a City that lives several different lives at the same time. It speaks of the splendour of its past, celebrates the beauty of the countless faces of art and bears witness to the everyday life of its own dynamism. Moreover, Varaždin always provides an opportunity for pleasant respite as well as the intense and indulgent pleasures of life. In a word, Varaždin opens up to you in front of your very eyes all the time, which is the best invitation to a City in which you can cross several centuries in just a few steps.
It can safely be said that during this festival Varaždin pulsates with the creative rhythm of the world. Špancirfest turns this city into the Capital of Music, the Kingdom of Theatre and the Empire of Beauty created by the hand of the artist. Streets and squares of the historic core in which the festival takes place become too small, for in addition to tens of thousands of visitors they are ruled by street artists and buskers.
The success of a festival is measured, among other things, against the degree to which it has become a part of its surroundings – and the folk of this city measure time by the period between two Špancirfests. They are simply a part of it, indeed they are the festival, and that is why this truly is the Festival of Good Vibrations in which artists and audience particpate equally. Since its inception the Festival has also been a space where traditional products and contemporary crafts are promoted along with other types of creative industries. Every year the festival introduces new attractions and programmes, the chief aim being that each visitor becomes its active participant and co-creator. And the only condition for that is a smile and good vibrations.
THE GRAND BALL OF THE CITY OF VARAŽDIN
Imagine the ladies in their gorgeous gowns, gentlemen in elegant dinner jackets, a whirl of dancing to music performed by a big band, delicacies saved from oblivion and the tinkle of glasses beneath the crystal chandeliers of the Grand Dance Hall. If you can do that then you have spent a moment at the Grand Ball of the City of Varaždin. Should you, however, wish to abandon yourself to the beauty of classic dances and the revived splendour of court dances, Varaždin is always close enough. In fact, it is that night of dancing, glitter and luxury that will keep bringing you back to this charming City.
Summer in Varaždin
The special and precious feature of Varaždin is its parks and promenades that have been finely interpolated into the architectural layers of its history. It is due to those green spaces that are interwoven into the geography of the city that summers here are always fresh and pleasant. The murmur of fountains spreading between the freshness of urban greenery and the architecture which leaps across the centuries, is not all one can experience during summers in Varaždin. Every year that inter-space becomes the venue for the complementary Summer in Varaždin, one filled with a wealth of fine music, dance and theatre.
Varaždin Baroque Evenings
Varaždin cherishes and lovingly nurtures its Baroque splendour, and shows it with pride. And it is on that exuberant stage that the Varaždin Baroque Evenings have been taking place for no less than 40 years. Come autumn, the churches and concerts venues of this city are filled with the music by J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, A. Vivaldi, H. Purcell, D. Scarlatti and other masters. In the course of the four decades the festival has played host to a range of eminent soloist and ensembles of Baroque music. One of its special features are performances on authentic instruments. This celebration of music is accompanied by a number of other events which complement the cultural mission of the Festival. And to provide the full image of that hedonistic period, the City also offers the aromas and flavours of its gastronomy.
This year sees the 45th anniversary of the Festival’s partnership with France, and the opening performance of Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks will be performed by ‘Le Concert Spirituel’, one of the world’s most authoritative Baroque ensembles.
Trash Film Festival
Of the three European film festivals dedicated to trash one takes place in Varaždin. The Trash Film Festival in Varaždin shows actions movies, horrors and SciFi epics – and the common property of them all is exaggeration in the given genre characteristics. However, film art is but the first step in this three-day long exploration of the aesthetics of trash in Varaždin. The exaggeration on the screen is carried over into a range of non-film events, with glittering costumes, music stars from decades gone by, red carpets and white limos, the ‘Golden Chainsaw’ Award Ceremony, all of which are just a fraction of the authentic glam-trash atmosphere this Festival brings to Varaždin.
Advent in Varaždin – December
During Advent and the Christmas Season, a magical ambience envelops Varaždin’s historic core. Activities and facilities for the whole family are there, as well as an ice rink, seasonal offerings and a fairytale atmosphere that Varaždin invites you to experience and enjoy.