The 51st Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival begins
ZAGREB, September 18, 2021 – The 51st Varaždin Baroque Evenings Festival kicked off in Varaždin on Friday with a concert by the Slovenian Baroque Orchestra musica cubicularis, performed in the city’s cathedral.
This year’s partner country is Slovenia. The festival, which will end on September 29, will feature 33 concerts and 11 accompanying events under the title Total Baroque.
In her speech at the opening ceremony, Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek said she was delighted that Slovenia is the partner country this year because, like Croatia, it has nurtured the tradition of performing baroque music on original instruments.
She said that many valuable projects have been started and completed in Varaždin Town and Varaždin County over the past five years, including the relocation of the municipal library and the reconstruction of the municipal theater concert hall.
“We also talked about a new financial envelope and the possibilities of using some very valuable heritage localities in the county for tourism,” said the minister.
The festival is held under the auspices of President Zoran Milanović, whose opening envoy was his cultural advisor Zdravko Zima.
“I think it is high time that we who are here in South East Europe and who live in this part of the world stop building walls and start building bridges,” he said, adding that culture, the natural link between Slovenian and Croatian musicians, was such a bridge.
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