Split has a vibrant cultural scene, with plenty of festivals going on throughout the year, from the colourful carnival in the build up to Lent to the biggest New Year's dance party in Europe with the Silvester Salsa Festival. There is plenty going on throughout the year, and the Split Tourist Board can assist you with the latest events on offer during your visit to the Dalmatian capital. Here are four festivals worth visiting:
Split Summer Festival
This popular festival brings the city alive from mid-July to mid-August, and has been doing so for over 50 years. The city’s charming squares and historical venues are converted into open-air stages with opera, drama, and ballet performances setting the scene for many memorable nights under the stars.
This hip-hop culture and extreme sports festival runs for a few days in May and adding to the urban vibe, the event is held in funky rundown venues around town. Besides experiencing graffiti art in the making, DJ sessions, and competitions in street basketball, freestyle football, skating, BMX, breakdancing, kiteboarding and after-parties make for an entertaining few days.
Mediterranean Film Festival
This festival in early summer focuses on Mediterranean flicks that are not shown in regular film distribution. Screenings will be held at cult cinemas Zlatna Vrata located within the palace walls and open-air cinema Kino Bačvice by the beach. Aside from hosting this popcorn extravaganza, the festival is spiced up with exhibitions and after parties.
In 2013, the Mediterranean Film Festival is held from June 8-15
Days of Diocletian
For ten days every August, take a journey back 1700 years to the time of Emperor Diocletian’s rule. His former palace gets filled with strollers dressed in togas and aromas of Mediterranean specialties linger in the narrow lanes. Enjoy the highlighted reappearance of the almighty Diocletian himself in full period garb as he addresses his people on the Peristil Square before being ferried away to his sleeping quarters.
For more information on these and tourism in the city, visit the Split Tourist Board online.