History of ICF

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59-th ICF Booklet

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Welcome to 59. International Children's Festival in Šibenik

Mums, dads, grandpas, grandmas, aunts and others, but above all, dear children, we are going to do our best to enable you to enjoy these fifteen days of the festival filled with joy and happiness. Every year we invest a great deal of effort in offering you plenty of cultural events involving children’s theatres, puppet shows, films, works of the visual arts and children’s literature.

Apart from these enchanting events, you can take part in numerous workshops, whose creations are presented during the festival. The International Children’s Festival is great for spotting talented kids, some of your future choices. “Children are our future”, as the saying goes.

The fact it is an international festival is of major importance because artists from all over the world, from east and west, north and south, keep attending it, thus enabling you to learn about other peoples and their traditions. We hope that this year again you will have great fun in our city, at the 59th International Children’s Festival.

Mate Gulin


About ICF

59-mdf-plakatHere, on the flagstones of the oldest city built by the Croats, the cultural history of Croatia and Europe was built over centuries. The paintings of Juraj Čulinović, the multidisciplinary geniuses of Antun and Faust Vrančić, the architectural mastery of Juraj of Dalmatia, the author of the St. James cathedral’s stone poetry just to mention the most distinguished give Šibenik a safe anchorage in the cultural sea of Croatia and Europe. Šibenik has always had leanings towards music, song and the performing arts.

The theatre tradition in Šibenik started 130 years ago, on January 29, 1870, when the theatre building was inaugurated. It makes the theatre, after the one in the town of Hvar on the island of the same name, the oldest theatre in Croatia. That’s where the Croatian language was spoken and defended from those who wanted not only to conquer but to subjugate Šibenik and Dalmatia. Nevertheless, the most distinctive trait of the cultural scene in Šibenik, and its trademark of a kind, is the International Children’s Festival — internationally recognised Croatian cultural event, unique in the world for four decades. The first festival was held in 1958, the result of the initiative and efforts of several children arts enthusiasts, but it quickly turned into a big, complex, internationally important festival and stage mechanism, founded on three elements — children, the festival and the city. It is certainly a multidisciplinary


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