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Makarska, a Jazz and the City

Updated: Nov 2, 2020

August is the highlight of the Makarska's summer season. People from all over the world are visiting this part of central Dalmatia to enjoy summer. Apart from its well known beaches, warm summer temperatures and cold cocktails (and beers), Makarska is an extremely important Dalmatia's cultural center.

While most locals will whine (it's about mentality) about how their hometown is not “what it used to be”, a large number of great events are created to prove that Makarska is still one of the most important cultural destinations in Croatia. It is therefore good that the local population demands for even more content, which will encourage others to create art, festivals and cultural events! And that's why the running force of the Makarska Jazz Festival are locals who bravely made changes (let's be honest) in Europe's Cultural Events calendar.

Founded in 2014, Makarska Jazz Festival is an annual music event ever since the modest beginnings on the Venetian fountain in the beautiful city of Makarska. Find out more about the City of Makarska here.

Vlatko Stefanovski Trio at Makarska Jazz Festival

Creative and driving forces behind this event are Ante Gelo, musical director and famous guitar player and arranger, alongside the organizers Klaudija Vukovic and Igor Gojak. The idea of the festival was born out of the love of music and culture, with a vision to create an event that would gather musicians from around the world. Click here for more events in the Makarska Riviera.

People performing music on Stage of Makarska Jazz Festival in the front of Venetian fountain

With its breathtaking open-air stage at Kacic square and other attractive locations, the festival is taking place in the late August.  It has attracted some of the best local and international musicians, such as Oliver Dragojevic, Matija Dedic, Vasil Hadžimanov; Rambo Amadeus, Roby Lakatos Ensemble, Cubismo, Soul Fingers, Radojka Šverko, Gabi Novak, Bisera Veletanlic, Bojan Zulfikarpašic, Tamara Obrovac; Nenad Vasilic; Darko Rundek; Tedi Spalato; Amira Medunjanin, Josipa Lisac, Vlatko Stefanovski, New York Gypsy All Star... Great artists, aren't they!?

Big Band Makarska performing on Makarska Jazz Festival
Guitarist entertaining his friends on Kacic Square in Makarska

With its versatile line ups, the festival is a celebration of music. The program includes a wide range of music genres like fusion jazz, blues, gypsy, ethnic, bossa nova, rock, and funk.

It is a truly a memorable experience to attend this event and to visit Makarska in the late summer to enjoy the wonderful music and the beauty of our town.

Can you imagine yourself here? End of August in Makarska! The beaches are less crowded, but the sea is at an ideal temperature. All day swimming and exploring the wonderful Makarska Riviera, and in the evening enjoying music...


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