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Å pancirfest 2008

At Å pancirfest

''In the past several years THE ŠPANCIRFEST has grown into a unique Croatian festival. The best proof of that is the figure of 180,000 visitors in 2007 which certainly represents a guarantee for ten unforgettable days spent in the City of Varaždin. Accepting the festival as an event which has built a part of its identity upon the recent production of world music, the City of Varaždin can undoubtedly be experienced as pulsing in the rhythm of the world during the festival of the ŠPANCIRFEST. The best proof of that are many respectful names of this boundless musical expression as well as anonymous street musicians who, during past years, have turned inhabitants of Varaždin and their guests into inhabitants of a global musical kingdom.

If music in all its metamorphosis represents adventure of the Å PANCIRFEST, then you will surely need to make a break. In such extreme situations it is recommended to abandon yourself to catharsis mystery of laughter, and during the Å PANCIRFEST, comedy happens on the stages as well as in the streets. Nevertheless, this is in no way where the Å PANCIRFEST culminates: a number of children's shows are waiting for you in all this ultimate atmosphere of joy of living. Nevertheless, what makes Å PANCIRFEST special is the street programme. Always on the edge of the genre - between theatre and circus, but more often considered to be common entertainers, street performers (acrobats, puppeteers, stilt-walkers, clowns and illusionist) will express themselves in the entirety of their way of expressing the joy of life.

So, day by day and night by night, at midnight, Festival moves from the streets into indoor areas - the ŠPANCIRFEST will at any time provide every visitor with enough joy and fun that meets everyone's criteria. Considering its retail and display area, ŠPANCIRFEST is once again a full festival. Arts and crafts products, traditional handicraft and modern products for everyday use - formed on tradition and samples from all over Croatia - can be seen and bought at ŠPANCIRFEST. Naturally, this festival whirlpool is flavoured with specialties of the local gastronomy of the City of Varaždin and also of Croatian traditional gastronomy, so that every visit to ŠPANCIRFEST makes an unrepeatable and complete experience.'' ( text from )

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  • Jerry Sander

    Jerry Sander gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    Love the story and pictures! I will add this to my bucket list.

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