On Wednesday, 21 begins. Cest is d`Best, a street party festival and street entertainers who each year completes the richer Zagreb tourist offer. About this year's event, under the patronage of the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb Tourist Board, we talked with Festival Director Zlatan Jaganjc.
What's this all about this year's Cest is d`Best?
Cest is d`Best by 21. way, therefore, 21. year in a row, will be held in Zagreb by 31. May to 4. June. On that occasion, we will host over 500 performers from around 20 countries and, of course, the most from Croatia. Our fellow citizens and tourists will be able to enjoy over 700 hours of quality program for all ages on 7 city locations - Flower Square, Bogovićeva, Zrinjevac, Ban Jelacic Square, EU Square (for the first time), Tkalciceva, Strossmayer promenade with some additional locations which will be able to see street entertainers, choirs, art installations and the like.
What would you distinguish from a performance?
I would like to highlight a few actions that will take place at the festival - tomorrow (Wednesday) will be performed by two Zagreb artists on Zrinjevac from 19.45 hours. Their performance is called "Dance on Silk", will perform above the lawn, there will be a set of colorful silk, and on it, along with the music, will have their performance worth looking at. We will have a racing dog again, the so-called "Pluto" in memory of the dog Pluta, that will be Sunday at 14.30 on Zrinjevac. Then we have the performance of alpinistic-artistic character, "Children of flowers from facades and trees" is called. Performances will be performed at Cvjetni Square, descending from the fifth floor - it's in the program on Saturday at 13 hours. We will again have a traditional "Smoke Race" in which our clean streets take part, followed by the BBC team so that the British could see the Zagreb racing race. The race is scheduled on Saturday from 15 to 16 hours on Ban Jelacic Square.
An interesting program will be held at the European Square and at Zrinjevac, and will all begin with a carnival parade?
Yes, the news is the supply of food this year at the European Square where we will be the first time, while on Zrinjevac will have the most content up to 20 hours for the youngest, but also for those who like to have fun with performers, and there will be evening themed dance evenings - salsa, tango, swing and classic dancers. On Sunday we will have a DJ show - DJ Bradingho will release a hippie. His set will be called "Hippie time," and the show will be audio-video as Woodstock records will be released. Otherwise, the theme of this year's festival is marking 50 years of hippie movement and it will be seen at the festival itself and tomorrow at the carnival. The carnival that we started last year and was very good, we want to invite as many citizens as possible, to introduce them to the festival that the festival has entered the city and waiting for them for a few days, "The Best" party. The carnival will begin at 7 in the evening, we will start at the Flower Square, head to Zrinjevac and finally to the European Square.
This year's event will be followed by numerous concerts?
We will also have 13 concerts, although we are not a music festival. Our eminent singers and musicians - Jimmy Stanić and Barbara, Zdenka Kovačićek, Ervin Baučić, Stampedo will play - we will have cover Doors, a band from Australia - mostly international, colorful and cheerful.
Are there attractive Italians coming to us?
We cooperate with the Italian Institute for Culture, which has led to the visit of a very attractive group from Turin to Zagreb. It is a band that you will meet in the streets, but who will also hold two concerts, they are called "Bandakadabra".
What is the significance of the festival in a tourist sense?
The significance of Cest and d 'Besta as a public cultural manifestation is also great in tourism itself, because on the one hand it attracts people to come to Zagreb these days, and on the other, public space is being further promoted in those days, rising in price and attractiveness. It is like the citizens of Zagreb who then pass on this emotion to tourists who share their experiences and photos with their friends, which is all very positive. So that Cest is the best player to do a lot on the tourist promotion of Zagreb.