Plesni Zbirkus Festival 2021:

Open Call for performing artists

We invite performing artists (contemporary dance and movement, new circus, theatre and interdisciplinary arts) that create artistic programs for children to apply to open call of associations Prostor Plus and Vijeće mladih Benčić and become a part of the program of the children’s festival Plesni zbirkus that will take place in Rijeka, in May or September of 2021 depending on the epidemiological situation and recommendations. Last date for submissions is April 09, 2021. Please fill in the application form on this link. Selected artists will be notified by email no later then April 19, 2021.
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About the Project

Plesni zbirkus – Festival of Performing Arts for Children is an event for children and adults designed by children and held in various places in Rijeka and Opatija. The festival brings a number of performances of contemporary dance, new circus, interdisciplinary and theatrical performances and workshops where children can meet and try the skills of these performance areas.

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Performance Programme

Wednesday 18.09.2020.

PLESNI ZBIRKUS INTRO: ESC ROOM

Zagreb Dance Company

Dance Performance For Children

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Escape room is a popular game whose goal is to get out of a locked room at a certain time by solving a series of logically related tasks as a team. Popularized around the world in 2010, these games are set in a variety of fictional spaces, such as prison cells or space stations.

Our ESC Room is located in an ordinary young person’s room where the way out is merely an entrance into the virtual world. In order to enter, it is necessary to go through a registration process. The system does not accept diversity so the procedure is the same for everyone, and unification is not only welcome, but also mandatory.The three dancers represent one character. They are all one and the same. We don’t know who is the original. By deleting and retrieving the identity, we enable exit, i.e. entry into the virtual space. By seeking an exit from the virtual room, they move away from the reality in which the real exit is hidden. Intended for young people, this play deals with the topic of computer games, which is recognized as a problem of their generation. It is the generation that experienced its greatest fascinations and discoveries in a sitting position – in front of the screen. In the desire to bring contemporary dance art closer to young people, and through a topic that is close to them, we open questions about the consequences of this replacement of space for play and socializing.

What happens when instead of going out (into the real world), we step into the virtual world? When does the game become dangerous? What is the social environment and what is the illusion of the social environment? And how to recognize the right way out of the room?

The performance of the play ESC Room is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural spaces in Rijeka”.
  • 6pm
  • Duration: 40 min
  • For age: 6+
Tuesday 13.10.2020.

FESTIVAL OPENING

Review of clown acts, and collecting donations for RED NOSES clown doctors

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Plesni zbirkus opens with a mix of short clown and pantomime performances accompanied by a professional clown guidance of the opening. The performers are also clown doctors. On this occasion, we will briefly present RED NOSES clown doctors and their mission -to bring back a sense of joy, happiness and optimism to people in difficult situations through the art of professional clowning, humor and laughter. Fun at the opening is indispensable, and the cause is noble – visitors’ donations will be paid to the organization RED NOSES clown doctors and thus support their work.

Presentation of the Red Noses organization: Nataša Tepša Budija
Performers: Petra Bokić, Marijana Matoković, Frane Meden
Presenters: Nina Sabo, Nives Soldičić
The entire income from the visitors’ donations will be paid to the account of the organization RED NOSES clown doctors and thus support their work. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and red noses :o)

Opening programme

PRESENTATION OF RED NOSES CLOWN DOCTORS Nataša Tepša Budija

RED NOSES clown doctors is an organization that has been continuously active in Croatia since 2010 and is part of the international organization RED NOSES Clowndoctors International. In Croatia, they have cooperated with 14 hospitals from Zagreb, Rijeka, Split, Zadar, Osijek, Vukovar, and Vinkovci. Clown doctors are artists, specially trained to work with sick children and the infirm, and are educated in Vienna at the International School of Humor and on trainings in the field of psychology, pedagogy and sociology. Their greatest wish is for the clown to be present in Croatian hospitals every day for every child and to create a healthier and more humane society that contributes to the well-being of all people, kindling the joy of life, especially in difficult moments.
More info: www.crveninosovi.hr
Duration: 10 min

ULA KOMIK

Behind the clown name Ula Komik, hides Marijana Matoković. Actress, puppeteer, director, clown and clown doctor from the organisation RED NOSES clown doctors. She graduated in acting and puppetry in Osijek, but in recent years she has been specialising in clown expression. She performs throughout Croatia. She is also the artistic director of the CIRKUS Punkt Theater – a place that connects theater and circus.

Act 1: The Painter
How hard is it to paint a picture? What kind of suffering do artists go through before they finish their artwork? This is a clown-mime point dedicated to all artists who go through the most difficult adversities for their results.
Duration: 7 minutes

Act 2: Where did the voice go?
Ula Komik is a woman with many talents. He likes to perform, loves to sing. Her voice is a very lively thing, sometimes it hides, sometimes it runs away, but it is always somewhere around.
Duration: 5 minutes

MRS. MILICA

In the real world, Mrs Milica is Petra Bokić – an actress, puppeteer, circus artist, who has been living, studying and creating in these artistic fields for the last 20 years of her life – which is exactly half of her life. For the last ten years she has been active in RED NOSES clown doctors, as a certified clown doctor and assistant in the art department. She is a member of the Cirkorama Association, which promotes and creates contemporary circus in this part of Europe. She is also one of the founders of the Tripstih Shadow Theatre, a drama and circus pedagogue and a member of HDDU (Croatian Association of Drama Artists).

Act 1: Ode to Madness
A clown act of a musical character in which a top rubber hen player performs an ode to madness.
Duration: 5 minutes

Act 2: An encounter that happened strangely and invisibly
The encounter leaves the question of whether it happened at all. It’s a clown song about how the essential is invisible to the eye.
Duration: 7 minutes

CLOWN FRANKETO

Clown Franket is embodied by actor, clown and pantomime artist Frane Meden. His journey to physical theatre began at the DR Inat Theatre in Pula, with which he was a guest at festivals on three continents. He researched his puppetry experience at MILK, Pula, after which he enrolled at the Ecole Internationale du theatre J. Lecoq in Paris and at the same time he trained the corporate mime at the Theatre du Mimodrame and at the Atelier de Belleville. He is the founder of Plavi oblik, a theatre workshop without words. He is also a member of the Ensemble Kontese by Miro Ungar and a clown doctor in the organization RED NOSES clown doctors.

Act 1: Nose as pride
It’s not nice to eat alone, especially candies. But how to divide a candy when there is only one? Maybe eat secretly and hope no one sees you.
Duration: 10 minutes

Act 2: Balloon
The balloon should be inflated and tied down. When we inflate it too much, problems can occur …
Duration: 6 minutes

MODERATORS: LILA & VERNA

You are guided through the programme by crazy and charming hosts Lila and Verna. Lila is calm and nice, and Verna is everything calm! Verna and Lila have been sisters from an early age. Verna grows carrots, Lila grows cotton candy. In addition to the garden, they inherited a nose from grandmother Slavka that opens all doors. Verna loves heights, Lila slopes. They are so different that even Grandma Slavko doesn’t recognize them. When they grow up they will open their own circus. Lila will sell cotton candy and sew costumes, and Verna will do everything else.

Visiting performances is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural premises in Rijeka”.

  • 6pm
  • Duration: 50 min
Wednesday 14.10.2020.

PLASTIC FANTASTIC

Igralke Collective

Innovative, educational and interactive theatre play

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Plastika fantastika is a theatrical cartoon with elements of fantasy, an educational and interactive play intended for late preschool and early elementary school age. In the play, three female superheroes come to save the Earth from plastic pollution after plastic bags have already become dangerous for the entire galaxy. On their journey around the Earth, they will meet various animals, but along the way they will learn that humans can help them the most. Scenography and props are all made of plastic materials that would be declared waste in another scenario.

The play turns into a workshop in which the artist Tanja Blašković (Imagine Plastic and Ri: Use center Rijeka) acts as a superhero from Earth and teaches our young audience how to make a school pencil case out of plastic bags.

The artistic organization Igralke Collective consists of graduates of the Acting and Media Studies from the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka in the class of Rade Šerbedžija and Lenka Udovički. Members of the organisation are Vanda Velagić, Anja Sabol, Ana Marija Brđanović and Sendi Bakotić. These professional actresses have a background in the faculties of comparative literature, philology, social anthropology, cultural management and speech-language pathology, and carry out their own projects independently, as authors and as producers. As a women’s collective, they nurture a feminist, non-hierarchical structure of work organization, fighting for the equality of all vulnerable groups, and they are ecologically aware of the technical and artistic prerequisits of each performance. They explore new performance practices that question the direct and reciprocal relationship between art and community. “Plastika fantastika” is their first project, while the next one (satirical-documentary play “Grandmothers”) will have its premiere in December as part of the official program of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture.

Performers: Vanda Velagić, Anja Sabol, Ana Marija Brđanović and Sandi Bakotić
The guest performance is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural premises in Rijeka”.

Financial support: Department of Culture of the City of Rijeka, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
Support: SU Molekula, Ri: Use center Rijeka

  • 5pm
  • Duration: 45 min
  • For age: 5-7
Thursday 15.10.2020.

SMALL PAPER THEATRE OR KAMISHIBAI

Kozlići

Interdisciplinary theatre play and workshop (visual arts, literature and theatre)

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Kamishibai is a mixture of visual arts, literature, and theatre. When literally translated, kamishibai means “paper play.” In Japanese, Kami is paper, and Shibai is a play. It is a small wooden theater, in fact just an empty wooden box with a door and it contains large illustrations that alternate at a given pace while the narrator tells the story. Kids will first listen to traditional Japanese kamishibai stories such as “The Mouse’s Wedding”, “A three centimetres Samurai” or “The Three Magic Charms” and afterwards participate in an interdisciplinary workshop where they will design, produce and then perform their own kamishibai play. With the help of the workshop leader, they will devise a topic, define characters i.e. pictures and create the play. For the second year in a row, the workshop has been held with great success as part of the “Backpack (full) of culture” programme of the Ministry of Culture.

Kozlići Association is the result of many years of work by its founders. They have participated in various cultural organizations and in numerous art events where different and innovative projects for children and youth have been the focus of their interest. Kozlići performed at numerous events, for example “Andersen’s Night” in the Public Library and Reading Room Daruvar, BESA Festival on Vis and “Children’s Week” on Čiovo, and for four years in a row they have performed at the prestigious Ogulin Fairy Tales Festival. Kozlići are regular guests of the Vox Feminae festival in Zagreb, for which they prepare their own Kamishibai stories illustrated by academic artists. Kozlići is the first Croatian member of the renowned international society IKAJA – The International Kamishibai Association of Japan with headquarters in Tokyo. They established cooperation with the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Society of Interpreters and Translators of Sign Language for the Deaf, which resulted in a cycle of Kamishibai stories in sign language.

Performed by: Vera Paff and Relja Dušek
The guest performance is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural premises in Rijeka”.

  • 5pm
  • Duration: 20 min
  • For age: 4-10
Saturday 17.10.2020.

THE STORY THAT HOLDS WATER

Zoran Vukić & Nikola Dabac

An interactive educational theatre play in the spirit of a clown

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The pond where Dabac The Frog lives has dried up. Seeking water, and hiding from storks and other dangers, the frog comes to Professor Fumfstein’s laboratory, at a time when an experiment is being prepared to paint all the world’s waters in beautiful fluorescent shades: the sea in orange, lakes and rivers in pink, and drinking water in yellow-green, the color of frog ponds. The Story That Holds Water was created in the spirit of a clown, and in addition to gags, it also contains juggling and musical moments. It talks about the numerous benefits of water for the health of living beings. Throughout the game, children also learn about the importance of water in our bodies and on the planet Earth, as well as about chemistry, water in nature, state of matter and the importance of keeping drinking water clean.

Directors / Scenographers / Costume Designers – Nikola Dabac, Zoran Vukić
Actors: Nikola Dabac, Zoran Vukić
Text by: Irena Kolar – Vudrag
Poster by: Bojan Mršić
Music by: Nikola Dabac; Text by: Irena Kolar Vudrag
Production: Antuntun

Nikola Dabac and Zoran Vukić have been involved in acting and music for most of their working lives. For many years they have been collaborating with each other through various projects. In the Association “Antuntun” they have joint plays “Between Extremes” (2011) and “The Story That Holds Water” (2014) which they successfully perform in theaters, festivals and various events, but also in schools and kindergartens. By the way, these two are also known as clown doctors. They perform on the street, in hospitals where they make little patients laugh, and sometimes also in the theatre. We suspect that they are not only dealing with dispelling boredom, but also dispelling worries and sadness.

The guest performance is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural premises in Rijeka”.

  • 11am
  • Duration: 40 min
  • For age: 3+
Saturday 17.10.2020.

THE (UN)ORDINARY STORY

The Magician's Hat

An interdisciplinary play (a combination of theatre, movement and neo-circus skills)

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The (Un)ordinary Story is a fantastic fairy tale that begins in an unusual forest, in the magical world of strange creatures. A long, long time ago, when darkness set foot into the forest, the forest petrified. One day a little girl got lost in that forest … and that’s where the (un)ordinary story began.

Authors / directors: Manuela Rossi / Korana Daić
Co-produced by SvilArt Aereal Studio and The Magician’s Hat Association
Costume design: Korana Daić, Mia Krneta, Manuela Rossi
Scenography: Ozmali
Lighting design: Domagoj Sojć
Performers: young participants of the silk workshop (8 to 14 years old): Asja Burba, Zora Cvijanović, Luna Gotal, Matia Sanković and Franka Skoko. The role of the Black Queen is played by Korana Daić.

The Magician’s Hat Association was founded in 2004 with the aim of promoting and developing contemporary performance arts, primarily contemporary circus and street performing arts. The association organizes a number of events: plays, lectures, workshops, residency programs, in Pula and Istria, such as: Street Wizards Fetival, Cirkobalkana Festival, Mesmerized by New Circus, Circus on the Island. The association’s educational programs are intended for beginners, both children and adults, and for the professional training of circus artists.

  • 5pm
  • Duration: 40 min
Sunday 18.10.2020.

THE FOREST OF SOUNDS

Peter Kus

Innovative musical-puppet play

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The Forest of Sounds is a musical-puppet fairytale for children. It is a sound “forest” theatre where the forest plats, tree branches, roots and forest fruits become musical instruments, puppets or parts of stage set.The main thread of the performance is the tale of a hedgehog and his best friend the bear based on children’s tales from Russian author Sergei Kozlov (1940 – 2010). The hedgehog and the bear live in the forest and explore it together; they meet other animals, observe nature and the changes the seasons bring to their forest.

Through their relationship, the tales reveal topics such as friendship, trust, loneliness, tolerance, sensitivity, bewilderment for the world that surrounds them and the joy of life. Together with the hedgehog and the bear the children set for an adventure in lessons of life, its troubles, secrets and joys.

Concept, directed and music by Peter Kus
Text by Ajda Rooss (inspired by stories by Sergey Kozlov)
Art design by Kaja Avberšek
Costumes by Iztok Hrga
Light design by Borut Bučinel
Performed by Petra Kavaš, Bruno Kontrec, Gregor Hrovat, Ivan Štrok

Peter Kus is a composer, a director of puppet shows, an instrument builder and a lecturer from Ljubljana (Slovenia) who explores the area where music and theatre meet. The result are puppet-music performances and plays that have taken him to numerous international festivals and have been awarded numerous recognitions for music and originality.

Peter Kus is also a designer and the builder of original musical instruments. He designed the famous and widely praised series of exhibitions of original musical instruments “Euphonia”, presented in several cities in Slovenia. With the exhibition “Sound Garden” he was a guest in several European countries, and in 2016 at the Kortil Gallery in Rijeka.

The guest performance is realized within the project “Gyroscope – civil-public partnership in the management of cultural premises in Rijeka”.

  • 5pm
  • Duration: 42 min
  • For age: 4+

Workshops Programme

Wednesday 14.10.2020.

WORKSHOP FOR MAKING OBJECTS FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS

Tanja Blašković

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Artist Tanja Blašković (Imagine Plastic and Ri: Use centre Rijeka) will lead a workshop where children get acquainted with the technique of recycling plastic bags, ironing and making items such as pencil cases, wallets or folders. The aim of this workshop is to educate participants about recycling and reducing the use of plastic bags, which are one of the main polluters of the environment today.

Tanja Blašković, Master of Fine Arts (APURI), is currently working in Rijeka in various artistic fields: design, illustration, scenography, costume design, street art, plastic art installations, tapestries, arts and crafts … She participates in various projects and cooperates with various associations and institutions. She is one of the editors of the Superkul Art Fanzine, and of the first Croatian Museum Fanzine Beni (MMSU Rijeka). Brands Imagine Plastic and Cutiepie are her creations. She is also an associate on the plastic and wood recycling project Ri:Use, and holds workshops for children and adults.

  • 6pm-7:30pm
  • Duration: 90 min
  • For age: 7+(younger children can visit the workshop with their parents)
Thursday 15.10.2020.

KAMISHIBAI WORKSHOP

Mentors: Relja Dušek & Vera Pfaff

The workshop is a part of the Kamishibai play. Due to the limited number of participants, a separate registration for the workshop is required.

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After Kamishibai stories, an interdisciplinary workshop on designing, making, and then performing, your own Kamishibai play will take place. With the help of the workshop leader, the topic is designed, the characters are determined, the basic “frames”, i.e. pictures are set, and the creation starts. The workshop has been held with great success for the second year in a row as part of the “Backpack (full) of culture” program of the Ministry of Culture.

Kozlići Association is the result of many years of work by its founders. They have participated in various cultural organizations and in numerous art events where different and innovative projects for children and youth have been the focus of their interest. Kozlići performed at numerous events, for example “Andersen’s Night” in the Public Library and Reading Room Daruvar, BESA Festival on Vis and “Children’s Week” on Čiovo, and for four years in a row they have performed at the prestigious Ogulin Fairy Tales Festival. Kozlići are regular guests of the Vox Feminae festival in Zagreb, for which they prepare their own Kamishibai stories illustrated by academic artists. Kozlići is the first Croatian member of the renowned international society IKAJA – The International Kamishibai Association of Japan with headquarters in Tokyo. They established cooperation with the Association of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Society of Interpreters and Translators of Sign Language for the Deaf, which resulted in a cycle of Kamishibai stories in sign language.

  • 5:20pm-6pm
  • Duration: 40 min
Saturday 17.10.2020.

JUGGLING WORKSHOP

Mentors: Zoran Vukić & Nikola Dabac

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Juggling is a creative, but also a therapeutic skill, with many benefits for those who practice it: developing creativity, coordination, balance, concentration, rhythm, sense of space, stage presence, and all is based on play. In the workshop, we will use the “usual” juggling props such as balls, Chinese plate spinners, diabolo, rings, poi, but also the “unusual” ones like hats. The recommended age for children is from 7 years and up.

Nikola Dabac and Zoran Vukić have been involved in acting and music for most of their working lives. For many years they have been collaborating with each other through various projects. In the Association “Antuntun” they have joint plays “Between Extremes” (2011) and “The Story That Holds Water” (2014) which they successfully perform in theaters, festivals and various events, but also in schools and kindergartens. By the way, these two are also known as clown doctors. They perform on the street, in hospitals where they make little patients laugh, and sometimes also in the theatre. We suspect that they are not only dealing with dispelling boredom, but also dispelling worries and sadness.

  • 1pm-3pm
  • Duration: 120 min
  • For age: 7+
Saturday 17.10.2020.

AERIAL ACROBATICS WORKSHOP (SILK AND AIR HOOP)

Mentor: Manuela Rossi

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Aerial acrobatics or silk dancing and air hoop are modern circus skills. The training consists of three parts:

  1. group games, warm-up on the floor (alone or with a partner), balancing, strength and endurance exercises;
  2. work on fabric (silk) – learning skills and developing one’s own artistic expression;
  3. stretching the body (alone or with a partner), relaxation

Practicing aerial acrobatics has many positive sides – it develops self-confidence in children and young people who have fear of heights, builds self-esteem, develops motor skills, teaches us how to be patient, how not to give up and how to work in a group.

Manuela Rossi, born in 1979 in Ravenna, lives and works in Pula. Her education in the field of contemporary circus is extra-institutional. She has attended clown workshops and silk acrobatics workshops, which she has been practicing for several years. She participated in master classes led by Sara Bebe Holmes, Elena Manni, Dana Augustin, Carolina Cabanas Urquilla, Danijela Zaic, Manuela Lombardo. Since 2017 she has been an active member of the Wizard’s Hat Association where she holds silk acrobatics workshops and trainings for children and adults, as well as contemporary circus workshops for children. She has participated in the organization of projects such as “World Circus Day”, Circus Camp for Children “Circus on the Island” and Barakata Festival.

  • 6pm-8pm
  • Duration: 120 min
  • For age: 7-13
Sunday 18.10.2020.

WORKSHOP FOR MAKING INSTRUMENTS FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS

Peter Kus

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With the help of the mentor and the parents, the children attending the workshop will learn how to make a ‘frog’, a simple and loud instrument made of recycled material: a cardboard roller, a wooden stick, and plastic. In the end, they will play a short ‘frog concert’ together, and after the workshop they can take the frog home where they can paint and design it according to their own wishes.

Peter Kus is a composer, a director of puppet shows, an instrument builder and a lecturer from Ljubljana (Slovenia) who explores the area where music and theatre meet. The result are puppet-music performances and plays that have taken him to numerous international festivals and have been awarded numerous recognitions for music and originality.

Peter Kus is also a designer and the builder of original musical instruments. He designed the famous and widely praised series of exhibitions of original musical instruments “Euphonia”, presented in several cities in Slovenia. With the exhibition “Sound Garden” he was a guest in several European countries, and in 2016 at the Kortil Gallery in Rijeka.

  • 6pm-7pm
  • Duration: 60 min
  • For age: 6+
    (younger people can visit the workshop with their parents)
The announced event was organized in compliance with all recommendations of the CNIPH for the prevention of infection with the COVID-19 virus. In order to protect general health, all participants and visitors are invited to follow the recommendations: enhanced personal hygiene, physical distance and mandatory wearing of protective masks, while the recommended records of visitors will be kept at the entrance.
NOTE: The organisers reserve the right to change the program due to circumstances caused by COVID-19.

Tickets, Registration & Reservations

Registration for workshops and ticket reservations are received separately, also in the case when the workshop is held as part of the play Kamishibai.

Price of each workshop: HRK 50

Due to the limited number of children who can participate in the workshops, registration is required via the form.






    Billing info:



    It is obligatory to register and pay the full amount to the account of the Association HR7224020061100654822 at Erste & Steiermärkische bank with the indication "name of the workshop" and it is necessary to state first and last name of the workshop participant.

    Admission to all performances is free, except for the play *Unordinary Story. Ticket reservation is required. Reservations for all performances except for *Unordinary Story are sent via the form.

    * Ticket price for the play Unusual Story: HRK 20
    Tickets can be purchased in Opatija in the office of the Opatija Festival on the Summer Stage (Zert bb) on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm, in Rijeka in Dallas Music Shop, In Foto Revija, in the coffee bar Nad urom in the Korzo Department Store, and online on mojekarte.hr. On the day of the performance, the box office on the ground floor of the Gervais Center opens an hour before the start of the programme. 







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