The Korkyra Baroque Festival was established in 2012. in order to promote local and international music and cultural heritage. Magical concert evenings and Korčula’s impressive culture monuments create a unique synergy and the Korkyra Baroque Festival has gained the reputation of a must-attend event on the global music scene.
The 10th Korkyra Baroque Festival will take place from 3rd to 14th of September 2021. The pandemic and the precautions and restrictions for all the cultural events and gatherings once again impose fewer foreign guests on us, but the Festival certainly remains of an international character and offers interesting and contrasting programms. With the traditional performance of baroque moreska at the opening of the festival, with Cultural Artistic Society Moreska, programmes featuring Handel’s “Watermusic” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos will be performed by the Croatian Baroque Ensemble, the residential ensemble of the Korkyra Baroque Festival. Along with HRBA, the undisputedly best European artist on baroque oboe and recorder – Andreas Helm from Austria will perform as a soloist and leader alongside the first violin of the ensemble and artistic director of the Festival – violinist Laura Vadjon. In front of the Church of Our Lady of the Island in Vrnik, a program called “Lunaris” under the stars, will be presented by Anna Stegmann from the Netherlands and Jorge Jimenez from Spain. The French baroque program will be performed by the newly formed ensemble Quinta Essentia. We will take one step further from the baroque period in the programme called Notturno with works by Mozart, Schubert and Bergamo, performed by Trio Eusebius as well as an unusual combination of flute, guitar and viola performing works by Padovec, Diabelli and Matiegka. Partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by renowned Croatian pianist Đorđe Stanetti and at the end of the Festival, the Norwegian ensemble Oslo Circles takes us to Venice! The unquestionable cultural and touristic success of the Korkyra Baroque Festival is founded on a superior artistic musical offer, which has been drawing tourists from around the world for several years now and has enriched the tourist cultural offer of the island of Korčula and the peninsula of Pelješac. Concerts promote the churches, squares, and hidden courtyards of Korčula as cultural monuments, but also the unique cultural history of the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County.