Zagreb time machine
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  Posted August 12th, 2017 by Zdenko  in Purgerska Nostalgija | One comment

Zagreb retro

Source: Zagreb Tourist board

Dance Along at Zrinjevac Park.
Do you dance? Do you ever, even for a moment, wish to go back to the past? Zagreb time machine will take you to the world of music and customs of times long gone, where tradition is built into space, sounds and people.

Music Pavilion in Zrinjevac Park

Only a few minute walk from central Ban Josip Jelačić Square takes you to Zrinjevac, a beautiful park full of flowers, green area and tradition. Every Saturday from 11.00 to 13.00 h, from spring to autumn, in the Music Pavilion which has been standing there ever since 1891 you can enjoy waltzes and marches, musical numbers from operettas, Italian canzone’s, jazz or evergreen… And another thing, if you want-put on or just imagine a crinoline or a tailcoat, stick a flower in your button-hole and dance, dance…

The visitors who come dressed in the most original costume from the 19th or 20th century, as well as the best dance couple, will have the opportunity to win a weekend trip for two! Prizes will be awarded at the last Promenade Concert in September.

Original costume from the 19th century

Original costumes from the 19th century

Original costumes from the 19th century

Promenade Concerts
If you enjoy the sounds of jazz, rock or the rhythm of swing, and feel like giving it a whirl on the dance podium to the sounds of old hits, we are inviting you to the Promenade Concerts at Zrinjevac Park. This month’s concerts will feature a very attractive program, every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., at the music pavilion that was built in 1891.

Apart from the legendary Vanja Lisak Trio, among the performers scheduled to appear this month is Zdenka Kovačićek, a Croatian musician with an exquisite voice, who will perform a repertoire of unforgettable jazz music. On 11 July, the Sick Swing Orchestra will take you back to the 1940′s with their swing, jazz, and slow-rock tunes. A band of academic musicians, called Jewsters, will perform a program of traditional Jewish music on July 18th.

Promenade Concerts in the Music Pavilion

Symbol of Zagreb – Red umbrellas… and beautiful women!

Red umbrellas – they are called Shestine Umbrellas

In Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, there is a practical and representative souvenir – red umbrella. This umbrella is called Shestine Umbrella (Croatian: Šestinski kišobran), which can be easily found on the Dolac Market and on the streets. The Shestine Umbrella is featured by several colored lines on the edge of the red umbrella and its big size. So it is a “large-sized” umbrella.

Walter Neugebauer and the Cadillac Band will play the greatest rock hits on July 25th, while on August 1st you will be able to dance along to the sounds of evergreens, performed by the Sweet Swing Orchestra and Božidar Matti. The preferable dress code for the Promenade Concerts includes clothes from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century, because the person that wears the most imaginative costume could win a weekend trip for two. There will also be an award for the best dance couple at the end of the concert season.

Zrinjevac, or Nikola Šubić Zrinjski Square, is the oldest and most beautiful park in Zagreb’s lower city. In the 19th century it was the centre of old Zagreb, in the full and real sense of the words. On account of its exceptional beauty as a park, it has been extolled in many poems and has been written about by the most famous writers of that time. There, in all seasons, photographers and painters alike found inspiration for their work, and the people of Zagreb found tranquillity and rest in the shade of the plane trees and in the oases of flowers and greenery.

The 19th century costumes

From the end of the 19th century, when the large estate owner, Eduard Prister, donated the music pavilion to the city and decided to put it in Zrinjevac Park, many things have changed. However, today the plane trees of Zrinjevac Park still offer shade, there are still flowers and greenery, and tranquillity and rest can still be found. Today also, every Saturday, as it was more than a hundred years ago, lovers of waltzes, marches and other light music have the chance to really enjoy themselves.

Vera and Zdenko on a Carriage ride

Horse Carriage rides in Zrinjevac Park

Vera and Zdenko on a Carriage ride

The Promenade Concerts in Zrinjevac Park are a part of the culture and tradition of this city. Many generations have grown up with the games and companionship around the pavilion, accompanied by the sound of waltzes which filled the whole area.

This tradition is continued today by the Zagreb Tourist Board and The Kings Of The Street Band.

Only two or three minutes stroll along Praška Street from the noisy and bustling Ban Jelačić Square, we offer you a chance to return to the past and to join history, culture and tradition in our own Zagreb style, as well as that touch of liveliness that you deserve. To you, the esteemed people of Zagreb, and the guests of our city, we offer a lifetime musical experience for all generations.

Today’s concerts will certainly not be performed by the military band of the 101st regiment, as in 1891, but on no account should you miss the brilliant concerts of the Croatian Military Orchestra. Today, possibly they will not perform Mascagni, as they did more than one hundred years ago, but the Beatles. Aren’t they classics too?

Details of the programme will be on these web pages, in the media and during the concerts. Programme leaflets will be available in the Tourist Information Offices on Ban Jelačić Square and in Zrinjevac Park.

Horse Carriage rides in Zrinjevac Park

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