The Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovačke ljetne igre; July & Aug; w dubrovnik-festival.hr) stages classical concerts and theatre performances in the courtyards, squares and bastions of the Old Town. The emphasis is very much on high culture: the festival usually includes plays by Shakespeare and Marin Držić, a major opera, symphonic concerts and a host of smaller chamber-music events. Seats for some of the more prestigious events often sell out well in advance, but it should be possible to pick up tickets for many performances at fairly short notice. The full programme is usually published in April; for details and ticket booking information check the website. Once the festival starts, tickets (30–200Kn) can be bought from the festival information points, usually located on Stradun or outside Pile Gate.

The festival is followed almost immediately by Julian Rachlin and Friends (w rachlinandfriends.com; Sept), a short season of classical concerts featuring the world-renowned violinist and a host of other big-name guests, with events taking place in atmospheric venues such as the Rector’s Palace and Revelin Fortress. Lastly, the Mali Glazbeni Festival (w parkorsula.com; June-Sept) is a season of rock, jazz and ethno concerts in Orsula Park, on the hillside east of town.

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