After last year's cancellation due to the earthquake and the coronavirus pandemic, one of the favorite events of many Zagreb residents for the seventh time they open their doors. Although in a reduced form and respecting epidemiological measures, and with the support of the Zagreb Tourist Board, "Dvorišta" will again be a place of urban summer fun and many smiling moments in Zagreb's upper city courtyards.
The "new normal" weather has brought many changes in the tourism event industry, but many organizers after last year's break, this year are trying to continue to hold events, of course with the inevitable respect for epidemiological measures. One of such manifestations is Zagreb's "Dvorište", internationally recognized and award-winning cultural and tourist event, which attracted great interest in the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
The project, which "grew" from the Upper Town - its sites, themes, stories and traditions, from the first staging with its unique concept and creative approach won the attention of not only the public but also the hearts of many visitors - and Zagreb and guests from all over Croatia and of the world.
One of the largest South Korean portals, Naver, declared "Dvorišta" "by far the best experience in Zagreb", and the British BBC Travel dedicated an entire show to it. "A real urban cool event with a soul" and "A project like Zagreb has never had" are just some of the superlatives that followed the event from the beginning, the success of which was confirmed by two prestigious awards won for the most creative and innovative project in Croatian tourism.
This year's event will run from July 16-25, and will be held at three currently available locations: in the courtyard of the Balbi Palace at Demetrova 11, in the front atrium and in the back yard of the National House of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, at Opatička 18 and Dvoranski prečac 1.
In ten days, visitors will once again be able to peek behind the facades of the Upper Town palaces and enjoy at least part of their unique beauty. The experience will, as every year, be enriched with ambient decoration and places to stay, a suitable catering offer and selected, intimate acoustic music programs.
Entrance to all yards during the event will be free in compliance with the prescribed epidemiological rules and measures. Despite the limited number of available yards, this year's "Yards" want to send a message of optimism that the Upper Town is still a living space where life, despite everything, has not stopped.