Šibenik – A city of children

Šibenik – A city of children
For more than half a century, the Dalmatian city of Šibenik has been the city of children during the summer and so celebrates children`s imagination and creativity. Šibenik will this year also host children from all over the world during the 50th International Children`s Festival, a unique cultural manifestation of worldly proportions that has become a trademark of Šibenik. The festival offers the audience three main events: a review of domestic and international children`s groups, the workshop part of the program, where children are directly and publicly involved in creating, and an educational part which takes form of a symposium and deals with questions like aesthetic education of children. To all those who have never forgotten their fun, child side, and even more to those who have forgotten it completely, Šibenik will from the 18 June - 02 July be a must destination to visit.

On the open stage, in front of the old Šibenik council and the theatre building, the best Croatian and foreign drama groups have been performing since 1958.

The concept and the humanitarian goals of the Festival are supported by UNICEF and UNESCO.

Šibenik is one of the oldest Croatian towns. It was first mentioned in 1066, in a document of the most significant ruler of the Croatian state – King Petar Krešimir IV. It got the status of a city in 1290, when the Šibenik diocese was re-established. It is located almost in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic coast, in a picturesque, indented bay, into which flows the River Krka, one of the most beautiful Croatian rivers.

A look onto Šibenik reveals a unique harmony of urban poetry of the city and its natural surroundings. The harbour, connected to the open sea by the canal of St. Ante, has for centuries been an instigator of maritime development, trade and economic growth of the city. Located at the entrance of the canal is the most significant Renaissance fort on the east coast of the Adriatic – St. Nikola.

The most famous building in Šibenik is the cathedral of St. Jakov. It was constructed for more than a hundred years, and is unique by many aspects, not only in Croatian but also European architecture. It is solely made of stone, without the use of any other materials. It is also boldly unique by the construction of stone blocks without any binding materials.

The cathedral, together with the Renaissance city hall and surrounding churches, palaces and the prince`s palace, which today houses the county museum, make one of the most beautiful town squares of Croatia urban heritage.

The Tourist Board of Šibenik-Knin County

The Tourist Board of Šibenik

Međunarodni dječji festival

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