The Hvar Town Day and the feast of the patron saint of Hvar Town, St. Stephen, is officially celebrated on October 2. But the town will be festive for much longer, from September 28 to October 10.
The program begins with a lecture by senior curator Marinko Petrić “Jakov Miličić – sculptor in a doctor’s box”, around the recent publication of a book about the life and work of this doctor, artist, and philanthropist. The lecture is held at the Arsenal on September 28 at 8 pm, organized by the City of Hvar, the Croatian Medical Association – Split branch, and the Hvar Heritage Museum.
This year’s series of exhibitions by Hvar authors at the Arsenal Gallery will be rounded off with the opening of the exhibition “Retrospective – 20 Years” by writer and artist Maja Jelušić on Wednesday, September 29, also organized by the City of Hvar and the Hvar Heritage Museum.
During the celebration week, the City of Hvar hosts the first conference dedicated to the use of solar energy “Days of the Sun” which will be held on September 30 and October 1 at the Arsenal and Hotel Amfora, organized by Renewable Energy and the Island Movement. Key stakeholders in Croatia’s energy transition on the sunny island will, through a joint discussion, explore the possibilities of more efficient use of solar energy and stronger project development, which is the foundation of the island’s sustainable development in the future.
Before Hvar Town Day, on Friday, October 1, the Hvar City Council will hold a solemn session in the Arsenal starting at 11:30, and on the same day at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the opening ceremony of Hvar Town Day will be held with an evening program.
On Hvar Town Day (St. Stephen’s Day), October 2, mass will be held at the Cathedral at 10 am. The Eucharistic celebration will be presided over by Msgr. Petar Palić, Bishop of Mostar and Duvanj and Apostolic Administrator of Trebinje and Mrkanj.
In the concert part of the program, which will be held on the Veneranda Summer Stage, one of the best tamburitza ensembles in the region, Tamburitza Ensemble Dobreč from Črnomelj, Slovenia, will perform on Friday, October 1, and the celebrated tenor Marko Škugor on Sunday, October 3. On Saturday, October 9, Veneranda will host one of the world’s best performers of loop and beatbox. Organized by the Hvar Music Studio, Endru will perform accompanied by pianist and hip-hopper Jen Hovorka.
On October 7, on the 450th anniversary of the historic battle of Lepanto, a festival of traditional Dalmatian ships organized by the Hvar Metropolis of the Sea Association will begin, which in cooperation with the Kindergarten “Vanđela Božitković” and the Elementary School Hvar, and the traditional sailing ball will revive the glorious times of the rich maritime past in the Hvar port on October 9.
The second weekend in October is dedicated to environmental actions organized by the City of Hvar and the Red Cross Hvar City Society in cooperation with the city company Komunalno Hvar. The Green cleanup and landscaping of Šumica Park will be joined by students of Hvar Elementary School for a cleaner Hvar seabed.
Although due to pandemic restrictions, the program will be held in a much more modest form, the people of Hvar will celebrate the patron saint of the city and the Hvar diocese with a series of events. After the recent end of the 60th Hvar Summer Events, the celebration program will enrich the cultural offer of the successful tourist season that is still ongoing in Hvar.