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Here, on the flagstones of the oldest city built by the Croats, the cultural history of Croatia and Europe was built over centuries. The paintings of Juraj Čulinović, the multidisciplinary geniuses of Antun and Faust Vrančić, the architectural mastery of Juraj of Dalmatia, the author of the St. James cathedral’s stone poetry just to mention the most distinguished give Šibenik a safe anchorage in the cultural sea of Croatia and Europe. Šibenik has always had leanings towards music, song and the performing arts.
The theatre tradition in Šibenik started 130 years ago, on January 29, 1870, when the theatre building was inaugurated. It makes the theatre, after the one in the town of Hvar on the island of the same name, the oldest theatre in Croatia. That’s where the Croatian language was spoken and defended from those who wanted not only to conquer but to subjugate Šibenik and Dalmatia. Nevertheless, the most distinctive trait of the cultural scene in Šibenik, and its trademark of a kind, is the International Children’s Festival — internationally recognised Croatian cultural event, unique in the world for four decades. The first festival was held in 1958, the result of the initiative and efforts of several children arts enthusiasts, but it quickly turned into a big, complex, internationally important festival and stage mechanism, founded on three elements — children, the festival and the city. It is certainly a multidisciplinary
The festival is a member of the International Festivals Association – UNIMA-ei ASSITEJ.
Concept and humanitarian aims of the festival have the full support of UNICEF and UNESCO, and permanent sponsorship of the Croatian President.
The first festival was held in 1958, the result of the initiative and efforts of several children arts enthusiasts, but it quickly turned into a big, complex, internationally important festival and stage mechanism
The 56th International Children’s Festival in Šibenik, Croatia is held under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Mrs Kolinda Grabar Kitarović