Zagreb Events & Culture : December 2021 - February 2022

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Advent Zagreb ... memories that never fade 27/11/21

.. 07/01/22


twinkling lights, mulled wine, charming wooden chalets, a festive atmosphere and fabulous gifts – advent in zagreb is an event not to be missed. things always get christmassy in the croatia’s capital in the last four weeks leading up to christmas. this year, advent zagreb transports us back to our childhood with over-sized toys and traditional wooden playthings. the christmas makeover of the capital, with zillions of lights and traditional as well as innovative colourful decorations, offers countless venues for you to swing by. expect some great seasonal foods and drink to keep you well-fuelled while browsing through the city of million Hearts.

culture in Advent during this magical season, the entire city becomes a stage. Whether you opt for exhibitions, theatre plays, workshops or sports activities, by choosing the rich cultural programs of advent zagreb you’ll truly be able to experience Christmas with all five senses. Pop into the chocolate museum to visit the fantastic exhibition “christmas toys from the chocolate factory” which will transport you back to childhood.


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Music in Advent by engaging in 14 different programmes and over 100 concerts during advent in zagreb, one can enjoy the true magic of the festive season. traditional holiday tunes, opera, film music and modern pop songs go hand in hand with a warm cup of hot chocolate or mulled wine that will lift the christmas spirit. take a stroll to the republic square and enjoy one of the six magical christmas concerts of the ladO ensemble.

Advent for Kids We all remember christmas from our childhood. this is a special time for kids. It is the time of celebration, presents, family gatherings and delicious food. advent zagreb has prepared some great programs for children where the little ones can enjoy the christmas magic to the full. ethnographic museum hosts an interactive exhibition “christmas fairy tale by Jasmina Kosanović / Jasmina and dolls” that add some extra glitter to the magic season.

Zagreb Jingle Mingles zagreb Jingle mingles invites everyone to “mingle” amongst the city’s numerous cafes, bars and restaurants, all wrapped up and decorated in special holiday decor, with christmas tunes in the background and delicious treats to choose from. don’t miss out on celebrating the merriest time of the year in the charming atmosphere of the catherine‘s square with mulled wine, seasonal dishes by brokenships bistro, signature treats by Petra Jelenić and music hits by radio yammat fm live broadcast.

Hotels in Advent Season each year, hotels in zagreb open their doors to let the advent magic inside. the magic spreads through the lobby, down the hallways reaching into the restaurants and hotel rooms. If you are planning on staying in one of zagreb’s hotels during the festive season, prepare for a memorable holiday experience. ???

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craft Advent at matica passage you will become acquainted with the wonderful world of traditional children’s wooden toys from croatia. the whistles, horses, cars, tiny furniture, spinning dancers, jumping horses and flapping birds are the perfect seasonal gift. enjoy the christmas children’s program with choirs, readings and workshops.

Zagreb digital Nomad Jolly Wrapup digital nomads from all over the world have chosen zagreb as their temporary home. they have become acquainted with croatian culture, language and customs, so it is no wonder that the major gathering of digital nomads will take place in zagreb from the 9th to the 12th of december to celebrate freedom of movement. sign up for various panels and sightseeing tours as well as the advent run.

Virtual Toys traditional toys of northern croatia are the focus of this year’s advent. nowadays we also use notepads and computers, read e-books and play virtual games. Hence, this advent, we will get acquainted with equinox Xr, an app that sends traditional toys into the future, turning them into virtual toys.


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Made in Zagreb toys are symbols of our childhood; these special playthings hold precious memories of carefree and cheerful times. this year’s advent combines christmas and toys in a most amazing way. Plunge into the magic world of special gigantic-sized toys made by the biserka factory or vavra’s workshop.

The Light of Advent stroll through the streets of the Old town, the historical and most romantic part of zagreb, which hosts the light of advent program. delve into the medieval setting illuminated by gas lamps and find yourself surrounded by nutcrackers, stars, pinecones and other imaginative creations. bliss!

Other Events advent season lasts for four sundays leading up to christmas. this is the time of celebration and anticipation. Practically every street, square and park in the city has its own magic. enjoy free concerts in the seasonally decorated alu park and travel back in time within the “little museum of miracles”on Ilica. concerts, plays, performances, decorations and so much more await you. come and enjoy the true essence of christmas in zagreb!

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Women and Technology – Towards the gender Inclusive Museum


13/11 2021

Technical Museum Nikola Tesla


Nikola Tesla Technical Museum Archive

the Women and technology Programme aims to raise awareness of the contribution of women to science and technology through a virtual exhibition at the nikola tesla technical museum. the exhibition, accompanied by webinars and workshops is organised by the centre for Women’s studies in zagreb.

50th Jubilee of the “Kutija šibica” Futsal Tournament 20/11

.. 29/12

various locations, finals at the Sports centre (dom Sportova)

Kutija šibica Tournament Archive


With more than 200 teams and 1260 players, the “Kutija šibica” futsal tournament, the biggest competition of this type in the region, celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. In addition to the main tournament, the 14th veteran’s tournament and the 5th tournament for Women will also take place.

device_Art Festival 23/11

.. 19/12

Museum of contemporary Art and Pogon Jedinstvo

Photo by Benoît Maubrey, Audio balerine, The Line, Icc-Ntt, Tokyo City Opera House


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the seventh edition of the device_art festival of art, robotics and new technologies once again brings exciting experiences and new perspectives on the devices, gadgets, and machines that surround us, ignite our thoughts, and provide us with comfort as well as disturbance. this year’s festival concept is coined ‘machine does not give change’.

Murtić Foundation / Edo Murtić: graphic ‘New Abstraction’ 25/11

.. 31/12

Museum of Arts and crafts

Murtić Foundation Archive / Edo Murtić


through an exhibition ‘new abstractions’ we celebrate the centenary of Edo Murtić, one of the most notable croatian abstract painters of the past century. the closing exhibition of this year’s jubilee celebrations is accompanied by a music programme directed by the grandson of the artist, composer and multi-instrumentalist mak Murtić. The programme involves ten musicians from the experimental and alternative music scene with guests such as darko rundek and damir urban.

John Malkovich – The Music critic EVENTS INFORMATION

04/12 Vatroslav Lisinski Hall

‘the music critic’ written by aleksey Igudesman, is a combination of theatre, music and comedy, in which the main narrator, the famous american actor of croatian heritage, John malkovich, slips into the role of the evil critic who believes the music of beethoven, Chopin, Prokofiev and such, like to be weary and dreary. Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall Archive

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Queen Real Tribute Symphony EVENTS INFORMATION


Lisinski concert Hall queenrealtribute/


QRT Symphony Archive / Music Time

One of the biggest tribute bands in the world, the Queen real tribute symphony, is coming to zagreb! With fantastic sound and an energetic performance, they are a true reincarnation of the famous british band, led by the legendary front man freddie mercury. let’s rock’n’roll!

P. I. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker 11 & 12/12

Lisinski concert Hall

the nutcracker ballet at lisinski Hall is an enchanting christmas fairy tale told through the captivating performance of the ukranian classical ballet ensemble with fabulous choreography by velery Petrovich Kovtun, one of the world‘s most famous choreographers, a ballet master and recipient of numerous awards. Get a ticket and let the magic begin!

Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall Archive


Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (Little solemn mass) 21/12


Photo by Jasenko Rasol / HRT


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On the occasion of its 80th anniversary, the croatian television choir hosts some great names from the european choir scene. this time under the baton of the french maestro, marc Korovich, the choir will perform rossini’s ‘Petite messe solennele’ in the amazing setting of Lauba, the House for People and art.

Slavko Kopač Exhibition of Works 17/12 2021

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Meštrović Pavillion

30/12 Lisinski concert Hall

lisinski concert Hall will once again hold the traditional Philharmonic ball with a gala concert of the zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and the Ivan goran Kovačić Academic Choir. Enjoying the popular pieces of strauss, Lehar, Verdi and Bizet we will bid farewell to 2021 and welcome 2022.

Slavko Kopač / HDLU

Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall Archive

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Philharmonic ball


this multimedia exhibition will display a selection of Kopač’s most acclaimed paintings and sculptures from private collections and museum institutions, and reveal details about the life of the artist, whose talent stands alongside that of Jean dubuffet and andre breton. Kopač joined the campagnie de l’artrute association, where he enjoyed the special trust of his colleagues, and he served as the head of the association’s art collection for thirty-five years.

Audi Fis Ski World cup ‘Snow Queen Trophy’ 04 & 05/01 Sljeme


since the snow Queen trophy was first introduced in 2005 with the World cup slalom race for ladies, followed by the first Men’s slalom race, it has become one of the most watched World ski cup events. Only here on sljeme, the real winter fairy-tale comes true, when the winners of both races are crowned as snow King and snow Queen. the atmosphere is praised not only by visitors but also by the world’s best slalom skiers.

Croatian Ski Association / Photo by Goran Razić


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the ethnographic museum is hosting the archeological museum on their premises with an exhibition of toys from the ancient past. together, these two museums present a project that will remind us of our childhood and teach us about toys in the past and future.

Photo by Višnja Arambašić


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childhood in Ancient Times

digital Night of the Museums 28/01

for the second year in a row, the croatian museum society is organising a digital museum night, a decision made because of the current circumstances. If there is one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it is how to adapt. croatian museums have decided to allow the audience to enjoy the museums virtually on this popular museum night, which would otherwise attract hordes of visitors to their doors. Programmes will be available through a variety of digital media, and where possible ‘live’ in open spaces, streets and squares of various cities throughout croatia.

Noć muzeja Archive

grand Prix Zagreb Open Wrestling Tournament 04

.. 06/02

Sports centre (dom Sportova)

Organised by the association of zagreb Wrestling sports, and under the auspices of the city of zagreb and united World Wrestling, an international wrestling tournament will be held in zagreb this winter. this ninth wrestling tournament in a row will feature world famous wrestling names from many countries.

Zagreb Open Grand Prix 2022

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Various museums in Zagreb


bullet for my Valentine 12/02

Tvornica Kulture

as part of their world tour, these Welsh heavy metal veterans are coming to zagreb! lovers of a heavier sound will enjoy the band’s promotion of their self-titled 7th studio album. It’s heavier than their previous works, but still holds the classic bfmv vibe that has kept the band close to the hearts of faithful fans for the past 25 years.

Bullet for my Valentine Archive


berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 19/02

Lisinski concert Hall

led by the artistic director and chief conductor, Kiriil Petrenko, one of the greatest symphony orchestras in the history of music is returning to zagreb after almost eighty years. this concert in croatia’s capital is part of their 140th anniversary celebrations and an event not to missed.

Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall Archive


Maluma ‘Papi Juancho World Tour’

Maluma / Papi Juancho World Tour 2022


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24/02 Arena Zagreb

global superstar maluma will perform in zagreb this winter as part of his worldwide tour following the latest album Papi Juancho. the colombian reggaeton, latin trap and pop aficionado released the album, his fifth, in the summer of 2020, and now he’s hitting the road, across europe and north america with a series of world-class gigs.

Publisher zagreb tourist board Kaptol 5, 10000 zagreb, croatia

Production Plava ponistra d.o.o.

design & Layout Ivana Mihoković

Photo credits (cover) advent zagreb cest is d’best archives

zagreb tourist board is not responsible for any changes or cancellations of events organised by third parties. although we have made every effort to ensure that the information here presented is correct at the time of publishing, we cannot take any responsibility for errors or changes thereafter.


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