The Old City of Dubrovnik in the south of Croatia – with its Renaissance and baroque squares, gardens, churches and palaces – is an atmospheric  backdrop for this yearly festival, established in 1950. Classical music, opera and jazz are all on offer, plus folk-influenced music and theatre, ballet and film.

This year a high point is Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, directed by Jagos Markovic, to be staged in the Renaissance summer residence of the Skocibuha family at Boninovo. This is the festival’s 65th anniversary, and the music festival will be accompanied by various arts events around the city, including an exhibition, Creators of Memory: Photographers and Designers at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, to be displayed in two venues, Sponza Palace and Rector’s Palace.