When the time comes for the very last festival screening in Motovun, David Bowie climbs up on stage. The material for the concert film Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was recorded exactly 50 years ago. Renowned American documentarist Donn Alan Pennebaker depicts young Bowie at the height of fame performing the entire show at the London Hammersmith Odeon on 3 July 1973 in which he surprised everyone by announcing that would be his last performance. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the film has been remastered and released for limited worldwide distribution for just one month, so the screening at Motovun is undoubtedly a unique opportunity to see it on the big screen. The screening will mark a grand finale – as the Motovun projectors turn off with the sound of Bowie and his Spiders from Mars – and the festival moves to Gorski Kotar.

Silent film lovers are in for a special treat – the quirky Croatian jazz quartet Chui will give a live performance opening up an entirely new perspective on one of Europe’s favourite metropolises. Immerse yourself in Berlin as it once was to the rhythm of hypnotic space jazz rock and the 1927 classic of silent cinema Berlin: Symphony of a Great City. Chui’s album Zagreb-Berlin, composed specifically for the film, received multiple awards for Croatian album of the year, as well as winning the Rock&Off Critics’ Award.

But after the musical films end, the night is still young. When the projectors are switched off in Motovun, the loudspeakers and microphones start to warm up in Gorski Kotar. You’re in for a number of concerts there, starting with the legendary Mile Kekin. He once showed his dance moves in the festival’s opening credits and now he is returning to the festival with a new project. DJ Svemir is the youngest DJ in the country, perhaps even the world. He spins only vinyl, but guess how old he is! There is also Djeca, an explosive new name on the domestic rock scene who also happen to be winners of the Rock&Off Award for Performer of the Year. In the up-and-coming category, we present one of the leading new voices on the Croatian r’n’b and pop scene – Miach. The band 4head, fronted by famed cinematographer Dinka Radonić, will delight you with super fun covers. And finally, seven seasoned jazz performers join forces in a project covering the songs of Šaban Bajramović – Skupljači perja will close the festival on the final night.

Making sure the party lasts well into the night at both locations will be our wicked DJ line-up comprised entirely of friends of the festival. DJ Ivanka Mazurkijević returning to the festival with an incendiary mix of dance music and – karaoke! – will launch the music program in Motovun on the first day of the festival. On the second day, Croatian filmmakers put down their cameras and take over the turntables. The director of the first festival credits and regular DJ during the first decade of the festival Dalibor Matanić will join forces and perform as a duo together with Croatia’s most awarded film editor Tomislav Pavlic.

Heating up the atmosphere in Gorski Kotar will be actor, DJ, Motovun camper and devourer of festival films, DJ Filip Riđički. But the festival is not the real thing without the ultimate festival DJ – theatre  director and quiz master Mario Kovač. The absolute record holder for the number of Motovun DJ sets will test his skills on a new playing field this time.

Admission to all concerts is free of charge.

22/7 SUBOTA 1:00 Karaoke: Ivanka Mazurkijević i gosti

23/7 NEDJELJA 1:00 Sound Redesign: DJ Dalibor Matanić i Tomislav Pavlic

24/7 PONEDJELJAK 1:00 Pozdrav brdu: Motovun All Stars

26/7 SRIJEDA 19:30 DJ Svemir

26/7 SRIJEDA 23:30 Mile Kekin

26/7 SRIJEDA 1:30 DJ Filip Riđički

27/7 ČETVRTAK 23:30 Djeca

27/7 ČETVRTAK 1:30 DJ Mario Kovač

28/7 PETAK 23:30 4head

29/7 SUBOTA 23:30 Skupljači perja

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