Basic info:

Sibenik dance festival is  annual summer event which takes place in SIBENIK, Croatia, a beautiful medieval town on the Mediterranean coast of the Adriatic, during the last week of July. Sibenik is positioned in the closest vicinity of three most beautiful nationaI parks in Europe, Kornati , Krka  and Paklenica, with thousands of foreign visitors daily.

- Croatian national theatre in Sibenik
- St Michael's fortress
- The square in front of St James' Cathedral ( The cathedral is proteced as UNESCO's world cultural heritage).

Although having started recently,   our efforts have led this dance festival towards a uniquely global platform which promotes art , connects young talented artists, and develops mutual understanding through cultural exchange.

- Our ambition is to create a festival of national importance showcasing works of art from different countries and nationalities
- Working with the artists of the highest quality,  our commitment is to ensure that young people, whatever their skills or background are involved in high quality arts projects
- We enable young people to realize their potentials through the arts
- We celebrate the achievements of young people
- We reach out to large and diverse audiences, using public spaces, street art and digital technology

ORIGINAL concept of the festival, a blend of  two projects, morning dance classes, workshops,  organized by the dance ensemble Kelkope, Zagreb, Croatia,  and night open stage free-of-charge programme , organized by the host, dance theatre SHADOWS, Sibenik, Croatia.

We have have grown consistently with excellent reviews of the Festival. We are very proud to say that today SDF is 70 % professional dance Festival, having started  with downtown program, whereas now, during six days  it features over 15 dance companies ranging in style from classical ballet to modern, contamporary, jazz dance, show dance,  Broadway, step dance etc....

Again  this summer  dancers , dance companies, choreographers and prominent artistic organizations  will present their achievements in  Sibenik, Croatia, at  three most beautiful stages in the world: the open stage on the square in front of the St James' cathedral, Croatian most famous monument of sacral architecture,  listed in the UNESCO's  list of world heritage, the stage of St. Michael's fortress, proclaimed cultural attractions of the year by the Croatin tourist board, and  Croatian national theatre in Sibenik.  

Last year in July,  during the  6th Sibenik dance  festival,  Sibenik was visited by around 300 dancers. Every year the number of participants grows, because we make efforts to raise the last year's level, and to enable our guest to enjoy in the most prominent performances , well known names  names and award-winning dance projects.
Dancers throughout the world choose to come to  this Croatian dance festival  not only to spend their summer  holidays in Sibenik, this  pearl of Europe, but  to take advantage  of a unique concept of the festival,  a blend of  its two joined programes:  morning dance school, organized by the dance ensemble Kelkope , Zagreb  and dance art performances on open stages in the evening,  organized by the host, dance theatre Shadows from Sibenik.

What are we looking for ?

Sibenic dance festival gives priority to  performances that are  easily adapted on our open stages.  They have to be interesting  and attractive to  wide audiences that, in hot summer nights,   gather around our dance stages in great numbers.

What do we want?

We are committed to one goal and that is to celebrate dance and achievements in dance art, showing the best and pointing out  to young  talents.

Our commitment is to celebrate dance no matter which style belongs, and therefore projects and dancers of all dance forms are welcome - from modern dance, jazz dance, a ballet, folk and traditional dances (flamenco, tap dance, irish step .... ), and urban styles.

How do we decide?

After considering the application forms,  the jury views the received video links and DVD recordings, and the final program is sent as information to the media, and finally published in the festival brochure.
When deciding which performers will enter the final program of the Festival,  we give priority to the  programs that are implementing  both quality of technical perfomance, artistic value  and attractiveness.

What do we offer?

We offer a complete service for applicants who are selected to be part of our festival. This includes: a fully equipped stage for selected programs along with technical support, security, service and technical support staff, marketing services, support and assistance, joint brochures.