The variety and broad range of events in Đakovo will inspire every visitor.
Everyone can find something to enjoy. If you like tradition and folklore, children events, gastronomic events, sports events, etc. visit Đakovo and choose from the variety of events you want to enjoy and participate in.
THE BUŠARI OF ĐAKOVO
At the beginning of February, when the winter’s cold embraces towns and villages, masked Bušari appear on the streets of Đakovo. This signifies the period of carnival and the arrival of Lent, the time of grief, self-sacrifice and penance. People express therefore all the silly things which weighed on them.
During the carnival period the Bušari visited homes and performed various songs and made jokes for their hosts, who gave them presents in return. Inspired by that tradition, in 1994 the carnival which bears the name Đakovački Bušari (the Bušari of Đakovo) was established in Đakovo.
It is an entertaining event during which tradition and customs related to the Lent period, food and way of life are shown, and thus preserved from oblivion.
The event itself consists of the Carnival Gastro Festival – “Fasting dishes (mrsna i nemrsna jela) during the carnival and Lent”, tasting and evaluating of sausages and the main event of the Bušari of Đakovo – the Carnival pageant.
The main event is a huge carnival pageant for all participants on the streets of Đakovo. In the few days of this event, 3,000 participants arrive from all parts of Croatia, and there are approximately fifteen thousand spectators.
In front of the Town Administration building the ceremony of the establishment of the Bušari Republic, the Bušati “take over” the government and the Mayor hands over the Town’s keys to the Bušari. The whole event ends in a mask dance in a huge tent set up for this event.
Awards are given to groups of Bušari in the following categories: kindergarten, preschool children, school children, adults, the most cheerful group, most creative male mask, most creative female mask, best traditional mask adults/children.
This event includes rituals, customs, jubilees, and oral traditions. It shows the history of the community, the different social classes, as well as the economic situation.
The Bušari of Đakovo is the biggest carnival event in the eastern part of Croatia and are a member of the Croatian Association of Carnival Towns. This event is organized by the Tourist Board of the Town of Đakovo (the founder of the event) and the Town of Đakovo.
The international meeting of academies of theatre arts and puppetry is held in March in Osijek and Đakovo.
The Festival hosts several hundred participants from ten European countries.
The Festival consists of performances, seminars, workshops and similar activities carried out by students, teaching assistants and professors of the participating academies during the course of seven days in Osijek and Đakovo.
EASTER GASTRO FESTIVAL
The Easter Gastro Festival is organized by the Tourist Board of Đakovo in cooperation with the Association of kulen manufacturers “Đakovački kulin” under the auspices of the Town of Đakovo. This Festival is held in April and aims at promoting the oenological and gastronomic offer of the Town. The products are offered in the following ways: exhibitions, presentations and samplings, promotional sales.
Food and beverage manufacturers, diverse associations, family-run farms, souvenir and touristic items manufacturers take part in the Festival. Visitors can see, sample and buy different types of vine, rakija, honey, pastries, kulen, souvenirs and other products. During this Festival results of the evaluation ofkulenova seka are published, followed by sampling and awards.
This cultural event is dedicated to the work and ideas of Josip Juraj Strossmayer (1815 – 1905), who was the bishop and patron of Đakovo.
This event consists of academic conferences, paintings and sculpture exhibitions, classical music concerts, book presentations, etc.
Ivanjski kresovi (St. John’s Fire) is a festival of customs and traditions pertaining to St. John’s Day in June.
The venue of this Festival is the stage in Strossmayer Park where arts and culture associations from Slavonia which preserve these traditions perform. A bonfire, as the symbol of aiding the sun to regain its strength after the equinox, is an integral part of the event. Firewood is collected and set on fire; and children and young people jump over the flames. Ivanjski kresovi is an event pertaining to harvest and the beginning of the summer. This Festival is organized by the Alliance of Arts and Culture Associations of Slavonia and Baranja.
ĐAKOVAČKI VEZOVI (ĐAKOVO EMBROIDERY)
Đakovački vezovi is a well known and established event of original folklore.
The first Đakovački vezovi Festival was held on 2 and 3 July 1967 as a touristic and cultural event marking the International Tourist Year. Dr. Zvonimir Benčević gave the incentive to establish the Festival, and the first edition of the Festival was already a great success among the people of Slavonia and others.
The Festival Đakovački vezovi is held annually in July. Its main focus is original folklore of Slavonia, Baranja and western Syrmia as well as other parts of Croatia and the accompanying events –various exhibitions, equestrian shows and other cultural and tourist events. The Festival is international with participants from around the world.
Every summer the Đakovački vezovi Festival gathers tens of thousands of participants, making it the most important Croatian folklore pageant.
Various folklore events take place: Mali vezovi (children’s pageant), folk church singing, the opening ceremony, Đakovština in song and dance, guests in song and dance, procession through the streets of Đakovo, international folklore pageant, Croatian folklore pageant, Slavonia and Baranja folklore pageant, and the closing ceremony “Slavonijo, zemljo plemenita” (The generous land of Slavonia) during which the best presentation of traditional costume is awarded. The most beautiful folk costume for girls and women is chosen (the male counterpart of this pageant was introduced later), which has been an integral part of the Festival from its first edition in 1967.
As a part of the Đakovački vezovi Festival, “Bonavita” is held in Trnava. The Festival consists of a wine drinking competition, the award for best wine, the exhibition and sampling of kruškovača-viljamovka(Poire Williams) and gastro festival: kulinijada, sampling of fiš paprikaš (spicy fish stew) and čobanac(Slavonian shepherd’s stew).
Fans of equestrian sports can enjoy the events at the hippodrome, the venue of the annual equestrian competition.
The Đakovački vezovi Festival preserves the tradition of this region as well as other regions of Croatia and other countries (traditional costumes, folk dances, traditional hairstyling, horse breeding, and gastronomy).
The whole Town participates in the Festival and the awareness of the importance and cultural value of the Festival is deeply rooted in its population and resistant to the passage of time, which makes us very proud.
The International Ethno Film Festival “The Heart of Slavonia” and Jazzvez, the International Jazz Music Festival in Đakovo, are also integral parts of the Đakovački vezovi Festival.
The main events include the opening ceremony, folklore ensembles performances and the most important event – festive parade through the streets of Đakovo and the closing ceremony entitles “Slavonijo, zemljo plemenita” (The generous land of Slavonia) with a musical programme and the most beautiful national costume is chosen.
All the events of the Đakovački vezovi Festival are described in the magazine “Revija Đakovačkih vezova” (Đakovački vezovi Review), which has been published annually since 1970.
The whole Town participates in the Festival, which received the International Tourist Charter F.E.S.T. (the European Federation of Travel Journalists and Writers) for the contribution to tourism in 2005 and the annual tourism award “Anton Štifanić in 2007.
The Đakovački vezovi Festival has developed into one of the biggest events of this kind in Croatia with prolific publishing.
The Festival Đakovački vezovi is an event of extraordinary importance to the Town and region according to the Statute of the Town of Đakovo.
The Archdiocese of Đakovo-Osijek, Matica hrvatska (Matrix Croatica), the Croatian Wrtiers’ Association, the State Stud Farm Đakovo, the Museum of Đakovština, the Association of kulen manufacturers “Đakovački kulin”, Association of Trades and Crafts are among long term organizers of this Festival.
The value and contribution of this Festival to Đakovo as well as Croatia are recognized by the President of the Republic of Croatia, the President of the Croatian Parliament, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Croatian National Tourist Board, Osijek-Baranja County, the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County and many other institutions and organizations.
Đakovo has always been the “Heart of Slavonia”. It is a town of rich history, continental tourism and natural sites, exquisite gastronomy, music and tradition, all of which are integrated into, celebrated and preserved by the Festival.
This event encompasses a potpourri of cultural, sports and entertaining events which characterize August in Đakovo.
THE CATHEDRAL BELLS TOLLED
This event commemorates the anniversary of the liberation of army buildings and the forming of the 122thBrigade of the Croatian Army in Đakovo. It is held in September.
TRADITIONAL CRAFTMANSHIP FAIR ĐAKOVO EXPO “GOLDEN HANDS” AND THE EXHIBITON APPLE DAYS
“Đakovo Expo – Zlatne ruke”, the traditional craftsmanship fair and the exhibition Apple Days (Jabučini dani), the intercounty, regional and international exhibition of apples are the events held in Đakovo during autumn (October). Both events have many visitors, participants and include exhibitions, education, competitions and sales. Đakovo became the place where fruit producers and traditional craftsmen meet.
“Đakovo Expo – Zlatne ruke” is organized by the Tourist Board of the Town of Đakovo, and the international apple exhibition Apple Days is organized by the Agricultural Advisory Service and the Fruit Producers Association “Voćar Đakovština”.
Traditional crafts from several Slavonian counties are presented during the international fair.
The significance of the Đakovo Expo Fair “Golden Hands” is in the promotion of what lies at the heart of Slavonia and its population – traditional crafts (blacksmith, caldron manufacturer, brushwood products, cooper, shoemaker, etc.) and the abundance of cultural heritage and handicrafts.
The aims of the Fair is to gather traditional craftspeople and handicraftsmen (goldwork, crocheting, weaving, corn husk products, traditional costumes manufacturing, etc.) participants and visitors benefit thus from the Fair.
The visitors and participants of the Fair become acquainted with the culture and tradition of this area interactively through seminars, presentations and workshops (e.g. pottery workshops, Lepoglava lace workshops).
During this Fair, the best decorated exhibition area is awarded.
“Đakovo Expo – Golden Hands” and Apple Days are a unique venue for presenting, meeting and exchanging of experiences between manufacturers and consumers.
CROATIAN HISTORICAL URBAN SONG AND DANCE FESTIVAL (SMOTRA POVIJESNIH I GRAĐANSKIH PLESOVA I STAROGRADSKIH PJESAMA HRVATSKE)
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia decided to protect historical urban songs (starogradske pjesme) as intangible heritage. It is a type of song which emerged and is still performed in the cities, towns, and villages in Slavonia, Baranja and Syrmia as well as the wider Panonian area.
Since 1998 the Historical Urban Song and Dance Festival is held annually at Hrvatski dom (Croatian Hall) around St. Catherine’s Day in November. This event aims at preserving the traditions, songs and dances of the urban area and the participants’ opulent costumes enthrall every time. The participants of this Festival are associations preserving urban traditions and customs from all parts of Croatia. This is the first and only Festival of this kind on the national level. The establishers and organizers of this Festival are: the Alliance of Arts and Culture Associations of Slavonia and Baranja, the Tourist Board of the Town of Đakovo and the Town of Đakovo.
SVOME GRADU ZA BLAGDANE (HOLIDAY GIFT FOR OUR TOWN)
A series of concerts, exhibitions, fairs, performances, public discussions, etc. as a holiday gift to the people of Đakovo.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
After a year of hard work the end of the year is a time of summarizing the results of the past year and relaxation. The transition from the past to the New Year is an opportunity for the people to gather on the town’s streets and celebration until dawn. Following the example of many European cities, New Year’s Eve is celebrated in Đakovo since 1998 in peace and joy accompanied by music and sparkling wine at Korzo.
Up to 10,000 people gather at the famous promenade in Đakovo in order to welcome the New Year among their friends, fellow citizens and the town’s officials. The musicians of Đakovo are in charge of a good mood. The Tourist Board of Đakovo and the Town of Đakovo are both the founders and the organizers of the New Year’s Eve, who prepare fireworks.