July in Labin and Rabac
This year, as part of the Labin Art Republic, enjoy the Labin Jazz Festival, which opens on July 5 at 9.30 PM with a concert of Matko Brajša Rašan Art School Jazz department. On Friday, June 6, there is a musical treat - the most famous rock songs of Atomsko Sklonište performed by Atomic Jazz Istra in jazz style at 9.30 PM, followed by Mikuljan & Razz Wind Factory concert at 11 PM. The festival closes on July 8 with live performance of the local singer and songwriter Dina Rizvić, Croatian version of Norah Jones. The concert starts at 9.30 PM, followed by Circolo Di Jazzette Collective performance from 11 PM.
All concerts are held in Labin Old Town at Špina stage and in Tito Square.
The second Rabac Open Air Festival opens with live concert by the legendary Croatian rock band Psihomodo Pop, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Experience the best of Croatian rock'n'roll in Valamar the Beat Beach Club in Rabac from 10 PM till midnight. By the sea near the St. Andrea beach, cocktails, craft beers and lots of good vibrations dance to hits Sve će biti u redu, Bejbi and Ramona.
The second edition of summer festival celebrating the beauty of life and little life delights brings four program categories. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Open Air Cinema offers open-air cinema under the stars with family movies and cartoons, from 9 to 11 PM in the park between Valamar Sanfior Hotel and the promenade. On Saturday, July 28 have fun with family-friendly interactive show Istria InSpirit about pirates fighting over the hidden treasure, held on the promenade and park below Valamar Sanfior Hotel from 8.30 to 10 PM.
On Tuesdays, Circus in the City performed by Cirkobalkan turns Rabac into an open-air circus. Jugglers, stilt walkers, acrobats and fire eaters will take over the streets, with the final show performance at the lighthouse on the seafront promenade below Valamar Sanfior Hotel from 7.30 to 10 PM.
On Sundays, as part of Princess Ball program, step into the fairy-tale world of famous cartoon characters and dance at the ball with a 'real' prince and princess at the seafront promenade and the park below Valamar Sanfior Hotel from 7.30 to 9.30 PM.
On Wednesdays, along the waterfront and the promenade at Riva café, Capitano restaurant, below La Pentola and Movie Lounge Bar enjoy live street concerts from 8 to 10 PM.
And on Fridays, at Sundance Beach Club below Valamar Girandella Resort 4* have fun at Sundance Tribute Festival with Amy Winehouse Tribute Band from 9 to 11 PM.
For the sixth time in a row bio produce fair Bio Market brings the best Istrian and Croatian eco products to the waterfront in Rabac. At the sunset and sea breeze, enjoy the healthy food of certified bio producers from various parts of Croatia and members of the LAG Eastern Istria. Choose fresh vegetables, pumpkin seed and olive oil, honey, flour milled on stone mill, yoghurt, cheese, aronia and blueberry juice and peaches and support ecological production and preservation of natural resources.
Rabac waterfront from 6 to 11 PM
This summer the traditional amateur folklore dance event Labinski konti celebrates a valuable jubilee – the 50th anniversary! This festival of songs, dance and traditional folklore music of the Labin area has been gathering the local cultural artistic societies (called KUD in Croatian) and their guests for half a century. RKUD Rudar from Raša and KUD Ivan Fonović Zlatela from Kršan are the leaders of this festival which nurtures traditional folk instruments play: Istrian bagpipes, shawms, double whistles, double pipes with a single reed, two-part polyphone singing, dancing Labin tanac (dance) ... Meet the original Labin area folklore and have fun with local songs and dances.
Discover the original flavors of Labin area hills and seaside in the newly-designed dishes at Labin restaurant Due Fratelli. In the natural oasis on Labin-Rabac road, overlooking Labin Old Town, enjoy the new gastro magic of a young chef Toni Dragičević. Smoked anchovies served on stone, marinated shrimps on Istrian quark and spinach with orange cream sprinkled with dried olives, or sea bass tartar with sage and rosemary cream are starters that will tickle your palate and invite you to discover the richness of fresh fish and herbs tastes. With local white wine, taste clams in Malvasia with home-made bavette pasta and beetroot powder, sea bass fillet on saffron sauce, and for dessert you will hardly resist figs boiled in Malvasia with bay leaf and sage on quark with fig crumble or chocolate ice-cream with grated cheese and olive oil made of Istrian olive sort called bjelica by Oleum viride Belić.
Due Fratelli Restaurant
6 Montozi, Labin
T +385 52 853 577
M +385 98 366 498, 098 334 030