This August will be marked
by the aromas of fish, sauce, basil, mussels, fritolas and many other
delicacies. With our taste buds taken
care of, there will also be plenty on offer to satisfy our artistic side, with many
cultural events representing both local and foreign traditions. The varied
forthcoming days of August will bring cultural, musical, culinary and other
Cultural and musical
The adorable singer Anika Horvat will
perform at the Adria Ankaran Hotel and Resort on the 9th August.
Summer in Portorož continues in August, offering
various quality free events every day of the week. The highlight will be the
grand concert of Havana Club & Maurizio Solieri – a Vasco Rossi tribute band on
15th August on Portorož Beach. The events on the beach continues on
the 16th and 17th August with Portorož Nights. The band Cubismo
will perform on the first day, with singer Jan Plestenjak's concert the
following day, culminating in a fireworks display. The international comics and
Anime' boardgames fair returns on the 17th and 18th August
at Izola’s Lonka, on the Sončno Nabrežje embankment in front of Izola High
School. Watch various competitions, join one of the many lectures and workshops,
or simply enjoy Japanese music. It will
be busy in Ankaran too, with a performance by Marina and Emilia Martensson at Valdoltra on 18th August. The 18th Tartini festival, an international festival of chamber music dedicated to Tartini,
will be held in Piran from 22nd August to 8th September. Tune
in to Radio Študent On the 24th August listen to RAP rhythms at
the Študent beach in Ankaran. August’s Thursday nights will host a
series of acoustic events during the Čubed Under the Pine Trees festival. The Summer with Pearls festival continues on Wednesday nights at
the Koper Regional Museum Garden. It is also worth mentioning The Street Revives event, which will be held on 28thAugust, featuring music, dancing and other entertainment along Kidrič street
and other venues in Koper. The last two days of August will also be eventful
with the traditional End of Summer Party on the Študent beach in Ankaran
on 30th August and the mega-concert featuring popular Croatian star Gibonni on the 31st August in Bivje, Dekani. Koper's Taverna will
also host the Koper Champions
Night event on the same night. If you like salsa dancing, come and visit the Cuban Salsa Festival in Koper on the 23rd and 24th August. The 17th Saltpans Feast will be held in Piran on the 24thAugust, where visitors will learn about the tradition of salt harvesting and many other interesting things.
Theatre for all generations
The stage is set for an eventful August in theatres. The 17th Alpe Adria PUF Festival goes on into August. Children will also be
entertained at the Children's Summer Theatre Carousel. Tuesday nights will continue hosting the Summer
Theater Evenings on Martinčev square, while the popular event Homo na plac will be held on Sunday mornings on Prešeren Square. The event
demonstrates how Istrian markets operate.
On the 1st August, children will be
entertained by the Wake Up Fishy puppet show. The next day will be dedicated to theatre lovers, with a
monodrama performance by Michael A. Green, My Life with Alma Karlin. The Magical Blues street
performance will be held on the 15th August, with a comedy
performance by Rok Vilčnik – rokgre, Gušto goes on a pilgrimage following
the next day. The 23rd August will serve up some laughs with the monocomedy
performance Profesor Kuzman junior.
Entertainment for the little ones
Fairytale Hours will be held for children on the
beach at Valdoltra on 6th August. The Day of Dolphins will be
on 10th August in Piran while also in the same location, the Grand Lizard Exhibition – Dragons will be open to the public until September. A
workshop aimed at children, Life with Volcanoes, is taking place on the
22nd August at Valdoltra. Children will learn something new as well
as make their own creations.
Active August days
Portorož will become a tennis hub from the 9thto 18th August, hosting the 7. ATP Challenger Zavarovalnica Sava Slovenia Open. Ankaran's Študent Beach will host NIA group classes
every Monday while on the 18th August, you can join Gong Meditation at sunrise at Valdoltra. You can also visit the water sports and activities
park Active Koper in Žusterna, every day of the month.
Food, the Istrian way
Izola will host Šalšijada on the first Saturday of August. It is an amateur cook competition, where
participants will be cooking homemade Istrian šalša/tomato sauce the
traditional Istrian way. The competitors will also prepare spaghetti, adorned
with their sauce, before being judged. The herb basil, combining perfectly with
its complementary ingredient tomatoes, will be the star of its own culinary
event Bazilikijada. All Istrian herb
lovers are welcome to attend the event in Izola on the last Saturday in August.
There will be something for beer lovers too. Koper will host the 7th Festival of Micro Beer Brewers on the 9th August on Tito Square.
One of the largest summer feasts – Fishermen's Feast - will be held between the 22ndand 25th August in Izola, covering the town in the aromas of seafood,
and its streets and squares in music. There will be many famous musicians
performing as well during the revival of old traditions, sporting events and much
more. There will be something new awaiting visitors every step of the way: the
baptism of rowers, old barge regattas, and the presentation of fishing and its
equipment. Entertainment, spiced up with typical Istrian humour, and a full
plate of seafood is the recipe attracting tourists to Izola from all parts of
the world. On the 31 August, Valdoltra hosts the traditional variety social
event, featuring Istrian food of course - Istrian Day.
Photos: CKŠP Izola, FPA, Agency Uran, Raymond Amoah
Prepared by: Nina Jurinčič, Municipality of Ankaran
In collaboration with: Portorož Tourism Board, g. i. z., Izola Tourism
Board, g.i.z., and the Tourism Organisation of the Municipality of Koper.