The first film screening in this venue took place in 1938, while Pula was under the Italian Fascist rule. But this is not a place for talking about politics, we’re here to talk about movies, culture and having fun. The Pula Film Festival, the largest film festival in Croatia, has been held every summer since 1954 at the Roman amphitheatre known as the Pula Arena and in other venues in the surrounding area.
You can experience cultural events such as musical performances, ballet, theatre performances and poetry readings. The Festival program includes classical drama productions, premieres of more recent works for drama theatre and concerts of classical music, street theatres and concerts by pop stars. One of the crucial elements of the Festival is inevitable relations between the industrial architecture and the theatre, which is why some of the events are staged at the old industrial sights such as the Trsat fortress (a former observation post built for defence against the Turkish army).
Pilchard is the symbol of Fažana so everything about this festival is related to this small healthy fish. A special attraction is culinary programs of preparing pilchard in 100 different ways based on knowledge and skill, that transform simplicity into delicious dishes. Program of this festival offers courses by the Small fishing academy “Srdela”. If you attent the courses they will show you the underwater world of Fažana, fishing equipment and Fažana’s traditional fishing boats. Tasting fish in Fažana is the perfect opportunity for all of the sea and sun lovers that decide to lose themselves in summer sights of Croatia.