The opening of Split Carnival:
-Zumba Love Carnival at Riva
-Handover of the keys to the city
-Raising of the flag
WHEN: 18.02.2017 Saturday 11-13h
Visit the opening of the Carnival and dance Zumba under masks!➡ Split Carnival 2017 begins with the Carnival wedding of a secret love couple - the Masters of this year's Love Carnival. Each year lovers are chosen among the most outstanding young men and women who have somehow marked the previous year. After last year's Nives Ivanković, Pjerino and Valentina, on Saturday we will reveal the couple of this year and marry them at Riva. They will be given the keys to the city of Split as their wedding present, so that they could celebrate their love in the next ten days in the best possible way. After choosing Split as the most beautiful worldwide destination for their wedding party, they are about to find out that Pust, hidden in the city, will try its best to spoil their celebration. All the mishaps of this "competition" will be revealed by the end of Carnival.
If you don't feel like putting on a mask, wear something colorful and cheerful, cause you're about to be a part of a carnival filled with love and dance!
Before the carnival wedding, the new masked city administration will raise the flag at the main square (Pjaca) and announce the ten-days-long masked government of Split!
After the wedding, join the greatest Zumba fitness party at Riva, intended for all generations and all levels of dance skills - no previous knowledge of the dance is necessary, you will learn the steps as you go.
11.15h Raising the flag at Pjaca
11.30h Carnival wedding at Riva
11.45h Handover of the keys
12h Zumba Love Carnival
Zumba fitness instructors:
Enmanuel Felix De Los Santos Bello
Meri Kraljica Tičić Santos
Instructors and dancers from Dance Centre and all dance groups participating in Split Carnival.
WHERE: FRUIT SQUARE
WHEN: Tuesday 28.2. 20h
All Split salsa clubs in one place – at the Fruit Square!
Dancing to the sounds of salsa, reggaeton, zumba animations, and other dance beats.
On Shrove Tuesday expect the peak of carnival joy on four different locations: at Riva, Pjaca (main square), Fruit Square and Matejuška
This year, the salsa masquerade will be held for the eight time as the part of the Split Carnival.
Traditional competition for the THE BEST DANCE MASK
Awards will be announced during the Carnival
(sponsors still have time to join!)
Check the webpage for photos from previous salsa masquerades: www.maskenbal.com
For all other information check the web and email of the organizer: Dance Centre Split www.centarplesa.hr
Other dance program of the Carnival can be followed at www.krnjeval.com
MASQUERADE - SC GRIPE
WHERE: Big Hall SC Gripe
WHEN:25.02.2017 Saturday 21h
After many years, Željko Bebek and Zabranjeno pušenje are coming to Gripe again!
This time their performance will be under masks as special guests of Split Carnival 2017. The concert will be held on Saturday 25th of February starting at 21:00, as the biggest event of Carnival program this year.
Željko Bebek and his former band Bijelo Dugme have sold the event hall Gripe six times so there's no doubt great time is guaranteed again! In addition, a cult rock band Zabranjeno pušenje (No Smoking), with their 30-years-long carrer and 10 published albums, will make sure every masked guest has fun at Gripe.
The music of Zabranjeno pušenje has been popular among several generations, and their sharp song lyrics have always given just the right critique of our society. The band members are also popular for their remarkable and hilarious TV show called the Top List of Surrealists. We are honoured that such legends will become a part of Split's Carnival history. .
We're expecting dozens of guests from our neighbouring countries so make sure you get your ticket on time. The organizer made an effort to offer two concerts for a price of one - you can buy your ticket in days prior to the concert for less than 10 EUR (70 HRK)
This year's rich Carnival progam can be found on the webpage www.krnjeval.com
Buy your ticket online or in registered stores www.ticketshop.hr : Atlas, Tisak Media center (City Centar One), Croatia Records, Dallas, Dancing Bear, Gladiator Beach Club Žnjan and other places on the list.
Now already a tradition, Tango Under masks has become the biggest carnival milonga event in our region, gathering Tango dancers from neighbouring cities.
Tango Under Masks 2017
WHEN? SATURDAY 18.2.2017 18-22h
WHERE? Gladiator Beach Club Žnjan
The awards for the best dance mask will be announced during the Carnival.
(Sponsors are welcome to contact us and join)
All additional information are available on the web or via organizer's email:
Dance Centre Split,
WHERE: Split Riva main stage
WHEN: 25.2.2017. 13-14h
PAŠKARE Carnival is a part of Split Carnival program available at
Once again, cancel all plans and join us at this unique event on February, 25th starting at 13:00 at Riva.
The only condition for participating is giving a donation to the Association SEHALIAH.
This association is funded exclusively through donations which are used for taking care of abandoned animals in Split.
So, think hard what would be the best mask for your pet and show him at the most crowded place in Split.
See you on 25.2.2017 at 13h at RIVA !
APPLICATIONS via inbox:
We look forward to seeing you!
CARNIVAL PARADE 2017 with Pernar and Amazon Ava at the West coast and Riva + dance show Pust can dance at Riva
WHEN: 26.02.2017 Sunday 13h
WHERE: Riva and West coast
On Sunday, join us at the West coast for the Kids' Carnival and the start of the parade, and at Riva for a dance show Pust Can Dance and pet's carnival Paškare.
Different city locations will host performances by drummers from Africa, The parade will begin at the West coast and continue to Riva, where you can expect majorettes and Brasilian dancers, various instrument players and drummers, all under the leadership of the newlyweds Johnny Pernar and his Ava the Amazon.
Choose your own mask and enjoy yourself!
With the arrival of the parade, you can enjoy the Carnival show program of dance clubs from Split: Pust Can Dance and Paškare (pets' carnival) starting at 14:30.
The big finale will be on Shrove Tuesday at the main square (Pjaca) where the awards will be given out (you can still apply as a sponsor).
Check out the Parade map and print it out at www.krnjeval.com and apply to participate in the dance show or as a masked group in the parade.
GRASSHOPPER – two carnivals 2017:
Split Children Carnival at West coast on Saturday and Kindergarten's Carnival on Tuesday at Gripe
KIDS CARNIVAL (ages 7-15)
WHERE: West coast
WHEN: 26.2. Sunday 12h
Expect many surprises this year again at Kids Carnival!
Make sure you're right on time at 12:00 in front of the main stage at the West coast, make yourselves balloon animals, paint your face by the facepainter, join in dance performances and the big parade going to Riva! Kids will be joining the parade at 13:00, after which all masks will receive acknowledgments.
GRASSHOPPER KINDERGARTEN CARNIVAL 2017
WHERE: SC hall Gripe
WHEN - for kindergartens: 28.2. Tuesday 10-12h
All kindergartens, their teachers and kids are welcome to join us at Gripe, where you can come on foot or by bus. Again, we have organized a bus transportation from Split and other places in the county. For all information about transportation and participation contact the organizer: 098330260
WHERE: Riva, Fruit Square, Pjaca, St Nicholas pier
WHEN: 28.2. Tuesday 19:00-23:30h
It seems that traditional Shrove Tuesday will gain its old glory this year. The organizers Split Event and Dance Centre are preparing a rich program at Riva, Fruit Square and Pjaca.
20h BELFAST FOOD
21.30-23h MJESNI ODBOR
22.15h Šentenca 2nd reading
20h Salsa Masquerade
19h PustFest Karaoke:
“Your Face Sounds Familiar ”
20h Gelato Sisters
DJ Flexx: Retro party
ST NICHOLAS PIER
cca 22.30h Burning of the Pust
24h: AFTER PARTY:
TROPIC CLUB Baće: Belfast Food
Electro Love Carnival:
20h by Underground Control
24h Jungla Love Rave
Šentenca (the burning) will be read at cca 22:00 at the main square (Pjaca), after which the parade will head to Riva where the second reading will be held. If accused, the Pust will be burned at St Nicholas Pier where he will be taken by the masked parade.
The best mask will be awarded with 1000 HRK, but other masks will also receive appropriate awards:
1. 1000 HRK transfered to bank account
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye (A.de Saint Exupery)
Centar plesa Split
SPLIT EVENT d.o.o.
Tourist Board of Split
City of Split
Nautic Radio Kaštela
... (feel free to apply!)
City Centar One
... (feel free to apply!)
Dance Centre show teams
Dance club DNF
Dance studio Pulsar
KUDŽ Filip Dević
Elsie Angeles Novakovic
Dj Daddy Cool
Dj Galinac Galinac
Dj Edy C
Dj Jolly Joke
DJ Ivan Komlinović
DJ Jan Kinčl Zero
DJ Miss Mavrik
DJ Joma Maja
DJ Miro Burić
DJ Pero Full House
Dj FILIP XAVI
Dj Martin Gabric
DJ Teo Harouda
DJ Toni Juranovic
Pero Full House
Miro Burić (Underground Control)
Vangel Likuševski (DNF)
Marija Dubravac (administration)
Davor Rusić (electronics)
Karlo Erceg (electronics)
Dance Centre team
Dance Centre Association
Center Slava Raškaj Split
Day Center Juraj Bonači
ESN – Erasmus Student Network
Marjan Skautski Club
... (feel free to apply!)
No matter if it rains or freezer, carnival is inevitable, and so is the afterwards penance...
Dalmatian people have honoured this rule for centuries, even millenials, ever since the ancient Illyrians, their grandfathers to these days. Since the ancient times, people have dressed up with scary masks to chase away the evil spirits of the hungry winters and prepare everything for the fruitful spring. These customs were followed by the Romans at their festival of Saturnalia, held each year between December 17th and 23rd, when they would turn the world upside down by making landlords serve their slaves, excessing in their feasts and even gambling.
Then Januaria followed, time for men to mask into women and women into animals. The Compitalia were marked with dolls hung onto buildings as a substitute for human sacrifice to Gods. February festival, Lupercalia, made men wear lamb skin and run around the village pushing passers by in complete trans. Gods have changed but customs of masking into somebody else stayed unchanged, calling it carnival among other historical names.
- Church has always stayed undecided, judging the excessiveness on one side and seeing it as a balance to the christian tradition in short time period. This tolerated and controlled disorder does not damage the ruling order but actually affirms it - claims ethno theaterist dr Ivan Lozica.
Carnival was always time-limited in the history of people, lasting from Three Kings to its peak on Shrove Tuesday. On the next day, the Clean Wednesday, masks would be put aside and the lent would begin. Every village in Dalmatia would have its Pust and its burning for all bad things that happened in the community.
Pag, Olib and KaštelaThe city of Pag would have a gathering of masked village people on Sunday before Ash Wednesday, dancing in circles at their city square. The end of carnival was marked with sad marching, leading "Marko" to the bridge with the sounds of mourning songs, where they would burn him and toss into the sea.
The island Olib had a different tradition with a custom of organizing a masked weeding ceremony lasting until the morning, with men playing all the parts. Every Shrove Tuesday would gather an "army" of people carrying a straw doll and passing through streets. The judgment of the Pust was held in front of the church, hanging the doll and shooting it with a hunting rifle, all followed with a celebration until morning.
Kaštela is famous for its carnivals, dances were organized at the associations and houses, with the burning at the main city street. Bepa Kandije Kaštel Stari and family Šantić Štafilić. Music for dancing was played byStipe Vuletin Meto.
Musicians would dress up as widowers, streets were filled with dead animals, bells, people with pots on their heads visiting every house and celebrating. Pust was made Jozo Carev Keva from Gomilica andGoran Smojver, while the organizers were called the Embassy.
Bako in ImotskiPeople from Imotski had their own special carnival as well, organizing celebrations of Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, joy and food. Bacchus is a living human with red nose, long beard, with a red face and a big hat on the head. He is being pulled in a richly embelished chariot by the locals.
Barrel filled with wine is in front of him and the locals carry sticks that reach to people's windows with a bag to toss in money. They did not wear masks but would paint their faces with coal, if not other colors, passing through the villages, singing and ending the march with a joyful dinner.
Cetina carnival- Many songs are known in the Cetina region during the carnival celebrations, and each village again has its own tradition.
Locals are dressed as old people, with rugged clothing, bells around their waists and many other accessories.
The procession is ended with a comedy performance and throwing ashes on women, as an ancient sign of affection.
- Whether it rains of freezes, carnival must be held - a rule especially important for people from Neorić and Sutina with carnival tradition lasting for over three centuries.
Young men preparing for marriage carry a flag and a poplar tree in front of the host's house, which is to be decorated by the girl choosen for marriage.
Dubrovnik and PelješacThe region of Dubrovnik has a carnival so important to people that it used to be a part of the offical documents of the Republic of Dubrovnik. Sometimes, the celebrations were forbidden because of the extreme excessiveness, much to the joy of the famous comedy writer Marin Držić. The celebrations would end with burning the Pust and even his wife.
Putnikovići, a small village on Pelješac, has the so-called White Carnival, as a memory to a local legend stating that a young man was taken away by an army and when he got home during Carnival with a mask on his face, he managed to find his fiance. Their wedding ritual dances also go around the village and end with everybody dancing polka.