Zagreb by Jakob Goldstein

It seems that the constant race with time has not robbed the charm from Zagreb's hotels, theatres, the old Upper Town or the narrow streets of the Lower Town. You can get everywhere by foot, perhaps stopping on the way at one of the many cafés or bars. You can find something exceptional in the rustle of autumn leaves in Zrinjevac park, or the gas lamps of the Old Town, or the music of buskers providing a background to the busy shopping streets.

Zagreb is famous for its rich artistic life: film, music, ballet, opera and drama, but let's stick to the literary scene (for there are some good reasons to do so). Over the past fifteen years Zagreb has become the principal stage of an extremely vivid Croatian literary life. It is a scene that welcomes both domestic and foreign protagonists, both established literary festivals and underground/guerrilla readings. The scene is vivid and energetic, with frequent meetings and extraordinary audiences. Venues such as literary club Booksa, Profil, Megastore Bookstore, clubs Mocvara, Gjuro 2 are some of the literary hotspots. Zagreb is a unique city. Its whole story is yet untold, a story to which you may add a little of yourself to.


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