Istra Music Festival

Date: 01 - 05 April 2020

Join Choirs and Orchestras from all over the world

 

About the Istra Choir Festival

Each year in April, Istra in Croatia attracts choirs from all corners of the globe. The festival is set in the picturesque Porec area. The festivities begin on the Wednesday and Thursday as choirs begin to arrive and continue throughout the weekend. During your stay, choirs have the option of visiting two very different but very classic towns of Pula and Rovinj. The festival schedule and the number of festival concerts will depend on the number and kind of participating choirs and orchestras. There will be plenty of time between rehearsals and concerts for tourist leisure activities an meeting with other festival participants.
 
Istra
Istria is located on the peninsula on the Italian border, in the far north of Croatia.  The cultural and historical influence of Italy and Central Europe is ever apparent in Istra which offers many attractions and sights. The combination of natural beauties, the healing powers of air, sun and the ocean, as well as the hospitality of the local inhabitants make for an ideal choral destination. Along with picturesque parks, a stunning stone coast and long beaches, the Croatian Riveria provides many superb cultural events, such as the Istra Music Festival with performances from choirs and orchestras from all over the world.
 
Performance details
  • Performance is of choirs own choice of 30- minute programme
  • 1-2 songs sung as part of the joing concert of all choirs
 
Sample Itinerary
 

Day 1

Choirs arrive
Meet local guide on arrival at Venice airport. Travel by private coach to your hotel located in Porec. Gather first impressions of beautiful Istra and gather first impressions of Croatia. Tonight, is served in the hotel restaurant.
 

Day 2

Rehearsal and participation in festival concert
Enjoy the morning at leisure and in the early afternoon choir rehearsal takes place. This evening, dinner is served at the hotel and afterwards perform your 30-minute festival concert in frontof other attending choirs. You will also have the opportunity to hear the performances of other attending choirs.
Day 3
Choir participate in the concert with other attending choirs 
Today, morning at leisure and in the afternoon choirs perform in the joint concert (open-air in front of the Church Gospa od AnÄ‘ela. (please note that this concert is weather depending). This is an opportunity for all choirs to come together with each choir performing one or two songs. Choirs can also opt to have the afternoon free to enjoy Porec or perhaps explore Pula or Rovinj on an excursion. In the evening, dinner is served at the hotel restaurant and choral performances once again take place. 
Day 4
Excursion 
Today, choirs can relax at leisure or take the opportunity to see more of the area on an excursion. We recommend an excursion of Istra with wine and olive tasting to really get a feel for this stunning area. In the evening, dinner is served at the hotel restaurant and choral performances once again take place. 

Day 5

Choirs depart
This morning, check out of the hotel and depart for your flight home. 
 
The festival schedule and the number of festival concerts will depend on the number and kind of participating choirs and orchestras. There will be plenty of time between rehearsals and concerts for tourist leisure activities.
 

Your festival ground arrangements include the following:

Three or four nights bed and breakfast in a 3* or 4* Hotel with breakfast
Half-board on three evening (drinks are not included)
Festival participation fee
Participation diploma per choir
Souvenir folder per group
Festival concert performance of 30-45 minute duration 
Participation in the festival concert together with other participating choirs (1-2 songs) – weather depending
Return airport transfer from Venice airport with local guide assistance on arrival 
Free place for choir conductor
 

Tour Manager


• A CCI Tour Manager will be assigned to you for the duration of your booking, to assist in the pre-departure preparations and to assist with any issues during your stay. The tour manager does not travel with the group.


Transportation while in Istra


Choirs usually make their way around the city via public transport. However, we can arrange coach transportation for your group as required.
 

Flight Options


Once you enquire with CCI you will be given your own dedicated festival planner, and this planner will also assist you with the booking of flights for your group. Choir Contact experienced travel consultants are able to advise you on the most appropriate flight options and will advise best fares at time of booking. We use the most up-to-date modern technology for searching best fares including low cost carriers, allowing us to book you the best flights at the best fares for a fully co-ordinated service. We use both low-cost internet fares and our long-standing relationships with other carries to ensure that we can secure the best travel option for your choir. We will advise you on luggage allowance and all details relating to your flight booking. Travel Insurance CCI recommend that all travellers take out travel insurance at the time of booking.
 
 

A quotation costs nothing, so contact us today on 01 888 7830

 or email us at reservations@choircontactireland.ie