Starts 20. april 2017. in Rovinj
FAKS – Amateur Cultural Creation Festival
Based on the principle of lifelong learning and love for amateur creativity, FAKS - the Amateur Cultural Creation Festival is an international cultural, educational and entertaining event which unites choral festivals, acting festivals, exhibitions of visual arts and meetings of amateur groups and takes place in spring each year.
Events in 2017.:
FAKS Plays International wind orchestra festival from 11.-14.05.2017.
FAKS Sings International choral festival from 20.04.-23.04.2017. (vol. 1) & 04.05.-07.05.2017. (vol. 2)
FAKS festival is proud to be recognized from European Festival Association (EFA) and chosen to get EFFE label for 2015/2016 as one of the best European festival. EFFE quality label was given to festivals with an artistic commitment, involvement in their local communities and a European and global outlook.
International Choral Festival
20.-23.04.2017. (vol. 1) & 04.-07.05.2017. (vol. 2)
International wind orchestra festival
Arrival in Vrsar
Meeting with the organization team
Vrsar, Church St. Martin
Excuriosn to Rovinj
Sightseeing of Rovinj
Friendship concerts in different locations in Istria
Morning workshop by the pool
Round table with participation of presidents and choral directors
Excursion to Pazin
Sightseeing of Pazin
Show Concert in the concert hall Spomen dom in Pazin
Dinner and party
Dinner and party in agrotourism
Sightseeing of Vrsar
The FAKS festival offers special accommodation packages at favourable prices in resort Belvedere 4* in Vrsar:
150 EUR per person
FAKS – FB
- 3 overnight stays in two-bed room.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner in time of stay
- Istrian dinner and party in agritourism
- Organisation of concerts and tours with a group guide
135 EUR per person
FAKS – HB
- 3 overnight stays in Rovinj in two-bed room.
- Breakfast and dinner in time of stay
- Istrian dinner and party in agritourism
- Organisation of concerts and tours with a group guide
On the beautiful Istrian coast, just below the Channel of Lim, there lies Rovinj, one of the most romantic places on the Mediterranean, and one of the most developed tourist places in Croatia. This town is characterised by a rich natural and cultural heritage, particularly the church of St Euphemia, the old town and the Zlatni rt forest park. It represents an ideal destination for all those who yearn for a sentimental atmosphere of bygone times. Romantic and mysterious, but at the same time full of possibilities for unforgettable fun, Rovinj becomes and remains a town to which you want to return.
Vrsar is a beautiful little town of fishermen, winemakers and farmers, with a history longer than 2,000 years. It was built on a picturesque little hill near the stronghold of Vergotin, the former summer residence of the bishops of Poreč. The rows of stone houses climbing up the hill towards the old town centre, the church that dominates the townscape, and the quiet bay surrounded by islets all make the beauty of Vrsar unique. With its irresistible combination of authentic architecture and preserved nature, Vrsar offers you a unique ambient of the Mediterranean that you can only wish for.
Situated in the very heart of the Istrian peninsula, only around 30 km from famous tourist spots, Pazin is a town with a long and rich tradition, as well as many sights. Despite not being situated on the coast, its surroundings are ideal for a variety of sporting activities. If you wish to experience an environment in which people have been living since the ancient times, participate in programmes celebrating the tradition, life or food, stroll through the old stronghold, leaf through an incunabulum or seek inspiration, the town of Pazin and inland Istria are the perfect places for you.
Festival participants 2016
CHOIR APZ ALOJZIJ MAV
CHOIR FIOR DI ROCCIA
CHOIR KUD SCT – CHOIR RETRO
CORO POLIFONICO DI TRICHIANA
EL SCARPON DEL PIAVE DI SPRESIANO
CORO POLIFONICO BEATO JACOPO DA VARAGINE
CHORO LE OREGE DE HOI
CANTEMUS BOY`S CHOIR
CORALE DEI LAGHI
The choral meeting is open all year around to choral groups of all ages and all kinds from all over the world – as their name reveals, it is not a stressful contest but a unique opportunity to meet other choirs from different countries, sing together and make new friends in the magic atmosphere of Istria. Come along and enjoy the concerts of friendship with one or more local choirs. Send a request on email@example.com or sign up here.
CHORUS INSIDE CROATIA 31.08.-05.09.2017.
During the six-day event of the international festival, choirs from various countries will engage in competition and reach for their best performances at the main concert which will be held in the Adris hall in Rovinj. The festival opening ceremony will be held in the grand Church of St. Euphemia in Rovinj.
MUSICA SACRA 14.-16.10.2016.
With the 20 years of its tradition, the international festival of sacral music MUSICA SACRA is coming to Croatia where the choirs will present themselves with the best performances of sacral music in the churches of Vrsar, Funtana, Rovinj and at other beautiful locations in Istria. Festival „Musica sacra über die Grenzen und Berge“ (Musica Sacra across the boarders and Mountains) was initiated by maestro Manfred Linsbauer from Austria. It's meant to bring people from all neighbouring countries of Austria together to make music. Its emphasis is to cultivate spiritual and traditional choral music.
"We enjoyed all the time on FAKS festival and learned a lot which of course is the meaning of this event. You were all wonderful and the organization team is great. Our guide Ivana was charming, a truly wonderful guide. You were are all very friendly, thank you."
Nataša Papež, president of the choir “MEPZ REVOZ”, SLOVENIA
"We have wonderful memories from the days we spent in Croatia at the FAKS Sings festival. A great experience, first of a kind for us. We met other choirs and we will try to be in touch with them for new cultural exchanges."
Paolo Gardenal, president of the choir “Coro polifinco di Trichiana”, Italy
We had a great time at your festival. We felt friendship and positive energy in the air and we saw that you are doing FAKS festival from your heart. There were good concerts, meetings, new friendships and delicious food. In the name of our choir, THANK YOU for everything.
TONE PERPAR, PRESIDENT OF THE CHOIR “APZ ALOJZIJ MAV“, SLOVENIA
"The organization was excellent in every aspect. The program was varied, diverse and in accordance with the terms of the participation form. There was an interesting discussion at the round table, we met a lot of choirs and shared experiences. Apartments and rooms are luxurious with exceptional service. Clean coastline and beautifully decorated parks, great for swimming and free time. Despite the rain at the beginning, it was spectacular. The food was tasty and varied, even vegetarians were well supplied. All in all, great."
Andrej Kerin, president of the choir “KUD SCT – Zbor RETRO”, Ljubljana, Slovenia
"Quality and selection of the program was ok. I expected more choirs from all around Europe. Maybe it would be better if one guide accompanied one choir group and translate in their language. The accommodation and cleanliness in the Belvedere resort was perfect."
Rossano Valli, president of the choir “Fior di Roccia”, Trento (TN), Italy
“We express our great satisfaction and gratitude for your hospitality during our stay in Istria on FAKS Sings festival 2016. Every moment we spent together was full of joy. Even the accommodation was exceptional and I am sure that some of us will return to spend their holidays there. In hope that our cooperation will continue, again, thanks for everything.”
SERGIO PERINI, President of the choir “MONTENERO”, ITALY
"I would like to say thank you for the possibility to take part on your wonderful festival from 05.-08.05.2016. All the boys are still so excited, they can't get rid of the deep impressions they could get in Istria. Thank you for the kindness and hosptality. I hope we can keep going on cooperating in the future."
SOMA SZABÓ, director of the choir “Cantemus Boy`s Choir”, Hungary
"The organization of the festival was great. We had wonderful time on the FAKS Sings festival 2016. The program of the festival was very interesting and we had a lot of fun."
Johhny Dario, conductor of the choir “Villachorus”, TOLMEZZO (UD), Italy
"Great organization and interesting festival Schedule. We thank you for these beatiful days we spent here in Istria at your festival. We wish you a lot of success at organizing future maifestations."
Cinzia Zanon, dirigentica zbora “Melicus”, Marostica (VI), Italia
"Participation on the FAKS festival from 05.-08. May 2016. was one of the most positive experiences for our choir and the group was very pleased. The guides were profesional, kind, punctual and always available, very well prepared. The accomodation was clean, comfort and modern. As I said to the president of the FAKS festival Ines Kovačić Drndić, I will contact other choirs and tell them about FAKS Sings festival. "
Gianfranco Scotton, president (maestro) of the choir El Scarpon del Piave, Spresiano (TV), Italy
"All positive – the town is nice and clean, very interesting program of the festival and great organization, congratulations! We really enjoyed participating on FAKS festival 2016."
Bigatti Sergio, president of the choir “Le Orege de Hoi”, Bienno (BS), Italy
"The festival was outstanding in every aspect. I never attended to such a demanding event where everyone was happy and no one complained. Excellent and evocative places of the performances. Compliment to the organization team. We hope to come again to FAKS festival."
Federico Galloni, president of the choir “ARMONIA”, Bologna, Italy
"The idea of the festival is excellent and I would like to commend the organization and the hospitality of the hosts who welcomed and accepted us in a very friendly manner. The festival is an excellent opportunity for choirs and groups from all the regions to meet and interconnect, and spread the joy of amateur music and singing beyond the borders of our country. The festival and the trip itself will stay in our dearest memories. We cherish those days filled with socialization and music"
Rosana Cepane, president of the vocal group “Alegre”, Beretinec, Croatia
"The first event of the FAKS 2014 Festival in Rovinj was a very positive experience in all regards: excellent organization; excellent concert area; Rovinj is beautiful... the atmosphere among the choirs was intimate and friendly. All the singers contributed to this meeting of the choirs with their love for choir singing, and, although they were amateur singers, they tried to meet the basic elements of quality and even artistic singing. Although the manifestation was not of a competitive nature and although it was intended for amateurs, the performances of the choirs were professionally supervised as regards the level of quality and artistic impression. The review of the choirs provided by a professional person, conductor - maestro Neven Radaković, was very objective and included professional and benevolent instructions every choirmaster would find very helpful. I congratulate the responsible person, Mrs. Ines Kovačić Drndić, on the organization of this event, and I personally and professionally support the further holding of the FAKS Festival in Rovinj."
Full professor Đeni Dekleva-Radaković, composer
"We love the idea of FAKS, the socialization of amateur choirs, interconnections and exchange of experiences, and we strongly commend the organization since it was the 1st FAKS which also included choirs. We were especially thrilled with the accommodation and food."
Franka Zlatić, president of the choir “Vrelo”, Fužine, Croatia
"On behalf of the entire choir, I can say that it was our great pleasure to have participated at the 2014 FAKS Sings Festival in Rovinj. We had such a good time that we will be back this year and participate not only at the FAKS Festival but also at the MUSICA SACRA International Festival which will be held in October 2015! It is an experience we wish to recommend to everybody because festivals like these enhance the relationships between choir members and their escorts, and generate memorable experiences."
Daniela de Prato, President of the choir “Corale San Marco”, Belluno (IT), Italy
"The musical part of the festival has no thematic or repertoire definitions, so it is a good opportunity for choirs and vocal ensembles to show the audience all the colours of their repertoire. While enjoying the pleasant company of musical amateurs, participants can also make new contacts and schedule new meetings over choral music."
Milan Galant, president of the mixed choir “Roženice”, Pazin, Croatia
PARTNERS OF FESTIVAL
Of course. We can arrange transfers to/from the airports in Pula, Trieste, Ljubljana or Zagreb and to/from all the tours and concerts during the festival. The price of the transfer will depend on the distance of the particular route. 3 Can choir members bring escorts with them (partners, friends...) and which package prices apply to them?
All friends and escorts are welcome under the same conditions as choir members if they come together in a group.
Of course. An acoustic or electric piano, depending on the location, will be provided at all the concerts.
Lunch for all the participants of the festival will be arranged in the nearby hotel or restaurant at the price of EUR 10 per person.