Split celebrates its biggest feast -
the feast of St. Domnius!
The Eucharistic celebration and holy procession, concerts, occasional theatre performances, film screenings and exhibitions, the feast on the Marjan hill, flower show in Split Đardin and Diocletian Palace substructures, various sports tournaments, events for children, performances of folk clubs, Gastro get - festival of food and drinks, the traditional and most exquisite Tombula (raffle), the evening concert on the Riva waterfront, and the great fireworks, are just part of the rich programme of events that awaits us as part of this year's Sudamja. This year it lasts from the 1 to 13 May.
The program features a legendary Scottish band Simple Minds, who after their recently released seventeenth album, Walk Between Worlds and sold out concerts all over Europe, come to Split! The concert will take place on the Žnjan beach, on Saturday, 5 May, in honour of the St. Domnius Day and the Day of the City. This will be the first big event on the beach that is soon to receive a new and modern design, as well as many attractive facilities.
On Sunday, 6 May, there will be the traditional boat race between Oxford-Cambridge and Split legendary men's eights.
The centuries-old tradition of St. Domnius' feast is celebrated traditionally on 7 May. It is devoted to the bishop of Salona, who lived at the time of the Emperor Diocletian when he was executed. St. Domnius is the patron of the city. The feast, also called Sudamja, begins early in the morning as a folk festival. There is a rich church part of the programme with a central ceremony - a procession with the relics of St. Domnius, which goes from the St. Domnius' Cathedral, across the waterfront, and to the altar on Dr. Franjo Tuđman Square, where the Mass is held. The festival includes many events - a brass band concert, singing groups, the sale of traditional souvenirs, delicacies and various Croatian products, wooden butterflies and similar toys for children to wooden tableware for those older.
What else to highlight from the rich schedule? As part of the celebration, Labour Day will be marked on the Marjan hill; there will follow the traditional Feast of the Holy Cross in the Veli Varoš district; Sudamja festivals of spiritual music in honour of St. Domnius, full-length performances of popular Filip Dević, Brodosplit, and Jedinstvo folklore societies will take place at the Riva waterfront, on 3 May a klapa concert will be held under the title of Meeting of the Dalmatian Klapa at the Croatian National Theatre Split; and on 5 May, the Sudamja Festivals of Spiritual Music will be held on the Peristyle in honour of St. Domnius.
In the Split Đardin and Diocletian's Palace substructures, the Flower Festival opens on 4 May. The feast ends on 13 May in the Marjan Park Forest with the celebration of the Marjan Day. On 6 May, in Đardin you have the opportunity to make the traditional Split Cake. This year the celebration is richer for another worthy project, the Gastro Get festival Sudamja organized by the Tourist Board of Split and the Get restaurants. At the Gastro Get festival Sudamja, each of the eight Get restaurants will offer different menus with a default list of ingredients.
This year, on the day of the celebration, 7 May, Chefs Association of Mediterranean and European regions (SKMER) together with the City of Split and the Tourist Board of Split organizes the "Festival of Food and Drinks" at which free meals will be distributed to the citizens and visitors of Split. More than 4000 delicious portions are prepared in surplus pan.
Ivo Tijardović's operetta, Splis'ki akvarel, returns to the stage of the Croatian National Theatre Split by its performances on 5 May. Along with Mala Floramye, Spli'ki akvarel is the most popular show about Split, and its main character are the common people of Split, to whom the author devoted his immortal work.