Thursday, September 20

  • 24th International Flower Show
    In cooperation with Gardeners’ Association of Varaždin County, flower show on the theme 48th Varaždin Baroque Evenings and Japanese horticulture – with a workshop and students’ competition – from September 20 to 23 will be held on Stančić Square and Varaždin Old Castle


Friday, September 21

  • Grand openingspectacular outdoor program
    King Tomislav Square – Korzo – around 7 p.m. (up to 7:20)
    Drummers Kiyo Kito Taiko
    The announcement of the grand opening of Varaždin Baroque Evening
  • Grand opening concert in the Cathedral, after which follows the outdoor program where the audience will be escorted by historical units and dancers on nearby squares and Old Castle – Purgari and Husari
  •  King Tomislav Square – Korzo – 9:40 p.m. (up to 9:50)
    Drummers Kiyo Kito Taiko drumming spectacle
  • Varaždin Old Castle – 10 p.m.
    Antun Stašić & maestro ensemble – ROCK BAROQUE
    Antun Stašić – soloist, artistic director
    The spectacular program which will combine baroque and rock in musical terms – ROCK BAROQUE – impressive themes from A. Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons concertos, in one moment from original sound transformed and arranged in attractive, modern and dance music, with added instruments of a rock group. Ensemble is special because it is made of classical instruments and rock band, which contributes to a unique sound.
    Vivaldi: Summer
  •  Varaždin Old Castle ramparts, 10:15 p.m.
    Festive fireworks with a Japanese theme light effects and lavish fireworks will create a special atmosphere and experience, all in colors of the partner country of 48th VBE – Japan.


  • Medina škrinja, from 10 p.m.
    After VBE Rock Baroque Party
    Rock on barock duo– Vid Novak Kralj, piano, harpsichord, organ & Hrvoje Šenjug, classic and electric guitar. Rock-baroque music program and apposite gastronomic offer – VBE beer, VBE wine and special food offer.


Saturday, September 22

  • King Tomislav Square – Korzo – around 9 p.m.
    Drummers Kiyo Kito Taiko, drumming spectacle
  • Zlatni Ajngel Gallery – opening in 8 p.m., up to Sunday, September 30
  • Kerameikon Gallery, 6 p.m.
    Contemporary ceramics exhibition “Ceramics Inspired by Japan”
  • Rogoz Scene, from 10 p.m.
    After VBE Rock Baroque Party
    Baroque beer, baroque wine, concert


Sunday, September 23

  • Origami workshops under the leadership of Mr. Dragutin Gerić, a long time expert in that field, will be held on Sunday, September 23, at 10 a.m.; on Wednesday, September 26, at 6 p.m. and on Sunday, September 30, at 10 a.m. in Gallery K10 in Kukuljevićeva 10 in Varaždin.


Monday, September 24

  • Kerameikon Gallery, 6 p.m.
    The night of Haiku poetry: Drago Štambuk


Thursday, September 27

  • Sermage Palace, 6 p.m.
    Exhibition of Hina dolls – donation of Ms. Miki Takamatsu 
  •  Gaj Cinema, 6 p.m.
    Lecture of Leo Rafolt on “Transculturalism and embodiment: examples of Japan”


Friday, September 28

  • Atrium of Varaždin Old Castle, 7 p.m.
    Gala Japanese-Croatian Dinner
    Festive dinner served by Croatian and Japanese chefs, which will present the gastronomy of two countries, traditional food and sweets with premium wine and ambient baroque music. Entrance fee: 150 HRK
  • Medina škrinja, from 10 p.m.
    After VBE Rock Baroque Party
    Baroque beer, baroque wine, concert


Friday and Saturday, September 28 and 29


Saturday, September 29

  • Medina škrinja, from 10 p.m.
    After VBE Rock Baroque Party
    Baroque beer, baroque wine
  • Hotel Park, 10 p.m.
    Buffet Japanese – Croatian specialties
    Entrance ticket fee: 100 HRK prior reservation in Hotel Park
  • Varaždin Music School, 10 a.m.
    Violinist Course: Kimiko Nakazawa


Monday, October 1

  • Varaždin Music School, noon
    Lecture of Muneyuki Nakazawa about string instruments from Stradivari family and the presentation of Sorkočević Felix Spiller collection
  • Europe Media Club, Croatian National Theatre in Varaždin, 1 p.m.
    Haiku poetry – vice president of the International P.E.N., Mr. Takeaki Hori and the awarding ceremony for children of Croatian schools, who participated in the International Haiku Contest, organized every second year by JAL (Japanese airline company, Japan Airlines)