About MBZ

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About MBZ

Music Biennale Zagreb is the biggest Croatian festival dedicated to the adventure of contemporary music. Since its founding in 1961, the MBZ program has been unburdened by genre limitations and accompanied by discussions, exchanges of knowledge, experimenting and games. Every two years, a number of venues in Zagreb are transformed into meeting places colored in every shade of contemporary music—from symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and contemporary opera to jazz, improvised, electronic and alternative music as well as sound experiments, multimedia installations and contemporary dance.
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Current edition

This proclamation is conceived as a presentation of the principles on which the Music Biennale Zagreb strives to be based as a festival, but also as an internationally recognized cultural event that directly impacts the community at large. It is precisely because of the responsibility that comes with the far-reaching and complex production of the MBZ that it was necessary to chart a clear path that the MBZ will follow in this and all subsequent editions. This proclamation is therefore not about the thematic core of a single biennial program, but about the thesis that art should continually respond to the various aspects of culture and society, especially ecology as the current crisis point. At the same time, it is important to emphasize that in this process, we will begin with ourselves – the festival team as creators of the content and the content itself – by critically observing the past practices and editions of the Music Biennale Zagreb, their strengths and weaknesses, in order to pave the way for future generations and an inclusive ecosystem of the cultural sector that treats its resources in a responsible manner.

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