Music Biennale Zagreb is an international festival of contemporary music that was first held in 1961.
During the festival days held every April of the odd-numbered year, Zagreb is transformed into a center of culture and art that brings together composers, music critics, superb performers and fans of contemporary music from the wider region and the rest of Europe. Additionally, the Music Biennale has had a continued strong impact and has received support from within its own surroundings. One can claim that the era and geo-political framework at the moment of the founding of this Festival – at the revolutionary 1960s – have contributed to the success of the Music Biennale as well as to its further programing and organizational shaping.
This Festival is fully dedicated to New Music – from the “classics” of contemporary music to new generations of composers from around the world – so that the programs of the Music Biennale comprise of the most diverse projects, ranging from symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, experimental music theater, contemporary dance, jazz, electronic music to alternative music scene.
Music Biennale Zagreb is tied not only to its music program, but also to other forms of art and related disciplines, which is why it has won an exceptional and distinctive place on the Croatian and regional cultural scene. This is further accentuated by numerous guest performers, most of whom are first-rate music professionals.
Music Biennale Zagreb is guided by two basic ideas: tolerance and high quality of music production, creativity and reproduction.