The Garden Festival - A New Beginning

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Country and Region CroatiaŠibensko-Kninska
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Tisno, Šibensko-Kninska, Croatia
Festival Contact Information

The Garden Tisno
Lula d.o.o.
Liburnska obala 6
23000 Zadar, Croatia
Phone: +385 23 364 739

Festival Description

The team in Croatia are very proud to officially announce A New Beginning, which takes place during the summer for a full week of fun in the glorious sunshine. After six amazing years in Petrcane — the original epicentre of Croatia’s now burgeoning independent festival scene — it’s time to move to pastures new, and the party has taken root a little further along the stunning coastline. Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce you to The Garden Festival that now takes place in Tisno. The programming includes: house, disco, funk, soul and techno DJs and live acts.

The new site is an undiscovered musical paradise which fits right within the Garden’s esteemed and revered ethos, where the emphasis is always on an unparalleled experience combining festival and holiday vibes seamlessly as one. It’s set in a gently hilly area which overlooks the Garden’s very own beautiful bay below, complete with sandy beach and crystal clear water. Tisno — split between the mainland and the island of Murter, joined by a 20m rising bridge — is just a ten-minute walk away, is a charming picture-perfect town with a host of restaurants, cafes, apartments and small boutique hotels. It’s situated pretty much right between Zadar and Split airports, which lots of flights from Europe to each.

Nick Colgan, one of the festival’s directors, explains that, “We really feel we have found a new home which captures the magic of our original vision but also evolves it a bit too. The Garden Festival has its very own village, featuring 80 on-site apartments which can hold 300 people, as well as 30 Indian Shikar tents with electric fans and lighting, proper beds, mosquito nets, dressing room and porch area. There are also 120 pitches for people bringing their own tents. It will also feature the familiar elements everyone knows and loves — twice daily parties on the Argonaughty seadog including sunset trips close to the Kornati Islands, partying around the Main Stage and Tiki Bar day and night and a brand new Barbarellas club. The entire site runs right along a truly gorgeous shoreline, so dancing right by the glittering waters under the sizzling sun or a moonlit star-speckled sky — classic Garden experiences – remain, helping to keep the festival so unique. And with Funktion 1 across all areas the sound will once more be amazing! Already Tisno really feels like home and we think it will for everyone else too.”

One of the new developments is that Barbarellas will now be open to all; once again it will be hosted by some of world’s top club nights and promoters each night throughout the Garden Festival in a completely open air location with a bigger capacity that will ensure all Gardeners will get the chance to experience the new club environment. Barbarellas is located on the sea front and is just a short bus ride away from The Garden Festival. Transfers will be arranged by us to ensure you can easily get there for a bit of late night revelry before the buses or taxi boats whisk you back to Tisno.

Festival Dates July 4 - 11, 2012
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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Classic Argonaughty, credit David Bowen
    • Dancing in the Sea, credit Turnmaster Tim
    • Shikar tent interior
    • Shikar tent exterior
    • Garden Festival sunset, credit
    • The Garden Tisno - A New Beginning
    • The Garden Tisno Croatia Map
    • Tisno aerial shot
  • The Garden Tisno
    Petrica Glava 34
    22240, Tisno, Croatia
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