09.08.2019. | Announcements
Aug 9 2019 to Aug 11 2019
When ships from Sali sail into the port of Zadar, bringing with them the sounds of “donkey music”, it is a sign to all that the Sali Fiesta - popular across the whole of the Adriatic - has begun. Larking about through the streets of Zadar and playing “donkey music”, the merry parade invites everyone to join the three-day celebration in a relaxed atmosphere. The following evening the mouth-watering aromas of the Fishermen’s Night will make your palate crave for food. It will not be easy to decide what to try first among the many specialties like brodettos, pilchards and tuna dishes, surrounded by the mellow atmosphere of Dalmatian nights still further enhanced by the melodies of Dalmatian harmony singing groups. Sport-inclined visitors interested in trying new and unusual sports will get into their own on the third day of the Fiesta, which comes to an end with the popular Night of Sali when entertainment is provided by well known pop stars. The Fiesta ends on Sunday with the traditional Donkey Race, a spectacular event and a barrel of laughs.
Sali Fiesta is a cultural and entertaining event that has been held for more than 50 years. The date of the festivity is the first weekend of August.
Program of event activities:
Friday – “Fisherman's Night” – the opening of the festivity Saljske užance by raising the flag with donkey music performances, cooking and choosing the best fish stew, roasting of tuna, sardines and other seafood, and an entertainment program at the port with klape - Dalmatian a cappella singing groups.
Saturday – during the day sports events and competitions are organized (scooter races, potato bag racing, stilt races, rope pulling), followed by “Sali Night "(Illumination of the Port, and of ships and boats), and entertainment on the quayside with pop music and traditional foods.
Sunday – the morning begins with patriotic songs all over the place Sali, then in the afternoon follow the traditional donkey races "Trke tovarov', a spectacular event for all guests on the island, which takes place at the quayside of Sali. Upon completion of the race follows the granting of awards for the fastest donkey (e.g. ham) and for the laziest donkey, the one that reached the finish line as last. For its venture the laziest donkey and his owner get a deserved award - a diploma. After the race, follows the last performance of “Tovareča mužika” (donkey music), which ends with a swim of all the performers in the port of Sali.
In the evening hours follows entertainment for all visitors with live music, which is the latest in a series of concerts and events at the Sali festivity.