THE LEGEND OF MILJENKO AND DOBRILA
August 7th - August 11th 2016.
August 7th Opening ceremony – official programme with the performance of the play Miljenko and Dobrila
21:00, Outdoor area in front of the Vitturi Castle, Kaštel Lukšić
August 8th Children and Miljenko and Dobrila
20:30, Rušinac Castle, Kaštel Lukšić
August 9th Dobrila's musical evenings
Performeres: Radojka Šverko, Female Klapa Neverin and Mladenka Gruica
21:00, Vitturi Park, Kaštel Lukšić
August 10th Concert of the baroque ensemble Ars longa
21:00, Parish church in Kaštel Lukšić
August 11th Arias and duets from the opera Miljenko and Dobrila
21:00, Vitturi Castle, Kaštel Lukšić
Organizers: The City of Kaštela and the Tourist Board of Kaštela
The story of Miljenko and Dobrila is settled in the second half of the 17th century in Kaštel Lukšić where two noble families the Vitturis and Rušinićs lived in their romantic castles. Little Miljenko (Rušinić) and Dobrila (Vitturi) were friends and eventually fell in love. In the meantime, their parents had a terrible fued and decided not to allow their future companionship or marriage. Miljenko and Dobrila eloped and after a sequence of entanglements that only love can produce, their parents gave consent to their marriage in Kaštel Lukšić.
The lovers from Kaštela accepted their parents' will. However, Dobrila's father, count Radoslav couldn't actually accept the fact that Miljenko had won and that he was going to take Dobrila as his wife to their new home – a castle of the noble family Rušinić. Engulfed by uncontrollable hatred and vengeance, a night after the wedding of two young lovers in summer of 1690, count Radoslav killed his son-in-law with a firelock in front of his castle in Kaštel Lukšić.
A few months after the grievous event, out of tremendous sadness, Dobrila lost her mind, got sick and died. Her last wish was to be burried next to Miljenko at Rušinac, in St. John's chapel from the 16th century. Their tombstone can still be seen in this church, with the inscription: "Lovers, rest in peace". In Kaštel Lukšić, besides their grave, there still stand the authentic castles of Dobrila (the Vitturi castle, 15th – 16th century) and Miljenko (the Rušinić castle, 15th century) as well as the old church dating from 1530 where the lovers got married. This legend inspired the authors of a novel, a drama and even an opera.
The opening ceremony of this year's manifestation The legend of Miljenko and Dobrila will take place in front of the Vitturi castle on 7th August at 21:00. A sequence of cultural events inspired with the theme of Miljenko and Dobrila will follow up to 11th August 2016.