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A Proustian Travel Guide: Bruno Isaković & Zvonimir Dobrović on Zagreb


The couple gives us a local guide to Zagreb as they plan their Croatian wedding.

Zvonimir Dobrović is the Artistic Director of Domino (non profit organization in Croatia), which he founded in 2003. In that capacity he is responsible for curating and producing several festivals in Croatia and internationally, most notably Perforations – week of live art , Queer Zagreb Season and Queer New York International Art Festival.

Bruno Isaković is a performer, choreographer and teacher living in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated with a degree in contemporary dance from Amsterdam School of the Arts in 2009. From year 2011 till 2015 he was a member of Contemporary Dance Studio, a company based in Zagreb. He is Artistic director of Sounded Bodies Festival happening annually in the fall season in Zagreb, Croatia.

What are you most proud of?

The strength of our relationship.
What is your favorite thing to splurge on? Wine, travel, art (specifically Japanese shunga prints)
What was the best gift you’ve ever received, and who was it from? Occasional “snap out of it” slap from our parents.
When traveling, what do you never leave home without?

Passport. Or is this a trick question?

Describe the perfect weekend in Zagreb.

The perfect weekend in Zagreb starts with taking a day off on Friday so that you can start drinking on a Thursday with friends in one of the beautiful terraces of bars in the city center. Friday is a great day to visit a Museum of Broken Relationships and then see a movie in cinema Europa. Friday continues with a party a gay friendly bar Kolaz. Saturday around noon is traditionally reserved for dressing up and walking around city center, visiting an antique market and fresh food market, having a nice lunch at home and getting ready to host friends at home getting ready for a clubbing night till wee hours. Sunday is a recovery day with a hike up the Medvednica mountain 20 minutes bus ride from city centre and having a home style meal on top of the mountain. Depending on the level of weekend self-destruction, work on Monday can be optional with a well placed phone call to the boss.

What is your favorite neighborhood (district, street or area)? And why?

Old town in Zagreb is a beautiful area filled with restaurants, bars and little shops with plenty of picturesque views of the whole city.
What makes someone a local in Zagreb? Endless coffee drinking on sunny terraces all day long.
Where is the most unique shopping experience?

Visiting a flea market Hreljic in Zagreb is always an experience as it is filled with treasures for those willing to take their time and dig deep into heaps of stuff ranging from communist memorabilia to used cars.

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