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- Festivals In Croatia You Won’t Want To Miss This Year
- Donkey Racing
- Music Biennale Zagreb
- Aklapela Festival
- International Festival of Wind Music
- Lighthouse Festival
- Argentinian El Cachivache Quinteto Concert
- INmusic Festival
- Hideout Festival
- Zagreb Summer Evenings
- Liburnia Jazz Festival
- Armada Day and Night Festival
- Ultra Europe
- Fresh Island Festival
- Seasplash Festival
- Croatia Rocks 2017
- SuncéBeat Festival
- Soundwave Festival
- Sonus Festival
- Momento Demento
- Rhapsody In Blue
- Outlook Festival
- Festival Kvarner
- International Tourism Film Festival
- Mediterranean Film Festival Split
- Animafest Zagreb
- Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival
- Supetar Super Film Festival
- Pula Film Festival
- Motovun Film Festival
- Supertoon Film Festival
- Postira Seaside Film Festival
- Solo Positivo Film Festival Opatija
- Opuzen European Film Festival
- Avvantura Film Festival
- Vukovar Film Festival
- Liburnia Film Festival
- Kinookus Food Film Festival
- Trash Film Festival
- Split Film Festival
- Mary Days
- Cest Is D’ Best
- Dolce Vita Festival
- Secrets of Grič
- Pula Superiorvm
- Old Town Night Tour – Labin Art Republika
- International Lace Festival
- International Children’s Festival
- Salsa Festival
- Mediterranean Folklore Encounters
- Rijeka Summer Nights Festival
- Trogir Cultural Music Festival
- Sinjska Alka
- Alpe Adria Oberkrainer Fest
- International Folklore Festival
- Kalelargart Street Art Festival
- Pilchard Festival
- Food and Wine
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Festivals In Croatia You Won’t Want To Miss This Year
Whenever we travel to new places, (and we’ve been to 25 countries and have lost count of the cities now!) we love to find and plan our trips around local festivals. It’s at festivals that you experience what a place is really about – especially when it’s a food festival! We have not been to enough festivals in Croatia but plan to go to many this year – and so we’ve combined a list of just a few of the many festivals in Croatia for 2016.
Sali Donkey Racing
The 3-day event of live music, traditional seafood, sporting events/competitions, lighting of the Port, and the highlight…donkey races! One of the best and most unique things to do in Croatia.
Date: 1st Weekend in August | Where: Dugi Otok | More Info: Website
This international car rally competition will be hosted in Kumrovec. Watch challenging races at four circuit stages.
Date: March | Where: Kumrovec | More Info: Website
New this year, CroRun was designed to celebrate racing and for people of all ages. Throughout the year, 8 different races will occur in 8 different Croatian cities. Each course will be created to accommodate various levels of athletic ability, and each race will be accompanied by days of social events and entertainment for participants and spectators.
Date: Dates throughout the year | Where: Various | More Info: Website
A traditional boat race competition preserves the memories of fisherman who used to row down the Kvarner Bay. Watch and cheer on locals as they participate in the rowing tradition and enjoy sardines, local wines and live music along the waterfront at the completion of the race.
Date: TBD | Where: Rabac Harbour | More Info: Website
4 Islands MTB Stage Race
In one of the most unique and diverse mountain biking races offered in Croatia, competitors will experience the thrill of steep mountain climbs, coastline pathways and intense descents. Race in one of the most beautiful areas of the world or volunteer to help with the event.
Date: April | Where: Krk-Rab-Cres-Lošinj | More Info: Website
100 Miles of Istria Ultratrail
If running is your thrill, Istria’s 100 mile trail-run is a must. With nothing but the ground under your feet and panoramic views ahead, competitors experience the adrenaline of a good race and the awe of Istria’s splendid terrain.
Date: April | Where: Istria | More Info: Website
Spring on the Zrmanja River
Ring in Spring by joining in competition or cheering for this 3 day event along the Zrmanja River. Raft, kayak, hike, paddle or simply enjoy a boat ride along the beautiful, crystal clear river known as The European Grand Canyon.
Date: April-May | Where: Zrmanja River, Zadar Region | More Info: Website
Leave your competitive spirit at home and join friends and family on a recreational ride, run or walk along the Parenzana, an old railway line that has been made into a pedestrian and cycling path. The 10km journey includes stunning viaducts and tunnels filled with history and wonder – perfect active adventure for all ages!
Date: April | Where: Poreč | More Info: Website
Valamar Terra Magica
Adventure and team race cyclists wanted! This 5 day trek will take teams of two riders up and down the peaks of Istria and through one of the best mountain biking terrains in the region. Pick your partner and hit the trails!
Date: May | Where: Rabac | More Info: Website
Croatia Open ATP Tennis Tournament
Top men’s tennis players will compete (including top Croatian players).
Date: 15-23 July, 2017 | Where: Umag | More Info: Website
Croatia Bike Week
Check out the new products, bike equipment and motorcycles from traders around Europe. Entertainment includes parades, concerts, stunt shows and car shows.
Date: August-September | Where: Pula | More Info: Website
This year, the 70.3 series of Ironman will be held in Pula. This long distance triathlon race is organized by the World Triathalon Corporation and the competitors who qualify at the 70.3 series will go on to compete in the World Championship next year.
Date: 17 September, 2017 | Where: Pula | More Info: Website
Croatia Boat Show
Nautical boat enthusiasts will enjoy this display of famous Croatian and International nautical brands set in the Split harbor.
Date: April | Where: Split | More Info: Website
Music Biennale Zagreb
Dedicated to new music, the “living Classics” of contemporary music from around the world will be celebrated. Programmes will include chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, musical theatre and contemporary jazz, electronics, dance and alternative music.
Date: TBD | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Across Dubrovnik, enjoy the enchanting sounds of a cappella groups (known as klapas) from around Croatia. This singing style has been recognized as an UNESCO world intangible cultural heritage. Whether you catch a performance at St. Dominic’s Church or happen upon a group singing along the street corners, don’t pass up a chance to hear it live.
Date: 21-23 April | Where: Dubrovnik | More Info: Website
International Festival of Wind Music
This gathering of amateur wind orchestras is a competition with the aim of improving the wind music scene in Central Europe.
Date: April | Where: Split | More Info: Website
An underground electronic music festival which will be the season opener for Central Europe and the Adriatic Coast.
Date: May | Where: Porec | More Info: Website
Argentinian El Cachivache Quinteto Concert
Known as “the punk tango orchestra”, join in the lively and frisky atmosphere this quintet will bring to the heart of Zagreb. The concert will be held at VIP Club, doors opening at 20:30, with an entrance fee of 80 HRK at the door or 70 HRK before the day of the concert.
Date: June | Where: Zagreb
INmusic festival, the largest open-air music festival is held in Zagreb, Croatia for two to three days. This Zagreb festival features many eye catching performances and concerts of different music genre’s ranging from indie rock, heavy metal and electronic artists. The festival is surrounded by a lush green forest, calming lake and there is even space for recreational activities like swimming, skateboarding and horse riding.
Date: 19-21 June, 2017 | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Leading electronic festival; this year is the 6th anniversary and will be set at Zrce Beach.
Date: 26 June – 1 July 2017 | Where: Novalja | More Info: Website
Zagreb Summer Evenings
Do you love violin? Piano? Guitar? These are just a few of the tunes Zagreb Summer Evenings will be set to. Enjoy exclusive concerts put on by some of the world’s best ensembles and musicians at the 35th edition of this event. Check the website’s schedule for dates and times of the various performances.
Date: June-July | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Liburnia Jazz Festival
A delight for international and Croatian jazz lovers alike, enjoy music both from world-famous and promising young musicians. Daily highlights include the “Jazz Boat” that sails along the coast and famous jazz star concerts performed in Opatija’s Open Air Theatre.
Date: July | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Armada Day and Night Festival
Party with Croatia’s #1 club, Papaya, as they welcome one of the most wanted DJs from the globe.
Date: July | Where: Pag Island | More Info: Website
Known as the “Destination Music Festival”, this electronic music line-up will travel across the stunning islands of Croatia.
Date: 14-16 July 2017| Where: Split, Island of Brač, Island of Hvar, Island of Vis | More Info: Website
Fresh Island Festival
Enjoy one of Europe’s top summer getaways for a fusion of warm weather, Hip Hop and R&B concerts on Zrce Beach.
Date: 11-13 July 2017 | Where: Pag Island |More Info: Website
Held in the old fortress of Punto Christo, enjoy a unique summer festival of reggae, roots, and dubstep music.
Date: 20-23 July, 2017 | Where: Stinjan, Pula | More Info: Website
Croatia Rocks 2017
The first year in this setting at Zrce Beach, expect 100 hours of live music, DJs and White-Isle revelry.
Date: July 2017 | Where: Pag Island | More Info: Website
An intimate, week-long festival set in a private sandy cove, enjoy music from boat or shore.
Date: 19-26 July, 2017 | Where: Tisno | More Info: Website
Music, street and mural artists, film programmes and more will be presented in the idyllic fishing town of Tisno – 5 days, 3 stages, the Argonaughty ship and Barbarella (the legendary open air after party hot spot).
Date: 27-31 July, 2017 | Where: Tisno | More Info: Website
Known to be the largest underground festival in Europe, enjoy 5 days and 5 nights of techno, beats, open air clubs, and boat parties on Zrce Beach.
Date: 20-24 August 2017 | Where: Pag Island |More Info: Website
This psychedelic music festival will be celebrating the 15 year birthday of Parvati Records this year, featuring top underground psychedelic artists from around the world.
Date: July | Where: Primislje | More Info: Website
Rhapsody In Blue
Join the town of Fazana for an evening of pop, rock, blues, evergreen and country music. A special children’s program along with a light show will keep little ones delighted and a cocktail party and art installations on the sea will round out the rest of the evening’s activities.
Date: August | Where: Fazana | More Info: Website
Described as Europe’s largest bass culture and dubstep festival, it will take place in Fort Punta Christo with opening concerts in the Arena in Pula.
Date: 6-10 September 2017 | Where: Pula | More Info: Website
A combination of classical and contemporary composers will be featured in a series of musical concerts and operas celebrating the musical traditions of Opatija.
Date: TBD | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
International Tourism Film Festival
A celebration of films and audiovisual productions that promote tourism around the globe will be highlighted. Learn the latest trends in the industry.
Date: 13-15 September |Where: Zagreb |More Info: Website
Mediterranean Film Festival Split
One of the most popular cultural events, this film festival premieres films from the Mediterranean region along with regional and Croatian films. You won’t find these works in regular cinema distribution!
Date: 8-17 June | Where: Split |More Info: Website
The second oldest film festival in the world dedicated to animation, this festival highlights all forms of this genre and 80% of the films shown will be premieres.
Date: 5-10 June | Where: Zagreb |More Info: Website
Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival
Get ready for a series of fantastic films! Science fiction, horror, thriller, mystery, experimental…if you love these genres, this is the film festival for you this summer.
Date: 29 June-9 July | Where: Zagreb |More Info: Website
Supetar Super Film Festival
In this 7th edition of the festival, get ready to view European contemporary documentary films. The island will come to life with the celebration of film along with concerts and workshops. The official website is under construction, but linked below is additional social media information from last year.
Date: July | Where: Supetar, island of Brač | More Info: Website
Pula Film Festival
One of the most visited cultural events in Croatia, this film festival will feature cinema productions from around the world.
Date: 15-22 July | Where: Pula | More Info: Website
Motovun Film Festival
Dedicated to films made in small cinematographies and to independent films, the stories are powerful and screenings go from 10 am to 4 am (indoor and outdoor) throughout the 5 day period.
Date: 25-29 July | Where: Motovun | More Info: Website
Supertoon Film Festival
In this 5th edition of the festival, domestic and international competitors will air short animated films, animated films for children, animated music videos, animated commercials and animated title sequences.
Date: 16-21 July | Where: Šibenik | More Info: Website
Postira Seaside Film Festival
Enjoy four evenings of international short fiction films and one evening of Croatian short films in this 5th edition of the festival. Films will be shown in the old town square of this picturesque fishing village. If you are looking for laid-back, this is the film festival for you!
Date: 26-30 July | Where: Postira, island of Brač |More Info: Website
Solo Positivo Film Festival Opatija
After 5 years in Starigrad Paklenica, this will be the first year the SPFF is held in Opatija. This festival is said to be the perfect destination for those who love documentaries, international music and good company.
Date: 4-8 July | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Opuzen European Film Festival
With a program featuring animation, fiction, documentary and fiction short genres, the 5th edition of this festival, also know as OFF, will bring many European competitors to the city with many styles of artistic film to be enjoyed.
Date: TBD | Where: Opuzen | More Info: Website
Avvantura Film Festival
This international film festival is the first in Croatia to focus on Co-Productions (artistic + economic) and also gather the cinema audience with the professionals participating. The goal is to bring Zadar to the forefront of the film scene..and why not, with a city so beautiful!? The official website is under construction, but linked below is additional social media information from last year.
Date: August | Where: Zadar| More Info: Facebook
Vukovar Film Festival
This week long festival takes places in several locations on Vukovar, with a rich program screening films from the Danube region and neighboring countries. Awards will be presented for documentary, short fiction and feature fiction films.
Date: August | Where: Vukovar | More Info: Website
Liburnia Film Festival
Enjoy quality documentaries, including the latest in Croatian documentaries, in an open air, relaxed atmosphere. This festival has claim to being the first documentary film festival in Croatia.
Date: TBD | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Kinookus Food Film Festival
Interested in exploring the issues of industrial food production or the creativity of those trying to overcome the existing economic model? This festival is a compilation of film, lecture, competition, workshop, open-air market and agro-archaeological bike tours used to tell the story of food and promote the importance of local, sustaining practices.
Date: TBD | Where: Ston | More Info: Website
Trash Film Festival
No dramas, documentaries or art films here! This festival celebrates low-budget action movies, so get ready for martial arts, sci-fi, horror and non-stop action. Festivities include concerts, kitsch parties and red carpet events, with the festival award of a Golden Chainsaw given to the best films.
Date: TBD | Where: Varaždin | More Info: Website
Split Film Festival
Outside the mainstream films are showcased in this new film festival. Works include personal, experimental, radical and innovative media. If you are looking for film off the beaten path, these entries are sure to interest you.
Date: September | Where: Split | More Info: Website
This annual week of religious programmes and pilgrimages, leading up to the celebration of Mary’s Day (10 May) will take place at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat. Highlights will include various musical and cultural programmes as well as Mother’s Day and a sailor’s pilgrimage.
Date: May | Where: Rijeka |More Info: Website
Cest Is D’ Best
Founded in 1997, Cest Is D’ Best is one of the oldest and the most famous Zagreb festivals, and best street festival in Croatia. It promotes and creates street cultural expression and tourist attractions in the capital of Croatia. Check out the music concerts, theatre, street musicians, children’s activities, visual arts, dance & sports.
Date: May-June | Where: Zagreb |More Info: Website
Dolce Vita Festival
Described as a vintage culture festival, celebrate the heritage and retro past of 1950’s Croatia via music, film, design, dance, food and fashion. Attend burlesque performances, swing jive and lindy pop workshops, and even learn how to do your hair and make-up in the pinup girl style!
Date: June | Where: Rovinj |More Info: Website
Brand new this year, celebrate with music, traditional food and drink and other various performances on the ancient corners of the city – the kantuni. Rab’s Old Town is full of unique culture to experience for yourself while celebrating at this attraction.
Date: June | Where: Island of Rab |More Info: Website
Secrets of Grič
Interested in the mystical history of Zagreb? Experience scenic locations in the capital while learning a bit of history mixed with urban legend on this interactive theater tour. The tour runs at night on Fridays and Saturadays through the summer and your guide for the evening will be the “Man in the black cloack”.
Date: June-September | Where: Zagreb |More Info: Website
The Roman civilization presented in urban culture. 4 days will be filled with rich events bringing to life the history of ancient Pula.
Date: June | Where: Pula |More Info: Website
Old Town Night Tour – Labin Art Republika
This guided tour of old town will start at 9:30pm on Tuesdays in the summer. History buffs will enjoy the re-telling of legends, myths and stories that will bring the past to life of the town to life. Enjoy local olive oil tasting at the completion of your tour!
Date: Tuesdays, June-September | Where: Labin |More Info: Website
International Lace Festival
In 2010, Pag lace was placed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Celebrate the history of this artisan craft at a festival dedicated to these beautiful needle stitches. From viewings to work shops to a wedding dress fashion show, 3 days of events are available for you to take in the intricate beauty that is lace.
Date: TBD | Where: Pag | More Info: Website
International Children’s Festival
Enjoy the city of Šibenik as it celebrates the imagination and creativity of children. Programs showcasing Croatian and international children’s theatre, film, puppetry, visual arts and literature will bring the streets to life and remind you to never forget your playful side!
Date: June-July | Where: Šibenik | More Info: Website
Dance the night away at open air salsa parties and workshops throughout town. The goal is education and entertainment for dancers of all levels and styles!
Date: June-July | Where: Rovinj | More Info: Website
Mediterranean Folklore Encounters
The focus is to share the traditional cultures of the Mediterranean islands. Folklore performances, daily parades, wind music instrumentalists, workshops of Adriatic handicrafts and Mediterranean cuisine are just a few of the highlights.
Date: July | Where: Porec | More Info: Website
Rijeka Summer Nights Festival
The streets, squares and terraces of Rijeka come to life during the month of July as theatre performers bring their musical concerts and classical & drama acts to the city.
Date: June-July | Where: Rijeka |More Info: Website
Trogir Cultural Music Festival
Throughout the month, enjoy concerts of classical and chamber ensembles in the open air square. Also offered are plays and gallery exhibitions.
Date: Summer Months | Where: Trogir | More Info: Website
This event was inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2010. An equestrian competition of medieval style jousting, watch the modern day Alkars or Knights compete in the tournament. Your heart is sure to skip a beat with the thrill of this event!
Date: 1st Weekend in August | Where: Sinj |More Info: Website
Alpe Adria Oberkrainer Fest
This traditional summer gathering of Oberkrainer performers in the highest Istrian town will delight lovers of polkas and waltzes. Festivities will include the Fair of black summer truffles as well!
Date: July | Where: Oprtalj
International Folklore Festival
With a wide variety of traditional dance, vocal interpretation, instruments and ensembles, this is one of the best festivals in Croatia that celebrates the folklore heritage of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
Date: July | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Kalelargart Street Art Festival
Street art and entertainment unite with music and theater performances, street acrobatics, magicians, jugglers and more. Watch the streets of Old town Zadar turn into a stage.
Date: July | Where: Zadar| More Info: Website
Join the town of Fazana as they celebrate the small, oily fish known as pilchard, in the oldest fisherman’s festival in the area. Watch rowing, tug of war and fish crate carrying competitions, dine on local restaurant fare, and soak up the lively atmosphere of the town during this event!
Date: August | Where: Fazana | More Info: Website
Color and natural beauty will be celebrated with this 51st International Garden Exhibition. Gaze at the diverse arrangements and soak up the enticing scents of the flowers filling the city.
Date: May-June | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Enjoy artistic firework creations in the Opatija sky as they are launched off the coast from a pontoon boat. Live musical performances and culinary specialties will accompany this display of color.
Date: June | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Have you ever wanted to walk through a secret garden? Zagreb’s beautiful Upper Town gardens and yards will be open to visitors for 10 days. With the slogan ‘Every courtyards has a story’, this event promises to share the secrets of the heart of Zagreb to all in attendance.
Date: July | Where: Zagreb | More Info: Website
Food and Wine
Days of Asparagus
During the Days of Asparagus, Istrian wild asparagus will be incorporated into regional dishes in restaurants across north-western Istria. Explore the various uses of this delicious plant with the creative menus on offer.
Date: 1-30 April, 2017 | Where: North-Western Istria | More Info: Website
Europe’s best baristas will invite visitors to try their secret coffee recipes. Indulge in aromatic specialties at the town’s hotels, restaurants and bars, along with concerts, exhibitions and workshops celebrating the beloved cup of joe!
Date: April | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Join the 3rd annual FestiWine celebration in Dubrovnik during a week showcasing the incredible wines of Dubrovnik-Neretva county. Local restaurants and bars join in the celebration by pairing traditional, local dishes with the wines on display. Attend workshops, exhibitions and more throughout the city.
Date: 17–23 April, 2017 | Where: Dubrovnik | More Info: Website
Losinj Cuisine Festival
This festival presents the very original cuisine of the island, focusing on the natural and local produce/flora/fauna of the area. The festival kicks off on 27 April, where catering companies present their fare in the town square.
Date: April-May | Where: Mali Losinj, Kvarner
Over the course of three weekends in May, visitors to the Međimurje region will enjoy this event celebrating the gastronomy and wine culture of the local area. Attend wine tastings and workshops highlighting over 200 winemakers. Festivities include musical concerts and folklore programmes, making it an event for the whole family.
Date: May | Where: Međimurje | More Info: Website
Wine lovers can sample local wines, olive oils and brandies at this event featuring over 100 exhibitors.
Date: May | Where: Porec | More Info: Website
Sardine is IN / Cherries Week
This RI gastro edition will feature the traditional diet from days gone by at local restaurants and taverns around the city. Enjoy regional dishes prepared with sardines and cherries throughout the week.
Date:May-June | Where: Rijeka | More Info: Website
Sea on the Table
Restaurants, taverns and areas along the waterfront of Fazana will be offering traditional and new pilchard dishes. View the sculpture in Pilchard Park, dine on seafood right from the source, and enjoy the creative new dishes that will be debuted in this year’s event.
Date: June | Where: Fazana | More Info: Website
Lavender has been a symbol for the Island of Hvar, so if you are looking for fragrance, color and beauty, along with presentations on lavender distillation, local cuisine and lavender products, make sure to stop in the little village of Velo Grablje during your Hvar holiday.
Date: June | Where: Hvar Island, Velo Grablje | More Info: Website
Eggs and truffles combine at the main event of this festival – an omelette made of 2015 eggs and 10 kg truffles! Enjoy folk theatres, crafts and food from days gone by during this celebration in the city square.
Date: September | Where: Buzet | More Info: Website
Listed among the food festivals not to be missed, this famous chestnut festival celebrates the unique species of chestnut grown in Lovran – the “maruni”. Sample delicious dishes and desserts prepared with these chestnuts along with other traditional specialties of the region…wine and honey brandy!
Date: October | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
The feast of chestnuts, wine & chestnut honey, and sweets & dishes based on chestnuts is sure to please your appetite. After enjoying the cuisine, stroll through woods full of chestnut trees – you might just find a few on the ground. It is said to be a lucky charm to carry chestnuts with you at all times!
Date: October | Where: Oprtalj | More Info: Website
TeTa: Teran and Truffle Festival
During Truffle Day 2017, local winemakers producing Teran will gather to highlight the Istrian red wine in a wine tasting. Local restaurants will serve truffle dishes made to pair with this local wine.
Date: October | Where: Motovun More Info: Website
This multi-day festival (taking place during the peak season of the famous white truffle) will be held in Livade – the truffle centre of the region! Enjoy agricultural products along with demonstrations of the search for these mushrooms using specially trained dogs.
Date: September-November | Where: Livade More Info: Website
From international brands to specialized manufacturers producing original desserts, the best chocolate will be on exhibition for sampling. Attend workshops, lectures, tastings, concerts and wine pairings all dedicated to…chocolate!
Date: December | Where: Opatija | More Info: Website
Codfish and Chocolate Week
This RI gastro edition will feature the classic European holiday fish – codfish – at local restaurants and taverns around the city. Enjoy regional dishes prepared with preserved cod and delicious chocolate and pralines for dessert throughout the week.
Date: December | Where: Rijeka | More Info: Website
Decorating Christmas Tree in the Sea
The town invites you to help decorate the central Christmas tree to ring in the holiday season!
Date: December | Where: Rijeka, Istria | More Info: Website
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Do you know of some we missed, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them.
So, how many of these Festivals in Croatia do you want to go to?
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