Magical theatrical achievements, professionalism, top theater pieces, education and the promotion of new cultural image of society, is what strives Virovitica theater today. 1900 marks the beginning of the theater life in Virovitica when Virovitica actors presented a small play “Sluga muzikanti” with music society “Sloga” at the Grčić Inn on Feb 3.
Theatrical tradition in Virovitica took place at difficult times. When many theaters in much larger cities were shot down, Virovitica Theater kept on operating. In seventy years of work, it had more than four hundred premieres and staged more than 10 000 plays. Some of the performances were staged in Virovitica and the rest in all parts of Croatia and beyond. The long tradition of professional theater is accompanied by numerous awards and invitations to festivals. Virovitica Theatre has it’s own festiva called VIRKAS – Virovitica Theatre Meetings which takes place every year in February.
Archaeological, ethnographic, cultural, historical and art collection as well as the exhibition of Homland War can be seen on permanent display at the City Museum, founded back in 1953. It is located on the top floor of the castle Pejačević, in the city center. First Museum Exhibition was held in May 1954. The first exhibition “Through the history of Virovitica” was shown in 1968. in the great hall on the first floor of the castle, which is still used for many temporary exhibitions. The museum now has about 5,000 cases, of which 880 exhibited in the permanent exhibition, and they show the life in Virovitica and Virovitica-Podravina County from the early days till today.
Music School Jan Vlašimsky
Back in 1886, the Music School Jan Vlašimsky was opened; the first principal and teacher was Jan Vlašimsky himself. The school has pre-school, primary and secondary school music program with total of 357 pupils.
Edita Schubert’s Promenade
Often named the First Lady of the Croatian Avantgarde, Edita Schubert left an exceptionally significant contribution to modern art. The works of this versatile artist are exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, while the Virovitica promenade, streching from The FINA building to the edge of the Franciscan Monastery park was named after her – Edita Schubert’s Promenade.