Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Andersen


Sounds of June is an international choir festival that gathers together choirs and vocal ensembles mainly from Croatia but also from other countries in Europe and beyond. Central event of the festival is the choir competition, which was held in 2008 for the first time. Since 2017 the festival's organizer is Youth Choir Mato Bučar Petrinja. Sounds of June is traditionally held just before World Music Day (June 21st). The main goal of the festival is to maintain the tradition of choral singing in Petrinja, but also to encourage cooperation and exchange of experiences among choirs and vocal ensembles. 11th Sounds of June will be held on June 14th and 15th. During this year's festival, Youth Choir Mato Bučar Petrinja will celebrate its 5th anniversary.

The name of the festival, 'The Sounds of June' is directly translated from croatian 'Lipanjski zvuci'. The month of June is recognizable as a period in which linden (lat. genus Tilia) are in their full bloom. That's exactly where the logo of the festival stems from. Another interesting fact is that the croatian name for the month of June, 'Lipanjski zvuci' also comes from the word 'lipa', meaning linden. The biggest park in Petrinja, 'Strossmayerovo šetalište', is famous for its old linden planted by Napoleons army in the early 19th century.


Petrinja is a city in the central part of Croatia, situated on the bank of Kupa river. It is the centre of a historic region Banovina. The name of the city has its roots in the Latin word petrus and Greek word pètra which means stone. The city was founded during Roman era and got its name from the mountain Zrinska gora which lies nearby and is very rich in stone. Choral singing is a special part of tradition in Petrinja. The oldest choral singing society in Croatia, Slavulj, began its work here in 1864.