Forest in Forester's Eye (Šuma okom šumara) is annual photo exhibition in Bjelovar of photos of forest made by foresters (forest engineer, forest technicians etc.)
Opening of exhibition is held in Museum of Bjelovar in the middle of June to celebrate "Day of forestry".
The aim is presentation and popularization of forestry profession, and therefore public awareness throughout the forest, its environment and nature in general. In the previous salons there were authors from Croatia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Canada.
The exhibition was staged in New York in 2011 for the occasion of the International Year of Forests.
Bok (Bjelovarski odjeci kazališta) is annual theatre festival in Bjelovar.
Festival shows popular theatre shows from Croatia and region. It was established in 2003. Artistic director and founder of the festival is Goran Navojec, actor born in Bjelovar. Most theater performances are held at the Cultural Center (Dom kulture) in Bjelovar and in building of Bjelovar theater and rarely in sport's hall. As a part of festival there is a tradiotional handball match and moto alka race.
There are also theater performances for children.
DOKUart is a documentary film festival which is held every year in Bjelovar, Croatia. It happens in the beginning of October.
It was established in 2006 by Rada Šešić as film selector. Rada Šešić is a screenwriter, film director, film critic and university professor in the Netherlands.
The festival lasts about 5 days. At the festival is possible to see great documentary films of any topic from all over the world. Festival has collaborated with well-known Croatian authors: Krsto Papic, Zoran Tadic, Peter Krelja, Branko Schmidt, Josko Marusic, Robert Zuber and others. Guest was also Bulgarian Ilian Metev who won award at Cannes Film Festival for documentary film "Sofia's Last Ambulance".
DOKUart has humanitarian character, and each year the money from the tickets goes to someone who really needs it, usually some hospital.
From January 2009, festival launched a yearlong program of screening films in Bjelovar called DOKUart Cinema.
Terezijana is a tourist event in the city of Bjelovar, which is held annually the second weekend in June.
It was created to commemorate the Austrian empress Maria Teresa, who founded the Bjelovar in 1756. The first Terezijana was in 1996 and since then has been regularly held every year in the center of Bjelovar - Square Eugen Kvaternik and other city streets. Terezijana starts by coming of a coach of Maria Theresa and with appropriate introductory program.
At the entrance to the Square Eugen Kvaternik near City Hall there is model of čardak (little wooden fortress) that have existed of the time of Bjelovar Military Frontier. Čardak is guarded by historic military unit Hussars on horseback.
Backbone of Terezijana is music program with performances of Croatian and foreign pop stars, folk, jazz, retro musicians, string bands, cultural societies. The town museum at this time exposes occasional exhibitions, often related to the history of Bjelovar or exhibitions of Bjelovar artists like Edo Murtic, Ivo Friscic, Nasta Rojc etc.
Unfortunately, after living here and traveling Croatia for a year, I figured out that this may be the most boring city in all of Croatia. If you can avoid spending too much time here, do - there are a million better, gorgeous, more interesting places to go, even close-by, like Varazdin or Zagreb. (By the way, the bus ride to Varazdin is a great experience in itself - last time I did it I rode through idyllic, pastoral countryside and the bus got stopped by a herd of sheep.) However, for a newcomer, it can be at least a little pretty - check out the main park in the center of town with the Pavillion, which is a hit for drunk fifteen-year-olds on Saturday night. The museum had interesting installations and art when I was there, and sometimes there are plays or concerts in the local theater, although they will undoubtedly be in Croatian. For nightlife - go to the bars. If a local bar called Tarkus is still open, go there and enjoy the rock atmosphere and drink a Velebitsko pivo, which is hard to find and delicious. The owners are Robi and Alida, two very nice people, and generally the crowd is full of locals playing foosball or darts. Also, check out Kafic Zagreb, aka Birtija - it's a hole-in-the-wall that I used to haunt, good for enjoying a beer and a good conversation. The clubs are nothing to be impressed by, so you might as well not bother til you get back to the coast or Zagreb. As for the nearby nature, there are some very pretty forests to hike through or unoccupied roads to bike on. Those could be worth looking at if you were interested in the nature near there. Overall it is a reasonably okay town if you're just staying for a night, but don't stay there any longer, since there's really nothing else to do. And believe me, only about one or two other Americans (perhaps even foreigners not from the Balkans) and I can attest to this since we're probably the only ones who've lived there.
It is not usual sightseeing, but you can go visit one interesting building. Nice colors, many flowers on it, very interesting. It is fire station, and I think that it is the most beautiful fire station in Croatia. If you go to look it, just ask for "Vatrogasni centar".
This is one of the oldest building in town (it is about 250 years old). Many years purpose of this building was military purpose. But few years ago it was given to town, which was complete renovated it. Now there is a city hall, colleges, and on ground floor is small shops, caffes, etc.
New city hall (this building) is situated on centre of town, near beautiful park.
That is one of several interesting buildings around main square.
How I remember, this building was change it's purpose many times. There was radio station and local newpapers, after there was some store, and after that a few years building was abandonment.
There was talking that one very known company was interested to buy building and make a fast food there. But local governement made decision for other purpose of this building. Town puts a lots of money in it, and now there is one of most beautiful library in central Croatia.
Beside building of "Croatian insurance company", there is another one of most beautiful main square buildings. Honestly, it looks for me like a giant candy (because of colors and shapes on it).
In past there was a famous old town cafe. Unfortunatelly, last few years business wasn't good enough, and owner made decision to rent this place to drogerie markt.
Main square is surrounded with a several beautiful old buildings. On photo you can see one of those.
It's build in 18th century for military purposes. Later it was change purposes, and a few years in middle 20th century there was also a one of primary schools.
Now there is Croatian national insurance company which made complete building renovation in 2003. Now it is one of the most beautiful buildings in town with nice ornaments on windows and on the entrance.
One of main symbol of town is church on main square. It is church of St. Teresa of Avil build it in baroque style in 1772.
It is open all day so if you visit Bjelovar I suggest you to come in and look look inside this nice church.
In some towns and villages in central Croatia you can see very similar churches like this one in Bjelovar.
International livestock, trades and crafts fair is the biggest fair in Croatia for agriculture, cattles, etc. It goings first weekend in September, and in three days there come more than 50 000 visitors.
On great fair area you can see many presentations, look and buy cattles, see some competitions, exhibitions of many kind of equipments, but you can also try and buy some origin food and drinks.
Beside this fair, second largest fair is Spring fair. It goings on middle of March, and it visit about 30 000 visitors.
Through year on this fair area is goings other happenings like cattle auctions, some specialise fairs like apiculture fair (unique in Croatia - it goings on middle of February), and there is also bikers meetings (on end of May).
This fair area is about 5 km from Bjelovar, in village Gudovac.
Around pavilion are four monuments: Sveta Terezija Avilska (in 1777), Sveti Juraj (in 1778), Sveta Jelena Krizarica (in 1778) and Sveti Ivan Nepomuk (in 1778). All monuments was moved in 1949, but in 2001 they are returned to center park.
On center of main square is nice pavilion. In past there was well which was moved in 1941.
On place of well was build pavilion which was open in 1943.
On pavilion now there is sometimes folklore performances or concerts of city orchestra. Other times you can see childrens running around or couples how sitting in pavilion and dreaming about theirs future.
Main street in Bjelovar is popular called "korzo". This is pedestrian street and there you can find supermarket, several shops, cafes, banks, cinema, one church, etc.
It crossing through center of town and it is also part of main square with nice park.