O’Kiz Festival in Croatia – my first Kizomba beach experience
Since I first saw on Facebook videos from kizomba boat trips in Rovinj I started dreaming of one. It looked so exciting and so thrilling!! This year I was determined to dance kizomba on the beach, considering it my top priority. The easiest way was to join my best kizz-friend for an O’KIZ Festival in Croatia, which is a relatively small event (comparing to Miami or Rovinj) on the Hvar Island near Split, organized by Ozy Shyne and his team.
It lasted for 5 days, but I only managed to make it for a weekend. I was told that small festivals are much better than big ones, because you have an opportunity to really get to know people, having this home feeling, like living a short life in a new family. I had been to Croatia before, and I loved the country. So I knew in advance that it least I would like the location for sure.
Complicated but amazing
Although all about my trip turned out to become really complicated (wrong name on my flight ticket, critical days at work to leave for holidays, my horrible aerophobia, no tickets left for ferries to catch up my buses on time, etc..), I felt like doing it anyway! Finally I spent more time on the road getting there and back, than actually dancing on the beach, also it cost me more money that any other big festival, because of the bad and late organization from my side, and I was there just for 1 day and a half. But this 1,5 days were AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! I would repeat all of my journey to be there again, to have this incredibly positive and beautiful experience! (yes, a tip to myself for the next time is to plan it well in advance!).
The music was so good, the dancers were such a high level, the location needs no comments at all, the weather obviously as well. JUST EVERYTHING WAS SO PERFECT!!!
The evening program
After a lovely dinner with my friend in the little port of Hvar we enjoyed an evening walk around the Island. It was magical with all those lights on, the sunset and little uncountable boats watching us from the sea. Soooo romantic!) I was already happy, even before dancing)). In a couple of hours, when we got back to port to take a taxi-boat to an even smaller Island, where the kizomba party took place, I got a bit scared, because I cannot swim. And when I saw this little boat to get in and sail in the night sea I thought I would die! I definitely needed a drink to relax!
When we arrived I forgot about my difficult day, about the whole world and everything else… I got into nirvana and my personal ZEN, lying at night on a sunbed, watching the black sky full of August starts falling down, the marvelous panoramic view to Hvar Island, savoring my cocktail and listening to Dj SaiSai kizomba mix in the background…… Wooow!!!!!!!!!! In that very moment I knew that it was worth coming!
A couple of things beforehand
There were a couple of things that had worried me a lot beforehand (maybe stupid ones, jajaja), like
- It was difficult to imagine myself dancing in a swimming suite with a guy, too intimate thing, I thought)))
- I was afraid to be thrown into the water during the dancing boat trip, as I cannot swim I would just die there)))
- I could be seasick on the water as sailing would take many hours. Especially if I got drunk, and it could finish ugly)))
But, well, all these questions to myself were solved positively!)
The Boat trip
And what about the Boat Trip itself? (let’s say “the purpose of my visit”) – I HAD FUN! Continuous feeling of happiness, incredible sunset, bathing in the open sea among small islands, dancing on the roof and absorbing crazy positive energy from everyone around was such a drive shot! I didn’t notice how six hours passed by… flying.. The only inconvenience was to dance kizomba for me. With the movement of the boat it was difficult to keep right balance. On the other hand it was a quite a challenge! I think I even wasn’t enjoying myself that much when I was 18, night-parting in Saint-Petersburg on water (also amazing, by the way!).
PS: Oh shit! saying this I’m betraying my hometown)). Conclusion> totally recommended! If you go to this festival, don’t miss the boat!
I know, that it’s only the first Kizomba Sea Festival in my life and I have nothing to compare it with, but for me it will always be the most special one, like the First Love. The emotions I got from it were intensive and I’ll keep this warm feeling for myself forever!
Special BIG THANKS to Ozy Shyne! Without knowing me at all, he’s been always so kind to reply to all my messages, answer all my questions, trying to help to make my dancing trip as smooth and as pleasant as possible. And also Special Thanks to Lucien Noten to help me make my dream come true!