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Mozart Symphony No.35, "Haffner" - Allegro con spirito
The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Julian Rachlin, Conductor

Featured Event

Since childhood, Julian has been passionate about sports, and specifically soccer. During the 10th edition of his festival in 2010, Julian organized a friendly soccer game where musicians and actors played against journalists and members of the press. Professional soccer players were placed on both teams and, at the end of the game, Sir Roger Moore and Julian made a public donation to Unicef (shown above) used for their program “Stop Violence among Children”. This event planted the seed for a similar event this year.

Julian reached out to FC Barcelona, who are also Unicef Ambassadors. In light of Unicef's Sport for Development initiative, a collaboration between FC Barcelona, Unicef and Julian Rachlin's is planned for an event in September 2011.

Julian selected Croatia for his festival because of his love for its people and the country. As a Unicef Ambassador, he wants to raise awareness in children and their educators that mental development through music and physical development through sports are not only important but also fun.


  • To raise funds for Unicef Croatia.
  • To raise awareness surrounding health and development of children worldwide.
  • To establish a new cross-over genre of fundraising event for Unicef to take place on an annual basis.
  • To teach local children the importance and fun of mental development through music and physical development through sports.
Date & Time 4 September 2011 at 5:00 pm
Location Dubrovnik, Croatia
Venue Sportska Dvorana  (Sports Hall)
Capacity 1,000 seats

The event was divided in parts:

  • An exciting and friendly triangular soccer match between Artists, Journalists and Professional Players (former soccer players from FC Barcelona, Croatian and international teams), and
  • a short live musical performance by Julian Rachlin during the intermission, with speeches highlighting the importance of Unicef’s projects.
Teams 3 teams made of 3 artists, 3 journalists and 3 professional soccer players.
Duration Total length of the program 120 minutes all inclusive.

In order to encourage local children and their parents to attend the event, Julian Rachlin has decided to make it a free event. Funds will be generated by:

  • voluntary donations,
  • corporate sponsorship,
  • banner advertising,
  • online pledges, and
  • the sale of five soccer balls with signatures from all participants.
To become a corporate sponsor or supporter of the Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival, please contact Alma Vatter , Sponsoring & Corporate Communications.
Tel: +385 (0)91 255 3012

Unicef Goodwill Ambassador

Julian Rachlin has been a Goodwill Ambassador to Unicef since 2010. He has successfully produced and participated in a number of related events, most recently representing Unicef at the Life Ball in Vienna with President Clinton and other celebrities.

Unicef's celebrities have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. And in each case a celebrity's association with Unicef comes about because he or she has already demonstrated that commitment.

Fame has some clear benefits in certain roles with Unicef. Celebrities attract attention, so they are in a position to focus the world's eyes on the needs of children, both in their own countries and by visiting field projects and emergency programs abroad. They can make direct representations to those with the power to effect change. They can use their talents and fame to fundraise and advocate for children and support Unicef's mission to ensure every child's right to health, education, equality and protection.

Julian Rachlin remains committed to improving the world through education and outreach to those less fortunate and unaware of the beauty and joy of classical music.


Recent Events

Sept 2011 - Unicef Soccer Gala – Former FC Barcelona team members participated in the Unicef  soccer gala at the 11th annual Julian Rachlin & Friends festival in Dubrovnik.  They were joined by professional Croatian soccer players, guest musicians of the festival and members of the press. A donation was made to Unicef  Croatia after the friendly game for their program "Stop Violence Among Children".

March 2011 - Unicef Israel – The Young IL for Unicef Forum hosted Julian Rachlin, Lithuanian world-renown violinist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, at the Forum's first event in Israel on March 29th, 2011. Julian performed two musical selections including Jerusalem of Gold which moved the crowd and brought great applause. MC Lital Gleizer introduced the Young IL for Unicef Forum—a newly established volunteer forum for young adults which directed the event. The Young IL for Unicef Forum is recruiting new members for its outreach work raising awareness and donations for children around the world.

Sept 2010 - Unicef Soccer Gala – Driven by his passion for music and sports, Julian organized a Unicef fundraising event at the 10th annual Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival in which artists, media and professional soccer players competed in a friendly match for Unicef Croatia. Among the participants, Sir Roger Moore and John Malkovich.

Sept 2010 - Unicef's charity gala dinner, "Music for the Joy of Children” - An evening of humanity and art for children was held at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel, and raised 140,000 Kuna in aid of the programme to prevent violence among children in Croatian schools. The programme has managed to reduce the occurence of violence by fifty per cent in 153 schools in the country. With the help Unicef's International Goodwill Ambassadors, Sir Roger Moore and Maestro Julian Rachlin, and in partnership with the Valamar Lacroma and the 'Julian Rachlin and Friends Festival', the charity dinner was organised under the auspices of Mr Ivo Josipovic, the president of Croatia.

Jan 2010 - Unicef Lithuania – Fundraising Concert – Officiated by Sir Roger Moore, Julian became a Goodwill Ambassador to Unicef following a concert of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals with Janine Jansen, Itamar Golan, Aleksey Igudesman… “Julian Rachlin has been contributing to Unicef activities for years. Giving his time and energy he has proved his commitment to Unicef and his willingness to continue this mercy mission”, says Executive Director of the Unicef National Committee in Lithuania, Jovita Majauskaite. Julian Rachlin was awarded this title by Unicef Lithuania and announced by the legendary actor and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore who at that time was on a visit to Lithuania with the mission to raise money for building a school in Afghanistan. According to J. Majauskaite, “a Unicef charity concert together with the worldwide famous musicians such as Janine Jansen, Itamar Golan, Aleksey Igudesman, Richard Joo and many others held this weekend in Vilnius raised over LTL 500,000 (approx. € 150.000.-) to build a new school in Afghanistan. That was our first joint project with Julian Rachlin in Lithuania” 


Sept 2008 - Julian Rachlin and Sir Roger Moore donate for Baby Friendly Hospitals in Croatia – The chamber music festival “Julian Rachlin and Friends” joined forces with Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore to support the Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative (BFHI) backed by Unicef in Croatia. During a concert, in which Sir Roger Moore participated as narrator of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s letters, representatives of Julian Rachlin and Friends along with Sir Roger Moore presented their donation $7,500 dollars to Unicef’s National Special Representative for Parents and Babies, Maja Vucic. This gift will be used towards the improvement of conditions in Croatian maternity wards and the promotion of breastfeeding under the framework of the Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative implemented by Unicef and its partners.

Sept 2005 - Rachlin and Sir Roger Moore in Dubrovnik to help raise awareness and funds for Unicef – Sir Roger Moore arrived to Dubrovnik to participate in the «Julian Rachlin & Friends» chamber music festival. He used this opportunity to raise more awareness and funds for Unicef in Croatia. During the press conference held in the city of Dubrovnik, he talked about his work for Unicef and emphasized that only 1 cent from each dollar invested in Unicef covers the cost of administration. The visit was very important for reintroducing and reinforcing Unicef’s international role in ensuring children’s rights around the globe to the Croatian audience.