Dubrovnik-born, musician Žarko Dragojević has been active on the cultural and artistic scene for more than 15 years, and since 2016 he has been composing music for films and theatre. His instrumental tracks and remixes for other artists are also published under the pseudonym V E R S I Ø N 1 2 or v12.
He began his musical career in 2006 as the frontman of the band Embassy 516, and as a young author he spoke boldly about the society (albums Surveillance of the Environment from 2012 & Correlation from 2018 for Geenger Records). As an employee of the Marin Držić Theatre in the past decade, he has had the pleasure of working on over 70 productions with the most important Croatian and regional directors.
He composed music for plays by Paolo Tišljarić (Tales of Long Ago, A Streetcar Named Desire, Masquerades Under the Roofing Tiles and Uncle Maroye: Re-Examined), Aleksandar Švabić and Vedrana Klepica (Southern Wind), Hrvoje Korbar (Pigs), Jasna Jukić (Art and The Happy Man's Shirt) and for international projects by playwright Mila Pavićević (Elegies of Lost and Found, Uferstudios Close Ups and Extinction Room / Hopeless.).
At the beginning of 2022. he composed music for the play Hamlet - The Criminal Record of a Monarchy, directed by Livija Pandur in the Marin Držić Theatre. The authors of the text are Tibor Hrs Pandur and Livija Pandur based on the plays “A Day of Murders in the History of Hamlet” by Bernard-Marie Koltès and “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare.
Žarko Dragojević also composed original music for a number of television, radio and multimedia projects. He worked on the documentary Beyond Medals about the life of the most trophy-winning Croatian athlete, Dubrovnik swimmer Mihovil Španja, who was recently elected Paralympian of the decade by the Croatian Paralympic Committee.
Since 2013, Dragojević is the artistic director of the Audiovisual Center Dubrovnik and a permanent associate of the Art Workshop Lazareti. He was a partner / coordinator of a number of EU projects (European Capital of Culture 2020, Active NGO’s / URBACT, Learn more / ESF, United Generations / ESF, EPIC / ERASMUS +, HER.CUL ...).
He is a member of the Cultural Council of the City of Dubrovnik for dramatic and dance arts and performing arts and president of the Dubrovnik-Neretva county Association of Technical Culture.