Thursday, 14 December 2017

Who do you call when you need to reach extraordinary heights? The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade lent a helping hand today to decorate the historic Old City of Dubrovnik for the festive season. With the help of their pulleys, ropes and abseiling skills the fireman hung Christmas lights on the iconic Bell Tower in the centre of the city.

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At 31 metres high the Bell Tower is one the most visible landmarks of the city and the work today certainly looked hair-raising and not for those who suffer from acrophobia. These very lights are sure to appear on thousands of photos on social media when the festivities begin.

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Situated in the Franciscan Monastery the Old Pharmacy is the third oldest pharmacy in the world, and is argued the oldest pharmacy still working today. It was established in 1317 in order to work for the monastery; however over time the pharmacy was then opened to all the citizens of the Republic. For seven hundred years the pharmacy has been serving the citizens of Dubrovnik and even today you can find cures for your ailments inside.

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With many stone bowls, medical books and historic lab equipment now displayed in the monastery museum the pharmacy still holds some reminders of times gone by. A real treasure trove of 15th century artefacts can be found inside the pharmacy. The monastery museum is located in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery and is well worth a visit.

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Five world countries are currently competing for the title of the world’s most religious country.

According to WIN/Gallup International, the leading association in market research and polling, around 99 percent of respondents in the countries of Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Sri Lanka and Yemen declared they are religious.

On the other hand, the least religious country in the world is China with only 7 percent religious respondents, followed by Japan (13%), Estonia (16%), Sweden (19%) and Norway with 21 percent of respondents who declared they are religious.

As far as Croatia and the countries in the region are concerned, the most religious country is Macedonia with 88 percent religious respondents, whilst barely 70 percent of Croats who participated in the Gallup’s survey declared they are religious.

One of the most controversial tourism topics in Dubrovnik was again in the spotlight yesterday as the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, met with the Director of the Port of Dubrovnik, Blaz Pezo, to discuss next year’s cruise ship arrivals.
Dubrovnik has been accustomed to being inundated with cruise ships and passengers throughout the summer months with around 800,000 passengers arriving every year. The resulting effects are a collapse of the city’s infrastructure, huge crowds inside the historic Old City and dissatisfied guests.

This trend could soon be changed as for next season the arrival schedule of cruise ships in Dubrovnik has been totally altered meaning that there will be only five days next year that more than 4,000 passengers disembark in the city.

The Port of Dubrovnik has been working on dispersing the arrivals of mega ships through the summer. Meaning that instead of the traditional cruise ship crush from Thursdays to Sundays, the ships will be reallocated throughout the rest of the week.

The achieved schedule largely avoids simultaneous arrivals and departures of ships, thus meaning that a figure of 4,000 passengers at one time is made possible. It was emphasized at the meeting that during the whole season there will be only five days on which more ships arrivals overlap and that one those days there will be a coordination of the activities of the relevant services to control the flow of passengers and traffic.

Mayor Franković expressed his satisfaction with these positive trends and recalled that the City of Dubrovnik and all the partners involved will continue to work on establishing optimal solutions for 2019.

 

The popular American musician David Byrne is coming to Croatia next year.

The founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the former American new wave band Talking Heads will perform at the 13th edition of the INmusic festival, which will be held in Zagreb from the 25th to the 27th of June 2018.

After leaving Talking Heads in 1988, David Byrne started his solo career. Well known for his distinctive voice, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction and non-fiction.
Byrne has received Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards and been introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Even though mass emigration from Croatia to other Western countries in search of a better life is a well known problem, obviously nothing has changed in the country because a new wave of Croatian emigrants is on the horizon.

Since the last census in 2011, more than 200,000 people emigrated from Croatia, out of which 30 percent from Slavonia, or 70,000 people. The black statistics of the country's foreign migrations show that around 57,000 people moved to Germany, whilst 80,000 people immigrated to Ireland.

However, apart from Slavonia, there are regions in Croatia that are in such a bad demographic situation and yet nobody even bothers to mention them. For example, the Croatian regions of Kordun, Lika and Banija are also losing a large number of their population on a daily basis and could be completely abandoned in a very short period, let’s say within 10 to 15 years.
According to data, entire families have been moving out from Croatia, whilst the largest emigration wave ever can be expected from the 1st of January 2018.

Giant red Christmas ball returned for the third year in the row to Dubrovnik. One of the favourite Dubrovnik Christmas decorations was assembled yesterday, but many were surprised because it changed its location.

In the last two years this huge Christmas ball was placed at Pile, just a few steps away from the Old City entrance and it was one of the main attractions of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

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However, organizers decided to place it somewhere else this year – so it can now be seen in Gruz, just between Grawe and Atlant buildings, next to te gas station. Not everybody is happy with that – some of the locals commented that it looked much nicer last couple of years, since the entrance to the Old City is much better location.

Either way, it seems that Dubrovnik is really getting that Christmas feeling, since every day something new appears.

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And this is how it looked like at the last two Dubrovnik Winter Festivals:

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The exhibition "Photo club Marin Getaldic - 70 years" on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Dubrovnik photo club will be opened on Friday 24th at 8 pm at Sponza Palace.The exhibition will show photographs of 53 authors, mostly active members of the club, as well as those who made an impact in the club over the past decade.

After the Second World War, in 1947, as part of the then Croatian National Technique, now known as the Croatian Community of Technical Culture, photo club Marin Getaldic was founded. At the beginning it had modest equipment and number of members, but quickly grew in a respectable club on the territory of the former state, both in the number of members and in the successes that these members achieved in the photographic salons. During the period, numerous photographers who left a trace in Croatian photography were in the club, such as Zeljko Soletić, Miso Sevelj, Zeljko Tutnjevic, Najka Mirkovic, Ljubo Gamulin, Pavo Urban and many others. After the Homeland War, and due to the loss of space for work, the club was only ‘’alive’’ on paper until 2009, when the group, led by Eugen Miljan, resumed with the activities.

This year, marking 70 years since the foundation of photo club Marin Getaldic, the club rounds off a decade of activities, numerous domestic and international exhibitions, lectures, workshops, social gatherings and photo excursions with special emphasis on working with Dubrovnik primary and secondary school students as a pledge for the future and guaranteeing the longevity of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik.

In addition to the 70th anniversary of this special Dubrovnik photo club, ninety years of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik are marked in Dubrovnik, since 1927 when a photo-section was established in our town.

The exhibition will be open until December 15th every day from 9am to 3 pm, besides Sundays, when you can visit it from 10am to 4 pm. 

 

Former members of the Croatian Parliament have no problem with the ever-increasing cost of living in the country because they earned pensions that are much higher compared to the average Croatian salary.

According to information, 650 former MPs receive a pension of almost 10,000 Kunas, to be more precise, 9,561 Kunas i.e. more than the average Croatian salary of around 6,000 Kunas.

This data also indicates that only for MPs pensions Croatia has to pay around 70 million Kunas annually, which is the largest figure ever in the country’s history.

Just for comparison, the average pension in Croatia achieved in accordance with regular terms is around 2,300 Kunas. However, many Croatian pensioners receive only 1,000-1,500 Kunas a month even though they have worked all their life. Meaning that for a few years of serving in the parliament former MPs receive a whopping 7,000 Kuna a month more than a pensioner who has worked for 40 years of work.

 

With the premiere of the latest Star Wars movie only a few weeks away fans around the world are becoming impatient. On the 14th of December The Last Jedi will be released and it will be a chance to see Dubrovnik star in a sci-fi for the first time.

The city is certainly no stranger to major international film productions, with Game of Thrones, Robin Hood and Knightfall all using the Adriatic city as a backdrop. The Game of Thrones brought with it massive global recognition of Dubrovnik as well as helping to spawn countless spin-off businesses such as tours, souvenir shops as well as attracting thousands of fans as movie tourists. And the new Star Wars flick could bring just as many new movie tourists to Dubrovnik.

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Already Star Wars has created a host of new ideas for the city and the latest is Star Wars based Honeymoons in Dubrovnik. Brides.com have released an article entitled “The Force Is With These Star Wars-Inspired honeymoons,” in which Dubrovnik features. - Croatia is the back drop for more than one epic fantasy series. “In addition to representing King’s Landing from Game of Thrones, the city of Dubrovnik also doubled as an unknown planet for the newest Star Wars film – writes the article. Adding that potential Star Wars honeymooners need to book soon to avoid the inevitable tourist crush. Themed weddings are certainly nothing new, but themed based honeymoons are relatively innovative.

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