Friday, 29 May 2020

The fourth mosque in Croatia opened this Sunday in the small village of Bogovlja. After the mosques in Zagreb, Rijkea and Gunja this latest mosque is close to the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Speaking to the media the grand mufti of the Islamic Community in Croatia, Aziz Efendi Hasanovic, said that the new mosque in Bogovlja would serve to show young people what Islam looks like, that it is "the Islam full of open-mindedness, full of good deeds, and the Islam free of any deviations," and added that Muslim places of worship and Islamic centres in Croatia are "places for meetings of different religions and different cultures".

In Croatia there are 26 places of worship catering to Muslims, including four mosques. According to the most recent 2011 population census, there were 63,000 Muslims in the country, meaning there was one place of worship per roughly 2,500 believers. In other European countries, this ratio of believers per place of worship ranges from 650 in Greece to 8,000 in Sweden.

Croatia’s demographic crisis continues with an estimated 300,000 citizens leaving to find a brighter future in European Union members over the past few years. According to new research there are now more Croatians living in Germany than there are in the second biggest city in Croatia, Split.

Germany, Ireland and Sweden are the main destinations more migrant Croatian workers and more and more young and highly educated Croats are looking to these more developed EU states for work. However, according to recent reports, many of these young professionals are taking on menial jobs in Germany.

According to official statistics, there were nearly 368,000 Croatians living in Germany at the end of 2017. Federal states with the largest numbers of Croatians are Baden-Wuerttemberg with the city of Sttuttgart in the southwest - home to nearly 110,000 Croatians, followed by Bavaria and its capital Munich in the southeast, with some 99,000. Bearing in mind that Croatia’s second city, Split, has a population of around 320,000 people the number of Croatians in Germany far outweighs it. And as Dubrovnik has a population of only 40,000 it is the same as ten cities’ the size of Dubrovnik moving to Germany.

Nude sunbathing at the balcony caused a fuss in Osijek! Locals saw one lady without clothes, sunbathing at her balcony and decided to ask the police if it's legal. The police responded, saying that sunbathing without clothes on a balcony or a terrace is punishable with the fine up to 750 Kuna or around 100 euro, which is a misdemeanor of insulting moral feelings of citizens – Tportal reports.

You are not allowed to sunbath at balconies and private terraces, because police can consider them public places in some cases if they offend moral feelings of citizens, calling them ‘fictive public places’.

Punishment for the offense of insulting the moral feelings of citizens can range from 185 to 750 kuna. Last year in the area of Osijek-Baranja there were six such offenses, and a year earlier 18, but police say that they are not all related exclusively to nudity.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and five had injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, seven had light injuries while three traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 378 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 155 measures taken due to speeding, 20 due to improper overtaking, 36 measures due to improper stop and parking, 33 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner, as the first semi-final night is tomorrow, which makes all the lovers of this competition really excited. This year, Croatia is presented by Franka Batelic and her song Crazy and the competition will take place in Lisbon, Portugal. 

A.K.A. Crescendo, a capella student group, made an amazing video, showing an evolution of Eurovision songs that presented Croatia from 1993 to 2018 in only five minutes! And what a journey it is – you should really listen to it in the video below.

- A.K.A. Crescendo was founded back in 2013, by combining the two rivaling groups on Campus, and have, since then, been very involved in Campus life as well as in various projects of their home city, Zadar. Their style ranges from Croatian to English music, from traditional to popular songs, and the group is always willing to take on new musical challenges. Their arrangements are group projects and every member is welcome to participate in creating the sound and choreo, which again makes them unique in style and performance. At the moment, A.K.A. Crescendo counts twelve members and each of them brings a different flavor to the group, making the mixture just perfect. So far, they are the only collegiate a cappella group in Croatia, but they are hoping that more groups will form and join them, soon – it's written at the official Facebook page of the group.

On the occasion of the Europe Day, on May 9th, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra organizes a concert in Sponza Palace on Tuesday, May 8th. The String Chamber Ensemble of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform under the artistic lidership of Pavle Zajcev. The start of the concert is at 9 pm. 

Pavle Zajcev graduated from the Zagreb Academy of Music in the class of prof. Valter Despalj. Then he attended the postgraduate studies at the Music Academy in Basel in the class of prof. Ivan Monighetti. He also trained on master courses by M. Flaksman, S. Soundeckione, D. Grigorian, V. Messermann, J. Chuchro, E. Schoenfeld, A. Meneses. As a soloist he performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic, the HRT Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Chamber Orchestra, the Varazdin Chamber Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.

As a member of the Zagreb Piano Trio, he won the "Darko Lukic" Tribune in 1998 and won the second prize at the International Chamber Choir Competition "C. Hennen "in the Netherlands. In September 2000, the Trio wins the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition TICC in Trondheim, Norway. As a chamber musician he participated in many festivals where he worked with artists such as Julian Rachlin, Mischa Maisky, Torleif Thedeen, Lawrence Power, Gordan Petrovic, Duro Zivkovic, Edin Karamazov, Dmitry Sinkovsky and others.

From 2002-2010 he has been solo-cellist at the HRT Symphony Orchestra. He has been a docent since 2005. He has been a professor at the Zagreb Academy of Music since 2013. He performed his conducting debut with the Croatian Music Youth Orchestra in Groznjan, and he was its conductor and artistic director was from 2011 to 2014. He also directed the String Instruments of the HRT Symphony Orchestra, Samobor Strings and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra.


Miss of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2018 is Ivana Dumnic! The contest for the most beautiful girl in our county was held on Sunday night at Stradun.

Laura Lendic was the first runner-up, while the second runner-up was Iva Sprljan. Martina Glibota was picked as a Miss Photogenic.

A total of eight girls competed for the title: Eva Skoric, Ivana Mudnic, Martina Glibota, Tijana Ivanisevic, Kristina Ilovaca, Laura Lendic, Iva Sprljan and Matea Vulic.

Dance studio Lazareti was there for the entertainment, while the whole programme was organized by the association Dubrovnik Glamour.



The inaugural flight between Frankfurt and Zadar landed yesterday. The largest German and European airline, Lufthansa, has introduced this new line for the summer months and flights will operate every Saturday and Sunday into Zadar airport.

This first flight was welcomed with the traditional shower of water cannons as German holidaymakers arrived on the Dalmatian coast.

"We are extremely pleased that Zadar has been linked to Frankfurt, one of the world's largest air hubs. The fact that this has happened with Lufthansa, one of the largest European and world companies, makes us very proud. Zadar passengers will have many direct destinations in Europe and some farther destinations such as Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto," commented the director of Zadar Airport, Josip Klismanic.

It was a glamourous evening last night on the Stradun in Dubrovnik as a fashion show “Glamour Fashion Show” brought a touch of style and elegance to the Old City.

Organised by the Dubrovnik Glamour Association the shoe featured designer names such as, Glamour Sposa, Duchess Womenswear, Arileo, Bakus Sposa, Lella Design and Borza Grupa.

And tonight the fashion and beauty continue in Dubrovnik when the Miss Dubrovnik-Neretva County pageant will be held on the same stage.

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The thunder of high-end sports cars will echo through Dubrovnik next week as the Gran Turismo Adriatica 2018 arrives in town. Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches are just a few of the mega brands expected next Tuesday on the roads of Dubrovnik as they pull up in front of the Hotel Dubrovnik Palace in Lapad.

The rally, Gran Turismo Adriatica 2018, started in Opatija today and will wind down the Adriatic all the way to Thessaloniki in Greece. Along the way the drivers will take in Mostar, Zadar, Montenegro and Albania.

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Racing over Dubrovnik Bridge

And at almost 5,000 Euros for a week’s fun the drivers are in for a road trip to remember. The organisers have even brought in a private security team to protect the luxury cars in Albania. “We are working with a private security contractor for this part of the event. We have a security detail of no less than 18 armed guards on both motorcycles and in vans protecting our cars these days,” commented the organisers on the Albanian leg of the journey.

The rally finishes on the 13th of May with a gala party in Thessaloniki and clearly this motoring event is popular as it is completely sold out.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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