Monday, 22 October 2018

During the festivity of Saint Blaise, from February 2nd to February 5th, the entrance to the Dubrovnik City Walls, Walls of Ston and Sokol Tower will be free of charge. That's a gift from Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiques and it's an unique one – to enjoy surreal beauty without spending a penny. 

They also joined the Night of Museums that is tonight, on Friday 27th. From 6 pm to 11 pm it's possible to visit the attractive archaeological site and the Museum of archaeological finds of the old foundry of cannons from the 16th century. You can enter it rough the playground that's beneath the fortress MincetaThis late medieval and Modern foundry is one of the rare preserved buildings of its kind and accommodation within the city walls makes it unique without comparative examples in Europe. Organized and professional guided tours will happen every 20 minutes. See the full program of the Night of Museums here.

One of the most important festivites in Dubrovnik, festivity of our patron saint - Saint Blaise, has started last night, on Thursday January 26th with the Festivity of vocal groups in Marin Drzic Theatre. But that's just a first in a series of beautiful and fun events that are going to happen in the next couple of days. We bring you the full program, yours is just to enjoy it: 

Friday, 27 January 2017
9:00 pm Dubrovnik Rock Parade
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik and Klub Lazareti
Saturday, 28 January 2017
8:00 pm ˝Four Tenors˝ gala concert
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik
Sunday, 29 January 2017
7:00 pm Concert: ˝Dubrovnik Opera Divas˝
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik
Church of St. Blaise
Monday, 30 January 2017
6:00 pm Presentation of book about the worship of St. Blaise in visual representations
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik
Hall of Mirrors
6:00 pm Three days of holy mass for the Saint Blaise Festivity
Led by the Very Reverend Josip Barišić, Pastor of Čilipi Parish
Church of St. Blaise
7:30 pm Art exhibition ˝Little St. Blaise by Josip Ivanović˝
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik
Marin Držić Theatre
Tuesday, 31 January 2017

6:00 pm Three days of holy mass for the Saint Blaise Festivity 

Led by the Very Reverend Josip Barišić, Pastor of Čilipi Parish
Church of St. Blaise
7:30 pm 4th scientific conference ˝Ahead of the Festivity˝ on the topic: ˝The Economy of Salvation – the Salvation of the Economy˝
Organised by: ˝Christian Social Circles˝ Association, Zagreb
John Paul II Hall
Wednesday, 1 February 2017
11:00 am Workshop on traditional dishes for the St. Blaise Festivity
Organised by: Festa Dubrovnik, the DEŠA Association – Dubrovnik, and the Tourism and Hospitality School
Restoran Mimoza
11:00 am Presentation of the magazine Welcome to Dubrovnik no. 29 for 2017
Organised by: Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Friars Minor Monastery
5:00 pm Theatrical storytelling for children ˝Libro of St. Blaise˝
Teatar Lero
6:00 pm Three days of holy mass for the Saint Blaise Festivity
Led by the Very Reverend Josip Barišić, Pastor of Čilipi Parish
Church of St. Blaise
7:00 pm Exhibition of paintings by the artist Elias Ayoub ˝Love in Damascus˝
Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik
8:00 pm Concert for the Festivity of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik
Performed and organised by: the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (concert organised in cooperation with the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Croatian - Austrian Society of Dubrovnik)
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
Thursday, 2 February 2017 – CANDLEMAS
8:00 Tribute to the fallen defenders of the City of Dubrovnik
Organised by: City of Dubrovnik
Memorial at the Boninovo Cemetery
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Humanitarian event ˝Bitter Orange Days˝
Organised by: DEŠA Association – Dubrovnik and Dubrovačka naranča (Eng: ˝Dubrovnik Orange˝)
12:00 pm Presentation of the preliminary program of the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Organised by: Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Festival Palace
1:00 pm Wine Festivity
Festa Dubrovnik, Chamber of Economy of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and Chamber of Trades and Crafts of Dubrovnik-Neretva County
City Café (Gradska kavana)
2:45 pm Parade of the City of Dubrovnik Marching Band and performance with the Cathedral Choir
3:00 pm The Banner of St. Blaise gathers the city standards
In front of the Church of St. Blaise
3:30 pm Opening Ceremony of the Festivity of St. Blaise
In front of the Church of St. Blaise
5:30 pm Celebratory Evening Mass and Concert
Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
7:00 pm ˝Candlemas Dinner˝
Fort Revelin
Friday, 3 February 2017 - SAINT BLAISE FESTIVITY DAY
6:00 am Patriotic hymn with the ringing of the city bells, music, and muskets
Platoon of Dubrovnik Musketeers
Great Pier in the Old City harbour
7:00 am First mass in the Church of St. Blaise, parade of Grand Masters, musketeers, city band, and standard bearers to Ploče
Church of St. Blaise
- the city standards are joined by banners from the east of the City, and together they go to Pile to wait for the banners from the west side of the City
- at Pile the banners are waved in honour of St. Blaise and they enter the City; heading towards the Cathedral the standard bearers salute the patron saint’s church
7:00 am Patriotic Hymn
Organised by: the City of Dubrovnik Marching Band
Led by His Excellency Egidije Ivan Živković, Ph.D., the Bishop of Eisenstadt in Burgenland, Austria
In front of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
1:00 pm Banquet in honour of St. Blaise (traditional dirty macaroni, doughnuts, and a glass of wine)
3:30 pm Banner men greet the Cathedral, bishops and Grand Masters
In front of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary
4:00 pm Tombola (Eng: ˝raffle˝)
In front of Luža
Organised by Dubrovnik Tourist Board
Saturday, 4 February 2017
9:00 am X. International Chess Tournament ˝Dubrovnik Open 2017˝
Organised by: Chess Club ˝Dubrovnik˝
Hotel Petka
Sunday, 5 February 2017
8:00 am gathering of banners and pilgrims
In front of the Church of St. Blaise
and walk to Gorica
9:00 am Celebration of St. Blaise at Gorica, holy mass
Gorica of St. Blaise
12:00 pm Return of standard bearers to the City, lowering of the banner of St. Blaise, raising of the national flag, and holy mass with which the Festivity of St. Blaise for 2017 officially ends.
In front of the Church of St. Blaise

On the 20th of February filming will start – Robin Hood is coming to Dubrovnik. The historic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik is slowly but surely being transformed into Nottingham.

Every day the set on the Stradun street, that runs through the centre of the city, grows impressively. This street is no stranger to film crews, it was also the location for Star Wars VIII, or The Last Jedi.

Check out our video from the set of Robin Hood in Dubrovnik


Nature is full of surprises! Today, at river Ombla grey herons were enjoying this beautiful, sunny day. These elegant birds made a perfect match with surroundings.

Grey heron with distinctive black ‘’hat’’ on their head can grow up to a meter and weighs around two kilograms. It feeds mostly on fish and frogs. In winter, when standing waters freeze, they usually search the nearest river and spend the winter there. Their breeding season begins in February and ends in late April.

Grey herons were spotted by the eye and the camera of Zeljko Tutnjevic.













Looking for a special way to spend your Friday night in Dubrovnik? Well, this is a great week for you then. Tomorrow, on Friday January 27th, manifestation Night of Museums is held all over Croatia. 

Croatian Museum Association is organizing the event Night of Museums in Croatia since 2005. A special program is organized every year on the last Friday of the month of January from 6 pm to 1 am, with free entrance to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.
This is program of Night of Museums in Dubrovnik, feel free to pick anything you like!

Event location: St. John’s Fortress
6:00 – 6:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Maritime Museum
7:00 – 9:00 pm Educational workshop for children ˝Little Shipbuilders – building of wooden boats˝ (Željko Ćatić, Dubrovnik Museums)
8:00 – 8:30 pm Lecture by Aida Cvjetković, Ph.D. ˝Federiko Glavić – Benefactor, Visionary and Keeper of Tradition˝
9:00 – 9:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Permanent collection of the Maritime Museum
Event location: Rupe Granary
6:00 – 6:30 pm Presentation of the children’s book ˝Pavle i Đivo u Rupama˝ (Aleksandra Piteša Orešković, Dubrovnik Museums)
6:30 – 7:00 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
7:00 – 7:45 pm Workshop on making jewellery and lecture for children about dress and clothing in the Dubrovnik region (Anamarija Bezek and Barbara Margaretić; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
20:00 – 20:45 pm Literary – musical staging of ˝Lullabies˝ (˝Uspavanke˝) with a presentation of night shirts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Heritage Association and Branka Hajdić; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
9:00 – 9:30 pm Lecture about the Rupe Granary (Ivica Kipre; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
9:30 – 10:00 pm Lecture ˝Daguerreotypes in Dubrovnik˝ (Marina Filipović, Dubrovnik Museums; Cultural Historical Museum)
10:00 – 10:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
11:00 pm – 1:00 am Concert of unusual farm music along with a reception and announcement of the raffle winner
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Exhibition ˝Traditional dress and clothing from the Dubrovnik region from the holdings of the Ethnographic Museum in Dubrovnik˝
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Exhibition of Daguerreotypes ˝The Mirror that Remembers (˝Zrcalo koje pamti˝) in Dubrovnik’s collections
Event location: Fort Revelin
6.00 – 6:30 pm Guided tour through the exhibitions: Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and the Surrounding Area and Fort Revelin: Archaeological Research / Architectural Development / Foundry
6:30 – 7:15 pm Lecture by Mario Novak, Ph.D. (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb) and Domagoj Perkić, Ph.D. (Dubrovnik Museums, Archaeological Museum) ˝Place of life or death? Bronze Age burial of a child from the Gudnja Cave through forensic science.˝
9:00 – 9:30 pm Guided tour through the exhibitions: Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and the Surrounding Area and Fort Revelin: Archaeological Research / Architectural Development / Foundry
10:00 – 10:45 pm Lecture by Mario Novak, Ph.D. (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb) and Domagoj Perkić, Ph.D. (Dubrovnik Museums, Archaeological Museum) ˝Place of life or death? Bronze Age burial of a child from the Gudnja Cave through forensic science.˝

“We are only here in Dubrovnik for four hours so we wanted to make the most of it,” commented this group of five Spanish friends today in Dubrovnik. And make the most of it they certainly did! Even though the Adriatic Sea temperature is only around 13 degrees they bravely dived into the sea for a brief swim.

The friends from Madrid are on a road trip across Europe, last night they were in Tivat, today Dubrovnik and tomorrow Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all by bus. “Oh, it is cold, but refreshing,” commented the friends as they sharply climbed out of the sea.

spanish swimmers dubrovnik

winter swim Dubrovnik, Croatia

Swim in Dubrovnik Winter

‘’In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity’’, said José Ugaz, the chairman of Transparency International.

Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption has emphasized that corruption is a global problem which has grown due to inequity and increasing populism.

According to the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016, Croatia has dropped by two points and placed as the 55th country among 178 world countries.

The latest 'result' has put Croatia back again among corrupt countries. Among the EU member countries Croatia is followed by Hungary, Romania, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.
On the other hand, the most transparent countries in 2016 were Denmark, New Zealand and Finland, whilst the most corrupted were African countries of South Sudan and Somalia.

Transparency International believes that corruption is not related to ideology but is a result of "greed that is neither left nor right." "That is the only objective criterion on which every research on corruption in state institutions should be based," stated Transparency International.

Robin Hood will soon be riding through Dubrovnik with his merry men in the upcoming filming of the latest movie – Robin Hood Origins. Construction of the sets in Dubrovnik are in full swing and the location on the Stradun, the main street that runs through the heart of the city, is a complex affair.

This caught our eye today as we wandered through the set. Instead of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor why not just visit an ATM. Right in the middle of the Robin Hood set on the Stradun is a bank machine that looks more than a little out of place in medieval Nottingham.

Robin Hood ATM dubrovnik

In Defence of Negativity

Jan 26, 2017

My wife and I will never see eye to eye when it comes to certain things, mainly regarding our individual stances on life and other people. She is one of the “think pink” crowd and has a limitless supply of optimism. I do not.

Don't get me wrong, I am not a pessimist with no hope for anything playing out in my favour. I simply don't stray from the notion that all outcomes are possible in life. The absolute worst, as well as the best. You could say I'm a sceptic and a self-proclaimed realist. Having a positive outlook when trying to accomplish something is (scientifically proven) a good thing and I'm not questioning that, but that doesn't mean you should simply deny possible alternatives to everything playing out as you've imagined it. The fact I'm a good person doesn't mean I'm not going to get hit by lightening.

This outlook works for me. I like it. Thinking about both the good and the bad possible outcomes to my actions keeps me on my toes. It keeps me cautious and prepared for potential problems (although the worst problems in one's life are usually impossible to anticipate). Also, I don't let negative thoughts control my everyday life or affect my work. So, what is the problem? The problem is, optimists are always trying to fix me. My whole life I've had to listen to people lecturing me on how I need to always be optimistic about life and have faith in people. On the other hand, I am optimistic only when I believe I have solid factual reasons to be, and less said about my faith in people the better.

Now when I'm 35 I still get lectured. Even by those younger than me. Well, there's one thing they are not taking into account. My life is great! There are so many things I have accomplished that make me proud to be me. There were probably just as many embarrassing fails along the way as well, but I don't experience them tragically or with too much emotion. Failure is always an option. However, if you tally up all my losses and wins and compare them to those of a similarly competent person with a sunnier disposition, they probably won't differ at all.

So, don't be mad if I stick to my guns and remain sceptical about thinking pink...or peachy. Moderate negativity is my way to go and this won't change in the foreseeable future. It's not the life philosophy for everyone, but it works for some of us. Besides, if we were all convinced everything will always turn out for the best, who would plan our emergency services? Who would create our insurance policies, or defence strategies? The world needs a certain amount of pessimism, it's healthy.

If there are any younger people with a similar disposition reading this, remember: it's ok to consider the bad along with the good, it's ok to sometimes feel pessimistic, and if you need to feel down every once in a while, feel down for a day and then work through it. Just make sure not to impose your feelings on others.


Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.

Preparations for the most important day of the Dubrovnik calendar are well underway. The Day of St. Blaise, held on the 3rd of February, is the day of the patron saint of the city and wreathes, flags and banners already adorn the historic city core.

Workers from the public garden authority had a busy morning decorating the streets, the monuments and most importantly the St. Blaise Church in the very heart of the Old City.

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