Thursday, 02 April 2020

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of French composer Claude Debussy, a concert will be held on March 23rd, at the Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The concert will be held by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, accompanied by the flautist Antonea Gjaja Kockovic and pianist Ivana Jelaca. The start of the concert is at 8 pm and the entrance is free.

The life and work of the great French composer Claude Debussy will be presented through an one-hour program that will, in addition to the choice from the his opus, highlight the perfection of art, characteristic of the period in which Debussy created. The program was made by the pianist Ivana Jelaca, which will include Antonea Glaja Kockovic on flute and the string quartet of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, featuring: Dana Kahriman and Iva Vukic, violins; Simun Koncic, viola and Mihaela Culjak, cello.

The concert is realized with the support of the City of Dubrovnik as a joint project of the ‘Sve ostalo je glazba’ Association, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Dubrovnik in collaboration with the French Alliance of Dubrovnik, which prepared a special surprise for this concert.

He might be ranked as the third best tennis player in the world, won 17 ATP titles including the US Open but it would appear that Americans have no idea who the Croatian tennis ace Marin Cilic is!

The popular Croatian/American website “Croatian Sports” asked a number of American spectators at the ATP tournament in Indian Wells who Marin Cilic was, and even though he was actually seeded second in the tournament the vast majority had no idea who he was.

“When I say the name Marin Cilic what comes to mind,” asked Ante Kvartuč to a tennis fan at Indian Wells, to which she replied “Chilli con carne.”

Kvartuč also managed to ask former world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, the same question and the look answered it perfectly.

Check out this video

Today, the 21st of March, is World Down Syndrome Day, and one of the most colourful ways to raise awareness for this day and this cause is to wear bright socks. “Rock your socks” is a creative idea to help bring more publicity for this day through social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as the hash tag #LotsOfSocks brings millions of people into the event.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Down Syndrome International encourages people from all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

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The date for WDSD being the 21st day of the 3rd month, was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome.

And the bright socks were marked this year in Dubrovnik with the Sunsail Base Manager, Keith Harvey, and his “partner in crime” Azar Avdić, getting in the mood with some particularly loud socks. Well done to Keith and Azar for putting Dubrovnik on the map for the important day, and it isn’t too late for you to get involved, don’t forget to tag your photos #LotsOfSocks.

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"In the end, our guests don't want to go to a place that's overcrowded," Donald said. "If the sites that everybody wants to see are being abused, our guests won't go. It's in our self-interest, but it's also in the interest of the places we go,” commented the CEO of Carnival Cruises, Arnold Donald, about Dubrovnik at the recent Seatrade Cruise Global convention.

This year Dubrovnik will start to tackle the problem of overcrowding, a subject that is extremely important to the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and one way is to regulate the arrival times of cruise ships.

This was backed up by Donald in Miami at the Seatrade Fair as he said that major cruise lines had agreed to coordinate their summer schedules in the city, meaning that some ships could arrive later or earlier than planned to avoid the so called “cruise ship crush.”

Last year, Dubrovnik received around 742,000 passengers on 538 cruise ships. Recent research for the port of Dubrovnik showed that in 2016 arrivals exceeded 8,000 on 18 occasions and 10,000 passengers on just four days. And it is expected that with this new move to reschedule arrival times these number will be even less this year.

Whilst most of the rest of northern Croatia is under another blanket of fresh snow the summer seems to have arrived earlier than planned in Dubrovnik, it is bikini weather.

The finalists of the Miss Universe Croatia contest posed around the pool of the five-star Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera in Zupa today. The final of the Croatian leg of the Miss Universe contest will be held on the 21st of April in Zagreb.

The ladies today were joined by Shanaelle Petty, Miss Universe Croatia 2017, who in November last year was placed in the top 15 at the Miss Universe finals.

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One of McDonald's signature products is celebrating its 50th birthday all over the world this year.

The Big Mac is a hamburger sold by the one of the most influential fast food restaurant chains on the planet. It was introduced in the Greater Pittsburgh area in the United States in 1967 and nationwide in 1968.

This year the popular hamburger is celebrating its first 50 years worldwide including Croatia. In McDonald's restaurants across the country, the Big Mac will be served with little bacon to celebrate its birthday together with its customers.

The legendary Big Mac consists of two 45.4 g beef patties, "special sauce" (a variant of Thousand Island dressing), iceberg lettuce, American cheese, pickles, and onions, served in a three-part sesame seed bun.

In addition, in the last quarter of 2017, globally popular McDonald’s earned $5,34 billion, more than analysts expected ($5,26 billion).

The financial director at McDonald’s Kevin Ozan recently announced that the company would invest around $2,4 billion of its capital and open up to 1,000 new restaurants around the world in 2018. This global expansion of the popular fast food chain also includes the opening of three new restaurants in Croatia.

McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in the Croatian capital of Zagreb on the 2nd of February 1996. Over the past 22 years, it has been operating in the country opening restaurants in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Šibenik, Pula, Sisak, Varaždin, Velika Gorica and Karlovac. In the last business year, the franchise giant came to Slavonski Brod and opened its 29th restaurant in Croatia.

The popular Flos Olei guide has declared the Croatian region of Istria the best extra virgin olive region on the planet for the third year in a row.

The Italian-English world guide for extra virgin olive oils ''Flos Olei 2018'' offers insight into the results of a thorough tasting of large numbers of specimens, presenting olive growing from 51 countries on five continents. This popular "Bible" of extra virgin olive oils included 77 oils from Croatia out of which 75 are from Istria and 2 from Dalmatia.

Therefore, products of Istrian olive growers and olive oil makers have found their place among the 500 best olive oils in the world accounting for 15 percent in the global community of the highest quality extra virgin olive oils.

''For the third year in a row Istria was declared the best olive region in the world taking into account the largest number of included olive growers. We are exceptionally proud of the success of our olive growers who have only confirmed that Istrian olive oils are well known and appreciated at the global level'', commented the Istria County Prefect Valter Flego.

Marijuana packages made a fuss on Saturday, when they floated around Dubrovnik. That day, from the early morning hours police boats have been circling the waters around, trying to locate the marijuana that has floated into Dubrovnik and found some, but apparently – not all. 

Today, three days later, two packages were found at the island of Hvar – Jutarnji.hr reports and adds that they weighted 160 kilos!

It is assumed that the packages have been thrown into the sea from their sailboats while transporting it from Albania or Montenegro to Italy.

As Jutarnji.hr writes, the price of so called Marijuana bricks in Albania can be purchased for 100 to 200 euros, depending on the quality and quantity of the purchase, while in small amounts in the summer season people can earn around 5000 euros for one kilo.

The Croatian Tourist Board's "Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism" promotional video, which was premiered in November last year as part of a performance at the WTM Tourism Fair in London and which has in the short term gained multi-million views on foreign broadcasting markets, was nominated by the "Travel Video Awards’’ for the award in the subcategory" Best Video by a Tourism Organization ". In addition to the promotional video of Croatian Tourist Board, they also nominated "Rhythms of Peru" (Kuoda Travel), "Sabrosura" (Visit Columbia) and "North America" (Jordan Tourism Board).

-We are proud that our latest promotional video, featuring globally recognizable Croatian stars, ambassadors of Croatian tourism was nominated for the prestigious world prize. This nomination represents our professional satisfaction, but also the proof of our creativity and innovativeness, that is, the confirmation that we create top internationally recognizable promotional content in the Croatian tourist community, together with our partners, - - said Head of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristijan Stanicic and invited everybody to vote for the video, that promotes Croatia in the best light, with celebrities such as Luka Modric, Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Dean Lovren, Marin Cilic, Dario Saric, Maksim Mrvica, Zrinka Cvitesic and 2Cellos.

"Travel Video Awards" is an organization founded by the independent filmmakers and brands from all over the world who reward innovative and inspirational videos. The awards are given in two main categories, namely the Independent Track category, divided into four sub-categories, and in the category Industry Track, that is divided into five subcategory.
Online voting is open until Saturday, March 31st and the award ceremony will be held on the April 9th in Las Vegas.

Vote here.

 

In Brazil, in Sao Paulo, a fashion collection by world-renowned designer Fabiana Milazzo was presented, titled 'Croatia collection', inspired by Croatia, Dubrovnik and paintings by the famous Croatian artist Lena Kramaric, who has a Dubrovnik address.

The event was attended by a number of Brazilian film and TV stars, such as Pathy Dejesus, actress and model, Marina Bernardes, digital influencer, Cacá Filippini, digital influencer, as well people from the world of fashion and art and media: among other Vogue and Elle magazines. The event was also visited by Croatian Honorary Consul Oswaldo J.M da Silva while President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is supposed to visit the exhibition today.

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Artist Lena Kramaric explained how this interesting cooperation started.
-Fabiana visited Croatia with her husband last summer, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. She was thrilled with the beauties of Croatia and in Dubrovnik, at Prijeko Palace, with my works and suggested cooperation – says Lena, who is currently getting inspired in Brazil.

‘I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE COLLECTION’

Croatia collection will surely attract much attention, since it brings some novelty into designer and art world.

-The collection combines my works and Fabiana's design with the collection pieces I do not only experience as a garment that carries my image. Thanks to Fabiana's thinking about the way I work, techniques and approaches, unique garments were created that I liked in the pictures but I was incomparably more enthusiastic and in love with them when I saw them live – Lena explaines.

This is surely a great compliment to her work that has been admired by the locals for quite some time and now will, hopefully, be well known around the world.

-In my work and development I need changes, challenges and cooperation with other artists through which my work changes, in this case transforms. I am happy to see what my work is recognized at the other end of the world and from a completely different audience. It’s a compliment, confirmation and great motivation for future – Lena says.

 

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PROMOTION OF CROATIA AND ITS BEAUTY

This is not only a big thing for Lena Kramaric, but also for Croatia and Dubrovnik.

-Prior to the trip to Sao Paulo, I was hoping that Croatia's collection would promote Croatia in the world and, after her presentation, I realized that it really is. Only on the very day of exhibition, a great many people learned about Croatia and its beauty. A catalog that promotes both the Fabiana's collection and my works, as well as Croatia and Dubrovnik, will be received by each of the Cro collection clothing buyers in Brazil: Sao Paulo and Uberlandia, and Merlose Place in Los Angeles, where Fabiana also has a boutique – Lena commented.

It will be great to see what this artist will make next – maybe a collection inspired by Brazil?

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