One of the greatest Croatian musicians, Oliver Dragojevic, passed away in July, but will be remembered forever. That's confirmed with the news from beautiful Korcula, where they are planning to open a special museum to honor this amazing artist that has been battling lung cancer for a year and sadly lost the battle at the age of 71.
At the heart of Vela Luka, Oliver's birthplace, a museum is planned – it was confirmed by the Deputy Mayor of the town Dragisa Barcot for the website Dalmacija Danas.
He said that the initiative for the museum came from Oliver's family and was immediately accepted by the city where this musician was born and spent a lot of his time. They see it as a big project, so after agreeing on location, are thinking about ideas and how to make this project the best they can. One of the plans to honour one of the best Croatian musicians ever is also ''Oliver Days''.
Oliver Dragojevic's career is marked with many timeless classics and his music will live on for the centuries to come!
Three countries generated over half of the European Union's overall budget in 2017, Germany, the UK and France, hardly surprising as these are the three largest economies in the European Union.
The GDP for 2017 reached a massive €15.3 trillion with Germany with a GDP od €3,300 billion was the largest economy in the EU and generated a fifth of the entire European Union GDP.
The United Kingdom remained second despite a 0.9 percent drop in the EU GDP share between 2016 and 2017. It generated 15.2 percent of GDP, just 0.3 percent more than France (14.9 percent). The top three countries are followed by Italy (11.2 percent), Spain (7.6 percent), and the Netherlands (4.8 percent).
Croatia came in the bottom half of the economic list. In fact, Croatia’s GDP accounted for a mere 0.3 percent of the EU GDP in 2017. The same figure was produced by Bulgaria, Slovenian and Lithuania.
Nature’s own “vitamin bombs” hang from every corner of Dubrovnik, from private gardens to rows and rows of trees in orchards, citrus fruits have found a welcoming home in this region. Lemons, grapefruits, oranges, mandarins, clementines, limes...the list of citrus fruits that enjoy the favourable climate of the Dubrovnik region is endless. A combination of the guaranteed Adriatic sunshine and the plentiful supply of clean, fresh water make Dubrovnik a haven for these bitter sweet bundles of joy.
As with many other fruits and vegetables in Dubrovnik there is a season, these are fruits grown in harmony with Mother Nature and are not forced to grow out of their normal lifecycle. The manicured walled gardens of the historic Old City, the sprawling villages of the hinterland and the open plains of the river basins, each has their own varieties and their own methods. Without doubt the biggest supplier of citrus fruits in the region is the Nerevta River delta. Spreading over 30,000 acres the Neretva supplies the delta with a constant source of fresh water; of course the sunshine is plentiful as well. Try a Mandarin from Neretva, full of juice and brimming with aroma and you’ll be hooked.
When it comes to citrus fruits in Dubrovnik nothing goes to waste. Of course, when they are in season, the fruits are consumed in large measures, but then there are jams, marmalades, candid peels, fruit juices, desserts, liquors and even Christmas decorations. Many families in Dubrovnik pick them directly from the tree in the morning and make their own fresh orange juice for breakfast.
The region even has its own specialities. The “bitter orange” grown around the city is, as the name suggests, too sour to eat directly from the tree, however it makes excellent jams and cakes. And if you search the cobbled streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik you will even find bitter orange flavoured ice-cream.
What better way to get your daily dose of vitamin C than from a freshly picked citrus fruit. Loaded with Mediterranean sunshine and orange a day will keep the doctor away.
Croatian doctors will treat their patients without a day of work experience, right after Faculty of Medicine – starting from next year. Despite the fact that both the students of medicine and the Chamber of Physicians warned that this was a bad solution and that doctors had to be trained after a medical diploma, Croatia abolished the internship – Vecernji.hr reports.
According to the article, the new Health Care Act from the last week explicitly releases the future doctors from these obligations. So the first generation of graduate doctors who enrolled in medicine in 2013 when Croatia joined the EU will get a license to work immediately after graduation.
- It was agreed a few years ago that there will be no internship and now we see that for some of the students that is not good. That is why we are preparing a solution including couple of months of mandatory internship within two years of graduation, and at the same time they can get a specialization so that people do not wait for jobs - says Minister of Health Milan Kujundzic, as Vecernji.hr reports.
Nearly 90 percent of students at the faculties of medicine in Zagreb, Osijek and Rijeka have stated that they want an internship, which lasts for a year. The Medical Chamber considers termination of the internship a step backward in the structure of professional training of doctors because it does not provide the necessary safety start of the health care.
As stated in the article, in Austria, doctors prior to a license pass a three-year internship at the University Hospital. In Germany, a year and a half, in Sweden for 21 months, in Denmark for 18 months… And in Croatia, none.
Plan your trip to Dubrovnik in 2019 with this guide to the main events in the city for next year. From the Dubrovnik Summer Festival to music, dance and gastronomic events the Dubrovnik calendar for next year is packed full of fun and entertainment. Whether you are a culture vulture or just looking to let your hair down you can experience some magic on the Adriatic in 2019.
24 January – 2 February 2019
DUBROVNIK FESTA 2019
This multi-day event traditionally opens the official program of celebrations around the holiday of St. Blaise and the Day of the City of Dubrovnik.
2 – 10 FEBRUARY 2019
FESTIVAL OF ST. BLAISE
Ever since the year 972, when people began to celebrate it, the feast day of St Blaise, the Dubrovnik patron saint, has been a quite special festival, typical of Dubrovnik. A series of church and secular concerts, exhibitions, book presentations and theatre guest performances are dedicated to the patron saint of Dubrovnik, whose statues look at us from the city walls and gates and whose caring hand guards Dubrovnik on his palm.
1 – 5 FEBRUARY 2019
DUBROVNIK CARNIVAL 2019
Our ancestors also had fun, and so should we... is a proverb which one can hear in Dubrovnik in February during the carnival, the time when everything is allowed, when people become someone else or show their true face... Experience the special atmosphere of the Dubrovnik carnival festivities characterized by jokes, laughter, merriment, joy, satire... feel the special spirit of the City at carnival time!
7 – 13 APRIL 2019
Quiet please, Dubrovnik and film love each other…
This Dubrovnik film event thrilled visitors, especially with the exhibition on the history of film making created on the principle of ˝Augmented Reality˝ through which tourists and Dubrovnik locals had the opportunity to become acquainted with all of the links between the City of Dubrovnik and film culture over the last hundred years, as well as other varied and appealing options for all ages. The organizers have had great incentive to create and interesting program for 2019 which will hold many surprises.
26 – 28 APRIL 2019
AKLAPELA (Dalmatian songs festival)
Aklapela festival of the best Croatian vocal groups nourishes the authentic vocal singing, a festival named by a pun of the words klapa and a cappella. Unlike other numerous established music festivals that are successfully held in Dubrovnik, Aklapela is an entirely national musical product and, with visionary artistic leadership, has the potential to become a referent value of Croatian ethno-music.
12 – 26 APRIL 2019
DUBROVNIK MUSICAL SPRING
Dubrovnik musical spring is a new musical event organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. This is a cycle of concerts of classical music that will be held from 12 to 26 April 2019. It is designed to enrich the cultural offer of Dubrovnik.
22 - 28 APRIL 2019
The tourist orientation of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik – Neretva County represents a tremendous privilege and challenge to local winemakers. It brings thousands of curious visitors to their cellar each year, and many of them are knowledgeable about wine. The central event of the project „Wine Tourist Network – WiNe“ is the regional wine festival – Dubrovnik FestiWiNe which will be held in Dubrovnik again in April. The festival will gather more than 100 regional winemakers who will have the opportunity to present their wines to numerous wine professionals and visitors. Domestic high quality wines of authentic varieties represent powerful, underutilized competitive advantage of this area.
28 - 29 APRIL 2019
DUBROVNIK HALF MARATHON
The attractiveness of this new sporting event is based on the fact that Dubrovnik – the host city is part of the UNESCO’s world Heritage. The terrain is very attractive for marathon running, especially 2K (two-kilometre long) race with a limited number of participants held on the Dubrovnik walls, Dubrovnik’s most important attraction. The half marathon route is 21.1 km long, starts at Ploče, passes through the Pile up till Kantafig in Gruž, with a turn near the Marina Komolac and finish in the best possible venue - Stradun. With the motto “More than a race” this new event, as planned, will be more than just a sporting event, through running healthy lifestyles will be promoted, all in the “hugs” of Dubrovnik historical monuments, with Klapa songs and the blessings of Dubrovnik’s patron saint - St. Blaise - as protected elements of intangible heritage in the UNESCO’s.
7 – 18 June 2019
Cycle of baroque music - ORLANDO FURIOSO
Orlando Furioso, organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, will be held from 7 to 18 June 2019 in Dubrovnik. It’s a cycle of baroque music.
13 – 16 JUNE 2019
LE PETIT FESTIVAL DU THEATRE
This is a small festival, but a special and distinctive cultural event in which artists represent artistic talents from around the world. Le Petit Theatre du Festival every year raises the curtain revealing creations carefully selected and talented artists whether they are poets, actors, dancers, or something completely different.
21 JUNE 2019
MUSIC SCENE FESTIVAL “ANA IN TOWN”
The festival Ana in Town celebrates a young artist, a cellist with a recognizable musical style, Ana Rucner in a double role as classical musician and crossover instrumentalist. A fantastic concert at the dawn of the first day of summer and World Music Day on June 21st is an exceptional artistic event and unique view and experience of sunrise at the top of the Srdj Mountain.
21 JUNE – 5 JULY 2019
Midsummer Scene is an established theatre festival held in English that uses one of the most beautiful stage ambient – Dubrovnik’s St. Lawrence Fortress – which is the stage for Shakespeare’s most well-known dramas, realised through the cooperation of British and Croatian theatre artists.
28 JUNE - 5 JULY 2019
11TH INTERNATIONAL OPERA ARIAS FESTIVAL - „TINO PATTIERA“
The festival is named after and organized in the memory of the world famous tenor Tino Pattiera, one of the major singers at the opera houses both in Europe and worldwide in the first half of the 20th century. The International Operatic Aria Festival Hommage Tino Pattiera was founded aiming to become another permanent operatic event in our city, to complete the operatic milieu of Dubrovnik, and to present the most beautiful operatic output of the greatest composers to its audiences.
1 JULY –31 AUGUST 2019
SUMMER EVENTS PROGRAM IN DUBROVNIK SOURROUNDINGS
For many years the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board have been organizing music and entertainment programs on the Elaphite islands, and in Zaton and Orašac in order to present tourists the Mediterranean melody, folklore and folk traditions that have been cherished for ages. Within special programs with traditional folk festivities and holidays guests will be able to enjoy some thirty performances this summer such as: Dalmatian vocal groups concerts, folklore performances, classical music concerts and performances by Croatian music entertainers which will be held on Koločep, Lopud, Šipan, in Zaton and Orašac.
10 JULY–25 AUGUST 2019
70th DUBROVNIK SUMMER FESTIVAL
The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is undoubtedly the largest and most representative cultural manifestation, not only in Dubrovnik, but in all of Croatia. It is held since 1950 and lasts every year from 10 July to 25 August.
4 – 14 AUGUST 2019
ŠIPAN SUMMER FILM SCHOOL
Each summer on the island of Šipan the summer film school and film festival called “Šipan Film Summer School” is held. The event has an international character since the films, participants in the program, and festival guests come from Germany, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom. Under the auspices of the City of Dubrovnik, the film festival in Šipanska Luka lasts from August 4th to 14th, and ten selected films are shown. “Šipan Film Summer School” takes into account the specific situation of a Dalmatian island. In winter it is a closed environment, and in the summer months through cinema the island communicates with the whole world. School children from Šipan have the opportunity to be creative together with their peers from Europe and the around the world.
27 AUGUST – 20 SEPTEMBER 2019
MUSIC FESTIVAL – DUBROVNIK IN LATE SUMMER
The end of August and almost whole September in Dubrovnik are reserved for great classical music concerts. For the seventh year the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra organizes the International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik, which brings internationally acclaimed artists to the town. The music director of the festival is Austrian conductor Christoph Campestrini and the festival takes place from 27 August until 20 September 2019.
1 -12 OCTOBER 2019
Marija Pavlović, Artist in residence
18 OCTOBER – 8 NOVEMBER 2019
AUTUMN MUSIC VARIETY
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra autumn concerts are covered with a new festival – Autumn Music Variety. Festival, as the name says, brings us a variety of music events.
17 -20 OCTOBER 2019
GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL 2019
A number of new and interesting gastronomic programs are found within this unique project of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, which has become an exceptional supplement to the regular tourism offerings for tourist in the autumn month of October and has become a favourite among the locals, as well. The new edition of the Good Food Festival brings presentations of culinary specialties typical for our region, educational programs for children, tastings of regional wines, culinary workshops, and events such as “Dinner with a famous chef”, workshops on preparing Dubrovnik delicacies, special menus in Dubrovnik restaurants, an “Eat & Walk” culinary tour, as well as other surprises.
December 2019 – January 2020
DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL
The Dubrovnik Winter Festival is an event which reveals a new aspect of the City of Dubrovnik, featuring magical lighting highlighting its timeless beauty and uncovering the rich diversity of artistic expression through special events, entertainment programs, colourful cuisine with a touch of tradition, and ancient customs.
ADVENT IN THE CITY
The program of Dubrovnik’s winter festival – Advent in the City – begins with the lighting of the first Advent candle. The uniqueness of Dubrovnik is also visible during the month of giving. This year’s Christmas market will be set up on the most beautiful street in Dubrovnik, Stradun, where traditional craftsmen will present their handicrafts, Christmas decorations, and traditional Christmas cakes and sweets will be offered as well. Try to sing the traditional holiday songs, the Dubrovnik kolenda (carols), which have been sung on Christmas Eve and on New Year’s Eve since olden times, offering congratulations and wishing everyone a joyful holiday!
NEW YEAR’S EVE
Dubrovnik’s many visitors will bring in New Year’s 2020 while entertained by a spectacular music programme which will already begin in the morning hours of December 31st, New Year’s Eve. The New Year’s program includes a diverse, entertaining three-day program, in which everyone will find something interesting. The New Year will begin with the traditional New Year’s Day 10 km race, and a special treat will be a concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, paired with oysters and champagne, beginning on New Year’s Day at noon.
The dates and timings of these events was correct at the time of publishing – source The Dubrovnik Tourist Board
In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons, where five had light injuries, while five traffic accidents had material damage.
By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 449 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 146 measures taken due to speeding, 31 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 15 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving. Don't forget that during this period of the year you have to have your lights on during the day – 12 drivers were fined last week because they've kept them off.
The Mayor of Zagreb has been awarded with the Order of Friendship by the Russian President Vladimir Putin. In a ceremony held on Sunday the Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, received this prestigious award for his efforts in strengthening Russian – Croatian co-operation.
On receiving the award from Putin the Mayor of Zagreb commented that he expects a developing continuation of the ties between the two countries.
And the Russian President added that he thanked Bandic for his contribution to the promotion of the relations with Russia and its culture.
Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines have issued a joint press release regarding a reduced flight schedule in the upcoming period.
Works on the uphill and downhill course of the Dubrovnik Airport, making it currently the largest construction site in the Republic of Croatia, began and will last until March 15th, 2019, when Dubrovnik Airport should be fully ready for a new tourist season and even better passenger acceptance, as well as an even better air link between Dubrovnik and Zagreb, on which the local population depends.
These works will require constant adjustments and will directly affect the limitations that will have to be introduced to the flight queue. Aware of the needs of passengers at the Dubrovnik Airport, these works were limited to the minimum necessary period - from 8th of November to 9th of December this year, in which certain types of aircraft will not be able to be in traffic during the night hours.
Keeping up with the protocol agreed with Dubrovnik Airport, and in the desire to transport as many passengers as possible, Croatia Airlines as a Croatian national airline throughout this period will ensure the daily connectivity of Zagreb and Dubrovnik, by implementing a reduced flight schedule. Consequently, and having in mind realistic flight limitations and always guiding with the principle of passenger safety, the reduced flight schedule will change day by day depending on the operating conditions as well as the stage of work.
It should be noted that Croatia Airlines, instead of canceling flights, will carry out special preparations with the crew during that period to make the flight operations completely safe and despite all the restrictions caused by the works on the Dubrovnik Airport.
Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines will work hard to make these works affect passengers as little as possible and will inform them, together with maximum engagement of all capacities, about all necessary changes. For all passengers who purchased tickets for the evening flights at a time when there were no restrictions on the above mentioned works were yet unknown, Croatia Airlines will offer the flights in alternative times and seek an acceptable solution and justify their expectations.
Dubrovnik Airport and Croatia Airlines are apologizing to all users of services on possible inconveniences, and thank them for their patience and understanding due to the great complexity of the project for the reconstruction of the maneuvering areas of the Dubrovnik Airport.
During October a total of 158,716 tourist arrivals were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, an increase of 11 percent when compared with October of last year and a total of 566,166 overnight stays were recorded, which is 9 percent more than last October.
From the beginning of the year until the end of October a total of 1,998,192 tourist arrivals were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, resulting in 8,491,817 overnight stays.
Compared to 2017, tourist arrivals increased by 7 percent and overnight stays by 3 percent. Most of the overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States and Croatia.
The Croatian National Tourist Board has opened a Representative Office in Shanghai that will cover large and a strategically important market of China. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has officially opened the office in front of numerous guests, in the presence of Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, President of the Croatian Chamber of Economy Luka Burilovic, and Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia in China Nebojsa Koharovic.
- This will be the best tourist year for Croatia ever with almost 20 million arivals and over 106 million overnight stays and a billion euro investments in tourism. Next, 2019, will be a year of culture and tourism between Croatia and China and this is a great opportunity for us to further position our country on the Chinese market – Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said during the opening.
Director Stanicic emphasized in his introductory speech that Croatian Tourist Board Representative Office in Shanghai is opened in the Croatian Chamber of economy office for cost savings and future stronger institutional co-operation.
-We are exceptionally proud to open the office in Shanghai just in the year that has been declared the year of tourism of the European Union and China. It is the right moment to embark on this great and important market with an even stronger positioning of our country as an attractive all-year tourist destination. For example, this year alone, we note the growth of Chinese tourists' turnover by 40 percent, and there is room for even better results. Croatia to take a firm market position in China, and the potential is confirmed by the award of the renowned Travel + Leisure magazine, which has declared our country the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists this year - Stanicic said, adding that the new office will implement all key activities aimed at attracting even more Chinese visitors, introducing direct flights between China and Croatia, and developing tailor-made products for Chinese tourists.
-I am delighted by the fact that, apart from tourists, a great interest for Croatia is also shown by investors who have already started with big investments in the tourist sector. This positive trend should also be stimulated and capitalized, and I do not even doubt that we will succeed in joint efforts - Burilovic emphasized.
Franka Gulin, director of the newly-established office in Shanghai, also attended the opening of the branch office.
-China is the world's largest market in every way, and this fact for us, as a relatively small European country, is also the biggest challenge. However, I am confident of the excellent results that we will achieve in the future as the Croatian tourist offer contains all that Chinese tourists prefer to consume, a rich cultural and historical heritage, preserved nature and quality eno-gastronomy - Gulin said.
It’s good to know that during the first ten months of this year, 216,000 arrivals and 315,000 overnight stays were recorded from the Chinese market, representing a 43 percent increase in arrivals and 42 percent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. Chinese tourists made the most overnight stays in Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar.
Chinese tourists are interesting because they visit mostly before and after the season, as most arrivals are in October (18%) and June (16%), then in May (14%) and September (14%). The largest number of Chinese tourists to Croatia are organized, mostly within the regional tour, and more than 66% of Chinese overnight stays have been spent at hotels, while accommodation in households is around 24%. On average, they stay very short at destinations and often change their place of residence.
Also, when traveling to Europe, they tend to visit several destinations and precisely because of this, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Slovenian Tourist Board on the Chinese market carry out joint promotional activities within the project "Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia".