Monday, 17 June 2019

Dubrovnik's Musical Spring, the musical cycle of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra held from 18 to 28 April, started with the performances of excellent Croatian pianist Aljosa Jurinic. Tomorrow, April 21st, you will have a chance to listen to a concert that Dubrovnik audience has not yet had a chance to hear - Concert for violia and orchestra by Béla Bartók. Young Croat violist of Ethiopian origin Hiwote Tadesse will play along with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tomislav Facini in Dubrovnik Cathedral at 8:30 pm.

In 2011, Hiwote began studying at the Royal Conservatory in Gent and the Maastricht Conservatory in the class of one of the world's best violists, Michael Kugel, where in 2016 she graduated as the best student of the generation. Hiwote is currently trained at the Belgian prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and since August 2016 has been conducting violias at the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. She is the winner of many awards: the Grand Prix at the International Youth Music Competition in Moscow (2014), the first prize at the Citta di Barletta International Competition in Italy (2013), the first prize at 46th and 48th Croatian music and dance student Competition (2008. , 2010).

The concert that Hiwote will play is not performed frequently. Violist W. Primrose ordered a viola concert from the Hungarian composer Béla Bartok in 1945. Bartok then lived in the United States, sick and poor. He accepted the order, but the concert remained unfinished due to the death of the composer. T. Serly, Bartok's student and assistant, is one of those who took on the task and worked out four confusing bifols in a concert that will be played tomorrow. With the use of modern composing techniques, we hear Bartok's recognizable in the use of the folk motifs of Transylvania and Scotland (the homeland of W. Primrose).

In addition to this concert, the orchestra will also perform Mozart's Serenade for Cello Puffers and Idyl by Blagoje Bersa.

When the sun breaks through the clouds there is a warm glow to the city, but otherwise Dubrovnik is gripped in an unusual cold front. Over the past few days temperatures have dropped to around 16 degrees, which combined with the north wind has made for a return to the winter wardrobe.

The Old City of Dubrovnik is a colourful combination of tourists in shorts and flip flop and locals in fur coats and hats. The weather forecast for the next few days is for cooler temperatures with rain predicted at the beginning of next week.

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Croatian Kinological Association in cooperation with the Kinological Association Libertas Dubrovnik organizes international dog show CACIB Dubrovnik 2017, which will be held on 25th and 26th of April. Dog show will be held in the Solitudo autocamp.

Exhibitors come from 31 countries and 3 different continents. In two days, 800 dogs will be shown, and will be evaluated by international experts.

Program of the show:
Tuesday, 25 April
 09.45 Opening of the show
 10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

Wednesday, 26 April
10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

If there is one thing over which my wife and I don't see eye to eye, it is without a doubt – spirituality. I am not a very spiritual person and believe life is governed by laws of nature and logic. This means a number of things, but perhaps most importantly; it means I don't believe people are rewarded for being good or honest. People ought to be good and honest, but the reward for such behaviour will not come through some all-powerful, all-knowing force. When you are an honest and pleasant person and treat others with kindness, you are likely to reduce the level of stress in your life, avoid problems with the law, and probably be healthier for it. Even when you look at it from a purely selfish standpoint, being a good person makes sense. So, why is it important for so many of us to believe in a more elaborate story than this?

It's probably because admitting we don't have complete control over our lives is such a difficult thing to do. While we were children we've been told stories about good things happening to good people and we want to believe it is so. However, bad things happen to us in all shapes and sizes and denying the fact vast majority of them have no correlation with how positive or good we are as people seems to be the preferred way of looking at life for many of us.

We desperately seek security. We want someone to guarantee us safety if we play by the rules. Life simply doesn’t work that way.

Is it possible to feel someone rolling their eyes? Because, I think I feel my wife rolling her eyes at me for being so negative. The truth is, I am not being negative at all. I think this lack of a guarantee is a good thing. Instead of believing that life will suddenly become scarier or more difficult the moment you admit you have just as much chance of being struck by lightning or dying in a plane crash as the guy who used to bully you when you were a kid, be prepared for the opposite. Knowing that nothing is guaranteed in this life makes it that much easier to enjoy fully the moments when everything is going your way.

Alternatively, if something bad happens that was out of your control, it’s nice to know it really wasn’t your fault. Universe is not punishing you for not visiting your grandparents on their 50th wedding anniversary. You might get cut out of the will, but it will not be the Universe that gets you. Being devoid of belief in the supernatural is like living with the hand brake off. Also, being a good person when you know you might not get anything in return makes you… an even better person, and it feels great.

Of course, many will argue that people who don’t believe in some sort of supreme benevolent force will have less accountability and be more prone to doing something evil or at least harmful to others. Fair point, but we have laws and regulations for such individuals. Besides, if someone is an evil person, they are likely to find an excuse for their behaviour under any paradigm. We are sadly witnessing many evil acts across the world being perpetrated by those who describe themselves as religious and peace loving. No threat of eternal damnation is stopping them, if anything, they have managed to translate religious teachings into a call for destructive behaviour.

Being non-spiritual works for me. I find it liberating and comfortable and being a good person is even more rewarding than when I was more of a believer in cosmic justice. On the other hand, if you are a good person because you believe the Universe is telling you to be one, than that’s fine with me as well. Just don’t be that person that doesn’t leave a note when you scratch someone’s car, or the one who leaves dog poo in the middle of the street. If Hell exists, it has a special circle for people like that.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go clean my shoe.


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.

Even though the works are still in progress and the hotel has not been officially opened yet, one of the coolest hotels in Croatia received its first guests before Easter.

According to the British newspaper The Times, Salona Palace is one of the thirty coolest hotels in Croatia, which is located in the ancient Dalmatian town of Solin in the Split-Dalmatia County. It is a four-star hotel just 30 metres from the entrance in the ancient Roman city Salona, one of the largest archaeological sites in Croatia nowadays.

‘’A perfect place to feel the history and explore where Julius Caesar once walked. Hotel Salona Palace is a newly built small luxury resort offering you everything you need whether you are coming for business or pleasure’’, says the hotel.

Salona Palace is designed in the shape of a cross; it has four floors and spreads over 4200 square metres. It has 44 rooms and three suites (Standard & Superior Rooms and Caesar Suite & Junior Suite) as well as spa & wellness centre, swimming pools, a conference room, a banquet hall, and restaurants.

It is interesting to note that each room is decorated with Salona motifs, and each has a smart system for light and temperature regulation. The hotel will also open Joe’s Beach Lounge and Bar on nearby Kasjuni beach, with paddle boarding and kayaking on offer.

City of Dubrovnik joins the largest global environmental and voluntary movement ‘Let’s do it’ for the sixth time! This event is organized on Earth Day, with the aim of regulating illegal dumping and encourage environmental awareness inside the local community.

Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environment of the City of Dubrovnik organizes Green and Blue cleaning in several locations, in collaboration with the numerous organizations, associates, partners, volunteers and local residents.

Program of the event:
-    Public Institution the Lokrum Reserve in collaboration with students of the Department of Aquaculture Dubrovnik
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, and Tuesday, 25 April, with the boat at 10 am
Students will clean up the marine waste and also create a map with micro localities of the marine waste
-    Association DART
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, at 10 am

Sipan – cleaning up paths and streams, April 26 and 27
- Youth Association Orlando
April 22, starting at 9 am at the location of "Old Hospital’’. After the action of collecting waste, eco- workshops are planned, as well as the screening of the documentary and amateur table tennis tournament.

-    Croatian Mountaineering Association Dubrovnik
April 22, cleaning footpaths Nuncijata-Sumet.
Gathering at the playground Nuncijata at 9 am.

-     Eco Center Zeleno Sunce, Mokosica, Dubrovnik
26 April, decorating eco-park in Mokošica and planting new seedlings, starting at 9:30 am.

- Volunteer Fire Department Rijeka Dubrovacka
As part of the campaign they will clean up illegal dumps in the City.

- Diving club "Nautilus"
Within the Blue cleaning, they will make examinations and analysis of heavy sediments in Rijeka Dubrovacka.
Everyone is welcome to join this action – protecting our planet starts with you!

According to the latest data from the eVisitor system, 117,288 arrivals and 399,921 overnight stays were recorded during the Easter period in Croatia, or 68 percent more arrivals and 94 percent overnight stays in comparison to the same period last year.

''For the first half of April the results are excellent and we believe such trend will continue in the rest of the month. These figures indicate that Croatia has plenty to offer even in the pre-season period, and that it becomes more recognizable as a year-round destination'', commented Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism.

The data show that most overnights stays were recorded in the Istria County (134,000), in the Kvarner region (70,000) and in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,000). The most numerous guests were from Germany (90,000 overnight stays), Italy (41,000), Austria (41,000), France (16,000) and Slovenia (15,000). The domestic guests realized 46,000 overnight stays in the Easter period.

Fashion can be often used for a good cause, and that is an idea behind the design of Croatian born Marija Curic, a fashion designer and Ivana Curic, Founder of Curic&Curic. After finding out that Matthew Shane Cameron, husband of well known Croatian singer and host Tajci and their dear friend, suffers from Stage IV lung cancer, they decided to unite and donate their designs and time.

Every shirt is hand painted by Marija Curic who designed an image of healthy lungs and painted on the back of shirts. Marija hopes that this design benefits other people who are fighting the same disease like Matthew Shane Cameron. The design represents healthy lungs and includes a hashtag #breathefree, as for patients with this kind of cancer that is the hardest part.

Croatian superstar Tajci was deeply touched by their initiative. If you want to be a part of it follow this link.



The second largest IT company and the largest exporter of technology services Infosys which opened a centre for the delivery and support for its users in Croatia last autumn, has announced an official opening.

The Indian IT company has located its regional headquarters in Karlovac, where it took on a number of engineers who worked for the French industrial giant Alstom (after it was taken over by the American company General Electric).

Apart from Croatia, Infosys has already opened a similar centre in Moscow, Russia. The new delivery centre in Croatia, which is intended for the European Union market, and the delivery centre in Russia, which is directed towards the market of the Commonwealth of Independent States, focus on businesses related to aerospace and automotive industry, energy industry, turbo machinery as well as to serving other engineering clients.

"The establishment of centres in Croatia and Russia enables us to tap into a rich pool of engineering talent and bring this to the industrial and manufacturing companies that we work with around the world'', said in a statement Sandeep Dadlani, Global Head-Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistics at Infosys.

Over the course of last week there were eight traffic accidents in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County. According to information from the police one of these accidents resulted in a fatality, three accidents in which six people were injured and four accidents with material damage.

In the county last week the traffic police stopped 366 drivers for traffic violations. This total included 189 drivers who were fined for speeding, 29 for not wearing a seat belt, 18 for improper overtaking and 6 for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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