Monday, 17 June 2019

Happy Easter from all of us at The Dubrovnik Times.

Easter Sunday in Dubrovnik is a special day when the whole city celebrates.

We wish you all a peaceful and harmonious Easter Sunday.

 

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Hedona Ltd Chocolaterie was founded by the Association of Disabled People Krizevci in February 2013 with the aim of providing work primarily for the disabled. In May 2015, this small chocolate factory had six employees, but as the market started recognizing the quality of the products, business started to grow.

Most of the employed people with disabilities have never worked before so this was their first chance to contribute to the society and at the same time feel useful and good about themselves.

The employees of Hedona Ltd Chocolaterie make a small-trained team; they work eight hours a day, pour the chocolate mass into the moulds and then pack their divine homemade chocolate products in attractive packaging.

The factory produces 900 chocolate products a day of three basic types of chocolate, white, dark and milk. They produce dark chocolate with 71 percent cocoa, milk chocolate with 34 percent cocoa in a 100 g packaging, Goddess broken chocolate, which is a mixture of milk, and dark chocolate with chopped hazelnuts and dry fruit, as well as pralines with various fillings.

Hedona is the first social enterprise in Croatia; therefore, it means that every earned Kuna is being invested in workers.

‘’The establishment of our social enterprise provides an example to the entire country that one association is able to found such an enterprise itself and employ people with disabilities’’, claims Petar Gastric, the president of the Association of Disabled People in Krizevci.

Dubrovnik is in an Easter mood. The Easter weekend is upon us and Easter Monday is a public holiday in Croatia. Good Friday was once again marked with a traditional procession through the Old City of Dubrovnik this year.

The bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinić, led the rites of Good Friday in the Dubrovnik Cathedral. And after the ceremony a procession, with the cross, was lead through the streets of Dubrovnik before signing of Lent carols and prayers.

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This Friday brought that summer feeling to Dubrovnik! It almost felt like it was a middle of the season with crowds of tourists walking around.

Short sleeves, shorts, hats - not so usual during April, but it really worked with this sunny and warm day. Ice creams and selfies were a big hit too. Easter weekend should bring even more tourists in the City and we can just predict that this season will be a real record-breaker.

Don't miss our photo gallery to get that Friday summer feeling.

On the initiative of Pawel Wlodarczyk, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Kraków, the second largest Polish city will become home of ''Little Croatia''.

A group of 25 Croatian and Polish students, mentored by their professors from the Universities of Zagreb, Split, and Kraków, participated in a workshop/competition, from the 27th to the 31st of March 2017, in order to reinvent Kraków’s Bagry Wielkie Park so it would remind the Poles of summer fun in Croatia.

The workshop was designed to select the best land development project, according to which the popular park in Kraków will be rebuilt.

The winning project included the proposal of the Honorary Consul to build an educational path – a walkway resembling the shape of the Croatian border. The students designed structures that feature Croatia’s largest and most popular cities (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Vukovar, Pula and others), as well as relaxation areas, including benches, lighting and signs that tell the story and history of each Croatian city and its relations with Poland.

Despite the fact that the project initiator has not yet found funds for the park’s development, the students and mentors involved in the project expressed satisfaction of taking part in such process. The Honorary Consul Paweł Włodarczyk emphasized that he saw an opportunity for even closer relations between the two countries. On the other hand, the project will surely contribute to promotion of Croatia in Kraków and southern Poland.

It is interesting to note that the Bagry Wielkie Park is a popular destination for citizens of Kraków, especially during the summer, as it is located only 5 km from the city centre and has a beach on the lagoon with a swimming area, as well as sailing and other recreational activities.

One of the leading manufacturers of batteries and battery packs from China will invest $30 million in the Croatian electric car manufacturer Rimac Automobili.

A few days ago, Camel Group from China signed an agreement on investing $27 million in Rimac Automobili and $3 million in Rimac’s Greyp Bikes.

The Chinese company said in a statement that the Rimac technology is definitely at the top of the world level. They also stated that Camel Group focused on high performance electric cars, battery systems, automotive electronics and the development of systems for information and fun.

Camel Group Co., Ltd. is an integrated high-tech enterprise specialized for developing, manufacturing and sales of batteries in China, Europe, the United States, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The company produces almost 400 types of batteries that are used in automobiles, agricultural vehicles, ships, trucks, golf carts, electric cars, electric motors, electric bicycles, and for various special purposes.

The company is also involved in the lead recycling business and production of various battery related plastic products.
Camel Group Co., Ltd. was founded in 1980 and employs 5,755 people.

There should be around eight thousand tourists in Dubrovnik during the Easter holidays, according to the expectations of Dubrovnik tourist workers and reservations. Tourists that are expected are from Croatia, USA, Spain, Korea, UK and other countries.

There is a different, more vivid feeling in Dubrovnik since the beginning of April and the start of summer flight schedule. During the Easter holidays the city will be even more busy. For all the guests and locals the Dubrovnik Tourist Board has prepared a traditional program on the Stradun – egg painting and various entertaiment programs.  

During the Easter week there will be couple of concerts combined with traditional liturgical ceremonies. Procession will be held through the streets of the historical centre on Friday. On Easter, April 16th, you can enjoy the performance of KUD Ivan Vitez Trnski from Nova Raca. The program will continue with the concert of vocal group Subrenum. Ladies in traditional costumes will give away traditionaly painted eggs and leaflets describing Easter traditions of Dubrovnik region, as a special gift of Dubrovnik Tourist Board. In front of the Sponza Palace, starting at 10 am, there will be a workshop, showing traditional way of decorating the eggs by Dubrovacki primorski svatovi.

EASTER BRUNCH IN DUBROVNIK RESTAURANTS

Along the Croatian part of the Adriatic coast one of the most popular daily meals is certainly brunch. That is a late morning meal that is consumed around 11 am or later, and it’s locally called ‘marenda’. Brunch is increasingly replacing the traditional lunch, especially for the feast of Easter, and because of that the Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized gastronomic days called - Easter brunch, that will happen from 15 to 17 April.

Restaurants that offer Easter brunch are Domino, Gusta me, Kopun, Lajk, Mimoza, Orsan, Porat, Taj Mahal in the historic centre and Taj Mahal in Hotel Lero. Their menus offer traditional Dubrovnik Easter cake – pinca, eggs, ham in bread, green onions, lamb with peas, fish, oysters, Dubrovnik sweets and many other festive dishes.

On Monday, April 17th, the traditional event Easter in Primorje will happen. It’s oganized by the association Dubrovacki primorski svatovi and will be held in Klisevo.

 

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Viasat World has acquired a documentary series recounting the history of the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, which originally aired on Croatian national television (HRT), and plans to air it in 40 countries. This six-part miniseries will start on the 3rd of May.

Republika: The History of Dubrovnik looks at the history and cultural significance of the world heritage site and will now air on the Viasat History channel.

The series was written and directed by Božidar Domagoj Burić, who also composed the music. Branko Cahun was the director of photography, Dubravko Prugovečki the editor and Marija Kosor the producer.

Viasat said the programme fitted with the sort of well-researched content that challenges viewers with a modern look at history using charismatic stories. It follows the successful airing of another Croatian doc, Croatian Kings, on the same channel.

Viasat World operates pay TV stations in 47 territories reaching Scandinavia, CEE, Russia, Turkey, Africa, Israel and the US.

Karin Heijink, VP of channels and product, said: “After the success of Croatian Kings on Viasat History we are very pleased to have secured Republika: The History of Dubrovnik, a fascinating series that will have our audiences hooked.

“Our viewers love watching European history and this series, with its unique historical breadth, high-quality production values and strong re-enactments, will showcase the significant history of The Republic of Dubrovnik that will appeal to our viewers across Europe and Russia.”

Following the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union the Brexit process is underway. On the 29th of March the UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, formally starting the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.

What next for the UK? What will the new role be inside Europe; these are certainly challenging times for the UK with rounds of tough negotiations ahead for the UK government. The question of Brits living as ex-pats abroad is one that will be watched extremely closely.

The British Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Andrew Dalgleish, has answered nine key questions on exactly what happens next and what Brexit means for the UK – Croatian relationships going forward.

In the autumn of 2016 Croatia fell in line with the rest of the European Union by having health messages over packs of cigarettes. These graphic and very blunt warnings including photos and images of cancer operations, unborn babies and rotten teeth, amongst others, are aimed at cutting down the number of smokers by shocking them to the actual risks. Over 30 percent of the Croatian population are regular smokers and this costs the health service millions every year.

The EU is not the first to have such warnings many other countries have brought in these graphic cautions years ago.

However smokers have found a way to ignore the warnings, with the help of a cardboard cover, or sleeve, which slips over the boxes thus covering the shocking images. These sleeves are available at most kiosks and cost only 1 Kuna.

Croatia isn’t the first country to have such sleeves, in fact cigarette stores and kiosks in Australia were offering them free with every box of cigarettes, a move that brought outrage from authorities. It remains to be seen if the Croatian government will crack down on these sleeves.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

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