Friday, 10 July 2020

This weekend will be extended because of two state holidays. On Friday, June 22nd, is the Day of Anti-Fascist Fight, and on Monday, June 25th, the National Day, and many Croatians will use this opportunity to travel. 

That’s why Croatian Autoclub (HAK) published a traffic guide for the extended weekend.

-Our citizens will be traveling on Thursday, June 21st, when the traffic is expected to increase with intermittent interruptions, during the morning in cities and suburban roads, and in the early afternoon hours on motorways and major state roads – HAK explaines.

Crowds are also expected during Friday, June 22nd in the afternoon, and during Saturday, June 23rd in the morning. Returns are expected on Sunday, June 24th and Monday, June 25th, with crowds at the Lucko (A1 / A6) and Zagreb-East (A3) toll stations.

During the return, jams are expected at the borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. The crowds are also expected on the Lika Highway (DC1), Adriatic Highway (DC8), Krk and Krka Bridge near the tourist centers on the coast, ferry ports and on some sections where the road works are being done, which due to the beginning of the summer season is less and less.


Unfortunately, forecasters announce very bad weather conditions for Friday and Saturday afternoon. The rapid and sudden change of weather, especially in the west of the country and the northern Adriatic, will lead to major disturbances in regular traffic, both road and maritime. In road traffic, restrictions for certain groups of vehicles are expected and there’s possible seizure of ferry, catamaran and other shipping lines in the area.

-Due to very unfavorable weather conditions, we advise drivers to choose Saturday, June 23rd, instead of Friday, June 22nd for their trip- HAK writes.

They bring some tips for surviving this weekend on the roads:

• Prepare a car for driving
• Always have enough fluid, the best is water and natural juices;
• rest before the trip rest and regularly stop at rest stops during the longer journeys (every 2 hours driving);
• be well informed about the traffic situation at or the mobile application of HAK;
• Enjoy the fact that you are on vacation.

Roma and Bosnia and Herzegovina star striker Edin Džeko is in party mode in Dubrovnik and presumably watching the 2018 World Cup from the city. The leading goal scorer was spotted in the Dubrovnik night club Culture Club Revelin hanging out and partying with his friends.

The busy summer schedule at Revelin is well under way and this Friday the world famous DJ EDX will play a set in the clu which is sure to raise the roof.

Džeko is certainly not a stranger in Dubrovnik, he often visits Dubrovnik and has a group of close friends in the city.

Thanks to cooperation of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, a press conference was held in the Tourist Board office at Pile, where a preventive and educational flyer "Safe Holiday" was presented. This flyer brings tips that will enable all visitors a safer stay, presentation of the security situation during this and last tourist season as well as the measures taken to ensure a safe tourist season.

The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, welcomed the audience and emphasized the importance of the safety of all visitors, as well as the high position of Dubrovnik on the list of safe European cities. She pointed out that statistical data shows a regular increase in the number of arrivals and overnight stays, which means that more attention is needed to ensure the safety of both foreign and domestic tourists, as well as residents of the city. The flyer made in cooperation with the Police Administration is full of advices in six languages, such as practical tips for drivers, personal issues protection and advice for swimmers, divers and boat users.

Chief of Police Ivan Pavlicevic thanked the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for the cooperation in the creation of the "Safe Holiday" flyer, which will certainly contribute to increasing the level of security, which is our common interest. He emphasized that the city of Dubrovnik, as well as the area of the entire Dubrovnik-Neretva County, have for years been a safe tourist destination. This is supported by security indicators or a decrease in the number of criminal offenses in the area of general crime and a fall in the number of criminal offenses of property crime. He also pointed out that, despite the continuous increase in the number of tourists, which in 2017 there were almost 3 million, an exceptionally high drop of offense against the public order and peace was recorded - almost 10 percent, while the disclosure of criminal offenses in the field of economic crime and drug abuse increased.

Dubrovnik hosts numerous international conferences, attended by numerous senior officials, most of whom are prominent, requiring extensive security measures. He expressed satisfaction with the fact that such meetings have been going on for years with a high level of security.

He emphasized that such a favorable state of security is the result of planning and a whole series of preventive activities that the police undertake independently and in cooperation with local self-government, but also to all those who in any way contribute to security. He said that is their job and obligation to keep the status of a safe tourist destination, and making this flyer is a step further in this regard, protecting tourists to the fullest extent giving them practical advice on self-defense behavior.

In addition to the flyer, the Police Administration has carried out a number of other preventive activities, such as training of tourist guides, cooperation with Dubrovnik's public transport company "Libertas", who created labels with a warning on the protection of personal belongings during transportation, and preparatory interviews with police authorities of neighboring states, all inspections, local self-government, security companies, fire brigades, emergency medical aid intensively cooperating throughout the entire tourist season.

Adela Vranjes Lucic, Head of the Public Order and Peace Department, highlighted the various activities that the Police Administration has undertaken before the start of the tourist season to further ensure and maintain the maximum security of all residents of the city.

The Croatian electric car company Rimac are on the cusp of teaming up with one of the most important car manufacturers in the world. The German car giant Porsche has announced that they will purchase a 10 percent stake in Rimac Automobili.

"In less than a decade, we have gained a significant amount of know-how in developing high-performance car systems and battery technology, innovative infotainment and telemetry systems, and other important car systems. Our cars represent the cutting edge of technology and re-define what a super sports car is," stated the company in a press release.

This fresh injection of capital into Rimac is sure to push forward their goal of becoming the number one electric sports car manufacturers in Europe.

Porsche's Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT, Lutz Meschke, said the company saw Rimac's ideas and the approach to the electric mobility market very promising, and that it hopes "to enter into close collaboration with the company."

World Music Day will be celebrated all over Dubrovnik tomorrow! The City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board prepared numerous music programs in different parts of the city, as a part of the ‘’At the streets of our City’’ project.

The program starts at 5 am, when Ana Rucner will hold its "Hello Summer" concert in the amphitheater at Srd.

The central program starts at 7pm on Stradun, in front of the Church of St. Blaise, where vocal group Ragusavecchia will perform, followed by the female vocal group FA Lindo. From 10 pm, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will play some of the most famous themes of films, popular TV series and Latin hits, such as the music from the movies Godfather, James Bond, The Scent of Women, The Game of Thrones, then the well known Sway, New York New York, Volare, Guantanamera , Mahna de Carnival and many others.

The program is organized in two other locations: in the Lapad bay, at the fountain, at 10 pm vocal group Subrenum will perform and in Mokosica, next to café bar Kiss, at the same time vocal groups Kase and FA Lindo will sing.

Petrol prices in Croatia are at their highest levels for a year, with a litre costing up to 10.20 Kuna. A mass protest was held in Zagreb and all over Croatia on Friday to raise awareness for the rising fuel prices and another will be held today. 

However, this protest my cause a real traffic collapse because the one on Friday lasted about 10 minutes and this one is planned to last an hour – from 3:30 pm to 4:30.

From the City initiative 'Stop the petrol price hike' it was announced that this will be a big action, because from Friday they got a lot of messages from the citizens, waiting to do another protest. They also say that they were contacted by the Ministry of Finance, willing to talk. According to the police reports, 2572 vehicles blocked Croatian roads last week.

They sent a message to everyone who think about joining the action.

-Citizens are self-organizing and take part in the action at their own risk.It is important to provide a road for movement of the emergency, firefighters and police vehicles.In addition to the cars, pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, drivers of all categories are more than welcome to join the action... Pedestrians can be as successful as drivers by blocking traffic on pedestrian crossings – it was said from the initiative. contacted spokeswoman of Croatian Police Marina Mandic to check how the Police will react on the protest.

-As for the new protest on Wednesday, we are still calling for respect for traffic regulations because it allows safe and undisturbed traffic for everyone. Police officers will monitor the situation on the ground and will prosecute and penalize offenders who will initiate road stops, as this will endanger traffic and hinder the normal flow of traffic – Mandic said to Index and added that the police action would be directed precisely against the initiators of the car stop, and who these initiators are will be determinated on the spot.

Croatia is a favourite to win the World Cup trophy this year, said retired football coach Miroslav Blazevic, best known for taking the Croatian national team to the semi-finals and winning the third place at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

In his opinion, Croatia stands a good chance against Argentina in their upcoming game. “Croatia has a well-balanced team in all positions, which is not the case with Argentina,” he concluded.

And the former coach isn’t the only one backing Croatia, the BBC pundit Alan Shearer said that Croatia were his dark horses to win the 2018 World Cup. “They have an very skilful and experienced midfield,” added Shearer on BBC radio.

On the first day of summer, the 21st of June, a concert by the renowned Croatian cellist Ana Rucner will welcome in the summer. In the amphitheatre on top of the Srd Mountain, near the top station of the cable car, Ana Rucner and her guests will open summer in Dubrovnik with music.

The concert, which is free of charge, starts just before the sun rises, you’ll have to get up early, at 5.00 in the morning. This traditional concert will feature some well-known tunes from Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and the theme tune from the Disney film Frozen.

The organisers of the concert have laid on a number of buses to take you to the top of the mountain. A ticket costs 30 Kuna and the timetable is as follows -

Departures to Srđ
04:00 Bus Station
04:05 Grawe Center
04:10 Villa Čingrija / Boninovo
04:15 Pile
04:20 Ilijina Glavica (higher intersection)

Returning to Dubrovnik
06:30 with stops
Ilija Glavica
Health Center
Tommy Hypermarket
Bus Station

Summer in Dubrovnik will begin in style with the renowned cellist Ana Rucner. On the first day of summer, the 21st of June, and together with the World Music Day, the melodic sounds of Ana and her concert will float over the city. You’ll have to get up early because the concert begins before the sunrise. We caught up with Ana before the big day.

For the eighth year in a row you will welcome in summer in Dubrovnik so what have you prepared for this year?

This year is already the eighth time for me to hold my Ana in the City festival and the traditional concert on Srđ. Every year the concert program is different and is in fact a reflection of my mood and artistic inspiration. I am particularly pleased that every year more and more people come to Srđ and look forward to the concert. I hope that this will be the case this year as well, and I have prepared an excellent program. But apart from the attractive program I bring great guests and musicians. These are my parents who together with two other colleagues make the String Quartet Rucner and this year marked 20 years of artistic activity. My parents have in some way marked my career and artistic choice since, like my mother, I play cello, I have great support and when I feel secure and fulfilled by me. Besides them, on the beautiful stage of the amphitheatre on Srđ, I will host Marko Bosnjak, a boy from Vitez, an angel voice, winner at a regional singing competition. Besides having a special voice, he is a wonderful boy with lots of artistic potential.

You are working hard on contributing to the development of tourism, both in Dubrovnik and throughout Croatia. You recently received recognition in Ličko-Senjska County. How much does that mean to you?

I must confess, just like the applause of everyone, and even the smallest concert, means a lot. This is confirmation that people like my music, which is so uplifting to me. I recently received the Public Recognition of Lika-Senj County for a special contribution to the promotion of culture and tourism of Lika-Senj County, for the video spots of Tesla Field, Full of Life of Gospić, Storm, I will follow him (which I recorded with the honourable sisters in magical Lunsko olive grove). I received this recognition at the suggestion of the Prefect of the Lika-Senj County, Dr. Darko Milinović. Always through my performances I promote Croatia, its natural and cultural beauty and, just to know, I always get tremendous applause when I play with the videos taken in Dubrovnik and Linja - foreigners adore it because they feel this passion and love for dance.

rucner concert dubrovnik 2018

You were in China at the invitation of prestigious Chinese music schools and working with children. What are your impressions?

I was there as part of the “ColodiAna” project (Colodia means Croatia in Chinese) to perform a special invitation from International Private Schools with one of the best and most developed international programs. In these schools music education is highly appreciated, but cello as an instrument is not well known. The goal is the popularization of the cello and the creation of an interest in children to take up the instrument. I did this through the Masterclass "How to love cello" and brought the cello closer to a young population. In addition to the kids, the parents were also distinguished businessmen and ambassadors from China and the rest of the world who were interested in Croatia as a tourist destination, through videos, music and stories about natural and cultural beauties. For some of them this was the first meeting with Croatia and they were so thrilled that they decided to visit it this October. A tourism delegation with more than thirty participants will take advantage of the journey and to get acquainted with the business opportunities offered by Croatia. As a kind of ambassador for Croatia, at the very beginning of the ColodiAna project, I believe that I have directly influenced the increase of interest for Croatia, not just as a tourist destination but also a potentially interesting economic destination.

The Sun, British website read by millions around the world, is following Football World Cup religiously, but has taken an interesting approach when it comes to Croatia. They recently published an article titled: ''HERE WE CRO - What is the name of the Croatian national anthem, and what do its lyrics translate to?''. 

- CROATIA are heading back to the World Cup - and hoping to match their 1998 run to the last-four. That performance 20 years ago is the high-point in their footballing history, but the current crop of players have the potential to produce a similar shock in Russia – writes the Sun, continuing with interesting facts about Croatian national anthem.

They write that it's called 'Lijepa nasa domovino', which means 'Our beautiful homeland'.

-Original lyrics were penned as long ago as 1835, with the tune and words adapted over the years. It wasn't until 1972 that the anthem was formally made official, whilst more lyrical changes were made between 1974 and 1990 – it's stated by The Sun.

It seems that they really loved our anthem, because there is also an English translation. So, here you go, enjoy: 

Our beautiful homeland,
O so fearless and gracious.
Our fathers' ancient glory,
May you be happy forever.
Dear, you are our only glory,
Dear, you are our only one,Dear, we love your plains,
Dear, we love your mountains.
Drava, Sava, keep on flowing,
Danube, do not lose your vigour,
Deep blue sea, tell the world,
That a Croat loves his people.
Whilst his fields are kissed by sunshine,
Whilst his oaks are whipped by bura's winds,
Whilst his ancestors lie buried,
Whilst his live heart beats.

You will able to hear it on Thursday, June 21st, at 8 pm, when Croatia meets Argentina.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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