Saturday, 19 September 2020

It is the most popular toy in the world and the largest travelling exhibition of Lego will open this Saturday in Zagreb.

More than 100 Lego models, from famous film stars and pop singers as well a 7-metre long Batmobile made from nearly a million Lego bricks, will all feature in this exhibition which is rather cunningly entitled “Invasion of the Giants.”

The exhibition will be held at the Zagreb Fair from the 4th of August until the end of September and entrance fees start from only 30 Kunas.

Among the most spectacular models never before seen on display in Zagreb will be a 7-metre-long model of the Batmobile made out of 900,000 bricks, complete with a life-size statue of Batman, his cave, and parts of Gotham City. On display will also be an 11-metre detailed scale model of the famous passenger ocean liner Titanic.

This Saturday in Mokosica will be marked by the concert of the vocal groups – Subrenum and Poklisari. As ta part of the cultural and entertainment program ‘At the streets of our city’, the concert will be held at 9 pm next to the café bar Kiss. It will also be an introduction to the Day of Victory and Homeland Gratitude and the Day of Croatian Defenders.

During this manifestation, which will be held until the end of September, eighth vocal groups will perform, and the programs are planned on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in the city, on Thursdays at Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

This Thursday at the Lapad Bay, next to the fountain, there will be a performance of Pučki pjevači, on Friday the vocal group Poklisar sings in the city, Saturday is reserved for Mokošica, while on Sunday in front of the Church of St. Blaise on the occasion of the Day of Victory and Homeland Gratitude and the Day of Croatian Defenders , Dubravka Separovic Musovic, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the vocal group Kaše will perform

The new Peljesac Bridge could well get a name fitting of its importance to Croatia. A movement and proposal from Denis Pavel from the Traffic Safety Association and a Dubrovnik police officer has suggested to the Croatian Minister of Transport, Oleg Butković, that the Peljesac Bridge be named Oliver Dragojevic.

"We owe so much because Oliver is certainly the greatest singer, he brought together all Croatians, and the bridge will bring together two parts of Croatia," commented Pavel on the Facebook page of the Association.

Could one of the largest fast food restaurants in the world soon be opening a branch in Dubrovnik? McDonalds have been ever expanding in Croatia and over the past few years there has been numerous rumours that they plan on opening a restaurant in Dubrovnik.

The American fast food chain opened their first restaurant in Croatia, in the capital Zagreb, back in 1996 and since then have been slowly but surely expanding all over the county. Until now the furthest south that McDonalds has expanded has been Spilt.

However according to unofficial rumours the restaurant chain has finally found a location in Dubrovnik which suits their requirements. It is believed that the first McDonalds restaurant in Dubrovnik will open in the Gruz suburb of Dubrovnik and that works could begin this autumn and winter with the restaurant opening in the Spring of 2019. The location is in an area with a high footfall of both locals and tourists and would seem to make good business sense. So far these reports have yet to be confirmed by McDonalds in Croatia.

Croatia is the first country in the Adriatic region offering Google Pay for payment in stores and on all Google platforms as of August 1, Google Adriatic said on Wednesday.

"This is a safe, fast and simple way of paying via a mobile app, combining the services of a virtual wallet and Android Pay, which provides users with a better paying experience," Google Adriatic representatives said.

The service means that users need no physical payment card, with transactions hapening via a smartphone app. Google is unveiling the service in cooperation with PBZ (Privredna Banka Zagreb), and at launch the service will be supported by PBZ online banking and the Visa Inspire card. There are plans to cooperate with other Croatian banks as well.

The service is now available via Android smartphones and there are plans to enable it for iPhone and other banks' clients as well.

Google Pay is currently available in 20 countries around the world. Google Adriatic said they chose Croatia to be the first country in the region to launch it in because of its progress, growth and the country's potential, owing to the widespread use of smartphones, the Internet, and forms of contact-less payment, the company said.

The unique music project Inside Out at the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be held on Saturday, August 4th, at two locations - first from 9.30 pm inside the City Walls, near the Great Onofrio Fountain and then from 11 pm in the Orsula park.

I.N.K. Experiment Duo composed by percussionists Ivana Kuljerić Bilić and Nikola Krbanyevitch, is the link between a multimedia project titled Arabesques pour des ombres imMobiles and the concert of the young quartet Chui who already enjoys the cult status at the Croatian music scene. The entrance is free, and there is also a free transfer to the Orsula Park and back.

Attractive program starts at 9.30 pm near the Great Onofrio Fountain with the interactive performance of I.N.K. Experiment Duo, a dynamic and creative percussion duet made by the great percussionists Ivana Kuljerić Bilić and Nikola Krbanyevitch, and the robotic percussion ensemble Chimères Orchestra, an invention of French authors ga by Resonance Numérique under Jerome Abel's leadership, with the sound design and software manipulation of electroacoustic engineer and artist Miodrag Gladović. These robots were used for the first time as part of the exhibition as part of the European Heritage Day marked in Longueil-Annel, France, in 2011.

The evening continues with the concert at Orsula Park where at 11:00 pm Chui will play, the young quartet, that with joining contemporary club dance music and jazz, electronics and its uncompromising rock'n'roll approach, already enjoys a cult status. The critics have called them the leaders of the renaissance of the Croatian jazz scene, and their album Chui ovu glazbu, which they recorded with the Jazz Orchestra of Croatian Radio Television, brought them two Porin awards, for the best jazz album and the best jazz performance. Chui members are: Toni Starešinić - Keyboards and Electronica, Vojkan Jocić - sax & electronica, Ivan Levačić - drums and Konrad Lovrenčić - bass. At the Orsula Park, along with them, percussionists Ivana Kuljerić Bilić and Nikola Krbanyevitch will perform too.

The Inside Out program is maintained with the support of Lokrum Reserve. In cooperation with the public transport company Libertas, free bus transportation to the Orsula park is organized according to the following schedule:

10.30 / Pile - Park Orsula
10.30 / Main bus station - Grawe - I. Glavica – Cable Car - Park Orsula
11.45 / Park Orsula - I. Glavica - Pile
11.45 / Park Orsula - Tommy – Main bus station

According to a survey conducted by the internet advertising website Njuskalo, on a sample of 156 thousand active real estate adverts, prices in Croatia grew by more than four per cent in July, compared to the same period last year.

The apartments prices, compared with the same month last year, went up 6 and a half percent, while the house prices increased more than 4 percent.

-However, the news is that prices in July this year exceeded those of 2011, which leads us to the conclusion that the crisis in the real estate sector of Croatia is far behind us and that we may face a real price boom in the near future – writes Njuskalo.

Real estate prices in the largest Croatian cities have recorded a rapid growth over the past year. Thus, in Zagreb, the current average square meter price of the apartment is 1,873 euros and is 9 per cent higher compared to the same period last year. The biggest annual increase in apartment prices in Croatia was recorded in Dubrovnik. The average square meter price of the apartment is 3,664 euros and is 18 percent it is higher than last year. The average square meter price when it comes to houses Dubrovnik grew by 4 percent on annual basis and currently stands at 4,684 euros.

Looking at other cities, it is interesting to see the increase of the prices of the apartments in Split by 11 percent and in Pula for almost 12 percent. The average price of the square meter in Split is 2.665 euros, while in Pula it is 1.570 euros. Osijek is still one of the cities where real estate prices are stagnant, so in July the average square meter price was 942 euros.

Tears and song filled the streets of Split as the city gathered to remember and show their respects for the legendary singer and songwriter Oliver Dragojevic. Tens of thousands of citizens lined the main promenade in Split, and in spite of the heatwave and soaring temperatures, showed their love for the greatest ever Croatian musician.

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Split says farewell - Photo CROPIX

Born in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula, Dragojevic grew up and spent most of his working life in Split. And the city showed just how much he meant to them yesterday. A special commemoration was held in the Croatian National Theatre in the morning. An emotional ceremony that was attended by the Croatian President, Kolinda Grabra-Kitarovic, and the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic. The day before the government had declared that the 31st of July would be a National Day of Condolence, meaning that flags all over the country were flying at half-mast.

Dragojevic passed away on morning of the 29th of July at the age of 71 after losing his battle against lung cancer.

And then in his beloved Split the bells of the St. France Church sounded at around 7.00pm and the casket made its way slowly along the Split promenade. Tears and song, flowers and candles, the outpouring of sadness and love towards their favourite son was visible and moving.


The casket was then taken on-board a waiting catamaran where, with a myriad of other ships of all shapes and sizes, it made its way to Vela Luka. Two warships from the Croatian Navy waited for the catamaran in the middle of the Adriatic and the whole crew paid their respects by lighting flares for the fabled singer.

His funeral will be held in his hometown and birthplace, Vela Luka, today at 18.00.

The picturesque seaside destination of Cavtat is well-known for its spectacular sunsets.

The popular path that leads around the peninsular is traditionally busy with tourists and locals snapping photos as the sun sets over the Adriatic. And the last day of July was no different. 






The large scale migration that is plaguing Croatia is showing no signs of slowing up, and the indicators are revealing some worrying information. From 2001 to 2013, before Croatia became a member of the European Union, the average age of people migrating from the country was 41.5, however since joining the EU this figure has dropped to 33.6.

Germany is by far the most attractive destination for Croatian migrant workers. And amazing 71.3 percent of Croatians chose Germany as their destination. In second place was Austria with a mere 7.6 percent, followed by Ireland with 6.7 percent and Italy with 3.2 percent.

Germany was the most sought after country for Croatians long before it became a full member of the EU and the problems with work visas were lifted.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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