Thursday, 20 June 2019

As part of New Europe Market 2019 (NEM), a media event held annually in Dubrovnik in June the Hollywood A line actresses Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union participated in a panel discussion to present their new series LA’s Finest. This new series focuses on two female detectives working on the streets of Los Angeles.

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These is the first time that these two actresses have visited Dubrovnik and in fact Croatia but it was very much a working meeting for the pair as they only spent a couple of days in Dubrovnik and hadn’t even had time to explore the Old City yet. Asked whether they would make time Alba answered “We’ll try and make time.”

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“Jessica has a very adventurous spirit,” commented Union on her co-actor. And Alba revealed a Dubrovnik story that seemed to make this up. It appeared she had used a Segway and had been travelling around the Bay of Lapad when “I nearly fell off.”

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The super yacht Solo dropped anchor near Cavtat today and certainly caught the eye of passers-by, but before you were thinking of chartering this floating beauty you’re going to need very, very deep pockets.

Built in 2018 this 72 metres long mega yacht sleeps up to 12 guests in six rooms, including a VIP bedroom and a master suite. Solo has a crew of 18 to make sure that passengers and guests cruise in the upmost of style. With all the normal amenities, such as helipad, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Hamman the Solo also has a baby grand piano on-board.

During the summer months Solo charters for $650,000 a week plus expenses, or around $726,000. And in the winter months drop to $595,000 a week plus expenses.

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A rather special photo exhibition will open on the island of Korcula tomorrow entitled “The forgotten people of Korcula.” The black and white photos of the very first photographer from Korcula, Jakov Perucic, will go on display and the story behind the exhibition is fascinating. This exhibition and these photos very nearly didn’t see the light of day.

A few years ago Tonci Bazdaric, a local who is in love with Korcula’s rich history, walked past an old house that was waiting to be refurbished. He noticed some boxes outside on the street and an old wooden box with the logo of AGFA written on the side. As Tonci deals with photos he recognised the name of the company as a well-known developer of film and asked the workers if he could take the box. When he opened the box he had a moment that all historians long for, a treasure trove of old black and white photos all over a hundred years old. A whole cornucopia of life in Korcula for times long past. There were over 800 negatives in the box.

And tomorrow these very images will displayed on Korcula. All the images on display have been digitally reworked and give a unique insight into life on the island all those decades ago.

The exhibition, “The forgotten people of Korcula” opens tomorrow the 12th of June at 8:00 pm in the Korcula Culture Centre.

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There is more than one way to earn from tourism. The millions of tourists who visit Dubrovnik every year aren’t just paying for accommodation, food and day-trips but also to use the public toilets.

In 2018 the Dubrovnik public cleaning company had a revenue of over 1 million Kuna from public toilets. One visit to the public toilet in the city is seven Kuna, so doing the rough maths that means that around 160,000 visitors paid to relieve themselves in the public toilets. There are three public toilets situated around the city, and the city saw a revenue of 1,122 million Kuna from these toilets, writes Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

"They are equipped with a sophisticated high-quality billing system in accordance with state-of-the-art technological solutions, fully automated. Most of the interior spaces are coated with stainless steel and a so-called “anti-vandal” system that actually prevents the breakup and destruction of the inventory,” commented the public cleaning company.

 

The opening of the new season of the Franciscian Monastery Lopud 1483 and unique exhibition 'Treasures of Thyssen-Bornesmiza collection:From Renaissance to Modern, organized by Arcus Dalmatia, will be held on Saturday, June 15th, starting 5:30 pm in the monastery Saint Mary of Spilice on the island of Lopud. 

The exhibition of objects from the most famous European private art collection, the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, will open its doors to the visitors of the island of Lopud, and everyone are more than welcome to see pictures, sculptures, furniture and decorative art from the Renaissance but also the modern art collected through four generations.

The exhibition will be attended by representatives of county and city authorities as well as numerous local and world artists. The exhibition will be opened by the exhibition curator Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, great granddaughter of August Thyssen, the collection collector, as well as the executive director of Stonehage Fleming Art Management, Marie de Peverelli.

With two wooden 18th-century angels at the very entrance to the monastery, the magnificent Renaissance tapis from France and the manuscript with the recipe for various balsams from the 17th century, visitors will also be able to enjoy the Florentine masterpiece – Saint Sebastian holds the arrow (late 1620) and the Liberation of Saint Peter (1645), originally acquired by Prince Eugene-Rose de Beauharnais in Italy, following his father Napoleon, whose army arrived all the way to the Dubrovnik Republic and the island of Lopud.

The monastery in which the exhibition is held is one of the few reconstructed Renaissance finds on the island of Lopud, the former strategic shipbuilding center of the Dubrovnik Republic, and today represents a new vibrant cultural center.

The exhibition will be open until October 13th, 2019.
The boat transfer is organized from the Dubrovnik port of Gruz with departures at 4:30 pm and returning from the island of Lopud starting at 9:30 pm.


The average price of a litre of petrol in Croatia has once again fallen below the 10 Kuna mark.

This morning petrol prices across the country fell from an average of 10.4 Kunas per litre yesterday to 9.99 Kunas. Diesel also fell from 9.8 Kunas a litre yesterday to today’s new price of 9.5 Kuna. The price of gas was also reduced down to 4.4 Kuna.

Chinese entrepreneurs are interested in constructing a cargo and logistics centre at Osijek Airport and the government is expecting to receive a letter of intent in that regard as well as negotiations with the relevant ministries, it was said during a visit by a Chinese delegation to the biggest eastern Croatian city on Monday.

President of the Chinese Southeast European Business Association (CSEBA), Mario Rendulic, said that the promotion of Osijek Airport has to date stirred great interest among Chinese partners.

In addition to plans to build a cargo centre at the airport, Chinese entrepreneurs are expected to establish a logistics centre too.

Things are moving along and we are pleased about that. They are developing slowly but they are moving forward. We expect a letter of intent to be sent to the government so that we can move on even further, Rendulic said.

Chinese businesswoman Jiang Yu said that she is very interested in this location particularly since it can be combined with the possibilities provided by the Osijek river port and that negotiations are expected now on further details of possible cooperation.

Osijek-Baranja County Prefect Ivan Anusic assesses that the latest visit by a larger Chinese delegation than on 18 April means they are truly interested, adding that further steps are being discussed and advertising a call for bids is within the remit of state government bodies and not at the county level.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in cooperation with Professor Marlena Cukteras from the Green Sea Safari Association and Trondheim International School from Trondheim, Norway, organized a beach cleaning action at Gornje celo on the island of Kolocep on Thursday, June 6th. In a volunteer beach cleaning action, around twenty Norwegian students participated, volunteering for a day during their excursion in Dubrovnik. The praiseworthy practice of their school is to contribute with volunteering to the community in which they reside through socially useful work. On this occasion, the students collected 45 large bags of garbage that the sea brought to Kolocep. After the eco-action was done, the students enjoyed their time at the clean beach and at the island in general.

The Green Sea Safari Association is engaged in the cleaning of isolated beaches, islands and bays from the marine litter (plastic bottles, bags, tires, etc.), and their desire is to organize as many cleaning actions as possible, contributing to improving the health and quality of life and increasing the sustainable development of our islands and coastal areas. Due to the geographical position of the Elafiti and the sea currents, a large part of the marine waste accumulates on our beaches, bays and islands. Beginning in June, the Association organizes day-trips to Elafiti on one of the beaches or bays with the marine waste. After disposing the waste, a further tour of the Elafiti is organized, in orderd to look for contaminated sites for the next action.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in which one person passed away, two persons got heavy injured, seven got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 403 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 172 measures taken due to speeding, 20 measures due to improper overtaking, 49 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 23 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, when the vocal groups Ragusa, Subrenum, FA Lindo and Maestral.

This week, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 10th – vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Friday, June 14th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 15th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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