Friday, 18 January 2019

The Gipsy Kings filled the Stradun last night in a spectacular concert. The Old City rocked to the sounds of flamenco, salsa and pop as the band belted out such classics as “Bamboleo” and “Djobi, Djoba.”

“It was great to see so many people pack the Stradun for these guys, they were absolutely brilliant and had me singing all night long,” commented a member of the audience to The Dubrovnik Times.

In spite of the biting cold northerly wind the public turned up in huge numbers to see The Gipsy Kings and danced the night away.

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What an end to 2018 the weather is giving Dubrovnik. Whilst most of the rest of Europe is under a blanket of snow or hiding under umbrellas locals and visitors in Dubrovnik are soaking up the December sunshine.

Highs hit 14 degrees in the shade today and endless blue skies meant that it was an absolutely ideal day to drink coffee al fresco or stroll along the Stradun in the historic Old City core.

The forecast for New Year’s Eve is for a few spots of rain and clouds but according to the latest forecast 2019 should start with relatively mild and fresh weather.


Check out the photo gallery of today in Dubrovnik

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New Year's Eve is just around the corner and if you are spending it in Dubrovnik you will surely have a good time. The choice is yours – to go to the Old City and welcome 2019 on the most beautiful street in the world, pick one of the bars in the side streets or outside the City or – to stay in your room.

If your choice is the first option, we bring you all the details that you need to know to welcome New Year in Dubrovnik.

NEW YEAR'S EVE – PARTY ALL DAY

New Year's Eve is celebrated during the whole day in Dubrovnik! The fun begins at 11 am with the New Year's Eve party for children at Stradun. The youngest, but also those a bit older, will able to dance with young Croatian singer Mia Negovetic and Super Cover Band.

At noon, traditional party begins – in front of the church of Saint Blaise Lindo Folklore Ensemble, Libertas Choir and Dubrovnik Brass Band will perform, bringing traditional Christmas carols.

Then it's time for lunch, rest and preparations for the craziest night of the year, that starts officialy at 9 pm, with the warm up party by Jure Brkljaca, Marko Kutlic and David Temelkov. New Year's Eve party is in the hands of famous Croatian singers Nina Badric and Tony Cetinski who will keep you dancing until early morning hours – even if you don't know a word of Croatian!

If you want to be near the Old City, but just a bit outside of it, your choice could be New Year's Eve Party at Lazareti that will start at 10 pm.

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THE DAY AFTER

Even if end up partying until early morning hours, you will probably get up before noon, when a traditional Ball of Orlando is held. What's the better way to spend the first day of the year than drinking sparkling wine, eating oysters and listening to amazing music?

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Tardue with soprano Marija Kuhar Sosa will perform waltzes, polkas and popular arias.

If that sounds tempting, but still a bit too early for you, your choice might be the concert that will held at 9 pm at Stradun by the traditional vocal group Rispet. Just don't stay at your room – moving is the key part of recovery!

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Even if you are coming to Dubrovnik by car, we suggest you that you don't drive it during New Year's Eve because you will surely have problems with parking. And you really don't have to, because during the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, all the buses are free of charge for passengers from 5 pm.

To cope with the expected crowds a number of extra buses are added by the Dubrovnik bus company Libertas, and most of them will operate until 4.00 am on New Year’s day.

- lines 1A, 3, 4 and 6 will operate up until 04:00 am from Pile
- lines 1B and 8 will run at the last departure at 03:40 am from Pile
- line 10 will have additional departures from Dubrovnik at 01:00, 02:00, 03:00 and 04:00;
- line 12 will have an additional departure from Dubrovnik at 03:00 am
- Line 35 will have an additional departure from Dubrovnik at 1:30 am

The Croatian police will be better armed to catch speeding drivers in 2019 as new cameras and laser devices are to be employed next year. 53 million Kuna will be spent over the next three years on new speed detection devices throughout Croatia as part of the National Road Safety Program.

The Ministry of the Interior signed a framework agreement for the purchase of speed measuring devices which will increase the number of such devices in the next three years by two and a half to three times, which should contribute to increasing the level of traffic safety on the roads, writes Poslovni Dnevnik.

Police currently have 26 fixed cameras throughout the country but that number will be drastically increased to 75 with the signing of this new contract. And as well as the fixed cameras the handheld devices will also be purchased, a total of an extra 150 laser speed measurers.

And for all those drivers who use their mobiles whilst behind the wheel these new laser devices will be able to recognise this traffic violation as well as whether drivers are using a seat belt.

And the whole system will be automated for 2019. As soon as a camera recognises a traffic violation it will send it, along with the cars registration number, to a central office where the fine will be sent to the offender. In the words of the Ministry this new system will speed up the penalization process.

In the first eleven months of 2018 there were over 30,000 traffic accidents in Croatia and to date 313 people have lost their lives on Croatian roads this year. The last hit weekend before Christmas in Croatia was about 3,700 traffic violations, and two people were killed. It is hoped that these new measures, as well as a general overhaul of the road safety throughout the country, will help to reduce these figures over the coming years.

Why do we have love affair with fireworks over the festive season? I don’t! And I am sure that I’m not alone either. Is there some tradition that I don’t know about of blowing things up at Christmas? Did they celebrate the birth of Christ by shooting fireworks over the stable? Or was there a fourth Wise Man who arrived after the three bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh carrying a big bag of bangers and a box of matches?

Don’t get me wrong I’m not against fireworks per say. If they are in a controlled environment then they can bring a certain colour to a festival, such as the opening of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. But in the wrong hands, which they so often are, they are killers. I am basically under siege in my own home.

Every day a multitude of fireworks and bangers echo around Župa, its like living on the Gaza Strip. And with every bang and blast my pets look at me as if to say “is that the end of the world?” Yes, we celebrate the holiest of times by killing animals. Countless pets die every year due to mainly heart attacks from the sounds of fireworks. That’s how we celebrate a Christian holiday by killing animals, doesn’t sound very Christian or very humane to me.

I don’t blame the children, well not so much, for any child would be attracted to a colourful explosion. I blame the parents who are acting like children! Why the hell would you buy fireworks for your children? I really can’t understand the brain that would think – “here’s a box of 30 bangers and a lighter go and have fun.” You are giving your children explosives you morons! You might as well give them a super sharp knife and say “just be careful” or a loaded pistol and say “just don’t point it at anyone” or for that matter half a kilo of cocaine and say “just don’t get addicted.”

According to statistics the vast majority of injuries are to the eyes, head or hands – so children will have visible scars for life. And it’s your fault! You bought them. For a second of laughter your child could have their life changed. Estimates suggest that this festive season around 50 tons of pyrotechnics will be lit in Zagreb alone. Just do a rough calculation on exactly how much money is being spent on these few seconds of noise. Incredibly you only have to be over 14 to use fireworks in Croatia. That is surely a law that needs changing.

In 2017 five people actually died at Christmas and New Year in Europe due to firework related injuries and the number of casualties is in the thousands, with the majority being children, in fact boys. Well I guess if you want to give your son a Christmas present that he will remember for the rest of his life then buy him a huge box of bangers. He’ll remember the visit to the emergency room and that ugly scar across his face until the day he dies.

In our home we have what we call the “moron scale.” Basically it works on a decibel scale. The bigger the bang we hear in the neighbourhood then bigger the moron. And even though we close all the windows and doors, shut the curtains and pump up the music on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve there are always winners on the moron scale who manage to frighten the living daylights out of our pets. We try to calm them down by saying “don’t worry that was just the biggest moron this Christmas.”

Plastic surgeons have got together in the UK to lobby the government to show graphic pictures of injuries that occur to the fireworks. A little like the morbid pictures on cigarette boxes today. One leading plastic surgeon commented that “Although packaged in a jovial, toy-like fashion, people forget that when using fireworks they are handling explosives which can cause extremely serious injuries.” Yes, explosives. Explosives that mindless parents are handing over to children to have a little fun. These very parents would certainly top our moron scale!           

For the wildest night of the year all of the buses in Dubrovnik will be free of charge for passengers from 5.00 pm. Due to the expected traffic chaos and parking problems the best way to reach the party and celebrations inside the Old City will be with public transport and the Dubrovnik bus company, Libertas, have announced a number of extra services will be provided.

From 5.00 pm all buses to and from the Old City of Dubrovnik will be free of charge. And to cope with the expected crowds a number of extra buses will be laid on and most of them will operate until 4.00 am on New Year’s day.

- lines 1A, 3, 4 and 6 will operate up until 04:00 am from Pile
- lines 1B and 8 will run at the last departure at 03:40 am from Pile
- line 10 will have additional departures from Dubrovnik at 01:00, 02:00, 03:00 and 04:00;
- line 12 will have an additional departure from Dubrovnik at 03:00 am
- Line 35 will have an additional departure from Dubrovnik at 1:30 am

 

Croatian national air carrier Croatia Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance Global Airline Association, will boost traffic to Ireland – Avioradar reports. The new Zagreb - Dublin line began flying this year at the beginning of May. In the summer schedule of 2019, this line will receive the third flight weekly, so next to the flights on Thursdays and Sundays, additional rotation on Tuesdays is introduced.

The line from Zagreb to the capital of Ireland will start flying already from April 9th 2019, three weeks earlier than this year. Another novelty is that this line will remain in traffic throughout the year, or more precisely from 27th of October 2019 it will continue with traffic during winter flight schedule of 2019/2020 with two flights per week, on Thursdays and Sundays.

Traditional, fourth in a row, humanitarian Christmas concert of the Dubrovnik vocal groups will be held tonight at 7 pm at the church of Saint Michael in Lapad.

Vocal groups that will perform are: Ragusa, Skontradura, Cilipi, Amfora, Ragusavecchia, Staglin, Kolafjaka and Atlant. The host of the concert will be Nila Milicic Vukosavic.

As mentioned, concert is humanitarian and the collected money will go for the Surgical Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital. You can also make your donation on the account: HR5824070001500318088, with mentioned purpose: za kirurgiju OB Dubrovnik.

One of the most famous flamenco, salsa and pop groups in the world will bring a touch of Latin passion to the Old City of Dubrovnik tomorrow night. The Gipsy Kings will perform on the Stradun at 9.00 pm on the 29th of December as part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival. The classics, such as “Bamboleo” and “Djobi, Djoba” are sure to be on the repertoire for the Dubrovnik concert.

Paco Baliardo, the co-founder of the Gipsy Kings, and his band members have developed their style and form of music from years of performing and learning from generations that came before them – all of them important contributors to flamenco music. With his band of family members, who are all talented singers and guitar players, he brings the passion, the energy and the famous Gipsy Kings songs to the stage!

The tourist season comes to an end and overnight the unemployment rate in Croatia rises. In November the number of people in the country without work rose by 3.7 percent when compared with October. According to information from the State Statistics bureau there were 1.41 million employed people in the country in November, down by 0.7 percent in comparison to October.

At the end of November, nearly 147,000 job-seekers were registered with the national employment service, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to October. As a result, the registered unemployment rate rose from 9.1 percent in October to 9.4 percent in November.

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