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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

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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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.

Music festival ‘Dubrovnik musical spring’ was presented yesterday on the press conference organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in the Sponza Palace.

Ana Hilje, head of the Department of culture and heritage pointed that this is one more ‘’beautiful musical story’’. She stated that the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra concerts improve the quality of the music program in the city. Romana Vlasic, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, said that she hopes for the new, similar projects in the future.  Director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Damir Milat thanked all the sponsors and stressed out the problems – money, space and number of musicians in the orchestra. He was also thankful for the places where the concerts will take place: Revelin Fortress, Cathedral and Franciscan Church.

Dubrovnik musical spring is a cycle of classical music concerts which will take place in Dubrovnik from April 18th to 28th. With maestro Campestrini, concerts will be also conducted by the Zagreb conductor Tomislav Facini and honorary conductor of the Orchestra, Pavle Despalj.
There will be performances by pianist Aljosa Jurinic, violinist and concert master of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Dana Kahriman, first bassoon of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Matija Novakovic and Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky.

It is expected the performance by pianist Aljoša Jurinić, violinist and concert master DSOs Kahriman, first bassoon DSOs, Matija Novakovic and Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky.

 

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UaeCro.Biz recently organized a visit of Croatian representatives to the seventh Edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), which was held in Dubai from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2017.

Under the Patronage of H.H.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, one of the largest world centres of the capital of Dubai organized the most exclusive conference for investors for the seventh year in a row. This year, Croatian companies also had the opportunity to present themselves to the biggest investors from the United Arab Emirates.

Sanja Guc, as a member of the UaeCro.Biz team, is the main partner for Croatia who is working on building a business bridge between the United Arab Emirates and Croatia. For the first time this year, she had organized a visit of Croatian representatives to this premier event in foreign direct investment for Growing Markets.

Representatives of several companies from Croatia held talks with the leading executives of investment groups from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar such as UAE International Investors Council, Dubai Investment, Mubdala, Jumeirah Group and many others.

‘’Interest in Croatian projects is growing, but the right approach, recommendation and personal contacts are of utmost importance when doing business in the Arab world. Therefore, I am very pleased that we have opened interesting contacts for Croatian companies and their projects. Meetings with the leading people in the UEA went very well and now we have to continue our communication and preparations for the start of a serious cooperation’’, explained Sanja Guc.

‘’While many organizations have turned their attention to Mars and beyond, we could still learn quite a bit from Earth's nearby satellite’’, said Google.

The most popular web browser Google launched an interesting competition almost a decade ago. The first team to successfully launch a spacecraft, land it on the Moon, travel at least 500 metres and transmit pictures and video from the surface before the 31st of December 2017, will take home the prize of $20 million.

It has been more than 44 years since the last human walked on the Moon, and the most recent Moon landing was carried out by China in 2013 with their Chang’e 3 mission.

Back in 2007, Google announced its Lunar XPRIZE competition. The goal of the project was to initiate healthy competition to get human technology back on the Moon. Out of the 16 teams that made it to last year, only five are left with a chance to make it to the valuable cash prize waiting for them at the finishing line.

A team from Croatia led by an adventurer and explorer Nebojsa Stanojevic has found its place in this prestigious group. His team Synergy Moon consists of 150 people from 18 countries from all over the world. ‘’We have some serious space professionals, scientists, engineers as well as artists, enthusiasts and visionaries in our team’’, commented Miroslav Ambrus-Kis, one of the members of the Croatian team.

The Synergy Moon team made it to the TOP 5 teams along with the teams from Israel, the US, Japan and India, and they will all try to achieve the main goal – landing on the Moon.
Interestingly, the Croatian team has announced that they will bring along a bottle of famous Istrian wine Teran into space.

Starting on Easter morning, April 16th, a Holy Mass in English will be held in the Church of Saint Ignatius at 11 am every Sunday, up until October 30th.

The church is located at the Ruder Boskovic square that is connected with Gundulic square with baroque stairs. Just on top of the stairs, there it is - the Church of Saint Ignatius, or as people of Dubrovnik call it ‘’the Jesuits’’. This beautiful church is the work of the famous Jesuit architect and painter Ignazio Pozzo.

As one of the most impressive churches in Dubrovnik, this is a sight that you shouldn’t miss in any case. And if you’re religious, it's good to know that now you can go on Holy Mass, every Sunday at 11 am.

During the big Easter week the beautiful island of Lokrum has prepared a rich program for all the visitors. If you have a chance, this is a perfect time to enjoy this little paradise with special holiday feeling.

Here is the program:
April 13 - 10 am – 1 pm – Chocolate Easter egg hunting for the children from Skatulica kindergarten
April 14 and 15 – Special menu in two Lokrum restaurants by Jadranka Nicetic, famous for using traditional Dubrovnik recipes
April 15 – Doors Open Day with Easter Bunny who will share Easter eggs from Primorje from 10 am to noon and from 3 pm to 5 pm
April 15 and 16 – Chance to taste carob cake by the recipe made by Jadranka Nicetic
April 17 – Noon - Exhibition opening in the cloister of the monastery on Lokrum, made by Dubrovnik artists
- 3 pm – Holy Mass on Lokrum
- 4 pm – socializing at olive garden

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