Thursday, 27 June 2019
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.


The Spanish low cost airline Volotea has been negotiating new seasonal routes to Croatia for the summer season 2018.

Volotea is in talks with the Croatian capital of Zagreb, as well as with Rijeka and Pula airports. On the other hand, the Dalmatian city of Zadar has also expressed interest in being included in the negotiations for the next summer season.

The Spanish air carrier from Barcelona with bases in Spain, Italy and France currently maintains seasonal flights from Nantes, Bordeaux, Marseille and Venice to Dubrovnik and Split. The air carrier has also announced its new service from Strasbourg to Dubrovnik from the end of May.

Volotea flies to a number of scheduled European destinations on a summer seasonal, winter seasonal and year-round basis. It also operates a small number of charter flights on behalf of tour operators.

On the other hand, a French low cost airline Transavia France has also expressed their interest in seasonal flights to Croatia, thus they are currently in talks with Zagreb and Pula over potential services from next year.

‘’Croatia is a hit in France this year, thus we are currently in talks with French air carriers over expanding their network to Croatia’’, recently said the Croatian Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli.

The sixth edition of Aklapela Festival will take place in Dubrovnik, from 28th to 30th of April 2017. This year’s festival gathered 13 vocal groups from different parts of Croatia - Cakulone, Armorin, Basca, Bosket, FA Lindo, Kase, Mriza, Pinguentum, Skontradura, Subrenum, Teranke, Tragos and Vincace.

The first night of the festival will be held on Friday, 8 pm, at Lazareti, will continue on Saturday and will have a big finish on Sunday in the beautiful Franciscan Church. You can see the detailed program here. Ticket price per concert is 50 kuna.

In case that you didn’t know, Aklapela Festival got its name by combining words a capella and klapa, which means ‘vocal group’ in Croatian. For a six year in a row this festival brings a taste of tradition by combining enchanting a capella singing with beautiful venues of Dubrovnik. In the last six years audience recognized the importance of this type of festival and we’re sure that 2017 will be a successful year for Aklapela too.

The interesting fact is that the klapa singing has been inscribed to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012., which emphasized the importance of this traditional form of harmonious singing.

So, if you are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik this weekend, make sure that you visit Aklapela Festival and enjoy the performances of 13 vocal groups from different parts of Croatia.

The Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic visited Qatar in order to open the door of the rich emirate market for Croatian companies.

During her visit to Doha, Grabar-Kitarovic met with the Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, as well as with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. Representatives of Croatian companies Crosco, Djuro Djakovic, Koncar, Jadranka Hotels, and Podravka also accompanied the President.

Qatari hosts expressed their interest in cooperation between the two countries in various fields, from tourism to military, IT and food industries. Besides, Qatar, which is the third world country for gas supplies, has long wanted to cooperate with Croatia on the project of the LNG terminal.

''Qatar is one of the countries in which decisions are made at high levels, therefore the exchange of visits is an opportunity for our economy. I hope that the talks with the Qatari leadership and businessmen will lay foundations for the participation of Croatian companies in Qatari projects as well as increase the potential for the Qatari investments in Croatia'', commented Grabar-Kitarovic.

It is interesting to note that Sheikh Abdulah Al-Thani interrupted his holiday in Rome due to the arrival of the Croatian delegation, whilst the President was privately received by the former Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who spent his summer vacations several times sailing along the Croatian coast.

For the second year in a row, this summer MTV Summerblast will host the biggest stars in the world of music. One of them is surely Will Smith!

Planetary popular ''The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'' and DJ Jazzy Jeff, known as his cousin from the popular TV show, will perform at one of the most beautiful summer stages in Porec, Istria on the 25th to the 26th of August and celebrate 30 years of their successful music adventure.

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, together or separately, are icons of hip-hop music from the very beginning. Their popular hits ''Summertime'', ''Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble'' and ''Parents Just Don't Understand'' brought them Grammy award for Best Rap Performance and have become the classics on dance floors around the world.

Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7,5 billion at the global box office. For his performances as boxer Muhammad Ali in ‘’Ali’’ (2001) and stockbroker Chris Gardner in ‘’The Pursuit of Happyness’’ (2006), Smith received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Smith has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

Arabian Travel Market (ATM),  business – tourism fair is held from today to April 27th. Dubrovnik Tourist Board, as well as the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik-Neretva County are the part of this fair and are located at the stand of Croatian Tourist Board.

Arabian Travel Market is one of the leading tourism events on the Middle East and is held for the 24th time. More than 40 thousand professionals from the tourism field are expected during these four days in Dubai Trade Centre (DWTC).

Along with our tourist boards, Croatia is also presented by Losinj hotels & Villas, Amathus Travel Croatia, Abacus Tours, Penta Ltd, Zagreb Tourist Board, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Uniline doo and Jadran dd.

Dmitry Sinkovsky, a prestigious Russian violinist and one of the best baroque performers in Europe will perform on Tuesday, April 25, with the String Chamber Orchestra of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place in the Revelin Fortress at 8.30 pm, as a part of the Dubrovnik Musical Spring.

The String Chamber Orchestra of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by their concertmaster, Dana Kahriman. The program is Mozart's Divertimento in F major and Britten's Simple Symphony, while Dmitry Sinkovsky will perform the Haydn Concert for the violin and orchestra in G major.

Although the concert on Tuesday will be violinist one, Sinkovsky is a successful conductor and countertenor too. At last year's peformances in Dubrovnik, he repeatedly surprised the audience with his voice abilities.

Sinkovsky was educated at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Tchaikovsky and won numerous awards at important competitions - from Premio Bonaparti in Italy to Bach competition in Leipzig, Musica Antiqua in Bruges, Telemann competition in Magdeburg and many others. In 2007, when he has already made a significant career as a violinist, Sinkovsky also improved his talent as a countertenor, so today he plays parts of famous operas during his performances. Taking into account all his talents, it is clear why Dmitry regularly performs all over the world.

The Du Motion: Runners' Days Dubrovnik sport event will be held in the period from April 27th to 30th, with several fun and interesting events.

Saturday, 29 April, is reserved for the Children's Race on Stradun and  Dubrovnik Walls Race.
The central part of the event will be held on Sunday, April 30, when two races are scheduled: International Dubrovnik Half- Marathon and the 5K Humanitarian Race. More than two thousand runners from Croatia and abroad will participate in both races.

If you are planning to visit Dubrovnik during this period it's good to know that on Sunday some roads will be closed for traffic from 9 am to 13:30 pm. These are the names of the roads:  Iza Grada, Brsalje, Branitelja Dubrovnika, Put od Republike, Vukovarska, Dr. Ante Starčevića, Nikole Tesle,  Obala Stjepana Radića, Obala Ivana Pavla II, state road D420 Solska baza – Sustjepan, former county road 6254 Sustjepan – Prijevor and back.

- Top barmen are like celebrity chefs, the word “startender” is being used in America - commented Ron Busman the President of the International Bartenders Association (IBA). The organisation held, this weekend, for the first time their European President's Meeting in Dubrovnik, in the Neptun Hotel.

Fourteen international members of the association met in Dubrovnik to discuss the workings of the organisation and to network. Frano Stjepovic, the President of the Croatian Association of Bartenders, was the host of the Dubrovnik event and commented that “To hold such an event in Dubrovnik is important for the city, we will have the chance to meet colleagues and discuss new developments in the industry.”

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Busman added that bartending is currently a very trendy profession and top bartenders are always looking for new ways to improve. “The importance of a bartender cannot be underestimated, a good bartender will not only bring extra business to an establishment but will also act as a good attraction for a bar. A bartender is an asset to an establishment and he/she must be treated as such,” said Busman. Adding that investing in staff is the key to the future prosperity of a bar, hotel or club.

Pepe Dioni, the Vice President of IBA, also attended the Dubrovnik event and commented “When a tourist comes to a destination one of the only people they speak to are bartenders. You will probably only ask a few questions of a receptionist at a hotel but with the bartender you will have a conversation. That is why a good bartender must also be a good communication, the real PR with tourists are bartenders.”

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