Thursday, 21 November 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.


Sunsail, the yacht rental company based in the ACI Marina Dubrovnik, have donated an electric mobility scooter to Marijan “Ogi” Ogresta from Cavtat.

Marijan Ogresta was involved in a traffic accident in 2010 when a speeding van hit him in Cavtat causing life threatening injuries. Since that dark day he has passed numerous operations, rehabilitations and treatments and thanks to the dedication of his family and friends is fighting the long road to recovery.

For the first few years he was almost completely bed-ridden but recently has been able to get around with the help of a specialised wheelchair. This gift from the team at Sunsail will hopefully make Marijan, or Ogi as he is affectionately known, even more mobile.

His father, Damir, commented that “A huge thank you to the team at Sunsail who donated this electric mobility scooter.”

Well done Sunsail for this donation and sense of community spirit.

Around 3.00pm this afternoon fire-fighters from the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called out to intervene with a fire at the main landfill in the region, Grabovica. Twelve fire-fighters along with four vehicles tackled the fire.

"Grabovica was burning and the fire spread to the surrounding hills at one point, but we managed to suppress it. The fire is now under control and the garbage in the landfill will be soaked in order to avoid the spread of a fire,” commented the commander of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade Stjepko Krilanović. He added that the fire-fighters at Grabovica will remain for the time being.

dubrovnik fire at landfill

The Dubrovnik Summer Festival may be over but it’s not the end of the cultural events in Dubrovnik. Tonight is the opening night of the International late Summer Music Festival with a concert in the ambient Rector’s Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.
This is the fifth year in a row that the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has organised this festival and once again it brings together internationally renowned artists in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace.

International Late Summer Music Festival Dubrovnik is a festival launched by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra for the first time in 2013 and it found received rave reviews. It takes place in late August and lasts until late September. And according to the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra “Its aim is to keep the presence of music and cultural vibrancy in Dubrovnik after the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.”

The opening night will see the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir and one of the best choirs in Croatia, the Oratory Choir of the The Cantores sancti Marci Oratory choir from Zagreb, as well as one of the most sought after Croatian baritones, Leon Kosavic, and the great Monika Cerovcec. Tonight concert starts at 9.00 pm tonight in the Rector’s Palace.

dso international late summer music festival

This year's program includes 15 events - symphony concerts, chamber music concerts as well as recitals that will take place in the Rector's Palace atrium.

All information on concerts and tickets is available on the phone number + 385 20 417 110, on the DSO web site and on their social networks. Reservations can also be made via mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ticket prices range from 100 to 400 Kuna.

Here is the full program for the International late Summer Music Festival in Dubrovnik:

26.8. Saturday

Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Opening Concert
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - The Cantores sancti Marci Oratory choir - Dubrovnik Chamber Choir - Christoph Campestini, conductor (Austria) - Monika Cerovčec, soprano - Leon Košavić, baritone
M. Meštrović - Let them in
W.A. Mozart - Symphony No.40 in G minor, K.550
G. Fauré - Requiem, Op. 48

28.8. Monday

Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Great Romantics: Shubert & Brahms - Ida Gamulin, piano - David Grigorian, cello
Concert organized in cooperation with LAUS Academy Dubrovnik
F. Schubert - Piano Sonata in B-flat, D. 960
J. Brahms - Cello sonata No.2 in F major Op. 99

29.8. Tuesday

Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Christoph Campestrini, conductor - Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak, piano
R. Schumann - Concerto for piano and orchestra, Op. 54
A. Dvořak - Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

31.8. Thursday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Ruben Dalibaltayan, piano (Armenia)
F. Chopin - 4 Mazurkas - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17 No 4 - Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 67 No 4 - Mazurka in C Major, Op. 67 No 3 - Mazurka in F Minor, Op. 63 No 2
C. Debussy - 2 Preludes - La terasse des audiences du claire de lune - Feux d`artifice, from Preludes, book 2 - L` isle joyeuse, L.106
F. Liszt - Consolation No. 3, S.172 - Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 in D flat Major, S.244/6

1.9. Friday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Christoph Campestrini, conductor - Đana Kahriman, violin
L. Sorkočević - Symphony No. 4 in F Major
R.V. Williams - The Lark Ascending, romance for violin and orchestra
W.A. Mozart - Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 “Prague”

5.9. Tuesday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Stefan Sanderling, conductor (Germany) - Radovan Cavallin, clarinet
G. Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri, overture
M. Mangani - Verdiana, concert fantasy for clarinet and orchestra
F. B. Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 „Italian“

7.9. Thursday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Recital - Maroje Brčić, guitar
H. Haug - Alba
N. Coste - Les Bords du Rhin, op. 18 - Les Soirées d'Auteuil, op. 23
J. K. Mertz - Bardenklänge
G.Listeš - Fantasia op. 7
J. Rodrigo - Junto al Generalife

8.9. Friday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
DSO String Chamber Ensemble - Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin and artistic leadership (Russia) - Luca Pianca, lute (Italy) - Mark Thomas, narrator
A. Vivaldi - Concerto for lute, strings and basso continuo
A. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons

9.9. Saturday

Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Recital - Stylus phantasticus - Dmitry Sinkovsky, violin (Russia) - Luca Pianca, lute (Italy)
H.I.F. Biber - Mystery Sonata no. 10 in g minor, 'Crucifixion'
H. Purcell - O Solitude, my sweetest choice, song Z. 406
M. Uccellini - Sonata terza, Op. 7
F. Rognoni - Vestiva i coolli, variation on Palestrina Vestiva
H. Purcell - Fairest Isle, Schmelzer Sonata 4 (Chaccona)

12.9. Tuesday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Tomislav Fačini, conductor - Dmitry Sinkovsky, violina (Rusija)
L. van Beethoven - Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
L. van Beethoven - Symphony No.7 in A Major Op. 92

14.9. Thursday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Jazz - Matija Dedić, piano - Special guest: Merima Ključo, accordion - CD promotion "Male ljubavi"

15.9. Friday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Christoph Campestrini, conductor (Austria) - Nikolina Pinko Behrends, soprano
F.B. Mendelssohn - Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26
B. Britten - Les Illuminations, Op.18
J. Haydn - Symphony No. 88 in G Major, Hob I:88

19.9. Tuesday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Marc Tardue, conductor (Canada) - Jasminka Stančul, piano (Austria)
W. A. Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat Major KV. 271
G. Bizet - Symphony in C Major

21.9. Thursday

Rector's Palace at 9 pm
Jasminka Stančul, piano (Austria) - DSO String Quartet
A. Dvořak - String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96
R. Schumann - Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44

22.9. Friday

Rector’s Palace at 9 pm
Festival Closing Concert
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - Christoph Campestrini, conductor (Austria) - Martina Filjak, piano
J. Brahms - The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major
R. Schumann - Symphony No. 4 in d Minor, Op. 120

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, received an official visit yesterday from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Croatia, His Excellency Won-sup Park. At the meeting the pair discussed the possibilities of enhancing tourism cooperation between Dubrovnik and the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Won-sup Park took the opportunity to thank Mayor Frankovic and his team for winning the recent election and taking over the leading position in the city, noting that this was not his first visit to the city of Dubrovnik and hopes for continued cooperation and the launching joint projects.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic received an official visit yesterday from the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Croatia His Excellency Won sup Park

Mayor Frankovic pointed out that the Republic of Korea is a significant market with which the City of Dubrovnik wants to achieve friendly and business relations, and he reiterated that the number of guests from the Republic of Korea has increased in recent years.

During the visit, Ambassador Park expressed the desire from the Korean side for additional investments in the development and expansion of the tourist offer in Dubrovnik and Croatia, as well as the joint action on the promotion of Dubrovnik in the Republic of Korea.

Mayor Frankovic welcomed the statement of interest for cooperation and investments in the field of tourism and other activities aimed at strengthening the already good cooperation between Dubrovnik and the Republic of Korea.

With the lowering of the Libertas Flag and a gala concert in the centre of the city the 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival ended in fine fashion last night. A gala concert featuring the Croatian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra led by Italian conductor Alberto Veronesi and with the support of violinist Alexei Semenenko closed what was a memorable and successful festival.

end of dubrovnik summer festioval

The last night of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is also reserved for the award ceremony “Orlanbdo” and this year’s winner of the best drama performance was Ozren Grabaric for the role of Marin Drzic in this year’s premiere “Marin Drzic - Victory Over the Enemies.” Grabaric thanked first and foremost the citizens of Dubrovnik that they accepted him well and accepted his performance of Marin Drzic and also thanked everyone who participated in the show.

This year, the 68th festival, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival gathered together about 2,000 artists from all over the world, who performed 72 theatrical, concert, opera, dance, folklore, film and exhibition programmes within 47 days, from 10 July to 25 August, in 16 site-specific venues in Dubrovnik and its surroundings.

One of the most special and traditional Dubrovnik events, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, is ending today.

This was a successful year for this festival – it brought together almost two thousand artists from all over the world. From July 10th to August 25th, in 47 days, they performed at 16 scenic and ambient locations in Dubrovnik in 72 drama, music, opera, dance, folklore, movie and art programs. There were around 60 thousand domestic and foreign visitors that enjoyed this rich and special programme.

68th edition of Dubrovnik Summer Festival will close at 10 pm in front of St. Blasius Church. Symphony Orchestra of Croatian Radio and Television will perform, conducted by Alberto Veronesi, with young Ukrainan violinist Aleksey Semenenko.

The Croatian President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, returned from her state visit to Australia and New Zealand a few days ago. This was the first official visit of a Croatian President to these two countries in 22 years after Franjo Tudman's last visit to this part of the world.

While touring Australia and New Zealand, lots of interesting news flowed to the homeland, however, the country only recently learned about one of them after the President had returned to Croatia.

According to a local media, during the presidential tour, a small scandal occurred when one of the most famous, most prominent and most expensive Croatian-Australian surrealist painters Charles Bilich wanted to give two of his portraits to the President Grabar-Kitarovic as a gift. However, the protocol did not approve any of these portraits, obviously due to their lack of understanding for the art of Charles Bilich.

The first portrait represents the Croatian president wearing an apron with a Croatian coat of arms design (the popular red and white cubes) and kneading dough with a rolling pin in front of the typical Croatian fireplace with a crucifix above it. Diligent Hansel and Gretel are working around the house; Hansel is carrying woods, whilst his sister Gretel is putting the dishes on the shelf. All and all, the painting is full of the Croatian spirit; however, the Office of the Croatian President did not express any interest in this work of art.

The second portrait represents the President with some kind of helicopter on her head; however, it is not a helicopter but the famous cathedral of Saint James (Katedrala Sv.Jakova) in Sibenik.

In both paintings Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic looks exceptionally attractive; however, her protocol obviously does not share this opinion. Therefore, the President has neither seen nor received the paintings.

The national rail freight carrier HZ Cargo has been facing big problems lately. The company has almost no rail worthy locomotives, thus train compositions with freight often remain at railway stations for days.

Due to this difficult situation, clients are more than disappointed and turn to other rail freight service providers or seek cargo routes in other countries. It greatly affects the national carrier which loses not only international reputation but also low revenue which is quite insufficient for covering operating costs.

However, the situation may seem a bit odd considering the fact that HZ Cargo has ''a fleet'' of 147 various locomotive series, out of which 44 are electric and 46 diesel traction locomotives, whilst the rest are of a manoeuvre type. Nevertheless, it is important to emphasize their average age - electrical are on average 45 years old, whilst those diesel ones are 50 years old.

''Electric and diesel locomotives need investment repair every 10 years, the cost is 3-4 million Kunas per locomotive. However, in the last four and a half years, no locomotives from a single series we resent to the investment repair. In order to maintain a satisfactory situation, at least 10 locomotives should be sent to repair every year. Therefore, due to this situation we plan to send 20 locomotives to investment repair next year so we can respond to increased demand for transportation. We are currently considering an agreement on leasing i.e. purchasing new, more modern and stronger types of locomotives'', said HZ Cargo.

Nenad Mrgan, the president of the Railroad Engineers Trade Union of Croatia (RETUC), confirmed that the situation is more than dramatic and added that the biggest problem of the company is the lack of railway train drivers, in addition to the latest problem – the lack of quality locomotives.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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