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The Dubrovnik Summer Festival will open for 68th time on Monday, July 10th, at 9 pm in front of Saint Blasius Church. This traditional festival always offers a lot to tourists and locals and was presented today at the press conference in Hotel Excelsior.
The speakers were the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic, the Deputy County Mayor Zaklina Marevic, the Executive Director Ivana Medo Bogdanovic and the Acting Artistic Director Mladen Tarbuk.
The Mayor of Dubrovnik congratulated all that were involved in making of this year’s festival.
- This year’s program shows the real Dubrovnik Summer Festival. It’s a combination of old and new, traditional and modern, national and international – said Frankovic and added that the City of Dubrovnik supports the festival.
The Dubrovnik Neretva County is also a great supporter of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, so the Deputy County Mayor wished a great success to this year’s festival.
Ivana Medo Bogdanovic exposed the financial plan, which goes to 12 million and 250 thousand kuna this year. She thanked the City of Dubrovnik for giving an extra 200 thousand kuna because that shows that the City government sees the idea behind the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.
- The Dubrovnik Summer Festival is more than a manifestation, we wish to be a main partner to the City of Dubrovnik in organizing many other events – said Medo Bogdanovic.
Mladen Tarbuk presented this year’s program and the idea behind it.
- When it comes to the program, freedom is the main topic. What is freedom, are we free, can freedom be sold – that are the questions in today’s world and the art is here to answer – explained Tarbuk.
He also emphasized that there are 47 days of intense events – every day offers a lot to choose from. If you are interested in this year’s program of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival click here.
For the third day in a row the forest fires near Dubrovnik are continuing to burn. Two special fire-fighting planes from the Croatian armed forces have once again been sent to help with the situation. The fires broke out three days ago in the Dubrovnik hinterland around the villages of Trnovica, Cepikuce and Viscani around 45 minutes from Dubrovnik.
These special fire-fighting planes have already been in the skies over the region fighting the fires which are mainly in remote and hard to reach areas. So far it is estimated that the planes have dropped around 1,300 tonnes of water on the fires and over the past two days they have achieved around 40 hours of flying time.
Around 350 hectares of land have been affected by the fires and over 80 fire-fighters from ten different brigades have been involved.
Dubrovnik has once again proved to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world. And when you throw in a pinch of Shakespeare and the stunning ambience of the Lovrijenac Fortress the romance is turned up to the maximum.
During the pause of the penultimate performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Midsummer Scene Festival a young man took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend. He went down on one knee with the Old City of Dubrovnik shining in the moonlight and proposed his everlasting love took out a ring and she said.....yes!
A Croatian manufacturer of automotive parts has reported on signing a new lucrative agreement with an American multinational car manufacturer.
The largest Croatian manufacturer of plastic parts for the automotive industry AD Plastik from Solin near Split won the nominations for the production of two exterior sets for the new Ford Focus Active car. The sets will consist of a variety of bumper positions and decorative coating for the protection of mudguards and vehicle thresholds.
The parts will be manufactured in Solin, whilst the start of the serial production is planned for the last quarter of 2018.
According to AD Plastik the estimated duration of the project is six years, whilst the expected total revenues are 7.8 million Euros, or 1.3 million Euros a year.
The British daily newspaper The Guardian has listed ten Croatia's islands that enthralled their journalists with their beauty.
The list entitled ''10 of the best small islands in Croatia'' describes Croatian islands that are poorly populated and intact and are not popular tourist hot spots.
''These Adriatic islets, many sparsely populated and little visited, are perfect for boat rides, great walking trails, lovely beaches and the odd bit of culture'', wrote The Guardian.
Here is the list of the Ten Croatian Islands chosen by The Guardian:
1. Lopud near Dubrovnik
2. Sveti Nikola near Porec
3. Veliki Brijun (the Brijuni islands)
4. Susak (northern Adriatic)
5. Silba near Zadar
6. Kornat (the Kornati Archipelago)
7. Solta near Split
8. Sveti Klement (the island of Hvar)
9. Bisevo (near the island of Vis)
10. Proizd (near the island of Korcula)
The construction works on the beach in the bay of Lapad are slowly but surely coming to an end. The majority of the heavy works seem to have been completed and the sand on the beach has been laid.
However there is lots of work remaining on the beach and the deadline for completion has already passed. According to a statement from the PR for Uvala Lapad beach the “Sunset Beach” was supposed to be finished by the end of June. “Realistic time of completion and opening of the beach is expected end of June, as it stated in the concession contract. So all in all, works are going well, all will be on time, Uvala will get an amazing beach with bar, pastry shop, restaurant,” read the statement that is clearly untrue.
And as this popular beach is surrounded by many hotels many tourists have been complaining that the noise from the construction works is ruining their holiday. These photos were taken today and it is clear that there is still some way to go before the beach is fully completed.
A few days ago, an agreement was signed on a new tourist investment worth 50 million Euros in Croatia.
The company Romana as an investor and the DER Touristik Hotels (DTH) Group signed a management agreement on building a new hotel - Iti Romana Makarska, the first hotel of the brand Iti in Croatia.
The investment of the Romana company in the four-star hotel is estimated at 50 million Euros, whilst the hotel will be managed by the DTH Group. The construction of the hotel with 267 rooms is scheduled for June 2018.
In addition, this investment will open 200 new jobs, whilst additional capacity will significantly extend the tourist season, primarily through health and sports tourism.
''The complex will be a guideline in our strategic development and a demonstration project in terms of quality and operational standards beyond Croatia's borders as well'', commented Christian Grage, the president of the DTH Group, adding that by signing the agreement on management of the hotel, DTH would have bigger influence already in the design phase and later in the construction phase thus they can make their suggestions in time.
This year brings a special way to mark International Kissing Day in Dubrovnik! On Thursday, July 6th, you can send your kiss out to the world from Dubrovnik.
-Come to Porporela on Thursday, 6th of July from 8 PM to 11 PM, and send a picture of your kiss on a special „Kissing Bench” with #kissfromdubrovnik! Every couple that takes a photo on the „Kissing Bench” can get their photo on a polaroid in the Magic Mirror – the Dubrovnik Tourist Board wrote in their event on Facebook
To make the setting even more special there will be live romantic guitar music. Dubrovnik is perfect for romance, isn't it?