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.
Thanks to the record breaking figures of Croatian airports this year, more new air carriers with new flights will be over Croatian skies in the near future.
Eurowings, a low cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, has announced the launching of three new flights for its summer schedule 2017 from Munich to Croatia.
The new flight from Munich to Dubrovnik will be operating twice a week, every Wednesday and Saturday starting from the 29th of April 2017.
Pula in Istria will also be connected to Munich three times a week, every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from the 2nd of May 2017, whilst the new line from Munich to Zadar will start from the 3rd of May 2017 and will be flying three times a week, i.e. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Air Berlin aircraft Airbus 320 will operate on all new flights from Munich to the three Croatian coastal cities.
Libertas Dubrovnik, City bus company, has sent an information about different bus schedule during the holidays. On Christmas Eve, passenger lines in urban transport will be increased, and that the last departure on lines 1A, 1B, 3, 4, 6 and 8 will be at 2 am from Pile station.
The line that will not operate on Christmas are: 15 Dubrovnik - Ston, 16 Dubrovnik - Plat, 16A Dubrovnik - Srebreno, 30 Vodovada - Cavtat, 31 Vitaljina - Cavtat, and 23A Dubac - Brgat – Srebreno.
“Live Nativity” was held last night in the heart of the historic city centre. This special Christmas event tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, a real life Christmas nativity scene.
Narrators were Mary Djurovic and Zvonimir Cetinic, traditional songs were sung by the choir of young people from the parish of St. Michael and figures of shepherds and angels were staged by Dubrovnik animators and children. Marija and Mario Luetic with their two-month child played the roles of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus and the older children of this family were present too.
The “Live Nativity” on the Stradun is sponsored by the Diocese of Dubrovnik, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.
Francis Bacon, one of the foremost artists of modern and contemporary European painting, was presented to the Croatian public for the first time in the Dubrovnik Art Gallery last night.This is a unique exhibition from the collection of Ravarino, called "The Limits of the mind" and is made up of more than a hundred drawings in pastel, pencil and collages. It is divided into four parts - Self-portraits, Pope, portraits and the Crucifixion.
Dubrovnik exhibition was presented by the Italian art historian and writer Giulia Zadonandi and director of the Art Gallery of Dubrovnik Vesna Delic Gozze, both authors of the text in the catalog and curators of the exhibition which was opened by art historian Ivan Viden.
At the opening visitors, in addition to this exceptional exhibition, had the opportunity to see the performance of the monodrama Pope Head - The Secret Life of Francis Bacon, which was wrote and performed by an English actor Garry Roost.
Photos by Tonci Plazibat
Famous British actress and Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave arrived in Zagreb as a guest at a concert of her friend and colleague Rade Serbedzija which took place in the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall last night.
‘’I heard that Rade was having a concert and I said to myself – I’m going. I used to sing much better than nowadays, but I’ll sing with him and I’ll be very happy. I’ll sing one song’’, said the world popular actress.
The renowned theatre, film and television actress who has starred in more than 80 films is one of the few who won everything in the world of acting. Vanessa Redgrave won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the title role in the film Julia (1977), she was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times", and has won the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, BAFTA, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.
For many years Vanessa Redgrave has cooperated with Rade Serbedzija at his Ulysses Theatre thus media often call her Rade’s ‘’good spirit’’ and an excellent advisor. They met in London when Serbedzija came to one of her performances and their friendship has continued ever since. Thanks to their long-time companionship this extraordinary actress has already visited Croatia several times.
According to the European Commission there is still no progress in talks with the United States over the abolishment of visas for citizens of five European Union member countries, including Croatia.
''Despite intensified contacts at the political and tehnical level, the signs of progress in terms of abolishing US visa for our citizens are not comparable with those in the relationship with Canada. Upon the establishment of the new US government the EU Commission will intensify its efforts in reaching the full reciprocity of visa abolishment in coordination with the five EU member countries concerned with this matter (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland and Romania)'', said the EU Commission.
From the EU Commission also added that the next meeting of ministers and senior officials of the Justice and Home Affairs of the EU and the US which was set for the first half of 2017 would also be an opportunity for talks with the new US government on further steps for achieving this goal.
''This issue will continue to be high on our list of priorities in relations with the new US government and we will continue to emphasize the importance of achieving full visa reciprocity with the US for all EU citizens'', concluded Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs.
Christmas carols in Dubrovnik have a special place in the festive spirit of the city. That was proven yesterday, when the notes of 'Kolenda' were placed in the street of Saint Dominic. What a beautiful new decoration!
In case you didn't know, these traditional Christmas carols, known as Kolende, have a long and rich history. The tradition of singing “Kolende” in Dubrovnik is believed to stretch back to the 13th century and is still alive today. Singers go from home to home and celebrate Christmas Eve, as well as Christmas day and New Year. Usually the singers take instruments, such as guitars, harmonica and mandolin, with them.
Dubrovnik could have a new tennis court to be proud of. The project of the reconstruction of the tennis courts in Lapad was presented to the City of Dubrovnik yesterday and the location permit for the construction is expected to be issued by the end of the year. “The stadium will be full integrated into the space and with its lighting and appearance will be a focal point in this part of Lapad,” commented the architect Stijepo Butijer from Alfa Plan Ltd.
The future multipurpose tennis complex will include five tennis courts which will enable the Dubrovnik Tennis Club the possibility to organise serious international tennis tournaments. As well as including a gym, locker rooms, storage areas and office administration for the tennis club. And with covered tennis courts the club will also be able to organise tournaments in the winter.