Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


One of the most beautiful and popular works of classical ballet that traditionally fascinates children and adults around the world, The Nutcracker by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, will be performed by the Ukrainian Classical Ballet Ensemble on December 10th, starting at 7:30 pp at the Sports Hall in Gospino polje in Dubrovnik. 

The choreography is made by one of the most famous choreographers, ballet master and laureate of numerous awards and international awards Valerij Petrovic Kovtun. Traditional Kovtun choreography was given the modern look by ballet troupe of the Ukrainian Classical Ballet, whose soloists of the National Opera and Ballet Kateryna Kurchenko and Serhii Klichain have won Ukrainian ballet awards and recognitions, through unique scenographic and directorial solutions, imposing contemporary decorations and costume decorations screenings that won't leave even the most demanding ballet audience indifferent. When trying to explain the popularity of this ballet ensemble is enough to say that they annually perform about 300 ballet performances, of which over 70 performances by The Nutcracker were staged last year.

In addition to the Nutcracker, the sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival brings many other children's programs, and the central meeting point of the North Pole Station will be located this year at the Bursa Theater. The youngest will celebrate the New Year's Eve by singer Mia Dimsic, and the traditional Christmas fairytale and Torta party will also take place with the performance of the popular singer Domenica.

The City of Dubrovnik continues to implement the "School Fruit Scheme" program in all six city schools this school year. Specifically, children in grades 1st to 8th in primary schools in the urban area will receive fruit meals once a week. This was made possible through a program implemented at European Union level, for which the City of Dubrovnik applied.

The Agency for Payments in Agriculture, Fish and Rural Development responded positively to the request submitted by the City of Dubrovnik and approved the requested funds. The total amount of money for the 2019-2020 school year.amounts to 121,346 Kuna excluding VAT, and applies to 3,569 students. The consumation of the fruit begins next week, after signing the contract with the selected supplier.

Petrol prices in Croatia have fallen, according to the Ministry of the Economy. From today the price of a litre of petrol is 9.92 Kuna, a drop in the previous price which was 10.10 Kuna per litre.

Diesel prices have also dropped, but slightly. A litre of diesel in Croatia will cost you on average of 9.83 Kuna, while yesterday it was 9.84 Kuna.

The price of autogas is also reduced. Its current price is 4.36 Kuna, while yesterday it was 4.37.

Representatives of all alliances in Croatia as well as representatives of the French Embassy and the French Institute in Zagreb will gather in Dubrovnik on October 25th and 26th to mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of the French Alliance Dubrovnik. One of the goals of the event is to bring together Dubrovnik French teachers who teach in primary and secondary schools for better collaboration and better results.

The gathering will end with a concert by the band Jall Aux Yeux on Saturday, October 26th at 9:00 pm at Club Lazareti. The concert is not only reserved for Francophone visitors. To make it even more interesting, the specialty of this band is that it does not come from France but from Bosnia and Herzegovina, where with the enthusiasm of a French professor, a band of excellent musicians who mostly do not speak French but sing in French was formed. Through a mixture of pop, punk, grunge, jazz, rock, etni and authentic Bosnian pathos, the audience will have fun even though they don't have to understand a word.

The concert is organized by the French Alliance Dubrovnik in collaboration with the Art Workshop Lazareti and is financially supported by the French Embassy in Zagreb. The entrance is free.

On the popular British Channel 4, the first episode of the ninth season of the highly watched Travel Man show, dedicated to inspirational destinations around the world, will be aired from Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik region. The show is on the program tonight, October 21th at 8:30 pm. Favorite British actor and TV presenter Richard Ayoade and comedian Stephen Merchant will premiere cultural and entertainment venues, a wide range of eno-gastronomic experiences, an active holiday, and sights of Dubrovnik and its surroundings.

-Channel 4, which is the BBC's most watched British TV channel, will showcase our country's beauties to its multi-million viewership. The broadcasting of this show will contribute to the continued recognition of Croatia in the important British market, from which we have a growing interest from year to year, which is confirmed by the increase of tourist traffic of four percent in the current part of the tourist year - said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.

The ninth season of Travel Man, watched by more than two million viewers in the UK, with multi-million viewers in the US, Canada, Australia and India, was commented by the producent of North One TV, Nicola Silk, empashizing that the choosing of Dubrovnik is a proof of the incredible demand for this destination on the UK market. -Dubrovnik has the perfect combination of history, culture and sunny weather, making it a great choice for the show's ninth season premiere. The people of Dubrovnik absolutely delighted us with their hospitality and knowledge about the destination and we will definitely return to Croatia and continue to discover other places and cities, ”said Silk.

Travel Man shows the world's most attractive destinations such as Barcelona, Vienna, Istanbul, and the episode on Dubrovnik will highlight this popular Croatian destination as a year-round city break destination for the British tourists. As part of the first episode, Richard Ayoade and Stephen Merchant tour locations from the Game of Thrones series, taste the Ston oysters, explore the slopes of Srd Hill, go in search of a tie inspired by the country's historic symbol, join peacocks on Lokrum Island, visit cult hotels and interact with the locals to discover Dubrovnik as an authentic destination for a variety of tourist offer.
Romana Vlasic, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, confirmed the great importance of this filming, which, she said, shows that Dubrovnik is constantly keeping pace with trends in the British media. -I would like to thank the entire production team for their trust and cooperation that will bring even greater visibility to our city in the UK from which we generate the largest tourist traffic - Vlasic concluded.

Travel Man Dubrovnik

FlyDubai will reduce flight operations on route Dubai - Zagreb during the upcoming winter timetable – Avioradar reports.

It was previously announced that this route will be reduced from seven to five flights a week. However, the route was finally reduced to only four flights a week.

It will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. During Chistmas and New Year holidays there will be an increase of up to six flights a week. This route is operated in co-operation with Emirates. Emirates operates this route on a daily basis with Boeing 777-300s during summer timetable, while winter timetable is operated by FlyDubai.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 10 traffic accidents, in which non of the persons got heavily injured, seven persons got light injuries, while there were five traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 961 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 702 measures taken due to speeding, 32 measures due to improper overtaking, 64 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, nine measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and nine measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

A necktie, or more common – tie is an accessory that doesn't go out of fashion. It's worn for the bussiness and formal purposes, but did you know that it comes from Croatia?

International Necktie/Cravat Day is celebrated on October 18th in Croatia and in various cities around the world and if you ever wonder about its background, here it comes! The modern necktie traces back to the time of the Thirty Years' War when Croatian mercenaries from the Croatian Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians.

Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, which is 'Hrvati', and the French word 'Croates', that small piece of clothing got the name "cravat" or "cravate" in French.

The boy-king Louis XIV began wearing a lace cravat in 1646, when he was seven, and set the fashion for French nobility. This new article of clothing started a fashion craze in Europe; both men and women wore pieces of fabric around their necks.

Nowdays, it's pretty much the same – necktie is almost an essential piece of clothing. If only it was easier to make a perfect knot...

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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