Wednesday, 22 January 2020
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.


A free concert by Argentinean composer Adrián Placenti dedicated to the photographs by Pavo Urban will take place on Monday, January 27th, starting at 8:30 pm at the Marin Drzic Theater. Even though the tickets are free, you need to pick them up at the box office early in order to attend the concert.

Pavo Urban is most remembered for his war photographs, but during his brief artistic career he has distinguished himself by a series of photographs of different styles, genres and themes, and Adrien Placenti, a composer from Buenos Aires, was fascinated by Urban's series of door motifs. These are small-format black and white photographs that feature and highlight interior or exterior doors as the most common motif; the door of the room, the hall, the door of the City, including the doors from Ploce in which he died a year after taking the photo.

This is a more personal opus related to Urban's intimate spaces and his then girlfriend, photographer Mara Bratos, to whom he wrote letters from the battlefield. In one letter, he describes what Dubrovnik looks like at two o'clock in the morning when he calls Mara to America. At first, this eerie silence and darkness were frightening to him, and then… ”… you think how wonderful this city is when you cannot see it. You just feel it. And with the first darkness and the extinguishing of the light on the windows you go out into the abyss, pass by the rare fireflies and only by the scent of carob do you know in which part of Sv. Jacob you are. And everything is a game, some strange competition with reality - you are trying to convince the war that it is not that’’.

In the suite Puertas abiertas (Open Door), the composer Placenti questions this idea of fireflies, the city as a labyrinth of souls and their encounters. On the other hand, tango is "a beloved bohemian with a wound that he hides, dressed in mourning from head to toe ... laughter but also death dressed in dancers," according to the classic text of the genre, Apología tanguera songs from 1933. In the traditional milonga, the rules of conduct require that dancers remain anonymous, and often dance for years without knowing each other's names, while the dance itself is physically quite intimate. It can be said that Placenti in Urban's earlier, more intimate photographs, feels that upcoming tragedy of lost souls that also embodies the aesthetics of tango music.

The story from the encounter of the work of deceased Dubrovnik photographer Pavo Urban and Argentine composer Adrián Placenti will be performed by the piano composer himself and Katalin Bartha on the violin with the narration of actor Dario Gverovic.

Free tickets to this concert can be picked at the Marin Drzic Theatre at the box office, which works from 9am to 3pm on Wednesdays and from 3pm to 9pm from Thursday to Saturday.

As many as 17.5 Croatian households are unable to pay their bills on time, according to a 2018 Eurostat analysis – reports. There are only two nations that are 'worse': Bulgarians, whose 30.1 percent of households are unable to pay their bills, and Greeks who are at the top with 35.6 percent of households with that problem.

The Dutch are the most liquid, with only 1.5 percent of households having problems paying their bills on time. Czechs are not that far with 2.1 percent, as well as the Swedes and Austrians with just over two percent of those who are problematic.

Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal follow. The nations with two-digit problems, in addition to those on top are Hungarians, Latvians, Cypriots, Slovenes and Romanians – writes.


Blue Monday is definitely over for drivers, since in Croatia petrol and diesel prices dropped today!

This morning petrol prices across the country are 10.187 kuna, which is a drop of 11 lipa from the last price of 10.187 kuna. The most sold Eurosuper 95 can be found at various petrol stations with the price from 9.94 to 10.04.

Diesel prices dropped below the 10 kuna limit - from 10.08 kuna to 9.84 kuna.

The price of gas oil also went down, from 5,447 to 5,258 kuna. Only the price of autogas increased from 4.708 to 4.74 kn.

Mayor of Vrgorac Ante Pranic gave the direcors of city institutions instructions on banning the use of plastic packaging in city institutions as well as at the events organized by the city, which should be replaced by glass and biodegradable paper packaging – reports.

The directors gathered by Pranic this morning were given instructions on stopping the consumption of bottled water at work meetings by the city government and at the City Council meetings.

In the future, water should be served in glass jars from the city water supply network.

All establishments will receive special waste disposal containers by Friday to separate the collected paper – reports.

European Commission Vice-President Dubravka Suica suggested on Monday, at a meeting of COSAC (The Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union) presidents in Zagreb, that the Conference on the Future of Europe should begin in Dubrovnik on May 9th – reports.

Suica, European Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography, is in charge of organizing a Conference on the Future of Europe, which, according to the European Commission's idea, should start on May 9, 2020, on the Europe Day and last for two years, but the topics, framework and form still need to be agreed by Commission, Council and European Parliament.

-The opening could be held somewhere in Croatia, my suggestion is Dubrovnik - Suica said, adding that if this suggestion is accepted, the Croatian parliament should play an important role in this – writes.

The conference is intended to be a forum for connecting European citizens, civil society and European institutions, with the aim of motivating Europeans to tell what kind of Union they want and how to govern it.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 11 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, three persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 746 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 471 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper overtaking, 47 measures for improper stop and parking, 69 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, seven measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 26 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

In the third quarter of 2019, house and apartment prices in Croatia increased by 0.6 percent compared to the previous quarter, while they increased by an average of eight percent on an annual basis, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics – reports. 

New residential buildings prices rose by an average of 2.4 percent in the third quarter compared to the previous quarter. In comparison with the third quarter of 2018, new building prices are up for 8.2 percent, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics.

Prices of existing residential buildings are up 0.4 percent on a quarterly basis and eight percent on a yearly basis.

In the third quarter of 2019, housing prices in the third quarter of 2019 increased by an average of 1.8 percent for the City of Zagreb, went one percent down for the Adriatic area and 1.7 percent up for other areas.

On an annual basis, the prices of residential buildings in Zagreb increased by an average of 12.2 percent, in the area by the sea they increased by 5.2 percent, while in other areas prices increased by 3.5 percent – reports.

HBO has announced that the prequel to the Game of Thrones series, which is titled House of the Dragon, will be out in 2022. The series should have ten episodes.

The House of the Dragon will tell the story of the Targaryen House, describing the events that took place 300 years before the Game of Thrones. All the GOT fans will be happy to know that George R.R. Martin is involved in creating the series and draws ideas from his book Fire and Blood.

This is not first prequel that caught the attention of GOT lovers. HBO previously rejected a prequel series under the unofficial title The Long Night, starring Hollywood actress Naomi Watts, after seeing the pilot.

According to the numerous movie lovers website, The Long Night Prequel was set 8000 years before the series the House of the Dragon. It lacked the guidance of George R.R. Martin, who will help in the realizaton of the second prequel. However, he is busy writing the six sequel of the book, and he commented that this is still his priority, but he is expected to write a couple of scenarios just like it was the case with Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones fans surely know that a part of the series was filmed in Dubrovnik, which was called King's Landing. It still remains to see if our city will find its place in the newest series.

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