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.
After reporting of sudden pollution of the sea at the beach of Hotel Posejdon in Vela Luka in the evening August 20th, The Institute for Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County sampled the sea for swimming on the beach of the Poseidon Hotel on August 20th. The analysis of the sea samples does not meet the health requirements.
Additional samples will be taken until contamination ceases. Due to the pollution of the sea by fecal waters, swimming is not recommended until further notice.
How do you know that the summer season is slowly fading away? The days get shorter, the temperatures a bit lower and Lokrum boat schedule changes! The little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, is a must-visit. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.
Since the days are getting shorter, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 7 pm from tomorrow, Thursday, August 22nd. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!
It's hard to believe that September is just around the corner! The peek of the season is almost over, but that doesn't mean that you should forget your vacation – the 9th month of the year is perfect for holidays! Evening Standard just published 10 destinations to visit in September and one of them is located in Croatia – the beautiful island of Vis!
- September, with its lingering heat and crowd-free beaches, is undoubtedly one of the best months to travel. School's back which means family-saturated European destinations will be less tourist-heavy but the weather still lovely and warm – Evening Standard writes, explaining that the Christmas rush is still a few months away and the summer season is dying down which often means cheaper deals on flights and accommodation.
One of their ideas for Sempteber vacation is Vis!
-The furthest island from Croatia's coastline, Vis is a two-hour ferry ride from Split and well worth the journey to marvel at its stunning beaches and lush landscape. September means sun worshippers are back at work, leaving the island yours to explore – Evening Standard writes.
You can see the full list here.
Seven fines of 10 thousand kuna were issued yesterday due to improperly installed ATMs in the historic core of Dubrovnik, which was followed by inspection today. The inspection discovered that two more ATMs were removed from the shop windows. One was at Boskovic Street, while the other was on Stradun.
Users of other premises after expiration of the 30 days after the Decision ordering the removal of the installed ATMs, and after yesterday's fines, will today be issued a mandatory misdemeanor order in accordance with the Decision on Utility Order.
Mandatory misdemeanor warrants and fines will be issued every next day for failure to comply with a decision by the City of Dubrovnik to prevent the improper placement of ATMs in shop windows in the historic center, which has recently undermined the appearance of UNESCO's monumental heritage.
As part of the Year of Culture and Tourism between the Republic of Croatia and the People's Republic of China, a traveling exhibition entitled Enthusiasm for Ink Wash Painting will open at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) on Friday, August 23rd at 8 pm.
The exhibition is intended for domestic and diverse international audiences in Dubrovnik, who will get the chance to become acquainted with the centuries-old Chinese tradition of the ink wash painting and the interpretation of this technique by contemporary artists. This is also a unique opportunity to present artists and researchers, as well as the artistic team of this exhibition, from the esteemed China National Academy of Painting in Beijing, whose works will be placed in the main building of the MOMAD.
The works shown in this special technique are directly influenced by the strict Chinese tradition of the ink wash painting, but this time reduced to the context of today's globalization. The exhibition seeks to show how ink wash painting, as a unique form of Chinese painting tradition, keeps pace with time, presenting the themes of today's everyday life.
The goal of presenting this exhibition in Europe, far from China, the capital of ink was painting, is to introduce Europeans to this tradition of painting that shows centuries-old Chinese wisdom and to establish cultural bridges for further mutual learning.
As part of an international project between China and Croatia, the exhibition is scheduled to open on August 23rd at the MOMAD, including a three-day visit by Chinese artists and news houses Art News of China and Central Digital TV Chinese Art Channel from August 23rd to 26th. MOMAD will arrange for Chinese guests a visit to other museums in Dubrovnik and make an official visit to the City of Dubrovnik and cultural sites.
The aim of this visit, as well as the entire exhibition project, is to connect the City of Dubrovnik and the Republic of Croatia with the People's Republic of China, to open space for new international collaborations between the two countries, and to propose further exhibitions by Croatian artists in China. Presenting the Chinese centuries-old tradition in its contemporary version in the city of Dubrovnik, which is also determined by its rich history, but also by a modern society that strives for a high level of culture and quality tourism, promotes the values of cooperation, understanding, getting to know other civilizations and establishing new connections internationally.
The exhibition will be open until September 22nd, 2019.
If you happen to be in Dubrovnik on Saturday, August 24th, you can enjoy the Uvala Lapad Night! This event, organized by the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, brigns the concrt of popular Croatian singer Josko Cagalj – Jole, starting at 10 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, located in the Lapad Bay.
Live music will start at 9pm on the promenade in the Lapad Bay and you will get the chance to listen to Ilko Divanovic, Dubravko Bautovic and vocal group Amfora.
The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups Ragusa, Poklisari, Subrenum, Maestar, Pucki pjevaci and Ragusavecchia. Locals and their guests will be also entertained by famous singer Ibrica Jusic on his concerts called ''Serenade at Gradac''.
This week, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, August 19th – vocal group Pucki pjevaci, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;
Ibrica Jusic, Gradac park, from 10 pm;
Tuesday, August 20th, vocal group Poklisari, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;
Wednesday, August 21st – Ibrica Jusic, Gradac park, from 10 pm;
Thursday, August 22nd – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay, from 9:30 pm;
Friday, August 23rd – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;
Ibrica Jusic, Gradac park, from 10 pm;
Saturday, August 24th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.
Seven facilities in the historic core of Dubrovnik got fined in the amount of 10 thousand kuna after the administrative procedure was ordered to remove the installed ATMs from the openings of the building.
After the payment deadlines expire, and if the ATM users do not remove the ATMs, a new enforcement order will be issued with a fine, with an amount twice as high each time (20,000 kuna, then 40,000 kuna, then 80,000 kuna…) and can go up to one million kunas.
In the meantime, tomorrow and every following day, the Municipal Police will penalize violators by issuing mandatory misdemeanor warrants, in the amount of 10,000 kuna a day for legal entities + 2,000 kuna a day for a responsible person, while the amounts for offenders will be in the amount of 2,000 daily.
Last week, the users of spaces in Siroka Street, who also received a removal order, removed the ATMs by themselves before the deadline and avoided paying high fines.
Amendments to the Municipal Order Decision, which mandated the City of Dubrovnik to ban the installation of ATMs and other devices in openings on buildings in the historic core, made Dubrovnik the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of ATMs in order to protect UNESCO's monumental heritage.