Thursday, 21 November 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.


On December 6th, the Day of Dubrovnik Defenders, the City of Dubrovnik is organizing a concert by Marko Perkovic Thompson on Stradun, as a gift to veterans and fellow citizens on the day when they remember the heroic defense of the City in 1991.

As the City of Dubrovnik writes, the concert is a wish by the Dubrovnik defenders. Marko Perkovic Thompson will perform some older hits, as well as the new ones, all inspired by love, homeland and faith.

The start of the concert is at 8 pm, on Friday, December 6th and it's completely free.

Croatia’s number one tennis star, Marin Cilic and his beautiful wife Kristina will welcome their first baby next year and now the tennis player discovered baby's gender for Story

- I'm having a wonderful time. Last year was absolutely one of the most beautiful, and by that I mean a wedding with Kristina. This year also because of the news of the baby's arrival. The next may be the most beautiful because of the birth of a son, but we'll talk about that when it happens. Hopefully all will be well. We are enjoying these moments – Cilic said in the interview for Story.

Kristina and Marin will welcome their first child around two years after they tied a knot in the Saint Nicholas Church in Cavtat. It is no wonder that this harmonious couple decided to marry in Dubrovnik because the city was crucial for the beginning of their love. Marin and the beautiful brunette met in Dubrovnik in 2008 at the Davis Cup, where Kristina worked as a hostess, and soon afterwards their friendship turned to love.

On the occasion of World Children's Day, which is celebrated today, November 20th, two events will be held in Dubrovnik this week. It's the way to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and 20 years to the "Cities and Municipalities of Children's Friendly Action", which declared Dubrovnik a child-friendly city.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

On this occasion, Our Children Society Dubrovnik is organizing a meeting of the Children's City Council of Dubrovnik with the Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic, the Mayor of the City Council, Marko Potrebica, and the City Councilors today at noon. Among other things, the meeting will highlight the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and what the City of Dubrovnik has done for children over the course of 20 years.

Celebration will continue on Friday, November 22th, with a cultural event for children in the fifth hall of Lazareti starting at 7:30 pm. The Lazareti Dance Studio, the Dubrovnik Children's Choir, the Zumba Kids Dubrovnik Dance and Recreation Studio, the Dapal 7 band and the puppet group of the Marin Getaldic school will perform. The event is organized by the City of Dubrovnik, Our Children Dubrovnik Society and Dubrovnik Heritage through the Creative Quarter project.

Opening of the multimedia edible exhibition "City Breadwinners" will be held on Friday, November 22nd at 6 pm in Dubrovnik Natural History Museum.

Exhibition focuses on locals, so-called city breadwinners, who participate in production or preparation of food which comes to our tables and preservation of our gastro-cultural heritage.

The City Breadwinners exhibition is a part of the European project Slow Food Central Europe: Culture, Heritage, Identity and Food. It is co-funded by European Union.

Exhibition is realized by Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, Kinookus Association and City of Dubrovnik Development Agency DURA.

The exhibition will remain open until January 15th, 2020.

Good news for some of the drivers in Croatia! Petrol prices went down.

This morning petrol prices across the country are 10.15 kuna, going down from last weeks 10.23 kunas per litre. Diesel prices are quite the same, with an average of 9.86 kunas a litre.

However, the price of gas oil went up to 5.33 kuna from 5.26. Autogas price went up too – from 4.56 kunas to 4.58.

One of the most popular restaurants in Dubrovnik area, Konoba Veranda, is showing a big heart once again this year with the humanitarian action ‘’24 hours without compromises’’, which will be held during this weekend, from Saturday, November 23rd, all to early morning of Sunday, November 24th.

After a great success of the action last year, when they cooked for their guests non-stop for 24 hours, the amazing team of Konoba Veranda decided to repeat the action, all for the good cause: the Pediatrics Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The idea is simple: you can order whatever you want – without paying for the meal itself! You just donate the amount that you want, after enjoying your time at this highly recommended restaurant. 

- Give us a call at 0911746082, arrange breakfast, lunch, dinner, warm-up for an evening out or a meal to cure a hangover with Mirko. Anything is possible, anything can be done on that day! – the organizers wrote. 

Even though the Konoba Veranda is located a bit outside the city, in Stikovica, you don’t have to worry about getting there – you should contact the Konoba Veranda and they will arrange it for you.

Join this unique action and have one of the best meals in the Dubrovnik area! It doesn’t get better than this.

The exhibition "Feathers, apples and a grain of salt - Christmas jewelry from the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb" will open at the Rupe granary on Thursday, November 21st at 6 pm.

The exhibition presents the Christmas jewelry of the Ethnographic Museum's holdings from the late 19th and 20th century and the idea is to present its types, different ways of making and decorating it. The absence of such practices in particular periods and regions of Croatia is also taken into account. The visitors will see ornaments made with different materials and techniques, divided into two large groups, one jewelry made at home for personal use and one serially made for sale.

Like all other traditions and customs, ways of celebrating Christmas are constantly changing, so with time Christmas jewelry changes too. This change is conditioned by the diversity of available materials and techniques, while the style, place and method of production reflect the spirit and taste of the time in which they were created, as well as the socio-economic circumstances.

Was the greenery just a decoration or did it also have a certain apotropic function that disappeared over time? The exhibition also focuses on the Christmas greenery and especially the Christmas tree with different meanings that have been attached to it throughout history. The exhibition will raise the question of the age of the traditions as we know them today.

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

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 691 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 457 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper overtaking, 34 measures for improper stop and parking, 51 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 11 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 14 measures because of using mobile phone while driving. Don't forget to put your day lights on, because last week 20 persons got fined for not keeping them on.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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