Thursday, 20 June 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.


Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is an important part of Dubrovnik's tradition and culture. With numerous concerts they enrich the life of the city, but its musicians are still modest and mostly hidden behind their instruments.

However, the time has come to meet the artists that make the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) so valuable. In the amazing promotional video released by the DSO, you can see the musicians, combined with the shots of Dubrovnik and concerts.

-We are happy to present you our new promo video which we made in order to present you our work. Or at least, one part of it. The aim was to show the love for music, wonderful atmosphere on the concerts during the year, but also the fact that DSO are people, maybe even your friends, some familiar faces from the bus stop or neighbours that you were listening during your whole life through the wall we want to show that DSO are people, your friends maybe, some familiar face from the bus stop or a neighbour whom you are listening your whole life behind the wall – it's written on the official Facebook page of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, with addition that they couldn't escape from scenes of our beautiful city, because it has always been an inspiration to all the musicians who come here, and to their orchestra as well.

Have fun watching the video and visit one of their concerts while you're in Dubrovnik – it's worth it!

Manuel Neuer, one of the best goalkeepers of the world, has been spotted in Dubrovnik. The captain of Bayern Munich and Germany national team enjoyed dinner at Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar and the staff was more than excited to share the news with the public.

-Manuel Neuer loves Dubrovnik and Bota! Last night we had the wonderful pleasure of hosting the world's best goalkeeper and one of the most popular football players at Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar – it's written in the caption of the photography publish on the official Facebook page of the Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar showing Neuer with staff in the kitchen, looking relaxed and happy.

Neuer is spending holidays with his wife Nina, who shared a photo from Croatia couple of days ago on her official Instagram profile, causing numerous reactions by her fans, who recognised location as Hvar.

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This is not the first time that Neuer is visiting Dubrovnik, since the so called ''sweeper-keeper'', known for his unique playing style and speed, has been spotted in our city before. It's seems that he really loves Croatia and Dubrovnik… Well, who wouldn't?

Special class of Sunset Yoga will be held on Saturday, June 29th in the park at Babin Kuk. It will include your pets and have a humanitarian cause!

- We will do a light restorative yoga for relaxation and enjoyment after a hot summer day. With a focus on worshiping the sun, we will strech, make short pranayamas (breathing exercises) and end up in the state of deep relaxation – in one looooong shavasana – the organizers Dubijoga wrote.

As we mentioned, the workshop has a humanitarian purpose. Humanitarian contributions will be collected for the animal shelter of Zarkovica in the special donation box that will be set up in the park. If you want to learn more about Zarkovica, click here.

Everybody are more than welcome to the yoga class, but the emphasis is on the fact that dogs are more than welcome. The class will last around an hour and later you can play with your lovely pets.

This humanitarian action is organized in cooperation with Maro Loncarica in the memory of Tereza Loncarica.

Trio that consists of some of the best musicians from Northern Macedonia, the Trio VAM, will perform on Thursday, June 20th in Sponza. The trio includes violinist Anna Kondatenko, cellist Aleksandar Kotevski and pianist Marija Gjoshevska. These great musicians are among the most successful musicians in North Macedonia, and will present themselves with works by Bete Ilin - Tango Macedone, Sergei Rahmanjinov - Trio élégiaque no. 1 in G minor and Johannes Brahms - Trio for violin, cello and piano no. 1 in H major. The concert will start at 9 pm.

These musicians have performed throughout the world, in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Indonesia and other countries, and although they are known to the Dubrovnik public as soloists or associates of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, as a trio they will be presented for the first time.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the City of Dubrovnik and the Midsummer Scene Festival, which begins on the World Music Day, on June 21st, is organizing a musical spectacle for the citizens and guests of Dubrovnik in front of the church of Saint Blaise. The concert will begin at 9 pm on Friday and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Indonesian conductor, one of the favorites if you ask the Dubrovnik audience, Noorman Widjaja, while without doubt the most versatile artist on the Croatian cultural scene, Matej Mestrovic, will perform as a soloist.

Around three months ago Mestrovic's "3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra" was released on the world market by PARMA Recordings, where Mestovic is an exclusive artist. After last year's "Chinese Rhapsody" inauguration in the Lisinski Grand Hall in Zagreb and the "Danube Rhapsody" in Carnegie Hall in New York, Mestrovic is waiting with great impatience for the world premiere of "New England Rhapsody" in Dubrovnik with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the world respected conductor, Noorman Widjaja.
East Coast Americans will sense that Mestrovic’s New England Rhapsody in the first paragraph returns to the heart of the home, a composition that primarily arouses the feeling of warmth and nostalgia, comforting like a hot chocolate cup or a transatlantic accent of American movies in the forties. The second paragraph "Poco a poco" Mestrovic compiled 30 years ago, waiting all the time to become part of the current Rhapsody of England, and has never made it public until now. American critics compare Mestrovic with John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tchaikovsky, so do not miss this musical treat on Stradun on the 21st of June with DSO and Noorman Widjaja, which will include several more traditional Dubrovnik and Croatian compositions. They will also perform "Let Them Enter" with which they have twice opened the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and it has been rearranged specifically for this occasion.

On the program are the Dubrovnik Contradanca, "You only fall in love once", by Ivo Robic, the final song of the opera "Eros from that world" and Nardelli's "Song of Dubrovnik", arranged by Damir Butigan, and the grand finale of "La musica di note" by Delo Jusic.

This concert will also act as the opening of the sixth edition of the Midsummer Scene Festival, which runs until the 7th of July, and this year, besides the guest performance of the Croatian play about the life of Vesna Parun, there will be cabaret and Marin Drzic in English. Also, the premiere brings the most famous love story of all time: Romeo & Juliet, which will be performed in English 13 times on the Lovrjenac Fortress. 
Entrance to the concert is free of charge.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 18 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, nine persons got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 580 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 254 measures taken due to speeding, 26 measures due to improper stop and parking, 40 measures due to improper overtaking, 80 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 30 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2019, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the second regular sea research on 118 beaches in the period from June 3rd to June 13th.

Out of a total of 118 beaches, the sea at 114 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while the sea at the beaches Usce at Ploce and Klek in Slivno county was rated as sea of good quality and on the beaches Portina in Ploce and Porporela in Dubrovnikas it was marked as satisfying.

A great reason to jump in – if you were missing any!

The Croatian Tourist Board is nominated for the best national tourism organization in the world as part of the "2019 Virtuoso Award" in the "Tourism Board of the Year" category, by Virtuoso, the leading association of travel organizers in the segment of luxury tourism, Along with the Croatian Tourist Board, the national tourist organizations of Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia are also nominated, and the winner will be announced on August 12th within the Virtuoso Travel Week, the most significant tourist event on the American continent.

-Every nomination, which is the result of our high quality work, is extremely welcome, es-pecially this by a renowned association Virtuoso. It is a recognition to all valuable col-leagues and employees of the Croatian Tourist Board, as well as to all tourists throughout Croatia. This nomination further confirms the excellent position of Croatia on the big US market, from which our country is visited by more and more tourists each year, and we ex-pect even better trends with the recent establishment of a direct flight between Philadelphia-Dubrovnik - said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that Croatia's tourist offer in the US market will be even more visible because a new office in Los Angeles starts working soon, alongside with an existing office in New York.

It’s good to know that Croatia is among the top five growing destinations on the US market, which is confirmed by the strong growth of tourist traffic over the last few years. Last year, approximately 585 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays came from the US mar-ket in Croatia, which represents a growth of 22 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in over-night stays compared to 2017. Positive trends have been retained in the previous part of this year, during which more than 190 thousand arrivals and 500 thousand overnight stays of US tourists have been realized, up 14 percent compared to the the same period last year. These results position the United States as the most significant far-reaching market for Croatia.

Virtuoso is a network of top US luxury travel agencies with more than 17,500 worldwide consultants and annual turnover of over 23.7 billion dollars. Virtuoso's network includes more than 1,700 partners, including top hotels and resorts, tour operators, airline companies, and agencies, and the core goal of the network is to offer customers detailed, unforgettable travel.

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