Tuesday, 07 April 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra invites the citizens and their guests to the concert of pianist Naira Asatrian on Friday, September 28th at the Atrium of the Rector's Palace at 9 pm. The Dubrovnik pianist of Armenian origin will perform the music of Frederic Chopin and Ludwig van Beethoven, and all the collected money from tickets sales are intended for the Intensive Unit of the General Hospital of Dubrovnik.

Over the last few years, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and pianist Naira Asatrian have organized several concerts of this kind. So, three years ago, a concert of Naira for distrofiers was held, then two years ago the concert was intended for the purchase of the Fibroscan apparatus for the General Hospital Dubrovnik, and last year, as well as this year, the money goest to the Intesive Unit of the Dubrovnik hospital. The start of the concert is at 9 pm.

Ticket prices are 50 and 100 kuna and can be purchased in the following places: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra office (Sv. Dominika 9 – Revelin), Perla Adriatica (Ploce), Gift shop Dubravka (Pile), Luza. The tickets also can be bought one hour before the beginning of the concert in front of the Rector’s Palace and online.

Irish low- cost airline Ryanair announced its first new line to Croatia for the summer flight schedule in 2019. It is a line connecting Zadar and Prague – Avioradar reports.

The Zadar - Prague line will start flying on the 3rd of April in 2019 and will remain in traffic during the whole time of the summer flying schedule, or more precisely by the end of October 2019. During the whole period, two flights a week are announced on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Boeing 737-800 aircraft will fly on this line (on the photo).

The state of the three fires in Dubrovnik-Neretva County is under control, but all three fires are still active. Canadairs arrive in Konavle and Kula Norinska and during the night the fire continued to activate due to wind, and started to spread near the houses. 35 people were evacuated and transferred to Trpanj – it’s stated from the Emergency Centre 112.

At the fire that started yesterday around 9 am at the hills of Konavle there were 40 firefighters and 30 vehicles.A canadair also came, but left after a short period of time because wind was too strong. The fire spreads in two directions and is still under control. For now, it doesn’t represent danger to houses.

During yesterday, there was more smoke and fire warnings at the fire at Orebic – Mokalo but firefighters stopped the spread of fire. There was a normalization of traffic, and the Blato-Putnikovici transmission line was again opened. Part of the fire brigade was sent to the fires at Kula Norinska and Konavle, and there are still about 150 firefighters on the field. The fire location is monitored. 

During the night, fires at Konavle and Kula Norinska municpality were monitored and fought with. This morning, at 6:59 am the Emergency Center 112 sent requests for canadairs at these two locations. 

At the Kula Norinska the situation satisfactory. Because of the need of fighting with fire, the power lines in the area were turned off, but went on again at 7.40 pm.

The second edition of the Unseen Mini Film Festival starts today in Cavtat and in the next five days will bring three movie selections, two workshops and three concerts!

The opening of the festival is tonight at 8 pm at the Hotel Supetar Park in Cavtat and it will be followed by screening of two films. The first will be Almost Nothing: So Continues the Night by Davor Sanvincenti, awarded Octavian for the best experimental film on Croatian Film Days, which will start at 8:30 pm. At 9 pm, Occupied cinema by Senka Domanovic, that premiered at the Liburnia Film Festival, will be shown. In the music part of the evening, Porto Morto band will hold a concert at 10 PM.

By the end of September, during the second Unseen mini film festival, audience will have the opportunity to see three great film selections.The festival jury (Ana Opalic, Ivana Ivkovic and Srdjana Cvijetic) made a selection of 17 films chosen within the ones applied to the open call, in line with the thematic focus of this year’s festival and the consideration of alternative geography of the film.

For more information, visit the official website.


After catastrophic fires at Orebic and Neretva Valley, another fire broke out in Konavle hills. It started near place Siljesci. Gras and low plants are on fire and the members of the Public Fire Department of Konavle and volunteer Fire Department Cilipi are trying to stop it.

Amongst those who are trying to fight the Konavle fire, some of them just returned from Orebic!

According to the firefighters, they are hoping to be able to locate the fire, so it doesn’t reach larger proportions.

The state of the fires in the Dubrovnik Neretva County is critical. The fire in Orebic has not yet been placed under the supervision of the firefighters, while another major fire in the Neretva Valley in the municipality of Kula Norinska threatens the inhabited places, Kula Norinska, Matijevici and Momici. The fire came about a hundred yards from family houses. The fire front stretches over fifty acres of space and the job of the firefighters is even more difficult because of the north wind and an inaccessible terrain.

At the very entrance to Orebic in the settlements of Mokalo and Stankovici, several family houses were burnt down. People were in fear and panic during the whole night.

At 8 am, in Orebic, under the chairmanship of the Minister of Defense, General Damir Krsticevic, a session of the Dubrovnik - Neretva County Crisis Staff was attended by representatives of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Orebic Municipality, Director of State Protection and Rescue Administration Ivica Lozancic, Chief Firefighter Commander Slavko Tucakovic , Deputy of the County Prefect Josko Cebalo, representatives of the Mountain Rescue Service and all institutions operating in these crisis situations.

General Krsticevic was firstly at the field, where he saw the scale of this catastrophic fire that has caught Orebic surroundings. He praised three hundred firefighters who, through superhuman efforts, managed to defend the houses.

-Unfortunately, a few houses have burnt down. But it is good that there were no injured people - General Krsticevic said at the beginning of the session of the Protection and Rescue Department, which was closed to the public.

- I would like to thank all those involved in extinguishing fire, firefighters, tourists and the local population. Such co-operation is proof of the work of Homeland Security, and the task of the Croatian Army is to help the people in hard times - General Krsticevic said.

Since the early morning hours, the candairs are trying to extinguish the Orebic fire. They couldn’t do it yesterday because of the strong north wind.

- Our pilots are very brave. But they simply could not act because of the turbulences that are specific here in Orebic - Krsticevic said.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic had an inaugural visit yesterday by the Ambassador of Thailand Jakkrit Srivali, who resides in Dubrovnik as part of a visit to the Thai community in Croatia.

On this occasion, the Mayor and Ambassador, whose headquarters for this part of Europe in Hungary, discussed the current tourist situation in Dubrovnik, cruising tourism and future growth, and on the possibility of developing investments in some other industry, except tourism.

The Mayor highlighted the projects that are currently ongoing with a aim of strategic planning of sustainable tourism development, as well as some of the projects to be funded from EU funds such as establishing free wifi in the area of the Old City. He also pointed the other industries in which the City invests, such as financing modern technology and start-up companies.

The Ambassador expressed gratitude to the Mayor for the reception and expressed the desire to promote Thai cuisine in Dubrovnik due to its lack of gastronomic offer in Dubrovnik as well as Croatia in general.


There is currently no large open fire at Orebic on Peljesac! During the whole night, firefighters held the defense line three miles from Postup to Glabalovo, fighting with the wind. Meteorologists announce moderate to strong north wind, occasionally with stormy strokes that will gradually deteriorate.

The fire brigade commander of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Stjepan Simovic pointed out that the situation is better, but firefighters, of course, remain in the field.

-We have to be careful, there is occasionally a smaller flame that the wind can easily flourish. For now, the fire is far from over - Simovic said.

There are still several hundred firefighters from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and other parts of Croatia, as well as members of the Croatian Army and other emergency services. During the morning, Canadairs are expected to try to help again, since yesterday that was impossible because of the strong wind.

Minister of Defence, Damir Krsticevic has urgently convened a meeting of the County Fire Department of the Dubrovnik Neretva County, which will started at 8.00 am in Orebic.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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