Tuesday, 26 May 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 collaboration of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Caboga Stiftung Foundation, a free concert will be held in the Bunic Kaboga Summer Villa. The performers are Dubrovnik String Quintet with Stefani Grbic as their guest and the concert will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd starting at 8 pm.

Dubrovnik musicians – flutist Dive Franetovic Kuselj, oboist Martina Hrcan, clarinetist Stjepo Medo, bassoonist Matija Novakovic and hornist Toni Kursar, accompanied by pianist Stefani Grbic, will perform the Divertimento no. 1 "Chorale St. Antoni" by Franz Josef Haydn, followed by Quintet for piano and winds by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will end with Old Hungarian Dances by Ferenc Farkas.

Free tickets for this concert are avaliable at the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) from 10a m to 1 pm. In cooperation with Libertas d.o.o. a free public bus service is provided and departure at 7.30 pm from Pile, with one stop at the station on Vukovar Street.

Minister of Science and Education Blaznka Divjak confirmed in Dubrovnik that Croatia has fulfilled all three conditions for and will join the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the world's largest scientific laboratory from 2019.

- Entering the largest laboratory in Europe means that these are completely new opportunities for Croatian scientists, but what is more important is that the Croatian innovative industry can significantly improve its innovative business processes through the CERN tender, and equally participate in competitions worth 500 million euros a year - Divjak pointed out.
- Membership fees are roughly one million franc. Compared to a market that is about 500 million euros per year only at the competition level, not to mention the opportunities for top researches for our scientists, it really is not a huge deposit. The three conditions we had to fulfill are that, above all, we have enough scientific capacity and it makes sense to enter such a large organization. This primarily concerned scientists from the field of physics, computing, information technology and engineering in general. When the CERN mission was in Croatia in early May, they’ve visited all our institutes and faculties, which have significant capacities in this regard. Another condition was the innovative industry, which can engage with innovative solutions in terms of new materials, general engineering, IT, various software solutions, and business process organization. The third condition was the political will, or that there are organizations, from the ministry to the science foundation, that give full support to these processes. We fulfilled all the conditions! – Divjak concluded in Dubrovnik.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN (derived from the name Conseil européen pour la recherche nucléaire), is a European research organization that operates the largest particle physicsl aboratory in the world. Established in 1954, the organization is based in a northwest suburb of Geneva on the Franco–Swiss border, and has 22 member states. Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership.

Traditional Dubrovnik Table was held today, as a part of the last day of the fifth edition of the Good Food Festival. The record amount of money was collected - 77 330 kuna! That is 12 thousand kuna more than last year. 

On the table, famous because it covers Stradun, the main street of Dubrovnik, numerous Dubrovnik hotels, restaurants, bakers, etc. presented themselves and their tasty dishes, along with winemakers from Konavle and Peljesac. The prices were symbolic – 35 kuna for the food coupon and 15 kuna for the drinks coupon.

All the collected money goes to the Down Syndrome Association of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Rina Masera.

Dubrovnik & Konavle walking Festival will take place from 9th to 11th of November 2018. For the first time it was organized in 2016 with the aim of promoting a different face of Dubrovnik - one out of the crowd, facing the local flavors and paths, with a sense of freedom, peace and belonging to nature.

Picturesque villages, hiking trails, an old railway line, vineyards, wineries and rural households are part of a unique program designed for everyone - from beginners to experienced pedestrians.

Dubrovnik’s inland as well as surrounding islands will take you breath away. Islands are covered in pine tree forests, lined with beautiful beaches, cliffs and coves. Each step of the way will bring you different scents of surrounding vegetation and the smell of local cooking (especially fresh fish) in domestic households that you can visit.

- We take it as our mission to show you places in shadow of the Old City of Dubrovnik that will surely make a lasting impression on you because of their beauty and peacefulness. We want to show you secret spots mostly known among locals in a sustainable form of an active program for discovering region’s unique food and wine. We strive to prove that this period, away from July and August crowds, is the most beautiful time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee you that we will all reach the same conclusion - Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination – organizers say.

All the details are avaliable at the official website of the Festival

The Spanish low-fare airline Vueling in the upcoming winter flight schedule has withdrawn all flights between October 5th and December 19th this year from the sale – Avioradar reports. Both Dubrovnik - Barcelona and Dubrovnik - Rome lines were supposed to be in traffic during the entire winter flight schedule with two flights a week, in both cases on Thursdays and Sundays. However, in October and December there are no more flights available on these two lines.

There is an additional arrival on the line Dubrovnik - Barcelona after the New Year on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Good Food Festival continued last night with the Venezuelan dinner at the Kantenari restaurant, located at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, which made everyone feel like they’re in Venezuela with the blend of taste, smells, music and dance rhythms.

The person ‘’in charge’’ was amazing musician and food lover Ricardo Luque, who was the host of this interesting dinner. We had a chance to talk with Ricardo few days ago, so don’t miss to meet him in our interview. Last night, Ricardo made sure that everybody learn the story about the dishes they are eating, since every meal was traditional. In four course meal, the visitors had a chance to eat Arepitas con Queso, Pisca Andina, Asado Negro and Dulce da Name con Sarrapia.

But that’s not all! Ricardo has more interesting stories for the visitors of his lecture ''Heritage of the autochtonous civilizations of Latin America'’, that he will hold in the Tourist Board Office at Pile at 5 pm.

Another great addition to the Venezuelan dinner was the concert of Cubismo group and their music brought great atmosphere during the whole evening. Dance Association of the Ritmo de Salsa danced the night away and inspired guests to dance in the Latin American rhythm. Another proof that good food and good music go well together!

Popular website Variety has published an article about Croatia, titled ‘’With War in the Rear View Mirror, Croatia Has Made Filming a Major Business'', where it states that after the war, the newly independent country has now emerged as one of the most film-friendly in the Balkans.

-In 2012, Croatialaunched an international film program that offered productions a cash rebate of up to 20%; it has since risen to 25%.In addition to the rebate, Croatia offers beautiful locations, especially along its Adriatic coast, as well as exceptional local talent and production companies that have an impressive record in domestic and international production. The small nation also boasts relatively low labor costs compared to other European countries – Variety writes.

They also explain that in addition to the 25% cash rebate, Croatia offers an additional 5% rebate for productions in regions with below average development. The minimum spend required of feature films is 2 million HRK, or about $311,000. For TV episodes, the minimum spend is 750,000 HRK, or approximately $117,000. Projects must score 12 out of 34 points on a cultural test.

-Projects recently filmed in Croatia include “Robin Hood” (2018), “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” (2018), “The Terror” (2018 to present), “McMafia” (2018 to present), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017), “Hercules” (2014) and “Game of Thrones”(2011) – Variety writes in their article. We can't wait to see which filming project will be up next!

Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic, with his associates, visited Ljubljana on October 17th, where he met Mayor Zoran Jankovic. The visit was an opportunity for the Dubrovnik delegation to get acquainted with the processes implemented by the City of Ljubljana in order to change urban mobility, using Smart City solutions.

Ljubljana is the leader in the application of sustainable mobile solutions and has been rewarded with numerous awards. The City of Dubrovnik is currently working on the Smart Urban Mobility Project (SUMP), which wants to introduce similar changes and the experience of the city of Ljubljana was really helpful.

In a very short time, from 2005 to 2014, Ljubljana has introduced major changes in the direction of environmental protection and sustainable development. The newly established traffic regime in the city supports sustainable mobile solutions. From 2012 the city is closed for motor traffic. The urban structure and popularization of bicycle riding has been by the project of free use of bicycles. More and more urban forms of transport go to methane because of CO2 reductions, and downtown passengers are transported for free by electric mini transport vehicles Kavalir.

The mayors talked about the possibilities of co-operation between two cities, primarily on smart city technologies, mobility and electric vehicles, car sharing and transport solutions, where Ljubljana's experience could be of great help to develop similar projects in Dubrovnik.

They also talked about cultural and tourist co-operation, congress tourism and the possibilities of withdrawing funds from EU funds.

The Mayor and his associates visited some of the successful urban solutions of the City of Ljubljana, through which there is a visible effort by the city administration to make everyday life easier for citizens using modern technologies, which is the goal of the City of Dubrovnik.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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