Friday, 06 December 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.


The City of Dubrovnik is going to revive the fish market in the Old City, known as Peskarija. Preparations are underway and the fish market should be completed before the beginning of June. 

New fish market will be arranged in such a way that all requirements relating to the infrastructure of the facility for fish market activities will be met on the basis of EU food hygiene regulations.

-This would revitalize the existing space and allow small fishermen from the historic core to sell fish immediately after catching it. We would restore the old glow of the fish market and bring satisfaction to locals and to tourists – said Tomislav Tabak, Director of Sanitat, the company in charche for the revitalization.

Otherwise, the idea of reviving the fish market in Port has been running for many years, and it was re-launched after the new city administration took over the responsibility for managing the city. At the end of last year, several Dubrovnik fishermen expressed interest in using this area in Port to do some of their fishing trades - to clean and sell their catch.

Fishermen are supported by Mayor Mato Frankovic, who emphasized that the settlement of Peskarija is only one of a series of projects aimed at raising the quality of life within the historic core of the City.

The string section of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra under the artistic leadership of Pavle Zajcev will perform in the Mirror hall of Dubrovnik Public Library on Friday, March 30th, at 8 pm. 


E. Elgar Serenade for strings in E minor, op. 20
G. Holst St. Paul suite, op. 29
J. Suk Serenade for strings, op. 6

Pavle Zajcev graduated in 1998 at the Music Academy in Zagreb (Valter Dešpalj), went to postgraduate studies at the Musical Academy in Basel (Ivan Monighetti) and to master courses (M. Flaksman, S. Soundeckiene, D. Grigorian, V. Messermann , J. Chuchro, E. Schoenfeld, A. Meneses).

During his studies he held numerous solo recitals, and as a soloist he performed with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchesta, HRT Symphony Orchestra, Croatian Chamber Orchestra and Varazdin Chamber Orchestra. He is the winner of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and American Express Award as the most successful young musician in 1995/96. In the same season he was a member of the World Youth Orchestra in the Philippines and in Korea, Malaysia and Berlin.

He is the winner of the Zagreb scholarship, Rector's Award for 1996/97. and the Dean's Award in 1998. As a finalist of the 2nd International Cello Competition Antonio Janigro in 2000 he performed as a soloist with the Zagreb Soloists and the HRT Symphony Orchestra. In April 2001 he co-produced the Concert for the Cello and the Strings of Pavle Despalj with the soloists of Zagreb, and the recording of the same work with the HRT Symphony Orchestra under his guidance was rewarded in 2005 with Porin award for the Best Performance.

As the chamber musician he performs in various ensembles. In 1997 with pianist Srebrenka Poljak and violinist Vlatka Peljhan he founded the Zagreb Piano Trio. With Trio, he won the Tribune Darko Lukic in 1998 and won the second prize at the International Competition of Chamber Music C. Hennen in the Netherlands. In September 2000, the Trio wins the first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition TICC in Trondheim.

From 2002 to 2010 he was soloist at the HRT Symphony Orchestra, and since 2005 he has been teaching at the Music Academy in Zagreb. Since 2010, he plays in Trio Zagreb (Danijel Detoni, Martin Draušnik). Since 2011, he has been studying conducting at the Zagreb Academy of Music (Uros Lajovic) and has had his conducting debut with the Croatian Music Youth Orchestra in Groznjan in the same year. He conducted the String section of the HRT Symphony Orchestra, Samobor String orchestra, and besides being the founder, for many years he was also the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra HGM.



All the party lovers know it – if you want to dance all night, Culture Club Revelin is the place to be. This special club, located in the famous Dubrovnik fortress, has been recognized by DJ Mag, website that makes a list of the top 100 clubs from all over the world every year, by the votes of their readers. 

Culture Club Revelin went nine places up compared to the last year and has been place 40th on the list.

-It's been a record-breaking year for Dubrovnik's Culture Club Revelin, the venue which is, rather uniquely, housed inside a 500-year-old fortress (they've still managed to get a state-of-the-art Martin Audio system in there, mind you, inside the club's three-metre thick walls) – DJ Mag writes, adding a statement by the promoter Filip Sulic, saying that Revelin broke the all-time record number of people coming to the club in a single season. The predictions for the summer season this year are even higher.

Last year success hides behind some great performers such as Afrojack, Claptone, Paul van Dyk, Mark Knight, R3HAB… And this will surely have some of the greatest names of the music industry too.

The first club on the DJ Mag list is Green Valley in Brazil. If you want to see the rest of the list, click here.


Dubrovnik is blossoming in spring! If you are planning your visit during the Easter holidays, this is what you need to know – Spring Gourmet Week will take place in our beautiful city from April 1st (Easter) until April 8th. This is a gastronomic event reserved for enjoying the fantastic specialties prepared in Dubrovnik restaurants.

If you adore good food and love to try new things, this is the event for you. There is variety of restaurants that you can visit and that have special offers: Azur, Banje Beach, Cantina Mexicana Chihuahua, Steakhouse Domino, Restoran Gusta Me, Kopun, Lajk, Langusto - Hotel Valamar Lacroma, Orka, Orsan, Rhea Silvia Wine & Tapas Bar, Konoba Rozario, Restoran Sphere – Hotel Kompas, Stara Loza, Restoran Taj Mahal (in the Old City) and Restoran Taj Mahal (at Hotel Lero).

Take a look at the brochure and pick your favorite. Hint: since the choice is so good, you can visit as many as you want – we won’t judge you.


After numerous days of persistent rain and grayness, Dubrovnik was finally bathed in sunshine yesterday. The spring feeling could be felt all over the city – everybody wanted to go out, walk around or drink coffee while enjoying the warmth of sun. 

Finally, after so many days of depression caused by rain, gray skies and low temperatures – sun is back! And that also means – the season of enchanting sunsets has started. How lucky were those that happen to be at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik while the sun was going down. They enjoyed mesmerizing sunset, alongside with photographer Tonci Plazibat, who shared the magic with all of us.

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This year, the "Safe Tourism Season" program will include a record number of countries – 18. Police officers from China will work in Croatia for the first time and will be staying in Dubrovnik, Split and Plitvice – reports.

-This is an action that is extremely important to us because of the quality of police service in terms of speed, civility and getting information. This year we will form headquarters in Zadar that will function as a communication center with other services - said Assistant Director of the police Krunoslav Borovec in Rovinj, at the meeting before the tourist season, which was held by the tourism sector representatives with the Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.
-Tourism, along with a favorable external environment, is one of the main generators of growth in the Croatian economy, which is confirmed by the latest report by Standard and Poor's Agency, which a few days ago raised the rating of Croatia from 'BB' to 'BB+' – said Capelli, who added that government recognized the value of tourism and that they will continue to stimulate it in the future.

Director of the Croatian Emergency Medicine Institute, Maja Grba-Bujevic, reported that with the helicopter and police emergency services, they also purchased six ships for medical services.

Kristjan Stanicic from Croatian Tourist Board pointed out that Croatia's positioning in the distant markets was focused on opening new trade unions in the markets such as China, South Korea and the United States, as well as increasing the number of avio-lines.

For almost three months, there was uncertainty about ticket prices in the Plitvice Lakes National Park, but now it’s clear that they will increase – reports.

According to the price list published on the pages of Plitvice Lakes, the price of adult tickets in the period from 1st of April to June 30th will be 150 kuna, which is 40 kuna more than they have been so far. From July 1st to August 3st1, the price of adult tickets until 4 pm, will go up for 70 kuna! Instead of usual 180 kuna, tickets will be 250 kuna.

In the new price list, the new director has built a "privilege" for those who would like to see the Plitvice beauty late in the afternoon. Entering the National Park after 4 pm will be 100 kuna cheaper!

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, of which there were five with injured persons, where eight persons had light injuries while four traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 370 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 137 measures taken due to speeding, 23 measures due to improper stop and parking, 71 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 11 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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