Monday, 17 February 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.


On the eve of the Hanukkah holiday, the Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, sent good wishes to the President of the Jewish Community in Dubrovnik, Sabrina Horovic and to all fellow citizens of the Jewish religion.

‘’Dear Mrs. Horovic,
On behalf of the City of Dubrovnik and your personal name, I congratulate you and all our fellow citizens of the Jewish religion the holiday of Hanukkah.

I want warmth and light to shine through every home and inspire us to be better. May the Feast of Light give us strength in all the challenges ahead. Spend this holiday with your loved ones in an abundance of health, peace and happiness.

The Hanukkah Sameah!

With respect,
Mayor Mato Frankovic’’

After the catastrophic November 26th earthquake in Albania, the ground in southeast Europe is non-stop shaking - Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. 

After a series of earthquakes that hit the Albanian territory in recent weeks, the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not far from Nevesinje, is also permanently threatened, with ground shaking again early this morning.

An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 across Richter at 1.18 am struck the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with its epicenter at a distance of 12 kilometers from Nevesinje. The earthquake could be felt in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, but slightly. 

Croatian Post introduced Gideon Brothers’ pallet-carrying autonomous mobile robots to their new sorting center outside of Zagreb. The pilot strongly supports the growth of the company’s core business, as the central pillar of their „Post 2022” strategy. By introducing robots into their operations, Croatian Post is following Industry 4.0 trends by connecting digital and internet-based systems to establish communication between machines, people, and product and business systems. 

Robotic systems reduce the costs of providing services, shorten the service cycle, and increase efficiency. Robots do not replace humans; they are their tools and help achieve goals that would have been impossible to imagine earlier. This principle is what guides the Croatian robotics and AI company Gideon Brothers. Along with a great business solution, this principle was also what guided Croatian Post’s decision to launch a pilot project using autonomous pallet-carrier robots in their new sorting center.

The pilot project will be implemented over the next four months in the high-rack warehouse and the sorting facility. Employees who will work with the robots will be trained during this period. In Croatian Post’s warehouse, the robots will assist with the picking and transport of mail, and in the sorting facility, will transport mail from vehicles to processing locations that prepare mail and packages for delivery.

The self-driving logistics robots can carry loads of up 800 kilograms, and they can safely maneuver around people, equipment and other moving machines. Its autonomy technology is based on visual perception that combines deep learning (AI) with stereoscopic cameras to create a new generation of robotic vision.

The Croatian Post sees this project as a sign that it’s open to new opportunities brought by technology that can provide a competitive advantage.

Informadur - The Youth Information Center of the City of Dubrovnik invites everybody at the opening of a photo exhibition "Street Art Festival" by Zeljka Milic on Saturday, December 21st at 11 am at the Flora Gallery on the promenade in the Lapad Bay.

The photo exhibition was created as a result of the work of children and young people who painted the wall in the parking lot at Lapad Bay and the wall of the bus station in Gruz - behind which the Youth Center of the City of Dubrovnik will soon open. The children have been preparing for this project for a month through the Street Art Workshop with the guidance of Lena Kramaric and Petrunjela Vukovic.

'Scent of Christmas', manifestation well known through the country, will be open on Saturday, December 21st at 3.30 pm in Cilipi, in front of St. Nicholas Church and in CAS Cilipi premises. 

Opening Ceremony of the 12th Scents of Christmas will bring ceremonial program with guests, cooking show, gastro specialities, music and the opening of the Tasting & Sales Fair.

'Scents of Christmas' in Konavle has been the best event in Croatian rural tourism, the bearer of the Golden Charter Award "Sunflower of Croatian Rural Tourism". The manifestation runs from 2008. In a very short period this happening became recognizable as a tourist product, and the organizer is the "Agritourism Konavle".

The event "Scents of Christmas" is visited by about five thousand visitors every year and it was attended by about a hundred exhibitors and producers of the genuine products of the region. The promotor of the event "Scents of Christmas" in Konavle is a Croatian actress Jelena Percin.

Rural tourism, as well as the contents of the event have mainly been based on tradition and cultural heritage which you can experience if you join this Feast, the best in rural tourism of Croatia.

You can see the planned events here.

The Guardian has published a list featuring the 100 best male footballers in the world for 2019! On the throne is Lionel Messi and Croatian captain, Luka Modric, has sadly dropped from first place (2018) to the 45th place. However, he's the only Croatian player on the list. 

-Modric had his hands on the Ballon d’Or again this year, but only so he could present it to Lionel Messi in a gesture that speaks very highly of him. “It’s respect for football,” he said. Last year’s winner has slipped a long, long way from No 1 after a post-World Cup season which was genuinely awful. Bad enough, in fact, that it was legitimate to wonder if the decline was much more than just a dip in form. And yet in recent weeks there have been glimpses of Modric again – and it is lovely to see, writes Sid Lowe for the Guardian.

These are the top 10 male footballers:

1. Lionel Messi
2. Virgil van Dijk
3. Sadio Mane
4. Cristiano Ronaldo
5. Mohamed Salah
6. Kylian Mbappe
7. Robert Lewandowski
8. Raheem Sterling
9. Alisson
10. Frenkie de Jong

For the rest of the list, click here.

In December 2019, Interpol, together with EU Member States, launched a campaign called #DontRiskIt. The campaign is about raising awareness of the importance of reporting to the authorities the retrieval of a previously lost or stolen travel documents (passport or ID) and not using such document to cross the state border.

The lack of citizens' awareness and ignorance of the procedure following the reporting of the loss / theft of a travel document is one of the reasons why the Republic of Croatia is involved in this campaign, especially since in 2019 the Croatian police found more than 2,500 required travel documents.

The first step in reporting the loss or theft of a travel document is to file a national and international release for the document, after which such travel document is sought worldwide through the Interpol database and through the Schengen Information System.

The second step is to declare the document invalid - so if citizens try to travel with a travel document they subsequently found, they will be prevented from traveling and leaving the country and their travel document will be forfeited.

So, if you try to cross the border with an invalid passport or ID, the police will remove you from the border column, detain you, interview you and confiscate the document and ultimately prevent you from crossing the border. If you are going on a vacation, business trip or shopping across the border, this will cause you not only inconvenience and hassle, but also the loss of money you previously invested in the trip.

The ultimate goal of publishing a missing identity document is to prevent or reduce the possibility of misuse, identity theft and other illegal activities.

Contrary to the popular belief that missing passports and ID cards are most often found at border crossings in the hands of third parties, in fact, most of these travel documents are found precisely with the citizens who have reported their disappearance!

Therefore, the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Croatia joins this initiative and wants to raise the awarness with the INTERPOL's campaign about the importance of travel documents, the necessity of reporting loss / theft, as well as re-finding, in order to protect themselves from possible misuse.

Only by changing the attitude of an individual can the number of reported lost / stolen travel documents, illegal use and misuse of such documents be reduced!

Dubrovnik Winter Festival brings a weekend full of events! On Saturday, December 21st, the 4th Advent Candle will be lit in front of Cathedral and during the rest of the evening there will be a rich music program. The main event this weekend is surely traditional Dubrovnik Christmas concert which will take place at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel. 

The diverse repertoire of the fourth Festival weekend begins on Saturday at 11am in the 4th and 5th Lazaret Nave, where the Christmas Fairy Tale organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will take place. This is a fun event, especially for the youngest, and this year Mak Theater will be responsible for the cheerful atmosphere, which will have a special holiday performance for children Krokic sportic. The Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petit Festival, FA Lindo, Majorettes of the City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik City Music will also participate There will also be four Santa Clauses who will give out over 1000 sweet gifts on this occasion.

Also, on Saturday at 1 pm, as a part of the program Colorful Winter in Lapad Bay, organized by Aster Cultural Society and Zagi Event, there will be marionette puppet show from a suitcase – Girl with a Red Hood on Her Way to Granny's. At the location next to the fountain there will also be a workshop for the creation of appropriate decorations of sticks and balloons, all of which will complete the storytelling. From 2pm the atmosphere will be lit by the performances of the bands Dapal 7 and Dapal.

In Mokosica, there will be a Creative Christmas workshop by Eko centar Zeleno Sunce and Eko Omblci environmental organisations, while at the North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre there will be a Fun get-together with Tintilinici Dubrovnik, children's animators with storytelling, plays and puppet shows. 

The lighting of the fourth Advent Candle symbolizing PEACE will take place at 7.30 pm in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral by City Council President Marko Potrebica. Those who decide to stay in the Old City after the lighting of the candle, will be able to have a great time: starting at 8:30 pm they will be entertained by Bloombox at the Gundulic Square and the duo Igor & Ines at Brsalje.

The most anticipated Christmas concert in the City, the traditional Dubrovnik Christmas concert will be held at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel starting at 8pm on Saturday. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra with popular guests such as Vanna, Tomislav Muzek, Valentina Fijacko Kobic and many others will bring a rich repertoire, making a real Christmas celebration and will be conducted by maestro Veton Marevci.


Sunday morning begins with the song of vocal groups, brought by vocal group Kase singing from Brsalje, across Stradun, all to Gundulic Square from 10 am to noon.

The youngest will have amazing time at the North Pole Station with the Face painting Party. At 11am, a children's puppet show The Hen with a Wish with other accompanying content will be played near the fountain in the Lapad Bay, organized by the Aster Cultural Society and Zagi Events, and later, at 1 pm NST band and the Sara & Jappa duo will sing to all those present.

As part of the Magic Advent program in Mokosica, Sunday brings the Natural-scientifics workshop organized by the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum, from 3 to 6 pm. The Advent magic in Lazareti from 5pm offers a performance by the Zupa Majorettes, and at 6pm the Lazareti Dance Studio and Le Petit Festival du Theater are preparing a Karaoke party with elves.

For the end of this rich festival weekend, the Effatha Catholic Prayer Community prepares a spiritual music concert at Stradun at 8 pm on which the band Emanuel will perform. The concert is humanitarian in collaboration with the Caritas of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, and contributions will be collected for needy families from Dubrovnik.


It's good to know the buses are operating free of charge on all city lines (including lines 26, 28 and 35) from 5 pm to the last departure of the evening, all to January 6th.

There is also a X-MAS BUS, whic will operate on the following route: Main Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post Office and Lapad Post Office – Vojnovic, Pile – Tommy (Gruz) – Main Bus Station.

For the special holiday experience, hop on the XMAS TRAIN, which passes through Lapad Bay from the beach to the ice skating rink and back every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The train will depart every 30 minute and it is free of charge for all the passengers.

You are also more than welcome to enjoy the ice skating rink in the Lapad Bay, at tennis courts, every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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