Tuesday, 27 October 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

Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic met with the representatives of the Polish town of Lublin, the director of the Lublin International Center for Cooperation Krzysztof Stanowski and Director of the Department of Culture Michal Karapud yesterday. The meeting was also attended by Ana Hilje, the head of Department of Culture and Heritage and the director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Damir Milat.

The theme of the reception was the initiative for a joint organization of the "Rogowski Festival" next year in Lublin and Dubrovnik, in honor of the great Polish composer and conductor Ludomir Michał Rogowski. Rogowski was born in Lublin in 1881 and after an exceptional career as a lecturer in Vilnius, and a conductor in Warsaw's Little Opera, he lived in Dubrovnik in 1926, where he died in 1954. During his life in Dubrovnik he lived and created music, and that’s why the compositions of his orchestral and vocal opus have Dubrovnik characteristics. For the famous work ‘Novela od Stanca’ by Marin Drzic, he composed stage music in 1953.

Apart from the details of the organization, they discussed other forms of cooperation in common interests, especially between the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Lublin Philharmonic.

Dubrovnik Tourist Board organizes Good Food Festival for the fifth year in a row! One of the favourite festivals of locals and their guests will be a great treat for foodies and will be held from October 15th until October 21st. All the visitors will have a chance to enjoy a great variety of food and wine at workshops, dinners and many other events included in this great festival.

This year’s festival has been presented today at the press conference in the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office.
- Every year Good Food Festival gets better, richer, bigger and hopefully – tastier! – said the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Romana Vlasic, adding how proud she is because of great cooperation with Dubrovnik restaurants. She also emphasized that this year’s festival will be marked by Latino rhythm and cuisine, since the center event will be Venezuelan dinner at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik (Restaurant Kantenari), which will be hosted by Ricardo Luque on Friday, October 19th.

- I wish you one tasty Good Food Festival and that you visit as many events as you can! – Vlasic added, mentioning two humanitarian events: famous Dubrovnik Table that goes along the whole main street of Dubrovnik – Stradun and brunch at the Rixos Libertas Hotel, about which Marko Miljanic from the City of Dubrovnik and Rixos chef Ozgur Donertas talked a bit more.

Last year the Dubrovnik Table collected a record amount of money and this year all the collected funds will go to the Down Syndrome Association and Rina Masera Association. Miljanic said that he hopes that this year’s Dubrovnik Table will be as magnificent as ever. Donertas talked about Rixos Libertas Brunch, discovering that it will have a theme – Istanbul!

Desa Association is a part of this festival every year and the tradition continues in the fifth edition. They will hold workshops on making traditional meals, which will include stories on how those were made a long time ago. They are currently located at Lazareti and invite everybody to join them!

Restaurant Amfora will hold a special event, about which Kristian Korda, owner and a chef himself too, said a few words. There will be five course thematic dinner by famous chef Dino Galvagno, with Jo Ahearne, first Croatian Master of Wine, presenting her wine Wild Skins, that is being made at the island of Hvar.

One more dinner with the chef will be held at the Porat Restaurant, where Ivan Pazanin, especially loved by ladies, will make a five course heaven with wines from the Rizman winery. Pazanin discovered his menu just before the press conference and all we can say is that it will be amazing for fish lovers!

Luka Simunovic, from the Tourism and Catering School Dubrovnik, which is a great part of the festival, said that is more than nice to hear how rich this year’s program is! He added that the Good Food Festival represents all that they’ve dreamed about in 90’s.

-I’m more than proud, thank you all! – Simunovic concluded.

You can see the program of the Good Food Festival here.

According to the system of registration and e-visitor registration, Dubrovnik has achieved excellent tourism results in September and in the first nine months of this year. In September, there were 180,722 arrivals, which is nine percent more than in the same month last year, while there were four percent more overnight stays than last year, or 581,940.

In the first nine months, there were 1,102,748 arrivals in Dubrovnik, which is 7 percent more than in the same period last year, while the 3,646,812 million overnight stays show an increase of 4 percent.

The top list of countries from which tourists came from to Dubrovnik in the first nine months is led traditionally by the guests from the UK, followed by guests from the USA, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Italy, Croatia, Finland and Canada.

Between January 1st and September 30th, the highest number of arrivals was generated in hotel facilities (564 519 arrivals), which is an increase of 6 percent compared to the first nine months of 2017, but a much higher level of stays is also recorded private accommodation capacities (403 897 arrivals), 13 percent an increase in arrivals compared to the same period last year. In the hotel accommodation there were 1 866 989 overnight stays, or 3 percent more than last year, and in private accommodation 1 362 017 or 9 percent more.

Between three and seven am in Dubrovnik a huge amount of rain fell - 259.2 litres of rain per square meter confirmed the State Hydrometeorological Institute (DHMZ) for Dubrovacki vjesnik.

Dunja Placko Vrsnak, a forecaster from DHMZ stated for Dubrovacki vjesnik that since the starts of measuring (1961), there was no such amount of rain in one day. In fact more rain fell last night in Dubrovnik than in the last six months.

rain power 434

 Photo by - Radarska kontrola,Dubrovnik i okolica

The record daily amount was 191 litres, measured on September 2nd, 2014.

According to Dunja Placko Vrsnak, in the rest of Croatia fell between five and 30 litres per square metre.

-It is not excluded that there will be some spill in southern Croatia today, but we do not expect such episodes with exceptionally large amounts of rain – the forecaster said.

riain power 323

rain waste 212

 Photo by - Radarska kontrola,Dubrovnik i okolica



The tap water in Dubrovnik has been contaminated by the recent heavy rains and is not for consumption.

Prior to use, it should be left for some time, till the mud goes down and then you should boil the clear part of it. Or – buy bottled water. Control and disinfection are carried out on a regular basis, and if the situation changes, the public will be notified as soon as possible.

A record number of exchange students will participate in the winter semester of this academic year at the University of Dubrovnik - a total of 67. On that occasion, in cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network Dubrovnik, the International Relations and Research Projects Organization organized an Orientation Week to help foreign students get all the information they need to study, and to make it easier for them to start their new chapter at the University of Dubrovnik and in the city of Dubrovnik.

Students come from 17 countries around the world, most of them from Poland, Spain and Portugal. Following are students from Germany and Italy, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania, Macedonia, Kosovo and Uzbekistan. This year, an Egyptian student from Azerbaijan also comes to the University of Dubrovnik. Most students will study at the Department of Economics and Business Economics, then at the Department of Communication, Department of Art and Restoration and Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing. The University of Dubrovnik offers foreign students 147 courses in English, as well as Croatian language courses at A1 and A2 levels.

The Orientation Week opened with a greeting speech the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Science, Prof. dr. sc. Martin Lazar. Students have prepared a lot of activities during the Orientation Week, from formal to city sightseeing, joint dinners and excursions.

The Orientation Week was opened with a greeting speech by the Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and Science Martin Lazar. A lot of activities for students are prepared during the Orientation Week, from formal to city sightseeing, joint dinners and excursions.

Canadian air carrier Air Transat announced a second line to Croatia for the 2019 summer flight schedule. A new line from Canada arrives to Split – Avioradar reports.

The new Split-Toronto line (Lester B. Pearson airport) will fly once a week from 21st of June to September 12th leaving Toronto on Thursday in the evening and arriving in Split on Friday in the morning. A return flight from Split to Toronto will be on Fridays June 22nd to September 13th 2019. Airbus A330-200 aircraft is expected to fly this line.

Zagreb – Toronto line stays the same next year with two flights per week. Compared to 2018, larger Airbus A330-300 aircraft are announced, instead of the smaller Airbus A330-200.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 17 traffic accidents, of which there were 11 with injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, 14 had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 434 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 144 measures taken due to speeding, 35 due to improper overtaking, 37 measures due to improper stop and parking, 66 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and six measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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