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

Croatia is out of competition for the best Eurovision song this year, but that doesn't mean we can't be included in Eurovision drama! 

Salvador Sobral, last year's winner, has given an interview to Portugese paper Publico, saying that the song of Israel's representative Netta Barzilai is horrible. However, many of the Eurovision fans consider it to be a favourite.

Sobral also added that he hopes to stop being regarded as the winner of the festival and to return to just being Salvador Sobral of music, saying that this instant fame doesn't suit him at all. However, he admits that Eurovision also has brought many good things, so it's love-hate relationship.

Sobral's words made Jacques Houdek, Croatian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, really furious. It seems that Houdek decided to say all that he's kept bottled up for a year. This is what he wrote:

- SHAME ON YOU, Salvador Sobral!!! SHAME ON YOU!!! Is this how a winner of the Eurovision Song Contest is supposed to speak out? You tried so hard to portray yourself as a humble man, as a true artist, and you may have tricked the entire Europe, but you did not fool me! Let me tell you something Salvador Sobral - last year, when you missed out on ALL of the ESC rehearsals, and your sister did them for you - the European Broadcasting Union - EBU should have disqualified you! It was unprofessional and extremely unfair to all of us who were there, doing all the hard work! It was also very sad and unfortunate that you were sick, I have to say, but if you are having health issues - YOU DON‘T TAKE ON such a huge project like Eurosong! Even in your own victory speech you were unpleasant to all of us, your fellow Eurosong contestants - but NOW, you are being far more rude by picking on Israel‘s representative Netta Barzilai and her song, it is just outrageous! So patronising and completely inappropriate, not gentleman-like of you to do this! You should apologize ASAP!!! You are not just a winner of Esc, you are a host now, as Esc is held in your own country, so this behavior of yours is even worse! If you hate the concept of Eurovision so much, you never should have competed! Now, you even say you want to get as far away from the fact you won the Esc... Come on... The fact that you had to struggle to listen to last year songs and now you are so happy that you don‘t have to listen to any of this year‘s „horrible“ ESC songs just tells us all that you are a very small person! All of these young artists have dreams and they are under enormous pressure at this moment, so who are you to put shade on any of them? You may think you are a true artist, that is your right, but to me you just seem like a poser. Do you really think you are cool by acting so non-interested and distant? Not! Do you really believe that this kind of behaviour makes you a bigger artist in the public eye? It does not! It just shows us all that you are fake, just like you were a year ago when you won the ESC 2017. You may have won the ESC, but to me you are not a winner! I wish all the best of luck to all the contestants in this year‘s competition. Kisses and hugs from sunny Croatia!

On the occasion of the International Nurses Day, The Patronage Service of the Health Center Dubrovnik tomorrow, on Friday, May 11th, will organize an action at the Square of Dr. Franjo Tudjman in Cavtat from 10 am to 12 pm.

Residents of Cavtat and Konavle, but also their guests, will be introduced to the patronage nurses, who will mark their day with the preventive action of blood pressure control, blood sugar control, cholesterol control and with us useful advice to learn how best to take care of your health.

It's that time of the year again – time for strawberries! Ston Strawbery Day will be held on Sunday, May 13th, starting at 10 am in front of Church of Saint Blaise. The event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.

Ston strawberries are some of the most respected, and most flavoursome, in the whole region and there are sure to be long queues on the day. Since we have experience from the last year's Strawberry Day – don't wait too long to get your box of strawberries because they usually get sold out in about 15 minutes!

With yummy strawberries from OPG Fanita Marlais, OPG Jero Zile and OPG Ante Grljusic, you will also get the chance to listen to Komolac Brass Band. Sounds like a perfect Sunday morning!

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Producer houses Sikelia Prods. By Martin Scorsesi and RT Features by Rodriga Teixeira will co-finance and co-produce debute film by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, titled Murina. Filming will begin in May 2019 on Croatian Adriatic - Variety reports.

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović is the first Croatian to be in the Cannes residence of Cinéfondation, where she has been working for several months to develop her first long movie Murina. The film has also developed under the First Films First program and the Jerusalem Film Lab. It's a family psychological drama. On the occasion of the official announcement of the arrival of Martin Scorsese in her team, the young Dubrovnik director in Cannes briefly said: "I am happy, the multi-year work has paid off!"

Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic was born in 1985 in Dubrovnik. In her films, she deals with the dark side of passion, family limitations, and the dangers of secrets. She has mastered film art at Columbia University in New York.

We created this venture with RT Features to amplify authentic and exciting new voices in cinema. Danielle and Antoneta fiercely embody that spirit through their singular visions,” said Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff for the Variety, adding that they are thrilled to bring their impassioned stories to cinema lovers around the world.

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, famous duo behind the name 2Cellos, are always trying to be original and surprise their fans. Recently they appeared in interesting costumes, looking just like Jack Sparrow (or Johnny Depp) from the Pirates of the Caribbean. They didn’t explain why did they dress up, but our best guess would be that we can soon expect Pirates of the Caribbean theme played by these two great artists.

Just the photo made their fans really delighted, commenting that they look better than Johnny Depp and offering to be their rum wench any day, so it’s sure to say that whatever they are planning to publish – it will be a hit.

They filmed the video on amazing wooden ship - Karaka Dubrovnik. They were really excited because of collaboration.
-We've spent an amazing day, filled with fun and laughter enjoying 2Cellos - the two young world-known artists and their project that will surely be a success and break all the record – it's written at the official Instagram page of Karaka Dubrovnik, alongside with the photos of ''Cello Pirates''.

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Photos by Instagram profile Karaka Dubrovnik

Both Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood. Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. They rose to fame in the same year when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral hit leading to a record deal with Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour.
2Cellos always love to come to Dubrovnik, especially because Luka's father was born in our beautiful City.

PostEurop, European public operator association, with the aim of promoting cooperation, community and culture of European countries, announced the competition for the most beautiful stamp in the "Europe" series. The theme of this year's edition is bridges.

The Croatian Post Office participates in the competition with the stamp with the motif of Dr. Franjo Tudman's Bridge in Dubrovnik. Author of the release is Dean Roksandic, a designer from Zagreb and the stamp is designed with the photographs by Marija Romuluc and Drazen Stojcic.

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Photo: Croatian Post Office

The bridge is located northwest of Dubrovnik over a six-kilometer long bay of Rijeka dubrovacka. The construction of the bridge has shortened the way to Dubrovnik from Split for more than 10 kilometers. The Bridge is located on State Road no. 8, with its design and construction solution - one pylon and a hanging spherical span circuit - is the first such object built in Croatia.

You can vote for the most beautiful stamp on the website www.posteurop.org/europa2018. The voting started today, May 9th and will last until September 9th. The winner will be announced in Georgia, October 3rd.

On a grand Adriatic tour, members of the exclusive Gran Turismo Motor Club have briefly stopped in Dubrovnik.

In front of Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, 35 luxurious cars arrived. The most expensive one is the special edition of Lamborghini Aventador – it costs more than 450 thousand euros. All the cars are interesting, fierce and expensive, among which Ferarri models dominated.

Gran Turismo was founded in June 2002 in Sweden as a kind of fraternity for super-car owners all across the globe. Today, the club has about five thousand members from all over the world. The connection between them are amazing cars worth a hundred thousand euros.

Every year, Gran Turismo organizes 10 to 12 gatherings for their members, and this year they decided to come to Croatia, the homeland of Mate Rimac, who is well-known to the lovers of the expensive car park.

Members of the Adriatic tour team began their trip on May 5th in Opatija, with the final point of Tesalonika in Greece, where the caravan arrives on May 13th. Today the drivers of Gran Turismo will continue their trip to Montenegro and further to Albania.

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All photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic

Croatia is out of Eurovision song contest this year – that was decided last night, at the first semi-final night. Franka Batelic, Croatian representative, really did her best, however that wasn't enough for the jury and the public. Song 'Crazy' didn't make it the grand finale, which will be held on Saturday.

Although she didn't make it to the finals, Franka received a number of praises on social networks for her performance at the first semi-final night of Eurovision. Some fans really got mad, saying that she was robbed and that she should've been placed in the finals.

Franka followed Jacques Houdek as the Croatian representative. Houdek qualified to the grand finale of the 2017 contest, where he placed 13th with 138 points.

Finalists from the first semifinals of 2018 Eurosong are Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland

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