Thursday, 21 March 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.


According to the official website, 64 days are left until the biggest music competition in the world - Eurovision. A total of 42 songs that will represent their countries is out and now it's the time for the betting to start!

First predictions are here and the favourite is Netherlands with Duncan Laurence performing Arcade, followed by Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy.

Surprisingly, Croatian representative Roko Blazevic with his song Dream has been placed really low on the list – he's currently 35th. We say suprisingly because just a couple of days ago, one of the most popular Eurovision based websites 'wiwibloggs' has published that Croatia has a great chance to win the competition, since 20 percent of the votes in their online poll for the favourite Eurovision song went to Roko and his Dream.

But nothing is lost since these are just first predictions. In a bit over 60 days there will be an answer to the question: Will Croatian dream of winning Eurovision come true?

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 13 traffic accidents, in which seven persons got light injuries. There were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 418 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 46 measures taken due to speeding, 33 measures due to improper stop and parking, 46 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, 19 measures due to improper overtaking and 15 measures because of the use of mobile phone while driving.

Croatian Mountaineering Society Snijeznica organized a traditional climb on Snijeznica, mountain in Konavle which has several peaks above 1000 metres in height on Sunday, March 10th to mark the International Women's Day. The event called ''100 women at Snijeznica'' gathered women all ages, but also men who traditionally joined this climb.

The date of the climb was changed from Saturday to Sunday because of the weather conditions and nearly 400 participants joined! There was no rain and the climbers enjoyed the sunny day hike, with just a couple of clouds. All the participants had a treat on the way back – they enjoyed a great meal of beans and sausage.

This year the climb to Snijeznica had a humanitarian character as well. Donations were made for Dubrovnik citizen Stijepo Sutic for the pruchase of the electric wheelchair and climbers collected five thousand kuna. The humanitarian action is still going on and all the donations can be made to the account of Stijepo Sutic
IBAN HR3823400093111638295.

Just like February, March of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orcherstra (DSO) will be marked with several programs for children and young people.

On March 13th, the young musicians of the Luka Sorkocevic Art School will perform with the DSO. That is the tradition that lasts for a long time and gives the best students the opportunity to perform with the experienced musicians of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orhestra. The orchestra will be conducted by Slobodan Begic, and the concert will take place at the Marin Drzic Theater starting at 7.30 pm. Students who will perform with the orchestra are Ines Begic, flute; Barbara Corak, flute; Roberto Galov, saxophone; Livia Glavinovic, oboa; Ana Hadinac, violin; Marta Kekez, cello; Mara Margaretic, soprano; Sara Medic, mezzo-soprano; Tana Michl, clarinet; Nevia Miloslavic, flute; Iva Nodilo, cello; Vesna Palcok, violin; Elizabeta Valentina Silje, soprano; Ana Vidojevic, violin; Nika Vidojevic, flute and Nina Zvone, cello.

Day after, on March 14th, the focus is on Dubrovnik primary schools students. The purpose of such concerts is to bring children closer to the world of music, to introduce them to the development of music, instruments and orchestra.

The fans of chamber music will surely enjoy the program on March 22nd, when the chamber composition of the DSO will be conducted by Pavle Zajcev. The concert will take place in Slanica, starting at 8 pm, and the program will include O. Respighi's works: Antiche Dance e aria and suite Birds and Petite Symphonie by C. Gounod.

To end the March in style, DSO goes to the University Campus where on March 28th for elementary and high school students, and on March 29nd for university students, arranges a concert of film, popular and Latin music. Trumpeter Dzemal Cakic will perform as a soloist and show the beauty of Latin music to studens, while the orchestra will be conducted by Slobodan Begic. The start of the concert is at noon and the entrance to the concert is free.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and his associates held a working meeting with the new president of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Adam M. Goldstein and his associates during the ITB fair in Berlin.

Mayor Frankovic congratulated Goldstein on re-election as chairman of the cruise industry's crown association and expressed his gratitude on the cooperation so far, thanks to which the City of Dubrovnik managed to change the negative image and improve the situation with the crowds during the season.

- Excessive tourism is happening if we do not manage it - the mayor said, pointing out that cruise ships are not the only crowd generator. On this occasion he also announced the introduction of cruise tax. Residence tax for guests traveling on cruises will be regulated by the new Law on Tourist Tax that is under preparation. Its introduction will be decided by destinations, and will be implemented by the beginning of 2021.

CLIA President Adam Goldstein specifically emphasized the importance of the dialogue of all stakeholders in tourism, praising Dubrovnik for its initiative and cooperation with the Association. He said that CLIA particularly appreciates the readiness for cooperation and flexibility, in particular the understanding of the city administration for timely information on cruise taxis, which leaves enough time for shipping companies to adapt. Goldstein also expressed personal readiness for active participation in all the other joint activities and projects, about which he spoke at the conference "Trends and Challenges in Global Cruise Tourism" held at the ITB fair.

tThe meeting also included the talk about co-operation on a sustainable tourism project with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) which will be implemented soon. Also, the topic was development of the project "Respect the City" in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which will be initiated by Goldstein personally. The newly appointed President of the CLIA in his second mandate (he was on this function in 2015 and 2016) announced a visit to Dubrovnik in September this year.

The meeting in Berlin was attended by the Director of Public Administrations of CLIA Europe Nikos Mertzanidis, Vice President of CLIA for Research and Global Strategic Communications Megan King, Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic, Respect the City project manager Ranko Milic and Advisor of the mayor for tourism Filip Zaja.

The new promotional video of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board won the ''second star'' award in the category of regional videos at 'The Golden City Gate' multimedia festival at the ITB Fair in Berlin.

The four-minute film combines authentic gastronomy, magical beaches of our islands, natural beauty, sports and recreation, entertainment, cultural and historical heritage and all the benefits of the destinations recognized by many tourists of all generations.

When it comes to ITB, he most important tourism fair in the world is held from 6th to 10th of March. Approximately 7,500 exhibitors from almost 200 countries around the world participate in the fair on 160,000 square meters and more than 120,000 business visitors are expected to attend.

The emphasis of the ITB Berlin tourist fair is on business meetings and certainly represents an important source of information on tourism trends.

Take a look at the video below.


DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

A construction permit for the first phase of the reconstruction of the tennis court and the supporting structures of Tennis Club Dubrovnik is issued by the Administrative Department for Issuance and Implementation of Physical Planning and Construction Documents of the City of Dubrovnik.

The project was developed by Alfaplan d.o.o., and in phase I brings the covering of two tennis courts on the Setaliste kralja Zvonimira by building a modern shaped hall of 10 meters high and 38.45 meters wide.

The future tennis hall is integrated into the space and the existing ambience with a distinctive architectural sensibility and satisfying all the functional requirements, and will, if necessary, be used as a polyvalent space. The total covered area is 1377 square meters, with an important fact that the ground floor dimensions of tennis courts and the surrounding useful play area are determined by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) standard for recreation, and the project envisages areas that include a "double" game.


The second phase, for which the building permit is in the process of making, relates to the arrangement of a 850-seat capacity grandstand with a fitness center, changing rooms, warehouses and administration offices.

The overall design of the complex with the construction of the cover increases the quality, the better functionality and the aesthetic value of the tennis center environment. The Dubrovnik Tennis Club will enable the organization of various international competitions and preparations throughout the year, and thus the continuity of the work.

The reconstruction project for tennis courts in Lapad is worth 9.5 million kuna and is one of the 11 strategic goals defined by the Sports Development Strategy and Sports Infrastructure of the City of Dubrovnik. In addition to this project, the following sports facilities are expected to be realized in 2019: construction of a hangar for sailors in Orsan (investment with 45 percent of funds co-financed by the City of Dubrovnik), construction of the Neptun rowing club hangar, construction of a football field with its facilities in Gospino Polje, the construction of the Judo Hall in Mokosica and the reconstruction of the former Stadion hotel with the first water polo museum in the world.

With this investment, the City of Dubrovnik starts strong changes in the construction of sports infrastructure.






On this day, March 7th, 1970 there was a horrible traffic accident by the Dubrovnik tram due to cancellation of the brakes, which made the tram number 5 to jump off the rails – HRT Gradoplov reports. On that occasion, one passenger was killed, while fourteen were injured. Two days after the accident, traffic on the Pile – Hospital route was suspended, and on March 20th of the same year the tram traffic in Dubrovnik was completely suspended, putting the tram traffic in Dubrovnik in history books.

The Dubrovnik tram (Dubrovnik's electric railway), was released in public on Thursday, December 22nd, 1910. The first tram arrived on that day from Gruz on Pile at 11.30 am. It was welcomed by numerous citizens and greeted by music. Right at noon the tram started its first and regular ride to Gruz.

The start of the tram traffic in the Dubrovnik area was a great event for a small Dubrovnik. It was a great event for many other and even larger cities from Dubrovnik, which until then did not have such a modern means of transport in their public traffic. The Dubrovnik tram was not only the first but the only tram in Dalmatia.

One set of motorcars (No. 7) with open trailer (No. 23) from 1912 is today exhibited at the Technical Museum in Zagreb.


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