Sunday, 19 May 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.


Like every year, Valamar Riviera brings interesting music events to citizens and visitors of Dubrovnik this summer, but the one announced today is special.

-Valamar is proud to announce the first foreign name on Summer in Valamar program, a band that has built a special relationship with the Croatian audience during a number of great concerts - three great artists under the name Morcheeba! - the organizers said.

Morcheeba appeared on the scene in the 90’s when trip-hop started hitting the charts, and after the first album it was clear that they would stay on the world stage for a long time. +Rome Was not Built In A Day", "Trigger Hippie", "Part Of The Process" and "Otherwise" are just some of the songs that the audience can listen under the starry sky of the Solitudo Campus on August 10th.

The tickets will soon be on sale, and the price is not known yet. This year, the third season of the Summer in Valamar starts on June 14th and will last until September 13th.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service (HGSS) is ready for the summer season of 2019! This priceless team, that has numerous quick and effective reactions, is responsible for saving lives of many tourists that get in trouble during their holiday. However, there is one more thing that is making them well-known all over the world: their sense of humour.

The latest joke relates to the newest addition of floaties: inflatable coffin. The photo showing a man in this accesory (that is hopefully a joke too) says: ''Dear Tourists, Tweet us if there is life after death'', accompanied with hashtags: #deartourists, #coffinstyle, #isurvivedholidaysincroatia, #hgss, #dont, #trustus.

The caption is hilarious too:
If you really can`t hold back:
1. Put Your name & address on
2. In case of emergency call 112
3. May the dolphins be with You

This is not the first time of HGSS making this kind of joke. Remember floating flamingos? They had fun with that too back in 2017. Behind every joke, there is a warning: they are here for you, but try to keep yourself safe too.

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The Croatian National Tourist Board has established a successful co-operation with the BBC, one of the largest and most respected media group in the world. Co-operation includes a full production of three 60-second videos that will show Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, production of three accompanying articles on BBC website, as well as advertising activities on all online BBC platforms from May to September on 12 key broadcasting markets.

-The cooperation between the Croatian Tourist Board and the BBC is one of the great examples of joint action and cooperation with foreign entities on the promotion of Croatian tourism. We are exceptionally proud that such a large media group, achieving the reach of 454 million households around the world, recognized the significance and potential of Croatia as a tourist destination. I'm sure that all the material taken, as well as other activities, will significantly contribute to the visibility of our country and therefor help achieve even better tourist results this year – said Kristjan Stanicic, Croatian Tourist Board Director.

The BBC filming crew visited Osijek, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Klis, National Park Paklenica and other destinations where they recorded eno-gastronomic themes, cultural and historical heritage, active tourism offers and other interesting tourist attractions focusing on the locations of the world-famous Game of Thrones series.

Other activities within this cooperation include content placement via BBC Story Works social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the creation of website on where there will be video and written material about Croatia. The markets covered by this co-operation, to which the materials will be presented are Germany, USA, Austria, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland.

It’s good to know that the BBC network reaches 308 million individuals on a monthly basis, while on social networks they have more than 16 million followers. Also, the BBC has over 472 million views on their YouTube channel. A large percentage of their users are loving to travel, and as many as 72 percent usually travel abroad.

Strategic profiling of Dubrovnik as a Smart City, a project to which city government is devoted, has not gone unnoticed. The results of the recently presented Apsolon's first digital readiness study of the 20 largest Croatian cities have shown that Dubrovnik stands out among the cities of up to 50 thousand inhabitants - reports.

The study states that Dubrovnik has high-quality digital services for visitors (City Card, app to predict the crowds), is one of the most active cities on social networks, and develops innovative application solutions. Alongside Rijeka, Zagreb and Pula, Dubrovnik also stands out in the digital accessibility of city data.

You can see the whole study here.

Spring in Konavle is just around the corner! It will start on Saturday, May 4th. Apart from the promotion of Konavle as a wine region with a rich tradition of gastronomy, the goal of this event organized by Agroturism Konavle is to emphasize that Konavle is an ideal place for active vacation, recreation and enjoying nature.

This year's event will be held during the four consecutive May weekends. Each with different, unique content to promote the various segments of the offer of the rural part of Konavle.

During the first weekend, on May 4th, the art colony "Konavoski koluri" is organized, where more than 30 renowned painters from the Dubrovnik area will participate. The art colony will be held at Pendza in Radovcici, or in the case of rain and bad weather conditions in the monastery of Saint Vlaho in Pridvorje, from 10 am to 4 pm. This year's art colony is dedicated to the late Jagoda Lasic, a longtime member of the Association of Fine Artists of Dubrovnik and the lover of Konavle.

From 10th to 12th of May, Agroturism Konavle will present the rural offer of Konavle and the gastronomy of Konavle at Gastrofest in Slavonia, an event attended by more than 80 representatives from different parts of Croatia and the region.

The third May weekend will be marked with many activities that will take place at the famous Konavle outdoor location – at Sisini dubi in Mihanici . On Sunday, May 19th, the first ever tournament in bubble soccer will be organized in the afternoon, and numerous activities and competitions will be organized for all the visitors.There will be horse riding, bicycling, train, rodeo, pancakes, wines from Konavle... The day will end with DJs and a spring party in nature.

The last May weekend will bring to life the tradition of transporting ice from the Konavle ice rinks to Dubrovnik with the promotion of Konavle wines and winemakers on Stradun.

Sponsors of this year's Spring in Konavle are: Dubrovnik Neretva County, Konavle Municipality Tourist Board, Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Dubrovnik Airport.

One of the most prestigious American early music ensembles New Trinity Baroque will have a concert at Saturday, May 4th, at 8 pm in the Bunic-Kaboga Summer Villa as a result of cooperation of Caboga Stiftung, Dubrovacka bastina d.o.o. and Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

The ensemble brings together top international artists who play on historical instruments. They collaborated with renowned musicians such as Evelyn Tubb, Florian Deuter, John Holloway, Marion Vebruggen, Marijana Mijanovic and others and are often on tour, so they had performances in Great Britain, Sweden, and at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston (South Carolina, USA), Boston Early Music Festival, Varazdin Baroque Evenings, Korkyra Baroque Festival (Korcula), Early Music Festival in Belgrade, Gregorian Sastammal in Finland and others, and so far have released ten record labels.

Artistic conductor of the ensemble and cembaloist is Predrag Gosta who attended high school at the Zagreb Seminary Augustin Bea, graduated from Trinity College of Music in London, and graduated from Georgia State University, USA. In addition to the New Trinity Baroque, Gosta is the artistic director of the New Symphony Orchestra Makris, the Baroque Academy and the New Belgrade Opera and is the chief conductor of the Gwinnett Ballet Theater Orchestra from Atlanta (USA). As a guest, he has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington and others. He released fifteen albums, including ten releases with New Trinity Baroque and two with the London Symphony Orchestra, and became the first Croatian conductor to direct this prestigious orchestra after Lovro von Matacic, the first ever to record with them.

The audience at this unique concert can expect top performance of baroque chamber music by composer Georgi Philipp Teleman, Dietrich Buxtehude and George Frideric Händel. Tickets are available at a price of 180 kuna, at the Festivals Palace (Od Sigurate 1), which is open on working days from 10am to 4pm, and on May 2nd will work extend from 10am to 6pm. The ticket also includes a bus that departs from Pile station at 7.30 pm on Saturday, stopping at the bus station on Vukovar Street.

The Game of Flavours workshop will be held at the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik, from today to May 3rd, and it will gather 50 researchers active in experiments at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss and exchange experiences on the latest developments in the identification techniques of the so-called heavy quarks, which is among the known particles of the highest mass matter. These particles play an important role in the precise determination of the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson (Nobel Prize in Physics 2013) and in search of new particles. New developments that will be the focus of the workshop are based on new and better particle detectors, but also on the increasing use of the so-called machine learning or artificial intelligence. Theoretical physicists, as well as experts in the field of artificial intelligence will contribute to the workshops.

Researchers from the Ruder Boskovic Institute who are actively involved in CERN research are responsible for the local organization of the workshops in cooperation with the IUC. The workshop was organized under the Croatian Science Foundation project.

As part of the bilateral military co-operation of the Croatian Navy with the French Navy, from 29rd of April to May 2nd, the Alizé diving ship will be in Gruz Harbor.

On that occasion, Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic greeted the commander of the ship, Captain Emmanuel Caillat with the delegation. They were also accompanied by a liaison officer for the Croatian Navy, Lieutenant Commander Robert Jovica.

A the reception they talked about the tourist season in Dubrovnik, a positive relationship that the City of Dubrovnik nurtures with the city's friends, including the French town of Rueil-Malmaison, as well as the "Game Throne" series that was shot in the city.

Mayor Frankovic emphasized that the series certainly brought a certain popularity to the city, but that Dubrovnik has been known for centuries in the world thanks to its very rich history. Its success was based on strong diplomacy but also on significant investments such as water supply, sewerage, trade and pharmacy development.

With the occasional exchange of gifts, Mayor Frankovic thanked the delegation on arrival and wished them a welcome and pleasant stay in Dubrovnik.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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