Tuesday, 23 July 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

Dubrovnik Chamber Choir will celebrate their 25 years tonight at the Rector’s Palace at 9 pm. This choir, under the guidance of the artistic director and conductor Frano Krasovac, was a true gift to all the music lovers, bringing a highly interpretative range of choral literature.

That deservedly put them in the very top of the Croatian choirs, and their fellowship and love for music, as well as a knowledgeable approach to the performance of maestro Krasovac, were confirmed by numerous awards and acknowledgments.

At the festive concert, the program will feature works from a wide range of choir repertoire, under the guidance of maestro Franp Krasovac. The entrance is free.

The closing ceremony of the 12th International Opera Arias Festival "Tino Pattiera" will take place on Friday, July 5th, at the Rector's Palace. For the grand finale, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc Tardue are preparing a gala concert dedicated to the greatest genius of Italian opera Giuseppe Verdi. The start of the concert is at 9.30 pm.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be joined by four top soloists on the stage: the Polish soprano Katarzyna Holysz, Dubrovnik mezzo-soprano Dubravka Separovic Musovic, Portuguese tenor Paulo Ferreira and Turkish baritone Melih Tepretmez. The program will include the entire musical career of Giuseppe Verdi: from "Nabucco" via "La Traviata" and "Trubadur" to the most beautiful fragments from his "Don Carlos" epic and lyric drama - a musical event that shouldn’t be missed.

This concert will conclude the 12th edition of the festival organized in honor of the famous tenor from Cavtat, Tino Pattiera, which this year included numerous domestic and foreign performers such as conductor Ivan Josip Skender, soprano Nikolina Pinko, tenor Domagoj Dorotic, baritone Matija Meic, hornist Toni Kursar, violinist Dana Kahriman and pianist Stefani Grbic. The festival was supported by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Sun Gardens.

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups Ragusavecchia, FA Lindo and Kolafjaka. 

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 3rd – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thurdsday, July 4th, – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Saturday, July 6th – vocal groups FA Lindo and Ragusavecchia, Mokosica, next to caffee bar Kiss, from 9 pm.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

Outstanding tourist results are visible from the eVisitor system data. From 1st of January to 30th of June 2019, there were 582 883 tourists (23 percent more than in the same period last year) in Dubrovnik, with 1 610 904 overnight stays (9 percent more than 2018). Since the beginning of the year, most guests arrived from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Croatia, Spain, Finland, Australia, Canada and Ireland.

Of the total number of tourists from 1st of January to 30th of June 2019, 370,282 guests were in 51 Dubrovnik hotels, an increase of 27 percent in hotel accommodation compared to the same period of 2018, and there were 941 483 overnight stays , or 6 percent more than last year.

In private accommodation from the beginning of the year to the end of June, there were 160,542 guests, an increase of 16 percent compared to the last year. During the same period, there were 515 516 nights spent in private accommodation, which is 14 percent more than in 2018.

During June, Dubrovnik had 195 133 arrivals, or 11 percent more than in June 2018, with 610 546 overnight stays (up 5 percent compared to the same period last year). In June, most guests were from the United Kingdom, USA, Germany, France, Ireland, Australia, Spain, Canada, Finland and Sweden.

The time has come: in a week the big 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will open! On Wednesday, July 10th at 9 pm, rising of the Libertas flag will mark the start of the Festival that will last all to August 25th. It will be held on about thirty scenic and ambience locations of the city of Dubrovnik. The Festival lasts for 47 days and includes over 80 drama, music, ballet, movie, folklore and many other performances.

This year's special, jubilee Festival program was presented at the press conference by the Artistic Director Dora Ruzdjak Podolski, Executive Director Ivana Medo Bogdanovic and famous director Paolo Magelli. The Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and the Deputy Mayor of the Dubrovnik Neretva County Zaklina Marevic have shown their support too.

-Dubrovnik Summer Festival is an outstanding spectacle. I am sure that there will be praise and criticism, but without it the Festival wouldn't be what it is – commented the Mayor Frankovic, saying that he is sure that the program is amazing and that everybody will find something for themselves.

-The variety of the program shows how much effort is put in it. I am especially delighted with the programs for children – said Deputy Marevic. Marevic also said that the Festival is the treasure of our City, or more precisely – the soul of Dubrovnik.

Dora Ruzdjak Podolski presented the rich program of the 70th festival, saying that this impressive number really made them work harder to make it good and attractive to everyone. The concept of this year's Festival is hidden behind the catchword ''The Myths of the City''. The detailed program, including three premieres, rich music and dance program and many more will be avaliable on our website soon.

Paolo Magelli, who is directing one of the most attractive plays this year – Hamlet, said that he is happy and excited to be in Dubrovnik, the city he loves immensely.
-Dubrovnik Summer Festival is the oldest kind of festival of this form in the whole wide world, since Europe means the world when it comes to theatre! This Festival is surely the most interesting, the deepest and the most complex. This toy is worth keeping and developing – Magelli commented.

Ivana Medo Bogdanovic said a couple of words about the budget, which is record breaking: 19 million kuna, which is five million more than last year's plan. She said thanks to the City of Dubrovnik, which has shown that the jubilee of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is capital cultural and social interest of the City.

-Extra money means the world to us, since we got the chance to bring programs that weren't on the Dubrovnik Summer Festival since Yugoslavia – Medo Bogdanovic said.

Only one week is left until the start of this amazing Festival. If you are visiting Dubrovnik in the next couple of months, don't miss it.

A true music legend - Sir Tom Jones has performed in Dubrovnik on Monday, July 1st and delighted the Dubrovnik audience. But they weren't alone in their excitement – Tom Jones was also amazed by his experience of performing in the Old City.

-A beautiful setting for a show, thank you Croatia! – wrote Jones on his social media channels, sharing a couple of photos from the concert that took place at the most amazing location: in front of Cathedral.

- Beautiful venue...looks romantic. Thanks for sharing Sir Tom Jones – wrote one of the fans, while others were also amazed by the location, saying it's beautiful, stunning, lovely… Who knows how many of them will decide to visit Dubrovnik just because this photo!

Take a look at a just small part of the show here: Tom Jones rocks Dubrovnik in mega concert

Guitar nights are organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board every Thursday evening from 9 pm to 11 pm during July and August on Porporela in the Old Port. 

In the beautiful evening ambiance and romantic sound of the guitar by the musician Pero Skobelj, all of the Dubrovnik's locals and visitors are invited to the Porporela to enjoy the melodies of the famous ballads and evergreens.

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For the first time ever, the Croatian National Tourist Board organizes the presentation of Croatia and Croatia's tourist offer in Australia. Presentation and workshop in front of 70 Australian travel agents and seven major Australian tour operators in Melbourne was organized in cooperation with Slovenia's tourist organization under the name ‘Experience Croatia, Feel Slovenia’.

- Considering that presentations and workshops are being organized for the first time on our particularly important and large Australian market, we are extremely pleased with the great response of Australian agents and partner. There is an excellent response of our tourist entities that recognize the potential of Croatia in the Australian market, with about 243 thousand arrivals and more than 745 thousand overnight stays last year, representing a 15 percent increase in arrivals and 12 percent than 2017. Australians mostly visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, where nearly 70 percent of the total number of Australian tourists spend their vacation when in Croatia. However, in Melbourne, we presented Istria, Kvarner, Slavonia, and all the other parts of our beautiful country - commented Director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, saying that tourism traffic from the Australian market is steadily growing and that in the previous part of the tourist year, compared to the same period last year, we have increased the number of arrivals and overnight stays from this market by more than 7 percent.

Eleven Croatian tourist entities participated in the presentation and workshop, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, Rijeka - European Capital of Culture 2020, Croatia Airlines, Tourist Board Zagreb, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Katarina Line Cruises & Tours, Atlas Plus, Navigare Yachting, Bagatin Clinic, Aronda Adriana Travel and Olivari, while Slovenia's tourist offer was represented by four Slovenian partners such as KNM Travel, Ljubljana tourism & Ljubljana Castle, Palma travel DMC and Happy tours.

-Since 2015, we have seen a steady increase when it comes to Australian guests, and we have been presenting Zagreb as a year-round destination with special emphasis on cultural and health tourism - said the Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld, while the Director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Romana Vlasic, pointed out that the Australian market when it comes to tourist traffic occupies sixth place in the city and is among the fastest growing distant markets whose guests are coming throughout the entire tourist year.

Among the largest Australian tour operators, the presentation was attended by Adriatica, a company that is part of Impulse Travel Group with over 30 years of experience offering Croatia; Beyond Travel, the leading Australian and New Zealand company specializing in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia, as well as cruise travel and Outdoor Travel company specializing in active holiday in Europe, which operates with over 1,200 agents throughout Australia.

Otherwise, a number of factors affect the rise of Australian travel, from strong Australian dollars to competitive prices of air tickets, globalization and increasing the ease of international travel. Australian tourists are very active and famous for their adventurous spirit, preferring to do sports and activities in nature, traveling to Europe and the United States usually lasts 11 to 16 days for business travel, while for holidays they stay for several days. Travels cost between 3,500 and 4,000 Australian dollars, and in terms of Australian regions, the largest number of trips overseas are realized from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

After a highly successful presentation in Melbourne, the Croatian tourist delegation will have a presentation of Croatia and Croatia's tourist offer on Thursday, July 4th in Sydney.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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