Wednesday, 23 October 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.


The second edition of the Stradun Classic Festival will start tonight at the atrium of the Rector's Palace.The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by one of Asia's most wanted conductors, Darrell Ang, and will feature soloists: Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic and English-Dutch violinist Daniel Rowland. On the program is the world premiere of Ludomil Rogowski's "Bucolique" Violin Concerto, a selection of Biblical songs by Antonín Dvořák, "Idyll" by Blagoje Bersa and Papandopoulo's "Hommage à Sorkocevic. The concert starts at 9pm.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sechuan Symphony Orchestra since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a regular guest at the Mariinsky Theater - with the support of Valery Gergiev - and conducts monthly symphony and opera performances in St. Petersburg and at the new Mariinsky (Primorsky stage) theater in Vladivostok. This season he returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Bolzano and Trent Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He is one of the most sought after and well-known young conductors in Asia, and is collaborating with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra for the second time.

A well-known guest of distinguished concert halls, Renata Pokupic recently performed for the first time in Australia as Margareta (La Damnation de Faust, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), then at Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) and Dvorak's Stabat Mater (Collegium Vocale Gent) and DSO Berlin). 'Magnificent vocal magic ... beautiful warm creamy voice and expressive stage attitude that is both seductive and truly poignant ... Pokupic reigned sovereignly in the arias that explored the mature lower regions of castrato voice ... a serene and gracious stage phenomenon ... her rich, middle-of-the-register voice brought a radiant warmth to the role ... ' is only a small part of the superlatives that accompanied numerous performances by Renata Pokupic around the world, at opera houses and concert venues such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, BBC Proms, Washington National Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Paris Chatelet and many others.

Violinist Daniel Rowland appears on the international scene as a very versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. From 2007 to May 2019, Daniel was the first violin of the famous Brodsky Quartet. As a soloist, he has performed all over the world in renowned venues such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and many others. This passionate chamber music lover has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Alexander Lonquich, Priya Mitchell, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Tunde Jegede, Nicolas Daniel. In Dubrovnik, he will play the violin concert "Bucolique" by L.M. Rogowski.

According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, there was an increase in tourist traffic in the first nine months of this year. From January 1st to September 30th, there were 1,238,492 tourists staying in Dubrovnik (12 percent more than in the same period last year), and there were 3,835,112 overnight stays (five percent more than in 2018). Since the beginning of the year, most guests in Dubrovnik have been from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Croatia, Italy and Canada.

From the total number of tourists from January 1st to September 30th, 661 658 guests stayed in 50 Dubrovnik hotels, which is an increase of 17 percent in hotel accommodation compared to the same period in 2018, and there were 1 958 356 of overnight stays made, or five percent more than last year.

In the private accommodation from the beginning of the year to the end of September there were 443 115 guests, which is a ten percent increase compared to last year. In the same period, private accommodation recorded 1 464 016 overnight stays, which is seven percent more than in 2018.

During September, Dubrovnik had 185 255 arrivals, or two percent more than in September 2018, and 591 908 overnight stays (an increase of one percent compared to the same period last year). During September, most guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Finland and Japan.

Dubrovnik Riviera, the promotional video of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, is featured in the online voting list for the World's Best Tourism Film and Travel video 2019.

The four minutes film combines authentic gastronomy, magical beaches of croatian 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.

For the second year, Committee of Tourism film Festival (CIFFT) developed a consumer-oriented campaign – CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award, aimed to let people discover new tourism destinations through video and vote for their favourite.

And Dubrovnik Riviera truly deserves your vote! Just take a look at the video that has already won numerous awards and you will fall in love. You can vote from the same adress once a day and the voting lasts until October 25th. Currently the video has collected 92 votes and we are sure that it can do better! You can vote here

The International Committee of Tourism film Festivals was created in 1989 in Vienna, to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in the Travel Industry Video Marketing.

Nowadays, CIFFT is the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative in Travel and Tourism Industry Marketing Video. With 18 festival members, the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit it is the exclusive competition to the video marketing for the Travel and Tourism industry, spanning 17 countries and 18 cities. From New York, Cannes, Riga, Deauville, Baku, Los Angeles, Zagreb, Berlin, Warsaw, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Portugal, Czech Republic to Vienna.

Let's vote together for the Dubrovnik Riviera video right here.

DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

The association Mame Cavtat (Cavtat Mums) invites everybody to the beautiful little gem of Cavtat on Sunday, October 6th, at 6 pm on the first Dubrovnik-Neretva County Folklore Festival. This wonderful event brings a taste of the culture and tradition and it’s ment for preserving the heritage of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The program starts with a festive procession of the folklore societies on the promenade of Cavta, and from 6:30 pm the program is on the square where nine cultural societies, guardians of tradition with their songs and dances will perform: KUD Cilipi, KUD Stjepan Radic Pridvorje, KUD Marko Marojica Zupa Dubrovacka, KUD Sv. Juraj, Osojnik, FA Lindo Dubrovnik, KUD Ponikovska Poskocica, Ston, KPD Bratska Sloga Zrnovo, Korcula and KUD Lastovo. The guests are KUD Vila Velebita Jesenice.

Everyone who loves and cherishes traditions and customs is invited to come and enjoy an evening full of song and dance.

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The Walk for Health project, in collaboration with the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Dubrovnik Running School, begins on October 5th at 10am in front of the Kompas Hotel. The walk will be about our kilometers long and it goes on the Lapad Bay Promenade, passing the Hotel More, all to Orsan where the walk will end. 

The goal of the project is to active the citizens of Dubrovnik, but also their guests, and to emphasize the importance of moving in an accessible and fun way.
October 5th is the World Walking Day, and everybody is invited to celebrate and join this project! The most important thing is that this action contributes to the construction of the walking path.

Walkers will get matching T-shirts, refreshments and will be able to measure their blood pressure.

The celebration of World Walking Day was started by the leading international recreational organization TAFISA.

The project continues every Saturday at the same time, until February 2020.

Walk with the expert guidance of a team of Dubrovnik running school!

After being named one of the top destinations for 2019 at the beginning of the year, Cavtat has won another valuable international recognition - the Silver Level in the Communities in Bloom competition. The winners were announced at a closing ceremony last weekend in the Canadian city of Yarmouth, and the award will be presented to representatives of the Konavle Municipality and the Konavle Tourist Board in November at the closing ceremony of this year's INTERSTAS Tourism Film Festival and Tourism Fair in Solin. 

The explanation says:
-Cavtat and its surroundings are full of extremely valuable cultural and historical sites and monuments that are managed. At Bukovac House, the curator simply captures the audience by guiding them through the life and home of this remarkable artist. Similarly, the Konavle Local Museum presents a detailed account of the Konavle folk costume and the Konavle embroidery, where the removal of silk thread from the silkworm moths is presented. The Konavoski Dvori Green Restaurant offers traditional food that waiters serve in traditional costumes. All cultural and historical attractions are very well accompanied by tourist information in several languages .

Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on enhancing green spaces in communities.

“People, plants and pride… growing together” is their slogan, and it captures the essence of the program.

Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, current president of Croatia, announced that she will compete for another mandate.

- For five years I have been living face to face with Croatia. I passed every inch of our beautiful homeland and, as the voice of the people, turned my attention to the problems and difficulties and did everything in my power to help the Croatian people – Grabar Kitarovic wrote on her official Facebook page

She added that she is the president above the party and ideological divisions and that she have always everywhere defended and will continue to defend the fellowship of the Croatian people.

-I have encouraged and will encourage public space for the best of us: Croatian startup entrepreneurs, innovators, athletes, talented students, for Croatian youth, for all those who, by example, confirm that a better Croatia is possible Grabar Kitarovic continues, explaining that faith saved the country in its hardest moments and brought it to freedom and now freedom gives us an opportunity to build the country we want: stronger, fairer, better. 

- I believe in Croatia. Let's believe in Croatia – concluded Croatian president, and these words seem to be her slogan for these elections – because I believe in Croatia. 

Grabar Kitarovic is well known around the world, especially from the FIFA World Cup, when she won the hearts of many by cheering for the national team and hugging Croatian and French footballers after the finals.

During September there were 292,002 arrivals in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 1.5 percent more than in September last year. In the same period, 1,162,549 nights were spent in the County, which is one percent more than in September 2018.

Since the beginning of the year and during the nine months of 2019, there have been 2,008,108 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and 8,157,887 overnight stays. Compared to 2018, arrivals are nine percent up and overnight stays increased by three percent.

The most overnight stays were made by guests from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the United States of America, Poland, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Norway, etc.

There have been 3,183,689 overnight stays in hotels since the beginning of the year, which is an increase of three percent and in households 3,533,115 overnight stays were made, presenting an increase of four percent compared to the nine months of 2018.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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