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

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 842 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Two Croatians got this honourable invitation: director from Dubrovnik Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic and Vanja Cernjul, awarder director of photography from Zagreb, joining superstars like Lady Gaga. 

The 2019 class is 50 percent women, 29 percent people of color, and represents 59 countries. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2019.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world's preeminent movie related organization, comprised of 8,000+ accomplished men and women working in cinema. 

This is another great success for Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic, who is well known as the first Croatian to be in the Cannes residence of Cinéfondation. She 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.

Croatian famous footballers and good friends Dejan Lovren and Sime Vrsaljko are enjoying their time on one of the most beautiful islands in the world – the island of Mljet. 

Lovren and Vrsaljko, well known even to those who are not football fans for making the historical success last year with the Croatian national team and winning the silver medal, shared photos from Mljet on their social media channels. No better place to enjoy the beauty of nature and some quiet time – even though they discovered their location, they won't be chased by fans in this peaceful oasis.

The photo where they pose together collected over 100 thousand likes, which is no wonder, because they are really loved by the public, not only because of their football skills but also because of their friendship. They often joke with each other and usually they do it over Instagram.

And if you want to have a vacation Lovren and Vrsaljko style, Mljet is the perfect choice. Learn about it here: Mljet – nature's masterpiece


The Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the Department of Communal Affairs and Environmental Protection, according to the Bathing Water Regulation, warns the public that on the Srebreno beach in Zupa dubrovacka there was a short-term contamination of the sea with fecal waters.

According to the information provided by the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County on 27th of June 2019, during the third quality survey of the sea, it was found that the results from the Srebreno beach exceed the limit values for the microbiological parameter of Escherichia coli.

Sampling will be repeated until the contamination has ceased. Pollution has been notified to the Environmental Inspectorate and other competent inspectors.

Since sea samples on the Srebreno beach in Zupa dubrovačka, due to contamination of faecal origin do not meet the requirements of the Regulation, it is not recommended to swim there until further notice.

Actresses Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba are in Monaco, on the Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo, an international festival and competition focusing on productions for television. Just couple of weeks ago they were in Dubrovnik, on the New Europe Market 2019 (NEM), where they've presented their new series LA’s Finest. This new series focuses on two female detectives working on the streets of Los Angeles.

Journalist of Dnevnik.hr caught up with Gabrielle Union in Monaco and asked her about her impressions of Dubrovnik.

- Beautiful! Absolutely stunning country, amazing food, beautiful people! Also, I'm a huge Game of Thrones fan, so to walk around King's Landing made my 'fangirl' go nuts. But it was beautiful! – Union commented.

Her colleague and friend Jessica Alba surely agrees because she shared numerous stories on her official Instagram profile during their stay. Union did the same and one of her shared photos, posing with Alba with Dubrovnik in the background, collected almost 100 thousand likes. 

We are sure that we will spot them on the vacation in Dubrovnik – maybe not this year, but next year for sure! 
You can see the video of the interview here.

Little girl that has shown that Croatians have a huge heart, Mila Roncevic, is on the medical treatment in United States for a couple of months now, where she is fighting leukemia. Her father, Marin Roncevic, shared some news on his Facebook profile. He wrote that today was a good day and he felt an urge to share that with numerous followers that want to know how Mila is.

-Mila feels good, some medical results are not so great, which is expected due to treatments that she goes through, but we are all together, in the room, she’s not in the hospital, she goes out and takes walks, plays and bothers Pipa – which makes it all much more cheerful and louder. Sometimes it’s so loud that we are scared that we’ll be kicked out of our apartment – hopefully not – Marin Roncevic wrote, adding that they are waiting for transplantation, which should happen soon – on July 15th.

He asked everybody to keep them in the prayers, just like all the other sick kids, and to send some love. That is something that everybody can do!


Jon Bon Jovi, the world famous rock star, is enjoying his vacation in Croatia on the mega yacht Rarity with his family! They've been spotted in Cavtat just a couple of days ago and yesterday his son, 17 year old Jacob Bongiovi, shared photos from Korcula on his official Instagram profile.

Even though his father enjoys spending vacations far from the public eye and doesn't publish that kind of photos on his Instagram profile, teenager couldn't resist posting couple of photos at his profile followed by almost 25 thousand people and tagging his father as a photographer. The photos show Jacob, or Jake posing at the luxurious yacht worth 260 dollars a week and have collected around eight thousand likes.


Photos: Instagram

Since Jon Bon Jovi was more than friendly in Cavtat, giving autographs and posing with his fans, we are sure that fans on Korcula with get couple of selfies too! Who knows where the Bongiovi family is heading next… We'll just wait and see!

"Cavtat Music Evenings 2019" continues tonight at 9 pm at Cavtat Culture Centre with the concert of the Zagreb Chamber Ensemble "Max Bruch Trio".

The trio consists of violinist Hiwote Tadesse, clarinetist Rude Mimica and pianist Domagoj Guscic. They will present themselves to Cavtat's audience with pieces from the works of famous composers such as Bruch, Skender, Papandopulo and Mozart.

The entrance for all the visitors is free. The show will continue on Wednesday, July 3rd with the concert of the chamber quartet led by the great soprano Nikolina Pinko.

Traditional entertainment and music programs are organized on the islands of Lopud, Sipan, Kolocep and in Zaton, Orasac and Trsteno during the June, July and August. The events are organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik for the purpose of enriching the tourist offer during the summer months.

This summer there are over fifty events for a good time and an unforgettable summer. This week, on the 25th of June at 7.30 pm, City Games will launch the Zaton Summer, and on the same day at 9.30 pm in front of the Parish Hall, Lopud Summer will start with the Lopud Table and the performance of the group Prijatelji and dance studio Convivo. On Saturday, 29th of June at 9.30 pm, the vocal group Karaka will open the Brsecine Summer with their performance on the promenade of Brsecine.








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