Monday, 20 January 2020
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.


It’s the end of 2019 and it’s nice to see what we’ve been up to throughout the year! We checked up our Facebook statistics to see which of our posts have been the most popular in the previous year and we were not surprised – the posts with most engagement are photos and videos! 

Overall, we had total of 822 posts with 62 824 likes, 6306 shares and 6730 comments.

Take a look at our most liked posts below.

The Croatian-Russian Society "Art without Borders", in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Libraries and sponsored by the City of Dubrovnik, invites everybody to a concert exhibition by academic artist Wanda Mitrovic entitled "More" (Sea), which will open today, on Monday, December 30th, starting at 6.30 pm on the ground floor of the City Library.

Mitrovic will present her works that she has devoted thematically to this occasion, and in the music part of the program she will be joined by Adrian Ivicevic on the cello and Helena Tomaskovic on the piano, trying to connect the theme of the sea in classical music and fine arts.

In 2018, Croatia increased the catch and production of marine fish and other marine organisms by 3.9 percent compared to the previous year, increased the number of fishermen and vessels, and increased the value of fishing by 16.5 percent, according to data from the State Office for Statistics – N1 writes.

Statisticians explain that the increase in the value of fishing was influenced by the increase in the value of marine fishing, by 17.5 percent, which saw an increase in quantities sold (by 4.3 percent) and prices (by 12.6 percent). According to the State Office for Statistics, 65,797 tons of blue fish were sold last year, which is almost two thousand tons more than in 2017. At the same time, the value of blue fish sold increased by 32 percent to 520.5 million kuna.

Last year, 15,564 tons of other fish were sold, and the value of that sale reached 652 million kuna, which is an increase of 8.8 percent compared to the previous year. Last year, the number of fishermen in marine fisheries increased by 1.6 percent, to 6,668. The number of fishermen engaged in commercial fishing in marine fisheries decreased by 2.1 percent to 3,113, but the number of fishermen in small-scale coastal fishing increased by 5 percent to 3,555. The number of fishing vessels increased by 0.2 percent last year, reaching 7,573.

The total catch and production of marine fish and other marine organisms in 2018 increased by 3.9 percent from a year earlier to 86,613 tons. Last year's catch was dominated by blue fish with 63,814 tonnes, and if 3,227 tonnes of blue fish from breeding is added, the total catch and production of bluefish was 67,041 tonnes, or 2.6 percent more than in 2017.

Last year's largest share of blue fish caught was sardine, which was 46,267 tonnes, or 4.4 percent less than a year ago. But high growth, by 39.8 percent, recorded the tuna harvest and production, totaling 3,906 tons. Tuna is predominant with the production of 3,227 tonnes, while last year's tuna catch was 679 tonnes.

Last year's marine fisheries statistics show that the catch and production of other fish amounted to 16,318 tons, up 12.2 percent from a year earlier.

Last year's catches of shellfish increased by 8.5 percent to a total of 1,179 tonnes, while at the same time there is a drop in catches and farming of oysters and other molluscs by 13.9 percent to 2,075 tonnes.

The data also shows that total freshwater fish production in 2018 decreased by 11.4 percent, to 2,899 tons. Consumption fish production in carp ponds was reduced by 12.1 percent to 2,529 tonnes and trout pond production by 6.6 percent to 370 tonnes. The value of freshwater fisheries in 2018 compared to 2017 fell by 3.8 percent. According to statisticians, this decrease was influenced by the smaller quantity sold (by 11.4 percent), although freshwater fish prices increased by 8.6 percent – N1 writes.

One Croatian family spends equal amount of money on food as two families in Ireland, according to Eurostat data on the share of food and non-alcoholic beverages in total household consumption and the movement of that share over the past decade – Slobodna Dalmacija reports. 

Last year, Croatian families spent on food a 18.8 percent of total consumption, and the European average is 12 percent. Croatia is the fifth country with the highest share of cost to meet basic living needs, such as food and drink. In Irish households, 8.7 percent of total consumption goes on food and drink, and even less, only 7.8 percent in the UK.

British citizens spend the least on food in the whole European Union, while Romanian households "eat" as much as 27.8 percent of total consumption – Slobodna Dalmacija writes. As Eurostat also released data on the share of nutrition in last year's household consumption in Montenegro, where 24.8 percent of household income goes to food and drink, Serbia spends 24.2 percent and Turkey 21.2 percent, it turns out that Romania is lagging behind those countries too.

Seven billion euros were spent by Croatian households on food and non-alcoholic beverages last year, an increase of 540 million euros from pre-crisis 2008, when the share of nutrition in total consumption was 19.2 percent.

In one decade, Croatia has reduced its share of nutrition by two percent to the current 18.8 percent, whichis the same proportion as in the year before last.

While developed and wealthy countries spend less on food, compared to poorer countries. Romanian households spend almost 28 percent of their total income on food, followed with Lithuania, Bulgaria, Estonia and Croatia. The countries that spend te least amount on food and drink are the United Kingdom, Ireland, Luxembourg, Austria and Germany – Slobodna Dalmacija reports. 

The traditional Christmas concert of the Lindo Folklore Ensemble will take place tonight, Sunday 29th, at the Franciscan Church, starting at 8pm.

This vocal-instrumental concert is completely free. The men's, women's and mixed choirs will perform as well as the mixed choir and orchestra of Folklore Ensemble Lindo.

We just love December! Everything is bright and shiny and there are no limits when it comes to decorations. 

One special car caught eye of the photographer of Dubrovacki vjesnik Tonci Plazibat. The car is full of holiday lights and it presents a real Christmas attraction in Dubrovnik. Original, cheerful, lovely – thank you driver for making us happy!

shiny car 1

shiny car 2

On Christmas Eve, police officers from the Dubrovnik Traffic Police Station visited the residents of the Retirement Home in Dubrovnik.

Alongside wishing everybody a merry Christmas, they wished all the staff and residents a lot of health and well-being. With this gesture, they wanted to cheer them up a little and show them that they were not alone and forgotten.

With warm wishes, police officers also donated homemade cookies to everybody.

The New Year's Eve program begins today, and as many as 9 performers will have a concert in the next four days on one of the most beautiful stages in the world, the one on Stradun. There will also be a rich program for children and young people in multiple locations.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board, as part of the Saturday Morning in the City program this weekend, is giving all citizens and visitors a free tour of the City with the performance of the Lindo Folklore Ensemble. The tour will take place at 10am in front of Tourist Board Office Pile, while the performance of Folklore Ensemble Lindo will be at 11:30 in front of the Church of St. Blaise.

The program for children and young people starts at 10am on the Lazareti plateau where the Dance Studio Dubrovnik prepares an interactive dance program called Dance with us. At the same time, the Community of Technical Culture of the City of Dubrovnik is launching a series of workshops that will take place throughout the weekend as part of the Colorful Winter in the Lapad Bay. Mara, Tomo & Ljubica and Ivan & Doris will also sing for everyone from 1pm.

At the North Pole Station from 2 pm Dubrovnik Tintilinici are organizing a Face painting party, and from 3 pm in the tent at in Mokosica, a Magical Christmas Gift Workshop will be organized by the Eco Center Green Sun and Eko Omblici. In the Fifth Nave in Lazareti, the Kolarin Theater Company brings a play for the children of the Hedgehog House from 6 pm.

The New Year's Eve program, which will feature as many as 9 performers on Stradun over the next four days, kicks off at 9 pm on Saturday with a concert by Neno Belan & Mediterranean Orchestra.

Sunday morning begins at 10 a.m. with a program for the youngest at the North Pole Station called New Year's Story organized by the Lazareti Dance Studio and Le Petit Festival. This Sunday, the vocal group Maestrali will be in charge of the vocal group songs from Brsalje, across Stradun to Gundulic Square from 11 am to 1 pm.

The rich content prepared by the Community of Technical Culture of the City of Dubrovnik at Lapad Bay continues on Sunday from 10am and the atmosphere will be warmed by the bands Burning Phoenix and Quake 67. In the fifth nave of Lazareti on Sunday the Hedgehog's House plays again.

The main program starts at 7 pm in Revelin, where the Christmas concert of City Music Dubrovnik will be held, and from 8 pm at the Franciscan Church, the Christmas Singing Concert of the Folklore Ensemble Lindo Choir is scheduled. At the end of another festival weekend, from 9 pm on Stradun, as part of the New Year's Eve program, Sanja, Marinko and Zec are singing the songs of the group Novi Fosili.

Also, one of the most useful information is that the buses operate free of charge on all city lines (including lines 28 and 35) from 5 pm to the last departure of the evening.

There is also be a X-MAS BUS, which operates on the following route: Main Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post Office and Lapad Post Office – Vojnovic, Pile – Tommy (Gruz) – Main Bus Station.

For the special holiday experience, hop on the XMAS TRAIN, which passes through Lapad Bay from the beach to the ice skating rink and back every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The train departs every 30 minute and it is free of charge for all the passengers.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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