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 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, Pucki pjevaci , FA Lindo, Maestral and Kolafjaka.

This week, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 24h – vocal group Pucki pjevaci, in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Wednesday, June 26th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, June 27th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Saturday, June 29h – vocal group Maestra, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Sunday, June 30th – vocal groups Maestral and Kolafjaka, Mokosica, next to the caffe bar KISS, from 9 pm.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs are being 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.

Mak Grgic, described as "imaginative, gifted and expressive" guitarist by the New York Times as well as the "guitarist to watch out for" by the Washington Post, will perform in the Rector’s Palace tonight, starting at 9 pm. His music includes avant-garde, film music, brilliant classics of guitar repertoire, early works, pop, jazz and others.

Born in Ljubljana, he studied guitar in Zagreb with Ante Cagalj at the Music Conservatory "Elliy Bašić" and graduated in Alvaro Pierri's class at the Vienna Music and Performing Arts University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Skott Tennant from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He’s the Artistic Director of the Interdisciplinary Art Festival - M.A.R.S. and the Zagreb Guitar Festival.

For Dubrovnik, he prepared Bach's Adagio & Presto from Violin Sonata No.1, Rodrigo’s Toccata, Morricone's themes Gabriel’s oboa from the movie Mission and the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, then 5 Macedonian works by Miroslav Tadic and other works that will show Grgic’s versatility.

Famous actor Michael Weatherly, or as many of us know him: Anthony DiNozzo from NCIS, is spending his vacation in the Dubrovnik Neretva County. First he was spotted at one of the Dubrovnik beaches and then on the island of Korcula. Weatherly, looking laid-back in his shorts and loafers, was more than willing to pose with the waiter of Pensatore Restaurant. They proudly shared the photo all over social media.

He is known to be friendly and down to earth and has confirmed that reputation during his stay in Dubrovnik two years ago, when he was a special guest on the New Europe Market, the largest gathering of TV and media professionals in the region. This year, it was time for new celebrities to visit Dubrovnik during the conference, such as Jesica Alba, Gabrielle Union and Alan Cumming and who knows – maybe they will spend their next vacation in Dubrovnik too.

Weatherly's visit in 2017 was his first time in Dubrovnik and he described it as remarkable. He was in company of his wife, Bojana Jankovic and their two children. It seems that our city has really impressed him, since he couldn't resist to visit it once again in that short amount of time.

While we are waiting to see where he will be spotted next, make sure to read the interview that he gave to The Dubrovnik Times two years ago: MICHAEL WEATHERLY – Dubrovnik is incredibly beautiful

Dubrovnik is an 'it' destination this summer for all the travellers, but it seems that it is especially attractive to Miss Universe Australia contestants! After Olivia Rogers, winner from 2017, who spent a couple of days in Dubrovnik, one of her ''colleagues'' arrived yesterday. Renae Ayris, an Australian dancer, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Australia 2012 and placed 3rd Runner-Up at the Miss Universe 2012, arrived to Dubrovnik and shared some beautiful photos.

Beautiful Ayris isn't alone – she arrived with her handsome fiancé Andrew Pap, one of the Australia's leading trainers and the the owner and operator of the outdoor training business, Battle Fit Australia.

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Photos: Instagram

Power couple gave us a hint on how do they keep fit by climbing the mountain of Srd early this morning. After resting with some coffee, they went straight to the Saint Jacob beach.

Since Ayris has over 200 thousand followers, while Pap has 150 thousand, this is another great promotion of the amazing city of Dubrovnik. We are waiting to see which one of the former Miss Universe Australia winners will arrive next!

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is an important part of Dubrovnik's tradition and culture. With numerous concerts they enrich the life of the city, but its musicians are still modest and mostly hidden behind their instruments.

However, the time has come to meet the artists that make the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) so valuable. In the amazing promotional video released by the DSO, you can see the musicians, combined with the shots of Dubrovnik and concerts.

-We are happy to present you our new promo video which we made in order to present you our work. Or at least, one part of it. The aim was to show the love for music, wonderful atmosphere on the concerts during the year, but also the fact that DSO are people, maybe even your friends, some familiar faces from the bus stop or neighbours that you were listening during your whole life through the wall we want to show that DSO are people, your friends maybe, some familiar face from the bus stop or a neighbour whom you are listening your whole life behind the wall – it's written on the official Facebook page of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, with addition that they couldn't escape from scenes of our beautiful city, because it has always been an inspiration to all the musicians who come here, and to their orchestra as well.

Have fun watching the video and visit one of their concerts while you're in Dubrovnik – it's worth it!

Manuel Neuer, one of the best goalkeepers of the world, has been spotted in Dubrovnik. The captain of Bayern Munich and Germany national team enjoyed dinner at Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar and the staff was more than excited to share the news with the public.

-Manuel Neuer loves Dubrovnik and Bota! Last night we had the wonderful pleasure of hosting the world's best goalkeeper and one of the most popular football players at Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar – it's written in the caption of the photography publish on the official Facebook page of the Bota Oyster and Sushi Bar showing Neuer with staff in the kitchen, looking relaxed and happy.

Neuer is spending holidays with his wife Nina, who shared a photo from Croatia couple of days ago on her official Instagram profile, causing numerous reactions by her fans, who recognised location as Hvar.

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This is not the first time that Neuer is visiting Dubrovnik, since the so called ''sweeper-keeper'', known for his unique playing style and speed, has been spotted in our city before. It's seems that he really loves Croatia and Dubrovnik… Well, who wouldn't?

Special class of Sunset Yoga will be held on Saturday, June 29th in the park at Babin Kuk. It will include your pets and have a humanitarian cause!

- We will do a light restorative yoga for relaxation and enjoyment after a hot summer day. With a focus on worshiping the sun, we will strech, make short pranayamas (breathing exercises) and end up in the state of deep relaxation – in one looooong shavasana – the organizers Dubijoga wrote.

As we mentioned, the workshop has a humanitarian purpose. Humanitarian contributions will be collected for the animal shelter of Zarkovica in the special donation box that will be set up in the park. If you want to learn more about Zarkovica, click here.

Everybody are more than welcome to the yoga class, but the emphasis is on the fact that dogs are more than welcome. The class will last around an hour and later you can play with your lovely pets.

This humanitarian action is organized in cooperation with Maro Loncarica in the memory of Tereza Loncarica.

Trio that consists of some of the best musicians from Northern Macedonia, the Trio VAM, will perform on Thursday, June 20th in Sponza. The trio includes violinist Anna Kondatenko, cellist Aleksandar Kotevski and pianist Marija Gjoshevska. These great musicians are among the most successful musicians in North Macedonia, and will present themselves with works by Bete Ilin - Tango Macedone, Sergei Rahmanjinov - Trio élégiaque no. 1 in G minor and Johannes Brahms - Trio for violin, cello and piano no. 1 in H major. The concert will start at 9 pm.

These musicians have performed throughout the world, in the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, China, Indonesia and other countries, and although they are known to the Dubrovnik public as soloists or associates of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, as a trio they will be presented for the first time.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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