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.


More than 30 thousand citizens have signed a petition to ban firecrackers, saying that they are fed up with terror. The Animal Friends Croatia Association once again sent a letter to the Ministry of the Interior to reintroduce the ban on the use of pyrotechnics throughout the year.

The letter calls for urgent changes to the Explosive Substances Act to completely ban the use of F2 and F3 category pyrotechnics throughout the year, including the period from December 27th to January 1st, as it once was.

They particularly emphasize the absurdity of allowing the use of firecrackers from December 27th to December 30th when nothing is celebrated. They also asked to be included in the task force when it comes to changing the Act. In this way they will be able to actively contribute to its change and to advocate for the welfare of all animals suffering the negative consequences of the use of pyrotechnics.

The central annual exhibition of the Dubrovnik Museums "Orlando - symbol of freedom" in the Rector's Palace, that opened in September will stay open longer – until February 29th of 2020. 

It is a project with which the Dubrovnik Museums contribute to the celebration of the "Orlando Year", proclaimed on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the erection of the Orlando Pillar in Dubrovnik. This is a continuation of the institution's central annual exhibition and publishing projects, which aim to brand Dubrovnik based on its cultural and historical heritage.

The project aims to raise awareness of the several meanings of the Orlando Pillar through a comprehensive understanding of its importance in the cultural and historical heritage of Dubrovnik and Croatia, as a component of European heritage.

The exhibition is conceived in several thematic units that deal with, among other things, the historical framework of the late 14th and early 15th centuries of the Republic of Dubrovnik in European political processes and the phenomenon of Orlando's appearance in Dubrovnik, its builders and artistic achievements in the context of Dubrovnik sculpture of the time, and also show the Orlando motif in European, Croatian and Dubrovnik literary and musical heritage.

The well known American pioneers of indie rock Pixies, on the wings of this year's praised album "Beneath the Eyrie" will return to Croatian audience.

Six years after the intersection of their impressive career and a number of favorite indie hits like "Debasser," "Monkey Gone to Heaven," "Here Comes Your Man," "Where's My Mind?" and others have ended the ninth edition of the INmusic Festival, the Pixies will hold a concert in the courtyard of the Zagreb Fair on August 31st, 2020, organized by the INmusic Festival.

The cheapest contingent of tickets on sale is priced 230 kuna (+ transaction costs) and is available through the official INmusic festival webshop and at Dirty Old Shop until January 31st, 2020 or until stocks run out.

For those who don't know, the Pixies are an American alternative rock band formed in 1986 in Boston, Massachusetts. The original lineup comprised Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, backing vocals) and David Lovering (drums). The band disbanded acrimoniously in 1993, but reunited in 2004. After Deal left in 2013, Pixies hired Kim Shattuck as a touring bassist; she was replaced the same year by Paz Lenchantin, who became a permanent member in 2016.

The production and export of sparkling wine is continuously increasing, so in the first nine months of this year, the export of sparkling wine exceeded the dana of entire last year in total. From January to September this year, 476 hectoliters were exported, and a total of 441 hectoliters was exported last year, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday.

-The production of local sparkling wines is constantly growing, as is the export. More and more sparkling wines are made from indigenous Croatian varieties, and their quality is recognized in the most demanding markets. Therefore, with relatively small quantities, we achieve good prices and hope that this trend will continue in the future – it's said in the press release, by the Assistant Director of Agriculture, Food Industry and Forestry of the Croatian Chamber of Economy, Zaklina Jurisic.

According to the Chamber data, 476 hectoliters of sparkling wine worth 683 million euros were exported in the first nine months of this year, while imports slowed down slightly and 12,800 hectoliters worth 7.9 million euros were imported.
Data for the first nine months show that the most exported were sparkling wines (211 hectoliters worth 546,000 euros), then sparkling fresh grape wines with protected trademark (146 hectares worth 64,000 euros) and other sparkling wines from fresh grapes (92 hectoliters, worth € 55,000).
In 2018, sparkling wine exports increased by 35 percent from 2017, from 748,000 euros to 1.08 million euros. Quantitatively, it is up from 324 hectoliters in 2017 to 441 hectoliters in 2018.

Traditionally, most sparkling wines is exported to the Netherlands (worth 346,500 euros), followed by Italy (178,100 euros) and Germany (140,300 euros). Interestingly, our fourth largest export market is Singapore, to which we exported sparkling wines worth 136,000 euros last year.

Imports, on the other hand, are of much higher quantities and value, so in 2018 sparkling wine imported were worth over 9 million euros, while in 2017 the value of imports was 7.6 million euros. This is an increase from 14,300 hectoliters to 17,900 hectoliters.

Most sparkling wines are imported from France (3.3 million euros), Italy (2.8 million euros) and Germany (1.1 million euros).

The traditional Christmas concert, which has been held continuously since 1991 in the Franciscan Church on the same day, December 27th, will again bring together the orchestra, and Dubrovnik choirs and vocal groups. The concert starts at 8 pm.

The concert, named "Joy to the World," will include the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Libertas Mixed Choir, Dubrovnik Chamber Choir, Blasius Choir, vocal group Kase, vocal group Kolafjaka, sopranos Marija Kristina Tomic and Paulina Djapo, and the concert will be conducted by Maja Marusic, Viktor Lenert and Frano Krasovac.

The program features traditional Christmas songs and tunes. Entrance to the concert is free.

One of the most famous travel magazines, Condé Nast Traveller, has recently published an article listing The best holiday destinations for 2020. Croatia found its place on the list and the representative for 2020 is Rijeka.

-Towards the end of every year we look at the year ahead through a cultural lens, with a focus on major events and trends around the world – in 2020, for example, the Olympics will take place in Japan, and closer to home is an Irish city that’s been named a European Capital of Culture. But, of course, we also canvas the views of all our well-travelled editors for the places they’re most excited about – in this instance not just for the next 12 months, but heading into a new decade - Condé Nast Traveller writes.

Rijeka is on the 19th place of the list, described as the industry-heavy city that is flaunting its cultural prowess.

-Travellers tempted to speed their way through Rijeka – Croatia’s third-largest city – on their way to Dalmatia’s tourist-bloated islands should tarry awhile. The city’s pretty-gritty blend of charming monuments, urban beaches, thrumming street festivals and intoxicating Italianate grandeur is finally starting to find its very own sort of allure. The seaside citadel has been dubbed Red Rijeka because of its locals’ left-leaning views. The shipbuilding port is also known for its pioneering punk-rock heritage (label boss Goran Lisica Fox once described it as a musical Galapagos). In fact, in an unremarkable street, a few blocks down from the 19th-century Governer’s Palace you’ll find a discrete plaque marking the former site of Husar, Croatia’s first ever rock’n’roll club, and arguably the first of its kind in Communist-controlled Europe – it's written in the article.

They add that forward-thinking visitors to Rijeka are reaping the benefits of the imaginatively crammed vaults of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the just-caught fish at the sublimely unfussy Konoba Na Kantunu, while crowds battle for sunbed space further south in Split and Hvar. The city’s appeal will be further bolstered, no doubt, by the fact that Rijeka has been named a European Capital of Culture for 2020 alongside Galway. In preparation, works are underway on Rijeka’s first-ever art quarter, to be built on the former Bencic industrial complex, while sites such as the Sugar Refinery Palace – the future home of the Rijeka City Museum – and T-object,where the Rijeka City Library will throw down its roots, are being completely reconstructed.

-The flagship Kitchen of Diversity will also set up shop in the the Bencic complex, in the new Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and will host workshops, discussions and cultural programmes designed to shine a harsh light on the experiences of migrants from other parts of Europe (Rijeka used to be the departure point for emigrants moving to the Americas in the early 20th century). When the cement settles, Rijeka will soon be challenging its beachier counterparts as Croatia’s must-visit destination – the author concludes.

See the full list here.

Pharmacies from Dubrovnik have sent the duty schedules of their pharmacies for the next three months, from January to March 2020. The daily on-call duty is from 7am to 8pm and nightly from 8am to 7am the following day. 

If you are spending New Year’s in Dubrovnik, it’s good to know that for New Year holidays the pharmacy 'Kod Zvonika', placed inside the City walls. You can see the schedule on the photo below.



The Libertas riders Motoclub reported that a traditional humanitarian event, Santa Bikers, organized by the Libertas Riders Moto Club, will be held at Stradun today, on Thursday, December 26th at noon. 

-We invite all little children, moms, dads, grandparents to join us, be happy with us and receive their sweet gifts. Santa Bikers have a humanitarian purpose this year as well, and the funds raised will be used to help treat our critically ill fellow citizen. See you on Stradun - Libertas Riders wrote and wished everyone a Merry Christmas filled with peace and prosperity.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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