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 Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the City of Dubrovnik and the Midsummer Scene Festival, which begins on the World Music Day, on June 21st, is organizing a musical spectacle for the citizens and guests of Dubrovnik in front of the church of Saint Blaise. The concert will begin at 9 pm on Friday and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Indonesian conductor, one of the favorites if you ask the Dubrovnik audience, Noorman Widjaja, while without doubt the most versatile artist on the Croatian cultural scene, Matej Mestrovic, will perform as a soloist.

Around three months ago Mestrovic's "3 Rhapsodies for Piano and Orchestra" was released on the world market by PARMA Recordings, where Mestovic is an exclusive artist. After last year's "Chinese Rhapsody" inauguration in the Lisinski Grand Hall in Zagreb and the "Danube Rhapsody" in Carnegie Hall in New York, Mestrovic is waiting with great impatience for the world premiere of "New England Rhapsody" in Dubrovnik with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the world respected conductor, Noorman Widjaja.
East Coast Americans will sense that Mestrovic’s New England Rhapsody in the first paragraph returns to the heart of the home, a composition that primarily arouses the feeling of warmth and nostalgia, comforting like a hot chocolate cup or a transatlantic accent of American movies in the forties. The second paragraph "Poco a poco" Mestrovic compiled 30 years ago, waiting all the time to become part of the current Rhapsody of England, and has never made it public until now. American critics compare Mestrovic with John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tchaikovsky, so do not miss this musical treat on Stradun on the 21st of June with DSO and Noorman Widjaja, which will include several more traditional Dubrovnik and Croatian compositions. They will also perform "Let Them Enter" with which they have twice opened the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, and it has been rearranged specifically for this occasion.

On the program are the Dubrovnik Contradanca, "You only fall in love once", by Ivo Robic, the final song of the opera "Eros from that world" and Nardelli's "Song of Dubrovnik", arranged by Damir Butigan, and the grand finale of "La musica di note" by Delo Jusic.

This concert will also act as the opening of the sixth edition of the Midsummer Scene Festival, which runs until the 7th of July, and this year, besides the guest performance of the Croatian play about the life of Vesna Parun, there will be cabaret and Marin Drzic in English. Also, the premiere brings the most famous love story of all time: Romeo & Juliet, which will be performed in English 13 times on the Lovrjenac Fortress. 
Entrance to the concert is free of charge.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 18 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, nine persons got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 580 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 254 measures taken due to speeding, 26 measures due to improper stop and parking, 40 measures due to improper overtaking, 80 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 30 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2019, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the second regular sea research on 118 beaches in the period from June 3rd to June 13th.

Out of a total of 118 beaches, the sea at 114 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while the sea at the beaches Usce at Ploce and Klek in Slivno county was rated as sea of good quality and on the beaches Portina in Ploce and Porporela in Dubrovnikas it was marked as satisfying.

A great reason to jump in – if you were missing any!

The Croatian Tourist Board is nominated for the best national tourism organization in the world as part of the "2019 Virtuoso Award" in the "Tourism Board of the Year" category, by Virtuoso, the leading association of travel organizers in the segment of luxury tourism, Along with the Croatian Tourist Board, the national tourist organizations of Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia are also nominated, and the winner will be announced on August 12th within the Virtuoso Travel Week, the most significant tourist event on the American continent.

-Every nomination, which is the result of our high quality work, is extremely welcome, es-pecially this by a renowned association Virtuoso. It is a recognition to all valuable col-leagues and employees of the Croatian Tourist Board, as well as to all tourists throughout Croatia. This nomination further confirms the excellent position of Croatia on the big US market, from which our country is visited by more and more tourists each year, and we ex-pect even better trends with the recent establishment of a direct flight between Philadelphia-Dubrovnik - said Croatian Tourist Board director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that Croatia's tourist offer in the US market will be even more visible because a new office in Los Angeles starts working soon, alongside with an existing office in New York.

It’s good to know that Croatia is among the top five growing destinations on the US market, which is confirmed by the strong growth of tourist traffic over the last few years. Last year, approximately 585 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays came from the US mar-ket in Croatia, which represents a growth of 22 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in over-night stays compared to 2017. Positive trends have been retained in the previous part of this year, during which more than 190 thousand arrivals and 500 thousand overnight stays of US tourists have been realized, up 14 percent compared to the the same period last year. These results position the United States as the most significant far-reaching market for Croatia.

Virtuoso is a network of top US luxury travel agencies with more than 17,500 worldwide consultants and annual turnover of over 23.7 billion dollars. Virtuoso's network includes more than 1,700 partners, including top hotels and resorts, tour operators, airline companies, and agencies, and the core goal of the network is to offer customers detailed, unforgettable travel.

Summer is here! The temperatures are high and everybody feel the urge to jump in the clear, blue sea. The only problem is – which beach to choose?

Vogue Paris might help you a bit with that with an article titled Croatia's most beautiful beaches for swimming.

-With its constellation of crystalline coves, Croatia's reputation among sun-seekers is only getting stronger. Cast an eye over our favorite beaches, direct from the Dalmatian coast – it's written in the article that brings some of the most beautiful Croatian beaches. Some are a bit mainstream, while you might have not heard for others. Fun fact: two of them are located in Dubrovnik!

Here is the list:

  • Zlatni Rat beach (Brac)
  • Punta Rata beach in Brela (Makarska Riviera)
  • Betina Cave beach in Dubrovnik
  • Stiniva beach in Vis
  • The Little Green Bay private beach (Hvar)
  • Nugal beach (Makarska Riviera)
  • Dubovica beach (Hvar)
  • Banje beach (Dubrovnik)

It's time to plan your summer vacation! You can see the full article here

Visiting Dubrovnik in July? Feeling adventurous? Then Moonlight hiking might be the perfect choice for you! 

For the fourth year in a row, Hiking Dubrovnik team organizes free Monlight hiking as a recreation in nature for all the people of good will. You can explore the beauty of Srd mountain at night, under the full moon on Tuesday, July 16th, starting at 8.30 pm. The mountain is 412 meters high and the hike will be led by lincensed mountain guides.

-Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight/headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and a minimum 1 liter of water. The full moon hike is 5 kilometers (3 miles) long with moderate exertion. The hike can take a few hours so we recommend the ages of 12 and over. Hiking is at your own risk! – the organizers wrote on the official event page.

Hikers will meet at Jadranska cesta (main road) where serpentine footpath starts. You can look at the exact location at the map.The hike ends in the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

Due to weather conditions hike can be canceled at the last minute. You are advised to periodically check the official page of the event for last minute hike schedule changes.

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 Ragusa, Kolafjaka, Pucki pjevaci, Ragusavechhia, Poklisari, Subrenum and Kase. Last week, all of the concerts were held in the Old City, however, this week the part of the program will be held in the Lapad Bay. 

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 18th – vocal group Pucki pjevaci, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm

Tuesday, June 18th, vocal group Poklisari, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Wednesday, June 19th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, June 20th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay, from 9:30 pm;
vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery;

Friday, June 21st – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

Summer season is certainly here – temperatures are higher, sea is warmer and celebrities are arriving in Dubrovnik! From influencers, youtubers, Baywatch actors, to the beauties from all over the world. One of the latest who came to visit our amazing city was Olivia Molly Rogers, former Miss Universe Australia.

She shared numerous photos and stories from Croatia on her official Instagram profile followed by 119 thousand fans. She even made a highlight named ''Croatia'', making even better promotion for our country. The reactions of fans were amazing, most of them saying that Dubrovnik is on their travel bucket list and that they just love it.

According to her official website, after taking the Miss Universe Australia title in June 2017, Olivia’s growth has continued to escalate.

A qualified speech pathologist, model and budding artist, Olivia is a keen ambassador for positive body image and mental health awareness. Having recently opened up publicly about her own mental health struggles, Olivia is using her platform and social media reach to facilitate discussion around depression, anxiety, and disordered eating with the hope that it will help other young Australians overcome their personal battles

With her broad reach across social media, Olivia creates authentic content centered around health & fitness, fashion, beauty and lifestyle and engages regularly with her fans. Olivia’s social following continues to grow by the minute and she is quickly establishing herself as one Australia’s favourite home-grown talents.


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