Thursday, 21 March 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.


Matija Vuica – famous Croatian designer, singer and costume designer, has made a great success at this year’s Oscar Awards – host of the TV channel KTLA Megan Henderson wore her dress, as well as her colleague Megan Telles. Ladies looked amazing and were more than happy to share their photos on Instagram, where thousands of people liked and commented their look.

Matija Vuica couldn’t hide her excitement either – she shared the photos of both of the hosts, saying thank you to all of her fans. She also shared videos from red carpet, laughing at the fact how her name is pronounced. Many people admired her creations and congratulated on this great success.

Who knows, maybe this will be hear breakthrough to the Oscars and next year one of the Oscar winners will shine in her dress – we’ll just sit and wait!

Konavle Deputy Mayor Ivo Radonic and Head of the Department of General Affairs, Local Self-Government and Social Affairs Mario Curic are staying in the United States, enjoying a visit to Watsonville, California.

They attended the ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the SACO organization, which brings together numerous descendants of the Konavle Municipality who in the early 20th century made more than 20 percent of the entire population of the city. The ceremony, attended by many honorable US citizens, such us Congressman Jimmy Panetta and the Mayor of Watsonville Francisco Estrada, collected a fair enough of money for the program of student exchange.

Otherwise, representatives of the Municipality of Konavle are staying in Watsonville for a few days, at the invitation of SACO and Ivo Basor's family, and on Tuesday, February 26th, they will be signing the Charter of Friendship between the Municipality of Konavle and the City of Watsonville.

British low-cost airline EasyJet announced another new line to Croatia. It is a line from Tegel Airport in Berlin to Zadar – Avioradar reports. EasyJet already offers a line from another Berlin airport ("Schönefeld"), also to Zadar.

The Zadar-Tegel line will start operating on April 2nd, with two flights per week, Tuesdays and Saturdays. It remains in traffic until the end of the summer flight schedule,until October 26th. The old Zadar - Schönefeld line will be in traffic only in the heart of the season. It begins with traffic on June 26th and will operate until August 31st. It will travel twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

With the introduction of this new line, EasyJet will fly from Zadar to a total of five airports in Europe.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Marin Drzic Theater in the contemporary co-production of the orchestral work "Peter and the Wolf", originally made by Sergei Prokofiev, bring a real treat for children aged 5 and over. The concert will take place on Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 pm.

It’s interesting to know that the legend says that Prokofiev has written the music and the text in only four days.At that time, the Central Moscow Children's Theater allegedly ordered a symphonic work from the composer, with which they would start the music education of the youngest audience.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by maestro Alan Bjelinski, and before the symphonic fairytale they will perform the "Hommage a Sorkocevic" by Boris Papandopoulo.

To date, "Peter and the Wolf" became the title of the musical theater for young people, and it also experienced countless adaptations to other media, including Oscar-winning short film and audio album for participation in which even Bill Clinton received Grammy in 2004.

''Peter and the Wolf’’ is written for a narrator and an orchestra whose individual instruments or groups represent characters in the story, introducing young listeners to the composition of the orchestra but primarily teaching them the narrative possibilities of music: the bird is a flute, a duck is an oboa, a cat is a clarinet, grandpa the bass, the wolf is horn, the hunters are blowing instruments with timpani and bass drums. Peter is presented by wire instruments.

The story is well-known: Boy Peter is spending time in his grandfather's house in the woods and one day he leaves the courtyard open. Grandpa gives him a hard time because of that, because the wolf lives in the forest, which Peter does not believe at first. But when the wolf really appears, Peter will start the adventure of his life - trying to catch him!

Tickets at the price of 30 kuna are available on the link and at the cash register of the Marin Drzic Theater.

After couple of days full of glorious sunshine and spring alike weather, winter is back with the change of weather. 

State Hydrometeorological Institute published that Friday on the Adriatic coast will be partly sunny and mostly dry. Towards the end of the day, clouds will slowly go away.

First there will be moderate wind, but in the second part of the day there will be a strong north and northeasterly wind, and in the Adriatic the northwest will slowly change to bura that will turn to strong and stormy by the end of the day.

The highest daily temperature will be from 10 to 15 ° C.

Saturday and Sunday should be partially or mostly sunny, windy and cold. There will be moderate and strong northern and northeastery wind, and strong and stormy bura in the Adriatic. At the beginning of the week the wind will gradually stop, while the air temperature will rise.

Informadur - Youth Information Center Dubrovnik and Desa Association are organizing a projection of the movie ''A Plastic Ocean'', to open the eyes about zero waste living. The projection will take place on Thursday, February 28th at the premises of the center, at the address Ante Starcevica 22, at 6 pm. 

The lecture and discussion after the film will be led by Romana Tomic from the Desa Association and Anna Krause, who is on the professional practice at Informadur.

A PLASTIC OCEAN begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

This movie helped and contributed to the global debate, influenced legislation, triggered industrial innovations, forced traders to reconsider their business, and consumers to make more intelligent purchasing decisions.

Recorded in more than 70 countries and four continents, the film is hosted by numerous awards at international film festivals, including the German Environmental Film Prize, whose previous winner was Al Gore.

Association La Révolution Albatros from France brought the movie to Dubrovnik, or more precisely to the Desa Association.

The Wings of Life World Run - one of the world’s most inspirational events, a challenging race that brings enormous dose of fun and togetherness, will be held this year for the sixth time in a row.

Croatia will also be part of this global spectacle; as in the last couple of years, the city of Zadar will host the race, which will start at 1 pm on Sunday, May 5th.If you want to join this event in Croatia, sign up here. As organizers noted, 100 percent of your entry fee goes directly towards life-changing spinal cord injury research.

The Wings for Life World Run is a running competition held on the first weekend of May since 2014 in order to collect funds for the non-profit organization Wings for Life. The goal of organization is to find a treatment for spinal cord injuries and paraplegia. Therefore, the foundation supports research and studies about spinal cord and spinal cord injuries.

As in the previous years, the Wings for Life World Run will gather together thousands of runners at 35 locations around the globe at the same time. This means that runners in Europe or Africa will run around noon, whilst participants in Asia and Australia will start the race in the afternoon or evening. On the other hand, the race in the USA will start early in the morning or even during the night.

The most important thing is that the race is open to all people, whether they are professionals or beginners who have never been to a race before. Everybody is welcome to be part of this unique event which brings together runners and wheelchair participants who will run side by side on the 5th of May.

Dubrovnik kindergartens from 1st of April will introduce the afternoon shift and work on Saturdays in their kindergartens, as part of the "City for Children" project. In the forthcoming period, kindergartens will be provided to meet with parents who have a permanent or occasional need for these services.

The afternoon service will be introduced in the kindergartens Ciciban, Gruz, Izvidac, Kono, Palcica, Pile, Radost, Lapadski Dvori, Skatulica and Pcelica. Working Saturdays will be in the kindergartens Ciciban, Izvidac, Palcica and Pcelica, while the kindergarten on Lopud will provide service during the summer.

The project "City for children - Improvement of services and conditions for children in the system of pre-school and pre-school education in the city of Dubrovnik" was made on the basis of a previous survey conducted to define the needs of parents for the change of working time of kindergartens Dubrovnik. The results have shown, among other things, the justification for adjusting working hours of kindergartens to the actual needs of parents.

The total value of the project is 14,080,986.10 kuna and is fully funded by the European Social Fund through the Operational Program for Effective Human Resources 2014-2020. Assigned funds will be used to engage new educators needed to maintain after-school day care programs, as well as technical staff and other professional staff such as assistants, speech therapists, psychologists and educational rehabilitators. In order to improve the services, numerous trainings aimed at strengthening professional competencies will be financed by which the professional service of the kindergartens expressed their interest. Two new special programs - the Montessori program and the sports program will be developed and implemented.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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