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

Sixth International Tennis Tournament for Children from 11 to 13 years old, Dubrovnik DUB Bowl, attracted nearly 150 children from 38 countries this year, who are the best young tennis players in the world. The tournament will take place on the field of Tennis Center Dubrovnik in Gospino polje and of the Valamar Group on Babin Kuk, from 17th to 23rd of June. Over the past few years, the tournament has gathered more than 900 children from 60 countries, which says enough about its popularity, and with the official competition part, the young future stars will also enjoy a rich additional tournament program aimed at promoting the City.

The strength of this Tournament can be seen if you like at its sponsors who support it year after year and include the largest tennis brands. The winners of this tournament will get the invitations to participate in the prestigious IMG Academy, the tournament Les Petits As, several ITF tournaments and awards from Yonex.

It’s good to know that Dubrovnik children are also involved in the tournament, which is an invaluable international tennis experience. The pleasure of children, young tennis players, some of whom are sure to win the most famous world tournaments, the joy of their parents and coaches, the great atmosphere and one of the most beautiful cities in the world have proved to be an excellent combination.

That are the reasons why the Dubrovnik Dud Bowl was included on the list of the sporting events of importance for the city by the City of Dubrovnik.

The opening of the new season of the Franciscian Monastery Lopud 1483 and unique exhibition 'Treasures of Thyssen-Bornesmiza collection:From Renaissance to Modern, organized by Arcus Dalmatia, will be held on Saturday, June 15th, starting 5:30 pm in the monastery Saint Mary of Spilice on the island of Lopud. 

The exhibition of objects from the most famous European private art collection, the Thyssen-Bornemisza family, will open its doors to the visitors of the island of Lopud, and everyone are more than welcome to see pictures, sculptures, furniture and decorative art from the Renaissance but also the modern art collected through four generations.

The exhibition will be attended by representatives of county and city authorities as well as numerous local and world artists. The exhibition will be opened by the exhibition curator Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza, great granddaughter of August Thyssen, the collection collector, as well as the executive director of Stonehage Fleming Art Management, Marie de Peverelli.

With two wooden 18th-century angels at the very entrance to the monastery, the magnificent Renaissance tapis from France and the manuscript with the recipe for various balsams from the 17th century, visitors will also be able to enjoy the Florentine masterpiece – Saint Sebastian holds the arrow (late 1620) and the Liberation of Saint Peter (1645), originally acquired by Prince Eugene-Rose de Beauharnais in Italy, following his father Napoleon, whose army arrived all the way to the Dubrovnik Republic and the island of Lopud.

The monastery in which the exhibition is held is one of the few reconstructed Renaissance finds on the island of Lopud, the former strategic shipbuilding center of the Dubrovnik Republic, and today represents a new vibrant cultural center.

The exhibition will be open until October 13th, 2019.
The boat transfer is organized from the Dubrovnik port of Gruz with departures at 4:30 pm and returning from the island of Lopud starting at 9:30 pm.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in cooperation with Professor Marlena Cukteras from the Green Sea Safari Association and Trondheim International School from Trondheim, Norway, organized a beach cleaning action at Gornje celo on the island of Kolocep on Thursday, June 6th. In a volunteer beach cleaning action, around twenty Norwegian students participated, volunteering for a day during their excursion in Dubrovnik. The praiseworthy practice of their school is to contribute with volunteering to the community in which they reside through socially useful work. On this occasion, the students collected 45 large bags of garbage that the sea brought to Kolocep. After the eco-action was done, the students enjoyed their time at the clean beach and at the island in general.

The Green Sea Safari Association is engaged in the cleaning of isolated beaches, islands and bays from the marine litter (plastic bottles, bags, tires, etc.), and their desire is to organize as many cleaning actions as possible, contributing to improving the health and quality of life and increasing the sustainable development of our islands and coastal areas. Due to the geographical position of the Elafiti and the sea currents, a large part of the marine waste accumulates on our beaches, bays and islands. Beginning in June, the Association organizes day-trips to Elafiti on one of the beaches or bays with the marine waste. After disposing the waste, a further tour of the Elafiti is organized, in orderd to look for contaminated sites for the next action.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in which one person passed away, two persons got heavy injured, seven got light injuries, while there were eight traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 403 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 172 measures taken due to speeding, 20 measures due to improper overtaking, 49 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 23 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, when the vocal groups Ragusa, Subrenum, FA Lindo and Maestral.

This week, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 10th – vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Friday, June 14th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 15th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be 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.

Yes, Yas is in Dubrovnik! One of the largest superyachts in the world is anchored in the Dubrovnik port. It's owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates.

Yas is 141 meters or 463 feet long and it was delivered to its owner in 2013. It was built at Abu Dhabi MAR to a design of Pierrejean Design Studio.

The yacht can accommodate 60 guests and has a crew of 56 employees. It is worth around 180 million dollars!

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Famous rally, Gumball 3000, will come to Croatia again. Amazing cars were a hit back in 2017 when they came to Dubrovnik and this time you’ll get the chance to see them in Split.

The route includes a trip from Tivat to Venice, which means that they will hit the highway A1 and then have lunch in Split. The arrival of the first drivers, as reported byJutarnji list, is expected around 1 pm on Tuesday, June 11th and the location is Roof 68 restaurant at the famous Split promenade.

Started in 1999, the Gumball 3000 Rally is an annual luxury automotive road trip taking place every year and travelling a different 3000 mile route. Drive through capital cities in front of hundreds of thousands of fans and photographers as Gumball shuts down famous landmarks in each city where spectacular static car displays are hosted and documented by the world’s press.


Miss of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2019 is Lara Brkic! That was decided on the contest for the most beautiful girl last night on the most beautiful street in the world – Stradun.

Ana Relja was the first runner-up, while the second runner-up was Linda Lucic. Tereza Livajic was picked as a Miss Photogenic.

A total of eight girls competed for the title: Vana Mandrapa, Ana Relja, Linda Lucic, Martina Divkovic, Nina Marinko, Tereza Livajic, Lara Brkic i Suzana Violic.

Beautiful ladies wore the models of: Glamour Spoza, Bacus Spoza, Van Gogh, Borza Grupa, Ivica Skoko, Duchess Womenswear and LellaDesign.

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