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 third edition of the Baroque music cycle "Orlando Furioso", organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, begins today, on Friday, June 7th. It will last until June 14th and it includes four concerts of Baroque program, led by Russian musician Dmitry Sinkovski. Concerts are held in the atrium of the Rector's Palace starting at 9 pm.

A charismatic and atypical musician, Dmitry Sinkovsky, expresses his art through a rare combination of three different aspects: as a violinist, a conductor, and a countertenor. In his many musical performances, Sinkovsky effectively reflects one of the main ideas of the Baroque period: the use of instruments as the voice of singers and the use of voice as a perfect instrument.

The first concert of this cycle will be dedicated to Italian baroque music, or more precisely to the works of the first Baroque opera dramatist Claudio Monteverdi. This concert will be performed by the Italian mezzosoprano Josè Maria Lo Monaco, one of the best of her generation, that has performed at the famous Italian La Scala, while Tomislav Facini will be on harpsichord. They will be joined by the great Slovenian theorbist Izidor Erazem Grafenauer and Dubrovnik cellist Vanda Danic.

The second concert will be held on Saturday, June 8th, and is named "Two Faces of Baroque: solo / tutti". The chamber orchestra of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will be directed by the conductor, as well as a composer, artistic director, pianist, versatile musician Tomislav Facini, and the program includes works of Purcell, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Händel, Bach and other composers.
On June 11th, the concert called Sentimenti is taking place in the Rector’s Palace. Under the artistic direction of Dmitry Sinkovsky, the chamber orchestra of DSO will perform. Soloists will be mezzosoprano Josè Maria Lo Monaco, Izidor Erazem Grafenauer on the theorba, and our renowned cembalist and organist, the winner of Porin for the Best Performance of Classical Music, Pavao Masic. They will perform works of A. Vivaldi, J.A. Hasse, G.F. Händel.
The last concert of the cycle on June 14th will show Dmitry Sinkovsky in a role of conductor of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, and on the program will be Händel’s "Music on the Water"; Bach’s "Brandenburg Concert no. 5 "i Vivaldi’s " Concerto Per la Solennità di San Lorenzo''.

The Hana Tour Travel Show fair is held in Seoul, South Korea and Dubrovnik-Neretva County is attending it for the third time.

Appearance at this fair was organized in cooperation with the Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb and the Tourist Board of the County of Lika-Senj on stand of 18 square meters.

The fair is organized by the largest tour operator in South Korea - Hana Tour, and around 100 thousand visitors is expected.

When it comes to tourists from South Korea, in 2018 they made 43 thousand arrivals and 80,100 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Nothing says that summer is just around the corner like a change in the Lokrum boat schedule. The little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, is a must-visit. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature await for you! 

Since the days are getting longer, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 7 pm since today, Friday, June 7th. Don't worry – that's more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!

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Deputy Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic and Head of the Department for Tourism, Economy and Sea Marko Miljanic are in Barcelona, where they are participating in the first Mediterranean Sustainable Tourism Convention, which started on June 5th and will last until June 7th.

It is a convention that brings together over 70 speakers and 200 representatives at the European, national, regional and local level of the tourism sector from private and public and higher education institutions.

On this occasion, the City of Dubrovnik got another opportunity to present the project Respect the City, and the deputy Tepsic was a panelist on the topic "Dealing With Excessive Tourism: Sustainability Challenges, Experiences of Tourists and the Local Community". She showed how the city administration faced with the problem of overcrowding, ensuring a better distribution of visitors and suppressing the negative effects of over-tourism.

The purpose of this convention is to stimulate a good discussion on topics to promote sustainable tourism and to provide a platform for presentation of solutions that have emerged from the MED Community project for sustainable tourism.

Franciscan monastery of Saint Blaise in Pridvorje (Konavle) will host the concert of Ines Trickovic & Friends: Homage to Erik Satie on Saturday, June 8th at 8:30 pm as the celebration of Saint Antun Padovanski.

The performers are: 
Ines Trickovic - vocals / texts
Goran Koncar - violin
Zvjezdan Ruzic - piano
Ljerka Koncar Gamulin - cello

This concert is a gift of Ines Trickovic and friends to the Franciscan monastery of St. Blaise in Pridvorje.

It gives you a unique opportunity to enjoy the music of world renowned musicians in the magical atmosphere of centuries-old monastery with the scents of rose, lemon and lavender.

The entrance is free, but your donations are more than welcome and are intended for further renovation of this pearl of Konavle.

You can also pay your donations to the Monastery's account OTP HR3324070001100020781.

From the data written on the offical page of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Franciscan monastery of St. Blaise was founded in 1429, after the region of Konavle became part of Dubrovnik Republic. Construction of the monastery took place through the 15th century. The monastery is located below the Rector’s Palace, the seat of Dubrovnik’s Prince in this part of the Dubrovnik Republic. The church has been restored and consecrated in 1822. There is also a wooden cross, the work of sculptor Juraj Petrovic, created in the mid 15th century. At the main altar there is the altarpiece of Celestin Medovic from 1880. Plane tree in front of the monastery is planted in 1810.

Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiques with the help of Croatian Air Force wset the replica of the cannon of Ivan Rabljanin on the Lovrjenac fort this morning. The original is kept in the Vienna Military Museum.

Because of that, the fort was be closed for couple of hours for visitors, until the cannon was placed in its intended place.

Our reader Andy Gosling was happy to be around while this interesting event took place and shared his photos and video with us. Enjoy!

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Ryan Reynolds, famous actor and gin lover, has shared the latest commercial for the Aviation Gin and it caused numerous reactions all over social media – just like everything that Reynolds shares.

Commercial shows Reynolds making a bottle, as dedicated as he can be, but it also caused a buzz because it includes Andy King, who became quite famous after telling an interesting story during the Netflix's documentary Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened.

Some of you might remember that Reynolds shot this video back in April during his work visit to Croatia, while he was filming The Hitman's Bodyguard sequel in Rovinj – The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard with his amazing colleagues Salma Hayek and Samuel L. Jackson. While doing his gin commercial, he was joined by his beautiful wife Blake Lively, who was already then, as it was announced few weeks later, pregnant with their third child. 

Reynolds delighted his Croatian fans couple of times during his visit, but especially when he shared a selfie on his story with words: ''If you you are gonna be repeatedly punched in the face anywhere… I recommend Croatia. I love this place.''

Surely a great promotion! Now we are waiting for The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard.


Representatives of the Croatian Tourist Board and the Croatian Embassy in the Kingdom of Sweden organized a special promotional event "Croatian Day in Stockholm". Branded ship "Gustafsberg VII" sailed the Stockholm channel and promoted Croatia to Swedish travel lovers.

-With this event, we wanted to make residents of Stockholm to see Croatia as a desirable tourist destination in an original and interesting way - said the Director of Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic, adding the fact that the branded boat, in addition to numerous guests of the event, was seen and experienced by thousands of locals and tourists alongside city center.

"Gustafsberg VII", one of Stockholm's symbols, built in 1912 as a steamship, now converted into a tourist motor boat, was decorated with Croatian colors and ties. The wish of the organizer was to present Croatia through all the senses, so many guests enjoyed the sounds of Split vocal group Iskon, selected specialties from all over Croatia and top quality autochthonous wines, while Croatian tourist subjects from Dubrovnik, Makarska, Split, Istria and Kvarner provided gift arrangements and flights to Croatia for the luckiest participants in promotional sailing.

With "Gustafsberg VII", known for transporting the Swedish princess Christina at her wedding to the royal palace, sailed a large number of partners from the Swedish market such as Thomas Cook, Apollo, Kroatien Specialisten, more than one hundred foreign diplomats, numerous Swedish Government officials, representatives of the city of Stockholm and Swedish media representatives. The program was attractive to more than 150 businesspeople who expressed interest in Croatian tourism or were Croatians themselves with business experience in both countries.

The wish of the Croatian Ambassador in Stockholm Sinisa Grgic and the Director of the Swedish Representation Office of the Croatian Tourist Board Vedran Susic is to make this event traditional and organized every year. -Last year, Sweden has achieved a record-breaking number of tourist arrivals to Croatia, which we are hoping to surpass this year, which is already showing an increase of eight percent in arrivals - Susic said, adding that the realization of joint promotion would not be possible without the great support of Croatian businessmen who participated in the project.

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