Wednesday, 23 October 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.


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 20 traffic accidents, in which five persons got heavily injured, nine persons got light injuries, while there were nine traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 887 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 543 measures taken due to speeding, 36 measures due to improper overtaking, 43 measures for improper stop and parking, 75 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 19 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 28 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 will end this week with the free concerts of vocal groups FA Lindo, Subrenum, Kolafjaka and Kase at the stairs of the Dominican Monastery.

For the last week, the schedule is as it follows:

Monday, September 23rd – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 9:30 pm;

Wednesday, September 25th – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, September 26th – vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Friday, September 27th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

In this program, that started on June 1st, Dubrovnik vocal groups Kolafjaka, Maestral, Subrenum, Ragusa, Ragusavecchia, Kase, Pucki pjevaci, FA Lindo and Poklisari participated, each with 9 free performances. Famous Dubrovnik singer Ibrica Jusic also enriched the program with concerts at the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery, as well as the program 'Serenades in the Park Gradac'.



Autumn is here and so is the new boat schedule for Lokrum! Since it's rainy, maybe today is not a perfect day to visit it, but as soon as the weather stabilizes, it will be the time to do some island hopping. One of the first stops for all the tourists in Dubrovnik is the little dreamy island of Lokrum, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.

Since the summer season is over, the boat operating hours are changed accordingly. The boat will operate from 9 am to 6 pm from today, September 23rd. That's still more than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!

You can see the full schedule here.

The Ministry of Environmental Protection, with the new Sustainable Waste Management Act, which it plans to adopt in the second quarter of 2020, will make it impossible to place a part of disposable plastic products on the market – 24 sata reports

As they write in the article, the list includes Q-tips, cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stirrers, balloon holders, food and beverage containers, styrofoam cups, and oxo-degradable plastic products that later decompose into invisible microplastics. The product list may also be expanded, depending on the results of consumption reduction measures on products such as bags.

On January 1st, 2019, measures for reducing the consumption of lightweight and very lightweight plastic bags began, and manufacturers and sellers are obliged to submit information to the Environmental and Energy Efficiency Fund about the quantity of bags placed on the market. In May 2020, there will be results from the implementation of these measures, such as the mandatory payment for light bags and the education of citizens. The EU's deadline for banning these products is July 3rd, 2021.

According to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, which opposes such a ban, 8200 workers in 700 companies worked in the plastics and rubber industry last year. Production increased by 50 percent from 1990 to last year. Two years ago, we exported plastic worth 437 million dollars. Also, on the pages of the Croatian Chamber of Economy they published the data that the analysis of the European association PlasticsEurope showed that if the plastic packaging for food were eliminated, the weight of the packaging would quadruple, the energy consumption would increase by 50 percent, there would be 60 percent more waste and twice the greenhouse gas emissions – it's written in the article.

Dubrovnik Symphony orchestra and pianist Naira Asatrian once again invite the citizens and their guests to the humanitarian concert, and all the collected money will go to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. This special event will take place at the Rector's Palace on Tuesday, September 24th, at 9 pm.

Over the last few years, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Naira Asatrian have organized several concerts like this, such as "Naira for dystrophics", then a concert intended for the purchase of Fibroscan apparatus for Dubrovnik General Hospital, and last year for the Intensive Care Unit.

This year Naira will delight the audience with the music of Chopin and Beethoven.

Ticket prices are 70 and 100 kuna and can be purchased in the following places: Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra office (Sv. Dominika 9 – Revelin), Perla Adriatica (Ploce), Gift shop Dubravka (Pile), Luza. The tickets also can be bought one hour before the beginning of the concert in front of the Rector’s Palace and online.

Dubrovnik has longed for concerts by international music stars for quite some time and finally after long negotiations, thanks to the co-financing of the City of Dubrovnik on the occasion of 70 years of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, world music celebrities Tom Jones and Il Volo have performed on the most beautiful stage in Dubrovnik this year. With these performances, Dubrovnik has become one of the cities that, along with classical performers, offers interesting musical names on a global scale.

But these are not the only musical sensations that will perform in Dubrovnik! Considering the numerous positive comments made by citizens and visitors, and knowing that the tickets were sold out in a very short time, the City of Dubrovnik in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival has started negotiations with two major international stars for the 2020 performances. One of them is Andrea Bocelli, while they cannot yet go public with the other name at this stage of negotiations.

-We are aware of the fact that due to the limited space these concerts cannot be financially profitable, but we think that they are extremely important for a destination like Dubrovnik, because of the quality of the service and the level of image – they said from the City of Dubrovnik.

Adam Goldstein, CLIA Executive Board Chairman and Vice President of Royal Caribbean Cruises, met with the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic. On this occasion, once again the chairman of the main cruise ship organization gave support to the City for all of their cruise tourism projects.

As it was already announced, the rules for the 2020 season have also been harmonized, which will include further improvements in the number of guests who visit the City at the same time, with the aim of achieving the highest level of guest service and citizen satisfaction. CLIA representatives supported the measures, as well as the announced introduction of cruise ship transportation to Pile and back by low-floor articulated buses. Shuttle transport will be taken over by Dubrovnik Public Transport company Libertas, which will significantly reduce traffic jams on the city roads.

They also talked about a growing effort by cruise companies to put additional effort into environmental conservation measures with the introduction of modern technology on their ships, and to work together on sustainable tourism. On this topic the City of Dubrovnik and the CLIA, together with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), are preparing a joint project, all of which is actually a follow-up to the project by the City of Dubrovnik - Respect the City.

Il Salone del Camper, camping fair held in Parma, started on September 14th and it will last until September 22nd. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board joined the fair today and will be there until the end.

The tourist boards of Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Lika-Senj counties are presented at the joint stand, as well as the association Top camping Croatia.

Il Salone del Camper is held in the Fiere di Parma showroom, gathering many tourism professionals and is among the most visited camping fairs in Europe.

The exhibit space of about 80 thousand square meters gathers 350 exhibitors, with over 130 thousand visitors expected.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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