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

Sea on the beach Donje Celo on the island of Kolocep near Dubrovnik is contaminated with fecal waters and is not recommended for swimming - the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County reported.

This is the third beach in the last two weeks in the south of Croatia which is closed due to sudden pollution of the faeces. First was Srebreno, followed by the beach in front of the Hotel Rixos Libertas.

The Public Health Institute took samples on the beach of Donje Celo on July 10th, after the Center 122 reported the sudden pollution of the sea in the evening. By analyzing the samples it has been found that it does not meet the requirements of the Regulation on the quality of bathing water. Additional samples will be taken up to the end of the contamination.

The mayors of Dubrovnik and Split, Mato Frankovic and Andro Krstulovic Opara, met today in Dubrovnik and agreed on steps to fix the difficult situation on the roads of these cities especially during the tourist season, since because of the liberalization of the car market there is a multiplication of the number of taxi vehicles.

They intend to request the necessary modifications of the Road Traffic Act from the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Croatia by allowing towns with UNESCO-protected cores to autonomously regulate the number of taxis in their area in order to increased service quality and reduced road traffic pressure.

-We are preparing a joint text amending and supplementing the Road Traffic Act to regulate the unsustainable condition of the city's roads resulting from the liberalization of the car transport market - said mayors Andro Krstulovic Opara and Mato Franković after the meeting.

The president of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic arrived in Dubrovnik to be a part of the Opening Ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. During her visit, Grabar Kitarovic also decided to visit the House of Marin Drzic, the the greatest Croatian playwright of all time, one of the most eminent Croatian writers in history, as well as one of the key authors of the European Renaissance comedy. 

The House of Marin Drzic, institution in culture of the City of Dubrovnik, was founded in 1989 and has been dedicated to the life and work of this great Croatian playwright. It is located adjacent to the Domino Church in a building erected after the earthquake in 1667, partly on the site of the destroyed house and previous All Saints Church, in which Drzic was a rector in accordance to family law.

The House, as said by the organizers of this event, presents the national reference center for providing all the information about life and work of Marin Držic, and the visit of the president accompanied by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Perfect, Nikola Dobroslavic, the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and parliamentary representative Sanja Putica, shows the continuation of the previously established cooperation on 'branding' and available models for the development of identity and the brand of the Republic of Croatia.

The president wasn’t available for statements after the tour.

Since the Opening Ceremony of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival is a special event in the city of Dubrovnik, the buses will operate longer tonight.

- Line 1A will operate until the last ride that will leave Pile at 3:10 am; 
- Line 1B will operate until the last ride that will leave Pile at 3:00 am;
- Line 3 will operate until the last ride that will leave Pile at 3:10 am;
- Line 4 will operate until the last ride that will leave Pile at 3:10 am;
- Line 6 will operate until the last ride that will leave Pile at 3:10 am;
- Line 8 will operate until the last ride that will leave Viktorija at 2:55 or Pile at 3:00 am.

If you want to learn more about the Opening Ceremony that is held tonight, click here: 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival to open tonight

The finale of the second season of the television series Succession will be shot on the beautiful island of Korcula from July 17th to July 20th. Most of the scenes will be filmed at the entrance to the historical core, in front of the Saint Marko Cathedral and in the restaurant Cupido. There will be night scenes, too – Dubrovacki.hr reports.

Succession is an American satirical comedy-drama television series, created by Jesse Armstrong, that premiered on June 3rd, 2018, on HBO. The series centers on the fictional Roy family, the dysfunctional owners of a global media empire who are fighting for control of the company amidst uncertainty about the health of the family's patriarch, Logan Roy.

The series stars an ensemble cast featuring Hiam Abbass, Nicholas Braun, Brian Cox, Kieran Culkin, Peter Friedman, Natalie Gold, Matthew Macfadyen, Alan Ruck, Parker Sawyers, Sarah Snook, Jeremy Strong, and Rob Yang.

The second season is set to premiere on August 11th this year.

The big day has come! The jubilee, 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, will open tonight by the raising of the Libertas flag in front of church of Saint Blaise at 9 pm. The festival will last from July 10th to August 25th and will take place on about thirty scenic and ambience locations of the city of Dubrovnik. 

The opening of the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be done by the script of the Artistic Director Dora Ruzdjak Podolski, who is also directing it with her Assistant Director Sasa Bozic under the motto ‘’Dubrovnik sails’’.

The ceremony will be enriched by the Orchestra of the National Opera of the Lower Saxony from Hannover, the Ivan Goran Kovacic Academy Choir, the Mixed Choir Libertas and the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir conducted by maestro Ivan Repusic, joined with the Festival Drama Ensemble, the Folklore Ensemble Lindo, the students of the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and the children and citizens of Dubrovnik.

The end of the ceremony will be marked with the fireworks whose start is expected to be around 10 pm.

In the 47 day of the upcoming festival season, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will present over 80 dramatic, musical, ballet, film, folk and other performances to numerous domestic and international audiences. The program brings together the best Croatian artists and the top performances of foreign artists, and the musical program of the Festival will be started on the 11th of July with a great gala concert in front of the church of St. Blaise.

Opening ceremony traditionally was supposed to be seen on the general rehearsal last night, but it was sadly canceled due to bad weather. Hopefully the weather will improve until the ceremony tonight.

Family Stallone is spending their vacation in Croatia for days now and today they came to Dubrovnik. Unfortunately, Sylvester Stallone is not with them, but is following and commenting their photos on Instagram, signing every comment – a bit funny – as dad.

Beautiful Stallone sisters – Sophia, Sistine and Scarlet, have been posting numerous photos from their vacation in Croatia with their cousins, making an amazing promotion of our country.

They are traveling with Meira, luxurious yacht that has been spotted next to Lokrum today. This is one of the most luxurious yachts that are avaliable in Croatia, worth around 133 thousand euro a day!

The confirmation of their Dubrovnik stay came from Scarlet, who published a photo from so called ''walk of shame'' stairs, below Saint Ignatius Church.

-Had to walk up a lot of steps to take this picture – she wrote in the caption of the photo.

Sistine published a photo captioned – Croatia you pretty. It seems that lovely sisters are making beautiful memories in Croatia. We hope that their dad will join them too!

Holidays in Croatia? Yes, please! Our country has been a real hit in the last couple of years, but it seems that 2019 is something special when it comes to celebrity arrivals! 

After Bon Jovi, Sylvester Stallone's family, numerous Australian models, influencers and bloggers, here comes another celebrity! Famous actor Will Ferrell caused euphoria at the National Park Krka. They shared a photo on their official Facebook page, with a great caption.

-Meeting someone who has been making you laugh out loud for decades is nothing to laugh about. We were so happy and proud to host the legendary Will Ferrell at the #NPKrka. Thanks for all the LOL's! – National Park Krka wrote under the photo showing an employee posing with actor looking really touristy. We are sure it was hard to spot him!

Which celebrity will be next? We'll just have to wait and see.

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