Thursday, 14 November 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.


The sixth edition of the Good Food Festival is just around the corner! One of the favorite festivals in Dubrovnik has been presented at the press conference at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office. This year’s Good Food Festival starts on Monday, October 14th and will last until Sunday, October 20th.

Romana Vlasic, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board Director, presented the 2019 edition of the festival, which again includes famous chefs, workshops, Dubrovnik restaurant week with promo menus for locals and their guests, sweet festival offer, wine tastings, food truck, cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourism School and much more.

-There will be a lot of events, much good food and excellent tastes – Vlasic said, adding that the sixth edition of the Good Food Festival will be followed by around 10 foreign gastro journalists, which brings great promotion of the Festival and Dubrovnik in general.

One of the most valuable parts of the Good Food Festival are surely gastro workshops held by the DESA Association. This year there is a novelty: a brand new space in the Lazareti Complex, with amazing kitchen that can welcome more people.

Jadranka Nicetic, the keeper of Dubrovnik tradition, will again take part at this year’s Good Food Festival, joint with Lucija Tomasic Saric. They will teach you about the smell and taste of Dubrovnik orange! Nicetic shared one wish with journalists at the press conference: that even more young people join these kind of events and learn about tradition.

Dario Sevelj, Director of the Dubrovnik Beer Company, said that they wanted to make mini fest inside this, bigger, festival. They will welcome Mojmir Zuvela and his traveling kitchen! 

-He is really unusual chef that carries his smoker with him and I think that you didn’t have a chance to try this kind of food in Dubrovnik since now – Sevelj said, adding that with food, beer and three days of live music he can surely say that it will be more than fun!

One more special event will be held at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik, in the Kantenari Restaurant: dinner with a movie.
-This is a dinner for hedonists, dinner for all the senses – Andela Jelic from the Sunset Beach explained. It will include wine tasting, projection of the movie Sideways, alongside with three-course dinner. It will all end with live concert by Maja Grgic.

And the ‘boom’ events of the Festival are reserved for the last day: Gala Dinner and Dubrovnik Table.

Gala Dinner will take place at the Hotel Rixos Libertas. Chef was inspired with Dubrovnik spices and the dishes will be combined with cocktails made for that occasion.

Earlier that day, the Dubrovnik Table will be organized, and all the funds will go to humanitarian cause like always, to Lukjernica Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Luka Simunovic for the Dubrovnik Tourism School said that he thinks that this Festival should last at least for a month, while Marko Miljanic from the City of Dubrovnik added that at least the restaurants should keep this promotional menus during the winter months.

It’s good to know that the Good Food Festival also takes care that they use environmentally friendly products!

You can see the full program here.


Photo by Branka Mumalo

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 12 traffic accidents, in which six persons got heavily injured, four persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 870 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 649 measures taken due to speeding, 41 measures due to improper overtaking, 31 measures for improper stop and parking, 36 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 14 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and four measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Croatia’s number one tennis star, Marin Cilic, shared happy news with his numerous fans at his official Instagram profile! He is going to become a parent for the first time with his beautiful wife Kristina.

-New ride! Excited to share with you all that #teamCilic will be growing. New member joining us in 2020 – Cilic wrote under the photo showing him with a stroller, which just keeps getting likes and reactions, not only from his fans but also from sport celebrities from all over the world! 

Kristina and Marin will welcome their first child around two years after they tied a knot in the Saint Nicholas Church in Cavtat. It is no wonder that this harmonious couple decided to marry in Dubrovnik because the city was crucial for the beginning of their love. Marin and the beautiful brunette met in Dubrovnik in 2008 at the Davis Cup, where Kristina worked as a hostess, and soon afterwards their friendship turned to love.

And now, more than 10 years later, they will welcome their first baby. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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Marin and Kristina got married in 2018 in Cavtat (Photo: Niksa Duper)

As part of the Croatian Tourism Day, organized by the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Slavonia, Cavtat won first place - Tourist Flower in the category Malo misto (Little place). With this prestigious award, Cavtat rounded off 2019 honors in the best way. 

Cavtat started a series of awards this year by entering the Top 10 European Best Destinations in the categories "Best Romantic Destination" and "Best Destination for Nature Lovers".

This was followed by another international award Silver Flower, organized by the Communities in Bloom - CIB Association, whose winners were announced at a closing ceremony last weekend in the Canadian city of Yarmouth.

Last night international awards were joined by the Croatian one in Vinkovci, winning the first place - Tourist Flower in the category Authentic coastal destination Malo misto.

Konavle Municipality and Konavle Tourist Board congratulate all tourism professionals, utilities as well as all who have contributed to these valuable recognitions, which oblige them to continue their dedicated work to raise the quality of the tourism offer.

The second edition of the Stradun Classic Festival will start tonight at the atrium of the Rector's Palace.The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by one of Asia's most wanted conductors, Darrell Ang, and will feature soloists: Croatian mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupic and English-Dutch violinist Daniel Rowland. On the program is the world premiere of Ludomil Rogowski's "Bucolique" Violin Concerto, a selection of Biblical songs by Antonín Dvořák, "Idyll" by Blagoje Bersa and Papandopoulo's "Hommage à Sorkocevic. The concert starts at 9pm.

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sechuan Symphony Orchestra since December 2016, Darrell Ang is a regular guest at the Mariinsky Theater - with the support of Valery Gergiev - and conducts monthly symphony and opera performances in St. Petersburg and at the new Mariinsky (Primorsky stage) theater in Vladivostok. This season he returns to the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Haydn Bolzano and Trent Orchestra, Munich Radio Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. He is one of the most sought after and well-known young conductors in Asia, and is collaborating with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra for the second time.

A well-known guest of distinguished concert halls, Renata Pokupic recently performed for the first time in Australia as Margareta (La Damnation de Faust, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), then at Berlioz's Roméo et Juliette (Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra) and Dvorak's Stabat Mater (Collegium Vocale Gent) and DSO Berlin). 'Magnificent vocal magic ... beautiful warm creamy voice and expressive stage attitude that is both seductive and truly poignant ... Pokupic reigned sovereignly in the arias that explored the mature lower regions of castrato voice ... a serene and gracious stage phenomenon ... her rich, middle-of-the-register voice brought a radiant warmth to the role ... ' is only a small part of the superlatives that accompanied numerous performances by Renata Pokupic around the world, at opera houses and concert venues such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, BBC Proms, Washington National Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Paris Chatelet and many others.

Violinist Daniel Rowland appears on the international scene as a very versatile, charismatic and adventurous performer. From 2007 to May 2019, Daniel was the first violin of the famous Brodsky Quartet. As a soloist, he has performed all over the world in renowned venues such as Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Glinka Hall in St. Petersburg, Symphony Hall in Birmingham and many others. This passionate chamber music lover has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as Ivry Gitlis, Polina Leschenko, Heinz Holliger, Dawn Upshaw, Alexander Lonquich, Priya Mitchell, Marcelo Nisinman, Michael Collins, Tunde Jegede, Nicolas Daniel. In Dubrovnik, he will play the violin concert "Bucolique" by L.M. Rogowski.

According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, not including nautical data, there was an increase in tourist traffic in the first nine months of this year. From January 1st to September 30th, there were 1,238,492 tourists staying in Dubrovnik (12 percent more than in the same period last year), and there were 3,835,112 overnight stays (five percent more than in 2018). Since the beginning of the year, most guests in Dubrovnik have been from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Ireland, Croatia, Italy and Canada.

From the total number of tourists from January 1st to September 30th, 661 658 guests stayed in 50 Dubrovnik hotels, which is an increase of 17 percent in hotel accommodation compared to the same period in 2018, and there were 1 958 356 of overnight stays made, or five percent more than last year.

In the private accommodation from the beginning of the year to the end of September there were 443 115 guests, which is a ten percent increase compared to last year. In the same period, private accommodation recorded 1 464 016 overnight stays, which is seven percent more than in 2018.

During September, Dubrovnik had 185 255 arrivals, or two percent more than in September 2018, and 591 908 overnight stays (an increase of one percent compared to the same period last year). During September, most guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Spain, Finland and Japan.

Dubrovnik Riviera, the promotional video of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, is featured in the online voting list for the World's Best Tourism Film and Travel video 2019.

The four minutes film combines authentic gastronomy, magical beaches of croatian islands, natural beauty, sports and recreation, entertainment, cultural and historical heritage and all the benefits of the destinations recognized by many tourists of all generations.

For the second year, Committee of Tourism film Festival (CIFFT) developed a consumer-oriented campaign – CIFFT “People’s Choice” Award, aimed to let people discover new tourism destinations through video and vote for their favourite.

And Dubrovnik Riviera truly deserves your vote! Just take a look at the video that has already won numerous awards and you will fall in love. You can vote from the same adress once a day and the voting lasts until October 25th. Currently the video has collected 92 votes and we are sure that it can do better! You can vote here

The International Committee of Tourism film Festivals was created in 1989 in Vienna, to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in the Travel Industry Video Marketing.

Nowadays, CIFFT is the most prestigious awards and recognition initiative in Travel and Tourism Industry Marketing Video. With 18 festival members, the Grand Prix CIFFT Circuit it is the exclusive competition to the video marketing for the Travel and Tourism industry, spanning 17 countries and 18 cities. From New York, Cannes, Riga, Deauville, Baku, Los Angeles, Zagreb, Berlin, Warsaw, Spain, Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, South Africa, Portugal, Czech Republic to Vienna.

Let's vote together for the Dubrovnik Riviera video right here.

DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

The association Mame Cavtat (Cavtat Mums) invites everybody to the beautiful little gem of Cavtat on Sunday, October 6th, at 6 pm on the first Dubrovnik-Neretva County Folklore Festival. This wonderful event brings a taste of the culture and tradition and it’s ment for preserving the heritage of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The program starts with a festive procession of the folklore societies on the promenade of Cavta, and from 6:30 pm the program is on the square where nine cultural societies, guardians of tradition with their songs and dances will perform: KUD Cilipi, KUD Stjepan Radic Pridvorje, KUD Marko Marojica Zupa Dubrovacka, KUD Sv. Juraj, Osojnik, FA Lindo Dubrovnik, KUD Ponikovska Poskocica, Ston, KPD Bratska Sloga Zrnovo, Korcula and KUD Lastovo. The guests are KUD Vila Velebita Jesenice.

Everyone who loves and cherishes traditions and customs is invited to come and enjoy an evening full of song and dance.

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The Voice of Dubrovnik


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