Friday, 15 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.


On this day, 28 years ago, the 1st of October 1991 at 6 am Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA). It is a day etched in the memories of the citizens of the city as they were awoken by the Homeland War. The Yugoslav National Army started their offensive on the south of Croatia and Dubrovnik on this day 28 years ago.

The first shells were fired from artillery units of the JNA from positions around Trebinje and from mortar units just across the border in Ivanica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. These first mortars landed on the village of Bosanka on the Srd Mountain and in Mokosica. Within a few hours of the attack the JNA air force had taken out the electrical substation in Komolac leaving Dubrovnik without electricity and water. Later the communications centre and antenna on top of the Srd Mountain was bombed and destroyed leaving the city without communications to the outside world. This was the beginning of a three-month blockade of Dubrovnik.

More than 10,000 enemy soldiers, around 100 tanks, heavy artillery, navy warships and MIGs opened a frontline of up to 200 kilometres and on the other side of the battlefield were only 750 poorly armed Croatian defenders, police and volunteers.

The heaviest attacks on Dubrovnik in its history occurred from the 8th to the 14th of November when more than 5,000 missiles were fired into the city area and then again on the 6th of December when over 600 artillery missiles landed inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In that attack, nine buildings inside the Dubrovnik walls were completely burnt out, 456 were severely damaged, and 45 grenades landed directly on the Stradun.

During the attack and occupation of the Dubrovnik area more than 33,000 people were evicted, 184 Croatian defenders and 92 civilians died and more than 1,500 people were wounded. In concentration camps in in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Montenegro 423 people were detained. From Ston to Konavle a total of 2,127 houses were burnt to their foundations.

The first day of October brings changes in the public city transport. There will be changes in the lines 1A, 1B, 4, 6 and 8. 

Line 1A and 1B - From 8am to 8pm it will depart every 10 minutes and after 8 pm every 15 minutes. The peak hours on these lines were provided with additional assistance, while the last departures remained unchanged.

Line 4 - After 3 pm the departure frequency changes from 15 minutes to 20 minutes.

Line 6 – From 4pm to 6pm departures will be every 15 minutes, and from 6pm to 8pm every 10 minutes. From 8 pm buses run every 15 minutes.

Line 8 - Departure frequency is every 30 minutes, and after 8.40 pm every 45 minutes.

There are no changes in the last departures, and these changes apply to weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

You can see the whole timetable here.

International Day of Older Persons will be marked by the Dubrovnik Red Cross at the Gruz Market from 9 am. You will be able to measure blood pressure as well as sugar.

The Day of Older Persons was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on December 14th 1990.

According to the UN official website, almost 700 million people are now over the age of 60. By 2050, 2 billion people, over 20 per cent of the world’s population, will be 60 or older. The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and the most rapid in the developing world, with Asia as the region with the largest number of older persons, and Africa facing the largest proportionate growth.

With this in mind, enhanced attention to the particular needs and challenges faced by many older people is clearly required. Just as important, however, is the essential contribution the majority of older men and women can continue to make to the functioning of society if adequate guarantees are in place. Human rights lie at the core of all efforts in this regard.

An exhibition "Zambratija - prehistoric sewn boat" will stay open until the end of October instead ending today. The exhibition is placed at the Rupe granary as part of the inter-museum collaboration between the Dubrovnik Museums and the Archaeological Museum of Istria from Pula,

The exhibition presents the results of archaeological research of a boat structure from the underwater of Zambratija bay near Umag, dating from the end of the Bronze Age to the Iron Age. This is the oldest example of a fully sewn boat ever found in the Mediterranean.

The international research was jointly conducted by Ida Koncani Uhac from the Archaeological Museum of Istria from Pula, Marko Uhac from the Conservation Department in Pula and Giulia Boetto from the French National Center for Scientific Research at Aix-Marseille University.

The authors of the exhibition are Ida Koncani Uhac, Giulia Boetto and Marko Uhac. The coordinator of the exhibition in Dubrovnik is Domagoj Perkic, curator of the Archaeological Museum of the Dubrovnik Museums.

Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic, Head of the Department for Education, Sport, Social Welfare and Civil Society Dzivo Brcic and Head of the Department for European Funds, Regional and International Cooperation Zrinka Raguz welcomed a delegation from Bad Hamburg, one of the 'sister cities' of the City of Dubrovnik.

This year the long-lasting cooperation between the two cities continues through youth exchange. After 11 young dancers from the Convivo dance group visited Bad Homburg in April this year, a delegation from the German city arrived in return with city officials Marc Nolte and Silke Amrein. Marc Nolte told the hosts that he brings the greetings of the Mayor of Bad Hamburg, Alexander Hetjes, and thanked them for his hospitality, pointing out that the joint projects of Bad Hamburg and the City of Dubrovnik further strengthened the friendship between the two cities.

It was agreed that it is still necessary to strengthen and enhance existing projects and jointly design new projects in the field of child and youth care, social and health care. In addition to the collaboration of young dancers, there is also an excellent collaboration made by Red Cross societies, firefighters, athletes and young musicians. Also, at the same time, a group of young handball players hosted by our Dubrovnik handball club is visiting Dubrovnik, and part of the program of these two youth exchanges will be realized together.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in which two persons got heavily injured, four persons got light injuries, while there were 10 traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 921 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 632 measures taken due to speeding, 49 measures due to improper overtaking, 41 measures for improper stop and parking, 72 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 31 measures because of using mobile phone while driving

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, has signed a contract with the Ministry of State Property for the donation of land in Zaton for the purpose of establishing a new recreational zone.

On an area of 872 square meters, and in accordance with earlier announcements, the construction of a sports and recreational zone is planned.

The land was previously used by the locals as a parking lot and was subject to sale by the Ministry of State Property. After the City of Dubrovnik expressed its interest in the construction of a sports and recreational playground on the parcel during the spring, the Ministry accepted the City's request as justified and pledged to donate the property to the City, and the procedure was finalized by the conclusion of the Grant Agreement.

The space is planned to get a new purpose in 2020.

Traditionally, for the third year in a row, musical matinees Pictures from the Exhibition are being held every Saturday at noon at Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The concerts started in September and will continue during October. The first matinee in October is scheduled for Saturday, September 5th.

The Rest is Music organization launched the Pictures at an Exhibition project in 2017, in partnership with Museum of modern Art Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board, with the support of the City of Dubrovnik. The author of the concept is pianist Ivana Jelača. It is devised according to the classical music suite composed by the Russian composer Modest Musorgsky. Originally written for the piano, it represents an imaginary tour of the exhibition of paintings and expresses the observer’s experience musically.

The project is performed as a cycle of music matinées at Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The place dedicated to three prominent Croatian painters of the 20th century becomes the place of musical performances in the historical center of Dubrovnik. The Noon Matinées are intended for foreign and domestic audience with the aim of creating new development programs of cultural tourism in the City. At the trail of the magnificent colors of Mediterranean landscaping and the creation of three famous Croatian painters , the program which is performed represents a collection of works by prominent Croatian and foreign composers, which is powerfully colored by the sounds and atmosphere of the permanent exhibition in the Gallery.

Ivana Jelaca, piano
Nastasja Palcok
Duration: 50 min

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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