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Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Dubrovnik is in an Easter mood. The Easter weekend is upon us and Easter Monday is a public holiday in Croatia. Good Friday was once again marked with a traditional procession through the Old City of Dubrovnik this year.

The bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinić, led the rites of Good Friday in the Dubrovnik Cathedral. And after the ceremony a procession, with the cross, was lead through the streets of Dubrovnik before signing of Lent carols and prayers.

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This Friday brought that summer feeling to Dubrovnik! It almost felt like it was a middle of the season with crowds of tourists walking around.

Short sleeves, shorts, hats - not so usual during April, but it really worked with this sunny and warm day. Ice creams and selfies were a big hit too. Easter weekend should bring even more tourists in the City and we can just predict that this season will be a real record-breaker.

Don't miss our photo gallery to get that Friday summer feeling.

On the initiative of Pawel Wlodarczyk, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Kraków, the second largest Polish city will become home of ''Little Croatia''.

A group of 25 Croatian and Polish students, mentored by their professors from the Universities of Zagreb, Split, and Kraków, participated in a workshop/competition, from the 27th to the 31st of March 2017, in order to reinvent Kraków’s Bagry Wielkie Park so it would remind the Poles of summer fun in Croatia.

The workshop was designed to select the best land development project, according to which the popular park in Kraków will be rebuilt.

The winning project included the proposal of the Honorary Consul to build an educational path – a walkway resembling the shape of the Croatian border. The students designed structures that feature Croatia’s largest and most popular cities (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Vukovar, Pula and others), as well as relaxation areas, including benches, lighting and signs that tell the story and history of each Croatian city and its relations with Poland.

Despite the fact that the project initiator has not yet found funds for the park’s development, the students and mentors involved in the project expressed satisfaction of taking part in such process. The Honorary Consul Paweł Włodarczyk emphasized that he saw an opportunity for even closer relations between the two countries. On the other hand, the project will surely contribute to promotion of Croatia in Kraków and southern Poland.

It is interesting to note that the Bagry Wielkie Park is a popular destination for citizens of Kraków, especially during the summer, as it is located only 5 km from the city centre and has a beach on the lagoon with a swimming area, as well as sailing and other recreational activities.

One of the leading manufacturers of batteries and battery packs from China will invest $30 million in the Croatian electric car manufacturer Rimac Automobili.

A few days ago, Camel Group from China signed an agreement on investing $27 million in Rimac Automobili and $3 million in Rimac’s Greyp Bikes.

The Chinese company said in a statement that the Rimac technology is definitely at the top of the world level. They also stated that Camel Group focused on high performance electric cars, battery systems, automotive electronics and the development of systems for information and fun.

Camel Group Co., Ltd. is an integrated high-tech enterprise specialized for developing, manufacturing and sales of batteries in China, Europe, the United States, Africa, and Southeast Asia. The company produces almost 400 types of batteries that are used in automobiles, agricultural vehicles, ships, trucks, golf carts, electric cars, electric motors, electric bicycles, and for various special purposes.

The company is also involved in the lead recycling business and production of various battery related plastic products.
Camel Group Co., Ltd. was founded in 1980 and employs 5,755 people.

There should be around eight thousand tourists in Dubrovnik during the Easter holidays, according to the expectations of Dubrovnik tourist workers and reservations. Tourists that are expected are from Croatia, USA, Spain, Korea, UK and other countries.

There is a different, more vivid feeling in Dubrovnik since the beginning of April and the start of summer flight schedule. During the Easter holidays the city will be even more busy. For all the guests and locals the Dubrovnik Tourist Board has prepared a traditional program on the Stradun – egg painting and various entertaiment programs.  

During the Easter week there will be couple of concerts combined with traditional liturgical ceremonies. Procession will be held through the streets of the historical centre on Friday. On Easter, April 16th, you can enjoy the performance of KUD Ivan Vitez Trnski from Nova Raca. The program will continue with the concert of vocal group Subrenum. Ladies in traditional costumes will give away traditionaly painted eggs and leaflets describing Easter traditions of Dubrovnik region, as a special gift of Dubrovnik Tourist Board. In front of the Sponza Palace, starting at 10 am, there will be a workshop, showing traditional way of decorating the eggs by Dubrovacki primorski svatovi.

EASTER BRUNCH IN DUBROVNIK RESTAURANTS

Along the Croatian part of the Adriatic coast one of the most popular daily meals is certainly brunch. That is a late morning meal that is consumed around 11 am or later, and it’s locally called ‘marenda’. Brunch is increasingly replacing the traditional lunch, especially for the feast of Easter, and because of that the Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized gastronomic days called - Easter brunch, that will happen from 15 to 17 April.

Restaurants that offer Easter brunch are Domino, Gusta me, Kopun, Lajk, Mimoza, Orsan, Porat, Taj Mahal in the historic centre and Taj Mahal in Hotel Lero. Their menus offer traditional Dubrovnik Easter cake – pinca, eggs, ham in bread, green onions, lamb with peas, fish, oysters, Dubrovnik sweets and many other festive dishes.

On Monday, April 17th, the traditional event Easter in Primorje will happen. It’s oganized by the association Dubrovacki primorski svatovi and will be held in Klisevo.

 

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Following the 2016 referendum vote to leave the European Union the Brexit process is underway. On the 29th of March the UK Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, formally starting the negotiations for the UK to leave the EU.

What next for the UK? What will the new role be inside Europe; these are certainly challenging times for the UK with rounds of tough negotiations ahead for the UK government. The question of Brits living as ex-pats abroad is one that will be watched extremely closely.

The British Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, Andrew Dalgleish, has answered nine key questions on exactly what happens next and what Brexit means for the UK – Croatian relationships going forward.

In the autumn of 2016 Croatia fell in line with the rest of the European Union by having health messages over packs of cigarettes. These graphic and very blunt warnings including photos and images of cancer operations, unborn babies and rotten teeth, amongst others, are aimed at cutting down the number of smokers by shocking them to the actual risks. Over 30 percent of the Croatian population are regular smokers and this costs the health service millions every year.

The EU is not the first to have such warnings many other countries have brought in these graphic cautions years ago.

However smokers have found a way to ignore the warnings, with the help of a cardboard cover, or sleeve, which slips over the boxes thus covering the shocking images. These sleeves are available at most kiosks and cost only 1 Kuna.

Croatia isn’t the first country to have such sleeves, in fact cigarette stores and kiosks in Australia were offering them free with every box of cigarettes, a move that brought outrage from authorities. It remains to be seen if the Croatian government will crack down on these sleeves.

Music festival ‘Dubrovnik musical spring’ was presented yesterday on the press conference organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in the Sponza Palace.

Ana Hilje, head of the Department of culture and heritage pointed that this is one more ‘’beautiful musical story’’. She stated that the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra concerts improve the quality of the music program in the city. Romana Vlasic, director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, said that she hopes for the new, similar projects in the future.  Director of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Damir Milat thanked all the sponsors and stressed out the problems – money, space and number of musicians in the orchestra. He was also thankful for the places where the concerts will take place: Revelin Fortress, Cathedral and Franciscan Church.

Dubrovnik musical spring is a cycle of classical music concerts which will take place in Dubrovnik from April 18th to 28th. With maestro Campestrini, concerts will be also conducted by the Zagreb conductor Tomislav Facini and honorary conductor of the Orchestra, Pavle Despalj.
There will be performances by pianist Aljosa Jurinic, violinist and concert master of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Dana Kahriman, first bassoon of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Matija Novakovic and Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky.

It is expected the performance by pianist Aljoša Jurinić, violinist and concert master DSOs Kahriman, first bassoon DSOs, Matija Novakovic and Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky.

 

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