Thursday, 20 June 2019
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.


On the occasion of World Music Day, which is marked on the 21st of June, a rich variety of musical events will be held at various locations around the city of Dubrovnik.

Traditionally, for the ninth year in a row, on the first day of the summer, on the 21st of June at 5 am, the festival Ana in the City with Ana Rucner will be held. And in addition to the wonderful sounds of Ana's cello accompanied by pianist Darko Domitrović, visitors will also be able to enjoy the great repertoire of our prominent soprano Sandra Bagaric. Every year this magnificent experience attracts an increasing number of visitors, who enjoy the first sunrise of summer. However, this year the experience will be doubled as on the same day at 8 pm on the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik Ana Rucner will also mark the setting of the first summer sun with a performance.

Dubrovnik's public transport company Libertas will lay on two buses that will drive visitors to Bosanka at four o'clock in the morning from two locations. The first bus leaves at 4 am from Pile and will drive directly to Bosanka, and the other bus leaves at 4 am from the main bus station and will stop at bus stops along the way.

At 11 am in front of the church of St. Blaise a concert will be held by the mixed choir Libertas, and in their repertoire they have prepared many popular evergreens. This concert is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board together with the City of Dubrovnik.

The last musical treat is organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the City of Dubrovnik and the Midsummer Scene Festival, which begins on the World Music Day, on the 21st of June, is organizing a musical spectacle for the citizens and guests of Dubrovnik in front of the church of St. Blaise. The concert will begin at 9:00 pm and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Indonesian conductor, a firm favourite of Dubrovnik audiences, Noorman Widjaja, while Matej Meštrović will play as the soloist, without doubt the most versatile artist on the Croatian cultural scene.

Entrance to all these musical events is free of charge.


As part of an official stay in Croatia, the delegation of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People's Republic of China, led by Minister Han Changf, visited Ston on Tuesday afternoon.

The Croatian Minister of Agriculture, Tomislav Tolušić, hosted the Chinese guests, and during their visit to this picturesque town the delegation visited the salt pans in Ston and learned about the rich history of the production of salt that dates back to the time of the Republic of Dubrovnik.


They also visited another of Ston’s main attractions, the oyster beds in the bay of Ston. Mato Franusic hosted the Chinese delegation in Ston and explained to them the characteristics of oysters from Ston, which are recognised around the world.

The Chinese Ambassador to Croatia Xu Erwen accompanied Minister Changfou. After the official program, Minister Tolušić commented to reporters that "Our guests today were very impressed with the Ston salt pans and oysters. The visit to Ston was put together on the eve of the trip of the Chinese Minister to Italy, agriculture and aquaculture are something that is extremely interesting to the Chinese, and in these segments Croatia has shown great potential and growth over the last few years. We can use this area for further promotion of Croatia and possible export.”

The Croatian government decided today to increase the number of work visas for foreign workers by an extra 2,000. At the 162nd Session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a decision was made on amendments to the decision on determining the annual quota for foreigner employment for the calendar year 2019.

This latest decision means that an extra 2,000 visas will be made available in the tourism sector and 1,000 in the construction sector.

The President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilovic commented “Increasing the quota was a necessary measure to help employers. The only alternative was to lock the doors or to see the quality of work suffer, which in the middle of the tourist season is disastrous.”


Be careful what you comment on Facebook, you could well face a visit from the police and a hefty fine. If you thought that you could launch insults and offend people online, it might be time to think again.

Two readers of a news website in Slavonski Brod “ebroda” commented on an article on the newspapers Facebook page and have now been both fined. The article was regarding the seizure of drugs and the pair were found guilty of commenting in a way that offended and insulted the police force.

One man was fined 700 Kuna for his comment, whilst the second man was fined 400 Kuna.

The police commented that there is no difference in the law between an insult whilst a police officer is on duty or one across social media. According to the polices response the fines can range from 200 to 750 Kuna or 30 days in prison.

Because of the comments on social media you might get a knock at the door from the police, or a private lawsuit, regardless of where you are commenting. Think before you comment.

The popular British TV and radio star Gethin Jones has enjoyed a break in the Adriatic sunshine in Dubrovnik.

Jones (41) has presented a whole host of TV shows in the UK, mostly for the BBC, including Blue Peter, Strictly Come Dancing and Police Camera Action! As well as making a guest appearance on Doctor Who. Currently the Welsh born presenter hosts a breakfast radio show on Hits Radio in Manchester, he has also worked extensively for BBC radio.

Jones stayed in the luxury five-star resort Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, and filled his Instagram account with photos of Dubrovnik including a final one yesterday from the heart of the historic Old City, on the Stradun, in which he simply commented “Goodbye Dubrovnik!”

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The average temperatures over the past centuries have risen thanks to mankind’s continual pollution of the planet. And now you can see exactly how much the average temperatures have risen in your hometown since you were born with a new app launched by The New York Times.

On their website the popular American publication published an article which opened with “As the world warms because of human-induced climate change, most of us can expect to see more days when temperatures hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.”

The website allows you to enter your hometown and your date of birth and then gives you the results, which don’t make for pretty reading.

As an example we used Dubrovnik and the year 1970.

The results read.

“When you were born, the Dubrovnik area could expect about 6 days per year to reach at least 32 degrees”

It continued.

“Today the Dubrovnik area can expect 32 days at or above 32 degrees per year, on average.”

And finally.

“By the time you’re 80, models show there could be 43 of these very hot days. The likely range is between 38 and 67 days.”
And in conclusion.

The Dubrovnik area is likely to feel this extra heat even if countries take action to lower their greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century, according to an analysis conducted for The New York Times by the Climate Impact Lab, a group of climate scientists, economists and data analysts from the Rhodium Group, the University of Chicago, Rutgers University and the University of California, Berkeley. If countries continue emitting at historically high rates, the future could look even hotter.

Check out the information for yourself at The New York Times website.

Watching dolphins swim in the Adriatic Sea is a truly amazing sight, but watching a couple of them playing is just breath-taking. These two playful dolphins were spotted playing in the Rogoznica bay area between Split and Sibenik on the Dalmatian coastline.

It isn’t uncommon to see dolphins in the Adriatic, especially if you are on a boat away from the shoreline, but to see two of them and two that are literally diving and jumping in front of you is rare. This video was uploaded onto the Instagram account of the news website Like Sibenik.

Check out the video


An exhibition of pieces from one of the most famous European private collections of art, the Thyssen-Bornemisza family collection, was officially opened this week in the renovated monastery of Our Lady of Špilice on the island of Lopud.

The gala opening was attended by many eminent guests from the field of culture and art who emphasized the importance of such an exhibition in Croatia on this occasion. And this unique exhibition of private collections of art ranges from the time of the Renaissance to modern art. The impressive art collection has been complied by Thyssen-Bornemisza family for centuries, and all visitors of Lopud will have the opportunity to visit the restored Monastery of Our Lady of Špilje until October.

We are delighted that our country has the opportunity to host such a prominent exhibition of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative art from the Renaissance period, as well as modern art, tirelessly collected through the four generations of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family. Without exaggeration, we can say that this is one of the most important, if not the biggest renaissance exhibitions in Croatia, commented the organizers.


The monastery in which the exhibition is held is one of the few reconstructed Renaissance buildings on the island of Lopud, the former strategic shipbuilding site of the Dubrovnik Republic. The monastery today represents a new vibrant cultural center. The island itself abounds in remarkable natural and architectural sights, including monasteries, deserted houses, large villas and fortresses, and many churches and chapels.

Good news for all art lovers is that the exhibition will remain open until the 13th of October this year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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