Thursday, 01 December 2022
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.


The Cure, one of the most significant bands of alternative rock music, for the first time in their 42-year career, will hold an independent concert in Croatia on October 27, 2022, in Arena Zagreb. The Zagreb concert is part of The Cure Tour Euro 22, during which The Cure will hold 44 concerts in 22 countries.

These indie rock pioneers have so far released 13 studio albums, more than 40 singles, their albums have sold 30 million copies worldwide, and there are also a number of live albums, soundtracks, books, etc. The Cure has marked the lives of a generation of fans with their music. and although it is difficult to classify them into a single musical genre, they influenced the formation of several of them, such as goth rock, new wave and post-rock. In 2019, five members of The Cure were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cure was formed in 1978 in the city of Crawley, England, and since the first concert that same year, The Cure has played over 1,500 concerts until now, and live performances and direct contact with the audience are what The Cure does best.

Oscar winning actress, Kate Winslet, will film in Dubrovnik in a Second World War drama. As we previously reported the former resort of Kupari, just south of Dubrovnik, is being prepared for filming. And now news has broken that Kate Winslet will be coming to Dubrovnik to film.

Filming of this WWII drama will take place in the second half of September, and apart from Kupari it is believed that various other locations around the city will be used.

The latest international production in Dubrovnik is a film about the legendary wartime photographer of Vogue magazine, Lee Miller, who will be played by Oscar winner Kate Winslet. The film also stars Jude Law and Marion Cotillard.


Nova TV, as part of United Media, will host the semi-final evaluation of one category of the globally recognized Emmy award on September 14 in Dubrovnik.

Namely, United Media, the media arm of United Group and a media service provider in Southeast Europe, was chosen by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to be part of the selection process for the International Emmy Awards.

The selection process for the 'International Emmy Awards' is a lengthy procedure with judging panels meeting in various locations around the world. The final nominees for a total of 15 categories will be announced in September, and the winners will be revealed at the 50th International Emmy Awards ceremony on November 21 in New York.

“The participation of our company in the process of selecting candidates for the International Emmy Award is a great recognition of our expertise in that field and once again confirms our leading position in the media market of Southeast Europe,” commented the Chief Executive Officer of United Media, Aleksandra Subotić.


The Streets of Our City entertainment program continues this week with another busy sevem-days of events. Orgainsed by the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board the Streets of Our City program aims at bringing music, dance and song to all parts of the city during the summer months.

And this week on Tuesday, August 30, Klapa Subrenum will perform by the Onofrio fountian in the heart of the Old City. On Wednesday, August 31, in Lapad Bay, all visitors will be entertained by Trio Laus, and in the Old City near Onofrio's Fountain, Klapa Ragusa will perform on the same night. On Saturday, September 3, in front of the church of St. Blaise, KUD Mičevec will perform.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 230 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the past week.

There are 96 people from Dubrovnik, 70 from Metković, 21 from Župa Dubrovnik, 16 from Ploče, 11 from Konavle, 3 each from Orebić and Kula Norinska, 2 each from Blato and Ston, and 1 each from Korčula, Vela Luka, Slivno, from Mljet, from Pojezerje and Janjina.

252 people recovered: 106 from Dubrovnik, 66 from Metković, 27 from Ploče, 26 from Župa Dubrovnik, 8 from Konavle, 5 from Orebić, 3 each from Ston and Pojezerje, 2 from Opuzen and 1 each from Blato, Lumbarda, from Mljet and from Slivno.

In the past week, 872 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 260,448 samples have been analysed.

Six people positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.


In order to facilitate access to the sea for people with reduced mobility, the City of Dubrovnik has installed steps near the Dubrovnik Diving Club in Solitudo. The steps were realized at the request of citizens, and the stairs were made according to the instructions of the Kalos special hospital, and another one is planned to be installed in Zaton.

Let's remind you that for this swimming season, two new lifts for people with disabilities and people with limited mobility were purchased, one of which was installed on the beach in Donji Čelo on Kalamota, and the other in Zaton near the local Voluntary Fire Brigade. In addition, previously purchased lifts were installed at the beaches Copacabana and Solitudo (Mandrač), on Lopud, in Suđurđ on Šipan and Zaton Veliki.


European Union foreign ministers intend to support the suspension of the EU's Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia to limit the number of visas issued to Russians, the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

EU foreign ministers plan to make this decision at a two-day meeting in Prague starting on Tuesday, the Financial Times reports citing three sources who participated in the talks. "It is inappropriate for Russian tourists to walk in our cities, along our marinas. We have to send a signal to the Russian population that this war is unacceptable, it is unacceptable," said a senior EU official.

The plan to suspend the 2007 agreement calls for the end of preferential treatment for Russians when applying for all EU visas. "We are in an exceptional situation and this requires exceptional steps. We want to go further than the suspension of visa facilities," said a high-ranking European official.

Finland, Poland and the Baltic states bordering Russia have said they are prepared to stop Russians from entering their territory on tourist visas, citing national security exceptions to the Schengen agreement. "I really hope that a common European solution will be found on how to significantly limit the flow of Russian tourists to Europe," said Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis.

Revenues from tourism in Croatia will surpass the 10.5 billion euros of foreign exchange revenue from 2019, but according to other parameters, this year's season remains below that record year.

From the beginning of the year until last weekend, a little less than 14.2 million tourists had visited Croatia and 80.6 million overnight stays had been achieved.

August, traditionally the busiest month of the year for tourists in Croatia, has seen 3.7 million tourists and 26 million overnight stays. The peak of the season was the first weekend of August and ever since that weekend the number of tourists arriving has been falling slowly.

However, the tourist authorities are more than satisfied with the season. Official estimates were relatively conservative at the beginning of the year, and they have been surpassed by a long way.

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