Saturday, 01 October 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.


One of the most iconic and indeed most hardworking, cultural institutions in Dubrovnik is the award winning Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO). And this year the orchestra celebrates its 97th anniversary. As an essential part of the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Dubrovnik and Croatia, the orchestra continues to perform in the unique ambiances of its city. It presents the musical repertoire and inexhaustible source of quality cultural events to citizens and visitors in spaces such as the atrium of the Rector’s Palace, city churches, and squares. In addition, DSO regularly performs with well-known local and internationally renowned artists, interpreting works by classical music masters in Dubrovnik and on their tours around the world.



I can clearly remember a few years ago one world renowned American saxophone player saying to me “imagine a city with only 45,000 citizens that has a full-time, professional symphony orchestra!” He then listed off a whole range of US cities much, much larger than Dubrovnik that don’t have an orchestra. That is how much importance is placed on culture in the pearl of the Adriatic.

Regular festivals throughout the year

Although Dubrovnik is filled with cultural events throughout the year, most of the programs take place in the summer, during the high season. However, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra recognized the need for a quality music program, so in 2017 it introduced a music festival called the Dubrovnik Music Spring. The orchestra has a busy annual schedule. Concerts, festivals, musical cycles, you name it this ever busy orchestra is forever entertaining locals and tourists. And one festival that has really found itself on the map of the cultural calendar is the Dubrovnik Musical Spring! This festival is now traditional in the city and people come from far and wide to attend.



In April and May, citizens and indeed guests to the city have the opportunity to enjoy carefully selected programs that take place at several locations in Dubrovnik, including educational concerts for the youngest audience. In recent years, the orchestra has hosted more than 30 renowned artists, soloists, and conductors, emphasizing the importance of music and its traditions in Dubrovnik.

Contact and ticket infromation for all concerts

Address - Ulica sv. Dominika 9, Dubrovnik
Tel.: +385 (0) 20 417 110
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At the 22nd session of the Tourist Board of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board, held on August 19, 2022, Mr. Julijo Srgota was elected as the new director of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board for a 4-year term.

In the first half of the year, there were 58 foreign ships in Croatian Adriatic, which made 240 round trips, on which there were 189,000 passengers, significantly more than in the same period last year, according to data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

For the sake of comparison, last year due to strong pandemic travel restrictions for cruise ships there were only 15, with around eight thousand passengers.

The passengers who came on these ships in the first half of 2022, 189 thousand of them, stayed in Croatia for a total of 466 days, which is 423 days more than in the same period in 2021.

Despite large increases and the return of cruise ships to the Adriatic, in the first part of 2022 the results from the record, pre-pandemic year 2019 have not yet been reached, because then, compared to the same time in 2022, there were about 12 percent more cruises by foreign ships, and passengers on them by about 54 percent more.

Most cruises by foreign ships in the first half of 2022, or 46 percent of the total number, as in previous years, were in the waters of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, followed by 31 percent in Split-Dalmatia County, while the remaining 23.4 percent of total trips were made in Zadar, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Istria counties and Šibenik-Knin.

Dubrovnik was once again the most visited port of foreign cruise ships, followed by Split, Zadar, Hvar and Korčula, Šibenik and Rovinj.

The Dubrovnik Department for Communal Inspection, following an event in which a delivery vehicle entered the historic centre from the Ploče gate without proper approval, returned the violators from the street back onto the road and charged a fine of 12 thousand Kuna.

Namely, the refrigerator van, registration number RI4466N, was driving in the pedestrian zone - Sveti Dominik Street in Dubrovnik, without the approval of the Administrative Department for Communal Activities, Traffic and Local Self-Government of the City of Dubrovnik.

Due to the repeated violation, the City of Dubrovnik will implement a system of passage control by means of lifting pneumatic bollards at the entrance to the city core from Ploče, which will prevent violators from engaging in illegal activities that cause communal disorder in the historic core area.

Dostavno vozilo Ploče

The rate of vaccination against Covid-19 in Croatia is well below the European Union average.

Only 55 percent of the total population have received the second dose, while the European average is 72 percent, a full 17 percent higher.

Almost 6 percent of EU residents have actually received the fourth booster dose, whilst in Croatia the administration of the fourth booster dose is going extremelly slowly and so far only 2,600 people have received it.

The Dubrovnik Bus Station has improved and upgraded its information system, and now passengers will be able to see in real-time when buses will arrive or depart.

With the increased possibility of providing information in real time, the new system enables a more transparent, modern and clear projection of information about the departures and arrivals of vehicles to and from the station. Up-to-date information monitors have been placed in two locations inside the station premises.


In the middle of the week, more than 25 thousand tourists were on vacation in Dubrovnik, which is 15 percent more than at this time last year, and 12 percent less than in the same period from the record breaking year of 2019.

According to offical figures from the eVisitor system, the most numerous tourists are from Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany, USA, Spain, Ireland, Croatia, Poland and the Netherlands.


On Saturday, August 20th, 2022, at 8 p.m., the exhibition SEA & SIRENS by the internationally renowned sea photographer Wim Westfield will open in the former Rector's Palace of Ston (Knežev dvor, King Tomislav Square).

In 33 large-format photographs, Wim Westfield shows the most beautiful waves in the world as well as models who dive into the ocean depths naked and without breathing equipment or swim with wild animals.

The breathtaking pictures were taken worldwide, especially in Hawaii, Polynesia, Cuba and South Africa. However, Westfield took some of the most beautiful pictures in the region around Dubrovnik and Ston.

The SEA & SIRENS exhibition is being shown as part of this year's Salt Festival and is only open until August 28th.


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