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The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra traditionally in December gets into the Christmas spirit and offers free concerts to citizens and guests. Entrances to these concerts are free of charge, and regularly gather many visitors. The first such concert will be held on Thursday, the 5th of December, on the occasion of the feast of St. Nicholas and Dubrovnik Veterans Day and will be held at the Church of the Friars Minor, beginning at 8:00 pm. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Marc Tardue, will perform with the Libertas Mixed Choir.
On Thursday, the 12th of December, in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Dubrovnik, there will be a traditional concert "Christmas is coming". It is a humanitarian concert, and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform conducted by Marc Tardue. The concert will be held in the Franciscan Church starting at 7.30 pm.
On Sunday, the 15th of December 15th, in the Marin Držić Theatre at 7.30 pm, in co-operation with the City of Dubrovnik, the final concert of the year of Orlando will be held, with a performance by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra together with guests.
The Christmas Concert, which has been taking place ever since 1991 on the same date, on the 21st of December at 8:00 pm, in the Valamar Lacroma Hotel, featuring the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, soloists, renowned singer Vanna with guests and the FA Linjo, Subrenum and Blasius Choir. The conductor at this concert will be Veton Marevci, and the program features traditional Christmas songs and tunes.
On the 27th of December at 8:00 pm, a Christmas concert will be held at the Franciscan Church with the conductors Victor Lenert and Slobodan Begic, as well as Dubrovnik soloists, vocal groups and choirs.
And the entry into the New Year doesn’t go without music - at exactly 12 o'clock on Wednesday, the 1st of January, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform on Stradun conducted by Noam Zur from Israel. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik.
One of the tastiest events of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival is without doubt the Cake Party. And on Saturday, the 14th of December the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will once again organize the traditional Cake Party.
The proceeds from the sale are aimed at humanitarian purposes. Around the Orlando Column, in Luža Square, all the cakes will be exhibited and sold, along with an entertainment program, as well as a performance by the popular Croatian singer Domenica.
Aware of the importance of protecting the environment and the sustainable use of natural resources, this year the Dubrovnik Tourist Board will organize the Cake Party in an ecological tone: by rejecting the use of plastic plates and cutlery and turning towards environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials.
A huge thank you to all media outlets, hotels, patisseries, restaurants and others who will participate in this worthy charity event this year!
Don't miss this year's Cake Party, have fun and do a good deed! Oh, and The Dubrovnik Times as ever will prepare a special Christmas cake for this worthy event.
Dubrovnik will play host to a magical Christmas event this weekend with the “City of St. Nicholas” on the menu of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.
For the first time ever as part of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival the City of St. Nicholas event will create a living fairy tale in Dubrovnik. The fun opens on the 7th of December at 3:00pm in the atrium of the Marin Drzic Theatre in the very heart of the Old City. And the first day will see a Chocoland magic chocolate corner, Magic Brush - “Become a Prince or a Princess for a day” make-up for princesses and princes, Art workshop - making Christmas decorations and cards, Christmas Dance Program - Dubrovnik Dance and Recreational Studio and the play, The tale of Goddess Mokosh, a production by the Marin Držić Theatre, directed by Srđana Šimunović.
The Tale of Goddess Mokosh
And on Sunday the 8th of December the fun continues, again at 3:00pm, in the City of St. Nicholas with an even wider program that features Fairy Tale World - telling Christmas fairy tales with animation, as well as a repeat of all the other events from Saturday including the play in the theatre. And of course both days will see a rather special guest, St. Nicholas. And ideal way to entertain the children on the run-up to Christmas and energise their creative side.
The City of Dubrovnik continues to address the issue of parking in the urban area by constructing 66 new parking spaces in Mokosica. The value of this investment is 2,5 million Kuna, and the estimated duration of the works is 120 working days. The contractor for the construction works is Dubrovnik Roads, while expert supervision will be carried out by Graf Ltd.
This project is part of the design of new parking lots in Dubrovnik's largest suburban area, where through several projects across multiple locations, the City of Dubrovnik is investing in a total of more than 200 new parking spaces.
Libertas Dubrovnik has completed the process of procuring 11 new city buses for public transport, which should be delivered within the next seven months.
These are low-floor buses from Solaris Bus & Coach S.A., which met the requirements of the tender procedure and signed a delivery contract. This investment is worth 17.7 million Kuna and is fully funded by EU funds.
The new buses will rejuvenate the Libertas fleet, ensuring a higher level of quality of service to citizens, while respecting the highest environmental standards on the market. Each of them has an average capacity of 85 seats, 12 meters in length, has three doors and is equipped to accommodate people with disabilities. The new buses should be in operation by the next tourist season, and the delivery of the first three "bendy buses" is expected within the next month.
To kick off the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board has prepared Sweet Christmas Workshops, which will be held in TIC on Pile from Thursday, 5 to Sunday, December 8 for all gourmets and anyone who wants to learn how to prepare some new desserts.
The first sweet Christmas workshop, called Christmas Fairy Tale from Hotel Lero, will be held on Thursday, December 5th at 10:30 am, when Jelena Lenac Rasica, cook and confectioner of Hotel Lero, will show us how to make the healthy and sweet Carrot Cake.
At the afternoon workshop on Thursday, December 5th at 4:00 pm, the popular Dubrovnik pastry chef, Lucija Tomasic Saric, owner of the Mala Truba, will teach us how to make and decorate Christmas cookies with honey and spices.
At a sweet morning workshop on Friday, December 6th, at 10:30 am, the young Dubrovnik pastry chef with a wealth of experience, Erika Hauswitschka, will show us how to make and decorate healthy Christmas cookies without flour and sugar.
Friday afternoon is reserved for everyone's favourite dessert, chocolate, when architect Irena Bastijanić, who makes chocolate full of local flavours and spices, will hold a Little Chocolate School, a workshop for children.
On Saturday morning from 10:30 am, the Dubrovnik journalist Silva Capurso will present a warm gin drink, as well as a fragrant Christmas cake, made according to the classic English Christmas cake, in a Dubrovnik version, with fragrances and flavours of the Dubrovnik region.
Dolce vita pastiche owner Alisa Nenadic, also known for her blog Sweet Life Alisa Nenadic, will hold two workshops called Fast & Easy. On Saturday afternoon from 4:00 pm, the theme will be Chocolate Chops with Nuts and Dry Fruits, while on Sunday morning from 10:30 the theme of the workshop will be Gin and Lime Balls.
The final sweet Christmas workshop on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 pm will be hosted by Erik Hauswitschka with the theme of the Christmas Cake, referring to the healthy version of the Christmas Cake served after Christmas lunch without flour, sugar, eggs and dairy products.
December opened in fine fashion in Dubrovnik with brilliant blue skies, bucket loads of sunshine and generally calm weather. With temperatures around 17 degrees the Adriatic Sea is actually warmer than the air temperature today as sea temperatures measured 19 degrees.
Whilst that might be a touch chilly for most locals and tourists some braved the conditions and dived into the Adriatic. These happy swimmers were spotted in the bay of Pile directly in front of the iconic Dubrovnik city walls.
Even though December has begun in sparkling weather the forecast for the rest of the week shows rain and grey skies. But at least these swimmers will remember the first day of December and their dip in the Adriatic.
For the first time ever a Croatian city will be connected with direct flights from Mykonos. The budget airline Volotea will operate a two-weekly service from the Greek island to Dubrovnik for the summer of 2020. The first flight will take-off on the 30th of May 2020 and will run every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer timetable.
This will mark the first ever time that a Croatian city has had direct flights with any other Greek destination apart from the capital Athens.
Volotea is already offering the flights for purchase on their official website and prices start at around 50 Euros for a single ticket.