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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.

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This Friday, January 26, 2024, the 19th edition of the Night of Museums will take place, a national event organized by the Croatian Museum Society. As part of this manifestation, museums across Croatia will open their doors to visitors from 6:00 PM until 1:00 AM on the last Friday of January. The central theme of this year's Night of Museums is "Museums and a New Audience."

The event traditionally involves museum institutions founded by the City of Dubrovnik, and this year, the Red History Museum, Dubrovnik Heritage, the Folk Ensemble Linđo, and non-governmental organizations operating in Lazareti are joining them.

A rich program at 12 different locations includes numerous educational workshops, lectures, promotions, exhibition openings, plays, concerts, expert guidance, interactive and prize games, quizzes, as well as discounts on museum catalogues and souvenirs.

As in previous years, the event will be supported by the public transportation provider Libertas, which will adjust the timetable of its most frequent lines.

Here is the full program:

MUSEUM NIGHT PROGRAM IN DUBROVNIK

ART GALLERY DUBROVNIK

17:00 Children's Art Workshop "Interiors" by Branko Kovačević

19:30 Curatorial Guided Tour through the Exhibition "Branko Kovačević (1911-1988): From Dubrovnik Collections"

20:00 Exhibition Opening/Presentation of the Art Installation "Imagine" by Vladimir Dodig Trokut

21:00 Curatorial Guided Tour through the Exhibition "Branko Kovačević (1911-1988): From Dubrovnik Collections"

DULČIĆ MASLE PULITIKA GALLERY

18:00 – 01:00 Exhibition "Dubrovnik Colourists from the Collection of the Art Gallery Dubrovnik"

21:00 Piano Duo G2 – Marija Grazio and Stefani Grbić (concert; various styles)

PULITIKA ATELIER

18:00 – 00:00 Exhibition "Transfer" (multimedia production and video mapping of selected sculptures from the Art Gallery Dubrovnik's collection)

ONLINE PROGRAM OF THE ART GALLERY DUBROVNIK

- Quiz with prizes

- The first cycle of virtual tours through the exhibition "Branko Kovačević (1911-1988): From Dubrovnik Collections"

- Art quiz with prizes

30% discount on all catalogues, monographs, posters, and souvenirs published by the Art Gallery Dubrovnik in the museum souvenir shop

MARIN DRŽIĆ HOUSE

17:00 – 18:00 Children's Art Workshop "Little Masters of Pencils"

17:30 – 19:00 Free Thematic Guided Tour "The Golden Age of Dubrovnik"

19:00 Exhibition Opening "Kriposti zvizda svih" by Duje Medić

20% discount on all items from the souvenir shop of Marin Držić House

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

18:00 – 19:00 Workshop for Children aged 5 to 10: "Wise as an Owl"

19:00 – 20:30 Educational Program for High School Students: "Sponges – Masters of Regeneration"

21:00 – 22:00 Workshop for Adults: "Museum Drawing"

18:00 – 01:00 Exhibitions "Domi Sum," "Biology of Beliefs," "Fishes of the Dubrovnik Region," "Under Pressure," "Mosaic of Biodiversity," and "Držić's Animal World"

DUBROVNIK MUSEUMS

CULTURAL-HISTORICAL MUSEUM IN RECTOR’S PALACE

18:00 - 01:00 Exhibitions "Božidar Gjukić – War Photographs 1991/1992," "Ships in Photographs and Postcards from the Mid-19th to the Mid-20th Century," and "Breviary of St. Blaise from 1723: On the 300th Anniversary of Roman Permission and Printing"

20:00 – 20:45 Performance Lecture by Ivana Jelača: "Development of the Audience in Action"

MARITIME MUSEUM IN FORT ST. JOHN

22:00 – 22:30 Scenes and Dialogues from the Maritime Life of the Dubrovnik Republic – Living pictures performed by students of the Economic and Trade School Dubrovnik

ETHNOGRAPHIC MUSEUM IN RUPE

18:00 - 01:00 Exhibition "Magic of Textiles – Traditional Clothing from the Collection of the Ethnographic Museum"

21:00 – 21:45 Folklore Review "Magic of Textiles" from the Linđo Folk Ensemble

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM IN FORT REVELIN

18:00 – 01:00 Exhibition "Hidden Treasure of the Dubrovnik Cathedral – Numismatic Finds"

18:00 – 01:00 Newly Arranged Children's Corner

18:00 – 19:30 Workshop for Children aged 7 to 8: "Letter by Letter to a New Museum Audience"

20% discount on all publications and souvenirs of the Dubrovnik Museums

DUBROVNIK HOMELAND WAR MUSEUM IN FORT IMPERIAL

18:00 – 01:00 Exhibitions "15 Years of Guardians of Memory in the Symbol of Victory and Freedom," "Dubrovnik in the Homeland War 1991-1995," "Days of Pride – Heroic Defense of the City 1991," and "Days of Pride – Liberation of the Dubrovnik Area 1992"

20:00 and 22:00 Expert Guided Tours for the Public

Virtual Exhibition "15 Years of Guardians of Memory in the Symbol of Victory and Freedom" (www.mdrd.hr and www.facebook.com/MUZEJ)

Virtual Walkthrough (https://mdrd.hr/interactive-walkthrough)

RED HISTORY MUSEUM

18:00 - 00:00 Kulušić Cafe - listening session of New Wave songs with a fitting drink from that era

21:00 Presentation of the exhibition catalogue "Dubrovnik Black Diamond: 70 Years of the TUP Factory"

21:40 Walkthrough of the TUP exhibition accompanied by historian Ivan Luj

LAZARETI – CREATIVE QUARTER OF DUBROVNIK

DUBROVNIK HERITAGE – HALL V

18:00 Presentation of the monograph "Thirty Years of the Painting Department of the Luka Sorkočević Art School in Dubrovnik."

18:00 – 22:00 Exhibition "Thirty Years of the Painting Department of the Luka Sorkočević Art School in Dubrovnik"

FOLK ENSEMBLE LINĐO – HALL IV

18:00 – 22:00 Presentation of traditional costumes from the Dubrovnik region on an interactive totem

DEŠA – DUBROVNIK – HALL VIII

18:00 – 20:00 Demonstration of patchwork technique and a thematic exhibition of patchwork handicrafts

STUDENT THEATER LERO – HALL VIII

19:00 "City in the Palm of Your Hand" – a play for children and those who feel like children

LAZARETI ART WORKSHOP – HALL X

18:00 – 22:00 Pop-up exhibition "From the Archives of ARL"

 

The City of Dubrovnik continues to support retirees by providing additional assistance to those whose pensions are insufficient to cover basic living needs. In 2023, a total of 390,000 euros was disbursed for the elderly residents.

Special monthly cash supplements for retirees with pensions up to 265.45 euros amounted to 39.82 euros, and specific support for retirees up to 265.45 euros, who support their families, pay rent, or are entitled to social welfare supplements under the Social Welfare Act, was increased by a monthly supplement of 66.36 euros.

In the past year, for elderly individuals over 65 years without personal income, 92,023.72 euros were paid from the budget, while retirees with pensions of 265.58 euros, along with pension supplements of 291.98 euros, received a total of 61,055.31 euros. For senior citizens receiving pensions up to 265.45 euros, a total of 239,286.14 euros was disbursed.

"In this way, financial supplements, especially tailored to those whose pensions do not cover basic needs, demonstrate the city's commitment to preserving the dignity of retirees and the continuous dedication of the city administration to social welfare measures. The City of Dubrovnik continues to support retirees as the most vulnerable members of the community, contributing to the improvement of their quality of life," stated the City of Dubrovnik."

 

Hospitals have kicked into high gear to reduce waiting lists to a maximum of 270 days, reports HRT. The average wait for the first diagnostic examination is 146 days, and for those waiting longer than 9 months for appointments, the Ministry of Health has introduced a central electronic mail where citizens can contact to check and resolve everything.

The waits were much longer before, but thanks to the introduction of additional clinics, work on Saturdays, afternoons, and overtime, significant progress has been made. Božidar Grabant, coordinator for the waiting list of Čakovec County Hospital, says that the lists range from 200 to 250 days. "We hired administrators at all workplaces who called patients. This way, we removed many patients who had done or resolved some examinations elsewhere," says Grabant.

At the Clinical Hospital Centre Zagreb, 6000 patients are waiting for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), but not longer than a year, as it was before. With reorganization, a new device has also helped. "We managed to redistribute patients and organize the lists so that all patients are within those 270 days, on average around 240, 250 days," says Assoc. Prof. Dr. David Ozretić, MD, Head of the Department of Interventional Neuroradiology at the Clinical Hospital Center Zagreb. "In my opinion, the biggest problem is that the influx of patients is uncontrolled. There are no real criteria for when someone needs an MRI, when they don't," he adds.

All of this is controlled by the Ministry of Health, and patients who wait more than 9 months for the first diagnostic examination can write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. "It is important that in such an email, we receive concrete data on where, in which institution, and who is involved so that we can check it, and then we will, through the regional offices of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund, investigate such a case and take action to correct such an anomaly," says Hrvoje Jezidžić, Head of the Support, Reporting, and Supervision Service of the National Information Systems Directorate, e-Health Administration.

According to the eVisitor system data, last weekend, 743 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik - 42 percent more than at this time last year.

The majority are from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, the USA, and Serbia. In the first three weeks of January, 7,227 arrivals were registered, with 23,621 overnight stays, which is three percent more than in the same period from last year.

 

A Croatian bakery chain has found a rather interesting loophole in the law to allow them to open on Sundays in spite of the new law that restricts businesses in Croatia to be able to work for only 16 Sundays every year.

These non-working Sundays are continuing to stir controversy, with not only shopping centres and smaller local shops complaining about the loss of business but also members of the public furious. And one of the biggest complaints is the fact that bakeries aren’t allowed to work on Sundays. However, a bakery chain has found a hole in the law and opened their doors, even though not all their customers are happy with them opening.

Pan-Pek bakery chain's counter near Zagreb had a sign this Sunday that read “Sunday, 21st Jan., we are OPEN but WITHOUT BREAD."

This is a legal loophole, as bakeries aren’t allowed to sell bread on the Sundays they aren’t allowed to work. However, they can sell other items such as pastries and croissants. One saleswomen told Jutarnji list that her employers did not disclose many details except that they could work on Sundays. “As far as I understand from the manager, on Sundays, we are considered a hospitality facility. We still have pastries and croissants. Obviously, it's a legal loophole,” she said.

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Pastries and croissants allowed – Photo – Canva

She added that due to the law, dairy products and bags are not allowed to be sold.

But the fact that a bakery was open and couldn’t sell bread didn’t go down well with all the customers. On the day after Christmas the bakery had a run-in with quite a few customers. “On that day, we were the only ones working and had a lot of work, but we didn't have bread. I heard terrible insults that day; some people literally yelled at me,” commented the saleswoman.

One weird oversight in the Sunday working hours’ law is that you can’t buy bread from a bakery but you can buy it in a petrol station.

 

This Saturday and Sunday, when the cable car ride to Sljeme was free, there was unsurprisingly a fivefold increase in citizens' interest compared to other weekends. The total number of passengers reached around 25,000 passengers, whereas the usual count is 5,000 passengers, as reported on Sunday by the City of Zagreb.

“The Sljeme cable car has transported nearly 10,000 passengers for free by 3 p.m. today, and it is expected that this number will increase to 15,000 by the end of the day. This means that the total number of passengers this weekend could reach 25,000, compared to the usual 5,000 passengers on weekends,” emphasized the Zagreb city administration.

At the same time, the public city transport company ZET doubled tram and bus capacities today compared to yesterday, as a significantly larger number of Sljeme visitors used public transport on Sunday. Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević decided on Friday that the cable car ride would be free this weekend.

In addition to the free cable car, sledding tracks on Sljeme are open, including night sledding, and on Sunday and Monday, skiing is also free. The tracks have been additionally snowed, as a prelude to the official opening of the ski season on Tuesday, January 23, highlighted by the City of Zagreb.

 

Croatian Post has issued job openings for 44 positions across various locations in the country. Notably, the largest recruitment drive is focused on the city of Dubrovnik, where the postal service is looking to hire 20 new employees on a fixed-term basis.

As per reports from danica.hr, the offered gross salary for these positions is €970. Remarkably, the only prerequisite for applicants is the completion of elementary school education.

 

According to data from the Jadrolinija, in the past year, 424,300 vehicles and 1,062,000 passengers were transported on the ferry lines Korčula - Orebić, Mljet - Prapratno, and Ploče - Trpanj.

The expected highest increase in traffic was recorded on the Korčula - Orebić route, where 842,000 passengers and 343,400 vehicles were transported, which is 15 percent more than in 2022. Also, on the Mljet - Prapratno route, 164,000 passengers and 64,000 vehicles were transported, which is 13 percent more.

On the other side of the Pelješac Peninsula, on the ferry line Ploče - Trpanj, only 56,000 passengers and 16,900 vehicles were transported, which is 4 and 5 times less than in 2022, respectively. Such a decline in traffic is more than likely a direct consequence of the opening of the Pelješac Bridge.

 

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