Tuesday, 21 May 2024
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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The only Croatian theatre festival in English – the Dubrovnik Midsummer Scene, from June 22nd to July 7th, celebrates ten years of rich cultural offerings and international cooperation. This year's festival centrepiece is the spectacular musical adaptation of Jules Verne's classic "Around the World in 80 Days." Last year's world premiere of this hit captured the hearts of the audience, and this year, it returns to the Lovrijenac stage with even greater splendour and excitement. Visitors can expect plenty of entertainment, romance, and adventure with can-can dancers, hot air balloon rides, train accidents, elephants, all complemented by an irresistible dose of slapstick and infectious melodies.

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The adaptation is by award-winning English playwright and director Sean Aita, while the music is by French actor and composer Leo Elso. The musical will be performed by an excellent ensemble of five actors who will take the audience on a journey around the world through over forty roles, music, singing, and acting in just ninety minutes.

In addition to this main production, which will be performed 15 times during the festival, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a diverse program at the Rector's Palace, including the musical show "Marlene Dietrich" performed by leading actress Ksenija Prohaska and the concert "The Stringbreaker" by renowned composer and pianist Matej Meštrović, dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage Year in Dubrovnik.

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Over the past years, Midsummer Scene has become a recognizable international theatre event in the unique setting of Lovrijenac Fortress in Dubrovnik. In the successful nine seasons, the festival has attracted over 30,000 visitors from all over the world, and over 200 performances have been staged in its own production in English, accompanied by numerous praises and more than 1500 media mentions in domestic and foreign media.

Once again, the festival promises an unforgettable experience for all art and culture lovers. Do not miss the opportunity to join this magical journey through the world of theatre and music, as this summer Dubrovnik once again becomes the epicentre of cultural events.


Midsummer Scene is a project of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik, produced by Brilliant Events Dubrovnik and Honey-Tongued Theatre Productions Ltd. London, in collaboration with Dubrovnik's cultural institutions and with the support of sponsors and tourism stakeholders in the City of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik, renowned as the "Pearl of the Adriatic," basks in the limelight once more with a captivating feature in The New York Times Magazine. Entitled "Journey Through Time in Enchanting Dubrovnik," the article showcases the city's rich history and enduring allure, continuing to captivate hearts worldwide.

Few destinations have the privilege of gracing the prestigious pages of The New York Times Magazine, making Dubrovnik's feature a remarkable testament to its global appeal. Delving into the city's timeless charm, the article explores its ancient walls, cobblestone streets, and breathtaking vistas, painting a vivid picture of Dubrovnik's enchanting atmosphere.


Rarely does the public have the opportunity to witness the display of a significant coin collection. However, on this occasion, the public will be presented with a selection from the collection of Dubrovnik coins belonging to Marko Šarinić, one of the greatest Croatian collectors. Given the author's achievements and importance within numismatic circles, depth of knowledge of the subject matter, and the uniqueness of this collection, we can confidently say that it stands out as one of the top numismatic events in recent times.

The exhibition will showcase three hundred coins, following a chronological presentation that traces the development of monetary types. It begins with the earliest and smallest monetary form - coins minted from copper, followed by silver dinars and other monetary types.

Guided by the belief that the rich history of the Dubrovnik Republic should be represented through its numismatic heritage, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities has decided to organize this exhibition. We hope that this exhibition will raise awareness and revive the interest of both domestic and foreign audiences in this important chapter of our history.

The event opens on Monday, April 22nd, at 7:00 PM at Gundulićeva poljana 6, Dubrovnik.


Today marks a significant departure from tradition in Croatian politics as citizens head to the polls to elect representatives for the Croatian Parliament. Unlike the customary Sunday schedule for parliamentary elections since 1990, this year's voting day falls on a Wednesday. This scheduling shift was determined by the President of the Republic, effectively making today a non-working day across the nation.

With polls open from 7 AM to 7 PM, Croatian citizens aged 18 and above exercise their right to vote in what promises to be a pivotal moment in the country's democratic process. However, this election sees a slight decline in the total number of eligible voters compared to the previous parliamentary elections held in 2020, with 3,733,283 individuals registered to cast their ballots.

Interestingly, this election also sees all polling stations open abroad, reflecting Croatia's commitment to ensuring that citizens living outside the country can participate in the electoral process.

Of the total eligible voters, 3,511,086 hold residency within Croatia, while 222,197 voters are registered with addresses abroad. As the nation awaits the election results, all eyes are on the outcome that will shape Croatia's political landscape in the coming years.

From bright April sunshine to overcast skies and rain, the weather in Dubrovnik flipped over the past couple of days, although they didn’t stop holidaymakers from enjoying the Adriatic early this morning.

These “brave” English tourists dived into the sea in Srebreno this morning as dark clouds promised yet more rain. The current sea temperature in the south of Croatia is around 18/19 degrees, however these tourists were determined to make the most of their vacation.

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Moving furniture in and out of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik is never an easy task. The crowded streets, need to park outside the city walls and the sheer number of steps makes moving a fridge a tricky task indeed. Getting creative is sometimes the answer!

And this “crew” deserves an award for creativity.

They tied a sofa, an armchair, and even a few chairs onto a boat and sailed into the Old City harbour, reports Dubrovački Vjesnik. Hats off to the team for the idea!

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The works on the repair of part of the pavement on Poljana Paska Miličevića in the Old City of Dubrovnik have been completed. The works worth 174,975.00 euros excluding VAT were carried out by the company in cooperation with Građevinar-Quelin d.d. under the constant archaeological supervision of the team from Arheoplan d.o.o., and the investment was implemented as part of the Restoration Program of the monumental complex of Dubrovnik for 2023 by the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

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"The works included dismantling the stone pavement, excavation of the embankment below the stone slabs, installation of geotextile due to the discovery of archaeological elements, installation of sub-layers, and re-laying of the stone pavement. Due to damages, some of the existing stone slabs needed to be replaced with new ones," said the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

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Additionally, archaeological structures were found during the works, which were researched, documented, and protected with geotextile before the installation of the new pavement. Due to the need to document the newly discovered archaeological structures and to select a sample for the final treatment of the new stone slabs, the execution deadline was slightly extended, emphasized the Dubrovnik Restoration Institute.

After the first leg of the Conference League quarterfinals, in which his team lost to Olympiacos, Fenerbahçe striker Edin Džeko found himself under the fans' scrutiny. Namely, during the match in Piraeus, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian striker clashed with the home team's supporters, displaying the Turkish flag on Fener's jersey. As Turkish newspapers report, Olympiacos fans have launched a petition demanding negative reviews on TripAdvisor for Džeko's restaurant 'Ezza' in Dubrovnik, reports Dubrovački Vjesnik.

"It was sooooo bad. Not at all what I expected, the waiters were so rude, the food wasn't cooked enough, and when I showed them, they kicked me out," reads one of the comments on TripAdvisor left by Olympiacos fans, and with the petition launched, a large number of negative comments is expected. Another review stated that “Amazing staff, good food, bad owner. It could be a much better experience if the owner was a good person and not a fascist and racist against certain people.”

Incidentally, this famous Dubrovnik restaurant located in Ploče has truly excellent ratings on TripAdvisor, with over 500 reviews, 478 of which state that it is an excellent restaurant.

Ezza opened in 2021 in the place where a Japanese restaurant once operated.

"Dubrovnik is a place where I've always felt at home and where I vacation with my family. Here, I wanted to open a restaurant different from others, for all those who love Dubrovnik as much as I do. By the way, I was lucky to meet Armin Hadžić, my business partner, who shares the same passion for exceptional gastronomy. After months of hard work and dedication to make everything perfect, EZZA Steak & Cocktail Bar came to life. This is not just a restaurant, this is our way to make you happy," Džeko stated on his Facebook profile after opening the restaurant.

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