Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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 film festival “Quiet Please, Dubrovnik and film love each other,” is well underway and every day the events keep coming. Over fourteen days the festival aims to show to guests and locals all of the ties between Dubrovnik and the film industry. The history of Dubrovnik and the film industry goes back over a hundred years, but has been brought into the spotlight with Game of Thrones, Star Wars and the recent Bollywood hit Fan.

The cinematic history of Dubrovnik it is about 100 years old. Around eighty feature films, animated films, and series have been filmed in Dubrovnik. One of the first foreign films, as well as the first colour film in Croatia, was filmed in Dubrovnik by the Oscar-winning director Michael Curtiz, filmed back in 1919, followed by films directed by Orson Welles, Jiria Menzel, Hayao Miyazakia (the greatest animator of all time after Walt Disney), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), Roger Coreman (who taught James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola), and many others. Productions from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Denmark, Turkey, Lebanon, India, and many other countries have been filmed in Dubrovnik.

Program of events in the Quiet Please, Dubrovnik and film love each other

18.04 Monday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
-12 pm Orienteering race ˝In the Path of the Film˝ starting in front of Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Opening of children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN

19.04 Tuesday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
-12 pm Presentation of ˝ Stradun Film Postcard˝ inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema– Screening of East-German film Goya

20.04 Wednesday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 4 pm Children's workshop on FILM POSTER DESIGN
- 7 pm Film talk in café bar ’’Festival’’
- 8 pm Screening of Occupation in 26 Pictures in café bar ˝Festival˝

21.04 Thursday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- The Taste of Violence film pageant
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 5 pm Presentation of designs from the children's workshop inside Luža
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema Screening of French film The Taste of Violence


- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 4 pm Guided tour ˝In the Path of the Oscars˝ – starting inside Luža
- 8 pm ˝Sloboda˝ cinema – Screening of American film Secret Invasion

23.04 Saturday

- 9 am Exhibition ˝Film and the City Love Each Other˝, inside Luža
- 8 pm Screening of tourist documentary about Dubrovnik
- 8 pm Film pub quiz at ’’The Gaffe pub’’
- 10 pm Closing night event at ’’The Gaffe pub’’

The island of Korcula has certainly caught the attention of the international press this year. Already major publications, such as The Huffington Post and The New York Times, have been singing the praises of this picturesque island and now the popular website Business Insider has joined the list. In an article entitled “30 places you should travel to this summer,” Korcula finds itself in fifteenth place.

“Something of an untouched paradise, the island of Korčula is filled with olive groves, tiny villages, a charming old town, and quiet beaches to explore,” writes the Business Insider on the island.

The list of destinations also includes Bermuda, Fiji, Jamaica and Marrakesh, and on the top of the list is Isola Bella in Italy.

The wines of the island of Korcula aren’t overlooked with the Business Insider recommending, “It is also known for its spectacular white wine, Grk, that you can sample at one of its wineries.”

Summer is almost here, temperatures are reaching the mid twenties already and the tourists are making the most of the warm Adriatic sunshine. Yesterday the historic city was bathed in sunshine all day and many tourists took advantage of the weather to walk around the Old City Walls.

Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat








The price of a ticket for the Dubrovnik City Walls could soon become more expensive. The current price of an adult ticket for the famous city walls, the most popular tourist attraction in Dubrovnik, is 120 Kuna, however this could soon jump to 155 Kunas.

The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for and operates the city walls, will propose a hike in prices from 120 to 155 Kunas at their general meeting. The reasons they offer for this price rise are the increase in guests on the walls since the beginning of this year. From the 1st of January to the end of end of March the number of visitors to the walls increased by 37 percent, so it is expected that by the end of this year the number of guests will exceed one million. The Society argues that by increasing the ticket prices the congestion on the walls will be reduced.

From the beginning of this year until the end of March the walls were visited by 36,000 guests, which is an unbelievable 10,000 more than from the same period in 2015.

The society will propose the price rise to the Mayor of Dubrovnik, and the final decision by the mayor will be known soon.

ECM (European Cities Marketing) and TMF Dialogue Marketing India organized an Experiential planner road show in the three Indian cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai on April 6th-8th, 2016. During the 'road show' presentations and business workshops were organized for travel agents, organizers of congress events, special events and incentive programs as well as for representatives of large corporations.

Romana Vlašić, director of Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Zlatan Muftić, director of the Zagreb Congress centre of Zagreb Tourist Board participated in this event. ''This was the very first time we presented our city in the Indian market focusing on MICE segment, the workshops were very successful and there was a lot of interest in all three cities,” commented Vlasic.

She added that “We held many meetings with almost hundred agents in Delhi and Mumbai. And Chennai as a new destination and a centre of the movie industry completely met our expectations. Indian organizers of congress and incentive programs, weddings and special events showed great interest in Dubrovnik which recently has become famous for its role in “Fan.”

According to Vlasic Indian tourists are very demanding; they expect a high level of accommodation and service. “A very important element of a destinations offer is definitely Indian food, actually they insist on it but for now there are only two Indian restaurants in Croatia, in Zagreb and Dubrovnik. But with the expansion of the Indian market we hope that offer of Indian cuisine in Croatia will also expand'', concluded Romana Vlašić.

By the end of this month the Zagreb Congress centre in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Congress centre will organize a study trip for several of the largest Indian agents who will then have the opportunity to learn more about Dubrovnik, both as a destination and a possible congress centre.

romana india

“I have never seen anything like it before, the fish seemed like they wanted to escape the sea,” explained an onlooker as this strange fishing trip played out before him.

This video, passed onto The Dubrovnik Times by a reader, catches the moment when three small fishing boats encountered a school of fish skating across the surface of the Adriatic Sea. Just off the rocky shoreline in Dubrovnik the small fishing vessels didn’t need any computer controlled systems, the fish were literally jumping out of the water.

“They have never had it so easy,” concluded the onlooker as he watched the fisherman literally scoop their catch out of the sea.


The Dubrovnik Rugby Club, Invictus Dubrovnik, competed in their first rugby tournament in Metkokvic last weekend. The Dubrovnik club was formed only a couple of months ago after holding their first training on the 20th of February in Cavtat. And although they are still in their formative process the Gladiators won the tournament in Metkovic.

The Invictus Dubrovnik opened the tournament with a 24 – 10 win over the team from Ploce, they continued their winning form with a comprehensive win over Herceg Mostar 33 – 12. In the final they faced the hosts, Metkovic, and won a tight game 7 – 14.

Ante Stojan, the president of the Invictus Dubrovnik Rugby Club commented that, “we are happy to compete in our first tournament and are obviously delighted with the result. This was our first competitive match and to end up winning the tournament was a great sign that the future for our club is bright.”

This Sunday the Invictus Dubrovnik hope to continue their winning ways when they are the hosts of a tournament in Dubrovnik.

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Dubrovnik Gladiators celebrate a winning start to their short history 

After torrential rains all day Saturday the weather certainly brightened up on Sunday in Dubrovnik. The summer season is on the doorstep and the Old City of Dubrovnik already felt like an August day yesterday.

Tourists and locals enjoyed the blue skies and it was hard to find an empty table at the cafes and bars. The Stradun was a hive of activity, helped by the fact that a cruise ship had docked, and the souvenir shops and were doing a roaring trade.

Check out our galley of a sunny Sunday by Tonci Plazibat

dubrovnik sun sundaz

parrot undaz

dubrovnik sundaz

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