Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Painter Lena Kramaric will open a new exhibition entitled 'Framed' tonight, on Tuesday, July 16th at 8 pm in Luza, below the bell tower.

The exhibition is open until August 8th and is realized in collaboration with Dubrovnik Cinematographers with the support of the Croatian Chamber of Economy and the City of Dubrovnik.

Lena Kramaric is a well known painter from Zagreb with Dubrovnik address. She was Born in 1982 in Zagreb, Croatia. She graduated 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Department of Art education and Art history, course: Painting (MA). Finishedcourse for Graphic design at Pro-anima school in Zagreb (2006-2007) and School of Applied Arts and Design also in Zagreb (Graphic design, print and drawing department, 1997-2001). She is amember of HDLU (Croatian Association of Artists).

She has exhibited widely in solo and group shows.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 22 traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, 20 got light injuries, while there were ten traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 661 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 191 measures taken due to speeding, 93 measures due to improper stop and parking, 43 measures due to improper overtaking, 63 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 32 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 34 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama grada Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik continues this week, with the vocal groups Pucki pjevaci, Ragusa, Subrenum, Raguusavechia, Kolafjaka and Kase. 

For the first time locals and their guests will be able to listen to the concert 'Serenade on Gradac' by famous singer Ibrica Jusic in the park Gradac from 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm. He will perform on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery on July 26th and August 11th, 14th and 17th.

This week, the schedule is as follows:

Monday, July 15th – vocal group Pucki pjevaci in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

vocal group Ragusa, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Tuesday, July 16th – Ibrica Jusic, 'Serenade on Gradac', from 10:30 pm;

Wednesday, July 17h – vocal group Subrenum, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday; July 18th – vocal group Ragusavecchia in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Vocal group Kolafjaka, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Friday, July 19th – vocal group Kase, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs will be held at three locations, so the locals and their guests can enjoy beautiful music in the Old City, Lapad Bay and once a month in Mokosica.

Within the framework of the Safe Tourist Season Project, a special telephone line has been started for the Chinese tourists.

The calls coming from Chinese tourists will be answered by Chinese police officers participating in the Project. They will answer the calls directed to the following telephone numbers:

- in Zagreb +385 99 386 0465;
- in Dubrovnik +385 99 386 0466;
- in Zadar +385 99 386 0467, and
- at Plitvice Lakes +385 99 386 0468.

British national air carrier British Airways , the member of OneWorld Alliance, will increase flight operations in upcoming winter timetable on both winter routes from Great Britain to Croatia – Avioradar reports.

Route Zagreb - London (Heathrow Airport) will have two addional flights a week. Total of 9 flights a week will be opearted daily with a second rotation on Fridays and Sundays.

Route Dubrovnik - London ("Gatwick" Airport) will have 4 flights a week during the first half of November. In the period around Christmas and New Year's there will be 3 flights a week, one flight more then last year. February and March of next year will have the same schedule, with 3 flights a week instead of 2 flights from last year. Operational days will Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with additional flights on Sundays in November this year.

An innovative piece for four dancers ‘A Love Supreme’ by the choreographer Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, originated from John Coltrane's album that carries the same name, and performed by one of the most prestigious European dance ensembles Rosas, can be enjoyed by the Dubrovnik audience at the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on Saturday, July 13th at 9.30 pm on the Fort Revelin terrace.

A Love Supreme Dance Quartet is based on one of the most revolutionary jazz albums of the 20th century, and is the result of collaboration between choreographer Salva Sanchis and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker who share the same fascination with this legendary piece of music. On the album A Love Supreme, Coltrane and his musicians used a vaguely simple musical structure to allow complete freedom of improvisation, moving the boundaries of each music record.

If anyone can access the translation of something like this colossal music block in something as light and abstract as the contemporary dance, it is Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, who took that challenge in 2005 together with Salva Sanchis, using her intuitive understanding this incredible musical work in combination with her own genius. In the year 2017, after decades of choreographic research and in the performance of a brand new group of young dancers, Rosas presented the dance production A Love Supreme, which will be seen by the festival audience on the Fort Revelin.

Rosas is a dance company made by renowned choreographer and dancer De Keersmaeker based in Brussels, founded in 1983. Over the years, Anne Teresa has expanded her view of dance art as an act of printing movements in space and time, exploring choreography in combination with other compositional forces, specifically with music, geometry, visual arts and language. Rosas performance is certainly one of the culminations of this year's festival program, and is also their first appearance at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

One of the hottest designers on the fashion scene today – Alex Wang – joined the company of celebrities spending vacation in Croatia on their yachts. After Bon Jovi, Stallone family and many others, Wang also decided to hop on luxurious yacth and enjoy the beauty of our coast.

The designer used this opportunity to fulfill currently trending 'Bottle Cap Challenge', in which people unscrew a bottle cap with a 360-degree kick. However, he decided to do it on his special way – with his hair! The video, which he published on his official Instagram profile, says that his location is: Dubrovnik! And the bottle of water shown in video is Croatian – Jana.

Wang challenged actress Reese Witherspoon, who also visited Croatia back in 2016, as well as comedian and actress (and a new mum) Amy Schumer. The video caused reactions in the celebrity world and Wang got comments from Ashley Benson, Nicola Peltz, Bardia Zeinali, Ryan Korban and many others.

Wang is known for his urban designs. After designing a Fall 2008 collection using black as the predominant color, he designed his Spring 2009 collection using bright colors such as orange, dusty purple, aqua and hot pink. In the meantime he has reverted to using mainly black fabrics, and is often praised for exhibiting outstanding tailoring skills.


After the previous, first weekend of July, traffic jams will continue during this weekend, as many Croatian citizens will go on vacation, while the holidays in the Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany start too.

Many tourists from these countries will choose one of the tourist centers on the Adriatic for their holiday destination or go through Croatia towards destinations in the east of Europe.

The Croatian Autoclub (HAK) herefore announced the traffic forecast.

Traffic jams are expected from today, Friday, July 12th, until Monday, July 15th, and peak of the jams is expected on Saturday, July 13rd from 4 am to 5 pm. During the morning traffic jams are expected in the direction of the sea, and from noon in the direction of the interior. During Sunday, July 14th, traffic jams are expected in the afternoon in the direction of the interior (especially from 9am to 3pm).

During today, the biggest crowd is expected at the border crossings with Slovenia, and on the A3 Bregana-Lipovac highway in the east (especially from 11 am to 8 pm).

On Saturday, HAK's traffic forecast expects crowds: on the Zagreb Bypass (A3) from Jankomir or Buzina towards the Lucko billing station, especially during the Saturday early morning and morning hours; on the A1 / A6 motorway, between Lucko and Bosiljevo node 2 (both directions); at the Istrian Y (to the border crossings Kastel and Plovanija); at the border crossings with Slovenia (Macelj), Serbia (Bajakovo) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Stara Gradiska, Slavonski Brod, Maljevac, Metkovic) and Montenegro (Karasovići); in ferry ports to the islands of Cres, Rab, Pag, as well as the ferry ports of Zadar and Split.

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