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.
Free concert for the children ‘The Carnival of the Animals’, which has been a hit at the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival because of the amazing interest by the audience of all generations has been repeated in September and will be held again in co-operation with the Caboga Stiftung Foundation. The concert will take place in the Bunic Kaboga Summer Villa on Sunday, November 25th at 6 pm.
Along with the Dubrovnik musicians performing this popular Saint-Saëns work, there will be a story teller: actress Srdana Simunovic.The Carnival of Animals is the most famous music piece that found its way to the hearts of children all over the world. Composer of this work, Camille Saint-Saëns, was born almost 200 years ago in Paris and is one of the artists known as the "miracle of the child". As an adult and respected composer, while spending time with his friends on vacation in Austria, he decided to play around in a zoological fantasy entitled The Carnival of Animals. Through various portions of this descriptive piece of full humor and satire, he commented on other composer's compositions, his own works, and his music critics (in a line dedicated to long-eared animals). Each of the 14 items of Animal Carnivals is devoted to one animal or group of animals, and almost all parts hide quotes or music reviews of other famous musical works.
Free performance tickets are available from Monday, November 19th, at the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) from 10am to 3pm. There is also a free bus service from Pile, which departs at 5.30 pm.
Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County invites everybody on the another recreational walk from the Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay) to Orsan called "Walk for Health" on Saturday, November 11th at 10 am.
The action takes place within the National Program "Healthy Living", and the Organizers are the Public Health Institute of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Dubrovnik School of Running with the support of the City of Dubrovnik.
Walking is the simplest and cheapest body activity we can regularly perform and interact with each othe! The action continues every Saturday at 10am in the Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay), depending on the weather conditions. Walk, socialize and be healthy in Dubrovnik!
Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is a hit all around the world, but especially in Russia, where they fell in love with her during the FIFA World Cup because of her attitude. She hugged the players, presidents of other countries, jumped full of joy when our team won, even kissed the throphy when we didn't – Grabar-Kitarovic presented herself as one of the people and everybody were enchanted!
There were many articles and reactions, but one of the most interesting things, just recently published, is a song by Alina Zakharova, where the Russian singer sings about Croatian president, saying that there's no holiday without Kolinda, prasing her and dancing with the interesting crowd of people with masks. The video contains photos of Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and is really fun to watch. Check it out below.
Children from 1st to 8th grade in elementary schools in the Dubrovnik area will receive fruit meals once a week. That’s done through the "School Fruit Scheme" program, implemented at the European Union level and applied by the City of Dubrovnik.
The Paying Agency for Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development Agency responded positively at the submitted request of the City of Dubrovnik and approved the distribution of fruit for all six city schools. The total amount of the money support is 113,340 kuna.
Fruits will be distributed once a week to students of all eight grades of elementary schools. Preparatory actions have already been completed and the next week the City is expected to sign contracts with suppliers and schools.
Konoba Veranda, highly recommended restaurant on Tripadvisor because of the great food and atmosphere, is having a humanitarian action to close the season in a unique way. The action carries the name ''24 hours without compromises'', because they will cook for their guest non-stop from Saturday, November 24th – starting at 6am, all to the early morning of Sunday, November 25th.
The goal of the action is to raise 50 thousand kuna for the Dubrovnik General Hospital. All the earned money will go for buying of the CTG device used during the pregnancy for the purpose of monitoring the pulse (fetal) heart rate and the contraction of the uterus.
We contacted Maja Andric from the Konoba Veranda to see what was the reason to start the action.
-The restaurant closes for this season on that weekend, so I wished it to be humanitarian. My cousin Ema is involved as a volunteer in the church, so when they have 72 hours without compromise action, including prayer and socializing, she is there. Ema was my inspiration. The reactions of people are wonderful. The responses are really positive. We really want to believe that we with the help of the people we will get the desired amount of money – Maja explained.
Since the Konoba Veranda is located a bit outside the city, in Stikovica, even the taxi drivers are part of the action, so you shouldn’t worry about getting there – you should contact the Konoba Veranda and they will arrange it for you. You can come and ‘’warm up’’ for the night out or to have a perfect hangover breakfast – it’s your choice.
Good mood, even better food and many surprises expect you in the Konoba Veranda. Save the date!
Although the temperatures are unusually high for this time of year since today, November 15th, winter equipment is required on the winter roads in the Republic of Croatia.
The Decree on the Mandatory Use of Winter Equipment on Winter Roads in the Republic of Croatia) issued by the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure states that winter equipment is mandatory on individual stocks from November 15th to the April 15th next year.
In Croatia, winter equipment is required on 839.2 km of highways and 1523.3 km of state and county roads and
68.1 km of state roads for transit traffic from the port of Vukovar, Osijek and the Port and Refinery Sisak.
Winter equipment are winter tires or summer tires with chains. If a police officer finds a vehicle moving on a road (where movement of that type of vehicle is prohibited) without winter equipment on the road and at the time the winter equipment is required, he will stop the vehicle immediately and the fine will be 700 kuna.
One of the world's leading publishing houses for travel guides and other travel information publications, American Fodor's Travel, released popular Fodor's Go List, a list of destinations to be visited in 2019, just like every year. However, this year’s prestigious list is special because includes Croatia’s National Parks.
-The inclusion of Croatia’s National Parks on this prestigious list is an additional confirmation of our country's exceptional natural wealth, which is recognized in this segment worldwide. Our preserved and untouched nature attracts a large number of tourists, and I am confident that after the publication of this list, Croatia will take on a more solid position on the world tourist map, especially among those who prefer trips to unique natural sites – commented the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Stanicic.
Fodor's Travel explains why the Croatian National Parks are wonderful and well worth the visit.
-The pebbled beaches lining Croatia’s shorelines are wonderful but heavy with the traffic of cruise passengers and visitors from around the world. Heading inland doesn’t mean straying from the turquoise waters that have lured so many to this Eastern European jewel in recent years, but it does mean swapping the Adriatic for Croatia’s lesser-known but equally azure rivers, lakes, and waterfalls that flow through its pristine National Parks. The parks—eight in total—are a photographer’s dream. The 16 interconnected lakes and soaring waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park have earned it a spot as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Manita Pec Cave in Paklenica National Park is akin to exploring another world. Get active swimming in the waterfalls at Krka National Park, fly fishing at Risnjak National Park, or kayaking to a 12th-century Benedictine monastery-turned-café on an island in Mljet National Park. Sjeverni Velebit National Park offers the chance for a late night stargazing hike, and the 140 small islands of Kornati Islands National Park are perfect for a weekend sailing or snorkeling trip. More than 200 dinosaur footprints were found at Brijuni National Park, and today you can walk alongside these giant reminders of the planet’s past – it's written in the article.
You can see the full list here.
When you think about visiting Dubrovnik, your bucket list includes the sights located in the Old City – such as the Walls, the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace… But Dubrovnik has a lot to offer outside the historical core and from the spring of 2019 there will be one more interesting place to visit!
The Red History Museum is a new project in town. Located in the Carbon Graphite Products Factory - TUP premises in Gruz, the museum brings some new content that will help you to learn about the origins of the socialist idea and how it spread around the globe and to the area of today’s Croatia.
This trip through history is made possible by a team of young, motivated people, who have spent the last couple of months seeking the objects that will represent that period in Croatia all over the web and also on numerous fairs. They are: Kristina Mirosevic, Master of Design and setup author – as well as Tomi Soletic, the architect, Ivan Lujo, historian and co-author of the concept, followed by Nino Glavinic, co-author and Master of Media, Marko Mijatovic, Master of Light Design who is responsible for the design of the space, Hrvoje Margaretic, the famous Dubrovnik Storm Chaser, who is in charge for the visuals and Kreso Glavinic, coordinator.
Like every other great project, it all started with an idea
- We all involved in work that is connected to culture and creativity, so the idea came spontaneously. We think that that particular part of the history is not presented in Dubrovnik and in Croatia in general – only selectively, even though there are a lot more exhibitions on this theme compared to before. That’s why we decided to do it and we are coming close to realization – Kreso explains while we are sitting in the storage space full of interesting and unusual items that were a part of everyday life and now present pieces of the historical puzzle.
A museum with a clear story to tell
The project itself is not small, so there were some struggles along the road.
- It took a lot of our time, we had to work a lot, it’s not easy, but we took it step by step. We gathered a team that has a lot of qualities on different areas, overcame obstacles one by one and here we are – Kreso says.
Now that we have your interest, it's time to discover what guests will be able to see when visiting this, for Dubrovnik, really unique museum.
- There are three parts of the museum: socialism in the idea, socialism in practice, socialism in memory. First, in the idea part, it will be explained how it all came to Croatia and how it developed. Then, visitors go to an apartment and can see the objects together with their stories. For example, the liquor cabinet will tell the story about alcoholism, the growing number of women alcoholics during that period, what they drunk back then and how drinking was perceived. The double bed will tell the story about marriages, divorces, were there mixed marriages, etc. We will have infographics and it will all be very interactive. The next step is the dark room that tells the story about all the negative aspects which were well known, but also kept under the veil of secrets, such as the islands of Daksa and Goli Otok. For the last part, socialism in memory, we are inviting people to send us their memories, such as photos. While visitors go through our museum, they should make their own conclusions, we are not taking sides and giving our opinions – Kristina explains, while Kreso adds that with those three parts they want to bring some sort of basics and educate the public about communism and socialism and that they hope that the museum will make visitors want to learn and explore more, since they will see that this was one interesting period well worth their attention.
The Red History Museum will not only work as an exhibition space. There will also be a public library, movie projections and lectures, which will make it interesting to the locals and tourists.
- The idea is to make something like a ''time capsule''. We needed a team of creative people to start it all and now we hope that visitors will love it, donations will come and the fundus will grow. Then maybe the Yugoslavian taboo will not be taboo anymore, it will become mainstream – adds Tomi.
From interest to threats - reactions are pouring in
Picking through this particular part of Croatian history can be tricky, so we wondered if they had already received some reactions.
- Yes, we have! – Nino says while the whole crowd laughs.
- There were supportive comments, but there were some negative ones too. They cursed us and threatened to bury us… But there are many more people that praise us and we hope that it will stay that way. A great number of people want to be a part of this and are sending messages on Facebook about items they have at home that we might find useful. For now, we have a great cooperation with the community – Nino explains and invites everybody to visit the museum when it's opened and make their own conclusions about it. Also, if they have any insecurities, they are more than welcome to send their questions on the official e-mail or Facebook page.
One of the positive things is, as mentioned, that the museum is located outside the City core.
- That is maybe the most interesting part of it all, the position and the building where we are placed, at the space with its socialist history, that is going through the process of reprogramming. Young people are coming with interesting content and the TUP building is changing day by day. I hope that it will only grow and one day become a creative hub. That should be interesting to the citizens and visitors and send a message that Dubrovnik lives – Tomi explains and Kreso adds that the good thing of being away from the Old City is being able to enrich the offer far from the crowds. Kristina added that their goal is to bring that one part of Croatian history, that can be used like sort of the prequel to the Homeland War Museum.
The Red History Museum should be opened during the spring of 2019 and the team invites you to share your stories, objects and memories from that period in Croatia and if not – to visit them and make your own Dubrovnik memories.