Wednesday, 13 November 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

Shakespeare is coming to Dubrovnik! The traditional Midsummer Scene is bringing the bard from England once again to Dubrovnik with a performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” From the 24th of June until the 5th of July the atmospheric Lovrijenac Fortress, overlooking the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik, will play host to Shakespeare.

“The brand new production specially designed for Midsummer Scene Festival dives into the world of Faery where the stark world of Athenian court dissolves into a mad lovers’ chase,” stated the organisers. This production is directed by Helen Tennison and the British cast is supported by an international creative team. There is even an exotic twist to the performance this year with “Bollywood-style choreography.”

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These performances, and this will be the fourth year that the Midsummer Scene, has been held, have been critically acclaimed and the combination of the Shakespeare and the Dubrovnik seems to be a winning one. Tickets are available online at the Midsummer Scene website and range from 350 Kuna for a VIP seat to 200 Kunas.

“The festival is expanding from year to year. International guest performances in Vienna and Bermuda confirm the quality of the programs and the productions. This summer ahead of us is a new challenge. Midsummer Night's Dream will be played in a new light, with a new cast and a new set in Lovrijenac Fortress,” commented the producer Darija Mikulandra Žanetić.

Midsummer Festival Scene is a project of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and produced by Brilliant Events Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions from London.

A special event is organized tonight at 10 pm by Pixel design – 3D mapping projection on Sponza Palace.

The projection will be an interactive combination of visual art, technology and special effects on the one hand, and live electronic music on the other.

Pixel design, which already thrilled Dubrovnik audience with its projections, is preparing a whole new experience tonight, called "Audio visual journey", which will be a sort of  announcement of the Lumiart - a light festival scheduled for the fall of 2017.

During the two-hour program, the Sponza Palace will be shown in a completely new edition, and the whole event will be accompanied by the music of Dubrovnik DJs.

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The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently published a list of useful advice on its official website that should be adhered to by Australian nationals who plan to visit Croatia.

The Ministry really made an effort to cover every possible situation that might occur. However, considering the fact that the latest Travel&Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety declared Croatia one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit, some of the points on the list made by the Australian authorities seems more than bizarre. However the advice about jumping of rocks in Dubrovnik is one that should be heeded as every summer season the Buza rocks just outside of the Old City walls are a scene of a death or serious injury.

Here is just some of their advice; the rest can be checked on the official website:

- Australians have been severely injured after jumping off rocks and cliffs into the sea especially in Split, Dubrovnik and off the coast of the Dalmatian islands. While warning signs and safety barriers may not be in place, the dangers are clear. Your travel insurance may not cover injuries sustained from cliff jumping and diving, or while engaging in other dangerous activities. You should carefully check the details of your insurance policy

- Rowdy and drunken behaviour in public is not a typical feature of the local culture. Travellers should be aware that such behaviour will attract negative attention

- Excessive alcohol consumption has been the cause of serious accidents on 'party boats' cruising the Croatian coast

- Drug-related arrests are increasing at electronic music festivals on the Croatian coast. Australians should not consume, purchase or sell drugs, or keep company with those who do

- Avoid large gatherings of people and protests as they may turn violent

- There is a serious problem of unexploded landmines in many parts of Croatia. While mined areas are generally signposted, there may be high-risk areas that are not

- Driving in Croatia can be hazardous and accidents are common

- Protests or demonstrations may occur in Croatia. Monitor the news and other sources for information on planned and possible demonstrations or other civil unrest. Avoid all crowds, protests and demonstrations, as they may turn violent

- Petty crime, such as pick pocketing, occurs, most commonly in busy tourist areas, at bus and railway stations, on public transport and at beaches. There have been reports of gangs staging roadside emergencies and then robbing drivers who stop to offer assistance

- Never accept food or drink from strangers as there have been incidents where it has been laced with drugs

Beautiful Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe 2017 first runner up, is spending her vacation in Dubrovnik. She shared some photos on her official Instagram profile that is followed by more than 122 thousand people. As expected, photos got numerous likes and comments, and most of her followers praised her beauty, as well as the beauty of the City.

Pelissier is from Haiti and is 25 years old. She has a rather interesting life story – she has survived the earthquake that destroyed her hometown in January 2010, which made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams – it is said on the official page of Miss Universe.

It is also written that something that makes Pelissier extra special is that she is quadrilingual and that she’s getting her Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. She is working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve.

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Every sunset in Cavtat is beautiful, but yesterday’s one was quite special. Splash of colours painted sea and sky in shades of red and pink and made breathtaking views.

How lucky were the tourists and the locals that happened to be in Cavtat for this special sunset... Just as lucky as our readers who can enjoy it through the beautiful photo gallery made by Tonci Plazibat. It’s a must see.

“It is a stunning country and I recommend it highly. I would rank it in my top three,” commented Jason Pires, the co-anchor of the popular CTV Morning Live Vancouver after a recent holiday in Croatia.

A short video highlighting the delights of the Croatia Dalmatian coast appeared on the morning show in Canada with Pires singing the praises of the country. Of course Dubrovnik made an appearance in the video with Pires commenting that “Dubrovnik has become ever more popular because it is the place where they film Game of Thrones.”

He also visited Split and Korcula and brought back some presents for his co-host, Keri Adams, including lavender soap, Bajadera chocolates and the “national drink” Sljivovica.
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Clients of the largest online platform for renting boats prefer Croatia to all other global destinations, claimed from Zizoo.

The company Zizoo, named after the nickname of the famous explorer and oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is the leading boat holiday platform, offering 8,000 boats across 200 destinations worldwide. Zizoo provide its services both to licensed sailors, and to those with no sailing experience, interested in renting a boat together with a captain and optional crew as an alternative or complement to hotel accommodation.

''Our mission is to make boat holidays as easy and affordable to book as a hotel stay'', says Anna Banicevic, one of the co-founders of Zizoo.

The largest Zizoo's destination market is Croatia, whilst the highest number of users of their services comes from Germany, Austria, the UK, and the US.

As its main strategic market, Zizoo plans to open a new office in Zagreb as part of the next investment round most likely at the beginning of 2018.

The company especially pays attention to further development of charters because they are the key of Zizoo's success. In addition, their goal is to additionally facilitate the business and enable further growth. Zizoo emphasizes two main things - a prolongation of the tourist season, due to favourable weather conditions, and stimulation of shorter charters at higher prices, in order to open up a huge new market of clients who want to experience vacation on board for the first time.

Zizoo is an Austrian boat rental service founded in May 2014, based in Vienna with offices in Berlin, Germany. It provides more than 11,000 boats listed by individuals and charter companies from 30 countries around the world. Users can rent catamarans, motorboats, sailboats and gullets.

The company is also the first platform which has no intermediaries and which offers charter companies an adequate technology for direct commercialization of boats on the global market in real time.

It is interesting to note that Zizoo’s shareholders include some of Europe’s and the US most reputable investors such as Axel Springer Digital Ventures, Mairdumont Ventures, AWS Founder Fund, Russmedia, and Plug and Play along with other European and US angel investors.

Avax rent-a-car published a promo video today, showing pure Croatian beauty. It takes us on a road trip through some of the most amazing parts of Croatia – Dubrovnik, Medvednica, Rastoke, Velebit, Pag, Zlatni rat and many more...

The video is 4 and half minutes long but it’s absolutely mesmerizing and it makes you wish that it was even longer.

This is a great promotion, not only for this rent-a-car company, but also for Croatia. Just one look will make you want pack your bags! The video could also inform you a bit about Croatia's transport connections and the ability to drive to some of the highest peaks by car and capture beautiful photos.

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