Wednesday, 08 July 2020
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.


The Christmas concerts continued last night in Dubrovnik and this time it was the turn of the Folklore Ensemble Lindo. In a packed Friars Minor Church in the heart of the Old City the vocal groups of the ensemble entertained the audience in a magical evening.

The Christmas concert, which is a tradition in the city, included all the favourite Christmas carols and the audience joined in to make a truly festive spirit.

- Christmas songs are the most beautiful part of the celebration of the birth of Jesus. They are sung in churches all over Croatia, as well as in homes. The Folklore Ensemble Lindo is a family, we are very proud of it and we will always keep it so – stated the ensemble.

The conductor of the evening’s concert was Vedran Ivanković, the head of the choir at Folklore Ensemble Linđo.

christmas concert linđo dubrovnik

concert lindo dubrovnik 2017



An American local TV show featured a promotional TV report on Croatia.

Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend is an original, local lifestyle show on ABC Action News Television focused on providing the audience with informative, useful and entertaining content.

On this occasion, Natalie Host, the TV host of Tampa Bay’s Morning Blend, hosted representatives of two American travel agencies who explained why Croatia is one of the hottest European destinations.

Apart from offering tourist packages to potential travellers to Croatia, the representatives were full of praise for the country.

They are thrilled with the natural, cultural and especially historical heritage, as well as with a gastronomic offer and wine tasting.

Therefore, for those who have never experienced numerous beauties of Croatia, we advise you to watch this video thoroughly and then put Croatia on the top of your ‘’must visit destination’’ list for next year!


Mayor Mato Frankovic approved special working hours in the historical core of Dubrovnik on New Year’s Eve. Restaurants and bars can work until 4 am on January 1st.

-Caterers are obliged to ensure respect of public order and peace in their catering facilities, without endangering others and preventing disturbance of the public order and peace, but if it does happen they need to report it the Dubrovnik Police Administration – Frankovic stated.

You can celebrate New Year's Eve in Cavtat for the first time ever! All because of one special association – Mum's of Cavtat. The New Year's Eve Party will be held in the tent on the Cavtat promenade, as a part of the program Advent in Cavtat. 

The Art Band and DJ Bacvar will entertain everybody and take them into 2018. With all the fun and entertainment, there will also be an offer of food and drinks of local caterers. In addition to music, there will also be an entertainment program by famous host Emerson De Souza Cruz. Everyone who decides to welcome the New Year in Cavtat will also get the chance to participate in a rich lottery.

- Come and welcome 2018 with us! Drink your first glass of champagne in the tent on the Cavtat promenade while watching the fireworks, and have fun with us - the organizers announced.




The world’s biggest drink brand, Coca-Cola, has followed in the footsteps of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Robin Hood by filming a video for their YouTube channel in Dubrovnik.

The French version of the site Coke TV used various locations around the city in this fun video to mark the opening of the latest Star Wars – The Last Jedi – which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik.

From bouncy wars on the Banje Beach, R2D2 challenges, drone wars and a good old-fashioned tug-o-war this entertaining video has been seen by almost a million people already. It seems that the force is certainly with Dubrovnik.



One of the best electronic music festivals in the world will celebrate twenty years of its existence next year.

The ULTRA Music Festival was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes and named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album ‘’Ultra’’. The first edition of the festival was held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park almost twenty years ago.

Other Ultra Worldwide festivals and events take place across the world in locations like Cape Town & Johannesburg (South Africa), Seoul (South Korea), Singapore (Singapore), Tokyo (Japan), Hvar and Split (Croatia), Mexico City (Mexico), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Bogotá, (Colombia), and many other destinations. At the end of Ultra Music Festival 2017, it added two more countries: India and Australia.

Celebrating the twentieth anniversary, the Ultra Music Festival TV channel (UMF TV) has been releasing the best video footage of the world's best electronic music festival held in the largest cities of the world including the smallest one among them – Split in Croatia.

ultra europe in split croatioa 2017

The short video ''Croatia in Motion'' features the beauty of Croatian locations where the festival takes place as well as the best moments of the festival itself held at the Poljud Stadium.

The festival in Split is the only ULTRA festival with an additional title ''Europe's Premier Destination Music Festival'' because apart from great music it puts emphasis on the city of Split, the Dalmatia region and the beauty of the Croatian coast.

The sixth edition of the Ultra Europe music festival in Croatia will take place from the 5th to the 11th of July 2018 on locations in Split and on the islands of Brac, Hvar and Vis.



The arctic cold northerly winds that started blowing last night in the Dubrovnik region have brought with them a white Christmas for some higher parts. However, the “white stuff” isn’t snow but hail.

These photos were taken in Konavle this morning and clearly show the festive feel of hail on the roads.

hail in konavle for christmas

hail in dubrovnik 2017 konavle



When it comes to New Year's Eve in Dubrovnik, it's always better to leave your car parked at home and use the public transport because of special traffic regulations. Just a reminder – all buses are free from 5 pm.

During the New Year's Eve from 8 pm the traffic on the city lines will be considerably intensified.
Here are the last departure of all the bus lines:
- lines 1A, 3, 4 and 6 will have the last departure at 4 am from Pile;
- lines 1B and 8 will run until the last departure at 3:40 am from Pile;
- Line 10 from Cavtat will be intensified, with more departures than usual until 11pm, while from Dubrovnik from the central bus station it will have additional departures at 1, 2, 3 and 4 am;
- line 12 will have additional departure to Slano at 3 am from the central bus station;
- Line 35 will leave to Brsecine at 1:30 am from the central bus station.

On the New Year’s Day – January 1st, lines that won’t operate are: 15 Dubrovnik - Ston, 16 Dubrovnik - Plat, 16A Dubrovnik - Srebreno, 23A Dubac-Brgat-Srebreno, 30 Vodovađa - Cavtat, 31 Vitaljina – Cavtat and 35 Dubrovnik-Brsecine.

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