Thursday, 27 June 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.


Little girl that has shown that Croatians have a huge heart, Mila Roncevic, is on the medical treatment in United States for a couple of months now, where she is fighting leukemia. Her father, Marin Roncevic, shared some news on his Facebook profile. He wrote that today was a good day and he felt an urge to share that with numerous followers that want to know how Mila is.

-Mila feels good, some medical results are not so great, which is expected due to treatments that she goes through, but we are all together, in the room, she’s not in the hospital, she goes out and takes walks, plays and bothers Pipa – which makes it all much more cheerful and louder. Sometimes it’s so loud that we are scared that we’ll be kicked out of our apartment – hopefully not – Marin Roncevic wrote, adding that they are waiting for transplantation, which should happen soon – on July 15th.

He asked everybody to keep them in the prayers, just like all the other sick kids, and to send some love. That is something that everybody can do!


Jon Bon Jovi, the world famous rock star, is enjoying his vacation in Croatia on the mega yacht Rarity with his family! They've been spotted in Cavtat just a couple of days ago and yesterday his son, 17 year old Jacob Bongiovi, shared photos from Korcula on his official Instagram profile.

Even though his father enjoys spending vacations far from the public eye and doesn't publish that kind of photos on his Instagram profile, teenager couldn't resist posting couple of photos at his profile followed by almost 25 thousand people and tagging his father as a photographer. The photos show Jacob, or Jake posing at the luxurious yacht worth 260 dollars a week and have collected around eight thousand likes.


Photos: Instagram

Since Jon Bon Jovi was more than friendly in Cavtat, giving autographs and posing with his fans, we are sure that fans on Korcula with get couple of selfies too! Who knows where the Bongiovi family is heading next… We'll just wait and see!

"Cavtat Music Evenings 2019" continues tonight at 9 pm at Cavtat Culture Centre with the concert of the Zagreb Chamber Ensemble "Max Bruch Trio".

The trio consists of violinist Hiwote Tadesse, clarinetist Rude Mimica and pianist Domagoj Guscic. They will present themselves to Cavtat's audience with pieces from the works of famous composers such as Bruch, Skender, Papandopulo and Mozart.

The entrance for all the visitors is free. The show will continue on Wednesday, July 3rd with the concert of the chamber quartet led by the great soprano Nikolina Pinko.

Traditional entertainment and music programs are organized on the islands of Lopud, Sipan, Kolocep and in Zaton, Orasac and Trsteno during the June, July and August. The events are organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik for the purpose of enriching the tourist offer during the summer months.

This summer there are over fifty events for a good time and an unforgettable summer. This week, on the 25th of June at 7.30 pm, City Games will launch the Zaton Summer, and on the same day at 9.30 pm in front of the Parish Hall, Lopud Summer will start with the Lopud Table and the performance of the group Prijatelji and dance studio Convivo. On Saturday, 29th of June at 9.30 pm, the vocal group Karaka will open the Brsecine Summer with their performance on the promenade of Brsecine.








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 Ragusavecchia, Pucki pjevaci , FA Lindo, Maestral and Kolafjaka.

This week, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, June 24h – vocal group Pucki pjevaci, in the Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Wednesday, June 26th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Thursday, June 27th – vocal group Ragusavecchia, Lapad Bay from 9:30 pm;

Saturday, June 29h – vocal group Maestra, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm;

Sunday, June 30th – vocal groups Maestral and Kolafjaka, Mokosica, next to the caffe bar KISS, from 9 pm.

A total of nine vocal groups participates in this event, and the programs are being 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.

Mak Grgic, described as "imaginative, gifted and expressive" guitarist by the New York Times as well as the "guitarist to watch out for" by the Washington Post, will perform in the Rector’s Palace tonight, starting at 9 pm. His music includes avant-garde, film music, brilliant classics of guitar repertoire, early works, pop, jazz and others.

Born in Ljubljana, he studied guitar in Zagreb with Ante Cagalj at the Music Conservatory "Elliy Bašić" and graduated in Alvaro Pierri's class at the Vienna Music and Performing Arts University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music as a student of William Kanengiser and Skott Tennant from the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He’s the Artistic Director of the Interdisciplinary Art Festival - M.A.R.S. and the Zagreb Guitar Festival.

For Dubrovnik, he prepared Bach's Adagio & Presto from Violin Sonata No.1, Rodrigo’s Toccata, Morricone's themes Gabriel’s oboa from the movie Mission and the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, then 5 Macedonian works by Miroslav Tadic and other works that will show Grgic’s versatility.

Famous actor Michael Weatherly, or as many of us know him: Anthony DiNozzo from NCIS, is spending his vacation in the Dubrovnik Neretva County. First he was spotted at one of the Dubrovnik beaches and then on the island of Korcula. Weatherly, looking laid-back in his shorts and loafers, was more than willing to pose with the waiter of Pensatore Restaurant. They proudly shared the photo all over social media.

He is known to be friendly and down to earth and has confirmed that reputation during his stay in Dubrovnik two years ago, when he was a special guest on the New Europe Market, the largest gathering of TV and media professionals in the region. This year, it was time for new celebrities to visit Dubrovnik during the conference, such as Jesica Alba, Gabrielle Union and Alan Cumming and who knows – maybe they will spend their next vacation in Dubrovnik too.

Weatherly's visit in 2017 was his first time in Dubrovnik and he described it as remarkable. He was in company of his wife, Bojana Jankovic and their two children. It seems that our city has really impressed him, since he couldn't resist to visit it once again in that short amount of time.

While we are waiting to see where he will be spotted next, make sure to read the interview that he gave to The Dubrovnik Times two years ago: MICHAEL WEATHERLY – Dubrovnik is incredibly beautiful

Dubrovnik is an 'it' destination this summer for all the travellers, but it seems that it is especially attractive to Miss Universe Australia contestants! After Olivia Rogers, winner from 2017, who spent a couple of days in Dubrovnik, one of her ''colleagues'' arrived yesterday. Renae Ayris, an Australian dancer, model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Australia 2012 and placed 3rd Runner-Up at the Miss Universe 2012, arrived to Dubrovnik and shared some beautiful photos.

Beautiful Ayris isn't alone – she arrived with her handsome fiancé Andrew Pap, one of the Australia's leading trainers and the the owner and operator of the outdoor training business, Battle Fit Australia.

miss r1

Photos: Instagram

Power couple gave us a hint on how do they keep fit by climbing the mountain of Srd early this morning. After resting with some coffee, they went straight to the Saint Jacob beach.

Since Ayris has over 200 thousand followers, while Pap has 150 thousand, this is another great promotion of the amazing city of Dubrovnik. We are waiting to see which one of the former Miss Universe Australia winners will arrive next!

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