Friday, 13 December 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

The great exhibition ANTUN MASLE (1919-1967) is a retrospective exhibition on the occassion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the famous Dubrovnik painter and it will open at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik on Saturday, December 14th at 6 pm.

Antun Masle is one of the most important painters from Dubrovnik who belongs to so called Dubrovnik coloristic circle, a distinctive variant of "southern expressionism". In his portraits, landscapes and still lifes, Antun Masle uses color similar to Fovist principles, and in his later works approaches the art brute.
The author of the exhibition is one of the most famous Croatian historians, theorists and art critics, Igor Zidic.

The exhibited art is owned by national museums and galleries, such as the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, the Split Art Gallery, the Zagreb Modern Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, the National Museum in Zadar, the City Museum in Rovinj, and artworks from various private collections will be on loan, of which the collection of the heirs of Antun Masle is of particular importance. Antun Masle had his last retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik in 1984, so it will be valuable for introducing the younger generation to his work.

The exhibition remains open until Sunday, March 1st, 2020.

Good news for some of the drivers in Croatia! Petrol prices went down at midnight. 

It's time to visit the nearest petrol station, because petrol prices across the country are around 10,08 kuna, which means that the full tank of 50 liters is 10 kuna cheaper compared to yesterday.

Diesel prices dropped down from 9,92 to 9,88 kuna, while autogas went down from 4,61 to 4,57 kuna.

The price of gas oil went down for about three lipa and costs 5,31 kuna on average.

December is one of the most beautiful months of the year, and if you are lucky to share it with your friends and family in your warm home, it's good to think about those who are living in worse conditions and will appreciate any kind of help. 

The Humanitarian Action "Share the Joy of Christmas" organized by the Caritas of the Dubrovnik Diocese will be held at Pile on Saturday, December 14th from 9am to 4pm and on Sunday, December 15th from 9am to 1pm.
Thirteenth action in a row brings a wish to make Christmas and all the beautiful holiday days that follow more beautiful and warmer to the individuals and families in the area of Knin.

Everyone who wants to participate can bring packages with non-perishable food and hygiene supplies to Pile during the weekend, and they will be accepted by organizers and volunteers. Let's share the joy of Christmas!

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in which one person died, there were no heavily injured persons, three persons got light injuries, while there were six traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 477 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 299 measures taken due to speeding, 14 measures due to improper overtaking, 36 measures for improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 25 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and seven measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival has officialy started on Saturday, November 30th and is full of events. Every Monday through this period, we will bring you a guide for the week ahead of you. Here are the events for this week!

MONDAY (December 9)

ORLANDO'S ARMOUR VOL.1

4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bura Theatre
Waldorf initiative

LUMIART LIGHT FESTIVAL

6-11 pm, Lazareti

 

TUESDAY (December 10)

CREATIVE CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Decoupage technique with Eko centar Zeleno Sunce & Eko Omblici environmental organisations

ADVENT MAGIC – Playtime at the North Pole
4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Zupa Majorettes, Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

KLAPA KASE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
7 pm, Central Public Library

TRADITIONAL DUBROVNIK CHRISTMAS CAROLLING WORKSHOP
7-8 pm, Elementary school Mokosica
Workshop led by Romana Novkovic and Ana Lojpur

THE NUTCRACKER (sold out)
7.30 pm, Sports Hall Gospino polje
Ukrainian Classical Ballet

WEDNESDAY (December 11)

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS MAKING WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Painting Christmas motifs on canvas bags, boxes and cards with the Eko centar Zeleno sunce & Eko Omblici environmental organisations

SWEET CORNER
4-7 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Chocolate making workshop with Poeticacao and Tintilinici Durbovnik children's animators

 

THURSDAY (December 12)

CREATIVE WORKSHOPS
North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre, 4-6 pm
Making Christmas decorations and toys, art activities with different materials, all with Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

STORYTELLING BY JASNA HELD
6 pm, Lazareti, Nave 3

FRIDAY (December 13)

KINDERGARTENS' CHRISTMAS COLLAGE
5 pm, North Pole station at the Bursa Theatre
Dubrovnik kindergartens, Lazareti Dance Studio, Le Petite Festival du Theatre

TRADITIONAL CHARITY CONCERT ON SAINT LUCY'S DAY
8 pm, Marin Drzic Theatre
For the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Association for the Blind. Organised by Lindo Folklore Ensemble

SATURDAY (December 14)

CAKE PARTY AND DOMENICA CONCERT
11 am, Stradun

CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL GAMES
3-5.30 pm, North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre
Anagrams, riddles, quizzes, brain teasers, nursery rhymes with Tintilinici Dubrovnik children's animators

TONKA BALONKA SHOW & BUREK THEATRE
1-3 pm, Lapad Bay
Stand-up comedy for children, magician, photo booth – Slovenian Cultural Society Lipa

MAGICAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS MAKING WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Painting Christmas motifs on canvas bags, boxes and cards with Eko centar Zeleno Sunce and Eko Omblici environmental organisations

DISNEY MAGIC
6 pm, Lazareti, Nave 5
Interactive dance programme with Lazareti Dance Studio

LIGHTING OF THE 3ND ADVENT CANDLE SYMBOLIZING JOY
7.30 pm, In front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral

GIBONNI
9 pm, Stradun
Concert

SUNDAY (December 15)

CHRISTMAS TALE BY ELVES AND MRS CLAUSES
10 am – Noon, North Pole Station at the Bursa Theatre
Lazareti Dance Studio and Le Petite Festival du Theatre

NATURAL-SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP
3-6 pm, Mokosica
Creative programme for children by the Dubrovnik Natural History Museum

CLOSING CONCERT ON THE OCCASION OF THE YEAR OF ORLANDO 2019
7.30 pm, Marin Drzic Theatre
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and guests, with Marc Tardue as conductor.

AND COUPLE OF EXTRAS…

Every week Christmas carols and traditional Dalmatian songs will be sung on Sunday mornings from Brsalje and Stradun to Gundulic Square. Like every year, market stalls full of variety of Christmas delicacies and goods are placed at those locations.

It's good to know the buses are operating free of charge on all city lines (including lines 26, 28 and 35) from 5 pm to the last departure of the evening, all to January 6th.

There is also a X-MAS BUS, whic will operate on the following route: Main Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post Office and Lapad Post Office – Vojnovic, Pile – Tommy (Gruz) – Main Bus Station.

For the special holiday experience, hop on the XMAS TRAIN, which passes through Lapad Bay from the beach to the ice skating rink and back every day from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The train will depart every 30 minute and it is free of charge for all the passengers.

You are also more than welcome to enjoy the ice skating rink in the Lapad Bay, at tennis courts, every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

 

For the 20th year in a row, Folklore Ensemble Lindo will hold a traditional humanitarian concert on the Saint Lucy's Day, Friday, December 13th at the Marin Drzic Theatre, starting at 8 pm. All the collected money will go to the Association of Blind and Visually Impaired persons of Dubrovnik.

Tickets that cost 40 kuna can be purchased at the Lindo Souvenir Shop in Lazareti every weekday, from Monday to Friday, December 9th to 13th, from 9am to 2pm or be reserved during opening hours phone 099/833-0679.

The deadline for picking up your reserved tickets is Friday, December 13th by 2 pm.

Dubrovnik Heritage and the City of Dubrovnik with Pixel desing are organizing the first Dubrovnik Festival of Light LUMIART and it will last for three days, from December 7-9. The Festival takes place in Lazareti.

The program, which includes interactive audience participation in the magic of light, is tailored for all ages. The space of the Lazaret Plateau, the interior and the outer part, as well as the facade of the High School will be transformed by light installations.

At the opening of LUMIART, Dubrovnik Heritage also organizes a music program with renowned Croatian musician Jacques Houdek, who will perform at the opening on Saturday, while the music section of the program will be continued on Sunday by DJ Petra and Zac the Sax.

The festival starts on Saturday, December 7th at 6pm with the Lazareti Dance Studio, while Jacques will perform at 8pm.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic and his associates met with the representatives of Celebrity Cruises, the world's leading cruise ship company, for the most part Vice-Presidents in charge of public administration and marketing strategies and representatives of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

-Partnership with CLIA and harmonization of arrival times for cruise ships have resulted in significant shifts in pressure on the historic core in the summer seasons of 2018 and 2019, compared to 2017 and earlier - Mayor Frankovic said during his introductory presentation about city's strategic project Respect the City. He also emphasized that cruise tourism is an important segment of the economy in Dubrovnik and that it is not a problem in the number of people but in the flow, and a better flow can be achieved by an organized flow schedule.

The delegation was also presented with measures of traffic coordination, new rules for conducting business activities in public areas, smart city projects and programs planned for 2020 and years ahead. As key factors, Mayor Frankovic singled out the takeover of cruise ship shuttle services and the gradual elimination of traffic around the contact area of the Old City, except for locals.

-Some of the measures we introduce are unpopular and the City has lost some of its budget money, but such moves are necessary if we want to reach the sustainable tourism we seek. Our task is to put the needs of citizens first. Everything we have done and will do in the future will greatly contribute to creating a unique destination experience and increase the quality of the overall service for all visitors - said Mayor Frankovic.

Celebrity Cruises is also on the same track as it is developing a marketing campaign that puts sustainable tourism in its destinations in focus.

- All desirable cruise destinations in the Mediterranean and beyond are currently facing the same challenges and fully support the aspiration to preserve the local heritage culture. Celebrity Cruises is developing the Positive Impact Tours project, which aims to educate guests about sustainability, local culture and customs, enabling guests to support the visiting society. The project will offer trips to areas away from the hustle and bustle of the city, giving guests an authentic experience of the destination while relieving the overburdened city centers - said marketing strategy representative Dominique P. Taleno.

They expressed their willingness ti be a part of Respect the City project, praising the step forward in managing the destination that city government has achieved in a relatively short period of two and a half years. It was also emphasized that the joint efforts to achieve better organization on the ground also helped the image of shipping companies because of their willingness to cooperate.

Mayor Mato Franković thanked the delegation and the CLIA for their repeated willingness to cooperate in order to resolve the existing problems in the spirit of partnership. Opening conversations and working in the common interest of the local community and the cruise companies can gradually align the needs of the destination with the needs of the cruise market, the Mayor said.

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