Thursday, 21 November 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.


The second concert of the Dubrovnik Musical Spring Festival organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will take place on Friday, April 20th in the Sponza Palace. The string orchestra of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchesta will have a great addition of Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky, top performer of baroque music and brilliant contraenor. The start of the concert is at 8pm.

Dmitry Sinkovsky, well known to Dubrovnik public, finished the prestigious Moscow Conservatory of Tchaikovsky and won numerous awards at important competitions such as Premio Bonaparti in Italy, Bach Competition in Leipzig, Musica Antiqua in Bruges and others. He is currently playing at the top violin "Francesco Rugeri" from 1675.

Sinkovsky will, together with the DSO strings, perform works by great Baroque composers.


As we reported yesterday, with the aim of preventing accidents caused by inappropriate speed, traffic police officers will monitor the speed of vehicles even more than usual during this week from Monday to Sunday, April 22nd.

However, the most controled day will be tomorrow – there will be continuous 24-hour speed control across Croatia, after TISPOL’s action. Dubrovnik-Neretva County Police also joined in and will control the speed from 6 am tomorrow until 6 am on Thursday. The goal of the action is, apart from the repressive, to act as preventive to all the drivers, which is why this action is announced in advance.

The action will be carried out on a large number of locations. Police Administration called on citizens to propose speed monitoring locations and selected the most suitable ones. All available devices will be used, and the action will include the maximum possible number of police officers. In order to cover as wide a territory as possible, the monitoring locations will be changed every two to three hours.

Speed is the most common cause of traffic accidents, often those with the most severe consequences, so these actions are much needed.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were nine traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and two had injured persons, where two persons were heavily injured, two had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 362 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 122 measures taken due to speeding, 19 due to improper overtaking, 25 measures due to improper stop and parking, 53 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 27 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Announcement: Enhanced vehicle speed control

With the aim of preventing accidents caused by inappropriate speed, traffic police officers will monitor the speed of vehicles even more than usual during this week from today to Sunday, April 22nd.


Preparations for the second edition of Korcula Spring Food&Wine Festival are in full swing.

A great number of 12 restaurants will participate in the Festival that will last for nine days at this beautiful island, from April 27th to May 5th. This is a great chance to try amazing offer of food and drinks at affordable prices.

Based on the successful experience of last year, Festival will offer specially designed menus that are a combination of traditional and modern with emphasis on the seasonal benefits of the Adriatic gardens, below and above the sea surface.

Korcula Spring Food&Wine Festival is a manifestation for locals and tourists, their friends, family and everybody that enjoy a good bite and a glass of wine. You can try traditional food and be part of some interesting workshops. All the details are avaliable at their official Facebook page.

One of our best athletes, tennis player Marin Cilic and his fiancé, beautiful psychologist Kristina Milkovic, will marry in Dubrovnik in two weeks – after eight years of love – writes

Details of this fairytale wedding, which will be held on April 28th in our beautiful town, were kept as secret until the last moment, which is typical for this couple that doesn’t like to share their intimacy with the public.

Marin and Kristina will have the church ceremony in Cavtat, at the church of St. Nicholas, where they are finalizing arrangements around their most important day. After the ceremony, a grand celebration for almost 400 guests from Cilic’s birthplace – Medugorje and of course from Kristina’s Konavle, will take place at the famous Dubrovnik fortress Revelin, which has amazing club room, but also fantastic terrace with an enchanting view.

At the very beginning of the celebration and most likely for the first dance, the popular Split musician Gibonni will sing. But that’s only the beginning. It’s expected that the wedding party will last until dawn and should end with one band from Zagreb. The wedding organization and catering are also in the hands of company from our capital.

To ensure that their wedding is as intimate as possible, without the media rush, photographing will be strictly forbidden, according to the wishes of the bride and groom – reports.

However, it is no wonder that this harmonious couple decided to marry in Dubrovnik because our city was crucial for the beginning of their love. Marin and the beautiful brunette met in Dubrovnik in 2008 at the Davis Cup, where Kristina worked as a hostess, and soon afterwards their friendship turned to love.

After that, the couple started living together in the Marin's apartment in Zagreb. Kristina attended almost every Cilic’s match. A successful tennis player often emphasized that his beautiful girl brought him happiness on the field and found comfort in her embrace after losing the Wimbledon finals. But he won in private life, after he got a big ‘’yes’’.

Immediately after marriage, the wedding plans began. Through the relationship, Kristina successfully completed her college duties along with traveling with Marin, and she has a degree in psychology and political science. In the younger days, she was in fashion and in 2005 won the title of the first runner up at Miss Alpe Adria.

Even though she is well known for her beauty, brains and connection with Cilic, Kristina refuses to give interviews and rarely appears at social events. That’s why it’s no wonder that she would like to have an intimate wedding.

German air carrier Germania will fly on the new charter lines from Germany to Dubrovnik and Split in the summer flight schedule of 2018 – Avioradar reports. These are short-term charter lines that will fly from Erfurt to Dubrovnik and Split and from Rostock to Split.

The charter line Erfurt - Split will arrive two times on Saturdays on the 6th and 13th of October, followed by two arrivals on Saturdays on the charter line Erfurt - Dubrovnik, on October 20th and 27th. One-time charter flight on the Rostock - Split line is planned on Friday, September 28th and the return of this tourist group from Split to Rostock is in a week, on Friday, October 5th. Boeing 737-700 aircraft will fly on all these charter lines.

According to the latest data, at the beginning of this year, 367,900 people with a Croatian passport were living in Germany, which is an increase of 35,295 compared to the same period last year, according to the Federal Statistics Institute of Wiesbaden on Thursday – writes.

This shows a strong consecutive growth in the number of German citizens with Croatian citizenship, which started by Croatia joining the European Union. By the end of 2012, in the last years of Croatia's accession to the EU and partly opening the German labor market and by 2015 when it was totally opened, Germany had 224,971 Croatian citizens, which is 142,929 less than at the end of 2017.

When it comes to the time of their stay in Germany, the majority of those who reside there are staying from one to four years (103,695). For the period of less than a year, 36,890 Croatian citizens were reported. The largest number of Croatian nationals live in the southern andt most developed federal provinces of Baden-Wuerttemberg (109,500) and Bavaria (98,875).

The total number of foreigners in Germany, with a figure of 10.6 million, has reached a record high. Only in the past year the number of foreigners has increased by 585,000. The number of people with a foreign passport living in Germany has risen to 13 percent. The largest number of immigrants last year, 439,000 came from the eastern European Union.

In the same period, the number of immigrants from non-EU countries has fallen.


In the Solitudo quarter, construction works on the park have started. Park will have children's and sports playground and an outdoor fitness area.

By combining content intended for all age groups, the idea is to create a quartic recreation park and transforming the passive urban space into a green area for sport and recreation.

As part of the works a brand new basketball court will be built, as an outdoor exercise area, while the existing playground will be reconstructed and enriched with new equipment, as trampolines and slides. Above the children's playgrounds with a total area of 240.5 square meters, stands and benches will be set up. The outdoor exercise area located above the children's playground is 126.60 square meters, while the basketball court is located in the western part of the area and extends to 100 m2.


It is also planned to arrange pedestrian part of the park and the whole area will be enriched with autochthonous trees and Mediterranean herbs. Horticulturally landscaped areas are arond 723 m2, and pedestrian trails are 208.90 m2. To approach the zone, there will be five entrances. The access road is from Rijecka ulica.

The total investment is 1.1 million Kuna, including VAT and the purchase all the necessary sports and children’s equipment.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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