Monday, 06 July 2020
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.


North Pole Station located in Luza in the Old City is the newest addition to the Dubrovnik Winter Festival! The location is almost ready – Nutcrackers and penguins have already arrived and the adventure will start on Sunday, December 2nd, at 3 pm when the North Pole Station will be offically opened.

Every day until the end of the winter holidays children can enjoy special programs with most unusual team: Elves and Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, Tonka Balonka, Lena the painter, ladies that write children stories, dancers, actors, clowns… There will be storytelling, taking photos with Santa, baking cakes with Mrs Claus, learning how to paint and how to do your hair. Tintilinic animators will take special care of the atmosphere and transform the station into the real holiday playroom every day. 

Family programs will also take place in the cinema hall, where visitors will be able to enjoy St. Nicholas' show, Dance Collage, Kindergarten Christmas Magic, Magic Winter Dance and Cinderella. Also, there will be a chance to go back in time with some of the most wonderful Christmas movies.

More details about the Dubrovnik Winter Festival are avaliable here.

The weather has changed – November has been unusually warm and now it is cold as usual. Today there could be some rain as well as stormy North wind (bura), followed by wavy seas – Dubrovacki vjesnik reports. 

-Strong bura (North wind) with stormy gusts. average wind speed > 40 km/h; maximum gust speed > 65 km/h STAY ALERT for debris carried by strong winds. Debris and tree branches carried by the wind may cause localised interruptions in outdoor activities – it's written by Meteoalarm with the yellow warning saying that the weather is potentially dangerous and that those who are planning to go outside should be careful.

On the Adriatic, the situation will calm down during the following days, but it will be particularly windy and wavy on Thursday morning and relatively cold, although mostly clear. The morning minus temperatures are more likely to occur on Friday, when the wind will turn to South (Jugo) again, with more and more clouds and occasional rain that will probably start on Saturday, but again with higher temperatures. The beginning of December is likely to be above average when it comes to temperature.

Diving Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board on Saturday, December 1st organize the environmental action Porat 2018, when they will be cleaning the underwater of the Old City Port.

These are rare days in the port when it is peaceful, quiet and without big traffic of boats so it is decided that the action will take place at the end of November or the beginning of December, depending on the weather. The action will include members of the diving club, cleaners and volunteers.

- We want to emphasize that the club enjoys the support in organizing such actions of the city and the city, all to the residents and many private entrepreneurs. We would like to thank all of them for many years of support because without them the maintenance of the sea and the underwater would be more difficult – they said at the Diving Club Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival will start on Saturday, December 1st by lighting up the Advent candle and the decorative lighting in the City, making it shine for the holidays. The opening will be followed by the concert of one of the most popular Croatian musicians today – Petar Graso. That and a lot more has been discovered at the press conference held in Dubrovnik.
The fifth edition of the Festival will bring rich and interesting program that will make Dubrovnik shine during the most beautiful time of the year. That was confirmed by the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic.

-When it comes to the music program, we wanted to cover a wide audience. We wanted everybody to feel the urge to visit the Old City and enjoy the concert. There are festive stands all around, but of course the center is Stradun – said Frankovic, adding that this year's Festival is focused to bring joy to children with some extra content.

-We believe that the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will be even more successful than last year, let's just hope that there will be less rain! – concluded the Mayor.


One of the most famous streets in the world – Stradun will be the centre of fun with numerous concerts to make everybody dance and feel warm during the cold winter nights. Concerts that you can attend this year are: Prljavo Kazaliste (6.12.), Soul Fingers (8.12.), Detour (15.12.), Hladno pivo (21.12), Zeljko Bebek (26.12.), Dubrovnik Bands – Teatar, Art bend, Valetudo (27.12.), The Gipsy Kings (29.12.), Opca opasnost (30.12.), klapar Rispet (1.1.).

Just like every year, there will be a New Year's Eve for children at noon on December 31st with Mia Negovetic and Super cover band. For the adults, the evening party is in the hands of Nina Badric and Tony Cetinski!

The first day of the year is traditionally reserved for the New Year's Concert with oysters and sparkling wine at Stradun, accompanied by the music of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Tardue and soprano Marija Kuhar Sosa.
When it comes to music program, it’s important to mention big Christmas Concert that is scheduled on December 22nd at the Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform with various artists: Domagoj Dorotic, Martina Zadro, Stijepo Gled Markos, Sara Zuvela, Maja Grgic, Doris Kosovic, Vedran Ljubenko and vocal groups Kase and Lindo.


One of the favourite parties of the year – humanitarian Cake party will be held again on December 8th, while the Christmas Tale on the December 16th will bring a special joy to children. Dubrovnik cultural institutions are also included in this year’s festival with many programs and activities.

Traditional Christmas carols will bring that special holiday feel during the weekends and on Saturdays in Mokosica, near the Coffee bar Kiss, there will be musical performances too.


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One of the novelties this year is the North Pole Station in Luza, opened for the youngest visitors from December 2nd until the end of the winter holidays. There will be storytelling, taking photos with Santa, baking cakes with Mrs Claus, learning how to paint and do your hair with elves, Tonka Balonka, Lena the painter and many more… On your way home on Sunday mornings, make sure that you visit Pile Park because we have heard from reliable sources that it will snow at noon!
Colourful winter in Lapad Bay, which has been awarded as the best action for children in Croatia, will be even richer this year with the amazing program for the youngest, ice-skating rink and holiday train free for all the passengers. Ice skating rink works from 9 am to 10 pm.


If you want to know all in details, you can download the Dubrovnik Winter Festival app, available for all the devices, where you will be more than informed about all the events.

It’s also good to know that the public transport will be free from the 1st of December every day from 5pm till the end of the bus driving schedule. Also, there will be a free XMAS BUS which will drive through the day on the relation: Central Bus Station – Grawe – Pile – Vojnovic – Lapad Post and Lapad Post – Vojnovic – Pile – Central Bus Station.

For even more details download the brochure that is attached in the article (just on your right!).

Whitesnake comes to Croatia once again during their 2019 “FLESH & BLOOD” World Tour, which will feature songs from the new studio record to be released on Frontiers in May 2019 entitled “FLESH & BLOOD” alongside their biggest hits and songs from one of the greatest back catalogues in rock ‘n’ roll history spanning over 40 years.

-Bombast, bravado, talent and passion have helped establish Whitesnake as the perennial platinum favourite they have become and they’re back with a vengeance in 2019 – it's stated at their official website. The world-renowned group featuring DAVID COVERDALE (vocals), REB BEACH (guitar), JOEL HOEKSTRA (guitar), MICHAEL DEVIN (bass), TOMMY ALDRIDGE (drums) and MICHELE LUPPI (Keys) have just finished recording their 13th Studio record.

Concert will take place at Šalata, Zagreb on July 3rd next year. The last performance of Whitesnake in Croatia was back in 2015.

An earthquake rumbled through Montenegro at 3:17 pm and could be felt in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The epicentre was seven kilometers from Risan, Montenegro.

The earthquake was measured at a magnitude of 4.2 and it was felt lightly in Dubrovnik, especially on the higher floors of the buildings.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were three traffic accidents. One person was heavily injured, two had light injuries, while there were no traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 482 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 256 measures taken due to speeding, 48 measures due to improper stop and parking, 48 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, six measures because of using mobile phone while driving and 26 measures to those who didn't put their day/short lights on.

Domestic honey packaged in a national honey jar will soon be on the shelves of Croatian stores! The user (beekeeper) is obliged to fill the purchased national jar exclusively with honey of Croatian origin. Those who don’t respect that rule will be forbidden to continue purchasing and using jars for a period of two years, and their identity will be published. 

Honey placed in the national jar, whewhen placed on the market must meet the quality standards laid down in the Honey Directives, honey must be declared, marked with a manufacturer's label with the mandatory indication "country of origin: Croatia". Each national jar must also be marked with the sign "Med hrvatskih pcelinjaka", which also includes a unique number by which consumers can check the origin of honey.

- The average consumption of honey per capita in Croatia is two kilograms, and 8 thousand beekeepers with 450,000 bee communities annually produce more than 9,000 tons of honey. In a free market like ours, honey from around the world can also be found. But how do you recognize the Croatian honey in this offer? Although we constantly remind consumers to read the declarations and be informed before buying, soon any doubt on the origin of honey will be eliminated because the national honey jam will be easily recognizable. The beekeepers once again demonstrated that good organization and cooperation give excellent results - said Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture Minister Tomislav Tolusic.

The design of the national jar of honey has been commissioned by the Croatian beekeeping association, which is also the holder of industrial design, and the jar is made in four dimensions:

· 720 mL - 900 grams
· 580 mL - 720 grams
· 370 mL - 450 grams
· 210 mL - 250 grams

Honey in a 370 ml bottle will also be used to promote the product in schools within the School Honey Day, which will be marked on December 7th by a symbolic giweaway of the jars to the first graders all over the country.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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