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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.


Over the past year, the number of Croatian citizens who read at least one book per year has increased by three percent, foreign authors are more popular and the number of people that don't have any interest when it comes to books is growing – it's clear from the data from the latest book market research in Croatia, that were presented on Monday in Zagreb.

This year's results show that 56 percent of the Croatian population read at least one book in the past year, compared with 53 percent a year earlier.
Those who read, on average, read four books a year, and those who read more than average are still people from Zagreb (66 percent), living in Istria and Primorje (67 percent), highly educated people (77 percent) who live in larger cities (74 percent), women (64 percent), or young people up to 24 years (66 percent).

When it comes to the authors of the books being read, the survey shows that foreign authors' translations (45 percent) are growing compared to 40 percent in 2017 and 33 percent in 2013, while 26 percent reads domestic authors or – both.

According to the latest data, 926,470 Croatian citizens bought a book in the last three months.

Research has shown a growing number of people that are not interested in books - 74.5 percent of them, and those who do not buy books mostly do not do it because they are not interested in books (61 percent), which is a growing number since 2013 when such was 46 percent.

The second major reason for not buying books, financial one (19 percent compared to 33 percent in 2013) is down slightly.

Of those who do not buy books, 53 percent of respondents said that nothing would make them buy them, which is also a worrying trend that is growing steadily –in 2005 it was 45 percent and in 2017, 52 percent.

Jason Derulo, American R&B, hip hop and pop singer, songwriter and dancer and one of the world's leading musicians today, is coming to Croatia for the first time in his career. He will perform at the Arena Zagreb on October 27th.

This concert is the part of his "777 World Tour", aimed to promote his new album "777", which was announced the single "Colors" in March this year. The song is also part of the World Football Championship campaign in Russia.
Tickets for the announced spectacle on October 27th in Arena Zagreb can be purchased for the price of 250 kuna.

Derulo is a big hit for years now and since the start of his solo recording career in 2009, has sold over 30 million singles and has achieved eleven Platinum singles, including "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say".

We are sure that his concert will be a real hit – and a real party too.

After the excellent performance of the Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky and the String Section of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Musical Spring continues with the interesting concert, including movie and Latin music today, April 24th, starting at 8 in the Sponza Palace.

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra "Pops" ensemble will be conducted by maestro Marc Tardue, while the soloist will be trumpeter Dzemal Cakic. The concert program will include music from movies such as Scent of a Woman, Spartacus, Mission, Star Wars, Memories of a Geisha, then hits such as Guantanamera, Volare and Sway, Queen, Deep Purple, Beatles, Elvis Presley and many other popular tracks.

Dubrovnik Musical Spring is organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, with the support of the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Valamar Riviera. It will end with the concert conducted by maestro Tomislav Facini, including performance of violinist Marc Grazian as soloist on Friday, April 27th.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 18 traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and ten had injured persons, where three persons were heavily injured, 11 had light injuries while seven traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 612 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 323 measures taken due to speeding, 39 due to improper overtaking, 36 measures due to improper stop and parking, 69 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 16 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24th, Police Traffic Officers will carefully monitor motorcycle and moped drivers.

Even if you've visited it already, Croatia is surely on your travel bucket list. The country has so much to offer and it's really hard to see all of its beauty in just one go. 

If you are not sure about it, website Cultural Places will make you change your mind. They created a list – 13 places to visit in Croatia before you die and their choice will make you pack your bags immediately.

-With over 1,000 islands, amazing museums, sensational music festivals, a spectacular rocky coast and super clean Mediterranean sea, Croatia is a dreamy summer destination. Country unlike any other. There are just so many things you can see and do here. Whether it is its unspoiled nature, historical sights or world-class museums, Croatia has it all – it's written in the article that brings crème de la crème of our beautiful country.

This is the list of 13 places to visit in Croatia before you die:

1. Embrace the nature at Plitvice Lakes National Park
2. Visit the great arena in Pula
3. Go back in time at Diocletian’s Palace, Split
4. Get some sun at Golden Cape beach in Brac
5. Stroll down the Stradun, Dubrovnik’s main street
6. Visit the historic City of Trogir
7. Get the taste of the sea on the Island of Hvar
8. Mali Lošinj
9. Visit a charming city of Motovun
10. Visit Zagreb, the capital of Croatia
11. Rovinj, Istria
12. Enjoy nature at National Park Brijuni
13. Get religious at Visovac Monastery

They also added one bonus location for all the travel lovers - Stiniva beach on Vis Island. If you want to know all the details about the locations visit the original article here.

The B-Travel fair in Barcelona is opened from today. At this fair, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board joins forces with the tourist boards of the County of Split-Dalmatia, Zadar, Sibenik-Knin and Lika-Senj. At their stand complete offer of Dalmatia and Lika will be presented.

The B-Travel fair is held for the 26th time, and is intended for a wide audience, with 40 countries in the world to present their offer.

The Catalan fair responds to the main motivation of today's tourists: enjoying the travel experience. The products are divided into 5 main areas: B-Happy, B-Special, B-Culture, B-Adventure and B-Delicious. Dubrovnik-Neretva County stand is located in the B-Culture section.

In 2017, tourists from Spain made over 70 thousand arrivals and nearly 180 overnight stays in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 7 percent more in arrivals and 4 percent more overnight stays than in the previous year.

The British low-cost airline EasyJet has modified its 2018 summer flight schedule for a new line from Germany to Pula. This line, from Tegel airport in Berlin to Pula, will start flying 3 months earlier than planned – Avioradar reports. 

According to the first announcements, the new line Pula - Berlin (Tegel) was supposed to start in the middle of summer season, starting from August, with 3 flights a week, Monday, Friday and Saturday. According to the latest update, the flights on Saturday will start three months earlier, from May 5th. The second two flights a week, on working days, will start flying in August, as planned.

The line from Berlin's other airport, Pula-Berlin ("Schönefeld") remains unchanged with 3 flights a week, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays only during July and August.

Concert titled 'Culture knows no borders', organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and Croatian Cultural and Art Society 'Dinara', Livno, will be held on Saturday, April 21st in front of the St. Blaise Church at 1 pm. 

The project ‘Culture knows no borders’, launched in early 2018, aims to promote the culture and traditions of Livno, the tourist offer of Livno and Bosnia and Herzegovina and strengthen international cooperation with neighboring countries in the field of culture.

In its rich repertoire sections of this cultural and art society will present themselves with the works of classical and film music, pop-rock, entertainment, classical evergreens, Dalmatian songs and sevdalinke.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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