Saturday, 20 July 2024
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.


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 Telegraph has recently published an interesting article titled Beautiful European beaches with World Heritage Sites on their doorstep, combining recommendations for beach breaks and daily trips and Croatia found its place on this list too.

And the winner is: Makarska! You might be surprised, but we are not – Makarska Riviera is well known for its beautiful beaches.

-Most visitors to Dalmatia head straight for the islands, but the Makarska Riviera on the mainland coast, between Split and Dubrovnik, is home to some of the country’s loveliest stretches of beach – says Jane Foster for the Telegraph.

-Running from Brela in the north to Gradac in the south, the Riviera is 38 miles long and centres on Makarska. Makarska itself is built around a deep sheltered bay, and backed by the dramatic rocky heights of Mount Biokovo (5,770 ft), which acts as a buffer from the harsher inland climate. Biokovo’s sea-facing slopes are criss-crossed by well-marked trails, so besides swimming in the deep turquoise Adriatic, it’s possible to get in some hiking or mountain biking too – Telegraph journalist writes.

Since Makarska is located between Split and Dubrovnik, recommended daily trips are of course to any of these two lovely cities. We know what we’d pick!

Nothing says that spring is here like flower market! Sale of flowers and plants will be organized on Saturday, April 14th from 7.30 am until 4 pm in the Luj Soletic Park in Gruz.

Seedlings will be offered by: Rasadnik Agrovrt – Metkovic, CZR Josipovac – Zupa dubrovačka, OPG Juric – Kutina, OPG Bagic – Kutina, OPG Mesaric – Mali Bukovec, OPG Meštric – Bjelovar, OPG Simatovic – Zupa dubrovačka, OPG Valent – Varazdin, OPG Varvir – Mali Bukovec, Mesic – Kutina and Vrtlar d.o.o. – Dubrovnik.

On this occasion locals and their guests can buy seedlings at affordable prices. Locals can then arrange their gardens and balconies to make the city even more beautiful, while the tourists can take unusual souvenir with them.


The end of the April cycle of the Stradun Classic festival, which will is held for the first time this year, will be on Wednesday, April 11th in the Franciscan Church. The renowned European musicians will play - violinist Daniel Rowland, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, contrabassist Zoran Markovic, bassoonist Pieter Nuytten, hornist Bostjan Lipovsek and clarinetist Marija Pavlovic, together with members of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, violinist Dana Kahriman and violinist Simun Koncic. The start of the concert is at 8 pm.

The chamber orchestra composed by top musicians will play R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegels Einmal Anders! Op. 28, and Schubert Octet in F major.

Some of the musicians could be heard at the earlier concerts of Stradun Classic, while some will have their first performance in Dubrovnik. Among them is Daniel Rowland, a Dutch-English violinist and a fan of chamber music, the first violin of the renowned Brodsky Quartet with which he recorded numerous CDs, and a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London. There is also one of the world's leading cellists Maja Bogdanovic that already had a recital in Carnegie Hall, performed with leading world orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic and won numerous awards. Zoran Markovic, a professor at the Ljubljana Music Academy, and a professor at international summer music academies in Austria, Italy, Holland, England, Finland and Germany will perform at the concert too.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons, where three 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 502 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 259 measures taken due to speeding, 30 due to improper overtaking, 47 measures due to improper stop and parking, 48 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 10 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Shakespeare once wrote – All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. Year after year, Dubrovnik proves to be a hit filming destination for world famous productions, but also for local filmmakers. That is a great chance for everybody to see what is like to be under the spotlight. Ante Volarevic really used this opportunity to play many parts, as he worked like an extra on many movies and series in Dubrovnik. We caught up with him and talked about his experience.

How did your adventure in movies and series start?

It all started with the Republic, a friend gave me the number to contact, even though I never planned to be an extra. I didn’t even know what I was starting and what it’s going to be like. After that, I was part of Knightfall filming and then also some Croatian productions like Doba uskoka…

You didn’t apply for Game of Thrones?

Sadly no, because I work during the season and it was hard to combine it with my job. 

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You often play ‘’warrior’’ roles, it seems that they suit you?

Yes, it seems I am good at that. (laughs) I really loved the Republic filming, we had a great team – from other extras to cameramen, director… And the surroundings were great. The atmosphere was really relaxed, filming didn’t last for too long because everybody worked so well together.

Just give us the idea: how does one typical day of filming usually look like?

It mostly starts really early in the morning – sometimes around 3 or 4 am, because you need to go to the fitting room first. It takes time for all the extras to put their costumes on. Then there is make-up, as well as wigs for those who need it for their part. Beards, too. After that, you need to wait for your scene, because everybody plays somebody else – warriors, locals… When it comes to the filming of Republic, I changed a lot of costumes. I was someone else almost every day! Then, at the filming, it’s really interesting, because you mostly don’t know what it’s going to happen – what is going to be filmed, where, what the scene is about. Uncertainty and spontaneity – that it’s what I love the most about this job. 

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How long does one day of the filming usually last?

It depends. Sometimes it takes a few hours and sometimes the whole day. It mostly depends on the role you play – every filming is different. We also filmed during the night or early in the morning.

What roles did you do?

I was a warrior a couple of times, commoner… Once a real peasant. We were really filthy that day, full of make up. (laughs) I was also a nobleman a couple of times.

Do you like trying on costumes and do you have your favorite?

Yes, it’s really exciting to see the costumes, because you never know what you are going to be on that day of filming. They choose it and you have to go with the flow. I loved one costume when I was a nobleman, it was great.

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Since you played that many parts, do you even have to attend castings?

I met most of the casting team for the Croatian series. They mostly call me, because they have their list of extras.

Do you see a lot of the same faces at the filmings?

Yes, there are many people that use their chance to be an extra. We work really well together because we know what we need to do. That is one of the most interesting things about this – to meet new people. 

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How do actors act around extras?

Most of the actors are really nice and relaxed and there are no problems with them.

We are all used to seeing the final product, but what it’s like to be the part of the filming? Is it interesting or a bit tiring?

It’s really interesting because you can see it all behind the scenes. When you see the final product after being a part of the filming, you look at it differently than others. It’s fun to see how the cameras are placed, how it’s all managed, what is the director saying to the actors and how he changes the scenes… It’s really an amazing experience.

Is one of the most important things of being an extra trying to find yourself on the screen?

Yes, yes, of course! (laughs) It’s really great to see yourself on the screen because you mostly imagine it a lot differently, so it comes as a surprise. And it’s a great memory that will last for a lifetime.

You also got the chance to be a part of Bollywood filming of the movie Fan?

Yes, I was a tourist. There was one scene where the main actor, Shah Rukh Khan, enters the coffee place just after I left it. When it comes to filming, Bollywood was different than Croatian productions – a lot more people were included and it lasted longer, with much more repeating.

What it was like to work with Shah Rukh Khan, who is a big Bollywood celebrity?

He is, but we are not really familiar with Bollywood and its stars. I was sitting right next to him the whole time and I learned who he was during the filming. I didn’t know he was that popular, he seemed like a normal guy. 

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When it comes to money, is this job paid well?

It’s really worth it. You earn money, meet people and have some great experiences.

Being an extra is cool, but did you ever consider acting?

You never know what is going to happen, but I wouldn’t mind, for sure.

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