Friday, 14 June 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.


From cheese to shoes, from honey to ham, from sweets to salty delicacies – you can try it and buy it all on the Babin Kuk in Hotel Tirena. Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship opened in Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be open until Sunday, 25th of March and it offers variety of traditional and delicious Croatian products. You can visit the Fair every day until 7 pm.

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.

This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.

-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.




 Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic

Dubrovnik Museums change working hours today. Summer working hours will stay the same until November 2nd. 

The Maritime Museum will be open to visitors every day expect Mondays, from 9 am to 6 pm. Cultural History Museum at the Rector's Palace is still closed because of renovations in the atrium, until June 1st, when it will start working from 9 am to 6 pm every day.

The Etnographic Museum in the Holes Granary will bi open to visitors every day, except Tuesdays from 9 am to 10 pm. Exhibitions “Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and environs” and “Revelin – Archaeological Research/Spatial Development/Foundry”, placed in the Revelin Fort, will be open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, besides Wednesdays.
The Museum Store in the Rector's Palace will be open every day from 9am to 6pm.

After the Festival of Oysters was held in Mali Ston, it will move to the Old City on Saturday, March 24th. Don't miss your chance to taste one of the greatest delicacies of Dubrovnik-Neretva County! It's the perfect time of the year to do it since oysters are the best in the middle of March.

Organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Festival will take place in front of Saint Blaise Church at 11 am.

Everybody knows it – oysters are the best with good glass of wine. So, you will be able to enjoy the famous aphrodisiac and combine it with a glass (or two) of supreme wines of Peljesac and prices will be promotional – 6 kuna for piece and 10 kuna for a glass of wine. All this will accompanied by the great performance of Dubrovacki Primorski Svatovi.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of French composer Claude Debussy, a concert will be held on March 23rd, at the Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The concert will be held by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, accompanied by the flautist Antonea Gjaja Kockovic and pianist Ivana Jelaca. The start of the concert is at 8 pm and the entrance is free.

The life and work of the great French composer Claude Debussy will be presented through an one-hour program that will, in addition to the choice from the his opus, highlight the perfection of art, characteristic of the period in which Debussy created. The program was made by the pianist Ivana Jelaca, which will include Antonea Glaja Kockovic on flute and the string quartet of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, featuring: Dana Kahriman and Iva Vukic, violins; Simun Koncic, viola and Mihaela Culjak, cello.

The concert is realized with the support of the City of Dubrovnik as a joint project of the ‘Sve ostalo je glazba’ Association, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Dubrovnik in collaboration with the French Alliance of Dubrovnik, which prepared a special surprise for this concert.

Marijuana packages made a fuss on Saturday, when they floated around Dubrovnik. That day, from the early morning hours police boats have been circling the waters around, trying to locate the marijuana that has floated into Dubrovnik and found some, but apparently – not all. 

Today, three days later, two packages were found at the island of Hvar – reports and adds that they weighted 160 kilos!

It is assumed that the packages have been thrown into the sea from their sailboats while transporting it from Albania or Montenegro to Italy.

As writes, the price of so called Marijuana bricks in Albania can be purchased for 100 to 200 euros, depending on the quality and quantity of the purchase, while in small amounts in the summer season people can earn around 5000 euros for one kilo.


In Brazil, in Sao Paulo, a fashion collection by world-renowned designer Fabiana Milazzo was presented, titled 'Croatia collection', inspired by Croatia, Dubrovnik and paintings by the famous Croatian artist Lena Kramaric, who has a Dubrovnik address.

The event was attended by a number of Brazilian film and TV stars, such as Pathy Dejesus, actress and model, Marina Bernardes, digital influencer, Cacá Filippini, digital influencer, as well people from the world of fashion and art and media: among other Vogue and Elle magazines. The event was also visited by Croatian Honorary Consul Oswaldo J.M da Silva while President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is supposed to visit the exhibition today.


Artist Lena Kramaric explained how this interesting cooperation started.
-Fabiana visited Croatia with her husband last summer, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. She was thrilled with the beauties of Croatia and in Dubrovnik, at Prijeko Palace, with my works and suggested cooperation – says Lena, who is currently getting inspired in Brazil.


Croatia collection will surely attract much attention, since it brings some novelty into designer and art world.

-The collection combines my works and Fabiana's design with the collection pieces I do not only experience as a garment that carries my image. Thanks to Fabiana's thinking about the way I work, techniques and approaches, unique garments were created that I liked in the pictures but I was incomparably more enthusiastic and in love with them when I saw them live – Lena explaines.

This is surely a great compliment to her work that has been admired by the locals for quite some time and now will, hopefully, be well known around the world.

-In my work and development I need changes, challenges and cooperation with other artists through which my work changes, in this case transforms. I am happy to see what my work is recognized at the other end of the world and from a completely different audience. It’s a compliment, confirmation and great motivation for future – Lena says.





This is not only a big thing for Lena Kramaric, but also for Croatia and Dubrovnik.

-Prior to the trip to Sao Paulo, I was hoping that Croatia's collection would promote Croatia in the world and, after her presentation, I realized that it really is. Only on the very day of exhibition, a great many people learned about Croatia and its beauty. A catalog that promotes both the Fabiana's collection and my works, as well as Croatia and Dubrovnik, will be received by each of the Cro collection clothing buyers in Brazil: Sao Paulo and Uberlandia, and Merlose Place in Los Angeles, where Fabiana also has a boutique – Lena commented.

It will be great to see what this artist will make next – maybe a collection inspired by Brazil?


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which two persons was seriously injured and four had light injuries while three traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 438 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 97 measures taken due to speeding, 38 measures due to improper stop and parking, 130 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Dubrovnik is well-known for its high property prices. In January, it was noted that Dubrovnik was a leader when it comes property prices in 2017 in Croatia. It seems that Dubrovnik is aiming to be on top in 2018 too. 

According to SEEbiz, average demand for flat in Dubrovnik in February averaged 3714 euros per square meter, which is 1.3 percent higher than the previous month, and 9.5 percent higher than last year.

Apart from the real estate prices, Dubrovnik is also interesting because of the fact that, unlike most other cities, the prices of flats are lower than house prices, and in February the difference was as high as 449 euros per square meter.

Data from, specialised Croatian property website, shows that the square meter of house, in February, had an average price of 4163 euros, which is 0.5 percent less than a month before, but compared to the same month last year, 8.6 percent higher, as well as 10.6 percent higher compared to February 2016.

Dubrovnik-Neretva County dominates when it comes to the land prices too. The highest prices demanded for construction land on during February were advertised in our county: 177 euros per square meter, which is 18.8 percent higher than last year. showed that during the month of February in Dubrovnik people mostly browsed for apartments for sale, followed by rental apartments and then houses for sale.

Finding a suitable rental apartment in this area is sometimes a mission impossible, but foreign visitors to were optimistic and during February, along with those in Zagreb, they mostly searched for the rental apartments in Dubrovnik.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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