Friday, 14 June 2024
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

In an exciting and heartfelt moment during the friendly match between Croatia and North Macedonia, legendary NFL coach Bill Belichick was honoured with a Croatian national team jersey.

Belichick, an eight-time Super Bowl champion and iconic figure in the NFL, is well-known for his Croatian heritage and has often expressed pride in his roots. The Croatian Football Federation decided to commemorate his visit by presenting him with a personalized Croatian jersey, emblazoned with his name and the number 8.

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Starting today, Tuesday, June 4th, a program called "Dark Times - Bright Souls" begins in Mlini. This is a "storytelling" event co-financed by the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Župa Dubrovačka, taking place on the terrace behind the Church of St. Roch.

The speaker is Vedran Mezei, a tour guide and author of the novels "I'm Here!" and "The Third Key". The lecture topics include the life stories of people during infectious disease epidemics in the Dubrovnik area, from the plague to the Spanish flu.

"Storytelling" will be held every Tuesday until the end of October, starting at 6:30 PM (6 PM in October). The lecture will be in English, and the event is free for all visitors with no prior registration required. In case of bad weather, the program will be held inside the Church of St. Roch.

Rescuers and first aid teams return to Dubrovnik's beaches and streets this summer. The City of Dubrovnik is once again funding the project "Red Cross in the City," which includes the operation of the Lifeguard Service on Dubrovnik’s beaches and Red Cross First Aid teams at several points. The city budget has allocated €77,000 for this purpose. The funding agreement was signed today by the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and the Director of the City Society of the Red Cross Dubrovnik, Marko Grgurević.

A new generation of lifeguards is currently undergoing training and will be present on the city beaches Mandrač, Danče, Štikovica, and Bellevue from June 21st. The lifeguards working on our beaches have completed an open water lifeguard course conducted by the Croatian Red Cross and the City Society of the Red Cross Dubrovnik, which includes both basic and advanced first aid training.

Dubrovnik Enhances Beach and Street Safety with Lifeguards and First Aid Teams This Summer 1

This year, Red Cross first aid teams will once again be present at the city's most visited locations, with two points on Stradun, two on the city walls, and two on Lokrum. This continues the long-standing collaboration between the City and the City Society of the Red Cross, aiming to ensure a safe stay in our city.

Members of the Youth Club and the Lifeguard Club "Neptun" of the Dubrovnik Red Cross intervene and assist residents and visitors of the City who complain about problems related to heat weakness, exhaustion, heatstroke, sunstroke, dehydration, burns, sprains, cuts, fractures, insect bites, and similar issues. Dressed in uniforms with visible Red Cross insignia, in addition to providing first aid, Youth Club members often provide information about the City, offering all visitors an added sense of safety and concern for their health.

Through student contracts, Dubrovnik’s youth have done a significant portion of the work. In four months, 35 members had a total of 1,308 interventions.

The project "Red Cross in the City" is now entering its tenth year of implementation. Besides the financial support of the City of Dubrovnik, it is carried out thanks to the support of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the Lokrum Reserve Public Institution, the Croatian Red Cross, and the City Society of the Red Cross Dubrovnik.

Four new electric vehicles have been acquired to meet the needs of supplying the historical core, and the handover took place today at the transfer zone in Ploče, attended by the Mayor of Dubrovnik Mato Franković and the Director of Sanitat Dubrovnik Klaudija Barčot, according to the city administration.

The vehicles from the French manufacturer Goupil are worth a total of €297,722.40 including VAT, or €74,430.50 per vehicle. As of today, Sanitat Dubrovnik has six high-quality vehicles adapted for traffic in the historical core, raising the level of utility services for delivery to businesses and citizens to a higher level.

Dubrovnik Enhances Historic Core Supply with Four New Electric Vehicles 1

"I am sure that this level of service will continue to grow in the coming years, especially with specialized vehicles. Primarily, I mean those vehicles that will enable the transport of frozen food from Ploče to the actual location," said Mayor Franković. He also announced a permanent solution to the issue of the transfer zone in the second phase of the project, by integrating the entire zone below the plateau and in the walls of the existing park, turning the current zone area into a square accessible to the public.

"The transfer zone operates from 5 AM to 6 PM for receiving goods, with an exception in the City from 7:30 to 8 AM when driving in the historical core is not allowed. In the morning, we primarily use electric vehicles, while during the rest of the day we have four electric trailers when moving around the City. Considering the concentration of guests, this makes it much easier and simpler for us," said Barčot.

According to the Program for determining the quality of the sea on the sea beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for the year 2024, the Institute for Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County conducted the first regular examination of the sea on 121 beaches in the period from May 20 to 28, 2024.

The sea samples on all 121 beaches corresponded to the conditions of the Regulation on the quality of the sea for swimming.

The sea on 113 beaches was rated as excellent quality, and on four beaches as good. The sea was rated satisfactory on four beaches (Žrnovska banja on Korčula, Trstenica in Orebić, Autokamp Monika in Molunt and technical workshop in Ploče).

The Dubrovnik city public transport company, Libertas Dubrovnik, proudly announced that their innovative application, LibertasApp, has been downloaded 32,300 times to date. This app provides users with real-time information about bus schedules, stops, and locations on requested routes, greatly enhancing the convenience and efficiency of public transportation in Dubrovnik.

On average, 2,100 users utilize the free LibertasApp daily, accessing up-to-the-minute details that help streamline their travel plans. The app’s popularity underscores its importance as a valuable tool for both residents and visitors navigating the city's public transport system.

The creative platform Ponta Lopud begins this year's artistic program with summer screenings, film talks, and workshops from June 27 to 29.

In less than a month, the island of Lopud will once again become the central place for art and culture enthusiasts. The creative platform Ponta Lopud continues to bring artists together, encouraging the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and offers attractive artistic programs for the audience. This year’s cultural and artistic program on the island begins with three days of summer screenings, which will take place every evening from June 27 to 29 in the unique setting of LaBaja beach at the RMH Lafodia Hotel.

The evening film screenings will be held in collaboration with Dubrovnik Cinemas. The daytime program of the three-day event will be filled with educational workshops and film discussions, conducted by well-known award-winning actors, directors, producers, editors, and screenwriters from Croatia and abroad. These workshops and discussions are intended for young filmmakers selected based on mentor recommendations and their merits. The film talks and workshops will take place in the special ambiance of the Rector's Palace, the Franciscan Monastery, and other selected locations on the island.

“Ponta Lopud connects and unites the people of Lopud and those who love Lopud with performing artists, for whom this island provides special inspiration in their creation. The coexistence of Lopud Island and the artists is inseparable; the tradition, untouched nature, cultural heritage, and above all, the people inspire artistic creation from ancient times to the present day,” highlighted Tilda Grossel Bogdanović, founder of the creative platform Ponta Lopud.

The creative platform Ponta Lopud will symbolically mark the beginning of summer with the Summer Screenings.

The Ponta Lopud Jazz Festival, which will be held on the island from August 29 to 31, will round off the summer season of 2024, bringing renowned jazz artists from all over the world to Lopud. These artists will exchange experiences, play, and jam for all jazz music lovers.

Ponta Lopud 2024 Seasonal Summer Cultural Events on the Island Begin on June 27 1

Photo - Ponta Lopud

“Thanks to the engagement and support of the islanders, loyal sponsors, and the one and only Ponta Lopud Club, Lopud continues to build its image as an island of art, a unique artistic oasis that welcomes well-meaning and creative people,” concluded Tilda Grossel Bogdanović, adding that Lopud continues to develop as an internationally recognized cultural and artistic stage. New valuable initiatives are emerging, so soon, along with film and jazz art, the Ponta Lopud platform will also present the first international literary event.

More information about the events organized by the creative platform, as well as program and artist announcements, can be found on the website pontalopud.hr

Great news has come from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. By May 31st of this year, over a million overnight stays have been achieved!

From January 1st to May 31st, 358,813 arrivals were recorded, which is an increase compared to the same period last year when 308,449 arrivals were recorded.

Regarding overnight stays, the increase is even greater. Last year's 826,406 overnight stays were surpassed by nearly 200,000 this year - a total of 1,000,758 overnight stays were recorded by May 31st according to the e-visitor system!

Among the guests, the most numerous are visitors from the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Finland, Canada, Croatia, and Australia. On June 1st alone, the e-visitor system recorded 6,156 arrivals and 18,148 overnight stays.

Dubrovnik Smashes Tourism Records Over a Million Overnight Stays by May 1

Photo - Tonci Plazibat/CROPIX

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