Saturday, 06 June 2020
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.


The first interventions in the so called “bikini law” were taken this week with security guards warning tourists on the new dress code regulations now in force inside the Old City of Dubrovnik. Instead of fining these first offenders the guards decided to warn them to cover up rather than fine them.

To remind you of the new regulations, if you are now caught “wearing swimwear or inappropriately uncovered” on the public streets of the city you will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Kunas, or around 134 Euros. This so called “bikini ban” will mean all visitors to the city centre will have to cover up or pay up. Bare-chested men and bikini clad women are a thing of the past as a total of fifteen security guards will patrol the streets looking for flesh-baring law breakers.

The new set of regulations also includes a ban on riding bikes, throwing cigarette butts, walking dogs without a leash and the use of sound amplifiers for music and entertainment programs. The 1,000 Kuna fine will be reduced to 500 Kuna if paid on the spot.

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It is a weekend of vocal groups, or Klapa, in Cavtat with a festival of these harmonious melodies this weekend. This is the 17th year in a row that this festival has been held and this year will see ten vocal groups from all over Croatia perform.

Organised by the Konavle Tourist Board and the Klapa Ragusavecchia the festival opens on the 3rd of September at 8.30pm on the terrace of the Villa Banac in Cavtat. The opening night is a bumper one with nine different vocal groups performing. And then on Sunday the 4th of September the vocal group “Iskon” will perform. Entrance to both evenings is free of charge.

Klapa music is a form of traditional a cappella singing in Dalmatia, Croatia. The word Klapa translates as "a group of friends" and traces its roots to littoral church singing. In 2012 Klapa was inscribed in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

As in previous years, this year the Tourist Board of the city of Zagreb will also offer its citizens free sightseeing tours of the city.

Starting from the 3rd of September till the 5th of November all interested parties will have the opportunity to learn more about the Croatian capital and their native city. Departures of the city tour are planned for Saturdays at 5 pm in front of the Tourist Information Centre at the Ban Jelacic Square.

Educational sightseeing of the city with a tourist guide will last for two hours, whilst groups will be accompanied by a mascot Licitarko. Each participant of the city tour will receive ''licitarsko srce'' or the ''licitar heart'' as a gift. This colourfully decorated biscuit is a traditional symbol of Zagreb made of sweet honey dough in various shapes.

In 2010, UNESCO added the Gingerbread craft from Northern Croatia to the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" for Croatian culture.

The city tour will include visits to the Ban Jelacic Square, the Cathedral, the Dolac market, the Tkalciceva street, the Radiceva street as well as Gornji Grad (the Upper town) , where costumed characters from the Zagreb Time Machine can be seen.

Brad Pitt is in Croatia! One of the most famous actors in the world has been spotted in Sibenik, writes There is a photo proof too, where it is possible to see the actor casually walking around Sibenik, looking just like another tourist.

Pitt, still the dream of many ladies, is just one of the celebrities that has chosen Croatia for a vacation this year. It seems like his wife, Angelina Jolie and their five kids haven't come with him, but who knows, maybe they'll join him later on.

It's still not known where Pitt is staying or how long he'll be Croatia, but the news made Croatian fans really excited. brings a story of a fan who called her husband to tell him that Pitt is Sibenik and he was searching for him to get an autograph. Apparently, he saw the actor getting on a yacht, so who knows, maybe he's coming to Dubrovnik next!

The Croatian art gallery PMS (Prostor manufakturne slobode) has entered the final selection of exhibitors for the 44th Design Festa Festival which is to be held in Japan this November.

Design Festa is the biggest international art event in Asia dedicated to art, performance, fashion, music and even international gastronomic scene, which is held every other year in the fantastic Tokyo's space called Tokyo Big Sight centre. It was founded in 1994 with the main goal of connecting and representing original artists from all over the world.

The art gallery PMS from Zagreb was founded in 2011 and since then it has promoted and gathered talented creative people and artists from Croatia. Their original handmade items have enriched the tourist offer of the attractive Tkalciceva Street in Zagreb and represent an ideal Croatian souvenir.

This is a great opportunity for Croatian artists to represent Croatia among 12,000 artists who will exhibit their original handmade craft on this Far East festival.

This year the very popular water pumps of the street art collection “Pimp My Pump” will be travelling to the famous festival in Tokyo as well as Shivam jewellery, Maya art, works by Masha Novak & Marta Grbesic, brands Driftwood, Fun Attic and many more.

Dubrovnik is one of the most photographed destinations in the world, every day thousands of snaps are published on social media sites and seen throughout the world; however this one really caught our eye.

Sofia Erhan from Bucharest, Romania added this photo to her Facebook account and within hours it had hundreds of likes. It is certainly one of the best photos we have seen of Dubrovnik for a long time...well done Sofia.

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Dubrovnik will be the host for the fifth time to the young filmmakers from Mediterranean countries. The selection jury of the Dubrovnik Film Festival for children and youth of the Mediterranean countries, popularly known as Duff, announced the results of the selected films in all categories. The jury are: young Dubrovnik director, screenwriter and critic Luksa Benic, a film editor from Zagreb Nina Velnic and animator and graphic designer Tea Strazicic. They have selected a total of 82 films among the applicants for the competition program. Films will be shown in two age categories: 38 movies of children up to 15 years in all film genres, 31 movies of youth from 16 to 20 years and 13 films in a unique, open category.

Apart from the competition part of the program during the festival there will be the workshop and accompanying programs that will be led by professionals from the world of film. In addition to competitors from eight Mediterranean countries, young people of Dubrovnik will once again have the opportunity to get to know the world of animation, learn all about the sound, to record their first feature film or make their own first timelapse video. For high school students the film art classes will be organized.

Duff is for the fifth time organized by Dubrovnik Cinemas, the Association for the Promotion of media culture Luza and Summer School Film Sipan, with the partnership of the Dubrovnik Gymnasium, in the period from 17th to 23rd October for all events, or from 20th to 23rd October for the competitive program.

The Croatian Tourist Board has initiated a new and interesting promotional campaign titled ''Croatia Feeds'' during August, which is full of short, innovative and entertaining descriptions of popular Croatian destinations and tourist products.

This campaign will last till the 11th of September 2016 with the main goal of inspiring potential tourists in an original way, to opt for Croatian destinations for their next vacation. For this purpose a special website was designed which, apart from imaginative titles, contains numerous attractive photos.

Apart from the Croatian Tourist Board, in the creation of the campaign and its contents on the markets in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, also participated members of the Google creative team ''The ZOO'', which cooperates with numerous world brands and agencies. The main partner of this campaign is one of the leading international marketing agencies – BBDO.

''The campaign ''Croatia Feeds'' is completely different from our previous online campaigns. Banners with interesting and intriguing titles, together with a new branded logo and attractive photos are a guarantee for attracting users' attention and our potential tourists. We also have a new campaign website which provides optimal experience of simple, transparent and informative use to users. Our campaign can be found on Google browser and on Google Display Network. There are also some special PR activities which will accompany the entire project for which we believe will achieve great results'', said Ratomir Ivcic, the director of the Croatian Tourist Board.

According to first results, the campaign has been more than successful so far. For example, on the 26th of August there were more than 85 million impressions, mostly on the German market, whilst the campaign websites achieved more than 80,000 clicks. Considering the fact that the campaign is visible on the most popular web portals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, it is expected that ''Croatia Feeds'' will achieve significantly higher numbers of impressions and website clicks till the 11th of September.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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