Monday, 23 July 2018

After a successful Croatia collection, presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March this year Croatian artist with Dubrovnik adress Lena Kramaric was invited to exhibit her works at the European Capital of Culture Valletta – Culturenet.hr writes.

At the invitation of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia to Malta, Juliana Scerri Ferrante, Lena Kramaric exhibits her works as part of the 'National Day of Croatia' in Malta, celebrated on June 19th this year, at Fortress Builders in Valletta, capital of culture.

The exhibition will show artworks by this amazing painter and will consist of 10 paintings made with different techniques and in different dimensions, all created from 2014 until today.

It is an exhibition of artworks by author Lena Kramarić. A choice of 10 images in a combination art on canvas, of different dimensions, created from 2014 until today.

Website Amazing cakes ideas that works as online cake catalog has published an interesting competition – that for the Super Astonishing Cake in the World. 

And what a delight is to know that amazing 'Konavocica' by Dubravka Falkoni Matic, showing tradition of Konavle in the sweetest way, won the first place!!

-Congratulations to the Champion, Dubravka Falkoni Matić! Her "Cake Masterpiece" captured the tastes of many people in the world and because of that it was crowned as the "Super Astonishing Cake In The World". She is now part of our Wall of Fame (page 19) and shall receive an amazing certificate – Amazing cakes wrote.

Congratulations to Dubravka Falkoni Matic, who is truly an artist!

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Folklore ensemble Lindo will host a concert in Sponza Palace named ’Gift to the City – a musical walk through Croatia’ on Wednesday, June 20th, to celebrate World Music Day. The concert will start at 8:30 pm and the entrance is free. 

The repertoire of Lindo orchestra, male, mixed and female vocal groups and female choir will consist of songs from various parts of Croatia.

-We want to remind everybody that we called the concert ‘A musical walk through Croatia’ for a reason, because we will take you through Croatia in a special way. Lindo is a folklore dance ensemble, but also a folklore choir. Musicians of the ensemble, except the tambourines, play classic and numerous traditional instruments and you will have the opportunity to see and hear some at the concert. We are very pleased to announce that the visitors of the concert will have a chance to hear the musical parts of the Podravski svati choreography, which we are preparing for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – it was announced from folklore ensemble Lindo.

It seems that June is 'bizarre car accidents month' in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Just five days after the one in Zupa, when car was standing vertically against the wall, new weird car accident happened on the island of Korcula.

Volkswagen Up, clearly a rent-a-car, ended up in the sea, where it actually stayed floating. It seems that, just like Zupa, it all happened because car brake went off, or it wasn't pulled to begin with.

On the videos from Peljesac.hr, it can be seen how they are trying to pull the car out of the sea with a rope. Luckily, no one wasn't in the car and no one was hurt.

Watch the video below, but make sure to click - full screen! 

 

There are polyglots and then there is Stephan Behringer. His badge on his shirt had the flags of twelve countries, and yes he speaks twelve languages, well eleven and a half as he says. He spent time in Dubrovnik learning Croatian and we caught up with him during his time here. Born near Stuttgart, Germany he started expanding his languages skills relatively late in life, but when he started there was no stopping him.

You are a true polyglot, am I correct in saying that you speak 12 languages?

I say as a joke 11 and a half because I have forgotten most of my Arabic. Let’s put it like this, I have native speaker level in four languages, German, English, French and Spanish. Then I am quite fluent in Italian, Russian and Portuguese. And then Croatian, Swedish, Romanian and Chinese. In fact, I am going to China in June so I will have the chance to practise again.

Why did you decide to learn Croatian?

I have been to Croatian four times and twice in Dubrovnik. I had a desire to learn a Slavic language, I already speak Russian quite well, and also my best friend is from Serbia. I also knew that if I decided to learn Serbian it would go a lot slower, I know the Cyrillic alphabet but if you are a native speaker of the Latin alphabet the learning goes much faster. And then my decision was where I should learn Croatian. I had many offers from Zagreb but I had heard a lot about Dubrovnik. I was also told that Dubrovnik was extremely busy in the summer, so I came in December, which gave me time and space to see the sights and learn more about the culture. I was lucky to find the Europe House Dubrovnik after speaking to a friend and I very much enjoy learning here.

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Do you think there will be any practical business use of you learning Croatian?

Well, yes you never know. I have a recruitment business connecting Spain and Germany and I have already been in contact with the Croatian Unemployment Office to find out about the possibilities here. In fact, the office told me that many of the young, qualified people were already working abroad. And as a full member of the European Union Croatians already have the possibility to work freely in Germany.

Where does you love of languages come from?

It is a good question. It isn’t really from my parents. In fact, I didn’t really travel much as a younger child, my first flight abroad was when I was 17 years-old. I had English and French at school which probably gave me an insight into languages. I also saw that when I did start travelling that being able to speak to the locals was a huge advantage. You’re able to discover more about the history, culture and traditions. It really justifies all the effort of learning a language. I remember the day after I graduated from university I decided to learn a language. I asked myself what is the most useful language, of course the answer was Mandarin Chinese, so I spent a year learning. The next was Spanish in Cuba, Portuguese in Brazil and then Russian in Russia. I really started when I was 25 years-old and I was also working full-time so nobody really has an excuse not to learn at least one other language. The interaction I have when I travel is now fantastic.

From all the languages that you have learnt where does Croatian rank in terms of difficulty to pick up?

Croatian grammar is a little bit more complicated than Russian grammar. However, I am a little biased as Croatian isn’t my first Slavic language so I would say I found it a little easier. But for somebody who has never learnt a Slavic language I would say that Croatian is in the upper limits of the difficulty range.

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It is common belief that learning the first foreign language is the hardest and they get easier the more you learn. How true is that statement?

Yes, there is some truth in that, of course I would take English out of the equation as this is now a world language. When I learn a language I try to always learn in a country that speaks the language. In that way as soon as I leave the classroom I can practise. In restaurants, cafes, and shops, I literally force myself to speak as soon as possible. Every new language opens a new door in your life.

Are you thinking about moving onto a new language and if so which one?

Yes, the next one is Korean, which is a little random. Japanese was on my list but I can across an offer to learn Korean in North Korean in Pyongyang.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and eight had injured persons, where three persons were heavily injured, eight had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 511 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 253 measures taken due to speeding, 32 due to improper overtaking, 48 measures due to improper stop and parking, 34 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 22 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, has stated that the percentage of VAT would be decreased by one percent. Speaking on Friday at a congress of Croatian export business the Prime Minister reiterated his governments measure to decrease value added tax from 25 to 24 percent.

The Prime Minister stated that lowering the rate of VAT would not be the only measure but part of a range of measures. "It will be part of measures which won't endanger the budget's revenue side. On the contrary, we believe that the combination of various measures will facilitate better revenues, reducing the fiscal pressure on both taxpayers and enterprises. All these combined will make Croatian exporters more competitive. That's why, in the coming period, we will see what can be done about the tax burden on salaries," commented Plenkovic.

The new tax reform will be prepared this autumn and should be in force by next year. However even with the decrease in VAT Croatia will still have one of the highest rates in the world. Some of the main economies in Europe have lower VAT rates than Croatia, the UK with 20 percent, Germany at 19 percent and France at 20 percent.

The Cultural Artistic Society “Sveti Juraj” on Osojnik organized on Saturday, June 16, a festival of folklore and heritage, the seventh festival in a row.

Folklore organisations from all over the region took part in this special festival which saw children performing traditional songs and dances. Groups from Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia all performed in authentic costumes in front of the massed audience.

A great festival that helps keep the heritage of the region alive.

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Croatia opened up the 2018 World Cup with a 2 – 0 win over Nigeria and social media was alive with supporters from all over the world. From photos direct from the stadium in Russia to fans celebrating on the beach in Australia.

Without doubt the female fans were the biggest hit on Instagram with red and white kits, flags and face painting.

Here are just a few of the thousands of ladies who got behind Croatia on Instagram 

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Petrol prices in Croatia are at their highest levels for year, with a litre costing up to 10.20 Kuna. A mass protest was held in Zagreb on Friday to raise awareness for the rising fuel prices. In fact, currently a litre of fuel in Croatia will cost you more than in Germany.

Compared to the rest of Europe Croatian fuel prices are ranked in the upper half. The most expensive litre is in Iceland, where at the beginning of June one litre would set you back 1.83 Euros. Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium come after Iceland. Whilst a litre in Croatia will cost you around 1.41 Euros.

Petrol in Austria, Hungary, Poland and even Germany is cheaper than in Croatia at the moment. And in Russia a litre will cost you only 0.61 Euros.

And the reason for these rising prices. The European Union sets a mandatory minimum excise duty on fuel. For Super 95 petrol it is 0.359 Euros per litre, or 2.66 Kuna, and for diesel 0.33 Euros. However instead of charging the EU minimum the Croatian government have raised the duty from 2.66 Kuna to 3.15 Kuna. The when you add the VAT, which at 25 percent is one of the highest in Europe, the result is petrol prices higher than Germany.

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