Thursday, 19 April 2018

Andrew Dalgleish became the eighth Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Croatia on Tuesday the 12th of July when he handed over his credentials to President of the Republic of Croatian Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.

Ambassador Dalgleish was previously the Deputy Ambassador and Director of UKTI's (Office of Trade and Investment) at the British Embassy in Seoul, South Korea from 2011 to 2015.

And now the new Ambassador has taken to social media to deliver a message on the relations between the UK and Croatia. “It is an honour that in the next four years I will represent the British Government in this beautiful and interesting country,” states Ambassador Dalgleish in fluent Croatian at the beginning of the short video, before moving onto English. Adding that over the past few months he has not only been studying the language but also the history and culture of Croatia.

Dalgleish has held a number of posts, including in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2008 where he served as the head of strategy for the European Union. “This is my first job as an Ambassador, for me this means looking to the future, what can we achieve together what are the opportunities ahead?” said Dalgleish.

Ambassador Dalgleish succeeds Mr David Slinn, who has retired from the Diplomatic Service.


The famous Mexican conductor and pianist Enrique Bátiz will have a piano recital in front of the Franciscan monastery in Pridvorje in the Konavle region, on Saturday, 23 July beginning at 21:30. Discovering forgotten places outside the historical centre of Dubrovnik and around the county represents a novelty of this year’s program. No doubt that Maestro Bátiz will make summer eve in Pridvorje beautiful and special with the sonatas of Beethoven i Chopin. A bus transfer is organized and included in the entrance ticket price.

Enrique Bátiz was born in Mexico City and after a brilliant career as a pianist he devoted himself to conducting and became one of the most famous conductors of Latin America. He has conducted more than 500 orchestras around the world and has recorded for the BBC in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Artist appreciated for his vehemence and his enthusiasm, he expresses a deep and special musical understanding even among the most recognized conductors. For some years now Bátiz has returned to his first love, the piano, with the enthusiasm and the musical experience with the ability to recreate the colourfulness of the orchestral sound palette. For the festival audience he will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, Pathetique, Frédéric Chopin's Sonata No. 2, Op. 35 and also Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53 – Heroic and Robert Schumann's Novelette No. 1 in F major, Op. 21.

A bus transfer is organized and included in the entrance ticket price. A bus leaves at 20:15 from the main bus station and stops at the Grawe building bus station (20:20), Cable car station (20:25), Mlini (20:35), Zvekovica (20:40) and Čilipi (20:45). Entrance tickets are available at box offices in the Festival Palace (Od Sigurate 1) and Luža Bell Tower and at the venue, one hour prior to the performance.

Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, is currently on holiday in Dubrovnik. This mega popular UK nutritionist and personal trainer has been working out in Dubrovnik and posted a video on his social media channels this morning. “Just bossed this 20 minute workout in the sun,” commented Wicks and he can be seen working out with the Croatian Adriatic in the background.

The Body Coach has over 90,000 clients, a television series and his first book “Lean in 15,” sold more than a million copies. His second book is due out this month and once again is expected to top the best-seller charts.

Good to see The Body Coach recognising the power of the Dubrovnik sunshine as a tool in his workouts.

Ivica Kostelic has invited his ski colleagues to the island of Mljet for a break in the Croatian sunshine. The Croatian ski champion has posted an interesting video of his first day with his friends on Mljet as they frolic in the Adriatic Sea.

Former Italian skier Cristian Deville, Canadian skier Jeffrey Frisch and American downhill ace Warner Nickerson are among the group of Ivica’s friends enjoying the delights of Mljet.

Ivica has promised to add more videos and photos as the summer break with his ski-buddies continues.

Check out the video.

DJ MAG festival is starting today at Culture Club Revelin and bringing the party groove to Dubrovnik. Thursday, Friday and Saturday are reserved for dancing!
Line up includes: Ferreck Dawn, DJ’s from Mars, Kryder, dBa, Audiometric, Dancelectric Philipe, DJ Speed and Phiberoptic.
Ferreck Dawn’s productions released on well-known labels like Spinnin’ Records, Toolroom, D:Vision, and Material records, have been supported by DJs like Avicii, Hardwell, EDX, Robin Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight, Oliver Heldens, The Magician and other big guns like Steve Angello, Martin Garrix, Chuckie, Pete Tong and Tiësto.
Kryder’s musical talents don’t follow a trend, he sets the trend. His invigorating take on big room firepower has found a massive audience, both on the dance floor and within the dance music industry. Just as well, his peak time, mind numbing, genre busting sets have a story to tell, and Kryder’s ability to tell that story keeps the crowds craving more. Kryder’s 2013 release of “Aphrodite” on Axtone Records was a crowning moment in his young career.
Djs from Mars is an Italian DJ and production team, composed of Max Aqualuce and Luca Ventafunk . They are known for their mash-ups of popular songs turned into electro dance music. Among their remixes and bootlegs, Djs From Mars released in 2011 their first single in 2 years, entitled "Insane (In Da Brain)" with the singer Fragma, licensing it in over 15 countries. Famous for wearing cardboard boxes on their heads while playing live, they performed at a number of night clubs and events over the world including Europe, USA, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Canada, and China.
All the details are available here.

Croatian-Russian society 'Art without borders' is organizing the concert Summertime which the part of the project 'The City of Dubrovnik presents!'. They'll play timeless music from movie classics in their own arrangments.
Concert will take place at the concert hall of the Luka Sorkocevic Art School tomorrow, Friday 22th, at 9 pm.
The artists are:
Natalia Demyanova - soprano (Russia), Helena Tomaskovic – piano, Elvira Galioulline – violine, Adrian Ivicevic – cello, Pero Skobelj – guitar.
The programme includes Gershwin, Mancini, Tarivediev, Gardel, Brodszky and others.

A forest fire on the island Olipa is still not under control. It has proved very difficult for fire-fighters to tackle the fires on Olipa, which is an uninhabited island and part of the Elaphite Islands archipelago, due to the steep terrain.

Three fire-fighting planes have been circling over the island and fire-fighters have managed to get onto the island to attempt to extinguish the blaze at close quarters.

The cause of the fire on this uninhabited island is still unknown but the smell of burning pine trees can be detected in Dubrovnik. It is believed that around 15 hectares of forest have already been burnt.

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The latest survey from the Credit Card Monitoring (CCM) service once again confirmed the reputation of American Express as the leading card on the Croatian credit card market.

This year's results from CCM have confirmed the position of the American Express card as the most known card in Croatia. Almost 94 per cent of the Croatian citizens have heard for or are users of this credit card. At the incentive level American Express holds firmly the highest position noting a continuous slight increase. Also at the spontaneous level it records an increase whilst the best results the American Express card achieved in the category ''Top of the Mind'' card i.e. as the first spontaneously mentioned answer which represents the most important ''brand awareness indicator''. Advertising related to the American Express brand has also significantly contributed to the high recognition of the card in comparison to other credit card brands.

A continuous improvement of the service quality and favourable terms have confirmed a very high and stable contentment of the American Express cards users who have evaluated these cards with a high average grade of 4,5 (on a scale of 1 to 5). The American Express card is a modern card with numerous benefits and it is accepted at a number of retail outlets.

The CCM results of the survey show that 6 per cent of respondents are planning to start using a new card within a year and among many credit card brands they have expressed the largest interest in the American Express cards.

Credit Card Monitoring (CCM) is a syndicated survey of the credit card market by GfK experts. This survey was carried out in March 2016 on a nationally representative sample of 1,000 Croatian citizens older than 15 years of age by a method of a personal interviewing in the households of respondents.

On the eve of a concert by the talented Dubrovnik born jazz singer Ines Trickovic we caught up with her for a blitz interview. “All of my life I am on Lokrum, my family actually lived on Lokrum and it is just a place that relaxes and inspires me. I can’t imagine a more perfect place in which to hold a concert,” commented Trickovic.

The concert will be held on the island of Lokrum on Saturday the 23rd of July at 9pm and Trickovic thanked the Lokrum Reserve for all their help. Tickets are priced at 160 Kuna and are on sale at the offices of the Lokrum Reserve (Od Bosanke 4) and in the Old City harbour at the ticket desk for the Lokrum ferry. A special ferry for the concert will leave at 8.30pm.

Trickovic, who spends her time between three bases Dubrovnik, New York and Macau caused a sensation in the musical world in April this year when she performed in the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York where she promoted her second album “Tales of Quiet Lands and Other Stories.” And now audiences in her home town will have the chance to get that special Carnegie Hall feeling as Ines will perform an identical concert to the one she wooed the New Yorkers with. Along with her friends, Julian Shore (USA), Joe Pandur (Croatia), Shin Sakaino (Japan) and Alan Polzer (Croatia), the concert is certain to be a magical evening.

The concert on Lokrum will be identical to the one you performed in Carnegie Hall in April this year. Can you describe the feeling of walking out onto the stage of one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world?

That was one the craziest moments so far in my career. It was surreal being on stage with my amazing band and also to be a part of such a legacy. Fortunately I was so busy with all the preparation for the show that I didn't have too much time to think about it, I just did my thing I always do, which is to sing. Then a few weeks after the show i realized what it actually meant and what I did achieve.

Why is performing on the island of Lokum so special for you?

Lokrum has been a place for me where I first learned to walk, talk, swim, my first love.

Who or what are your musical inspirations?

Chet Baker, Bjork, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane... Nature, sound of wind, sea... Smell of earth after the rain.. Birds... Everything...

Performing on “your island” will certainly be an emotional experience, has this made you more anxious or more relaxed?

I feel actually very relaxed and calm and know it's a perfect spot to bring my music to Dubrovnik audience.

What can the audience expect from the big night on Lokrum?

The program is set up to fit good for the audience that already follows my shows but also audience that will hear me for the first time. Just like I did in Carnegie.

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With temperatures soaring in the mid thirties and blue skies the order of the day the Adriatic Sea is doing a roaring trade.

The iconic Banje Beach just a stone’s throw from the historic city walls is always a magnet for people looking to cool off, although as the sea temperature is currently 25 degrees there isn’t much cooling off to be found.

Check out our summer on the Banje Beach gallery by Niksa Duper.

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