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As part of the Transnational Organised Crime Regional Workshop which will be held in Zagreb at the end of the week the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Croatia. The US Embassy have confirmed in a press release that Sessions will visit the Croatian capital to attend the meeting which will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of May.
Sessions will also take part in a Transnational Organized Crime Regional Workshop held at the Zagreb Police Academy, attended by chiefs of police and chief state prosecutors from six countries of the region.
This will be the first official visit by a US Attorney General to Croatia, in which Sessions will discuss bilateral and international law enforcement and judicial cooperation, as well as ways of further strengthening the close law enforcement relationship between the United States and Croatia.
Popular English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is going to perform for the first time in Croatia. The audience at the Rovinj Summer Music Festival will have the chance to hear some of Ellis-Bextor’s biggest hits such as “Murder on the Dance Floor” and “It This Ain’t Lover.”
The Rovinj Festival will be held on the 9th of June in the Istrian seaside city. Commenting on her first ever performance in Croatia, Ellis-Bextor said she was really looking forward to the concert, adding that she and her band would give their best performance.
Sophie also collaborated with numerous musicians such as Freemasons, Bob Sinclair, Calvin Harris and George Michael.
Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Summer is just around the corner and the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik are certainly warming up.
In spite of a changeable weather forecast Dubrovnik basked in sunshine and blue skies this Sunday.
The cobbled streets of the Old City were busy with a mix of tourists and locals enjoying the open-air lifestyle as temperatures touched 26 degrees.
Catch our photo gallery from today by Ivana Smilovic
The mega popular Bollywood actor Nagarjuna Akkineni has been making quite a splash in Dubrovnik.
Nagarjuna (58) is an Indian film actor and film producer and has recently uploaded a photo of his visit to Dubrovnik with the comment “Chilling in Dubrovnik...A 3000 year old living city!!!” and within a few hours the photo had received hundreds of comments and likes. Not surprising as the leading actor has over 5 million followers on Twitter alone.
During his long career he has appeared in almost fifty films and numerous TV serials. Dubrovnik was made popular as a destination for Bollywood films when Shah Rukh Khan filmed the action movie “Fan” in the city a few years ago.
Tourists to the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this morning might well have thought that they had entered a bygone age as traditional costumes and donkeys made the cobbled streets even more colourful.
No, it wasn’t a dress rehearsal for Game of Thrones, instead it was part of the event “Spring in Konavle.” The association “Agroturizam Konavle” organised an attractive presentation of wines and traditions from the southernmost region of Croatia in the heart of the Old City.
They set up a symbolic booth with wines and ice from the caves of Konavle. With this event they revived the tradition of bringing wine and ice from Konavle to Dubrovnik as it used to be many centuries ago.
It felt like the analogue world meeting the digital one as members of the association dressed in traditional folk costumes and accompanied by donkey were greeted with tourists armed with cameras on smart phones and iPads.
Ice from Konavle
According to the documents there was a special service in the 16th century for supplying ice from the nearby mountain in Konavle called Snježnica. (By the way, Snježnica is 1234 meters high and you should visit it because panoramic view over Konavle region is stunning). There were three ice caves in the mountain specially made for the collecting of ice during winter months by the peasants popularly called ”ledari”.
This business was supervised by the soldiers from Dubrovnik and sometimes by the duke of Konavle who was based in Cavtat. The ice caves were closed down by the padlocks and straw and branches were put atop to keep ice in the frozen state as long as possible. Ice from the mountain was delivered on horses and mules to Cavtat and then transferred to Dubrovnik by small ships. According to the researchers during three summer months the Dubrovnik aristocracy used approximately 170 kilos of ice a day!
The Spanish government could sue Netflix after it turns out that their latest feature film release called “Ibiza” was completely shot in Croatia and not on the Mediterranean island. The new film, which hits the screens on the 25th of May, depicts a group of girl’s adventure to Ibiza, however all of the sun swept beach and disco scenes were actually recorded on the Croatian Adriatic.
The Ibiza government has been quoted as filing a lawsuit against the filmmaker and the digital platform, because they believe that they should have used the Ibiza brand when filming a feature film called “Ibiza” rather than depicting the landscape of Croatia.
In a comedy "Ibiza", a 30-year-old girlfriend travels with her two friends to Barcelona and Ibiza where they enter the wild world discos and parties and find love.
Party all summer long on Zrce
The Iberian Government Tourism Office points out that the film presents the "worst stereotypes" of this Spanish island and is contrary to the promotional tourist policy that these and other institutions are implementing. Authorities want to change the image of the island as a place of alcohol and wild parties.
The film was shot in Split and on the beach Zrće on the island of Pag.
Croatia is looking to attract Japanese airlines to operate direct flights to the country. A link between Tokyo and Zagreb is being sought and the Croatian Ministry for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure is to start talks with their Japanese colleagues work on introducing this route.
A Bilateral Air Service Agreement between the two countries has already been drafter and according to information on the specialised website EX-YU Aviation there is a good chance that flights between the two capitals will be in the pipeline for the near future.
Only one airline, ANA, currently flies between Croatian and Japan and these are only summer charter flights to Dubrovnik. But with the huge rise of interest in Japan as a tourist destination the requirement for direct flights is even stronger and the motivation for a new air link comes from the Japanese side. In 2017 a total of 142,000 tourists from Japan visited Croatia, which was an increase of over 17 percent on 2016.