Saturday, 21 July 2018
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


In 2017, there were 15 553 persons that immigrated to the Republic of Croatia and 47 352 persons that emigrated from it. The Republic of Croatia had a negative net migration with foreign countries, which amounted to -31 799 – it was stated by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics.

According to them, in 2017, there were 50.9 percent of Croatian citizens and 49.1 percent of foreigners who immigrated into the Republic of Croatia, while 95.8 percent of Croatian citizens and 4.2 percent of foreigners emigrated abroad. Out of the total number of immigrants, there were 31.8 percent of persons who arrived from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Out of the total number of emigrants from the Republic of Croatia, 61.4 percent of persons departed to Germany.

When it comes to sex, in the total number of immigrants there were more men (63.1%). Out of the total number of emigrants, there were also more men (55.4%). The largest number of persons emigrated abroad were aged 20 − 39 (48.0%).

In 2017, the greatest share in the total number of persons who immigrated to the Republic of Croatia was recorded in the City of Zagreb (23.9%) and the County of Split-Dalmatia (12.8%). The largest share of emigrants from the Republic of Croatia to foreign countries was recorded in the City of Zagreb (14.4%), followed by the County of Vukovar-Sirmium and the County of Osijek-Baranja (10.8% each).


Source: Croatian Bureau of Statistics

Last year’s hit play Marin Držić - Victory Over the Enemies will be the part of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival from 20 to 23 of July with one great addition this year – it will be subtitled in English. The play will take place at the Art School Park every night at 9:30.

The play revolves around the life, work, and destiny of the great Renaissance playwright Marin Držić, whose 450th anniversary of death we mark this year. The dramaturgical concept and text adaptation for the play was made by Hrvoje Ivanković. With equal portions of facts, assumptions, and fantasy, the play ludically explores Marin Držić's relation with his contemporaries, and with ethical and social paradigms of his time. Držić himself is in this play both as a play-writer and a character from his plays. The play follows Držić's life path which is revived on set by fragments of his works. The director of the play Ivica Boban is one of the most important Croatian modern theatre authors. She has previously and successfully staged the works of Marin Držić three times at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival. Her play entitled Play Držić in 1978 was the first play created by the technique of postmodern patchwork that told the story of Držić's life in his own words. Her stagings of Marin Držić's tragedy Hecuba in both 1982 and 1991 are considered anthological.

The ensemble consists of mostly young actors, some of whom are still students at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb (Petra Svrtan, Iva Kraljević, Ivana Gulin, Robert Španić, Marin Klišmanić, Ugo Korani and Josip Brakus). The cast is lead by five more experienced actors: Maro Martinović, Branimir Vidić – Flika, Doris Šarić Kukuljica, Danijel Ljuboja and Ozren Grabarić who plays Držić himself as some of Držić's most important characters. The drama ensemble also includes Jure Radnić, Romano Nikolić, Mateo Videk, Nika Lasić and Glorija Dubelj and the members of the Kolarin Company of Actors from Dubrovnik Jelica Čučević, Marinka Metković, Aida Machiedo, Tajana Martić, Ante Tonći Đurković, Barbara Lončarić Lučić and Matija Vojvodić. Alongside the author of the dramaturgical concept and text adaptation Hrvoje Ivanković and director and author of the dramaturgical adaptation Ivica Boban, the team also includes Miljenko Sekulić who is the designer of the set, masks and puppets, costume designer Doris Kristić and composer Ozren Glaser. The lighting designer is Vesna Kolarec, video screenings were made by Ivan Lušičić, the choreographer is Nikolina Medak and the fencing teacher was Lovro Buva.

- After the end of football euphoria, it’s time for the traffic ones during the weekends – Croatian Auto Club reported. 

Four weekends in front of us will be marked with crowds and frequent traffic jams on our roads. A large number of vehicles that will drive on main roads will come from European countries. Many started their journey on Thursday night and a significant inflow of vehicles to Croatia is expected already today, especially in border crossings and major road directions. The peak of that wave is expected on Saturday, July 21st, all day in both directions, and on Sunday, July 22nd, mainly in return.
In addition to motorized citizens from Western European countries, many Croats will go on the summer vacation to the Adriatic, and that’s why it’s very important to know what you can expect on the roads.

Traffic crowds in the direction to the sea are expected mostly on Saturday from 4 am to 4 pm, while in the direction to the Croatian interior on Sundays from 9. Since these weekends are expected to be really busy, the advice is to avoid starting or ending your trip on Saturdays and Sundays.

With Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again release date coming up (tomorrow it should hit box offices), Croatian filming location - the island of Vis has been put under the spotlight again. The Guardian has published an article titled Vis island, Croatia: how can I resist your Mamma Mia charms?, followed by the Telegraph's article Introducing Vis – the beautiful Croatian island that’s starring in Mamma Mia 2!

What a great promotion for this small, but beautiful island, that delights everybody who visit it.

-Vis feels like Greece designed by the Dutch: mellow but practical and efficient. It’s not a big island; it takes about 15 minutes to drive from Vis town to the other main hub of Komiža – explains the Guardian, bringing really detailed information about the island.

The Telegraph also brings a lot of information, with a funny ending:

-It was on a scooter trip across Vis that Adrian Bridge fell for the island’s sleepy character and undiscovered charm, although how long this will last post-Mamma Mia 2! remains to be seen. Go right this minute, before Pierce Brosnan starts singing.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, the sequel to Universal's movie hit Mamma Mia, has been filmed on the island of Vis during the September and October last year. From the trailer it's clear that the scenes from the beautiful Croatian island will take a big part of the movie.

The filming of the Croatian part of a new sequel of the popular romantic comedy hit from 2008, engaged more than 270 filmmakers and statists from Croatia. ‘’Mamma Mia’’ producers were extremely satisfied with their experience of filming in our country. All the crew members were enchanted by the island of Vis. We can't wait to see the movie!

Turkish National Airline - Turkish Airlines, a member of the Global Airline Association Star Alliance consecutively annually boosts its line between Dubrovnik and Istanbul – Avioradar reports.

This line started flying only in May 2016 with only 3 flights per week. There are currently 11 flights per week on this line. In the upcoming winter flight schedule from October 2018 to the end of 2019, there will be 4 flights a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the same schedule as last year in the winter.

Already from the beginning of the summer flight schedule, from March 31st, 2019, there will be 11 flights per week. But from June 24th, 2019, this line will be increased to 14 flights per week, or more precisely: it will have two flights a day – Avioradar writers.

American jazz diva and multiple Grammy Award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater performed last night in front of the Cathedral with the Jazz Orchestra of Croatian Radio Television conducted by Andreas Marinello. This unique concert attracted both domestic and foreign audience, who were enchanted by an amazing performance.

The famous singer, considered one of the best in the world jazz scene began the concert by sharing her love of Dubrovnik, saying that coming here and singing under the open sky at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival fulfills her dreams. Thanks to its authentic personality and rich concert and theatrical experience, the concert of Dee Dee Bridgewater was a true jazz performance, and it was awarded with ovations and applause. The bond between the singer and the audience made this concert intimate and truly special.

Her unique jazz performances (just like this last night) brought her three Grammy awards. She also won prestigious Tony Award for the role of Glinda in The Wiz musical. Dee Dee was nominated for the best jazz albums, and many have named he the successor of the famous Elle Fitzgerald. She is well known for putting her own stamp on the music standards, and with an intolerable and unstoppable approach to the reinterpretation of jazz classics, she is a fearless traveler, explorer, pioneer, but also a guardian of tradition. In addition to all this, she’s the Goodwill UN Ambassador committed by the Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) to end hunger in the world.

Dee Dee performed with the Jazz Orchestra of Croatian Radio and Television (HRT). That’s the only professional composition of this kind in Croatia. As one of the most influential jazz ensembles on the Croatian music scene, HRT Jazz Orchestra is the nucleus of the best jazz musicians among whom many performers also act as composers and arrangers.

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Specialized congress industry magazine ‘’Kongres Magazine’’ has rated 84 congress destinations in different categories and Dubrovnik is ranked first in the category of destinations that can host about one thousand congressmen.

Meetings Star is an award for outstanding achievements in the congress tourism of Europe, in the field of marketing communication of destinations, congresses, events and congressional service providers. The award recognizes businesses that are showing achievements in the congress industry.

The Editorial Board of the Kongres magazine this year prepared an overview of the best congress destinations in the region, which were evaluated in the context of the KONGRES MEETOLOGUE project. Destinations were evaluated according to 75 different criteria, from natural and cultural factors; security, general and traffic infrastructure; tourism infrastructure and congress infrastructure, ICCA index, quality of life etc. According to the results of the secret ballot, Dubrovnik received a total score of 4.33 (out of 5), and is on the top of the list in front of Villach and Klagenfurt in Austria.

Dubrovnik has once again proved to be a successful world tourist destination by ranking at the top of the best in the congress industry in Europe and as the best in the region. These awards are a result of the joint efforts of the tourism industry representatives in the congress segment, from hoteliers and specialized organizers of business meetings and events, to the Congress Office of the Tourist Board of Dubrovnik, which invest in the promotion of Dubrovnik as a congress and incentive destination. This title is a confirmation of excellence and a stimulation for further work in order to further increase the quality of the congress offer but also to Dubrovnik as a destination as a whole.

The city of Dubrovnik funded the Water Rescue Service at publich beaches: Dance, Sulic, Bellevue, Mandrac, Stikovica and on Kalamota with 650 thousand kuna. It will be conducted by the Dubrovnik Red Cross Society. By involving the City in this Dubrovnik Red Cross project, Dubrovnik is also being promoted as a tourist destination that cares about the health and safety of its fellow citizens and visitors to the city beaches, where licensed rescuers and first aid teams will be every day. 

Rescuers of the Croatian Red Cross are trained to rescue life on water and provide first aid. Applying first aid procedures is the beginning of helping to injured or suddenly injured persons. It is used to save life, prevent complications and disabilities and shorten the duration of treatment and recovery. The first aid teams is made by the young employees of Red Cross who have undergone a basic and advanced course of providing first aid and basic knowledge about the Red Cross and communication skills.

During the summer months, the young Red Cross team with basic medical equipment helps fellow citizens and tourists who experience problems of weakness, exhaustion, heat stroke, sunburn, dehydration, burns, sprains and wrists, cuts, blisters, fractures, contusions, insect bites , headaches, panic attacks...

This year, the entire project is being carried out in the city of Dubrovnik: Stradun, Dubrovnik walls, Dubrovnik beaches, Lokrum island and Ston walls, 60 young people are included, all with advanced knowledge of first aid.

The project is being carried out for the fourth year in a row, and over the past years, tourists have expressed great satisfaction with this kind of approach to the guests, stressing that the symbol of the Red Cross, which is recognizable everywhere in the world, brings a sense of security.




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