Friday, 23 March 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.


The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is participating at the international GLOBalnie - tourism, sport and nautical equipment fair, which is held for the 24th time from 23rd to 25th March in Katowice, Poland.

This is the first time that Dubrovnik-Neretva County is participating at this fair, sharing the stand with Tourist boards of Split-Dalmatia, Sibenik-Knig, Zadar and Lika-Senj counties.

The fair aims to show what is currently the best in tourism business. Offerings dedicated to families and individuals, lovers of history and culture, enthusiasts of agrotourism and ecotourism, and all outdoor activities as well as recreational and sports equipment manufacturers will be located at over 200 stand in the exhibition area of around 7000 square meters.

In the marathon of accompanying events, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy music shows, delicious bites from all over the world and share business experience with others.

In 2017, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by 75,500 tourists from Poland, who made 530 thousand overnight stays and were ranked third in the number of overnight stays.

Throughout the Croatian airports, in January this year, there was a total of 252 thousand passengers or 15.4 percent more than in the same period last year, when there were 218 thousand passengers, according to the data from the Central Bureau of Statistics – reports. 

The largest passenger traffic, 191 thousand, was made by the Zagreb Airport, which recorded an increase of almost 13.4 percent compared to January last year, while Split is on the second place with 32 thousand passengers or 10.4 percent more.

Dubrovnik Airport had 22,000 passengers and is in the third place, with 16 percent increase compared to January last year, while the airport of Osijek had 3,179 passengers, Pula 1,404, 1,383 in Zadar and 1,287 in Rijeka.

The airport of Mali Losinj in January had three registered passengers.

Among foreign passengers in Croatian airports in January there was the highest number of Germans, 70,864 or 21.7 percent more than in the same period last year. In the second place are French, 14,346 or 21.6 percent more, tourists from Netherlands are the third, with 12,345 or 4.9 percent more than a year ago.

Croatian airports in January saw a rise in freight traffic. The total traffic was 821 tons, which is 44.8 percent higher than last year.

In January 2010, there were 4,519 aircraft operations registered in nine airports in Croatia, which is an increase of 11.3 percent compared with January last year, when it was 4,061.

From cheese to shoes, from honey to ham, from sweets to salty delicacies – you can try it and buy it all on the Babin Kuk in Hotel Tirena. Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship opened in Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be open until Sunday, 25th of March and it offers variety of traditional and delicious Croatian products. You can visit the Fair every day until 7 pm.

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.

This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.

-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.




 Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic

Dubrovnik Museums change working hours today. Summer working hours will stay the same until November 2nd. 

The Maritime Museum will be open to visitors every day expect Mondays, from 9 am to 6 pm. Cultural History Museum at the Rector's Palace is still closed because of renovations in the atrium, until June 1st, when it will start working from 9 am to 6 pm every day.

The Etnographic Museum in the Holes Granary will bi open to visitors every day, except Tuesdays from 9 am to 10 pm. Exhibitions “Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and environs” and “Revelin – Archaeological Research/Spatial Development/Foundry”, placed in the Revelin Fort, will be open every day from 10 am to 4 pm, besides Wednesdays.
The Museum Store in the Rector's Palace will be open every day from 9am to 6pm.

After the Festival of Oysters was held in Mali Ston, it will move to the Old City on Saturday, March 24th. Don't miss your chance to taste one of the greatest delicacies of Dubrovnik-Neretva County! It's the perfect time of the year to do it since oysters are the best in the middle of March.

Organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Festival will take place in front of Saint Blaise Church at 11 am.

Everybody knows it – oysters are the best with good glass of wine. So, you will be able to enjoy the famous aphrodisiac and combine it with a glass (or two) of supreme wines of Peljesac and prices will be promotional – 6 kuna for piece and 10 kuna for a glass of wine. All this will accompanied by the great performance of Dubrovacki Primorski Svatovi.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of French composer Claude Debussy, a concert will be held on March 23rd, at the Dulcic Masle Pulitika Gallery. The concert will be held by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, accompanied by the flautist Antonea Gjaja Kockovic and pianist Ivana Jelaca. The start of the concert is at 8 pm and the entrance is free.

The life and work of the great French composer Claude Debussy will be presented through an one-hour program that will, in addition to the choice from the his opus, highlight the perfection of art, characteristic of the period in which Debussy created. The program was made by the pianist Ivana Jelaca, which will include Antonea Glaja Kockovic on flute and the string quartet of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, featuring: Dana Kahriman and Iva Vukic, violins; Simun Koncic, viola and Mihaela Culjak, cello.

The concert is realized with the support of the City of Dubrovnik as a joint project of the ‘Sve ostalo je glazba’ Association, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Art Gallery of Dubrovnik in collaboration with the French Alliance of Dubrovnik, which prepared a special surprise for this concert.

Marijuana packages made a fuss on Saturday, when they floated around Dubrovnik. That day, from the early morning hours police boats have been circling the waters around, trying to locate the marijuana that has floated into Dubrovnik and found some, but apparently – not all. 

Today, three days later, two packages were found at the island of Hvar – reports and adds that they weighted 160 kilos!

It is assumed that the packages have been thrown into the sea from their sailboats while transporting it from Albania or Montenegro to Italy.

As writes, the price of so called Marijuana bricks in Albania can be purchased for 100 to 200 euros, depending on the quality and quantity of the purchase, while in small amounts in the summer season people can earn around 5000 euros for one kilo.


In Brazil, in Sao Paulo, a fashion collection by world-renowned designer Fabiana Milazzo was presented, titled 'Croatia collection', inspired by Croatia, Dubrovnik and paintings by the famous Croatian artist Lena Kramaric, who has a Dubrovnik address.

The event was attended by a number of Brazilian film and TV stars, such as Pathy Dejesus, actress and model, Marina Bernardes, digital influencer, Cacá Filippini, digital influencer, as well people from the world of fashion and art and media: among other Vogue and Elle magazines. The event was also visited by Croatian Honorary Consul Oswaldo J.M da Silva while President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is supposed to visit the exhibition today.


Artist Lena Kramaric explained how this interesting cooperation started.
-Fabiana visited Croatia with her husband last summer, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. She was thrilled with the beauties of Croatia and in Dubrovnik, at Prijeko Palace, with my works and suggested cooperation – says Lena, who is currently getting inspired in Brazil.


Croatia collection will surely attract much attention, since it brings some novelty into designer and art world.

-The collection combines my works and Fabiana's design with the collection pieces I do not only experience as a garment that carries my image. Thanks to Fabiana's thinking about the way I work, techniques and approaches, unique garments were created that I liked in the pictures but I was incomparably more enthusiastic and in love with them when I saw them live – Lena explaines.

This is surely a great compliment to her work that has been admired by the locals for quite some time and now will, hopefully, be well known around the world.

-In my work and development I need changes, challenges and cooperation with other artists through which my work changes, in this case transforms. I am happy to see what my work is recognized at the other end of the world and from a completely different audience. It’s a compliment, confirmation and great motivation for future – Lena says.





This is not only a big thing for Lena Kramaric, but also for Croatia and Dubrovnik.

-Prior to the trip to Sao Paulo, I was hoping that Croatia's collection would promote Croatia in the world and, after her presentation, I realized that it really is. Only on the very day of exhibition, a great many people learned about Croatia and its beauty. A catalog that promotes both the Fabiana's collection and my works, as well as Croatia and Dubrovnik, will be received by each of the Cro collection clothing buyers in Brazil: Sao Paulo and Uberlandia, and Merlose Place in Los Angeles, where Fabiana also has a boutique – Lena commented.

It will be great to see what this artist will make next – maybe a collection inspired by Brazil?

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