Wednesday, 20 June 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.


World Music Day will be celebrated all over Dubrovnik tomorrow! The City of Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik Tourist Board prepared numerous music programs in different parts of the city, as a part of the ‘’At the streets of our City’’ project.

The program starts at 5 am, when Ana Rucner will hold its "Hello Summer" concert in the amphitheater at Srd.

The central program starts at 7pm on Stradun, in front of the Church of St. Blaise, where vocal group Ragusavecchia will perform, followed by the female vocal group FA Lindo. From 10 pm, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will play some of the most famous themes of films, popular TV series and Latin hits, such as the music from the movies Godfather, James Bond, The Scent of Women, The Game of Thrones, then the well known Sway, New York New York, Volare, Guantanamera , Mahna de Carnival and many others.

The program is organized in two other locations: in the Lapad bay, at the fountain, at 10 pm vocal group Subrenum will perform and in Mokosica, next to café bar Kiss, at the same time vocal groups Kase and FA Lindo will sing.

Petrol prices in Croatia are at their highest levels for a year, with a litre costing up to 10.20 Kuna. A mass protest was held in Zagreb and all over Croatia on Friday to raise awareness for the rising fuel prices and another will be held today. 

However, this protest my cause a real traffic collapse because the one on Friday lasted about 10 minutes and this one is planned to last an hour – from 3:30 pm to 4:30.

From the City initiative 'Stop the petrol price hike' it was announced that this will be a big action, because from Friday they got a lot of messages from the citizens, waiting to do another protest. They also say that they were contacted by the Ministry of Finance, willing to talk. According to the police reports, 2572 vehicles blocked Croatian roads last week.

They sent a message to everyone who think about joining the action.

-Citizens are self-organizing and take part in the action at their own risk.It is important to provide a road for movement of the emergency, firefighters and police vehicles.In addition to the cars, pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, drivers of all categories are more than welcome to join the action... Pedestrians can be as successful as drivers by blocking traffic on pedestrian crossings – it was said from the initiative. contacted spokeswoman of Croatian Police Marina Mandic to check how the Police will react on the protest.

-As for the new protest on Wednesday, we are still calling for respect for traffic regulations because it allows safe and undisturbed traffic for everyone. Police officers will monitor the situation on the ground and will prosecute and penalize offenders who will initiate road stops, as this will endanger traffic and hinder the normal flow of traffic – Mandic said to Index and added that the police action would be directed precisely against the initiators of the car stop, and who these initiators are will be determinated on the spot.

The Sun, British website read by millions around the world, is following Football World Cup religiously, but has taken an interesting approach when it comes to Croatia. They recently published an article titled: ''HERE WE CRO - What is the name of the Croatian national anthem, and what do its lyrics translate to?''. 

- CROATIA are heading back to the World Cup - and hoping to match their 1998 run to the last-four. That performance 20 years ago is the high-point in their footballing history, but the current crop of players have the potential to produce a similar shock in Russia – writes the Sun, continuing with interesting facts about Croatian national anthem.

They write that it's called 'Lijepa nasa domovino', which means 'Our beautiful homeland'.

-Original lyrics were penned as long ago as 1835, with the tune and words adapted over the years. It wasn't until 1972 that the anthem was formally made official, whilst more lyrical changes were made between 1974 and 1990 – it's stated by The Sun.

It seems that they really loved our anthem, because there is also an English translation. So, here you go, enjoy: 

Our beautiful homeland,
O so fearless and gracious.
Our fathers' ancient glory,
May you be happy forever.
Dear, you are our only glory,
Dear, you are our only one,Dear, we love your plains,
Dear, we love your mountains.
Drava, Sava, keep on flowing,
Danube, do not lose your vigour,
Deep blue sea, tell the world,
That a Croat loves his people.
Whilst his fields are kissed by sunshine,
Whilst his oaks are whipped by bura's winds,
Whilst his ancestors lie buried,
Whilst his live heart beats.

You will able to hear it on Thursday, June 21st, at 8 pm, when Croatia meets Argentina.

World fishing day in which Croatia will participate with 24 fishing countries (Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Iceland, Germany, Italy ...) is just around the corner! Displaying worldwide fishing will take place on Saturday, June 23rd, and will be shown in the English Fishing TV ( live program.

In Croatia, Thom Hunt, an Englishman and fisherman and famous TV host, will be in charge for the program, from the boat somewhere near Dubrovnik with a fishing rod in his hand and hoping to catch the fish in the period between 7 am and 11 am when he will be aired live reporting from Croatia. In that period, Thom will appear six times and on two occasions films about continental fishing in Croatia will be aired.

This is the first time that such a great fishing spectacle is held, and Croatia immediately became involved because of the cooperation of the Croatian FishingCroatia TV with Fishing TV. About 5 million viewers worldwide are expected to watch the show, so this is an outstanding promotion for Croatian fishing and our beautiful country.

American rapper, songwriter and actor Ice-T will perform in Zagreb tonight with his heavy metal band Body Count. 

Maybe that inspired his wife Coco to react on one funny story published few years ago by Critic. They wrote that Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic attracted attention at the beach and put photos of – Coco.

- Do u remember recently people kept mistaking me as the president of Croatia ? Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović? Press would always ask how i felt about it! I do have to say she looks very similar to me ..Maybe we are related.I don't mind being compared to a president! – wrote Coco yesterday on Twitter and made everyone laugh. Hopefully, even the president.


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 – 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!

konavocica 1

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.

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