Saturday, 24 March 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


Tickets for almost twenty music, drama and folklore events as part of the 67th Dubrovnik Summer Festival, which this year will take place from 10 July to 25 August, have gone on sale on the website of the festival -

In addition to tickets for two guest performances in this year’s festival there are also tickets for the big anniversary concert of the Dubrovnik folklore ensemble Lindo. The renowned ensemble will celebrate 50 years of Lindo at the Festival with a performance in front of the St. Vlaho Church as well as four performances on the Revelin Fortress as part of the 67th festival.

According to a statement from the Dubrovnik Summer Festival tickets for the remaining events in this year’s festival will be on sale by the end of May.

Jet2 airlines will open up a new market for Dubrovnik with the introduction of new flights from Glasgow Airport. The first flights will arrive in Dubrovnik on the 30th April 2017 and will operate on a weekly basis every Sunday throughout the summer season.
This new route, from Scotland’s biggest city, will be in direct competition with Thomson Airways and is sure to bring more interest in Dubrovnik as a destination.

The flights are already on sale and start at around £50 for an adult single ticket.

Steve Heapy, Chief Executive, Jet2 said: “It has certainly been five years of development at Glasgow Airport and we are thrilled to launch further growth. Since our first flight took off we are not only increasing capacity year on year but we have also more than trebled our range of destinations from seven to 30.”

The Godfather, Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean and James Bond are all the repertoire of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra for tomorrow the 3rd of May. It what should be a spectacular evening of music the orchestra plans a concert of Baroque music combined with music from the world of films. Famous movie soundtracks and well-known classics all under the careful eye of conductor Tomislav Facini, a memorable evening.

The concert, which will be held in the Revelin Fortress at 9.00pm, will feature soundtracks from Hollywood blockbusters such as Titanic, The Godfather, James Bond and the popular TV series Game of Thrones. Tickets are on sale on the website of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra – and can be purchased on the door one hour before the concert begins.

Tickets start at only 20 Kunas although due to a high demand it is advisable to purchase the tickets in advance.

According to the latest forecasts from Croatia Airlines 2016 should be a year of growth for the Croatian national airline. The expectations are that this year passenger numbers should increase by around 6 percent, which would mean that the airline has seen an increase in passengers over the past four years.

By the end of 2016 Croatia Airlines hopes to have carried 1.97 million passengers, an increase of 6 percent over 2015. If these expectations are correct then the national airline will record its best ever year, the busiest until now was 2012 when it transported 1.95 million passengers. The airline hopes to hit these heady heights with the introduction of many new flights, including new lines from the capital Zagreb to Prague, Milan and Lisbon.

The airline has also given a promise to introduce new flights from Dubrovnik this year, more importantly through the winter months, with three flights a week to Frankfurt in the pipeline. In a statement the airline said that “The expansion of the European network of destinations has been enabled by the successful completion of Croatia Airlines' restructuring program in 2015, which concluded the company's obligation to operate with a reduced market capacity. This way, the company will be even stronger in contributing to the development of Croatia's tourism potential and the Croatian economy, and further strengthen its position as a regional leader.”

- Art is the other face of life, something we carry with us every day. What does the average person think about art? He might say that he doesn’t know what art is, but then again he knows what he likes,” commented Maro Kriste at the opening of his latest exhibition. Entitled “New Views of the City” the exhibition by this renowned Dubrovnik artist opened last night in the Association of the Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities hall on Siroka Street in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

Kriste with his new exhibition has presented his image of Dubrovnik in a new and interesting way. Ten images full of colour are on show in this new exhibition, the sixth solo exhibition that Kriste has held and is certainly worth visiting.

The opening night of “New Views of the City” was packed with media, friends, family and members of the art world.

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The children of the Dom Maslina home enjoyed an exciting outing on the 29th of April to the Kojan Koral horse ranch in Konavle, thanks to the continuing commitment and support of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle. The day included riding and caring for the horses, outdoor games and lunch.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle is a non-profit organization which supports the Dubrovnik community through social and humanitarian events. This excursion was the third event organized by the group to benefit the children of Dom Maslina.

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Photos by Tonci Vlasic and Tonci Plazibat 


The second Dubrovnik Half Marathon was held yesterday, the 1st of May, and attracted runners from all over the world. More than 400 runners lined up at the start line on the Stradun waiting for the starter’s pistol.

Unusually for this time of the year in Dubrovnik rain fell all day on Sunday, and whilst this probably helped the participants it also cause a few problems. The director of the Dubrovnik Half Marathon, Alen Boskovic, commented that, “the bad weather will be an advantage for the runners but has meant that the organisation has been more challenging.”

Some of the streets around Dubrovnik were closed as the athletes made their way from the historic Old City of Dubrovnik towards the Ombla River, and the 21.09 kilometres back to the finish line on the Stradun.

The winner of the second Dubrovnik Half Marathon was Danijel Fak from Croatia with a time of 12 minutes and 22 seconds, whilst the fastest of the women was Nikolina Stepan with a time of 21 minutes and 33 seconds.

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Nikolina Stepan and Danijel Fak with their winner's medals 


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