Saturday, 17 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.


David Garett, world famous violinist, will perform in Croatia, as a part of his ‘Explosive’ tour. The concert will be held on October 13th (so you have more than enough time to plan your trip) in the Arena Zagreb and will surely be a hit.

Garett is a German pop and crossover violinist and recording artist, known for his special style – it's said that he blurred the lines between Mozart and Metallica.

He started playing violin as a little child and received his first Stradivarius violin at the age of 11, courtesy of German president Richard von Weizsäcker, after having performed for him. During his career he has sold more than three million albums to this date and has won 23 gold and 16 platinum awards all over the world.

He has held more than 1,500 concerts and some of his loyal fans are British Queen Elizabeth, former US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and many others.

He has also been able to set the world record for violin performance, for the fastest violin player - in 2008 and 2010 in Guiness World Records show for 66.56 or 65.26 seconds performance of the Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov without a mistake He is also a well-known composer - for the album on the current tour, he composed 11 compositions.

Croatian Mountaineering Society Snijeznica organizes traditional climb on Snijeznica, mountain in Konavle which has several peaks above 1000 metres in height. The highest is Ilija's peak at 1234 metres above sea level. The event will be held two days after the International Women's Day, on Saturday, March 10th and it's called ''100 women at Snijeznica''.

Climbing Snijeznica for the International Women's Day proved to be really popular in the last couple of years. The gathering of participants is at 8:40 am in the center of Kuna Konavoska (near the info table about Snijeznica). At 9 am, after getting acquainted with the guides, the crowd will go uphill. There is about two hours walk on the mountaineering macadam path up to the top. During the climbing, two shorter breaks of 10 minutes will be made. At the top there will be a longer pause (depending on the weather conditions).

When it comes to returning, it’s good to know that you will not take the same path like uphill. It’s planned to go on the eastern side, to the meadows where you can mingle with other participants. Climbing, going down and socializing will end until 4 pm, before sunset.

When it comes to climbing, there are some rules. Solid shoes are a must, you should wear layered clothing, sun / wind / rain protection and take a backpack with chocolate, something to eat and 1.5 liter of water.

Even though the name of the event is ‘’100 women at Snijeznica’’ men are also welcome! You should inform the organizers if you are coming (and how many of you) through the e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook: Hpd Snijeznica. 

In case of unusual weather conditions, the organizer also reserves the right to cancel the climb for safety reasons.

Nanobit, Croatian company specialized in developing and delivering mobile games, has achieved another great success because their "My Story" game app has become one of the ten most popular at the Apple Store in the UK – reports. 

-Our new game, My Story, has just entered the top 10 most popular games in the UK at the App Store, currently at position 8. We are all very excited because this is the result of the team work over the past two years! This is also the greatest achievement we've made with Nanobit and our games in the past 10 years – Alan Sumina, Nanobit CEO wrote on his Facebook wall.

My Story, the game that is slowly but surely becoming a hit, is a game where you choose your own story and write your life. You can decide what happens, create your look and live different lives. Sounds promising? Download it here.


Photo by Facebook page My Story: Choose Your Own Path

The national air carrier of Croatia, Croatia Airlines, published a preliminary annual report today. Their net profit for 2017, according to preliminary figures, was 27 million kuna – writes.

A year earlier, net profit was 6.6 million kuna.

Total Croatia Airlines operating profit in 2017, according to preliminary data, was 1.76 billion kuna, which is 13 percent more than in 2016. The profit was affected by the sale of part of the slots at London Heathrow Airport, it’s stated in their report.

Total operating expenditures by preliminary data for 2017 were 1.72 billion kuna, which is by 10 percent more than in 2016.

Croatia Airlines had two million and 125 thousand passengers last year or 10 percent more than 2016. They also transferred 2.27 thousand tons of goods and mail.

Passenger's cabin was full up to 74.4 percent, which is a record-breaking performance in the company's history, the report says.

Dubrovnik’s most famous writer of comedy and tragedy, Marin Drzic, is going to London! One of the most popular books of “Dubrovnik’s Shakespeare” Uncle Maroje (Dundo Maroje) has been translated into English by Filip Krenus and will be presented in the Conway Hall, London, 25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL on Friday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm.

The event is organized by the House of Marin Drzic, with the support of the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Tourist Board and co-organized by Istrobooks, British-Croatian Society and Honey-Tongued Theatre Productions, on the ocassion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Marin Drzic.

The presentation will take place in the Library of the Humanities and Publishing House of Conway Hall as part of a series of cultural evenings under the title ‘Image - Music – Text’ and in collaboration with the British publishing house Istrosbooks, whose director Susan Curtis edited the English translation of the book by Marin Drzic and Honey - tongued Theater Productions that will bring actors and musicians together, as well as the House of Marin Drzic, Croatian publisher.

The book will be presented by the translator Filip Krenus, Niksa Matic – the director of the House of Marin Drzic, Pavo Jancic – the chairman of the House of Marin Drzic Board and Susan Curtis, the editor of the English translation.

The visitors will get the chance to enjoy some of the parts of the book played by 5 actors and the music by Luka Sorkocevic. Photo-exhibition by Gary Goddard, showing the City of Dubrovnik and many more, will enrich this event.

Travel Pulse, American travel webiste, has recently published an interesting article titled ‘Croatia For More Than Game of Thrones Fans'. As the title suggests, article brings tips for those who are not Game of Thrones lovers and discovers that this country has a lot more to offer than destinations where famous series were filmed. 

-So everybody’s traveling to Croatia to live out their Game of Thrones fantasies, descending upon the walls, staircases and forts of Dubrovnik like madness and pouring into the Fortress of Klis as if Daenerys was still storming Meereen – writes Travel Pulse.

They are not denying that Game of Thrones tourism is actually really helping put Croatia on the map and secure it a top place on the list of the world's best destinations. But what about with those who haven't watched any of the episodes of the famous series?

-It’s a good thing that Croatia’s about more than just fanboy/fangirl-ing it to one shooting location after another. This stunner of a country is teeming with incredible sights worth pulling over for: spectacular national parks, charming towns, elevating experiences and even quirky attractions you might find uncommon – writes Travel Pulse.

Rest of the article brings many good reasons to visit Croatia, even if you are not a Game of Thrones Fan: national parks, Roman architecture and ruins, Istria, quirky sights, unforgettable adventures and lavander fields.

If you want to know more details, visit the original article here.

After a successful international symposium on orchestral conducting, bringing together conducters from all over the world, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra continues to work with young and talented musicians.

Along with a series of educational concerts in the Bunic-Kaboga Summer Villa with the City of Dubrovnik and Ivana Jelaca piano and educational concerts for Dubrovnik primary school students in Revelin, on Friday, March 2nd there will be a big concert of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and young musicians, from Luka Sorkocevic Art School. The orchestra will be conducted by Slobodan Begic, and the concert will be held in Revelin, starting at 8 pm.

Valentina Elizabeta Silje, soprano; Lucija Brautovic, flute; Barbara Corak, flute; Livia Glavinovic, oboe; Paula Bukvic, violin; Marta Kekez, cello; Ana Vidojevic, violin; Jakov Varezic, saxophone.

Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik Mato Frankovic with his associates is having an official visit to the United States. As part of the tour through Port of Los Angeles, located in the San Pedro bay, Mayor Frankovic held a meeting with the Los Angeles Cruise Terminal Director Octavio Sanchez. The terminal is known as the World Cruise Center and is managed by Ports America, the largest individual port operator in the United States with up to 42 ports in its portfolio.

Director Sanchez explained the way of working and supplying a cruise terminal with an emphasis on innovations. In order to reduce the emission of exhaust gases, the system of supply of cruise ships with electricity has been introduced. After approaching the port, boats have the obligation to disconnect the engines and connect to the harbor electricity system, which is surely an example in which Port of Dubrovnik should go.

Sanchez expressed his willingness to help the City of Dubrovnik with his expertise and experience in the form of advice and instructions related to future projects to be developed in the Port of Dubrovnik.

During their visit, Mayor Frankovic accompanied by his associates Marko Potrebica, Zrinka Raguz and Marijeta Hladilo, visited the Los Angeles City Hall. On that occasion, a work meeting was held with the Los Angeles City councilor Joe Buscain, who as the chairman of the City of Commerce and Tourism Committee and the vice president of the Economic Development Committee is responsible for investments in the port area, especially for investments in the cruise terminal.




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