Tuesday, 20 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

Visiting Dubrovnik is always special, but if you are an adventurer there is something you wouldn’t want to miss – Moonlight hiking. 

This interesting event is organized for the third year in a row by Roki Adventure team. As they say, Moonlight hiking is meant to be a recreation in nature for all people of good will.

You can hike on the top of the mountain of Srd for free, under the full moon, on May 29th – the hike will start at 8:30 pm with licensed mountain guides.

Mountain of Srd is 412 meters high and the full moon hike is 5 kilometers or 3 miles long. You will need a few hours for this sort of adventure, so the organizers recommend that children under age 12 don’t participate.

-Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight / headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and minimum 1 liter of water – it’s written on the official event page.

Hikers meet at Jadranska cesta (main road) where serpentine footpath starts and ends in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

Due to weather conditions hike can be canceled at the last minute and you are advised to periodically check the official event page for the last minute hike schedule changes and also for all the additional details. 

The University of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra organize a concert in the amphitheater of the University Campus (Branitelja Dubrovnika 41) on Thursday, March 15th at noon. The goal of this collaboration is to connect young people and students with music, through popular pop and rock music, movie themes and famous Latin hits.

Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra Pops ensemble will be conducted by Slobodan Begic and Dzemal Cakic will perform as a soloist on the trumpet.

Some of the works that the audience will have the opportunity to hear are the themes from the movies Avatar, Memoirs of a Geisha, Mission, Star Wars, the Game of Thrones theme, the music of Elvis Presley, Abba, Beatles, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Coldplay, Adele and some of the famous Latin hits like such as Guantanamera, Mas Que Nada and others.

Even though the concert will be held at the University Campus, it’s still open to the public and everyone who wants to enjoy a nice music show.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were ten traffic accidents, of which there were five with injured persons, where six persons had light injuries while five traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 463 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 172 measures taken due to speeding, 16 due to improper overtaking, 28 measures due to improper stop and parking, 60 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 22 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

This week, Police Traffic Officers will carefully monitor the use of the seat belt, enchanced surveillance starts today and will last until Sunday, March 18th – Dubrovnik Police announced.

It’s that time of the year again! All the foodies know – oysters are the best in the middle of March and there are no better oysters than those in Mali Ston.

Less than hour away from Dubrovnik, Mali Ston (literally Little Ston) is a little piece of heaven for all the oyster lovers, for which Mali Ston is famous all over the world.

It’s often said that you either love them or hate them, but either way oysters are considered to be one of the greatest delicacies that you can try during your visit to Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The best day to try them this year is March 17th, when the Festival of Oysters will be held on the seafront in Mali Ston from 11 am. 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.

This event will be really special, for locals and for tourists, because alongside good food and wine, there will also be Dalmatian music, a folklore performance and raffles.

Every journalist knows it – mention Dubrovnik in the title and you’ll get instant clicks. Mention it in the negative context – you’ll get even more. 

The latest Telegraph article named ‘’Why now’s the time to discover Croatia’s uncrowded alternative to Dubrovnik’’ brings, as it says, an alternative to visiting our city – Istria. However, we wouldn’t call it an uncrowded alternative, simply one more lovely choice of destination when visiting Croatia. 

-As Dubrovnik succumbs to more and more visitors, Istria - the peninsula on the Italian border, in the far north of Croatia - is starting to look like a more and more appealing option, especially during the summer months – states the Telegraph, saying that the landscape is very different to the wild, remote and mountainous southern coastline of Dalmatia and that Istria feels neat and cultivated in comparison.

Dubrovnik is only mentioned in the first sentence and when compared to Rovinj, but has somehow made it to the title. Maybe because writing ''Discover Istria'' wouldn't be as interesting to the readers, but who knows. The rest of the article is detailed and informative and if you want to visit Istria, you can read it here.

It seems that mentioning Dubrovnik in negative context is a trend this year, since in January CNN placed it in the 12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018.

-With UNESCO threatening to take away its World Heritage status due to extreme overcrowding, Dubrovnik has decided to take drastic measures in order to cut tourist numbers. The city is capping the number of people who can scale its 15th century ramparts at 4,000 a day -- 10,388 did so in one day alone bay in August 2016, many drawn by the city's starring role in "Game of Thrones'' – wrote CNN then. They also added he plan of the Dubrovnik Mayor to cut the number of cruise ships, with some more advices if you still want to visit Dubrovnik.

There is a saying – 'there's no such thing as bad publicity’ and we guess it’s good that Dubrovnik is talked about, even if it’s not in a positive context. However, we are pretty sure that there are better ways of promoting other destinations than saying – it’s better than crowded Dubrovnik.

Ben Gibson, the director of the German Academy of Film and Television (DFFB) has apologized to the Church and the people of Dubrovnik because of the erotic filming in the church of St. Ignatius, located in the Old City.

-A crew of DFFB students who were assigned the exercise of making a short documentary have been filming a still photography session planned by the subject of the film. We now understand that the shoot included semi-nude photography in the location of a Dubrovnik orthodox church. Sometimes when filmmakers are given considerable freedom to make their early films, basic mistakes are made which can cause hurt and offence to others, however unintentionally. The academy, which values artistic freedom very highly, was in fact not aware of the specificities of the scene or the location chosen. To the degree that our academy’s unit has caused offence with this filming, we wholeheartedly apologise to the congregation of this church and the people of Dubrovnik – it is published on the official DFFB website, getting it a bit wrong – it wasn’t an orthodox but a catholic church, but the point stays the same. 



However, it is safe to say that a simple apology won’t be enough. Everybody was truly shocked by this kind of sexy photoshoot in a sacral building – from locals to foreigners, from believers to non-believers.

The Bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinic was especially shocked.

-I am deeply disappointed with the fact that today the openness of the Dubrovnik churches has been abused to capture inappropriate photographs under the guise of art, we will have to respond to this matter through legal channels. Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing – he wrote.

The official statement from the Bishop Office confirmed his words – some legal actions will have to be made.

- Due to unauthorized filming, the entrance of the film crew and all the actors in church spaces without the appropriate permission and insulting the feelings of the believers, Dubrovnik Church will use all the legal possibilities against DFFB and all the actors involved in it to prohibit the public disclosure of inappropriate photographs that were made in the Dubrovnik churches – it was stated from the Bishop Office.


Dubrovnik Police also reacted.

- After publishing photographs of a partially nude woman recorded in one of the sacral buildings in Dubrovnik, , which in most Croatian citizens caused a sense of anxiety about disrespect for their religious feelings, the Dubrovnik Police Station carried out a criminal investigation that established misdemeanor liability of the author and the person in the controversial photographs – Dubrovnik Police stated and said that as a result, they filed charges against the alleged violation.

Because of this unusual event, St. Ignatius Church had to be cleansed. Many believers went to the church tonight to show what they think of the erotic photoshoot inside the church walls.

This event will surely lead to many changes in Dubrovnik churches, which are usually unsupervised and open to everyone. Nobody expected a nude photoshoot to be made in church, but with this experience – they will make sure that it doesn’t happen ever again.

Dubrovnik is truly an inspiration and it is no surprise that many fashion campaigns, as well as movies, series, etc. were filmed in our beautiful city. 

Solid&Striped, which fashion lovers adore for their amazing swimsuits, has just published an amazing swimsuit campaign, made in Dubrovnik. ‘’With love from Dubrovnik’’ presents a collection that is retro and modern, all at the same time, with one-piece and two-piece swimsuits. Ruffles, buttons, pastel colours – you name it, this line of swimsuits has it. 


Photos from Instagram profile solidanstriped

- Drawn by the... nostalgic glow of Dubrovnik, we traveled to the waters of Croatia to capture our newest collection. Cruise the Adriatic in romantic pastels, playful seersuckers, and feminine silhouettes. Enjoy our New Classics, With Love From Dubrovnik – it's written at their official page, full of amazing Dubrovnik shots.

They even made a hashtag #withlovefromdubrovnik that accompanies all the photos posted on their official Instagram profile, presenting their new line. Amazing promotion for Dubrovnik and swimwear that fits it perfectly – with just a bit of that retro feeling, they are already a hit!


Photos from Instagram profile solidanstriped


Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik organizes professional guidance through the current exhibition ‘Vanishing point’ on Saturday, March 10th, at 10 am with guaranteed refreshment.

After the great reactions to the new program, MOMA Dubrovnik decided to continue with this project in the next couple of months. This is the last chance to see the exhibition 'Vanishing point' since it is opened until Sunday, March 11th. 

‘Saturday coffee at the MOMA Dubrovnik’ is a novelty with which this museum wants to reach to the locals and their guests, by giving them a different experience of a cultural institution. This kind of interaction with visitors is planned once a month.

On Saturday, March 10th, curator of the exhibition Jelena Tamindzija will take all visitors on the journey through the current exhibition by one of the world's most famous photographers, Ahmet Ertuğ.

The importance of this exhibition is also expressed by the fact that it was listed among the 5 most significant and most anticipated world exhibitions in the 2018 edition of Turkish Airlines magazine, along with exhibitions placed in London, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Tokyo.

For the exhibition in Dubrovnik, the Turkish photographer introduced 20 large format images (225 x 180 cm) of interior shot in Italy and Dubrovnik.

After expert guidance, all visitors will be able to refresh themselves with coffee and juices and enjoy the amazing view from the terrace of MOMA Dubrovnik.




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